While it doesn’t come packed with the huge number of features many of it’s competitors boast, the Breadman TR520 does a very good job for a very affordable price.
If you’re the kind of person that wants every available feature under the sun and price isn’t an issue then the Breadman TR520 probably isn’t what you’re after. If however, you’re looking for a dependable, durable machine that does all the basics well, then read on.
The unit comes in an unspectacular but neat and well presented design. It’s not the best looking breadmaker on the market but there are much uglier one’s out there too. The first thing you notice is the large viewing window at the top. If you’re new to bread maker you’ll be using it quite frequently at first. It’s quite exciting to watch your latest creation slowly taking form, through all the different cycles. The LCD display panel is intuitive and user friendly, however it can be difficult to read the white lettering on a yellow background.
The TR520 bakes loaves in 3 sizes up to 2 pounds, has 3 shade settings and 8 different functions for breads and dough. This isn’t as many as some of the top of the market models but it should be more than enough for most people who just want to bake good looking and great tasting bread.
The machine also comes with the standard 13 hour time delay settings which means you can set it to bake overnight or even while you’re at work. The unit can be a little on the noisy side as far as bread makers go so you might want to test it during the day before programming it to bake overnight.
One function that’s missing from the breadman is a separate tray for fruit & nut add ins which means if you have ingredients that need to be added in at a certain time, it has to be done manually. The unit will give off a sound when it’s time for this to happen but it means you can’t just set and forget for the entire duration. Having said all that, you can forgive the exclusion of this feature given the very low price tag.
- Paddle comes attached to electrical cord; detach but keep safe for use with select bread types
- Programmable breadmaker bakes 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-pound loaves
- 3 crust shades; 8 functions for breads and doughs; 13-hour delay timer
- Fruit-and-nut add-in signal bell; viewing window; nonstick baking pan; removable lid
- Measures approximately 13-1/2 by 12-1/5 by 13-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
- Price Tag
- Easy to use
- Large viewing window
- No automatic add in tray for separate ingredients
- A little noisy
The Breadman TR520 is great unit for someone who doesn’t want to pay a premium or is looking for an entry level breadmaker. To get many of the top of the line features you’ll be paying at least another 80 dollars but if you’re happy with a machine that just does the basics then it’s hard to go past this unit for value for money.