West Bend 41300 Bread Maker – Full Review
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West Bend 41300 Bread Maker – Full Review

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Love bakery-style bread, and want complete control over what goes into your baked goods? If so, you’ll want to consider the West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise Electronic Dual Blade Bread maker, which distinguishes itself by delivering light, airy loaves that will remind you of the ones from your favorite bakery. Although it’s not as fancy as some other models we’ve reviewed, it offers user-friendly features and provides a solid performance. While it’s up to you to remember to add in any extras such as dried fruits or nuts, you can easily make a variety of breads with minimal effort.

With eleven preprogrammed menu options, the West Bend 41300 bread machine lets you make white, wheat, sourdough, and sweet recipes, along with other breads and dough to shape into dinner rolls or fanciful artisanal loaves. Additionally, it features a 12-hour delay start that adds even more convenience to home baking by allowing you to choose when your bread will be ready to put on the table. You can wake up to fresh-baked bread for breakfast if you like, or come home from a long day at work and enjoy the marvelous aroma of baking. A keep warm function ensures that your efforts aren’t wasted; even if bread is ready a little earlier than other parts of your meal, you can still enjoy its welcoming warmth.

The West Bend 41300 is equipped with a super rapid function that prepares loaves in less than two hours, so baking bread on short notice is a breeze. Choose between 1-pound, 1.5-pound, 2-pound, and 2.5-pound horizontal loaves, and you’ll have just the right amount of fresh bread on hand to meet your needs. All you have to do is add ingredients as directed, select a setting, and then wait as the fragrance of baking bread fills your kitchen.

Designed for easy cleanup, both inside and out, the West Bend 41300 bread features a smooth, nonstick baking pan that releases loaves effortlessly and washes up quickly with just bit of hot water and a dab of your favorite dish soap. There’s no fighting with the mixing blades; a special tool is included, making removal quick and simple. The machine’s attractive black and silver exterior offers a clean, modern appearance, and is easy to maintain. Just wipe up any smudges and it looks good as new!

These are just a few highlights. Read on for more details about the pros and cons that come with owning the West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise electronic dual blade bread maker.

Four Loaf Sizes

No matter what recipe you want to use, it’s quite likely that it will be a good fit for the West Bend 41300. This bread maker lets you make four different loaf sizes: 1-pound, 1.5-pound, 2-pound, or 2.5-pound, which ensures that you have exactly the right amount of bread. While the largest loaves often come out with an indentation in their tops, this is something that you’ll find is common among most bread machines, and it does not detract from the delicious home-baked flavor of the bread. Remember that freshly baked bread does not contain any additives or preservatives as most commercial loaves doe, and it will be stale within just a couple days of baking. Of course, if you want to make extra bread or end up making more than you can use right away, you can always wrap it up well, put it in a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer until you are ready to eat it or add it to bread pudding! While bread from the freezer isn’t as nice as bread fresh from the bread maker, it still beats the stuff from the store.

 

Three Crust Shade Options

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Many bread makers give you crust color options, and the Hi-Rise electronic dual baker is no different. Select from light, medium, or dark crust settings to give your bread the appearance, taste, and texture you crave.

 

Time Delay Setting

Thanks to a time delay setting that can be programmed as far as 12 hours in advance, you can take a few minutes to set up your bread machine whenever it’s convenient. The baking cycle starts when you want it to, making it easy to decide what time your bread will be ready to eat.

Eleven Menu Settings to Choose From

Like many of the best bread machines on the market, the West Bend 41300 offers a number of menu settings designed to work with different kinds of bread that require special handling. It would be nice if the machine were programmable, like some higher-end models are, however you do get quite a lot of flexibility for the price. You can still make special breads, you just have to punch in the instructions each time. Customizing your baking is fun, and it’s nice to be able to make a variety of different things. The menu options include:

  • Basic – makes a delicious loaf of basic white bread
  • Quick – mixes up a loaf of your favorite quick bread such as pumpkin, applesauce, or zucchini
  • Super Rapid – works with instant yeast to deliver a finished loaf of bread in about 2 hours
  • Whole Wheat – designed to handle the demands of heavier wheat and whole grain flours
  • Sweet – meant for breads with higher sugar content than standard recipes
  • Dough – Mixes dough and treats it to a first rise, letting you shape and bake rolls or bread
  • Bake – Bakes doughs you’ve mixed outside the bread machine
  • Jam – Makes delicious jam or chutney to serve alongside your fresh bread
  • Sandwich – Perfect for making sturdy sandwich breads
  • Homemade – Make a variety of items including cake, or set different times for each phase including mixing/kneading, rise, bake time, and keep warm

Rapid Mode and Super-Rapid Mode

If you’re in a hurry but want to take your meal to the next level, don’t run to the bakery! There’s no need, since the West Bend 41300 has a rapid mode and a super-rapid mode. If you can get your ingredients into the bread maker quickly, you can be enjoying fresh, hot bread just a little less than two hours from the time the cycle begins. I experienced a little bit of unevenness when making bread using the rapid mode, however all other cycles delivered perfect bread.

 

Attractive, User-Friendly Design

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With an intuitive LCD control panel and a smooth, curved profile, the West Bend Hi-Rise bread maker is both user-friendly and attractive. It is easy to keep clean, and its contemporary appearance makes it a nice addition to a variety of interiors. There are two small viewing windows on the machine’s top, which make it easy to peek in and see what’s happening with your bread. It would be nice if the lid was removable, as it can be difficult to remove spills from the hinge area.

FAQs

“Do the dual blades really make a difference?”

Yes, especially when you’re making a bigger loaf of bread. They knead properly, which results in better texture and good, even rising.

“Is there an odor the first time you use the bread machine?”

Yes, as with most appliances, there is an unpleasant odor. I recommend washing the bread pan and paddles, then running a bake cycle to get rid of the smell. Wipe it down with a damp dishcloth after cooling down to get rid of any lingering odor.

“Can I add things other than basic ingredients, such as raisins, nuts, cheese, seeds, or sprouted grains?”

Yes! You can add all kinds of things to your bread dough. Be sure to follow the instructions and pay attention to the cycles the machine is going through if you want to do this. Once you’ve made bread a few times you’ll be familiar with the process of incorporating extra ingredients and it won’t seem like such a bother.

“How long does the rapid baking cycle take?”

The rapid bake cycle takes approximately two hours to complete. Be sure to follow the instructions in the accompanying manual, especially the one re: choosing this cycle for use with rapid rise yeast only. You can modify almost any bread recipe by substituting rapid rise yeast for regular; just be certain that you also change the amount of ingredients so that you’ll get a single 1-1/2 pound loaf. There is no option for choosing a different loaf size when you use this setting.

“Do the kneading blades collapse or do they remain in the bread during the baking cycle?”

While there are some bread makers with collapsible kneading blades, this is not one of them. The blades remain in place during the baking cycle, and as with the ones on most bread machines, they leave indentations in the bottom of the finished product. If you like, you can pull them off by hand just after the last kneading cycle comes to a conclusion.

“About how long does the “Dough” cycle last?”

The dough only cycle lasts 1 hour, 50 minutes.

“Can you make gluten free bread with the West Bend 41300?”

You can experiment with recipes, including gluten-free ones, and there are gluten-free recipes in the manual that will help you figure out which settings to use for recipes you find elsewhere.

“Does this bread maker make sourdough bread?”

Yes, you can make sourdough bread. There is a recipe for it on the West Bend website, or you can use a recipe that you are already familiar with. If you like San Francisco sourdough with a really crackly crust, you should mix it using the dough setting and then bake it in the oven so you get the results you want.

“Does the bread maker come with any kind of warranty?”

This bread maker comes with a 1-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Make sure you read all the material that comes with it to ensure that you are able to use the warranty if you need to!

Conclusion

The West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise electronic Dual Blade bread maker offers steady performance and quite a few features at an affordable price. It gets mostly positive reviews from other users, and although I read a few that talked about malfunctions, I found that it performed exactly as the manufacturer said it would. The fact that there’s a one-year warranty provides plenty of assurance; the bread maker pays for itself quickly and it has shown no signs of quitting! I’ve used it for everything from whole-grain pizza dough to dinner rolls to basic white bread and each recipe I have tried has turned out beautifully. It would be nice if the machine had an illuminated control panel, as this can be difficult to read in dim light, and I admit I would like it better if the lid came off for easier cleaning. The dual blades are a really nice touch, making for an outstanding loaf of bread with a wonderful texture. The user manual and recipes could be more extensive, however there are additional resources on the West Bend website, plus the machine works with mixes and just about any bread recipe you can find. It’s easy to use, and it has an attractive appearance to complement nearly any kitchen. You can find the West Bend 41300 Hi-Rise electronic Dual Blade bread maker for sale at online retailers including Amazon.

Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy

Hi! I’m Anne Kennedy, a nonfiction author, dedicated foodie, and contributor to Top 5 Reviews. I started contributing to this site in 2015 with the goal of helping others select quality home goods that help make busy lives easier. It’s interesting – and a lot of fun – to test things like bread machines, juicers, and of course coffee makers, learn what different models have to offer, and see how they compare with one another before passing my findings about the best ones on to you. Happy hunting!
Anne Kennedy
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