Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker review

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker review

Zojirushi’s bread makers are known for quality. Some of the first models on the market were made by this company, and they have been improving steadily based on user feedback. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 includes many desirable features, albeit for a price. There are a few things you’ll need to consider before buying, however.

 

Key features

Double paddles

Traditional loaf shape

Customizable program cycle

Heating element in the lid

13 hour time delay

Zojirushi is known for producing quality breadmakers. The BB-PAC20 is loaded with user-friendly features, including the presence of double paddles, and a traditionally shaped loaf pan. The heating element located in the lid solves the problem of pale crusts permanently, and the customizable programs allow you to bake nearly anything, including meat loaf. The inclusion of a thirteen hour programmable time delay means that you can have a loaf of bread ready at the time you want it, making meal planning that much easier.

Loaf size and shape

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 produces a short, fat loaf compared to other bread machines. This means that it looks much more like the typical home baked bread loaf than a breadmaker loaf. Your family and friends may not even be able to tell that you used a machine! The loaf size is a traditional 2 pound loaf, like you would find in your neighborhood bakery, adding to that home baked feel.

 

Dimensions

18” x 10.5” x 13”

 

Settings and Cycles

There are 7 different bread cycles (basic, wheat, gluten free, dough, jam, cake, sourdough starter) as well as a fully customizable home made setting on this machine. A rapid cycle is also available for both basic and wheat breads, creating a total of 10 pre-programmed options. The home made cycle allows users to create numerous cycles, however, and truly takes this machine to another level. Light, medium, and dark crust settings are also included.

 

Cycle Length

1 Regular basic (Time: 3 hours 25 minutes)

2 Quick basic (Time: 2 hours 25 minutes)

3 Regular wheat (Time: 3 hours 20 minutes)

4 Quick wheat (Time: 2 hours 25 minutes)

5 Gluten free (Time: 2 hours 25 minutes)

6 Regular dough (Time: 1 hour 50 minutes)

7 Quick dough (Time: 50 minutes)

8 Jam (Time: 1 hour 20 minutes)

9 Cake (Time: 1 hour 50 minutes)

10 Sourdough starter (Time: 2 hours 10 minutes)

11 Home made

 

Additional features

In addition to the numerous baking cycles available, this machine also includes a home made setting. The home made setting is a fully customizable program that you can use for everything from your Aunt Sally’s quick bread recipe to mom’s best meatloaf. This Zojirushi model has a unique heating element in the lid of the bread baker, as well. This makes it crucial that you not open the lid while baking, but at the same time allows you to obtain the crisp top crust that is indicative of a good bread. Vital to the effective mixing of ingredients in this odd-shaped loaf pan, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 includes two dough hooks instead of one, guaranteeing an even mix every loaf.

 

Pros

The lid-based heating element in this Zojirushi model is a unique and very useful feature. The addition of the home made program is also a great plus for the machine, and allows home bakers the chance to use their bread machine as a one-stop shop for all things baked. The loaf shape and size mimics bread loaf pans for baking from scratch, making it easy to claim the credit for yourself, instead of your machine. Double dough hooks ensure even mixing of ingredients, as well.

 

Cons

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 is out of many home cook’s price range for a bread maker. It runs at an average of $249.00 on Amazon.com, and although well worth the investment, it can be too pricey for many novice bakers. Common complaints about this model include lopsided loaves and faulty heating elements in the lid. Zojirushi’s customer service appears to be decent however, and repairs and replacements have been made with ease by many customers. The lop-sided loaf problem is addressed by removing the dough at the end of the last rise cycle and spreading it evenly in the pan before beginning the bake cycle – an inconvenience, but not a major one. The Teflon coating (PTFE) in the bake pan occasionally chips and peels, and the same has been noted on the paddles. Replacement parts are available from the manufacturer.

 

Conclusion

All in all, this is a solid bread machine. It can be a bit more expensive than some bakers are willing to pay, however. The primary complaints are relatively minor, although the Teflon chipping does have some users worried. If you are willing to shell out the extra cash, this bread machine may be a good pick.

 

The manual is available on Zojirushi’s website: http://www.zojirushi.com/servicesupport/manuals/manual_pdf/bb_pac20.pdf

 

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