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Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker review

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Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker
  • Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker

Summary

Our Score:

9

Pros

  • Looks great
  • Makes big loaves
  • Can create your own program

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Dense loaf
  • Loud

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Key Features

  • 465g and 700g loaf sizes
  • Seed dispenser
  • Timer delay
  • 11 programs for breads, cakes, doughs and jams plus custom program
  • Manufacturer: Cuisinart
  • Review Price: £150.00

What is the Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker?

The Cuisinart Automatic Breadmaker is a good-looking breadmaker that produces large loaves – the included recipes were for either 465g or 700g of flour. It also has programs for making cakes, doughs and jams, and features a dispenser for adding seeds and dried fruits at the right time.

The styling is stunning and contemporary, and build quality appears to be good, but the design isn't perfect.

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Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker

Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker – Design and Features

The Cuisinart looks stunning – the best-looking breadmaker we've seen yet. Thanks to a black glass top, brushed stainless steel sides, clean lines and curved corners, it would look perfectly at home in a contemporary kitchen. It's wide and shallow, with a footprint the size of a sheet of A4 paper (landscape) but a third wider still.

The lid is home to a seed dispenser, but this is accessed discreetly from the left side: you pull it out like a drawer to fill it. Aside from that neat feature, it works like any other breadmaker.

Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker

There are 12 programs. 11 of them are preset once for breads, cakes, doughs and jams – and there are plenty of suitable recipes in the enclosed recipe book. But unusually the twelfth is programmable – you can set the timings for kneading, rising, etc. So if you come up with your own bread recipe, you can save it to the Cuisinart's memory. You can also delay the start time of the programs, so that your loaf is ready in up to 13 hours' time.

Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker – What's it like to use?

As we prepared to cook, two things stood out: one good, one bad. The good one was how user-friendly the seed dispenser is: it's a clever design, that works like a drawer. To look at the Cuisinart from the outside, you'd never guess it had a seed dispenser.

The bad one was that the back-right of the glass lid caught on the plastic beside it every time we opened or closed the lid. The lid still worked ok, but it was annoying and it was gradually scuffing the corner – this undermined the otherwise very positive impression of the breadmaker's build quality.

Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker

We baked a 700g wholemeal loaf, taking a recipe from the enclosed Cuisinart cookbook. It was a vegan recipe using sunflower oil rather than butter, malt extract and 2/3 wholemeal flour and 1/3 white flour. The cooking time was 3:32 and it gave the option of a light, medium or dark crust.

The breadmaker was quite loud as it kneaded: a deep, bassy whirring sound, like a tumble dryer. It was also loud later on in the program as it tends to beep at the end of each part of the breadmaking process, so you can hit "pause" and add ingredients or tinker if the recipe requires it.

The resulting loaf had a good, even crumb but was a bit too dense. The sides and base were slightly crunchy but not so much on top (we chose the medium setting). Toasted it was tasty but again dense, we'd have preferred it to be a bit lighter. Looks-wise the top of the loaf was slightly uneven but in a good way – it didn't look too breadmakery.

Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker

Should I buy the Cuisinart CBK250U Automatic Breadmaker?

Yes, if looks are the most important factor – the Cuisinart's black glass and clean lines would look great in a contemporary kitchen. It's also good for baking big loaves, or if you want to create your own program. But if you're after the very best loaf, we'd recommend the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 instead.

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Verdict

A high-end breadmaker with stunning looks, big loaves and a create-your-own program.

Overall Score

9

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toboev

January 4, 2015, 9:57 am

Before you can contemplate awarding a bead maker 9 out of 10, surely it has to make decent bread?

Bugblatter

January 4, 2015, 12:23 pm

Or they could have tried making more than one loaf. Seems the first one wasn't quite to their taste but rather than experiment they just stopped.

They also didn't slice the bread and show us the inside, which is kinda basic for a breadmaker review.

Also no mention of the hole left in the bread by the blade. I think they all do it but some are probably worse than others. I'm also waiting for someone to make a breadmaker where the blade always stops across the loaf so only one slice is spoiled.

My wife said this was a review for people who like gadgets, not for people who like bread.

toboev

January 4, 2015, 1:09 pm

Your wife is correct!

Dave Cason

September 20, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is without a doubt the most sorry a$$ed piece of junk I've ever owned. The recipes are lousy and the manual was written by someone who has NO clue how a breadmaker works - the instructions are crap and the you can't make heads or tales of it. It's got these lame menus in the bread maker that are supposed to be goof proof - you can't stop or cancel or customize ANYTHING. Even the instructions don't accurately describe what it's doing .... its JUST BAD !!! Get it?? BAD !!! I had an old cheap Black and Decker that was the most easy and simple thing to use it's comparing night and day to what a hunk of junk this "thing" is ...... DO NOT BUY A CUISINART CBK-200C Call me - 403 282 2186

Mark Simmons

March 22, 2016, 6:27 pm

Totally agree. I've always wondered whether it might be possible to have the blade align to as to affect only one or two of the slices. The spindle is keyed with a flat edge so the motor would need to be driven to rotate a small amount at the end.

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