Reviews and Problems with West Bend 41300 - Hi-Rise
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No more high altitude bread disasters!
30 November 2012
Summary: So after many years (yes, I said years) of failed bread attempts, both machine and hand made, hubby and I decided to give it one more try. We have had many culinary successes, but breadmaking has never been one of them. That is, until the 41300 Hi-Rise. I won't bore you with all our failures, except to say they have been numerous and spectacular, and the results mostly inedible. Occasionally we would gnaw off a piece of one of the bricks just to say we had a bite.
Summary: We purchased this bread maker about a month ago. Our first loaf of bread was a disappointment. Our second loaf was only slightly better. Then we paid much closer attention to exactly how much flour, what type of flour, and had much better loafs. Gluten free breads will never be like loafs of bread containing gluten however, we have learned that this bread maker can produce great loafs of gluten-free bread that are very similar to 'regular' bread.
Summary: I purchased the West Bend 41300 Breadmaker on October 2011, and used it 30-40 times, by December 2011 the Teflon coating was peeling from the pan and the paddles exposing the Aluminum. 1. Ingesting Teflon is not recommended and I think is banned in Europe. 2. Aluminum is also dangerous to ingest. I returned the unit and received a 100% refund from Amazon, excellent service from Amazon. I notified West Bend twice about the problem and never received a response from them.
Summary: We purchased this product a little over a year ago, and used it to make about 10 loaves on dough setting only. The gears on the back paddle became stripped after only 6 uses, forcing us to hand mix the dough in the machine to ensure it was properly mixed and kneaded. After only one year, and after the warranty has expired, we have sent the machine to the dumpster (since we have to babysit it and intervene during mixing just to have the dough come out properly).
Summary: Okay, after 3 months of regular use making about 40 loaves of fresh hot breads--I'm satisfied that I got my money's worth already. As I see it, it's all gravy from here on out. In my area, quality wholegrain bread--made fresh--costs about five dollars a loaf. And thanks to this machine, I can make way better breads--suited to my tastes--for less than half that price.
Summary: I am updating my review on this product. I bought it about a year ago and now it is a piece of junk in my garage. After a year it stopped working. I opened it up and found that one of the belts that moves the paddles shredded and disintegrated. When I contacted the manufacturer for parts, it told me that it does not sell those things for purposes of liabilty. Instead the company offered me a 50% discount on its site to buy another product!
Summary: Good machine with a good price point. I have had it since July of 2010 - make 3-5 loaves of bread a week. I make some wheat, lot of basic white, occasional desert breads. I also make 2 pizza batches a month and put the extra in the freezer. I don't use prepackaged mixes, just roll my own ... no big deal. After a year of use here is my list of goods/bads: Bads: 1. Medium & Dark crust is too much -- bread comes out much to dark. I generally run light w/2.0 lbs loaf 2.
Summary: Other reviewers have done a nice job of summarizing the pros and cons, but for consistency sake I will rattle them off in a quick list: Pros: -reasonably priced for a machine that makes large loaves -horizontal pan makes a "real" loaf of bread -has a "sandwich" setting with recipe, you can actually use this bread for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that kids will eat (thinner crust then a typical bread machine that make a tube style loaf) -loads of settings to deal...
Not as good as the West Bend I replaced, but made some adjustments...
19 March 2011
Summary: This West Bend breadmaker isn't the same the quality as the old Baker's Choice West Bend that I replaced, but with some adjustments, I've been able to get good loaves. Since this pan is thinner than the older models, make sure you go with the lightest settings unless you like darker crusts. For sandwich bread, I found that the 2 lb loaf is too high with these pans (my old pan was a little wider, and shorter).
Summary: I bought the West Bend Hi Rise bread maker about three weeks ago (November 2010). I originally was going to get a Breadman machine but read reviews that parts and service are difficult to obtain. Then I was looking at a Cuisanart but there seem to be issues about performance. Finally I settled on the West Bend based on overall good reviews. Later I found a local discount store has these on sale for fifty bucks. But I think it is a good value for anything under a hundred.