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Worst bread maker Sunbeam Bakehouse
Purchased from Kitchen Warehouse January 2021, Perth.
I am an experienced cook and have owned 2 bread makers in the past and often made bread by hand. This one purchased is the worst I have used - which I have used 6 times in case I got the instructions wrong! The reason for buying another bread-maker is that I am time-poor and an automated machine should be ideal.
Each of the six times of using the machine, the bread came out burnt, it smelled burnt 30 minutes before the cycle had finished; the blade was embedded half way up the loaf on 4 of t...
As yet have not made a good looking loaf - very ragged on tops. Have made sure blade was upright at beginning but looked flat when pulled from baked loaf.
Have followed recipe for sourdough (menu 5) (image 1). Also tried Barossa Sourdough Rye premix from Laucke, following all instructions - result is image 2. Have also tried Rustic Rye (menu 9) with similar results.
Looks like I have to go back to making bread completely by hand.
Purchased in February 2021 at The Good Guys Physical store for $168.00.
This is the worst bread maker I have ever used.
This is the second bread maker I have ever had. Before I had a brevill bread maker and it never failed.
The Sunbeam has never worked since I have had it.
I only make French bread without turbo.
It is a simple recipe and always worked on the Breville, never on the Sunbeam BM4500.
I am using the correct quality and quantity of ingredients.
Purchased in February 2021.
Only worked for 3 weeks
After 3 weeks of wonderful bread it suddenly stopped heating on the second rise. It then baked the cold, sunk dough = a horrible loaf. See pic attached with the same recipe when the bread maker was working and after the rise cycle stopped heating.
Also the paddle is very fiddly to keep upright, which is essential for all functions.
And you need to REALLY clean the paddle or you get black oil through your bread.
Replaced by Sunbeam - great service!
However having now read other reviews online it will probably die again.
Purchased in December 2020 at Appliances Online for $147.00.
An excellent bread maker. The only issue I have is the extremely loud beeping (or siren) that goes off when it is time to add fruit or nuts. It wakes the whole house if we have it set to come on at night. Other than that it is a terrific machine.
Purchased in March 2020.
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.
Purchased in August 2020 at Accessories Online for $151.00.
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,
Purchased in June 2020 at Mighty Ape.
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
Purchased in December 2019 at Chrisco for $200.00.
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...
Purchased in March 2020 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $189.00.
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 $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
Purchased in October 2019 at Noel Leeming Physical store for $179.00.
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.
Purchased in August 2019 at The Good Guys for $161.00.
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.
Purchased in July 2019 at The Good Guys.
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 $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.
Questions & Answers
Do you have any vegan recipes that would work in this machine please? The Sunbeam Bakehouse BM5400
As far as I know there are no Vegan recipes for this bread maker. I suggest the customer researches vegan bread maker recipes and then uses the gluten function on the unit.
Hope this helps you.
Hi, why would I use the gluten free function? That seems strange?
It is less kneading but she can use basic white if you wish itdepends on the ingredients your using.
Why wont my less than a year old bakehouse breadmaker work on the multi grain cycle it just clicks and does nothing, grrrr this is the second one to do this.....
Hi Adair H,
Can I please confirm you are following the below steps? Is the machine also making any noise at all? Or is it just not working.
1.Ensure kneading blade is upright in the bread pan.
2.Add ingredients to the bread pan in order listed.
3.Insert bread pan into the baking chamber and press down firmly until the pan is clicked into
place. Close lid.
4.Add ingredients to the fruit and nut dispenser if required.
5.Press the MENU button to Menu 3 (Wheat). Choose CRUST and SIZE settings.
If using menu 4 (Wheat Turbo) additional baking time may be required using the BAKE
Please let me know.
Why are some settings not working on my sunbeam bread maker? My wheat / wholemeal setting does not work and when selected, it just makes a click sound and no mixing commences. I have had to be using the “basic” bread setting for my baking but this is leaving my loaf heavy and dense
Hi Martina H,
Firstly can I ask how old is your machine?.
Purchased less than a year ago
I have just sent you a private message if you could kindly respond via that please.
|Max Loaf Size||1 kg|
|Features||Automatic Ingredients Dispenser, Gluten Free Setting, Keep Warm Function and Viewing Window|
|Preset Timer||15 hours|
|Colour / Finish||Stainless|
|Construction Material||Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||405 x 426 x 313 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2012|
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- GTIN14: 00999992104547
- MPN: 2079, 35902763 and BM4500
- GTIN13: 9311445018705
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