What Bread Machine Should You Buy? — 7 Comments

  1. Our children bought the Zo you have for Christmas three years ago…it’s a great machine. We no longer eat nearly as much bread as we used to so, hopefully, it will last a long time. And while we don’t eat a lot of bread anymore, I bake bread for my cousin in exchange for eggs from his chickens and ducks….a win/win situation!

  2. My Little Sister gave us a Panasonic Bread machine after She found replacement parts on eBay. After a while I wanted a new Bread Maker. Little Sister said “I have the Zo”! Uh, what’s that? The best there is was Her response. Well, I ordered mine and yes, it’s the best there is in my humble opinion. I make Bread for 3 of my neighbors and Son and Daughter in Law and send Homemade Bread to two other Daughters. The “Zo” is so easy to use, makes perfect loaves, and I hope it lasts forever, but if I need to replace it, there is no question, it will be another “Zo!

  3. I, too, have a Zojirushi BB-PAC20. I agree that it’s a sturdy machine and expect it to last longer than any other machine I’ve owned. However, it’s also the most expensive machine I have owned and I have am significantly disappointed by the machine.
    First, I make almost exclusively vegan, whole-grain breads. I made thousands of loaves
    of whole wheat bread in a cheap Breadman, by simply omitting the milk powder and the butter. Time after time I always get a well-risen loaf with a good crumb. Not so with the BB-PAC20. For the price, I expected better.
    Next, the machine doesn’t indicate which Rise cycle is currently active. For the high cost, that should have been included.
    Last, the machine isn’t programmable, to either create completely new recipes or to adjust the parameters of existing recipes. Again, for a machine which costs about three times as much as a Breadman, I expected more.

    • The machine is programmable. Check out the Home Made button. I used it to make meatloaf. Okay, I don’t advise that anyone use the machine for that purpose, but the machine totally is programmable. 🙂 I plan to use it to make pasta in the future. I trust that it’s going to work better for pasta.

  4. I had the Cuisinart convection for 12 years. The pan locking mechanism broke so, after MUCH debate, I bought the Virtuoso Plus. Oddly, the day the Zo arrived, I fixed the Cuisinart, then stupidly gave it to Goodwill before trying the Zo. Bad move.

    The Zo makes beautiful bread, I love the wide loaf (the only reason I bought it). That’s it for likes.
    It doesn’t have a “finished last punch down” beep. My Cuisinart beeped when done with paddle, so the dough could be reshaped and the paddle removed before baking. The Zo doesn’t, the bread often has lopsided crowns and the paddles rip the bottom of the bread when it’s removed (not ti mention how hard the paddles are to remove after dough baked inside the hubs).
    I doubt understand the “rest” cycle. All my ingredients are already at room temp when I start! Besides, 30 min of rest won’t allow cold buttermilk to warm sufficiently, anyway. Waste of time.
    Biggest “dislike” is lack of recipes! My +$300 machine came with a handful of recipes; white, wheat, herb, sourdough recipes are BASIC. My Cuisinart came with a binder of at least 50 recipes! I should not have to buy a separate recipe book (there is ONE book for Zo, not for this machine, all for 1.5lb loaves, no conversions). Looking for online recipes is not the same as sitting with a recipe BOOK.
    Speaking of ‘no conversions’, the few recipes the Zo does have are all for 2lb loaves. My Cuisinart had conversions for 1lb, 1.5lb, and 2lb bread.

    I’m keeping the machine but only because of the wide loaf, nothing else about it is special, in fact, it’s totally lacking.

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