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Best Breadmaker ever
, 3 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program, White (Kitchen & Home)
I have been making bread using breadmakers for quite a few years now and have had several breadmakers before this one, some quite good and used so much they just wore out, but some were quite useless. My last one was a real problem and I could not make a decent loaf despite the manufacturer having tested it and claimed there was nothing wrong with it - I eventually abandoned breadmaking as I was just wasting good ingredients. However it is so difficult to buy good bread that I decided to bite the bullet and after reading lots of reviews went for a top of the range model as it is used on an almost daily basis. Bingo. Every loaf is much better than I was ever able to produce with any of my previous models - I have done white bread, french bread, granary bread, and a tear and share loaf, and they have all been quite fantastic - light, soft texture, and a great flavour, so much better than my other machines using the same basic ingredients. So the moral of the story is don't waste money on cheaper models if you want good bread on a regular basis. The Panasonic SD-2500 is quite an expensive machine but it is worth every penny. The accompanying instruction manual with an extensive recipe selection is excellent, again much better than that provided with my other machines. The main drawback is no viewing window so I have had to stick a DO NOT LIFT LID sticker on the top to make sure others are not tempted to peep and ruin the result. Personally I do not think it is worth the extra cost to have the model with automatic dispenser for nuts, fruit, etc.
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