If you are on a gluten free diet you will know how difficult it can be to find many of your favourite foods in a gluten free variety. You have to be particularly careful with bread as it can be high in gluten as it is found in wheat, rye and barley which are of course key ingredients of many breads.
Whatever the reason for going gluten free, whether it be Celiac disease or a simple intolerance you can still make and enjoy your own bread. Not all bread makers are suitable for this task however so we decided to take a look at the best available machines to make gluten free bread.
- 1. Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine (29882)
- 2. Zojirushi BB-PAC20BA BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker with Gluten Free Menu setting
- 3. SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2LB – Beginner Friendly
- 4. T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine
- 5. Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
1. Hamilton Beach Programmable Bread Machine (29882)
Hamilton Beach are known for their great value products. This bread machine is another example of that.
It has 12 settings including: 12 settings include: French, quick bread, sweet, 1.5-lb express, 2-lb express, dough, jam, cake, whole grain and of course gluten free. You can choose different options from loaf size to crust type.
It also has a delay timer so you can add your ingredients and set the machine to start working at a time of your choosing. This really is an easy machine to use. Just add your ingredients, pick a setting and wait for your bread to be made. It’s easy to clean and the bread pan is dishwasher safe.
2. Zojirushi BB-PAC20BA BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker with Gluten Free Menu setting
This one doesn’t look quite as modern as some bread makers on the market but it does what it’s designed to do very well. It’s shaped the way it is so that you can make a traditionally shaped loaf like you would buy in the shops.
It has 10 pre programmed settings including Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Quick Dough, Jam, Cake, Sour Dough Starter, and Home Made. Plus it comes with that gluten free mode we desire.
With 2 kneading blades you can be sure that your bread is well mixed and kneaded before it is baked meaning this bread maker makes great bread every time.
As well as getting a recipe booklet you also get a DVD on how to use the machine. It’s not complicated enough to warrant this but it does walk you through all the various settings on offer. This is a pretty good idea as these machines are often capable of much more than we use them for.
3. SKG Automatic Bread Machine 2LB – Beginner Friendly
This option from SKG markets itself as beginner friendly so it could be one to look at if you are new to bread making. Having said that all bread machines are very simple to use. Most of them require you to add your ingredients, press a few buttons and then walk away. That’s the whole point in having a machine surely?!
There is a massive 19 pre programmed settings to choose from here and it does of course have a gluten free mode. It can even make yogurt!
This product comes with a 2 year warranty but if you get it from Amazon you also get it on a 1 month free trial. So you can buy it and return no questions asked in the first month. Not often you see companies offering that so it’s clear they are confident in the product they have on offer.
This machine is a bit of a star and despite it’s “beginner friendly” title it would make an excellent choice for anyone. The huge range of breads you can make at the push of a button is truly fantastic.
4. T-fal PF311E ActiBread Programmable Bread Machine
Looking for a big brand name then how about this popular choice from T-Fal. We aren’t particularly fond of the aesthetics on this one but it is really simple to use and makes great bread.
It has 15 programmable settings including: gluten-free salty, gluten-free sweet, gluten-free cake, rapid whole wheat, whole wheat, salt-free, super rapid, rapid sweet bread, French, sweet, cooking, dough, cake, jam, and pasta. It’s a great choice for Gluten Free as it comes with 3 modes specially for this.
The clear LCD display makes it really easy to use. You simply add your ingredients, set the timer if desired (it has a delayed start timer) and then choose the settings you would like.
You also get a recipe book that includes quite a few gluten free recipes.
5. Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Lb Convection Bread Maker
Here is another great product from Cuisinart. It seems like there is nothing they don’t make these days. There are loads of different settings to choose from here with 16 pre-programmed menu options, 3 crust colors, and 3 loaf sizes offer over 100 bread, dough/pizza dough, sweet cake and jam choices.
What makes this one stand out is its intelligence. Ok so it’s just a bread machine but it will automatically adjust to give you the best results. It has a convection fan that adjusts speed and timing to make sure you get a great result every time. It also has power failure backup meaning it can remember what it was doing if there is a power cut. Once the power comes back on the machine continues as though nothing happened.
You have the option here of setting the machine to pause so you can take the dough out to shape it by hand if you want something really specific. Otherwise you can just let the machine do everything for you.
This also comes with a recipe booklet that includes a number of gluten free choices.
There are quite a few choices here and all of them are pretty good. You can’t really go wrong with any of these. It really depends on what you want to get out of the machine you buy as some of them do so much more like make jam and yogurt. If you just want it to make bread then I really wouldn’t worry too much.
The T-Fal is a great choice as they have really put more consideration into it for gluten free users as there is 3 different settings here for gluten free. However we were also big fans of the SKG as it had so many options to choose from and was really easy to use.
The best machine overall is probably the Cuisinart though as it had a massive range of options and some intelligent features like automatically adjusting the temperature to ensure a great result.
Let us know which one you chose and why you chose it. Maybe we missed a great gluten free bread maker, if we did let us know in the comments.