Oster Expressbake Breadmaker Review


The Oster CKSTBRTW20 Bread Maker is an automatic bread maker with an affordable price. Its two-pound loaf capacity is convenient for large families, the design is attractive and the express bake feature makes loaves in under an hour.

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The outer shell of this bread making machine is white with a gray menu on top. The programmable menu is intuitive. You can start making bread following the LCD display without spending too much time reading the instructions. Right below the display are simple up and down arrows that allow you to choose the amount of time you prefer to delay the cooking cycle. The outer lid has a large viewing window on top and flips up so you can add ingredients.


The bread machine has nine bread settings and three crust settings for breads, dough or jams. Some settings include whole wheat, gluten-free, French and sweet. The unit also has a warm setting if you want to keep the bread in the machine after cooking. One of the best features is the ExpressBake setting, which offers fully cooked bread in less than an hour. The shape of the bread will vary depending on the size you choose, but will usually come out large and square.


The Oster uses a single paddle design for kneading, which will leave a hole in the bread when you remove the loaf. This isn’t uncommon. Most bread makers will leave a hole, but it’s best to remove the paddle from the Oster bread maker immediately after cooking to avoid unnecessary tearing of the dough.


Adding ingredients is easy for you to do mid-cycle. The lid on the Oster is large and you can add additional fruit and nuts at any time in the cooking process or wipe down the edges for a more even loaf. A chime alerts you when the bread is done. It’s quiet, maybe too quiet, so if you won’t be near the kitchen, you may want to set your own timer on the side.


The Oster is good if you're looking for an easy-to-use bread machine that doesn’t require a lot of instructions. You can quickly set up the bread maker and start cooking right away. The delay feature is straightforward, allowing you to have fresh bread any time you want.

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