Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine Review

Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine Review
Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine Review

Oster, owned by Sunbeam, has been making various products since 1924 and was created by John Oster in Racine, Wisconsin. That’s over 80 years of quality products and appliances that we all adore.

Since we love the Oster brand, we decided to check out their 2-pound Expressbake bread machine. You don’t hear much about Oster’s bread machines so we wanted to take a look.

Here are the positives and negatives of this remarkable bread machine.

About the Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine

Oster CKSTBR9050 Expressbake Bread Maker
OUR RATING

Oster’s Expressbake Bread Machine is a twist on the older models. Its Expressbake function makes baking the best loaf of bread possible even faster. In fact, it can bake bread in under an hour with 650 watts of power.

The design of this machine is unique and modern. It has a sleek and compact look that will fit in with most modern kitchens and comes in both a white model and a black model.

It also features a nice little viewing window so you can watch your bread as it kneads and bakes.

This machine weighs in at a mere eight pounds so you can move it around your kitchen as needed or even put it away when you’re not using it.

An LCD display makes it super easy to move through the settings and see what you’re doing. The buttons are push-control so you’ll know when you hit a button to make changes to the settings.

 The Oster Expressbake bread machine also includes measuring tools for accuracy and an easy to use instruction manual with a few recipes that you can try.
The 12 Settings

The 12 Settings:

  • Basic
  • French
  • Whole Wheat
  • Sweet
  • Ultra-Fast (1 and a half pounds)
  • Ultra-Fast (2 pounds)
  • Quick
  • European
  • Dough
  • Bagel Dough
  • Jam
  • Bake

Crust Settings: Light, Medium, and Dark

Loaf Sizes: 1 pound loaves, 1 and a half-pound loaves, and 2 pound loaves

The Other Features:

  1. 1
    Oster’s Expressbake bread machine makes it simple to customize. The settings are simple and easy to read.
  2. 2
    Our favorite feature by far is the Ultra Fast settings. They allow you to bake a loaf of bread in under an hour so if you’re super busy but have a hankering for fresh bread with dinner, it will be ready in no time.
  3. 3
    There are several unique settings that you don’t always see in other bread machines like the bagel dough option.
  4. 4
    The bread pan inside the bread machine is made of a nonstick aluminum. You don’t have to worry about your bread sticking to the pan once it’s done baking.
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    The lid is removable. This makes cleaning your machine so much easier. Just pull the lid off and clean it up.
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    It has a fruit and nut dispenser. Put the extra ingredients for your bread in the dispenser, start the machine, and walk away. It will drop the ingredients into the dough to be mixed at just the right time.
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    It has a 13-hour delay timer. This means you can set the timer and it waits to start your bread. You can wake up to fresh bread in the morning or come home to fresh bread after work.
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    It has a one hour feature that keeps your loaf of bread nice and warm for up to an hour after it’s finished baking.
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    If the power is cut to the bread machine for any reason, it has a six-minute memory. This means it remembers where it was in the process for up to six minutes. When the power returns within this time frame, the machine starts back up where it left off.

What Do Others Have to Say?

The Oster Expressbake Bread Machine is a decent compact bread machine for new bakers or people who don’t bake all the time.

It’s not made of the best material and the kneading paddles could be much better. However, it’s great quality for such an affordable price.

Our rating: We give this bread machine a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

The most cited advantages of the Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine:

  • People can’t stop raving about the Ultra-Fast options. It makes baking bread on a deadline easy. Despite the cut in time, the bread still turns out fully and evenly baked
  • It’s a super quiet machine. You don’t have to worry about hearing it from the other room.
  •  It’s hard to find an affordable bread machine that isn’t of poor quality. Thankfully, this machine is both affordable and will last you a few years.

The most cited disadvantages of the Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine:

  • Some people are disappointed with the look and design of the Expressbake bread machine. It’s rather plain-looking.
  • There’s no gluten-free option. You can still make gluten free bread with this machine but you have to figure out what settings work best to prevent gluten from being created. It’s not friendly to anyone with celiac disease.
  • There’s only one kneading blade instead of two. Dual kneading blades seem to knead the bread dough much better and can knead larger amounts of dough more easily.
  • A few have complained that the hinges easily break off since they’re made of plastic.
  • Even though it’s great for baking a one or one and a half pound loaf, some people have had a hard time baking an evenly and fully baked two-pound loaf.
  • Sometimes the bread comes out a weird unpleasant square-shaped loaf.

The Bottom Line

Even though Oster isn’t the most famous brand for bread machines, they create quality and easy to use machines that are perfect for bread baking newbies.

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