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One design flaw.
Design flaw with blade falling off shaft (as others mentioned for two years).
This happened after first few days.
This is folding style paddle - good idea, but so-so in reality, way better than a huge hole in loaf!
Half hour pre-warming function is annoying, loaf always fails on menu 3, rises great at first, not on final stage.
Menu 1 works well enough, not as nice as previous Breville, Aldi.
(Sunbeam has already committed to replacement - thanks)
Otherwise machine looks & works fine. Small loaf mixes fine, non-stick pan, long kneeding, quiet enough.
I love breadmakers, but they can demand a lot of experimentation to get a nice loaf.
Purchased in October 2020.
Fault with blade
I have a Sunbeam Bakehouse machine which is only 3 months old and after a few bakes which were perfect the blade started to come of in every loaf and it would be in the centre of the loaf after baking. I found out the the coating on the blade was coming of and going into the bread and with no non stick coating the dough stuck yo the blade and pulled it off.
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Nowhere near as good as the old ones !
Sorry Sunbeam I like your products and always choose a Sunbeam appliance when I need one but on this occasion I went wrong. This breadmaker is dismal. First off the recipes in the book provide just flat out don’t work. The first time I used it the bread didn’t rise and was dense and not cooked properly the second time was exactly the same so I tried it a third time and got the same result. I have changed my yeast, flour and other ingredients still with no success. I have resorted to using recipes from my Mum and Dads 20 year old bake house mach...ine which worked well for the next 3 loaves. I have now put a loaf on this morning and part way through the machine has just suddenly stopped mixing and has started making an awful squealing noise. I turned it off and turned it back on and that seemed to fix the problem and then the machine just did the same again. This time it corrected itself and started again but the bread that has baked has become a dense undercooked flat loaf. I also tried a seperate loaf on the rapid cycle and that loaf failed also. This product is really disappointing and is a far cry from the excellent bread I get from my parents 20 year old Bakehouse. I bought this Bakehosue specifically on the good results of the old one. Unfortunately it doesn’t even come close to producing decent bread. One thing I noticed is that the current recipe book tells you to put the water in first and all the ingredients in the opposite order to what the old recipe book my parents one uses does. I’m not sure if Sunbeam printed this wrong but the yeast should always go in first. We are now swapping this one for a Panasonic breadmaker
Purchased in July 2020.
I like it. Well made. Smart.
I have only had BM4500 2 months now. Always had a Panasonic. I love how easy this is to clean. The bread has all been perfect. Soft better taste. People who say they have sunken bread, it their ingredients. Their measurements. Don’t condemn the machine,
Product was fantastic to start with now every loaf comes out sunken in middle and very dense. Thought i was useless but i have changed every variable, water amount/temp, yeast, flour, sugar, salt, bread improver, etc starting to believe Product is faulty. Unfortunately purchased through Chrisco so not sure of my options
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It’s a shame, I really wanted to like it but it was an absolute piece of rubbish!
We purchased this bread maker because we have gone into self isolation due to coronavirus, it was the only machine available at JB hi-fi at the time so we thought we would give it a go! We tried eight different recipes and the bread would always deep down in the middle and would never rise properly compare to other brands that we’ve seen out of other breadmakers.
After 2 1/2 weeks we gave up and return the machine as we did not even get one decent loaf of bread out of it, we thought maybe we were making it wrong and we also tried using differen...
Timer Delay won’t work
Bought this machine a couple of years ago as a replacement Sunbeam bread maker, which was absolutely brilliant. This one BM4500 is crapola !!
After reading these reviews I decided to add mine.
One time out of about three, the bread is a success. Not good enough.
Three times I have tried to “Time Delay “ following the directions in the booklet and with witnesses and three times it starts mixing straight away.
This machine is a piece of junk and I’ll be looking to buy a cheapie Aldi machine when they’re on sale next. If I’m doing something wron...
Bread Maker with reliable recipes
Love this bread maker machine, looking for a Gluten free option and this machine delivers that. Fantastic recipe book and a quality machine that works really well. All the options are amazing like the fruit and nut dispenser very happy with my purchase!
Purchased in March 2020 for A$169.00.
Failure bread every time!
I wish I had have read the reviews before purchasing this waste of space/time/energy/money. Doesn't matter what I do or what recipe I try, they all end up small windowless buildings. The times I think a good loaf might be finally going to happen because there is actually some height/rising occurring it's short-lived and collapses. Unfortunately it took me several months to get around to even using/trialing the machine so it's now out of warranty. The other thing to note for NZ purchasers is there are plenty of recipes in the book then towards the end there's a heading "NZ Recipes" and there's only 4 recipes for bread, don't buy this machine! Find a better one and read reviews first!
Purchased in November 2018.
This product is rubbish ..as we get near end time bread appears to be rising but when it finishes the bread sinks in the centre ..have varied all elements yeast water etc..same result..my friend brought cheap breville one for $20 hers never fails same recipe
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Bread has been perfect
So far loving my breadmaker. The loaves I've made have come out beautiful. I have done 4 so far, 1 with fruit. Only one loaf wasn't so great, a little too dense and didn't rise as much but I was experimenting with the turbo function. The bread didn't rise as much as other loaves I had made.
Blade coming out and sticky dough
Got my bread maker yesterday,was super excited to test it.The mixing blade comes out while mixing
Baked another 2 today and it’s the same.
Why is this happening?
The dough is also sticky,and I’m measuring exact.
this is the worse bread maker I have used couldn't get a good loaf hubby tried he couldn't either ...rubbish
settings were good but sadly nothing else
bread never turned out
make brown fruit and white
none turned out awful changed my flour yeast still the same
blade kepted falling over more trouble than it worth
Purchased in February 2019 at nz for A$275.00.
If you are thinking of buying this machine, save yourself some time and don't bother going to the store to buy one, just send your money straight to Sunbeam and don't get the breadmaker. You'll be in the same situation - less money in your pocket and not able to make bread in a machine.
To be fair, i have been able to make plain white bread with some success, hence the one star. But, if you attempt to make anything that resembles wholemeal or grain, you are in for continued disappointment. The bread collapses and never works. I've had the m...
Purchased in October 2016.
One Design Flaw
This makes awesome bread. It's a great machine, best of those I have had. However there is one rather large design flaw. The kneading blade is loose, and often comes up off the shaft slightly when first kneading, this can be hard to see, but what happens is the shaft rotates, but of course the blade doesn't, and you end up with a small, dense loaf. I have tried all sorts, including replacements, but the same thing happens, packing it with foil etc but none work. It needs a clip or some such. As I say design flaw and of course a rather major one. It's the entire point of a machine, the kneading. Zero response from NZ Sunbeam about it, they don't bother responding to customers over here.
Purchased in April 2018.
Not worth the hype
After quite a bit of excitement over the purchase of this bread machine, I was disappointed to find my bread containing numerous specks of what seemed like black element. The black coating of the bottom of the bread tin had been scraped by the rotating blades during the mixing stage. After ensuring the blades were secured in the correct position, I can conclude that the blades were faulty. Not only would this black coating be unpleasant to consume, but it is unsafe due to the synthetic chemical properties it contains. This left me with no optio...n but to discard the bread which had undergone processing for quite a while. After the second attempt at baking a loaf of white bread, the same issue occurred. After consuming a small and clean section of the bread, I found the texture to be quite firm unlike the texture of loaves purchased from the bakery or supermarket. The product also consumes a large amount of electricity seeing that it requires a running time of about three hours, depending of the type of bread that is made. I believe this product was not worth the hype and hope everyone else who purchases it has a better experience than I did. Will not be purchasing this product again.
A bit disappointing
While I have had nothing but success with my machine, my son recently purchased one of his own. He has had more failures than successes & is very disappointed with the product. He has used the recipes in the included book as well as packaged mixes. He is going to return it for a refund as he is definitely not happy with it.
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Good machine, not enough info in the booklet
I've made 3 loaves so far (2 of them fruit loaf, and none of them contained milk powder: note to Sunbeam; why milk powder and why not include a recipe tip for substitution? I had to turn to Google for guidance on subbing milk powder..... Please don't assume every human on the planet is willing to use breast milk in their food!) and have been happy with the results so far.
The only complaint I have is that the booklet that contains the user guidance and recipes, does not include any info on the mixing/baking cycles.
For example: I'm attemptin...
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Not fit for purpose
Had mine for three days and three lots of bread with three fails. If the bread had turned out any heavier or harder I could have built a house from them. So a refund allowed me to get a good one and success first time. As an entry level bread machine I would never recommend it
Inconsistent to the point of uselessness.
One in five times this machine gets things right. The other four times are random flops. Overflowing. Undercooking. Failure to rise. Brick like. You can't trust this thing to make any recipe consistently. Easier and cheaper to buy bread from Coles/Woolies. At least that is reliable. It's on a shelf in the garage now. Probably forever.
Can't be relied upon.
Questions & Answers
I have just purchased a new sunbeam bm4500 bread maker, I have followed instructions as per the manual but for some reason the machine is not mixing the ingredients. I have persisted now 4 times giving me nothing but a hot mess each time.
A bread machine we purchased many years ago now, once you put all ingredients into machine and pushed start, it started mixing almost instantly.
Please can some help me out here?
Is the blade in the upright position and locked in? Sometimes you have to push it in place until you hear a click. Make sure when putting flour in it doesn't flop the blade back down flat. Dont be affraid when you have added ingredients to use a spoon/finger to check. Before my machine became useless i had a few issues with blade aswell
Hello I have had a winner every loaf. I make a. mediam size loaf.
315 Ml water
1 Tbl spn Oil
1 ½ tsp salt
1 Tbl spn Sugar
1 Tbl Milk powder
212 g High Grade Flour
3 tsp Yeast.
We use Edmonds SUREBAKE yeast has a red top. I take chill off of water. It smashing Bread Maker
My BM4500 is 6 weeks old. While making bread the paddle often comes off the spigot. I purchased a new paddle. Same result. Any solution please?
The fruit dispenser inner door won’t lock up so unable to make fruit loaf etc as the fruit would drop straight into mix
Hello Ian, I had the same problem too. It took a month. I wrote to local Sunbeam who forward to Sunbeam AU. Who wrote back telling me to contact my supplier and claim a replacement. On page 44 driver handbook 12 month replacement. Mine came like it. I wire door shut i then got a golden brown top as heat not going out little door. I think i have had my replacement 1 week now. On replacement is a little white clip. Which missing on first 1.
- GTIN14: 00999992104547
- MPN: 2079, 35902763 and BM4500
- GTIN13: 9311445018705
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