Cuisinart CBK 100 is not as cheap as the Oster CKSTBRTW20. It’s also not in the medium-priced category either, as it’s the case with the Panasonic SD-YD 250. So it’s right between these two.
This Cuisinart bread maker has so many to offer, just wait and see. I’m sure that you’re going to discover a terrific machine as you keep reading this review.
- double-ended measuring spoon (teaspoon and tablespoon),
- measuring cup,
- viewing window,
- kneading paddle,
- LCD display and a control panel that looks really nice and it’s easy to use,
- nonstick pan,
- user manual and the recipe booklet,
- and 3-year warranty.
The control panel is actually the first thing that attracts me.
There is the same 13-hour delay timer, 3 crust settings (light, medium, and dark), and there are 12 preprogrammed menu settings.
There are 3 loaf sizes for this Cuisinart bread maker: 1 pound, 1.5 pounds, and 2 pounds. The 2 pound size is perfect for small and large families.
The thing that interests me about a bread maker is to make really good white loaves with the basic cycle. Because that’s what I eat every day. And this machine excels at it.
If you want to remove the kneading paddle, 6 beeps will attention you when you can do that. It’s a good feature if you want to avoid the pretty large hole that’s formed at the base of the loaf.
In order to remove the paddle, remove the pan after you’ve pressed the Start/Stop button, remove the dough, take the paddle, form the dough into a neat ball, place it back into the pan, and press the Start/Stop button again.
It’s not a common feature, especially among affordable machines. Thus, a plus for this Cuisinart bread maker.
This is a really smart feature and I wish my machine would have it. I really do. And I’m sure that a lot of users are going to really appreciate it.
The thing is:
In the case of other machines, some people simply watch when their machine goes from the kneading phase to the rise one at which moment they remove the dough and the kneading paddle and then place the dough back in the pan without the paddle.
It’s a good solution but I prefer the hole at the bottom even though 3 or 4 slices aren’t that pretty.
But who cares?
They’re still delicious.
A surprising feature is the stay-cool handles. It’s another really practical characteristic for the Cuisinart CBK-100. You can grab the handles with your bare hands but you’re still going to have to use oven mitts when you remove the kneading blade or when you grab the pan by the bottom, when you shake it to remove the loaf.
It will come off easily, just a few shakes will be enough.
There is also a power back up feature that can maintain the memory for up to 15 minutes power failure. I guess someone can find some use for this feature integrated by this Cuisinart bread maker. Me, not so much.
Probably because it never happened to me in these years of using a machine.
There’s no nut dispenser but you can’t expect that from a low-priced best bread maker. I believe it offers plenty in justification of its price. It’s actually fantastic.
The 12 Preprogrammed Cycles
- whole wheat,
- packaged mix for prepackaged yeast bread mixes intended for machines(1.5 and 2 pounds dough mixes),
- cake/quick bread,
- pasta dough,
- and rapid bake.
The basic cycle for the white loaf takes around 3 hours until completion, while the whole wheat takes a little longer – 4:35 minutes.
Judging by these two times, the Cuisinart CBK-100 is a pretty fast maker.
The surprise on the list is the gluten-free setting. Remember that I’m reviewing here a pretty affordable bread maker. And that’s why it’s a nice surprise to see this cycle among the 12.
There’s only one cheaper unit that includes the gluten-free setting, Oster CKSTBR9050. So, if you are keen on making gluten-free loaves and don’t want to spend too much, you get to choose between this Cuisinart bread maker and Oster CKSTBR9050.
I’m not sure exactly how many people are going to use the pasta dough cycle but it’s an exciting option to have. Since I’m a pasta maniac, I just love pasta, I would surely use it. The dough cycle is wonderful, too. You should definitely try making some pizza, your family is going to love it.
The Recipe Booklet for the Cuisinart CBK 100
The basic white setting includes recipes like: basic white loaf, oatmeal, cinnamon swirl, granola bread, rosemary bread, pesto, blue cheese and olive, sundried tomato and mozzarella, beer bread, potato, three cheese, nutty low carb, low carb buttermilk, and low carb seed loaf.
The French/Italian includes the next suggestions: French loaf, rustic Italian loaf, country French with olives and rosemary, herbed dill French, parmesan peppercorn French, pignoli bread, semolina with fennel & golden raisins, and “English muffin” roasting bread.
The gluten-free setting has some recipes corresponding to it, too: gluten-free rye bread, gluten-free apple, cheddar and walnut, gluten-free molasses walnut loaf, and gluten-free nut and seed loaf.
You can use the following recipes with the dough cycle: French baguettes, brioche, cheddar breadsticks, sweet potato clover leaf rolls, molasses rolls with currants and pecans, pizza dough, herb focaccia, pretzels, whole wheat kalamata rolls, garlic, herb and cheese knots, cinnamon swirl rolls, basic sweet dough, and raspberry cheese danish braid.
The jam setting can be used for the following recipes and many others: tomato chutney, peach, mango, papaya and apricot jam, strawberry rhubarb jam, pear and ginger preserves, blueberry lime jam, and plum cassis preserves.
There are plenty recipes so, this is a complete bread maker that makes delicious loaves whether white or whole wheat or gluten-free and fantastic dough for pizza, pasta, which pretty much makes it a bang for your buck.
Cuisinart CBK 200: the Differences that Justify the Slightly Higher Price
The design of the two Cuisinart bread maker units is highly similar. The CBK 200 is prettier and the control panel is a little more sophisticated.
The control panel also suggests one important thing.
There are more preprogrammed menus than the 12 integrated by the CBK 100. There’s 16 of them: white, white rapid, whole wheat, whole wheat rapid, French/Italian, French/Italian rapid, quick/cake, gluten-free, low-carb, dough/pizza dough, artisan dough, sweet, sweet rapid, jam, last-minute loaf (fast bake cycle), and bake only.
I must admit, it’s an impressive list. The pasta dough is missing. And it might justify the higher price tag for Cuisinart CBK 200, as compared to Cuisinart CBK 100.
If you don’t like either of these affordable makers, I can suggest two expensive alternatives: Breville Custom Loaf and Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme.
So, what do you think, which of the two Cuisinart bread makers wins?