Fancy baking a hefty 3-pound loaf? You heard it right, 3 pounds! The Black & Decker B6000C is a bread maker you might be looking for. Of course, baking smaller loaves, 1.5- or 2-pound is possible as well, but this bread maker is particularly good at baking larger loaves. Just like most machines on the market, this bread maker has a removable non-adhesive bake pan, albeit with dual kneading blades, crust color regulator: dark, medium and light, big viewing window, a 13-hour delay timer, numerous pre-set cycles, and a 2-hour keep-warm option.
This Black and Decker bread machine is oval-shaped and rather large, but all at once, it is pretty light. There are advantages and concerns attaches to it as you can easily move the machine around your kitchen, but it feels somewhat fragile. Since the bread pan is rectangular-shaped, your bread will come out looking like regular homemade loaves. The machine features a smaller LCD display with setting control buttons around it. An oversized viewing window on the top looks like it was designed to compensate for a smaller LCD display. It is what it is for a good reason: The larger window enables you to monitor your entire baking process.
Black & Decker B6000C: Our Take
Without exaggeration, this Black and Decker breadmaker brings a few valuable things to the table. You cannot overestimate its ability to bake a 3-pound loaf, an unusual feature among the top bread machines. Furthermore, based on experience, this machine is “fine-tuned” for baking larger loaves –think the 2-and 3-pound breads as opposed to the 1.5-pound ones. The bulkier loaves come out much handsomer and it kneads the bigger dough better. Thus, if you bake for a larger family or group, we are positive this bread maker must get into your short list. Next, we are keen of the fact that this is a dual-bladed machine – a must feature because it handles larger volumes of dough. In addition, the machine does a superior job at handling denser dough.
When kneading, the Black & Decker B6000C is really quiet. You can pull the kneading paddles out of the machine after the kneading phase is over, so that your bread will rise and bake devoid of the unappealing holes at the bottom left by the blades. However, beware that you might have to clean the spinner part if any dough spills in and prevents the device from correct operation. Most machines on the market run the entire baking cycle with the kneading paddles fixed to the bottom of the pan, leaving the bread with the unattractive hole(s). For reference, you can pull out the kneading blades at about 1:45.
Even the amateur bread maker can learn to operate this Black & Decker machine in no time – it is that easy. What we did not like about this bread maker was the smallish display. It was literally hard to read. The machine also didn’t offer the touch and feel of a high-end appliance like Zojirushi, but this is mirrored in the price – it’s almost twice as cheaper as Zojirushi. The Black & Decker B6000C is surprisingly light and does not include as many settings as some other bread machines. For example, just one dough setting is available. That being said, there are sufficient cycles for most needs.
The unique unquestionable competence of Black & Decker B6000C is the 3-pound loaf. It is good at this task thanks to its double kneading paddles for bulky dough. Although the customer experience is not as sophisticated as one offered by more expensive bread makers, it is more than appropriate for making basic breads for larger families.
Black & Decker B6000C Features in a Snapshot
- Makes a traditional horizontal 1.5-, 2-, or 3-pound loaf
- Has an outsize cover window
- Has all the essential pre-set programs
- Rapid 2-hour cycle, and a 13-hour delayed start timer
- Has 3 crust color settings: dark, medium and light
- Keeps warm for 2 hours
- Comes with recipe book, user manual and removable pan with two kneading blades
The Black & Decker B6000C has unique value proposition: it is a reasonably priced machine capable of baking a large 3-pound loaf. If you are truly selective about the finer options, then we advise you to have a closer look at the Breville BBM800XL or Zojirushi BB-CEC20 machines. Both machines make a legitimately large-sized loaf.