The Cheapest Ever Bread Machine
Coming in at the lower end of the market, the Oster 5838 has a compact, simple design with an intuitive control panel, 3 step programming capable of 3 different loave sizes up to 2 pounds, a keep warm feature, 13 hour preset and 18 bake settings capable of bread, jams and gourmet dough and 3 crust shade settings. Out of the box it comes with a manual containing over 50 recipes.
At this price range you won’t find all the bells and whistles like automatic ingredient add-ins collapsible paddles etc but the Oster 5838 is more than capable of doing all the basics well.
The user reviews, while not fantastic, are generally positive, with most people complimenting both the appearance and taste of the bread it produces. This however, seems to be dependant on how closely the standard recipes included in the manual are followed. If you’re the adventurous type who likes to experiment with your recipes then be prepared to fail more often than you succeed with the Oster 5838. Like any bread maker though, sometimes it just takes a while to get to know what works well and what doesn’t with the individual unit.
The main consumer complaints seem to be around the quality of bread produced and mostly from people who have owned other breadmakers before this one. Again, this could be down to people not following the standard recipes closely enough.
Deviating from the standard recipes can cause poor results
The Oster 5838 is a reliable unit, with few breakdowns reported by consumers and it’s available for a very low price. However, there are better bread makers out there in the same price range such as the Sunbeam 5891.