Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker
Next up for review we have the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker. This low end bread machine has divided consumers with most either loving it or hating it although the majority of feedback is favourable.
Oster bread machines have a good track record for reliability with many users having owned their machine for 15 years+ and it still going strong.
Affordable and durable, the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker is a fine kitchen companion for making breads, rolls, jams and also kneading dough for cakes, pizzas, pastas, etc. The quick bake options get bread ready even within an hour.
The many features and simplicity of this bread machine have earned it much praise amongst the lovers of bread.
- User friendly functions and LED display control panel
- 8 pre-programmed settings for baking, kneading or preparing jams
- Non-stick pan and kneading blade
- One hour keep warm feature
- Three crust settings
- Large viewing window
With its white plastic body and oval shaped design, the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker looks modern and attractive. The cool touch exterior prevents any occurrences of being burnt when touching the machine for added safety.
Easy to use
For foolproof operation, the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker comes with easy three-step programming for making 1 pound, 1-1/2 pound or 2 pound horizontal bread loaves. For maximum variety, there is also the choice of the type of crust that is desired – light, medium or dark. The touch control panel on the unit is simple to navigate and comfortable to work with.
Large Viewing Window
The large glass viewing window is very appealing, as the baking and kneading process can be monitored clearly from start to finish.
The machine features an Express Bake cycle which allows you to make freshly baked bread in just 58 minutes. However, you need to ensure that you follow the correct recipe for this setting as the recipes in the included manual differ for each specific cycle.
8 Pre-programmed Settings
There are 8 cooking functions provided by the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker that let the user choose from a variety of mouth watering options. The user can choose from the following 8 cooking settings.
- Basic (Time: 3 hours) – The basic setting gives you optimum results with almost any recipe.
- Whole Wheat (Time: 3 hours, 40 mins) – The whole wheat setting provides a longer rise time for recipes which contain more than 50% whole wheet flour.
- French (Time: 3 hours, 50 mins) – The French setting is used for making delicious French loaves.
- Sweet (Time: 2 hours, 50 mins) – The sweet setting is used for making mouth-watering sweet breads.
- ExpressBake (Time: 58 minutes) – The ExpressBake setting bakes bread in just under one hour.
- ExpressBake (Time: 1 hour, 20 mins) The 2nd ExpressBake setting takes slightly longer. This setting is suited for bigger loaves of bread.
- Dough (Time: 1 hour, 30 mins) – The dough setting allows you to create dough for buns, rolls, pizza, etc… to be manually shaped by hand then baked in a conventional oven.
- Bake (Time: 1 hour) – The bake setting is used to make dough or homemade jams.
Pros and Cons
The Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker is versatile, easy-to-use and makes fine quality rectangular loaves when the included recipes are correctly adhered to. Its attractive design and lightweight are added plus points.
The non stick utensils make it easier to clean the bread maker after use.
Several users have experienced problems with sunken loaves. However, the many users who have had satisfactory results have stated the importance of using the precise quantities of ingredients as listed in the manual as well as ensuring that they are at room temperature and put into the pan in the correct order.
After the baking cycle has finished, the machine automatically runs the one hour warm cycle, which tends to harden the loaf as it keeps it warm.
Unlike with earlier Oster bread maker models, the delay timer cannot be used for the dough setting.
Consumer opinions on this bread machine are rather mixed. The numerous complaints of sunken loaves is slightly concerning, but further investigation reveals that you can get good quality loaves by tweaking the supplied recipes to include a bit more flour or a little less liquid.
To conclude, if you’re after a user-friendly, high-speed bread machine which is in the low-end price range, the Oster 5838 ExpressBake Breadmaker fits the bill perfectly.