Product Type: Panasonic bread makers
Newest Review: ... so this bread maker is perfect. The bread tastes really good too. If this machine ever packs up then we'll be getting another Panasonic... more
Member Name: bunbun2
Advantages: Quiet in use, robust construction, excellent recipe book
I love homemade bread. I love coming down in the morning to the smell of a fresh loaf. So I have a long history with bread makers- I wore three out before buying this one. The Panasonic is the best one I have owned and is standing up well to four or five loaves a week.
The layout of the machine is simple and yet packs in a lot of features. There are nine basic programs and various options within these programs-my personal favourite is the raisin option which operates a nut dispenser at the top of the machine after the initial kneading so that you get a Granary type effect. You do need to make sure the nut dispenser is pushed fully home when you are using it of course. There programs for French Italian and pizza dough as well.
The instruction and recipe book is very comprehensive and has a genuinely useful selection of recipes. It's true that the machine is expensive but this is one way it really justifies its price tag. It is very well set out and easy to follow- everything is explained clearly. It's a real pleasure to see the effort and thought that has gone into this. The recipes are logically divided up into sections such as dough, cake, wholemeal and gluten free (a special paddle is supplied for this).
In use it is the quietest bread machine I have used. This is not a major issue because I mostly use it at night with the timer, but it is a strong indication of quality. The pan is robust, and fits neatly and easily into the machine-no pushing and pulling as with some machines, but a gentle twist is all that is needed. The paddle fits on to the spindle in a way that looks sloppy, but this is a false impression. I have never had the "paddle stuck in the finished loaf" issue with this machine. The construction is robust and is lasting well- I have now owned it for over two years.
I would thoroughly recommend this machine-it is versatile and very well made and produces excellent bread.
Summary: The best bread machine I've owned
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