West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker
The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker offers the kind of functionality not usually found in machines which are in this price range. With its dual-blade design and horizontal loaf pan you have a breadmaker which can make beautiful loaves with a high rise. Freshly out of the breadmaker, these breads will make for a fine addition to the morning breakfast, or to your lunch or dinner. It’s an affordable item for your kitchen and lends a helping hand to creating some delicious, tasty, fresh bread and assortments.
The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker comes packed with many features which make it a strong contender for being overall the best value bread machine in the market.
- Dual kneading blades
- 11 pre-programmed settings
- 12 hour delay start timer
- 3 different crust shades
- Ability to bake 4 different sizes of loaves
- Non-stick coated baking pans
- Available accessories – measuring cup, spoon, kneading blade removal tool, recipe booklet, instruction manual
Dual kneading blades
The dual kneading blades on the West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker are great for kneading of dough and mixing of the bread batter. They mix the ingredients thoroughly, which results in a good batter.
The 11 pre–programmed settings allow you to choose any of the given baking options – basic or whole wheat bread, French or sweet bread, quick or super rapid function. There are also options to choose between what kind of dough needs to be prepared – pasta, pizza, cake, cookie, etc. You can also make jams.
Flexible and Convenient
With the crust shade options you can choose either between light, medium or dark crust. This bread maker gives you the flexibility to make four different sized breads- 1 lbs, 1.5 lbs, 2 lbs, or 2.5 lbs. The 12 hour delay timer enables the user to set the time as per convenience and get freshly baked bread first thing in the morning or when one returns home from work.
The digital control panel is simple and user-friendly with well sized push buttons, allowing you to operate the machine without any difficulty. The LCD screen features a blue backlight to enhance visibility. Pressing the Time button activates the backlight for 30 seconds.
The machine is very easy to maintain. The non-stick pans and the kneading blades are easy to remove and clean. The outer body and lid can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker comes with a few accessories to make the entire baking process a lot easier and fun. There is a measuring cup, spoon, a tool for the removal of the kneading blade, instruction manual and a recipe booklet for guidance of baking different eatables.
Pros and Cons
The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker has received many positive reviews for its dual kneading blades and the varied loaf size options. People have praised it for being a good bread maker which produces excellent quality bread with a consistently high rise.
The two large viewing windows on top of the machine allow you to monitor the bread making process at all times.
The control panel and buttons are very user-friendly, making this a good machine for older people or those with poor vision.
It’s low cost makes this appliance excellent value for the budgeted buyer who is looking for the functionality of a dual-blade bread machine.
The one year warranty provides support in case of any defects or breakdowns.
It’s very easy to clean due to the non-stick surfaces.
The instruction manual is rather disappointing because it doesn’t tell you the specific times each stage of the bread making process requires or how to correctly measure the ingredients. Therefore, you need to rely on the countdown timer on the machines digital display.
The West Bend Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker has been found to have durability issues by some users. They have complained that the teflon coating of the non-stick pan wears off after some use. Even after getting replacements, the new pans also tended to face the same fate.
The kneading blades tend to get stuck in the bread and tear off the bread when one is getting it out of the pan. However, you can avoid this problem happening by removing the dough from the pan after the 2nd knead, then removing the paddles and putting the dough back into the pan.
Unlike higher-end bread makers, this machine doesn’t preheat the pan before beginning the kneading process. Therefore, you need to ensure that before starting you use warm water to avoid poor quality loaves.
The non-stick pan is not dishwasher safe.
The West Bend 41300 Hi- Rise Electronic Dual-Blade Breadmaker is a very well featured machine for its price. With four loaf sizes and three crust settings to choose from, you have plenty of control of how your bread turns out. The quality of bread it produces is wonderfully soft and well textured, making it good enough to please the most sceptical of bread lovers.
Its main drawback is the lack of information provided in the instruction manual about the cycle lengths, so new bread maker users will find the learning curve of familiarizing themselves with the bread making process a little steeper than it should be.
The problem which some have users have experienced with the pans Teflon coating degrading does raise some concerns about the long term durability of this machine. However, only a small proportion of users have experienced this problem.
A double loaf pan is available as an optional extra which allows you to make two 1lbs loaves simultaneously. This is a good option to consider if you like the idea of testing out different bread recipes without needing to use a whole loaf each time.
In terms of value for money, the West Bend 41300 Hi- Rise is one of the best Bread Makers currently on the market in its price range and is recommended by us.