The Panasonic SD-2500WXC Automatic Breadmaker is almost identical to the Panasonic SD-2501WXC that we recently took a look at. We loved the more expensive model, and since this one is almost identical, we’re expecting to love this one too! Since there is very little difference between the two, you might want to take a look at our review of the SD-2501WXC, however we will recap the features here briefly too.
The SD-2500 WXC has 10 built-in bread making programs. It can make standard loaves, as well as speciality loaves such as brioche,French bread, and 100% gluten-free. The slightly more expensive SD-2501 contains an extra Rye bread mode which isn’t included in this model, so if you like Rye bread then that is the model for you.
The main difference between this model and the SD-2501 (apart from the absence of a Rye mode) is that this cheaper model doesn’t have an automatic raisin and nut dispenser. If you do think you’d like the flexibility this feature provides then you’ll need to go for the SD-2501; however it’s only £18 more expensive so it’s not going to break the bank.
The machine is very simple to use. First, measure your ingredients into the bread tin (there are plenty of recipes included in the manual).
Next, select your bread size. There is a choice of M (400g), L (500g) and XL (600g) which should be more more than enough to keep a whole family going for a few days.
The next step is to select your programme. As mentioned, there are 10 different programmes on offer covering everything from a standard white loaf, to brioche, to sandwich bread.
Finally, select the type of crust that you want. The machine allows you to choose a light to dark crust. Whether you like your crust soft or crunchy, you’ve got the option.
And that’s it! Press the start button and come back in a few hours to freshly baked bread. The machine also have a delay timer built-in, so that you can put the ingredients in before you go to bed, and wake up to warm bread for breakfast.
The device also takes the time to warm your ingredients to the optimum temperature before mixing, so that the yeast is at the correct temperature to do the best job possible.
We found that most bread makers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Panasonic SD-2500WXC which is currently available for 18% off.
Panasonic SD-2500WXC Automatic Breadmaker Features and Specifications
Customer Feedback and Reviews
As we expected, customers loved this bread maker! 96% of them were satisfied with their purchase, awarding it 3 stars or above. In actual fact, the vast majority of customers were highly enthusiastic; 94% gave it 4 or 5 stars.
Basically, everything that people said about the more expensive model applies here. People absolutely love the bread that this machine makes, and people who had previously owned other bread makers said this this one was the best.
The machine is sturdy and well made, so most customers seemed very confident that it’s going to last. This is pretty important, as any bread maker is going to see a lot of use.
People found it very simple to use. The 4 step process we’ve highlighted above is quick and easy, and really takes the pain out of making homemade bread.
The only negative side to this machine (the same as the 2501) is that the beeper that sounds once the bread is ready is quite quiet. This means if you’re in another room you’re not likely to hear it. However, everyone who mentioned this problem was still extremely happy with their machine, so it’s not exactly the end of the world! If you won’t be around when the machine finishes, you’ll simply need to set an alarm for yourself.
As we expected, the verdict with this model is the same as for the more expensive model. It’s really really good! It’s simple, well made, versatile, and most importantly; people just love the bread it makes.
If you don’t think you’d use the Rye bread mode or the fruit and nut dispenser, then you might as well go with the Panasonic SD-2500WXC and save yourself £20. On the hand, if these features are important to you then you’ll need to go with the SD-2501WXC instead. Either way, you’ll be getting yourself possibly the best bread maker available today.