If you’ve ever wondered why bread makers are so popular, all you have to do is compare a slice of home baked bread with mass produced industrial bread. They are so different, one is bland and seems as if most of what you are eating is air, while the other is tasty and filling. Plus, and many people would be hard put to explain exactly why, the smell of freshly baked bread is very pleasant. Added to that you can have fresh bread of many different types exactly when you want it.
With a home bread maker you don’t just have to have a standard loaf of bread. Bread makers like the Sunbeam 5891 (see today's price) have a selection of programs each tailored to suit the type of bread that you want. If you want a light, medium or dark crust on your loaf you can set the bread maker so that is what you get. The Sunbeam 5891 does not just make a loaf of bread either.
If you want dough to make pizza, bagels or bread rolls, for example, the Sunbeam 5891 has a setting that will make the dough and then stop. This allows you to then take the dough, shape it how you want and bake it in your oven. If you would like some homemade jam to accompany your homemade bread, the Sunbeam 5891 will make that as well. And it will even bake a cake from adding the ingredients through to the end. If you want to wake up in the morning or come home after a day at work, the Sunbeam 5891 has a delay timer that is able to be set so that the bread is baked up to 13 hours after you set it. The Sunbeam 5891 is best for baking large and extra-large loaves of bread (1 ½ lb. to 2 lb.).
As the Sunbeam 5891 can cope with a loaf of up to 2 lbs. in weight it is not the smallest bread maker available. It does however, maintain a smaller footprint than may otherwise be the case by making a loaf that is taller than a conventionally shaped loaf of bread. Dimensionally the Sunbeam 5891 measures 19 inches x 13 ½ inches x 14 inches and weighs 18 ½ lbs. All the settings are controlled from a single control panel. It is quite instinctive to use although for some reason the 3 crust settings available of, light, medium or dark, show as L, P and H respectively. Which is not obvious to most people, especially as all the instructions and controls are in English. The Sunbeam 5891 come with an up to 13 hour delay timer, which can be set in 10 minute increments. The 13 hours is until the bread is finished. So if you set your bread maker up at 8.00 pm at night and want your bread ready at 7.00 am the following morning, you would need to set an 11 hour delay.
Rather confusingly in the user manual the baking pan is described on page 6 as dishwasher safe but on page 24 it says “DO NOT wash the pan or parts in the dishwasher. Surely this will damage the finish of the pan and the other parts”. So just to make sure it is probably best to NOT use the dishwasher to clean the baking pan.
The Sunbeam 5891 is a versatile bread maker that makes either 1 ½ lb. or 2 lb. loaves of bread. It can be programmed to make a variety of breads as well as jam, dough and cakes. It manages to have a large capacity while taking up a relatively small amount of kitchen countertop. The price it pays for this is to produce a loaf that is very tall when compared with most people’s view of what a loaf of bread should look like. The only area for concern is the accuracy of the instruction manual.
It seems to have been written by or translated by someone whose first language is not English as some of the instructions are a little strange sounding. Also it does not seem to have been proofread as there are contradictions within it. For example at the beginning the manual says that the baking pan can be cleaned in the dishwasher and later it states that it cannot. That being said users seem very happy with their Sunbeam 5891. Reviews from over 1,400 users rate the Sunbeam 5891 as 4.2 stars out of 5, and 82% of those users consider the Sunbeam 5891 as being either very good or good.
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