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This is the first bread machine I've owned so I have been in "experimental" mode ever since it arrived. Actually, that should be ever since the SECOND machine arrived. I followed the instructions and ran an empty machine the first time to burn off any machine oils or other materials left over from the manufacturing process. When I pressed the start button for my first loaf of bread there was a metallic scraping noise. After about two minutes I looked inside and the paddle had scraped all the non-stick coating off the bread pan in a circle where it touched the bottom. A quick email to Amazon Customer Service and a second machine was on the way. If you have any problems with the dough paddle don't hesitate to get in touch with Amazon and get a new machine. I have been baking loaves now for almost one month and have learned quite a bit about this machine and the art of baking bread in it.

If you are planning to purchase this specific machine because of the automatic fruit and nut dispenser, please know that it has not been a success for me. I made a loaf of raisin bread, the raisins were dispensed, but it was so far into the dough cycle that it had already formed the dough ball and the raisins were all on the outside of the loaf. In a later loaf I placed the raisins in the bread pan along with all the other ingredients and the finished loaf was wonderful with raisins evenly distributed throughout the loaf. The exact same thing happened with a loaf of three-seed bread (sunflower, sesame and poppy seeds), they mostly stuck to the outside of the bread when the dispenser was used but evenly distributed when added with the main ingredients. I will not be using the dispenser again.

My main kick with this machine and with the manual is that it doesn't tell me what is happening with the loaf at any given time. There is a countdown timer, but it doesn't give me enough information for my own curiosity. I have found this basic timing reference from my baking: White bread recipe, medium crust color, 2 pound loaf. The timer begins with 3 hours, 25 minutes. Mixing took until 3:05 when the ingredient dispenser opened (this is VERY loud!), 2:51 the first rising began, 2:00 ten beeps to alert for dough-only removal, 1:50 punch down of dough and second rising, at 50 minutes baking began. These next numbers are for a whole wheat loaf, medium crust color, one pound: 4 hours 30 minutes initial setting, 4:00 mixing begins, 3:45 add ingredients (LOUD!), 3:32 first rising, 1:41 ten beeps for dough-only removal, 1:31 punch down and second rising, at 45 minutes baking began. The time frame will be slightly different for each combination of type of bread, crust color and size of loaf but those two examples are typical of the time frame I'm becoming accustomed to. Each loaf has been very well formed, very good crust color to my specifications, and has had wonderful consistency. We have discovered that a two pound loaf of bread is much too big for the two of us and have settled in for the one pound loaves each time now. And don't think your bread will mold quickly, it doesn't, but it will get stale and be best as toast, bread crumbs or croûtons for the freezer after the first three days.

The machine does a very good job at what it actually does, but I have needed to be very hands-on with baking the bread. Every single loaf I've made has required additional liquid to be added during the mixing process. I know that some of the reasons for that are my geographical location, climate, and house temperature but I'm beginning to think that some of it might be due to the ingredient lists in the manual/recipe book. During this testing period I have exclusively used the recipes which are included in the manual for the machine. The last loaf I made was a plain whole wheat loaf and I had to add 6 Tablespoons of water in addition to the others called for in the recipe. That's way too much additional moisture to need. (But a tip........add any additional liquids during the first five minutes or less of mixing so it has enough time to be absorbed by the flour. If it's dry and crumbly, it needs liquid! This may sound like a "Well, Duh" moment to you but I threw out an entire recipe because it was dry and crumbly and I thought I had not followed the directions correctly. Later I realized what had happened.) The recipe booklet also has many errors in it, be sure to read through the recipe you want to use before getting ready to bake. Some have the same ingredient listed twice with two different amounts. I have no idea what that's supposed to mean. I have not tried the delayed start feature because of the need to add extra liquids in the mixing cycle.

When I get ready to upgrade to a different machine I will look for the features I didn't realize I wanted in this machine: 1.) a read out that tells me what cycle the machine is in at the present time, and 2.) better indicators for showing me the size loaf and crust color I'm choosing. I'm 5'3" tall, when this machine is on my counter I have to stand on a step stool to see the little box that shows the timer, menu item chosen, loaf size and crust color. It really would not have been too much more expensive for this company to have upgraded the read-out portion of this machine and for me, they could have left off the dispenser altogether.
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on September 25, 2010
I was so excited to see this new breadmaker on Amazon that I pre-ordered it. It's stainless steel, so it's not such an ugly white counterhog like so many other designs. It also has a gluten-free option, which we need at our house, since 3 out of 4 of us have celiac disease.

I love that the paddle is collapsible. It still does leave a hole in the bottom of the loaf, but it's not nearly as big and intrusive as a normal breadmaker. I also love that it will automatically add your fruit and nuts at the right time in the cycle. I am too absent-minded to catch it at the right time, otherwise.

It makes a great loaf of bread. I'm making my 5th loaf right now. I haven't used the actual gluten-free cycle; I use the quick-white or quick-wheat cycle with the Pamela's mix I usually use, and it turns out great. I may come back and update my review after I have used it for more recipes.

My criticisms are two-fold: first of all, the stainless steel is not the highest quality--it's thin-looking. You can see imperfection in the way it's riveted and stretched. That disappointed me. I still prefer it over a giant white box, though.

My second criticism is that while the instruction manual says "don't worry if the paddle falls down when you're adding ingredients; it will stand up and lock into position once the cycle is started"--we found this not to be true and ended up with a completely unmixed "loaf" that had to be thrown away halfway through the baking process because it was a disaster. The paddle was still flat against the bottom of the pan. But as long as you know this and make sure it starts to mix properly at the beginning of the cycle, it's no problem.

Over all, great machine at a very reasonable price for all the features!
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on November 2, 2012
After seven years of experience and going through three machines (1 cuisinart, 1 oyster and 1 breadman) I must say that ALL THESE MACHINES ARE THE SAME. Basically, they last two years maximum. After that, the pan gets all rusted and the bottom falls apart. They look different on the outside mais are EXACTLY the same on the inside.

1. The pan is the same
2. The instructions varies slightly (water, flour, salt and yeast)
3. The baking time is the same
4. The bread taste the same.

I always use the same ingredients (in that order):

2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup of water
2 cups flour (I swear by Bob Redmill)
2 tsp yeast (Star that I buy by the bult at Smart & Final)

THIS IS TRUE FRENCH BREAD. Forget about the sugar, the milk and all that other stuff. You don't really need it.

The only advantage with the Breadman machine is that collapsible handle at the bottom of the pan, which is really convenient so you can leave your bread machine working alone, and when the bread is done, you turn the pan upside down, shake it, and the bread comes off easily.

With non collapsible handles, you better not miss when the machine signals you to remove the handle otherwise it is going to be a big pain to remove the bread from the pan, and eventually, when you succeed, the handle will come with it and make a big hole at the bottom of the bread.

Now, for the minus of this machine: The bottom got scratched with the handle from the very first bread, which means that we ate some teflon. I hope that eating a little teflon is not too bad... we certainly eat a lot of food that have lot of junk in it we don't know about.

If the machine lasts more than 2 years, it will be a winner for the price.
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on August 1, 2012
I got this unit today, and in less than an hour I had it cleaned and ready to try out. I plugged it in, and instead of defaulting in the first menu setting, it just beeps and blinks the letters EEE. I feel pretty certain this indicates an "ERROR"...

The menu button sticks, and no use of the buttons clears the display or allows the unit to initiate any of the menu functions. It was either not programmed at all, or it is completely defective. No Quality Control at this manufacturer, whatsoever.

Now I'm waiting for the seller to "approve" a return. Really????
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on December 19, 2010
The first unit we received lasted 2 weeks. It worked great for those two weeks. I was very happy with the bread it made although it does take some practice to get the proportions of the ingredients right. After two weeks the unit suddenly shut off while making bread and nothing we could do would get it to power up. We returned it for a replacement. This time, on the very first loaf we made, the paddle scraped the bottom of the pan while mixing the dough, scraping off the non-stick surface of the pan leaving a huge gouge. We double checked to see if we'd inadvertently put the paddle on incorrectly but there was nothing wrong with it. So I'm sending it back again. This time I'll buy a different brand. This is very disappointing because our previous Breadman unit lasted over 5 years and made 100s of loaves. We replaced it only because the pan began leaking and it wasn't cost effective to replace the pan. Now I'm sorry we didn't :(
About the only thing nice I can say about this is that I'm glad the units failed during Amazon's return period. They were very good about the return and cross shipping a new unit.
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on November 20, 2010
I couldn't be happier with the Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser! I've made half a dozen loaves using packaged mixes and I've had nothing but great luck with this machine.

This is my second go-round with an automatic bread maker. I purchased one of these units (not manufactured by Breadman) when they first appeared on the market many years ago, and it failed to perform on every attempt. I returned it. Recently I decided to buy another and after looking around decided on this model.

Success! The Breadman makes it stupid-simple to generate great results...but again, I can only comment on its performance with pre-packaged bread mixes. It's just a matter of placing the ingredients into the pan, make setting selection, and hitting the start button. Highly recommended!
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on February 20, 2016
This bread maker is really nice. I have yet to make something we didn't like. It's easy to use and hard to mess up. Throw in the ingredients, press start, and wait. Yummmmm
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on June 20, 2011
I bought this to replace an old friend. The Breadman TR2200 had made many great loaves over the years.The bushing in the bottom of the pan had worn to the point the seal leaked. I tried to order parts from Breadman's web site but my order was ignored. I reluctantly ordered a new bread maker from Amazon. I expected the Breadman BK1060S to be a refined replacement. My wife liked the folding paddle and the stainless everything.
At first, the bread maker worked as expected. My wife experimented with the recipies in the book. When she made smaller loaves, the paddle would lay down during the kneeding cycle. I tried to put the paddle in the upright position but it layed back down. I guess the dough ball plops down on it and smaller dough balls hit it just right to colapse it. In addition to not working the dough, the colapsed paddle scraped the non stick coating off of the pan when the shaft rotates.
Then, three months on, long after I had tossed my old friend in the junk bin, the replacement bread pan showed up. Talk about slow service.
The good news is the pan from a Breadman TR2xxx fits in the Breadman BK1060S. The paddle doesn't fold, but we can make bread again.
So if you have one of these bread makers, order a pan from a Breadman TR2xxx. If you are contimplating purchasing this machine, buy a Breadman TR2700 instead.
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on December 10, 2012
After owning several brands, none of which lasted over a year, this is the brand for me! I love the collapsible kneeding blade, and the fact that this oven bakes so evenly. I love to bake all varieties of loaves and use the dough setting frequently. I've had no bread or dough failures with this machine.
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on April 15, 2011
We just returned this Breadman. I was sorry that it didn't work and would love another but I'm leary about ordering another. Past reviews had mention this problem but I was hoping that we might get one that worked. Unfortunately the paddle on this new machine scrapped the bottom of the mixing/baking basket and took metal into the bread mix which we had to throw away. This happened on the first try with the machine. We are pleased that we received a complete refund when we immediately sent the machine back. Thank you Amazon for honoring your guarantee of satisfaction!
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