One question a lot of people ask when contemplating buying a bread machine is whether or not it would be worth getting cost-wise. Here, I would like to show an approximate cost analysis of getting and using a bread machine to help you make that decision.
First off, there is the cost of the bread machine itself. Right now, bread machines are priced from about $45 to about $300.
Now, let’s figure out how much a loaf of bread would cost if made with a bread machine. This will be a somewhat rough estimate because there are many factors:
- Size of bread loaf
- Type of bread/recipe used
- Brand of ingredients
- Where/what store the ingredients are bought from
- Cost of water
- Cost of electricity
- Time and labor
Here is an example of the cost of a bread loaf:
White Bread Cost Breakdown
|Ingredients||Amount Needed||Cost/Unit||Unit||Convert Unit||Cost/Amount Needed (rounded up)|
|Butter||4 tsp||$4.54||1 lb||96 tsp/lb||$0.19|
|Sugar||2 Tbsp||$5.68||10 lb||32 Tbsp/lb||$0.04|
|Dry Milk Powder||4 tsp||$9.98||32 oz||6 tsp/oz||$0.21|
|Salt||2 tsp||$2.34||26 oz||6 tsp/oz||$0.03|
|Bread Flour||4 cups||$3.22||5 lb||3.57 cups/lb||$0.69|
|Yeast||2 tsp||$4.78||4 oz||6 tsp/oz||$0.40|
I also looked up how much it would cost to buy a loaf of white bread from the store. A 16 oz Pepperidge Farm Original White Bread cost $3.49 each. Remember, 16 oz is only 1 lb. So 2 lb. of this store-bought white bread would be $6.98.
You would be saving $5.42 per 2 lb. of white bread by using your bread machine.
Let’s say you buy a bread machine for $100. You would cover the costs for that bread machine after baking 19 2-lb. white bread loaves. I would say that’s a pretty good deal!