Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White
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- 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
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Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker
Providing myriad options, this automatic bread maker embodies the marvels of 21st century electronic convenience and choice. Yes, it mixes, kneads, rises, and bakes bread in three loaf sizes up to 2-1/2 pounds. But its digital controls go much further, offering settings for white, whole wheat, multigrain, and French (crisp crust, open texture) breads, each made according to what's best for that particular style. Other settings permit rapid baking and baking sandwich bread with a soft crust. For raisin (or other dried-fruit) bread, a beeper signals when to add the fruit so it's not crushed during kneading. Crust color--dark or light--can be selected as well.
The machine automatically adds yeast at the proper time from a dispenser on the unit's lid. It also bakes non-yeast, quick breads-- like banana and gingerbread--and sweet cakes. And it mixes, kneads, and rises doughs for pizza, focaccia, croissants, and other pastries without baking them. A timer permits the machine to be programmed up to 13 hours in advance so fresh bread or cake is available for breakfast or dinner. For cleanup convenience, the baking pan is nonstick. Clad in metal and packing 550 watts of power, the machine measures 14 inches wide, 13.5 inches high, and 9 inches deep. Its instruction booklet is exceptionally easy to understand and includes recipes for 40 breads and doughs along with an insightful guide to baking basics and illustrated tips for making pastries. --Fred Brack
From the ManufacturerThere's nothing quite like the warm aroma of freshly baked homemade bread from the oven. With the help of this user-friendly bread machine, even those with a busy, on-the-go schedule can enjoy this simple pleasure--without the time-consuming hard work normally associated with baking bread. Just add ingredients, press a few buttons, and it takes care of the rest.
Soft-touch control panel with LCD digital display and 13-hour preset timer.
Easily Bake Bread or Create Dough
Bake loaves of white or whole wheat bread for slicing and slathering with butter and jam or for making sandwiches. Create croissant or pizza dough for shaping by hand and baking in the oven. Make the classic fruitcake to serve during the holidays. From basic recipes to custom creations, the bread machine produces delicious results--and without the additives and preservatives found in store-bought brands. A recipe book with over 50 original bread and dough recipes comes included.
The unit's top-access, soft-touch, push-button control panel with an LCD digital display helps ensure easy programming. Choose from three different loaf sizes (medium, large, or extra large) and the crust color (light, medium, or dark). It also offers up to six different types of bread or dough options--Basic, Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain, French, Pizza, and Cake. Baking modes include Bake Only (great for fruitcakes, gingerbread, and teacakes); Rapid Bake (reduces the baking time of basic and whole-wheat breads); Raisin (offers an audible beep to signal when to add raisins, dried fruits, or nuts into the dough); and Sandwich (produces bread with a soft crust). Dough modes include Pizza, Rolls, and Raisin Dough. Best of all, the appliance comes equipped with a digital timer, which can be set up to 13 hours in advance--great for waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Or set the timer before leaving for work in the morning so that a warm loaf will be ready and waiting after a long day at the office. Simply slice it up and serve with dinner.
|Choose from 3 loaf sizes and 3 crust shades from light to dark.|
Healthy and Nutritious
Baking bread at home allows for ultimate control over the finished product. By using only the freshest ingredients and making choices between a variety of options, homemade bread can be an important part of a well-balanced diet--for both young and older family members alike. High in fiber and low in fat, bread contains a wealth of beneficial components. It provides complex carbohydrates needed for energy, protein for strong muscles, and vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron for healthy bones and teeth. Add nutrient-rich eggs to the recipe or choose whole-grain flour for an extra boost of fiber, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Mixing in nuts and dried fruits not only add to the pleasing consistency and taste of the finished product, but they're also another way to add to the overall health factor.
Yeast dispenser automatically adds yeast at optimal time to ensure perfect results.
Thoughtfully designed, the bread machine also supplies a YeastPro automatic yeast dispenser. Just add a measured amount of yeast into the holder on the unit's lid, and the machine will automatically dispense the yeast in with the other ingredients at the perfect time for optimal results. Even more, the unit's inner bake pan comes fitted with a wire handle (use an oven mitt when hot) for easily removing it from the appliance when the bread has finished baking. The pan's nonstick coating allows baked bread to slide easily out of the pan onto a cutting board or a wire rack to fully cool for easier slicing.
Inner bake pan offers built-in handle and nonstick coating for effortless bread removal.
Unique Design for Professional Results
Unlike other bread machines, the unit does not offer a viewing window. The absence of a viewing window allows a more even reflection of heat inside the unit, which offers the following three advantages: excellent crust, good rising, and even color. The machine also benefits from a unique temperature-control program that automatically optimizes the temperatures and times for each stage of the process. Its comprehensive microprocessor program makes slight adjustments as needed to ensure perfectly baked bread regardless of conditions like climate and room temperature.
Panasonic delivers excellent results regardless of different types of ingredients used, different seasons, and different room temperatures.
- 550-watt bread machine bakes medium-, large-, and extra-large-size loaves
- Light to dark crust color; 6 types of bread or dough options; automatic yeast dispenser
- Soft-touch, push-button control panel with LCD digital display; 13-hour digital timer
- Removable inner bake pan with wire handle and nonstick coating
- Includes measuring spoon, measuring cup, kneading blade, and recipe booklet
- Measures 13-3/8 by 9-1/16 by 14 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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- Best for good-looking bread: Cuisinart. The Panasonic machine tends to create not-presentation-worthy bread. Don't know why. If I'm making a loaf for a friend, I use the Cuisinart machine. If it's just for me, I use the Panasonic.
- Best for durability: Panasonic. The Cuisinart bread pan wears out much faster than the Panasonic's. I'm on my third pan and at $40 a pop, they're not cheap. Also, the Cuisinart machine has developed a squeaking during mixing/kneading. But note that I use these machines daily and if you're an occasional user, you may not wear it out as fast.
- Best for cleanliness: Cuisinart. the Panasonic machine seems to make a mess and many times I've had dough get paddled onto the heating elements, burn, and create awful smoke which is then absorbed by the bread. The inside of the Panasonic also gets filthy fast, including the yeast dispenser, and needs regular cleaning. While the inside of the Cuisinart needs occasional cleaning, the mess it makes is not nearly as bad as the Panasonic.
- Best for noise: Cuisinart. While its beeps are loud and can be annoying, the Panasonic is too quiet. If I'm in another room, the beeps are hard to hear.
- Best for size/weight: Cuisinart. It's slightly smaller and lighter.
- Best for speed: Cuisinart. The Panasonic rests the bread ingredients for an hour before starting. The Cuisinart gets right to work. I haven't noticed any benefits with Panasonic's rest feature (or its yeast dispenser for that matter).
- Best for included recipes: Cuisinart. They're comprehensive and, for the most part, very good.
- Best instruction manual: Cuisinart. It seems to go into more detail about the bread making process. The Panasonic is easier to read with more graphics, but the Cuisinart manual is more informative.
While I prefer the Cuisinart in the end, I recommend weighing the pros and cons of each one and decide which works best for you. I would give the Panasonic four stars, but the dough occasionally being paddled onto the heating elements and creating smoke which then gets into the bread gives me some concern.
This breadmaker cost a bit more when I bought it, about $160, so on a per-use basis, it's working out to about $0.44/loaf. Pretty good.
**Update 12/3/17 - my (now) seven-year old SD-YD250 committed suicide by walking off the counter. Yup, it walks from time to time. What a crash it made. I order a replacement immediately and am SO happy that Panasonic is still making them. Literally not a detail has been changed - it was delivered in the same sturdy outer plain cardboard box, with the inner color printed box with the heavy duty copper staples holding it closed, with the exact same literature. It's so shiny and new though !!!
How many consumer electronics these days are still being made seven years later ???
As far as decent bread goes when it works properly the bread is quite good. I haven't used it for any other functions other than to bake bread. This was the only machine I found under $100.00 or less. Most were $150.00 on up but didn't have any obvious benefits over this. The instructions for making bread or other things were a little confusing. The measurements were given in oz. Tbs. Cups and off to the left it would say measurement by weight is more accurate for things like flour and such. It really was confusing until I figured out they were specifying by weight rather than volume. Considering I don't have a scale as such to weigh food I try and stick with the volume measurements I'm most familiar with. I get in trouble when I'm asked to measure something like 13/16th of a cup so I try to figure out the closest measurement I'm familiar with and mark it in the book.
I do think it will be generally OK eventually once I figure everything out. I don't believe it has any actual problems per say, just some idiosyncrasies that are taking some getting used to. Call it a learning curve I didn't have with my previous bread machine.
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I can't be sure if other units will be the same and since I had to pay a restocking fee due to not having the box, I'm not prepared to get the same unit. I'll see what else is available.
I love the smell of fresh bread in the house when it's ready.
Overall i am pleased with the unit, with 5 kids in the house, we save big money on baking our own instead of buying bulks of bread at the grocery store. But i need to admit, the quality of the bread we bake with this machine is much better that what the grocery stores have to offer in the area.