If you plan on baking bread for a party, then you definitely need the Black & Decker B6000C bread machine. It can bake up bread that weighs as much as 3 pounds! Compared to other bread machines that have a hard time baking a 2-pound loaf, the Black & Decker B6000C bread machine makes it so effortless.
The first time you see the B6000C bread machine, you will probably think that it is going to be so heavy. However, after carrying it out of the box, you’d be surprised that it is very light. It’s even too light for an appliance that is considered heavy duty. While being lightweight is a plus if you plan on transporting your bread machine from one place to another, it does not feel like it is durable. Do you know how appliances are often perceived as heavy because they’re durable? The B6000C goes against that perception.
Product Review: Black & Decker B6000C
The Black & Decker B6000C bread machine is unlike the other more sophisticated bread machines. For one thing, it isn’t black and it is pretty light. At first, you would think it’s a toy because it doesn’t look sleek at all; imagine a white storage box with a control panel. Nonetheless, the lightness of the machine is perfect especially if you need to bring it someplace else.
It has 11 pre-programmed settings and this includes settings like gluten-free, low-carb, delay, and crust settings. It definitely takes its bread-making very seriously. Because of the many settings and the durable kneading paddles and baking pan, it produces a high-quality bread loaf. Even if the bread weighs 3 pounds, the same high quality is produced as when it bakes a 1.5 pound of bread.
Because of its large capacity, the Black & Decker B6000C is much more suited for bigger families. It can also be for people who often bake to share. In fact, there are cases when the 3-pound loaf turned out to be of a higher quality than the 1.5-pound loaf. This can be attributed to the two kneading paddles that are maximized if you have 3-pounds worth of ingredients. The bread even becomes more professional-looking when you remove the paddles, 1.5 minutes away from its finished time. Removing the paddles will avoid having those two holes at the bottom of the loaf.
Another thing that was impressive in this bread machine is its ease of use. The instructions in the manual are pretty straightforward and the pre-programmed settings are very easy to understand. Even a beginner at baking can easily produce a good loaf of bread. If there is one thing that could have been improved on in terms of ease, it would be the instruction manual. Yes, it’s straightforward but it would have been better if it explains the different program settings, their amount of time to bake, etc.
Pros and Cons of the Oster CKSTBR9050
- It’s heavy-duty - can knead and bake up to 3 pounds of bread
- It’s affordable for its capacity
- It’s lightweight and easy to carry
- Has all the basic features you need
- Has a large window to view the bread
- Choice of 3 crust controls
- Maximum of 2 hours baking
- Has 2 hours of warming
- Produces great-quality loaves
- The parts don’t fit so well
- The manual does not expound on bread settings
- Screen display is small and has no backlight
- Low-quality material for paddles and baking pan
- Lacks exterior appeal
Black & Decker B6000C Features Overview
Horizontal loaf configuration
Even though the Black & Decker B6000C bread machine is shaped like an oval, it has a horizontal loaf configuration that will produce traditional loaves of bread. For 3-pound loaves, they can be cut into half lengthwise because it is too tall to resemble a traditional loaf.
Two kneading paddles
The two kneading paddles are to ensure that the dough is kneaded properly especially if it weighs 2.5-3 pounds. These paddles are not folded, hence you might have to remove them before the last cycle takes place to avoid having a hole on the bread.
11 pre-programmed settings
The 11 pre-programmed settings refer to different settings that accommodate different types of mixes. One such setting is gluten-free which is specifically designed for ingredients that do not contain gluten. It also comes with three crust settings, namely, light, medium, and dark.
LCD control panel
The LCD control panel, although quite small, shows the cycles taken and the programs chosen.
Wide viewing window
The viewing window is wider than usual and it allows you to see how good the bread is being baked. It will also help give you an idea if there are any adjustments to the settings that need to be made before the last cycle.
Manual and recipe book included
The Black & Decker B6000C machine gives a little extra to their customers by adding a recipe book on the different types of bread you can make with the machine.
Overall, the Black & Decker B6000C bread machine is your best choice when it comes to heavy-duty bread machines. It’s a pro at handling 3-pound loaves and it doesn’t get worn out quickly. It’s definitely for the long-term, especially if you love baking and you bake a lot in one batch.
The only thing that the Black & Decker bread machine lacks is better user experience. It has too small a screen to be easy to use by grandparents. It’s also challenging to use at night given that it has no backlight. Other than that, there’s nothing else you’ll want from a bread machine.
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