Whether fixing school lunches for your kids or serving a holiday meal to your family, bread will likely be part of your everyday menu. Consumers want to provide their families healthy, nutritious and flavorful bread. Black & Decker has made that possible with their Black & Decker B6000C Deluxe 3-Pound Bread Maker.
This particular model offers features that other machines do not which will make the bread making process not only easy but enjoyable, as well.
While the Black & Decker bread making machine has the capacity to make typical 1.5-lb. and 2-lb. loaves, it also has an unusual and rarely seen feature with other machines – a 3-lb. loaf setting.
There are 10 pre-programmed settings and a 13-hour delay setting. This delay feature allows the user to add ingredients and then continue the baking process when convenient. Another special feature of this machine is a horizontal pan that creates more traditional and preferred shaped loaves.
There is a crust control setting for regular or dark crusts and a viewing window allowing you to keep an eye on the bread. Additional fantastic features include a non-stick pan making clean up easy, a control panel with LCD display, a reminder “beep” for adding nuts and fruits, the ability to make jams and a knead-only feature if you just want to prepare dough.
- Bakes 1.5-lb, 2 lb., or 3 lb. loaves
- 10 pre-programmed settings
- Traditional horizontal loaf shape
- 13-hour delay setting
- Crust control setting
- Viewing window
- Non-stick baking pan
- Control panel with LCD display
- Reminder signal for adding fruits and nuts
- The ability to make jams
- A knead-only feature
With an understanding of the features of the Black & Decker B6000C Deluxe 3-Pound Bread Maker, it is now important to discuss the pros and cons of this machine. As consumers, it is our responsibility to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of any appliance we plan to purchase for our homes and like with any product, there is both good and bad with this bread maker.
One of the most notable advantages this machine has over other machines is its ability to make a 3-lb loaf whereas most machines only bake a 2-lb. loaf making this machine a great option for larger families or people who bake for large groups.
Customers have also said they prefer the horizontal loaf pan and the more traditional loaf shape. This bread maker handles the dough well and mixes ingredients nicely using a dual knead paddle system.
This machine is quiet while baking which was a plus for many consumers. You’ll still hear a hum but compared to other machines, this one is most quiet. The Black & Decker B6000C Deluxe 3-Pound Bread Maker is rather intuitive making it easy to use for inexperienced bread makers. It is also a lightweight machine making it simple to move if needed.
PROS QUICK LIST
- Makes a 3-lb. loaf
- Has a horizontal loaf pan/traditional shaped loaves
- Handles dough well
- Unique dual knead paddle system
- User-friendly for inexperienced bakers
CONS QUICK LIST
- Instruction manual lacks details
- Fairly large/takes up too much space
- Small LCD display that isn’t backlit
- Baking a smaller loaf may require manual help with the mixing process
- Included recipes a disappointment
- No beep to signal time to remove the paddles
With the rating on Amazon, the machine is clearly a winner by most customer standards but there are a few complaints. The instruction manual seems to be lacking in details making it a bit difficult to follow. While lightweight, is a fairly large machine which means it may take up more counter space than desired.
The LCD display is smaller than other machines and not backlit making it somewhat difficult to read. A couple of other cons are when baking a smaller 1.5-lb loaf it may be necessary to scrap the pan a bit to aid in the mixing process and the recipes provided with the machine were lacking in quantity and quality – there could be better, more creative recipes and more of them.
Another potential problem with this machine is there is no warning sound telling the user when to remove the paddles. This can be a problem causing the paddles to cook inside the bread leaving unattractive holes in the loaves.
Black & Decker began as a small machine shop in 1910 and through the years has grown significantly while developing a reputation of producing superior products. Their customer service seems to be reasonable and helpful. They have provided numerous ways to contact them. A toll-free phone number, a contact form on their website and it is possible to connect with the company via social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Instagram. Their website also provides the ability to locate and order parts as well as posts up-to-date recall notices.
Ultimately, the decision to purchase this bread making machine is a personal choice but overall the Black & Decker B6000C Deluxe 3-Pound Bread Maker is a good machine. The ability to make a 3-lb. loaf is a stand out feature and the bread tastes great.