Oster Expressbake Bread Maker

Last updated date: January 25, 2019

DWYM Score
7.9

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We looked at the top 1 Bread Machines and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, New York Times Wirecutter, BestReviews, Village Bakery, BreadMachines.com, Bread Machine Pros and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bread Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Oster Oster Expressbake Bread Maker placed 8th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bread Machine for a detailed review of all the top bread machines.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
4,182 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
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.
- Top Ten Reviews
Inexpensive and a bestseller on Amazon.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 9, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight and easy to use. A good number of bread and crust settings.
- BestReviews
Another advantage to this product is that you can clean it very easily due to the non-stick surface. In having a non-stick surface, you don’t have to worry about your loaf baking to the sides, and you won’t have to worry about scrubbing too hard when hand-washing. It’s also fantastic for dishwasher use, and you don’t have to worry about anything with this machine!
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 is one of the lowest priced bread machines we have reviewed to date.
- BreadMachines.com
April 7, 2016 | Full review
For the price, it is an extremely well-built machine. It runs quiet and doesn’t rattle around on the kitchen counter.
- Bread Machine Pros
November 6, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Doesn’t include a gluten-free setting and overproofed the loaf of white bread, causing it to collapse.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 9, 2018 | Full review
Teflon-coated baking surfaces require extra care.
- BestReviews
The aforementioned Oster Expressbake is capable of handling gluten-free creations; however, there is a way to go about it. While many have various settings that you just click and go, this machine doesn’t have gluten specific buttons.
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 has 9 pre-programmed setting including jams and jellies but it does not have a dedicated gluten free setting. Some people have reported success with gluten free bread, but others have had problems.
- BreadMachines.com
April 7, 2016 | Full review
The only thing we’d like to comment on is the kneading blade. We thought that we would have achieved even better results if this unit had dual kneading blades.
- Bread Machine Pros
November 6, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked bread with the Oster Expressbake Bread Machine. Designed to make up to a 2-pound family-sized loaf, this bread maker comes with its own tested recipes for ultimate perfection. The bread machine features multiple settings that offer ideal baking versatility and a Delay Bake timer that lets you set the baking time up to 13 hours in advance. An ExpressBake cycle bakes delicious bread in under an hour. A large LCD display allows you to easily navigate the settings, and a clear window on the top lets you peek inside to see the bread as it bakes. For added convenience, this bread maker comes with a measuring cup, a spoon, and a kneading paddle. The sleek design with white finish effortlessly matches any kitchen décor, making the Oster Expressbake Bread Machine a great housewarming or wedding gift.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Zojirushi Virtuoso Breadmaker
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 7
2. T-fal ActiBread Bread Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Oster Expressbake Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Hamilton Beach Home Baker Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Zojirushi Programmable Mini Breadmaker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Oster Expressbake Bread Maker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
9. SKG Automatic Bread Machine
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Bread Machines

In the 1990s, bread machines took over the country, with some saying they’d be the next big essential kitchen appliance. Although the fad soon faded, bread-making appliances stuck around, remaining popular with those who love the taste of regular bread. If you’ve ever tried to make a loaf of bread the old-fashioned way, you likely know the appeal of inserting ingredients and pushing a button for fresh, home-baked bread.

Today’s bread machines have come a long way from the early days, especially when it comes to appealing to modern dietary restrictions. Now that they have gluten-free baking options, they’re appealing to an audience of people who have trouble finding delicious bread at the grocery store or neighborhood bakery. But not all bread machines have gluten-free features, and of those that do, only some can bake tasty gluten-free loaves. So it’s important to shop for that specifically if you’re on a special diet.

Whether you’re baking a gluten-free or regular loaf, though, you’ll want delicious-tasting bread baked consistently all over. This includes soft slices with the perfect outer crust. Some bread makers do better than others at this, based primarily on the way the machine distributes heat. It’s important to note, though, that some machines produce bread that doesn’t have that traditional “loaf” look and search for one that does if it’s important to you.

Some newer bread machines have fruit and nut dispensers that release those ingredients at the exact moment they’re needed. If you plan to make banana bread or date nut bread on a fairly regular basis, this might be a feature to consider while you’re shopping.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bread has a long history, which means it’s the subject of numerous legends and superstitions. In Scotland, for instance, you aren’t supposed to sing while waiting for your bread to rise since doing so will take the wind out of it. While slicing bread, if you accidentally drop a slice, it means friends are on their way. Your parents and grandparents may also have included bread as a good luck charm to new homeowners. It was customary to take a loaf of bread as a housewarming gift as a wish that the owners would never go hungry, as well as a bottle of wine so that they’d never go thirsty.

The Bread Machine Buying Guide

  • Bread machines can have a bit of a learning curve. You’ll need to first gather all the ingredients you need, then know which buttons to push. The Zojirushi Virtuoso bread maker has a light-up digital display and easy-to-use settings. The Breville Customer Loaf bread maker also has a large LCD screen that’s easy to read.
  • One notable feature in the Zojirushi bread machine is that it tells you what time your loaf will be done, rather than merely giving you a countdown timer.
  • If you plan to make fruity bread, consider the Breville Custom Loaf bread maker, which has a fruit and nut dispenser. Your ingredients will release at the designated time. The Zojirushi Virtuoso bread maker doesn’t have the dispenser, but it does beep when it’s time for you to manually add them.
  • More than 3 million Americans are following a gluten-free diet. Normally this would mean forgoing bread — and bread machines — altogether. However, some bread machines let you make delicious gluten-free bread at the press of a button. The Zojirushi Virtuoso creates gluten-free bread that tastes better than you’ll get in any store. You may even find it tastes better than regular bread. The T-fal ActiBread bread maker also has a gluten-free bread setting.
  • If you want the luxury of creating foods beyond bread, the Breville Custom Loaf bread maker might be the machine for you. You can make pasta and jam by just choosing those options on the menu and inserting the necessary ingredients.
  • If you’re on a budget, you may want to stick with the T-fal ActiBread or the Oster Expressbake since both retail for under $100. Both the Zojirushi Virtuoso and Breville Custom Loaf bread machines retail for more than $250.
  • When it comes down to it, your bread maker needs to put out high-quality, good-tasting bread. All of the other factors are important, but this one is a top priority. The Zojirushi bread machine has a heater on the lid that ensures each loaf is evenly cooked on all sides. No matter what size loaf you’re making, you’ll get this same result. The T-fal ActiBread makes delicious bread, but the shape of each loaf is different from what you’re accustomed to getting when you buy bread. You’ll find it’s taller and longer.