Panasonic’s bread machines really do live up to the hype. We’ve saved the most expensive for last, though, the Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Stainless Steel model. As the most expensive Panasonic machine, we’re expecting this to be the veritable Rolls Royce of bread makers! Read on, and find out if it’s going to meet our expectations.
This model builds on the SD-2501WXC model with a few extra features. So what’s different?
The most obvious difference hits you as soon as you get the machine out of the box. Its sleek and modern stainless steel finish is quite striking, and definitely more attractive than the white plastic of Panasonic’s other bread maker models. The SD-2502 is a nice looking machine, and will be great in pride of place in any kitchen, modern or otherwise.
That metal housing might look cool, but is it a good idea to make the outside of what is essentially an oven out of metal? Thankfully, Panasonic have made the outside surface “cool touch”, which is fancy marketing-speak for saying that it won’t get too hot to touch while baking your bread.
Another feature unique to this machine is the automatic yeast dispenser. Where as other bread makers depend on you making sure that the yeast and water don’t touch each other until the mixing begins, the SD2502 has a separate yeast compartment. At the appropriate time, it will drop the yeast in for you automatically. This simple touch takes out the guesswork, and cuts down on failed loaves (which can occasionally occur with other machines if the water gets to the yeast at the wrong time).
Finally, this model can bake speciality breads which the previous models can’t, allowing you to make use of special grains and spelt flour.
The rest of this machine is the same as the slightly cheaper white model. The built-in fruit and nut dispenser automatically adds extra ingredients at the appropriate time, and the controls allow you to choose from 3 different loaf sizes, and 3 different crust types.
The huge array of baking programmes should cover everyone’s tastes. You can make standard loaves, and speciality breads (such as brioche, French and 100% gluten free). You can also make doughs for baking in the oven (including home made pizza base), and jams and compotes too.
The 13 hour delay timer allows you to put the ingredients in at night, and then wake up to fresh bread in the morning. With a non-stick pan and paddle (as well as fully removable lid) the machine is also nice and easy to clean.
We found that most bread makers were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC which is currently available for 10% off.
Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC Stainless Steel Breadmaker Features and Specifications
- Sleek stainless steel design – looks great in any kitchen
- Automatic yeast dispenser – no more failed loaves
- Automatic fruit and nut dispenser – completely hands off baking
- Cool touch casing doesn’t get too hot to touch
- Bakes speciality breads – including 100% gluten-free, brioche, 100% rye, spelt flour
- 3 loaf sizes and 3 different crust types – bake bread exactly as you like it
- 13 hour delay timer – wake up to fresh bread
Customer Feedback and Reviews
It’s time to check that the SD 2502 bread maker is living up to the expectations of the people who count: the customer. We’ve scoured all the customer comments that we could find and, try as we might, we couldn’t find a single negative review of this machine. 100% of customers that left comments were pleased with their purchase, and 99% left a 4 or 5 star review.
“Lives up to the hype”, “won’t buy bread ever again”, and “instantly fallen in love” were just some of the comments we noticed. Top marks for this bread maker then, but what in particular did people like?
As we expected (due to the success of the other Panasonic models we’ve looked at), this machine simply makes great bread! Every customer review was enthusiastic about it, with comments pointing out the great taste, the crispy crust, and the light fluffy texture. There were people who were new to bread makers, and those who had been using them for years. All agreed the bread is delicious, and pretty much perfect every single time.
People appreciated the stainless steel design. It’s a big machine, but indeed, it does look very nice and is perhaps the best looking bread machine around.
It’s easy to use too; add the ingredients, select the programmes, bread size, and crust type and then hit start. Come back 3 or 4 hours later, and you’ll be greeted with the delightful aroma of fresh baked bread, and a nice warm loaf. It’s quiet too, unlike some other bread makers on the market.
Customers also commented that the non-stick coating works really well. Bread slides out of the tin easily, and the paddle very rarely gets stuck in the bread. It’s nice and easy to clean too, with no hard flour residues left behind.
As with the cheaper model, the only complaint that people had with this machine was that the fruit and nut dispenser is rather sensitive. If you’re using it, you need to close the lid very carefully, or else the dispenser sometimes releases by mistake; tipping the ingredients into the dough. One clever lady has come up with an easy fix for this though; simply replacing the spring with one from a pen and the problem is solved. Granted, this should have been properly tested before the machine was released for sale to the public.
This really is the ultimate bread maker. Fantastic bread, crispy crusts, enough programmes to shake a stick at, sleek looks, easy to use, and easy to clean. We can’t deny that this is the best bread machine around. Personally, we still favour the SD-2501WXC; as we’re not sure the additional features in this model justify the hike in the price. However, if you can’t resist the stainless steel charms of the Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC, you certainly won’t be disappointed. This is the best bread maker available today.