If ever you wanted fresh bread for your breakfast on a Sunday morning, then you might think that you’ll have to get to the grocery store bright and early to grab the freshest bread on the shelf. Wrong. You don’t have to rely on store bought bread anymore when you have the Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker in your home.
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the Panasonic Bread Maker, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the bread machine had to say about their overall experience with it.
Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this bread maker is something you should consider purchasing for your own kitchen!
About The Product
There are a lot of bread machines on the market, that much is true. However, the Panasonic bread machine is designed to be that appliance that takes your baking to the next level.
This particular unit allows you to choose the size of bread you want to make—whether it is a modest 1.5 pound loaf or the larger 2.5 pound loaf.
The machine is best suited for large families, but it is still a great option if you go through a lot of bread.
Notable features of the Panasonic Bread Maker include:
- 3 choices of loaf sizes and up to 2-1/2 pounds loaf capacity, ideal bread machine for modern family
- Settings for white, whole wheat, multigrain, French, quick breads/cakes
- 13-hour delay start timer and programmable menu options make meal planning easier
- Automatically adds yeast at the optimum time to ensure perfect bread
- With non-stick inner bake pan and build-in handle, finished bread is easily removed from the unit
When you’re making your bread, you can either have it bake right away, which will take approximately 2 hours from start to finish, or you can use the delay timer and have the bread start baking closer to when you want to eat it.
What is nice about this bread machine is that you don’t have to worry about difficult settings or anything too crazy. This is your basic bread machine that doesn’t have all those complex settings other devices have.
With that said, that doesn’t mean that this device doesn’t have some sweet features of its own. For one thing, this device has an compartment on the top where you can put the yeast in. With this compartment, you measure out the desired amount of yeast and the dispenser will release the yeast into the dough at the right time.
Now some people may be a little concerned that this machine doesn’t have a viewing window so you can monitor your bread during the process. Panasonic claims that without the window, you are going to have a better crust, good rising, and an even color on the loaf.
What Others Say
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that most of the customers had great things to say about the Panasonic Bread Maker and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how easily and consistently they were able to make great tasting bread when they used this machine.
Customers have said that they like that they are able to choose the size of the bread they were making, but also that they could control how dark the crust would come out. A few people said they like how cost effective making their own bread is with this machine, but also that they could enjoy preservative-free bread whenever they wanted.
So what did the remaining of the customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say?
The most common complaint customers had was that their bread maker stopped working shortly after they purchased the device.
One person said they only were able to get two months out of the machine before it died.
Customers shared their frustration over not being able to make good bread because either the bread would be like a brick and never rise, or it would rise so much and collapse. A few brave souls tried contacting Panasonic about the problems they had, but received little to no help, which only made the situation a bit upsetting.
In a world where you have so-so bread makers and great bread makers, the Panasonic Bread Maker is among the best. We feel that it is reasonably priced.
However, more features and a high price tag doesn’t always mean that the product is going to be better. Case in point, we have this machine by Panasonic.
It gives you the option of choosing how large you want your loaf of bread, but you can also control how light or dark the crust gets. This is good for families who have children that don’t particularly care for crust.
This bread maker does have a unique feature that you may not find in other models, and that is the yeast dispenser on the lid. Some units will require that you add the yeast in with the rest of your ingredients.
Sometimes this doesn’t always work out well and you’re left with lackluster bread. Since Panasonic thought of the great idea of keeping the yeast separate until the right time, you can be certain that your bread is going to come out right each and every time.
Let it be known, we like bread. We like that there are machines like the Panasonic Bread Maker that we can use to make fresh bread whenever we want without having to run to the store.
What we like even more is that the unit is affordable and that it can even be used to make other items like cookie dough, pasta dough, jams, and even cake. Now how's that for being versatile?