Can't find bread at the grocery store? No problem.
There's nothing like waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread and slathering it with butter or jelly (or both). With more people than ever going the homemade route right now, these super-convenient bread makers come in handy. All of these machines (favorites of our Kitchen Appliance experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute) make it super simple for busy people to bake their own loaves at home. These are the best bread makers out there, according to our Kitchen Appliance experts:
Best Overall Bread Maker: Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus Bread Maker
Best Value Bread Maker: Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
Best Bread Maker for Beginners: Cuisinart CBK110 Automatic Bread Maker
Best Bread Maker for Families: Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker
Bread makers are great because they give you full control over the ingredients you'll be using, and they are a much easier way to accommodate food allergies or preferences compared to baking bread by hand. Most newer models actually include designated gluten-free settings to make it easy for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to make bread without any of that dense, chewy texture for which GF loaves are unfortunately known.
Plus, a bread machine will save carb-lovers money in the long run: a basic homemade bread recipe will run you about $1.50 per loaf. Meanwhile, a loaf of bread at the grocery store can cost you anywhere between $2.50 and $5. And since these machines do most of the work for you, you barely need to check on the bread. Just load the machine with ingredients, set it, and forget it. A few hours later, you'll have a warm, freshly-baked loaf.