Are you a pizza lover? That’s a stupid question, of course you are! I am yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy a slice of the good stuff.
If you’re a pizza perfectionist, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the dough base is essential to a great pie. There are various different ways you can make pizza dough, however, if you want a hassle-free option then you will need to enlist the help of an appliance or two.
Of course, you could call upon your trusty stand mixer but if you want a totally hands-free option, then a bread machine is the perfect tool for the job.
Bread makers have become a popular appliance for avid bakers who want hassle-free bread on demand. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are just reserved for making bread loaves though. One of the things I love most about my bread machine is that it doesn’t just make a delicious loaf of bread. Bread makers are capable of making an amazing variety of dough-based goodies, pizza dough included.
Some machines have pre-programmed settings for making pizza dough, while others can make pizza dough in the ‘dough only’ cycle.
If you are a pizza lover and are tired of getting the mediocre ones from the freezer section in the grocery store, or paying a fortune at your local pizza parlour, then a bread machine might be the perfect machine for you. I can’t state enough how much of a game-changer these bad boys are.
That said, with all of the different options on the market, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. So, what’s the best bread maker for pizza dough available in 2022?
Let’s find out!
What to look out for in a pizza dough bread maker
If your main use of a bread maker is to make pizza dough, then you will want to find a machine that has a ‘pizza dough’ or a ‘dough-only’ cycle. You won’t have any difficulty finding a machine with a dough-only cycle as I have yet to come across a bread maker that doesn’t have a dough-only setting.
Pizza dough requires some time to rise and develop, so you’ll want to look for a machine with a timer. This way, you can set it and forget it. The last thing you want is for your dough to over-rise or become tough.
Another important factor to consider is the capacity of the bread maker. If you plan on making large batches of dough, or multiple pizzas at once, make sure to get a machine that can handle it. You don’t want to be stuck with a machine that’s too small and can’t make enough dough for your needs.
If you end up adding too many ingredients to a small bread maker, you run the risk of the dough overflowing in the bread machine as it’s rising. You can find a large bread machine with a capacity of up to 3.5lb.
It is also worth noting that a bread machine does not make the actual pizza. You will still need an oven to cook the pizza. The bread machine simply makes the dough. If you take your pizza seriously then you will want to invest in an Ooni Pizza Oven.
Now that we know what to look for in a bread maker, let’s take a look at some of the best options on the market.
The Best Bread Maker for Pizza Dough: My Top 10
The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is a brilliant choice for those looking for a bread maker that can make pizza dough. This machine has a ‘dough only’ cycle with a timer, so you can easily make your pizza dough without having to worry about it. It also has a capacity of up to 2.5lb so can make 2 large pizzas or 3 smaller ones.
Aside from being great at making pizza, the Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus has plenty of other great features. It has a 13-hour delay timer, so you can have your dough ready to go when you are. It also has an automatic keep-warm function that will keep your dough warm until you’re ready to use it.
The dual heaters, one at the top and one at the bottom ensure that the machine creates the optimal environment for the pizza dough to rise in. I am also a big fan of the dual paddle design which ensures that your pizza dough is kneaded perfectly without leaving any ingredient untouched.
Perhaps the biggest downside to the Zojirushi is that it’s not exactly a budget bread maker, although I strongly believe this machine is worth the investment.
The Breville BBM800XL is another high-end bread maker, and could very well be the best bread maker for pizza dough currently available.
This machine has 17 pre-programmed menu options, including a gluten-free cycle and a whole wheat cycle. It also has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser that adds ingredients at the right time.
The Breville also has a crust control function that lets you choose light, medium or dark crusts and a dough only cycle for those just looking to make pizza dough.
Take a look at my Breville BBM800XL review if you are interested to find out more about this great machine.
The Oster CKSTBR9050 is another great option for those looking for a bread maker specifically for pizza dough. This machine also has a ‘dough only’ cycle with a capacity of up to 2lb. Like the Zojirushi, this is large enough to make a few pizzas.
The Oster isn’t just a great bread maker for pizza dough, it is a great all-rounder budget-friendly bread machine that is capable of making a variety of different types of loaves. The best feature is the express bake. This machine had knead, rise and bake a loaf of bread in just under one hour! So if you are ever short on time and need a loaf ASAP, the Oster can get it done.
Additionally, it has a 13 hour delayed timer so you can have your pizza dough ready for the exact time you need it, 3 crust settings for when you make bread and 12 settings, including whole wheat and jam.
This machine is also very compact and sits vertically, so it is easy to store in your cupboard or in your kitchen
The Cuisinart CBK-200FR is another great option for those looking for a bread maker that can make pizza dough.
It has 16 preprogrammed menu options, so you can make all sorts of different types of breads and doughs. It also has an audible tone that indicates when you need to add fruit or nuts, and a second tone that offers the option of removing the paddle before baking so it doesn’t leave a hole at the bottom.
In terms of making pizza, there is a specific pizza dough setting that you can choose, so you’ll know that it is built for making the best pizza dough.
The Cuisinart also has a unique convection feature that circulates air for superior crust color and texture. Additionally, it has a 15 minute pause function, a bake only, a 12 hour delayed timer and a power failure backup.
The Breadman BK10550S is another great option for those looking to make pizza dough. It doesn’t have a pizza-specific cycle, but the dough-only cycle is ideal for making delicious pizza dough.
It has a capacity of up to two pounds and 14 preprogrammed menu options. Like the Breville, it too has an automatic fruit and nut dispenser that adds ingredients at the optimal time, and a crust control function that lets you choose light, medium or dark crusts.
In addition to pizza dough, this machine can also make pasta dough, whole wheat bread and gluten-free bread. The 15 hour delayed timer allows you to plan your pizza dough ahead of time and the 1 hour keep-warm function will keep the dough warm.
What makes this machine stand out from the rest is the collapsible paddle. Although this feature doesn’t mean much for pizza dough, it comes in very handy if you make bread in your Breadman. The collapsible paddle minimizes the hole at the bottom of the loaf.
West Bend Hi-Rise
The West Bend Hi-Rise is another great budget-friendly option for those looking to make pizza dough.
This machine has a capacity of up to 3 pounds and 12 pre-programmed menu options. 3 pounds is a lot of pizza dough! It also has a crust control function that lets you choose light, medium or dark crusts and a dough-only cycle perfect for pizza.
Aside from pizza dough, it can make pasta dough, bagels, whole wheat bread and even gluten-free bread.
Cuisinart Compact Automatic
The Cuisinart Compact Automatic is similar to the previous Cuisinart bread maker we saw but it is a lot more compact and saves a lot more space in your kitchen.
It has a capacity of up to 2 pound loaves and 12 pre-programmed menu options. Like most bread makers out there, it has a dough-only cycle for those just looking to make pizza dough.
In addition, the Cuisinart Compact Automatic has a viewing window so you can watch your dough being made and an interior light that lets you check on it as it rises.
It also comes with a 13 hour delay start timer, so you can plan your pizza dough ahead of time.
The KitchenArm 29-in- is a great machine for those just starting out in the bread-making world.
It has a capacity of up to two pounds and has an incredible 29 preprogrammed menu options, including a dough cycle. Considering how cheap this bread maker is, with 29 different cycles, this machine offers way more than what you’ll ever get from a high-end bread maker.
Aside from pizza dough, it can make whole wheat bread, gluten-free bread, cakes, jam, and even yogurt.
The KitchenArm also has a viewing window so you can watch your dough being made.
As with most bread machines out there, the KitchenArm has a 15 hour delayed timer which is ideal if you want to prepare your pizza dough ahead of time.
KBS 17 in 1 Bread Maker
The KBS 17 in- is a mid-priced bread maker that offers some great features and is not only great for making pizza dough, but it’s great for making sourdough bread, milk bread and even sugar-free bread.
This machine has a capacity of up to two pounds and comes with an impressive 17 preprogrammed menu options, including a raw dough cycle. The KBS also has a viewing window so you can watch your dough being made.
The KBS has a 15 hour delayed timer and a 1 hour keep warm function.
Additional features include an intuitive touch panel, a fruit and nut dispenser and a non-stick ceramic bread pan.
Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
The Hamilton Beach bread maker is a high-end bread machine that offers everything you could ever want in a bread maker.
It has a capacity of 2 pounds and comes with 12 preprogrammed menu options, including a dough-only cycle. The Hamilton Beach also has a crust control function that lets you choose light, medium or dark crusts and a viewing window so you can watch your dough being made.
As with many modern bread makers, the Hamilton Beach has a delay start timer and a keep warm function that will keep your bread warm for up to 1 hour.
Another great feature is the express bake cycle. If you are in a rush, you can make bread in just under one hour, just like the Oster!
What is your favorite pizza dough maker?
There are a lot of great bread makers on the market that are perfect for making pizza dough. Most machines out there offer a dough-only option, so you won’t have any issue making pizza regardless of which bread maker you go for.
I have highlighted a range of budget-friendly to high-end to give you more options. Whether you are looking for a budget-friendly option or a high-end machine with all the bells and whistles, we are sure you will find the perfect bread maker for you.