This is my third breadmaker, and so far my favourite! I have experimented with various recipes from the book and all my breads have been a success. I have to admit that I did not follow the recipes to the letter (used self-raising white flour and occasionally added nuts/raisins) and still the breads rose to the occasion. A feature that none of my previous breadmakers had is the paddle that stays in the pan when you flip it to remove the bread. I have had to invent various ways to remove the hot paddles from the breads before (using crochet hooks etc.), but this is not an issue with this breadmaker. I have not used the fast bake feature yet, so I cannot comment on that. I also recently purchased a slow cooker, and quite enjoy the fact that I mix all my ingredients first thing in the morning and then can just relax for a few hours while my bread and dinner make themselves! In short, I would definitely recommend this breadmaker: it is very easy to use, yields great results, and also is quite compact and stylish, so won't take over your kitchen counter. A must buy!