The bread machine is a modern invention that does not get half the credit it deserves. When you compare bread machines to blenders, toasters and coffee makers, they are usually the last praised appliance in the kitchen. If you think about it, it really is a shame. Great kitchen appliances are praised since they make your life simpler. Making bread is one of the most labor intensive things you do inside your kitchen, and bread machines take the time consuming process out of that, making it easy and fast.