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Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker is a highly affordable bread maker with some features usually found only in pricier models, such as a viewing window, delay start, three crust preference and three bread sizes. But what really thrills bakers is the dough only cycle, perfect for those who are weary of mixing and kneading. The 5891 is easy to use and clean, and consistently makes delicious, perfectly baked bread. It's durable too, with some owners reporting it's still going strong after several years.


  • Easy to use
  • Many features for the price
  • Durable


  • Very noisy
  • Large and heavy
  • Included recipe book is poorly regarded

Breaking it down


Delivers consistently good results over the long term. Although the low price tag might lead you to expect otherwise, the Sunbeam 5891 earns high performance marks from reviewers. We see this across the board, from very experienced cooks who say it does just as well as much more expensive machines, and newbies who are thrilled at being able to make their own bread so successfully. Most say it consistently makes great bread, with a nice crust, even textures and delicious results. The one complaint we saw over and over was that the recipe book is terrible, that the recipes make no sense and the results aren't good. Instead, knowledgeable reviewers suggest buying a dedicated bread machine recipe book.

Ease of use

A basic, intuitive machine. A number of reviewers say they bought the Sunbeam 5891 because they saw reviews that said it's one of the easiest machines for a beginner to use, and that their experience proved that to be true. They say set up is simple and the instructions are easy to follow, but the machine is so intuitive, you don't really even need them. Several users say it's basically fool proof and made a good loaf of bread even when they weren't sure they did it properly. It's also reported as very easy to clean. One interesting finding: Quite a few highly experienced bakers buy this machine just to use for kneading dough, to save them the time and elbow grease. Then they shape, proof and bake it by hand. One expert reviewer says this works better than her pricier machines with thicker doughs.

Lifestyle features

A bit of a beast. If you're wondering what the trade-off is for an affordable bread machine, one answer seems to be aesthetics. Many reviewers consider the Sunbeam 5891 big and bulky, calling it a countertop space hog. It also makes vertical loaves, which is very common with bread machines, but seems to be a bit of a shock for newbies. It's also reported as noisy, and some say it jerks a bit when in use. However, this is one durable machine. We saw plenty of reviews from people who have had this for five or more years, and many who bought one for a parent or grandparent, then after seeing it in action for a year or more, bought one for themselves.


  • Delay start: Yes
  • Multiple cycles: Yes
  • Viewing window: Yes
  • Add ingredient indicator: Yes
  • Quick bread cycle: Yes
  • Dual paddles: No
  • Yeast dispenser: No
  • Weight (pounds): 20
  • Warranty: 1 year


Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

The Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker earns an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars after nearly 1,635 user reviews. Most say it's a great machine at a great price, and that they're thrilled at the quick return on their investment. It's also reported as easy to use and clean. The one consistent complaint we saw is that this bread maker is very loud.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2016

In more than 345 reviews, the Sunbeam 5891 garners a 4.3 star rating, with 87 percent saying they would recommend it. Owners say it's a great value and they love its simplicity and consistent results. There are a few scattered complaints of dough not mixing thoroughly, but not enough to consider that a drawback.

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