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Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser offers great performance and a good range of settings at a price that both experienced and new bakers say is a great value. This machine has all the essentials, including three loaf sizes, a delay-start function and an automatic yeast dispenser. It's easy to use and clean, owners say, and results are deliciously consistent. There are seven bake/dough options and five bread options. Indicator lights show when the bread or dough is done.

Pros

  • Easy to use; clean
  • Consistent results
  • Choice of three loaf sizes
  • Automatic yeast dispenser

Cons

  • Large, heavy
  • Some durability issues

Breaking it down

Performance

Delivers consistently excellent results with every loaf. What matters most with a bread maker is the outcome, and, according to reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 delivers an excellent loaf every time. Home bakers say the Panasonic produces one of the best-looking loaves they've ever seen, with a dark, crispy crust and good flavor. The loaves come out evenly baked, risen and textured. They're also flavorful with every slice, they say. The praise for this model's performance is constant regardless of bread variety, including cinnamon-raisin, beer bread and bacon bread. The delay setting gets particular praise. It allows you to add ingredients and choose what time you'd like the bread to be ready -- a very popular feature among users, many of whom enjoy the ability to wake up to the aroma of freshly made bread.

Ease of use

Makes bread baking a virtual no-brainer. It's not the most full-featured bread maker on the market, but the Panasonic SD-YD250 is widely considered an easy to operate machine. The SD-YD250 seems particularly popular with people who are new to bread making and were nervous about buying something with too steep of a learning curve. Users say its LED display is clear and allows bakers to easily choose among size, type and crust options. Owners praise the yeast slot as a convenience feature because they say it eliminates the possible mixing of yeast with other ingredients; a few users, however, report that it's difficult to add yeast without spilling some around the slot. Some reviewers miss having a viewing window, which allows them to monitor baking progress. And some complain that if you make a mistake programming the unit, there is no quick way to clear the settings.

Lifestyle features

Sturdy and solid, but size is debatable. Bread makers in general don't garner many comments about their appearance, possibly because many of them are essentially large, white boxes, and the Panasonic SD-YD250 is no exception. Nevertheless, its size is an issue for some users. At over 13 inches wide, 14 inches tall and 9 inches deep, this will take up some real estate on a kitchen counter. It's heavy, too, at 15 pounds, so if you can't store it on your counter, be sure you can lift it. Until recently, this bread maker got kudos for its durability, but some recent reviews indicate it stopped working in a fairly short period of time. However, many more say they have had this machine for years and it's still going strong. It's also one of the quietest bread makers on the market.

Specs

  • Delay start: Yes
  • Multiple cycles: Yes
  • Viewing window: No
  • Add ingredient indicator: Yes
  • Quick bread cycle: Yes
  • Dual paddles: No
  • Yeast dispenser: Yes
  • Weight (pounds): 15
  • Warranty: 1 year

Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser earns an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars from nearly 2,820 users. They love its three loaf sizes and delay timer, and say it consistently makes very good bread. They also note that it's very easy to use and clean. Some say it's noisy and we did note some durability complaints.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2016

In nearly 75 customer reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5; 92 percent would recommend it to a friend. The SD-YD250 is very popular with first-timers, who say it's an excellent way to dive into the world of homemade bread.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of November 2016

The Panasonic SD-YD250 gets fewer reviews here, just under 20, but it earns a rating of 4.6 stars out of 5, and 100 percent of those posting would recommend this bread maker to a friend. Owners say it makes a great loaf of bread and is a particularly good choice for first time bread makers.

Jessica Harlan, Aug. 1, 2015

Jessica Harlan, About.com's cooking equipment guide, likes the Panasonic bread maker, but says those baking enthusiasts who enjoy multiple custom settings will be disappointed. For the average user, she recommends the Panasonic as a basic machine that makes good bread.

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