Best bread machine review :
the Panasonic SD series.
We review the best bread machine of all time!
If you want help making Italian bread, pizza and more, this bread maker is the place to start.
The Panasonic SD 250 (U.S.) and SD257 (U.K.) :
How do we know it’s the best bread machine?
We’ve had a Panasonic 105 - a very early model - for twenty years! It still works perfectly and makes the most amazing breads and lovely pizza dough.
Our old Panasonic bread maker -
still in daily use after 20 years!
To make sure the Panasonic range is still the best, we’ve also had a look at reviews on different websites, including ‘Which?’.
All of them, without exception, score these models very highly.
In fact, ‘Which?’ scored this range as not only ‘best buy’ but also ‘best tested’.
You can’t get a much more positive recommendation than that!
Why buy a breadmaker at all?
✬ If you want to make your own pizza
this is a quick and easy way of doing it.
The simple button controls on our old Panasonic are the same as the
✬ Simple to use - add ingredients, press two or three buttons and that’s it!
✬ You can make your loaf without the additives of shop-bought bread and with the best ingredients which add to both the taste and the health benefits.
✬ Make special Italian-style breads - olive, tomato, herb and more!
✬ Ideal for special diets - salt or gluten-free for example.
✬ There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread or dough.
✬ Enjoy the benefits of fresh bread without the time-consuming process of making it by hand.
✬ It’s cheaper than shop-bought bread.
✬ There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread!
Why are we reviewing two best bread machine models?
✬ The SD257 is a new model currently only available in the UK; the SDYD250 only in the US.
✬ Each model has slightly different features but the brand quality and overall performance are exactly the same.
Features common to both bread makers.
✬ Both machines have an unique temperature-control programme which automatically optimizes the temperatures and times for each stage of the process. It makes slight adjustments to ensure perfectly baked bread regardless of conditions like climate and room temperature.
The US version - the SD-YD250
✬ As a result of that technology, both scored highly in reviews on taste, consistency and quality of all breads and dough mixtures.
✬ Both found to make consistently good products over the range of cooking possibilities (normal, rapid bake and delayed mode) and sizes (small, medium and large).
✬ Both make specialist breads as well as white, brown and wholemeal - examples being rye, wholegrain, gluten free.
✬ Both make wonderful pizza dough.
✬ Both mix, knead, and rise doughs not only for pizza but for focaccia, croissants, and other pastries.
✬ Both have delay timers so that you can plan bread to be ready for when you wake up in the morning or when you arrive home at night.
The UK version - the SD-257
✬ Both have a count-down timer so you can see exactly how long is left to go, and a warning bleep when the bread is finished.
✬ Both have a non-stick pan which really is non-stick (make sure you wash by hand in warm soapy water, not
in a dishwasher).
✬ Both work very quietly - there’s no shaking themselves off the work surface, which you find with many other models!
✬ Both include a measuring cup and mug, and a really good recipe book with over fifty recipes, as well as the instructions for use.
Best bread machine differences : SD-YD 250 (US only)
✬ Does not have a nut and raisin dispenser - it has a bleep to let you know when to add.
✬ Does have a yeast dispenser which automatically adds yeast at the right time in the process.
✬ Like our own SD105, this model does not have a viewing window so you can’t see the bread-making in progress.
✬ However, there are advantages to this - it ensures that because the bread in encased completely in the metal surround, the tenperature is constant and the bread cooks perfectly each time.
Best bread machine differences : SD257 (UK model).
✬ This model has a viewing window so you can check on your bread’s progress as it bakes.
✬ It has no automatic yeast dispenser - you add the yeast along with all the other ingredients at the start.
✬ It does have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser so if you love early morning fruit bread you’ll love this!
✬ Sandwich option bakes bread with a softer crust - ideal for packed lunches or picnics.
✬ It has a 60 minute ‘keep warm’ function.
Best bread machine : reviews.
Here are some of the reviews, picked at random, from ‘Which?’ and Amazon : “You get what you pay for in this world and the Panasonic SD-YD250 is a perfect example. Quiet as a mouse. No jumping around the counter and whining and improperly mixing as a Breadman we purchased (and returned) did”.
“If you are looking for a rock solid, flexible unit that turns out a perfect loaf time after time (up to 2.5 lbs), this is your bread machine. The automatic yeast dispenser is a great feature, particularly if you use the timer. “
“This is the easiest and best machine I have ever used, and the bread comes out fantastic!”
“I am extremely pleased with my Panasonic SDWD 250, I do not believe there is a better bread machine that will even come close to this one.”
"Buy one now!"
So, whichever best bread machine model you buy - the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker (US)
or the Panasonic SD-257WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program (UK)
- you'll get perfect Italian bread and pizza dough every time!
If you like making your own Italian bread, pizza is the next step. Follow this link to an authentic recipe for the most original Italian pizza
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