We had a simple breadmaker years ago, but once it gave up we got out of the habit. However 15 months ago my wife discovered that she was gluten intolerant. This meant we had to rethink certain things. We decided to see if there was a breadmaker that could make glutenfree bread. To our surprise we quite quickly found that there was , the Panasonic SD-2501WXC. This made us decide that it was time to take up breadmaking once again.
Oh! Why did we ever stop, the rewards from this machine are just tremendous. This is simply a great piece of technology. It looks fantastic, if a little large. It is very modern in design, as you would expect, and it comes with a cool touch housing to stop it heating up on the outside. Storage proved difficult for us so we keep it on the side. What's proved really good about this machine was how simple and fast it was to get started again with home baking, Even for us oldies! The instructions were crystal clear and straightforward to follow.
The three step baking process was so simple. 1/ Add yeast 2/ Add dry ingredients 3/ Add liquid, what could be easier. That got us started anyway.
However it's more versatile than that. There are eleven bread and dough modes, something for everyone. For example French Bread; Rye Bread, wholemeal and original Brioche. I can't say we have tried them all as yet. You get a choice of three loaf sizes, which can save waste and get this even what kind of crusts you prefer.
It doesn't stop at bread, it can be used to make Jam or Compote also. Of course what was most important for us was the 100% Gluten Free Bread Mode, a real God send. I must mention the nut/raisin dispenser for even greater choice, I do like my raisin toast.
As in cooking in general weighing up ingredients is important and worth being precise about, stick to the recipe.
There is a time delay that can be set for up to 13hrs enabling baking overnight possible. Imagine waking up to that delicious smell in the morning. As I said in the headline, forget the bacon, smell the bread. Another big plus is the non-stick coating that does actually work. Once baked turn it over and tip out onto a baking rack to cool. However don't use anything metal that might scratch the surface, use a wooden spoon or spatula.
It doesn't matter if you are new to home baking or an expert, you are sure to get great baking pleasure from this machine. We are more than happy to highly recommend this product and truly believe that it offers tremendous value for money.
I have had this breadmaker for just over a week now and I have finally made a good loaf! The recipes in the book did not make what I would call an adequate loaf. The first loaf I made came out a cooked mixed up dough but I then realised that the yeast must have touched the water during the resting period. After a bit of tweaking I found the perfect loaf can be achieved by the following recipe in the same order:
1 x 7g packet dried fast acting yeast.
Cook the bread on fast bake (2 hours) select XL loaf and dark colouring and it is perfect every time.
The Panasonic book actually recommends that you put the water in last but in my logic, water will go down more easily then up. Anyway, I am now delighted with my bread maker it is a hit with all the family, and it has made me a little more adventurous in the kitchen, so much so, I will be trying the jam function at the weekend. The breadmaker will also make Pizza dough and bake cake loaves for you as well.
Although expensive, after reading many reviews I decided on this particular bread maker and it hasn't disappointed I have calculated the cost of producing a loaf to be about 50p so over time it will pay for itself. You can even set a timer to coincide your bread being freshly baked for breakfast. There is nothing better than waking up to the smell of freshly cooked bread.
I'd been hunting for a decent bread maker for a very long time and after considerable research on several review websites and by asking friends, I settled on this one and I have not been disappointed for one second.
The box for this thing is huge, and to be honest I wasn't quite prepared for the size of the machine either. Naively I didn't quite thing how much space you'd need to leave around it on a worktop and probably should have factored this in. If you're short on space, keep in mind that this thing gets hot and you'll want to keep it away from walls accordingly. I also find it pretty heavy, so I keep it out all the time in our small kitchen space and don't put it away into a cupboard as I do with many other appliances that don't get particularly frequent use. This product is also available in black and chrome but had a hefty additional price tag, so I just went for the white - it does the same thing after all!
First using the bread machine is something you'll be itching to do and the instructions allow this immediately. They are very well laid out with the ingredients you need at the start. The recipes vary from bread, to dough, to cake, to jam. Each have a different process so it's important to note at the beginning if you're just doing a straight ingredient dump or if you need to use the nut dispenser to do something a little more crazy, or if you'll need to take your dough out at a particular time and add some butter. We've found the range of recipes to be fantastic and we still haven't even done a third of them. Our frequent choices are the rapid loaf, the pizza dough and the pepperoni tear and share bread. For some of the more complicated recipes (brioche!) we have struggled to understand quite how we are supposed to go ahead with programming and such, but so far no disasters.
The fastest loaf in this thing is just under two hours, pretty speedy. The pizza dough only takes 45 minutes and is a staple in our weekly menu now. One thing we have noticed with the machine after it's completed a cycle, is that it can be a bit difficult to get the loaf off the hook and depending on how it comes out when you turn the loaf out, it can leave a strange hole in your bread. This is generally fine, but on a couple of occasions this has left the loaf awkward to cut with unsightly slices!
In terms of cleaning, the pan for this machine just pulls out very easily. We don't ever submerge it in water (not recommended) and we wash it by hand. If we've done a loaf that comes out dry, we tend to drag out any extra flour with a paper towel and do a damp cloth wash. If it's dough we need to do a bit more, but it's generally very easy to clean. The dough hook can be difficult to get out, but it's really important to remove it and clean it as bits of dough can get stuck to it and go mouldy (!) - if you struggle, a bit of water will ease it out.
This is a pricey machine and won't be for everyone but if you want to invest in a quality product, I'd highly recommend this one.
This is an excellent bread maker. It is quite heavy but that is the only disadvantage I can see.
This bread maker is very versatile. It doesn't just cook bread, you can make dough in it for things like pizza and doughnuts which is really useful.
There are a few things that you have to know before you begin to make your bread. The first thing is that you have to follow the recipe to the letter. A book of recipes comes with the bread maker, as does a handy double ended measuring spoon. If the recipe says 20ml of sunflower oil, it really does mean 20ml. Not 25ml or 15 ml, 20 ml is the only thing that will do.
Also, you have to make sure that your dried yeast is fresh. I used some that was three months old and my loaf came out like a dogs breakfast.
The other thing is that you need to be around to lift your loaf out the minute it has cooked. If you leave it in the machine to cool, the crust comes out all wet and chewy rather than crisp.
It really is easy to use and quite quick compared to other bread makers.
You just cannot beat the smell of freshly cooked bread flowing through your kitchen door.
When I first started looking into buying a bread maker I looked through all the usual suspects but eventually I went with Panasonic because the balance of the price and the trustworthy brand name was right for me. I have not been disappointed! I did not know so much was possible in one of these machines. You can make your bread gluten free and there's a compartment for additional treats to go into the mixture via the "Nuts and berries dispenser" so all my loaves have nice chewy treats in and they're extra healthy!
The machine comes with a range of recipes and instructions so you won't be short of options. Just make sure you have the general bread-making ingredients before it arrives as you'll be wanting to play with your new toy straight away.
The front panel has buttons for Menu, Size (X-Large, Large, Medium), Crust type (Light, Medium, Dark), Timer (with up and down keys) and the Start and Stop buttons. Once you go through the simple steps of making your selection, you just wait only a few hours, then lift the lid and see the results of your first experiment. The metal bucket part that the loaf sits in has a handle so you can lift it out and gently tip out your bread onto your counter top. You may have to give it a bit of shake sometimes and you may well have a little untidy hole in the bottom of the loaf where the mixing paddle has stuck in it and you've had to shake it free. Then, don't try to cut your bread straight away, you won't get good results. You have to be patient and allow the loaf to cool down for approximately 20 minutes before slicing.
The design is very smooth and simple too if you're like me and want the product to fit in well alongside the other devices in your kitchen, and it's easy to clean with detachable parts. If you're contemplating buying one of these great machines, just do the sums - This bread maker cost me £140. How much will you spend on shop-bought loaves for the rest of your life?
Great bread maker, absolutely no issues with using it. Recipe book that comes with it is really easy to under stand and clear. And very easy controls.
However we have had a couple of issues, one is that the fruit and nut dispenser broke quite easily, luckily this was soon after we bought it so we were able to replace it for a new one.
The loaves slide out so easily of you just tip it upside downand tap the bottom. However my sister decided to use it and instead used a table knife, now she swears she only used it very gently but it left deep scratches. It is still usable fine but we have looked up replacement pans to go inside and they seem to be about £50 to £70 to replace. So it seems that if it gets to a stage where it gets worse,me might be better off buying a new one seeing as it is now about a year old.
Let me say first of all that I prefer the taste, texture and appearance of hand made artisan bread. It is truly one of life's great pleasures, and beats machine made or commercially produced loaves any day of the week.
However, not all of us have the time, skills, or inclination to make our own bespoke loaves, (although having been on a bread baking course, I am now able to do so), and buying specialist breads from shops and delis can be horrendously expensive.
Equally, many basic standard supermarket loaves are bland, tasteless and poor value for money.
If any of the above strikes a chord with you, you might want to consider getting a breadmaker, and if you want a reliable easy to use machine which produces excellent results regularly, I would thoroughly recommend the Panasonic range.
I have had one for over 2 years now and have never been let down.
Robustly constructed, easy to programme and offering a range of bread and dough options, it takes the mystery and fear out of baking, and the timer can be set for overnight so that you wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread.
I had a Morphy Richards bread maker prior to this but it in no way compares to the Panasonic, either in sturdiness reliabilty or quality of loaf produced.
Well worth it.
We were bought this as a present as we had moved to the wilds of Exmoor, and shops are a distant trek - and what a great thing it is. Instead of a freezer full of loaves, i have a few packs of flour on standby, a tiny pack of yeast and away we go.
The machine lots of different settings, which are easy to work through and select. if you want to wake up to fresh bread, you have to work out how many hours it will be between the time you switch it on, and the time you want it to be ready. Not massively complicated, but good brain training if you are switching on late at night when you are half asleep (or half cut!)
The easiest mistake to make is to forget to put the paddle in when you put in the ingredients (you end up with a stodgy mess not a loaf, but its easy to clean up) or you forget to add an ingredient like water (you end up with burnt mess but its easy to clean up too)
Despite the numerous settings - our favourite which we do time and time again is the quick loaf - programme 2. It takes 2 hours and gives you a fairly dense but perfectly sized loaf, which is great for cutting for sandwiches. (N.B. if you want to use for sandwiches, cutting a hot fresh loaf is a bit of a challenge - I recommend making your bread the night before instead - you might miss out on the lovely smell in the morning, but you won't lose your loaf with poor cutting!)
We do have the nut dispenser - but we have never used it - and I guess if you are looking to save money, the model without the dispenser would be fine. I'm not sure I'll ever use the dispenser as you usually have to be there to add the ingredients at the right stage of the recipe - and if I am honest, I will either be in bed, at work or catching up on my other chores.
Its a big machine, which we have permanently out on our kitchen worktop - we use it every other day or so (the bread lasts really well - and no horrible preservatives) - i don't think i would like to have to move it in and out of a cupboard everytime I wanted to use it.
It's got a great recipe book so save yourself some money and don't buy yourself any bread making recipe books, as the book that comes with it has so much choice you'll struggle to work through it.
I have used to make jam - and it was nice, but to be honest it was just as easy to use a jam pan to do it. I have not bothered for cake, but have used for pizza dough with great result, but again - just as easy to do it in a mixer and leave to rise.
In summary - this is a brilliant machine - has saved us loads of money and freezer space - but do really think about whether you need the nut dispenser, as you could save yourself a bit of money and get all the same great functions without a dispenser that you might only use a handful of times.
I have not bought shop bought bread since I was bought this bread maker. I am used to making my own bread by hand although this was saved as a treat as although it was good to do it was time consuming. Now all I have to do is put the ingredients into the bread makers pan and select my type of bread and when I want it finished and that's all. The finished results are perfect every time.
I have used other makes of bread maker but this one produces an excellent sized loaf, which has a good consistency.
Plus points are
I can use organic flour
There are no chemicals added and I know what every ingredient is
I can set the timer so I have freshly baked bread in the morning
There is a dough only setting so I can make the dough and then assemble my own toppings on an oven cooked pizza.
The recipe book that comes with it is excellent and has loads of suggestions for using different types of flours etc
It is cheaper to make my own bread than buy speciality breads in the supermarket.
There is a quick express bake mode which cooks bread in 2 hours
Initial cost is higher than other bread makers, mine was bought as a family present
Each loaf is so tasty I do eat more than I should!
I upgraded to the 250 WXC Panasonic bread maker from the 208 not because I was dissatisfied at all with the 208 but because a relative bought me the 250 as a present. I believe Panasonic make the best bread makers and the 250 WXC is absolutely fantastic. Like the earlier model it makes superior bread to any other model I have sampled and the quality of the end product is as good as going to a professional bakery. It is a slimmer design (250) and fits well on the work surface in the kitchen but as it is well designed it fits in a cupboard easily. The best features of this model are automatic baking to settings of your choice: I put mine on in the evening on timed and wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread warm and ready to eat. Another brilliant feature of this model is the automatic ingredient dispenser so you can make more complex breads like walnut and pear sourdoughs for example and not have to go back to the machine in process. Just leave it to do it's magic.
Panasonic Bread-maker SD-2501WXC
The Producer of the Product
The Target Audience
Anybody who wants to bake fresh whole bread everyday with a nice simple machine that does all of the hard work for you, allowing you to keep all the goodness in the bread unlike your supermarket breads that have been frozen and had products added to them many times over.
£89.33 (Amazon Recommended)
The product in one
Having never owned a bread maker before and me been pretty sappy, I was actually excited when I brought home this Panasonic bread maker. Upon opening you will find there is a pretty handy booklet included - the recipe book. This is where I started because I had no idea what I was doing. I gathered all the ingredients for just standard bread and off I went. Using this machine it became apparent that there is actually nothing to it, no doubt without this machine it would be slightly difficult but this machine will consistently produce perfect bread. The recipe book has literally everything you could want from Brioche and Pizza dough to Jam and fruit compotes. With this little bread maker you simply put flour, water, yeast, a little salt and sugar, a little butter and maybe some dried milk powder into the pan, close the lid, select quick bake (Menu 2) and the desired crust colour and hit "Start". Wait about 2 hours as the house fills with the smell of freshly baked bread and you'll have a perfect loaf every time.
As soon as the bread maker has completed its baking cycle make sure you take it out practically straight away otherwise you may find that the crust goes a little soggy which I discovered after my second and third time after using this machine, the second time me thinking I had done something wrong. The timer works just fine. Basically set it to start in X number of hours time. So, for example, if you're setting it up at 10pm and you want bread for 7am, set a 4 hour bake program to start in 5 hours time (at 3am) so you can take the bread out at 7am.
When it comes to cleaning up after yourself simply fill the pan with warm soapy water, leave for a few minutes and then gently clean with a sponge or cloth it will bring your bread maker to looking brand new again.
How does it compare to other Products?
Compared to similar products on the market this bread maker actually fares pretty well as it has the quick bake option which is one of the reason we chose this bread maker over many others. It will bake the bread for you in approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Does the Product Achieve its Purpose?
The product achieves its purpose in providing a machine that is capable of baking fresh bread from scratch, leaving all the goodness in the bread with an added quick bake feature for those who hate waiting around.
Breaking it down
* Gluten Free Program
* Raisin and Nut Dispenser
* 13 hour Timer
* Quick Bake Program
* 3 different crust colours
* Jam and Compote modes
* 3 Loaf sizes, small, medium and large (400g, 500g, 600g)
How to Improve
Allow the dough programmes on this product to work alongside the timer for easier use of the machine and better use time tracking.
(Thank you for reading my review, if you get chance please take your time to read and rate my other reviews, it will be highly appreciated and I will always go out of my way when I get chance to read through yours and give an honest rating. Many thanks J)
The stylish Panasonic SD-2501WXC Breadmaker has everything you need to make a perfect loaf time after time and more than lives up to the reputation Panasonic has garnered as a leading maker or the best bread machine / Featuring contemporary looks and a safe cool-touch housing, the Panasonic SD-2501WXC Breadmaker makes a great addition to any kitchen / You'll enjoy wonderful fresh bread at the time of your choosing, and benefit from advanced features such as a raisin and nut dispenser, and new functions such as a 100% Gluten Free Bread Mode, a Speciality Mode, and a Jam and Compote mode that lets you quickly and easily make your own preserves / with recipes available in the instruction booklet / Among the other convenient features of the Panasonic SD-2501WXC is a digital 13-hour timer, which is great for cooking a loaf overnight ready for breakfast, and a rapid bake option for those times when you spontaneously decide you need some fresh bread / If you appreciate the pleasure of fresh warm bread in the morning, and even the jam that goes with it, choose the Panasonic SD-2501WXC Breadmaker ! Adjustements Crust cooking level Light, Medium, Dark Programs Number 11 Bread & Dough Modes Maintenance Elements washable in dishwasher Yes Other informations Warm-keeping function Yes Display Digital Timer (up to 13 hrs) Other fonctions Raisin & Nut Dispenser Jam and Compote Mode 100% Gluten Free Bread Mode Speciality Mode Cool Touch Housing Included accessories Measuring Cup (310ml) / Measuring Spoon Colours White Dimensions (cm) 28 x 37 x 33 cm (W x H x D) / Short name: Pana SD-2501WXC