Hamilton Beach 29882 2-Pound Bread Maker Review

The Hamilton Beach 29882 is an affordable bread machine that offers gluten-free and whole grain bread settings which many consumers are happy with the results. With a great price and a great performance, this unit is surely worth buying.
Hamilton Beach Programmable, 2-Pound Bread Maker

Highlighted Features:

 

  • 12 pre-programmed settings including gluten-free
  • Light, medium and dark crust settings
  • Delay timer & reminder alarm for adding dried fruits or nuts
  • Cool-touch body
  • Keep warm feature
  • Non-stick inner pan
  • Extra kneading paddle
  • Dishwasher safe bread pan
  • Weight:8 pounds
  • Dimensions:4 x 16.4 x 12.8 inches

Menu Settings and Estimated Completion Time:

  • Basic 1.5 lb: 2 hrs. 53 min.
  • 2 lb: 3 hrs.
  • French 1.5 lb: 3 hrs. 40 min.
  • 2 lb: 3 hrs. 50 min.
  • Gluten-Free 1.5 lb: 3 hrs. 32 min.
  • 2 lb: 3 hrs. 40 min.
  • Quick: 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Sweet 1.5 lb: 2 hrs. 50 min.
  • 2 lb: 2 hrs. 55 min.
  • Express 1.5 lb: 58 min.
  • Express 2 lb: 58 min.
  • Dough: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Jam: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Cake: 2 hrs. 50 min.
  • Whole Grain 1.5 lb: 2 hrs. 55 min.
  • 2 lb: 3 hrs.
  • Bake: 1 hr.

The Bread Quality

Hamilton Beach breadmaker makes tasty breadsFirstly, this bread maker is affordable. Secondly, it produces good quality bread each time. Finally, this unit offers a ton of baking modes, so as to give everyone their favorite bread, whether it be sweet, fluffy, or crusty.

But, what we really love about this bread maker is its versatility. There are 12 program cycles, each of them offering convenience and simplicity.

Program cycles

Basic (for white & mixed bread), Quick (ideal for making recipes that don’t require yeast, but instead use baking soda or powder), sweet (ideal for airy bread with mix-ins such as chocolate, dry fruits, raisins and more), French (for fluffy bread with crispy crust), 1.5 lb. express and 2.0 lb. express, cake, jam, dough, bake, wholegrain and gluten-free. As already mentioned, the selling point of this bread maker is actually its gluten-free baking mode. Compared to similar models on the market, this one makes some of the best gluten-free bread, giving you evenly baked and tasty bread.

With all this being said, this bread maker is already worth your money, and we have just started with its description. So, here are some other great features about the Hamilton bread maker.

Much like other bread machines on the market, this one also comes with the 3 crust settings, so that you can pick the crust you like the most – light, medium, or dark.

In addition, this bread maker has a kneading paddle that will mix the dough in a perfect way, ensuring your bread is of good quality. As for the capacity, you can bake 1.5 to 2 pounds loaf. Thanks to this, the unit is a good choice for both the family and for single-person use. Either way, just be sure to store the bread properly, so as to stay fresh.

The Keep Warm feature will make sure your bread stays warm for an extra hour so that you always enjoy warm, freshly-baked bread.


Usability

Now, let’s talk about usability of this bread maker. This bread maker is designed with simplicity in mind, as it comes with easy-to-use controls and an easy-to-read display. This means that you don’t have to be a baker in order to use this bread maker. On the contrary, you can be completely new to the baking world, and you will still use this bread maker with ease (see manual and recipes).

In addition, the controls are placed on top of the unit, allowing for quick access to baking modes and a timer.

Speaking of the delay timer, you can set the ideal time so that you and your family eat warm and fresh bread at your preferred time. You can set the perfect time before you go to bed, and enjoy the fresh and great-tasting bread the first thing in the morning. This is especially great in winter. Just imagine waking up to that familiar smell of homemade bread, while snow is falling and your loved ones are still at home. Quite idyllic, don’t you think?

Another great thing about this bread maker is its design. With black color, this unit will add a fancy touch to your kitchen, leaving a strong impression on anyone who walks into the room. However, a slight concern is the size. Namely, this unit is larger than other models on the market, so it will probably eat up some space on your countertop. But taking the price into account, we don’t see its size as a big issue.

What you will appreciate is the non-stick inner pan that can be washed in the dishwasher. Thanks to that, you won’t have to deal with cleaning, which saves your time. The inner pan comes with convenient handles, allowing you to easily remove the bread out of the pan.

Durability

Hamilton Beach delivers budget products, but their good quality will impress you, including this bread maker. That being said, this bread machine is sure to last for years, so that you can try out a wide variety of bread, jam and cake recipes. In addition, the unit comes with a 1-year warranty.

PROS:

  • Produces great gluten-free and whole-grain bread
  • Doesn’t leave a big hole under the bread
  • Affordable
  • Rapid bake in just 1 hr.
  • Baking pan is dishwasher safe
  • Easy to use, even for beginners
  • Delay timer
  • Body does not get too hot when baking
  • Good looking, adds an extra edge in your kitchen
CONS:

  • Slightly bigger than other breadmakers that make same loaf size
  • Loaf comes out in vertical, rectangular shape

Final Thoughts

The Hamilton Beach bread maker is a budget bread machine that delivers good baking results over and over again. With many baking modes, delay timer, large capacity and nonstick inner pan, this unit is a breeze to use and clean. So grab one of these for your family and enjoy the best gluten free bread ever.

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