Sunbeam 5891 2-pound Programmable Breadmaker review

Sunbeam 5891 2-pound Programmable Breadmaker review

Sunbeam is known for producing inexpensive kitchen appliances. The company has, once again, produced a model that is friendly for beginning bakers, and yet incorporates many of the top features on the market, at a fraction of the cost. As with all good things, however, there are a few place where corners were cut in order to make the product less expensive. You’ll need to weigh the pros and cons of this product carefully before making a purchase.

Key features

2 loaf sizes

3 crust settings

13 hour delay timer

LED display

12 cycle settings

This economical breadmaker does more than save home bakers money – it also saves time. The machine includes a 13 hour delay timer, allowing you to have bread when you want it, including first thing in the morning. A friendly LED display is easy to use, and makes selecting the crust setting, loaf size, and cycle you want much easier. Twelve cycles allow for versatile baking, and the three crust setting give users the ability to choose a level of browning that fits their family’s tastes.


Loaf size and shape

This bread machine produces 1.5 and 2 pound loaves. Like many bread machines, the loaves are shaped a little taller than traditional from scratch loaves. Loaf collapse has been reported, and a window in the top of the lid may help you to keep an eye to see if this problem is occurring with your loaf. Careful weighing and measuring of ingredients is crucial to success with this machine, or your loaf shape could be a U.



14” x 19” x 13 1/2”


Settings and Cycles

Light, medium and dark crust settings are available for this economically-priced bread maker. Additionally, there are twelve cycle settings (basic, french, whole, sweet, quick, expressbake 1.5 pound, expressbake 2 pound, dough, jam, cake, sandwich, bake). This is an impressive number of cycles for such an inexpensive machine.


Cycle Length

1 Basic

2 French

3 Whole Wheat

4 Quick

5 Sweet

6 ExpressBake 1.5 pound

7 ExpressBake 2 pound

8 Dough

9 Jam

10 Cake

11 Sandwich

12 Bake


Additional features

The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker comes equipped with more features than you might expect of a bread maker in this price range. In addition to twelve cycles and three crust settings, this machine also includes numerous recipes. Users will also welcome the compact size and shape of this model, and its streamlined modern design.



This machine incorporates many of the features of top brands, is durable, and takes up very little counter space. Users often cite the ease of clean-up and use as key points towards their purchase. It is a great model for beginning bakers, and the recipe book is solid, with a number of creative and delicious breads inside. There are some unconventional recipes in the book, like butters and spreads, that will also stretch the creativity of the beginning baker.



Many of the recipes included in the recipe book that Sunbeam provides have errors that lead to bread collapsing. Additionally, the machine itself has a frequent failure in the paddle mechanism, which Sunbeam readily repairs. If you use your own recipes in the machine, you need to be certain that they are compatible with the loaf pan size of this machine. A larger loaf is not necessarily a good idea. Stick with 1.5 pound loaves until you know how your machine behaves. Additionally, many of the Sunbeam 5891 machines are on the noisy side, although not all.



This is a solid, budget bread maker. If you don’t expect the results of the top brands, you’ll be fine. The bread is consistent, tasty, and easy to make, and cleanup is simple. Keep your expectations realistic, however – this is a budget brand machine. Many beginning bakers find that this machine is an excellent pick, especially for cramped kitchens.


This bread maker’s manual is available on the company’s website:


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