Review: Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Breadmaker
he Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Breadmaker arrives well-packaged from Amazon.com. It includes the machine, the bread pan, a kneading blade, and a manual. There is a one year limited warranty. Even so, most retail establishments, including Amazon are quick to exchange or refund defective items if returned within a reasonable time frame.
The Sunbeam 5891 is an excellent value for the investment. It produces 1-1/2 to 2 pound loaves. It can be set to make dough, jam, cakes, whole wheat and French bread. This bread machine also has settings for 58 minute "Express Bake" bread. It should be noted that though these express settings produce good bread, they are not quite the same consistency as bread made using more standard settings. As is typical with breadmakers, the Sunbeam 5891 has a rectangular, non-stick pan. This makes bread easier to remove once it has been cooked, but also lends itself to slightly more difficult cleanup as the pan should be gently hand-washed to avoid scraping off the coating. The kneading paddle is a nice variation on the bread making theme as it does a good job of making dough that can be used to make bread in a separate pan in the oven or even make dough fries.
The user interface is fairly intuitive. A few pushes of the buttons on the display sets the production cycle in motion. Along with the bread type settings, there are settings for crust style and loaf size. The glass viewing panel is standard in most machines, nowadays. It is useful in gauging the progress of the loaves. The LCD display can be hard to read at times, depending on the lighting of the room. Nevertheless, it is informative and keeps the user abreast of the breadmaking process.
Like most bread machines, the Sunbeam 5891 takes up a good deal of counter space, 14 X 19 on the surface and 13-1/2 inches in height. Nevertheless, it is smaller than many other models capable of making a two-pound loaf. If there is a deficiency in this machine it lies in the manual which is not greatly helpful and contains recipes that are not accurate with regard to ingredient amounts, causing many users to complain of fallen loaves. If purchasing this machine stick to standard recipes found elsewhere.
In summary, the Sunbeam 5891 is a good value for the money. It produces good bread easily as one would expect. Nevertheless, it is not as durable nor as versatile as many other models.
The Sunbeam 5891 Breadmaker is available at Amazon.com.
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