A low-priced bread machine with a consistent pattern of positive owner comments
Whenever we do a review on a bread machine we look very closely for patterns related to comments or complaints about a feature or function. If numerous owners comment on a similar problem or benefit we present those findings supported by relevant quotes from the owners.
I mention this only because we have not encountered a machine with a pattern of positive comments like we’ve found for the Toastmaster TBR15 Breadmaker. This based on at least 60 customer reviews for a bread machine listed on Amazon.com at $69 as of the date of this review.
While there are some isolated complaints they seem to be related to fundamental mistakes in isolation related to customer mistakes or misunderstandings driven by selection of the wrong settings, ingredients or inexperience with bread machines. Here’s an example.
“Does this machine make butter?”
No. It is a bread machine.
Here are the highlights for the Toastmaster TBR15 1-1/2-Pound Breadmaker
“We’ve been using one of these for ten years, to make bread a couple of times a week. It’s still going strong.”
The Toastmaster TBR15 has 8 pre-programmed settings including basic, fast bake, French, whole wheat, sweet, quick bread, dough, and bake only plus 3 crust settings ranging from light to medium to dark. It does not have a dedicated gluten free setting. It also has a delayed setting that allows you to delay any cycle up to 13 hours. Our standard caution with any delayed cycle setting is to avoid adding dairy products like milk, butter or eggs if you are using a delayed setting.
“It’s lasted me, so far, for 7 years! I’ve had no problems with this brand.”
Horizontal Bread Pan
A unique feature of the Toastmaster TBR15 is its horizontal bread pan that bakes both one and one and a half pound loaves. This horizontal configuration is usually only found on more expensive bread machines. The pan is described as non-stick. This usually is Teflon or a Teflon derivative but the specific coating is not identified.
“I use this all the time and it works very well.”
One Kneading Paddle or Two?
Most bread machines with a horizontal loaf configuration feature two kneading paddles. Toastmaster makes no mention of the number of paddles which leads me to believe there is only one paddle. Manufacturers who have two paddle combinations often tout this feature and there is no apparent mention of the number of kneading paddles in the Toastmaster TBR15. There were some isolated comments from some owners about efficient mixing but I’ve seen these comments even with machines with a vertical loaf configuration.
“After the first mixing, I often have to scrape some flour off the sides of the tray with a spoon.”
“The mixing phase requires help. What I mean is that left by itself, the ingredients will not mix properly.”
“5 star but…. you should at least take a look after the first beep (to indicate mixing is done) to make sure there isn’t unmixed dough stuck to the sides.”
Extra-large Viewing Window
The Toastmaster TBR15 Breadmaker has one of the largest viewing windows we’ve seen. This really helps to monitor progress on a loaf so you don’t have to lift the lid, but there was one curious comment about the lid actually melting and presented in all capital letters.
“THE CLEAR SEE-THRU TOP WARPED”
Given that this was an isolated comment I suspect the owner either had a defective machine or had somehow used an improper setting, but it’ noted here as a caution due to the fact that the top and the window is in fact mostly plastic.
The Toastmaster TBR15 has an LCD control panel that is easy to use. There were no apparent complaints about the panel and it seems to be intuitive and easy to understand.
“I bought this for $39 on Amazon way back in 2005 and in 2014 I’m still using it.”
The Toastmaster TGR15 measures 13.5 x 13.5 x 12.2 inches which defines a fairly compact bread machines. It’s very light at 9.6 pounds and curiously there are no complaints about the machine vibrating or walking across counters. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.