What should a newbie look for before purchasing a bread machine? First, the actual cycles, features and specs are worth every detail. Although the pan is often overlooked, it is critical. What is its shape? What will your loaf look like? Can a slice fit into the toaster? The shape is not really relevant from an aesthetic point of view. After all, odd shapes may look even better. But then, consider the “compatibility” with other appliances, like toasters and sandwich makers. If these details are not mentioned or they look foggy, check some reliable bread maker reviews to find out more.