Gluten Free Bread Machine Reviews

Lots of folks ask me for my gluten free bread machine reviews: which bread machine do I prefer for baking gluten free bread? Which are the best bread machines for gluten free bread, specifically? And do you have to have a bread machine with a gluten free setting? 

In the many, many years I’ve been baking gluten free bread, I have tried just about all the bread machines out there — those with gluten free bread settings and those without. Here I review various Zojirushi, Hamilton Beach and T-fal gluten free bread machines and compare their features for you.

Tfal gluten free bread machine

Even within brands, there are some bread machine models to avoid, so pay attention to model numbers and links provided.

But first, let’s look at whether you NEED a bread machine to bake great gluten free bread.

While it IS nice to simply plop all the ingredients into a pan, press a button and walk away … it’s certainly not difficult to bake homemade gluten free bread in the oven with a pan. You just need the right ingredients and recipe.

gluten free cinnamon raisin bread in cast iron | gfJules
Baking amazing homemade gluten free bread is easy — even without a bread machine — so long as you have the right ingredients and recipe.

 

Do I need a Gluten Free Bread Machine?

First off, let me say that you do NOT need a bread machine to make awesome gluten free bread. But if you want to use a bread maker, please read my article full of tips on what and how to use one.

If you’re looking for more gluten free bread baking tips, applicable to both oven and bread maker baking, also check out my Top 18 GF Breadbaking tips.

Whether you decide to bake gluten free bread in an oven or a bread machine, there are so many reasons to try baking your own gluten free bread at home:

  1. it’s not hard to make delicious gluten free bread when you use the right ingredients;
  2. the results are far better than any frozen gluten free loaf you would buy at the grocery store;
  3. the slices are sized to make real sandwiches (without holes!); and
  4. it is far more cost effective in the long run to bake delicious gluten free bread at home (how much money have you already wasted buying gluten free bread your family wouldn’t eat? I rest my case).

making gluten free panettone in zojirushi bread machineClick on the photo to watch the quick video about the bread machine being used for gluten free panettone.

Gluten Free Bread Machine Reviews

All my bread machine testing has been done using my award-winning gfJules Bread Mix so that the results of each bake-out are dependent only on the machine as the variable.

zojirushi GF cinnamon raisin bread - gfJules
Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread baked in a Zojirushi Bread Machine. (Click on photo for recipe)

 

Zojiurushi Gluten Free Bread Machine Review

I’ll start with the Zojirushi® Home Baker Virtuoso, as it has traditionally been the most highly regarded gluten free bread machine by most bakers (including myself). Its one drawback: price.

I have traveled all over the country teaching gluten free bread baking classes and have most often used my trusty Zojirushi. While it has a pre-programmed gluten free setting, I program my own gluten free setting to avoid some of the issues which can arise with the pre-programmed one (including a punch-down setting which I never recommend for gluten free bread).

For more information on how to easily program a bread machine like the Zojirushi for baking gluten free bread (one of the attributes I like most about it), review my comprehensive article on baking gluten free bread in a bread maker.

 
Zojirushi Gluten Free Bread maker
Zojirushi Gluten Free Bread maker

Widely recognized as the gold standard for bread machines — especially in the gluten free category — the Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso is the bread maker that does it all, and it’s the one I’ve reviewed here for our sandwich bread baking purposes.

As I mentioned, it comes with a pre-set gluten free setting, but I prefer to program my own homemade cycle with this machine, as the pre-set GF setting calls for a punchdown and second rise, which is never a good idea with gluten free breads. Luckily, the homemade settings are easy to program and we can get our gluten free bread just right that way!

There are really no cons about this machine other than its price tag — typically in the mid-$300 range. But, if you’re going to be baking a lot of bread or really love the idea of a machine doing it for you, this is a worthwhile investment. 

gluten free beer bread sliced on board
Homemade gluten free beer bread baked in a bread machine. {click photo for recipe}

 

The idea with any bread machine is that you put all the liquids into the pan, dry ingredients on top, then the yeast. Push a button and the machine does all the work, producing a lovely gluten free loaf in a little over 2 hours. 

One of the best features of the Zojirushi is its long pan with double mixing paddles. The machine mixes the dough better than most other machines due to the double paddle design. The long loaf also makes the bread shaped and sized to a more typical sandwich bread.

zojirushi bread pan

The Zojirushi produces a reliably well-mixed, well-cooked loaf every time, with the right gluten free bread recipe or mix, of course.

One note: unlike some other bread machines, it does not make a very crusty gluten free loaf. The crust is more like a store-bought, soft crust bread which is great! … unless you’re looking for a crusty loaf of bread.

gluten free panettone in zojirushi bread machine
Gluten Free Panettone in the Zojirushi Maestro Machine

 

Zojirusihi also makes a Home Bakery Maestro upright bread machine that makes a vertical-shaped loaf. I used this machine for my gluten free Panettone Recipe and it worked quite well!

The machine is about the same price as the Home Bakery Virtuoso, though, and for my money, I would stick with the larger, two-paddle, horizontal loaf machine instead.

Gluten Free panettone square
Upright loaf made in the Zojirushi Maestro Machine.
 

T-fal Gluten Free Bread Maker Review

If you are in the market for a new bread machine with a gluten free setting, I am happy to add this T-fal® Actibread Machine to my favorite kitchen appliances for you to consider.

tfal bread measurement
2 lb gfJules Whole Grain Bread Mix baked in T-fal GF bread machine makes a full size sandwich bread. Crown is nearly 5 inches high (putting frozen GF loaves to shame).

Pros:

  • Compact Size
  • Bakes a beautiful, tall loaf with nice crown
  • Gluten Free Settings pre-programmed (including sweet bread & cake settings)
  • Bake only setting available to add time or program your own
  • Different loaf size & crust settings available
  • Start to finish, 2 lb loaf with nice crust done in just over 2 hours
  • Machine fully cooked my gluten-free loaf to 205º F in the bake time as programmed
  • less expensive than Zojirushi®
  • bread has a very crunchy crust
tfal sliced gluten free bread
The T-fal machine baked this 2lb gfJules Sandwich Bread Mix completely, without having to add time. Gorgeous crust and crumb, no rubbery bottom.

 

Cons:

  • Lid attachment seems loose and may compromise oven seal with extended use
  • Compact bread pan size bakes a tall loaf, but means slightly fewer slices (approximately 16, depending on how thick they are sliced)
  • Only one paddle to mix – need to use a rubber spatula to help mix the batter fully
  • Pan is 7 inches long; Zojirushi® pan is 9 inches long
  • More expensive than Cuisinart®
  • dough paddle stays inside the baked loaf and can be awkward to remove, as well as leaving a large hole in the bottom of the middle of the loaf
  • bread has a very crunchy crust – if you prefer a soft crust, I highly recommend the Zojirushi machine instead
Tfal gluten free bread
The compact size of the bread pan means the loaf is crowned and tall, but produces fewer slices.

 

All in all, I am quite pleased with the results of this T-fal gluten free bread machine. It has produced beautiful results comparable to those of machines that cost far more, so I would highly recommend it if you are interested in baking homemade bread with a bread machine.

NOTE: as of 2021, T-fal has notified me that it is no longer manufacturing ANY bread makers. If you happen to get your hands on one of the T-fal gluten free bread machines left on the market — lucky you! Otherwise, check out one of these other recommended gluten free bread makers.

Hamilton Beach Artisan Dough & Bread Maker Review

I recently tested an even more affordable bread machine option: the Hamilton Beach Artisan Dough & Bread Maker 29885.*

gluten free bread with Hamilton Beach Bread Maker overhead
gfJules Bread Mix baked in Hamilton Beach bread machine on gluten free setting, served on Gluten Free cutting board from WordsWithBoards.com

 

Like the T-fal gluten free bread machine, the pan is more compact than the Zojirushi, and has only one paddle for mixing. The bake time for the gluten free setting is a bit longer than the T-fal, but it’s still possible to have a fresh, hot loaf of homemade gluten free bread in under 3 hours, which is a pretty great option.

Hamilton Beach Gluten Free Bread Maker settings

Note that the model number machine I reviewed — which I liked — is 29885.

There are other Hamilton Beach bread machine models, and at least one (model #29882) has a gluten free setting which includes two rise times with a first kneading of 10 minutes followed by a second kneading cycle of 20 minutes after resting/rising for 25 minutes. That would spell disaster — or in this case a very flat gluten free loaf.

I can’t understand the thinking behind that program (and so many other similar “gluten free bread machine programs” on other branded machines), but do not buy that machine!

Many thanks to reader Patty S. who shared her manual with me on this machine, but very sorry to hear of her bad experiences because of those settings! Here’s how Patty’s experience with the Hamilton Beach #29882 machine went:

I made my bread using the dough setting and then the bake setting, like we talked about.  The instruction book said it would mix/knead the dough then it would rise.  Well during the rise period (30mins) about 17 minutes in, all of a sudden I heard it mix.  It spun the paddle once, then a brief rest period then it spun again.  As soon as I heard it I headed into the kitchen and shut it off and left it rise the remaining time with the machine off.  I have no idea how many more times it would have spun if I had not shut it off.  After waiting the remaining time I did start the bake only cycle. 

The bread turned out wonderfully thanks to your assistance and information.   It’s delicious!!  I had toast for breakfast today which is the first time in 2 ½ yrs.  I was in heaven! 

With this all being said that machine will work but you really have to babysit it.  If there were no other machines available I would definitely not mind.  Although there are other machines so mine is going back and I’m ordering the correct Hamilton Beach #29885, which is actually $16 cheaper.  Yeah me!  Haha

Thanks again for your assistance and wealth of information!  My bread would not have been a success without you!!  Thank you thank you thank you!!!

And then, after Patty returned it for the Hamilton Beach #29885 I recommend instead:

I used the 29885 and the bread turned out wonderful!  I did not bake it for the additional time because when I stuck the thermometer in it read 205.  The bread was done the whole way through, nothing was undercooked.  I made your cinnamon raisin recipe this weekend, no extra bake time was needed for this also.  It’s delicious!   
 
Thank you for your fabulous flour, recipes & wealth of information!

 

Way to go, Patty, for sticking with it! She was rewarded with great gluten free bread and now she has a great gluten free bread machine she can rely on!

Back to my bread machine testing: check out the size of these slices with a standard veggie burger — now that’s a good size slice of bread! Unlike most store-bought gluten free loaves, these bread machine loaves produce sandwich bread with generously sized slices to make real sandwiches.

gluten free bread made with Hamilton Beach Bread Maker |gfJules

One thing to note about this gluten free bread machine: I tested the loaf with a bread thermometer at the end of the pre-programmed gluten free cycle and it needed more bake time to reach 205F internally (note from above that reader Patty did not need to add time, but that’s why it’s always good to have an instant read thermometer so you know for sure!).

The good news is that this Hamilton Beach has a simple bake setting which makes it easy to add bake time (unlike the Cuisinart**).

I ended up adding 10 minutes more to the bake and the loaf tested done. After all the opening and closing of the lid though, some sinking did occur in the top of the crust. 

gluten free bread with Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
Loaf made with gfJules Gluten Free Sandwich Bread and naturally gluten free beer for the liquid.

 

It still tasted fabulous and was completely cooked, so I would count that as only a minor ding against this machine; next time I will know to add 10 minutes and won’t have to open the lid early at all. 

The crust was much softer and more akin to the Zojirushi crust than the hearty T-fal crust, so take that into consideration when deciding which machine suits your family’s tastes.  

I also liked that this machine comes with a paddle hook to help remove the paddle from the baked loaf if it stays inside the bread (which mine did not do).

Hamilton Beach Bread Maker before baking

As with any bread machine, the room temperature liquids go on the bottom of the pan, then the dry mix ingredients, then the yeast in a well in the middle.

When the bake cycles are complete, simply remove the pan from the machine (with a pot holder) and allow the loaf to cool for a few minutes in the pan before gently sliding the loaf out of the pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.

gluten free bread in Hamilton Beach Bread maker

Pros:

  • Compact Size & lightweight machine
  • Bakes a beautiful, tall loaf
  • One Gluten Free Setting pre-programmed 
  • Bake only setting available to add time or program your own
  • Sweet Bread, Dough, Jam, Rise and Bake settings also available (which would work for gluten free)
  • Start to finish, 2 lb loaf with nice crust done in under 3 hours
  • less expensive than Zojirushi® or T-Fal®
  • bread has a soft crust
  • dough paddle tends to remain in the pan, rather than in the baked loaf
  • comes with a paddle hook to help remove the dough paddle from the loaf if it does stay inside when the loaf is removed

Cons:

    • Compact bread pan size bakes a tall loaf, but means slightly fewer slices (approximately 16, depending on how thick they are sliced)
    • Only one paddle to mix – need to use a rubber spatula to help mix the batter fully
    • Machine did not fully cook my gluten-free loaf to 205º F in the bake time as programmed
    • Pan is 7 1/4 inches long; Zojirushi® pan is 9 inches long
    • bread has a soft crust – if you prefer a crunchy crust, I recommend the T-Fal® bread machine instead


Do you have a bread machine and use it to bake gluten free bread? Is yours a gluten free bread machine or a standard bread machine you have to program for gluten free loaves? Please leave a comment below with the bread maker you use and your review of it so others will learn which machines are worth trying.

Thanks for contributing your experiences!

**Note: I had previously recommended a Cuisinart®​ machine among those I liked to use, but after after repeated problems with my Cuisinart bread maker not fully baking the loaves, I no longer recommend that machine. I have learned a work around (preheat your oven to 350°F and place the bread pan from the Cuisinart bread machine into the oven to bake approximately 10 more minutes at the end of the bread baking cycle), but this is not ideal. One reason we use a bread machine is so that we don’t need to turn on the oven, or perhaps because there is no oven available. Since this bread machine does not have a separate bake setting, access to an oven is required. I have heard from many other Cuisinart bread machine owners that they have had the same issues and have also learned to use the oven to finish baking the loaf. If you currently have a Cuisinart bread maker, I highly recommend purchasing a bread thermometer so you can determine if the gluten free bread is fully cooked on the inside before removing the bread to cool.

 

*Thanks to Zojirushi®,  T-fal® and Hamilton Beach® for supplying me with gluten free bread machines to test and review. My opinions on bread machines are entirely my own, and a favorable review was not required. (I have since purchased two of these machines as gifts, just so you know — I’ll leave you to guess which ones!) I only work with companies and products that I love and recommend. Some links in this post may be referral links. If you do decide to purchase a product at a retailer after following my link, I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, which I use to pay for web hosting and services for this blog. Read my disclosure policy here.