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Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic Programmable Review

A smaller, more affordable option with solid performance making white and wheat breads
elite gourmet maxi-matic programmable bread machine review
Credit: Elizabeth White
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Price:  $95 List
Manufacturer:   Elite Gourmet
By Jessica Riconscente and Maggie Nichols  ⋅  Oct 31, 2022
63
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RANKED
#3 of 7
  • White Bread - 30% 6.6
  • Wheat Bread - 30% 7.7
  • Gluten Free - 15% 4.7
  • Yeast Free - 10% 2.7
  • Convenience - 15% 7.1

Our Verdict

The Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic is one of our favorite bread machines for making basic loaves and comes with a very affordable price tag. If you appreciate having freshly baked bread for your sandwich, the Maxi-Matic makes good quality wheat bread and decent white bread with ease. It's convenient to use, lightweight, and has a fairly slim profile, making it that much more appealing to set on your kitchen counter. It could be better at making yeast-free breads and did terribly in our testing of chocolate chip distribution. It also comes with a limited variety of recipes. If you're hoping for good, fresh sandwich bread without having to fork over a ton of money, the Maxi-Matic is our recommendation.
REASONS TO BUY
Great wheat bread
Lightweight and easy to store
Inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor cake recipe
Uneven distribution
Lacks recipe variety
Editor's Note: This product was retested with a new set of improved testing and scoring parameters and added to our lineup on October 31, 2022.

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Pros Great wheat bread, lightweight and easy to store, inexpensiveExcellent white and wheat bread, pleasant-looking breads, good crustsLightweight, easy cake bakingDecent gluten-free bread density, lightweight and small, inexpensiveLightweight, small footprint
Cons Poor cake recipe, uneven distribution, lacks recipe varietyGluten free recipe doesn't work, cake recipe was undercooked, crowded interfaceOff-tasting gluten-free bread, a bit bulky for its footprint, just average performanceInconsistent density, too tall for sandwich bread, buttons difficult to pressPoor white bread, lacks gluten-free and other variety, poor performance across the board
Bottom Line A smaller, more affordable option with solid performance making white and wheat breadsIf you want excellent traditional sandwich breads, this is a solid choice — just don't expect good gluten-free or sweet breadThough a convenient cake-maker, this average model left us wanting more in nearly every wayThough a tempting option with a smaller footprint and lower cost, this machine makes subpar bread and isn't the easiest to useA lightweight model with minimal footprint, but makes well-below-average bread and lacks recipe variety
Rating Categories Elite Gourmet Maxi-... KBS Pro MBF-010 Hamilton Beach Home... Cuisinart Compact A... Oster ExpressBake 2...
White Bread (30%)
6.6
8.5
5.8
4.6
4.9
Wheat Bread (30%)
7.7
8.5
4.8
4.1
3.7
Gluten Free (15%)
4.7
2.0
6.1
6.3
1
Yeast Free (10%)
2.7
4.6
6.9
3.3
1
Convenience (15%)
7.1
5.3
5.7
7.2
5.8
Specs Elite Gourmet Maxi-... KBS Pro MBF-010 Hamilton Beach Home... Cuisinart Compact A... Oster ExpressBake 2...
Measured Dimensions (HxWxL) 11.5" x 10" x 14" 13" x 13.5" x 8.5" 12" x 11.5" x 15.25" 11.5" x 8.5" x 12" 11" x 11" x 12.5"
Measured Weight 8.0 lbs 13.6 lbs 11.6 lbs 8.7 lbs 9.0 lbs
Number of Functions 19 17 12 12 12
Available Loaf Sizes 1, 1.5, 2 lb 1, 1.5, 2 lb 1.5, 2 lb 1, 1.5, 2 lb 1, 1.5, 2 lb
Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser No Yes No No No
Number of Recipes 18 17 30 43 32

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic Programmable stands out from the crowd for its impressive affordability and boasts above-average wheat bread and pretty good white bread to boot. It's one of the smallest and lightest models we tested and comes with 19 functions and 18 recipes.

Performance Comparison


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The Elite Gourmet isn't great at everything, but it's an easy way to make the basics on a budget.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

White Bread


Though it's not an outstanding contender in this category, the Maxi-Matic makes pretty decent white bread. We used the machine's recipe to test how well it does. Loaves consistently came out with a nice, medium-light-colored crust with rather even coloring on all sides. An even dome developed on top, adding to the overall appeal of the appearance of the bread. Most of the interior had consistent air pocket size and distribution, though the bottom inch or so at the base was a bit denser than the rest.


While the texture of the bread was above average in our testing, its flavor was just average. We enjoyed this white bread's sponginess and unique taste but thought the crust was a bit too dense. It is worth noting that a chunk was left unmixed in the final loaf. Interestingly, the Elite Gourmet white bread recipe is the only one we tested that calls for oil rather than butter. However, it doesn't specify what kind of oil, leaving you to make an educated guess (we used vegetable oil) and experiment. It also included no instructions on how to modify the amount of yeast based on your altitude, so if you live at a high elevation, there's another point of experimentation to get this recipe right.

elite gourmet maxi-matic programmable bread machine review - the maxi-matic makes a solid white bread.
The Maxi-Matic makes a solid white bread.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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Wheat Bread


Making wheat bread is where the Maxi-Matic really excels. It's one of our favorites of the bunch, earning good scores across all aspects of the resulting loaf made in our testing. While the crust isn't perfectly even all the way around, it's nearly so, achieving a nice medium brown color that was slightly darker in the centers of each side than the corners. It attained a nice crunchy crust, especially compared to the other bread machines we tested.


Cutting into this bread, we were further impressed. The density and distribution of air pockets were nearly perfect throughout the loaf. It transitioned from crust to fluffy crumb about a third of an inch from each edge. A pleasant dome shape helps make this wheat bread a great choice for making sandwiches. Our entire testing team loved the flavor and texture of the Maxi-Matic wheat bread, rating it one of their favorites. Once again, this recipe swaps out butter for oil. It also has less salt than most other recipes but doesn't lack the flavor you want from your bread. And though it's a wheat bread recipe, the actual ingredient list calls for half wheat flour and half white flour, which we happily obliged.

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The wheat bread made by the Max-Matic is one of our favorite recipes and outcomes we tested.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Gluten Free Bread


Only some of the bread machines we tested make a good gluten-free loaf, and the Elite Gourmet is no exception. The recipe is essentially cornbread — not gluten-free bread. It wasn't mixed very well and looked like a square brick rather than a delicious loaf of bread. Despite including the amount of yeast called for in the recipe, the resulting bread hardly rose while baking. Inside, the density of the bread proved to be very uneven, with an extremely thick base and several larger holes at the top.


Its crust, however, turned out beautifully medium-dark, with a satisfying crunch on the bottom and sides. Most gluten-free loaves have soft crusts, but this one came out exactly as we hoped for every loaf of bread. While our team enjoyed the flavor of the Maxi-Matic gluten-free bread, its texture and density once again worked against it, creating a different type of bread with each bite. Rather than holding together in a way necessary for sandwich bread, this loaf was dry and easily crumbled while we were eating it.

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Comparing the gluten free breads from the Maxi-Matic (left) with the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker (center) and Cuisinart Compact (right).
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Convenience


Right off the bat, the Maxi-Matic is more convenient than most others we tested due to its small footprint and low weight. It takes up a 10-inch by 14-inch space on your counter and is 11.5 inches tall — 20 inches with the lid open. At 8 pounds, this model is one of the lightest we tested. It comes with a comprehensive trouble-shooting guide in its included user manual and recipe book and has one of the clearest layouts we've seen. Though it doesn't offer many suggestions for recipe altering, it does discuss the role of various ingredients in bread making, helping you to puzzle through the experimentation process on your own if you so desire.


The interface is easy to read, though it lacks a backlight. A few of the buttons are harder to push than others. The Elite Gourmet comes with 19 different functions available and can make 1 lb, 1.5 lb, and 2 lb loaves of bread. Though our testing stuck strictly to bread, this model is one of the few we tested that offers a yogurt-making function. It lacks an automatic fruit/nut dispenser and comes with just 18 recipes — roughly one for each available function. While we found ourselves wishing it offered more recipes (18 is one of the fewest of any we tested), we appreciate that the recipes it provides use mostly simple ingredients, saving us from tracking odd additives and unusual flours in specialty shops and online.

elite gourmet maxi-matic programmable bread machine review - though its screen is small, the small size and simplicity of the...
Though its screen is small, the small size and simplicity of the Max-Matic make it pretty convenient for even the most novice of bread makers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Yeast Free Bread


The Maxi-Matic dropped the ball in making yeast-free bread in our testing. Despite using the recipe recommended by Elite Gourmet, this loaf came out very poorly. It didn't rise, resulting in a dense brick, and didn't cook all the way through. We had difficulty getting the bread out of the pan, and when we did, it felt all wrong — like a rubbery pad rather than a loaf of bread.


We found the taste and texture grainy and generally unpleasant. When we tried adding mini chocolate chips to the mixture, they all ended up at the bottom of the loaf. This is partly because of the amount of liquid in the bread mixture and partly because of its lack of an automatic fruit/nut dispenser. However, other models with similar loaves and lack of features faired better here than the Maxi-Matic.

elite gourmet maxi-matic programmable bread machine review - the maxi-matic's mini chocolate chip distribution was not very even.
The Maxi-Matic's mini chocolate chip distribution was not very even.
Credit: Elizabeth White

Should You Buy the Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic Programmable?


The Elite Gourmet Maxi-Matic is one of the least expensive bread machines we tested. But for anyone hoping to make some delicious wheat sandwich bread and solid white bread, the Maxi-Matic is our top, budget-friendly recommendation.

What Other Bread Machines Should You Consider?


The Maxi-Matic is a great choice for basic sandwich bread on a budget. If you're after excellent sandwich bread and have more money to spend, we love the wheat and white breads made by the KBS Pro MBF-010. For anyone after a delicious gluten-free bread, as well as top-tier white, wheat, and yeast-free breads, the Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus is the best bread machine we tested — and comes with a matching high price tag. But if you're after bread on a budget, there's no better choice for you than the Elite Gourmet Max-Matic Programmable.

elite gourmet maxi-matic programmable bread machine review - the maxi-matic is a solid budget-friendly option that makes great...
The Maxi-Matic is a solid budget-friendly option that makes great wheat bread and decent white bread we love to eat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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