SKG Automatic Bread Machine

Last updated date: January 25, 2019

DWYM Score
7.6

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We looked at the top 1 Bread Machines and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, BreadMachines.com, Village Bakery, KitchenMaker HQ and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bread Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 54 expert reviews, the SKG SKG Automatic Bread Machine placed 9th 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
7.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
131 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very quiet and easy to use. Comes with 19 programs and can make just about any type of bread.
- BestReviews
The SKG features 19 pre-programmed settings which is the most we’ve seen on any bread machine we’ve reviewed. Many of the settings are the standards like white-bread and dough settings, but it also features a gluten free and whole wheat setting in addition to a yogurt setting.
- BreadMachines.com
August 18, 2016 | Full review
One of the best features of this machine is the 19 program settings you’re able to experiment with. Having such a variety means that you can create to everyone’s dietary needs and restrictions – or just their desires!
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review
The outside stays cool when the inside is hot. This bread maker weighs just over 10 pounds, so you can easily shift it from one end of the kitchen to the other, if you need to move it out of the way. The handle on the loaf pan allows you to lift it out of the bread maker quickly.
- KitchenMaker HQ
What experts didn't like
Bakes tall loaves, which many people dislike. Nonstick coating requires extra care.
- BestReviews
The only minor pattern of complaints was related to the kneading paddle losing some of its non-stick coating over time.
- BreadMachines.com
August 18, 2016 | Full review
You should not use this pan or the parts in the dishwasher. While some baking pans are dishwasher-safe, unfortunately this product’s is not.
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review
This model has just a 550-watt motor, so it may not be able to handle thicker breads.
- KitchenMaker HQ

From The Manufacturer

Nothing says "home" like warm, fragrant, just-baked bread. Now you can enjoy the real pleasure of freshly baked homemade bread without time-consuming efforts. Simply follow the Easy-to-Follow recipes to add ingredients, click a few buttons, and then let the bread maker take care of the rest.

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.