Panasonic SD-YD250 automatic bread maker with yeast dispenser review

Panasonic SD-YD250 automatic bread maker with yeast dispenser

The Panasonic SD-Y250 is an inexpensive bread maker with numerous impressive features, and is known for producing delicious bread. It’s a machine designed for both beginning and experienced bakers, but there are a few key drawbacks to note, especially where service is concerned. Despite some key problems, the machine is still one of the most popular on the market today.

Key features

3 loaf sizes, from 1.5-2.5 pounds

3 crust settings

13 hour delay timer

Thin dough blade

Insulated, non-stick loaf pan

The benefits of the Panasonic SD-YD250 include the machines’ ability to produce quality bread without requiring you to go hunting for the blade inside the loaf. The nonstick coating on both the loaf and the pan are high quality, and the thin blade makes that ever-so-familiar bread machine dough hook hole much less noticeable. The thirteen hour delay timer allows you to set the machine to prepare bread for the next day’s breakfast, lunch, or even for dinner after work. The three crust settings are also useful, ensuring that you get the perfect texture for your family’s tastes. Having three loaf sizes means that you can plan for small or large groups of people, without having to bake more than one loaf of bread.

 

Loaf size and shape

This breadmaker has a very large loaf capacity. It can handle three loaf sizes, 1.5 pound, 2 pound, and 2.5 pound. These are labeled as M, L, and XL sizes, respectively. The loaf produced by this machine is generally taller than most bread loaves, and tends toward the thin side where bread machines are concerned.

 

Dimensions

14” x 13 1/3” x 9”

 

Settings and Cycles

There are 6 different bread settings (basic, French, whole wheat, multigrain, cake, and pizza). The machine includes rapid and raisin options for each bread type, as well, and a separate rapid cycle is also available. This makes for a total of eighteen settings that users can choose from, making this model one of the most versatile on the market. Light, medium, and dark crust settings are also available.

 

Cycle Length

1 Basic Bake/Basic Bake Sandwich (Time: 4 hours)

2 Basic Bake Rapid (Time:1 hour 55 minutes)

3 Basic Bake Raisin (Time: 4 hours)

4 Whole Wheat Bake/Whole Wheat Sandwich Bake/Multigrain Bake (Time: 5 hours)

5 Whole Wheat Bake Rapid (Time: 3 hours)

6 Whole Wheat Bake Raisin (Time: 5 hours)

7 French Bake (Time: 6 hours)

8 Bake Only (Time: 30-90 minutes)

9 Basic Dough/Basic Dough Raisin (Time: 2 hours 20 minutes)

10 Whole Wheat Dough/Whole Wheat Dough Raisin/Multigrain Dough (Time: 3 hours 15 minutes)

11 French Dough (Time: 3 hours 35 minutes)

12 Pizza Dough (Time: 45 minutes)

 

Additional features

One of the unique features of the Panasonic SD-YD250 is the inclusion of a raisin setting. This allows you to add fruits at the appropriate time, and ensure a quality, flavorful result. Bake times are adjusted to match. The yeast/raisin dispenser is also helpful for ensuring the appropriate timing of yeast and raisin incorporation into your breads. Panasonic also includes a recipe book with over 40 recipes, giving new and experienced bakers quite a bit to work with.

 

Pros

This machine is inexpensively priced, averaging $149.99 on Amazon.com. It offers numerous options in terms of bake cycles and crust browning. Additionally, it comes with quite a few recipes, and a yeast/raisin dispenser that makes life easier on the home baker. The non-stick pan and thin dough hook are additional plus points, as are the three loaf sizes. All in all, for the amount you pay, it’s an excellent machine.

 

Cons

Although the machine itself is wonderful, owner who have had trouble with it report problems in getting through to Panasonic regarding repairs. Several reviewers of this bread machine also report problems with the troubleshooting display, which they say is relatively useless. One key issues that many customers have noted is the faulty ceramic heating element holder. This piece has broken for numerous customers, and the potential for a fire hazard is high, as the heating element is supported solely by this piece. Panasonic’s customer service appears to a have universally negative reviews, and this machine is noted for breaking down frequently in the first year.

 

Conclusion

The features and price of Panasonic’s SD-YD250 make it an especially popular model. That said, the customer service reports are abysmal. It’s a real gamble. From what I have read and seen, this machine either works beautifully or breaks almost instantly, and the manufacturer seems relatively uninterested in pleasing their customers. My advice is to save your money and look for a breadmaker that may not have all the bells and whistles, but at least has a solid reputation and is likely to last you for years to come.

Link to Manual: http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/SDYD250.PDF

 

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