A small appliance, often in the $30-100 range, which resembles a removeable bread pan with a heating element underneath and one or more paddles within. Water, flour, yeast, and other ingredients are added to this pan, and it then stirs and kneads them into a dough. This dough is allowed to rise for a period of time, then baked into a loaf of bread. The entire process usually takes two to four hours. Most bread machines also include a timer, which one can set before going to bed in order to have fresh bread ready for breakfast the next day.

Though machine-made bread is agreed to be somewhat inferior to hand-made homemade bread, it is much better than the loaves of sandwich bread that can be bought in grocery stores.