Panasonic SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser Reviews

Panasonic SD-RD250 13Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit & Nut Dispenser Reviews

Have you ever baked with diamond? If not, the Panasonic SD-RD250 might just change that. It comes at a cost, however. This Panasonic is priced significantly higher than many comparable models, and offers surprisingly few features for its relative price point. Unlike many other bread machines, however, it does offer a locking lid, adding an extra safety measure to the appliance.

Key features

  • Diamond Fluorine coated inner pan
  • Locking lid
  • Automatic fruit and nut dispenser
  • 13 hour delay timer
  • LCD digital display

If you’ve got little ones around the house, this might be a good bread maker for you. Unlike many market competitors, Panasonic’s bread maker includes a locking lid. An automatic fruit and nut dispenser is an expected luxury at this price point, as is the 13 hour delay timer. The diamond fluorine coated loaf pan is a unique feature, and might help to explain the high price of this fairly featureless model.

Loaf size and shape

Panasonic is a little different than most manufacturers. Instead of providing the pound weight, they give you a one word verbal description of their loaves. In the case of the SD-RD250, the machine produces medium and extra large loaves. The medium is about 1.5 lbs. by my estimate, and the extra large looks to be a 2.5 lb. loaf. Shape is rectangular, although a bit wider than standard sandwich bread.

Dimensions

11″ x 12 13/16″ x 14 9/16″ inches

Settings and cycles

This Panasonic machine includes surprisingly few bake modes. There are only five (basic, French, pizza dough, pasta dough, and bake only), although the machine does produce two loaf sizes. Crust can be either light or dark. No medium crust setting is available on this model.

Cycle length

  1.  Basic
  2.  French
  3.  Pizza dough
  4.  Pasta dough
  5.  Bake only

Additional features

This model received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, which is something remarkable. It also comes with an measuring cup and spoon, as well as a fairly reliable recipe booklet. The company boasts that the lack of a viewing window allows a better, and more even bake, since there is improved heat reflection.

Pros

Many consumers are worried about teflon in food – especially coming from bread makers. Panasonic tries to avoid the teflon risk by coating the SD-RD250’s loaf pan with diamond fluorine instead. The value of this move is debatable, but that’s something we can tackle in another post. The locking lid, combined with the lack of teflon, make this bread maker a good pick for health conscious families.

Cons

The Panasonic SD-RD250 is a relatively featureless machine. It offers fewer cycles and settings than machines that are nearly $100 cheaper on average. Many users have complained about the customer service provided by Panasonic, and several SD-RD250 owners have reported product failure occurring within 6 months of the purchase date.

Conclusion

If you like expensive machinery that breaks easily, buy this model. Otherwise, save your money. The locking lid is a nice feature, but there is just too much missing when you compare this machine to other models in the same price range. That would be fine if quality control made up for the difference in price, but sadly, that is also lacking.

The manual for Panasonic’s SD-RD250 Bread Maker with Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser is available, just click here.

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