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This slim and attractive Panasonic breadmaker comes packed to the rafters with 31 settings for bread, sweet bakes, dough and jams. Read our full review.
This Panasonic breadmaker has a classic boxy design that stays true to previous models. It comes with 31 settings – one less than the Panasonic SD-YR2540, as there’s no spelt setting on this SD-YR2550. You can make three different-sized breads: medium, large and extra large, and there are three browning levels.
We found this model very similar to the SD-YR2540. Shape-wise, they’re ever so slightly different, but performance-wise, they produced much the same results.
As we’ve found with the majority of the Panasonic breadmakers we’ve tested, the screen on this model was a little difficult to see. We needed to shade the screen to be able to set the right setting, and the breadmaker is quite tall on a kitchen counter, so we found ourselves having to stand on tip toes to be able to see anything clearly. But, it’s intuitive and well labelled, so navigating the display screen is easy (when you can see it).
There’s no viewing window, but there is an automatic ingredient and yeast dispenser. These useful additions mean that extras are added at just the right time. Be warned though, the first time the dispenser doors open it may startle you, as they’re loud.
There are a wealth of settings to choose from, starting with simple loaves like white and wholemeal bread. Unique to the newest Panasonic models are settings for bread mixes. You can also make jam and preserves or make dough for pizza and pasta. Plus, there are four gluten-free settings.
We used the basic setting, which takes around four hours. Panasonic models consistently run for the longest but what we found most jarring was the fact that nothing seemed to happen for the first hour. We found this with the other Panasonic models we tested too.
But, once this model does get going it's relatively quiet. Using our easy white bread recipe, we set this breadmaker to make a large loaf with medium browning. When we peeked inside, the dough was smooth and supple, and the resulting loaf had a soft domed lid. The bread had risen evenly and the entire crust was crisp.
Inside, the bread was soft and light. Delicious eaten with salted butter.
Functionality meets design with this high-quality bread maker. With a whole host of different settings and breads to explore, this versatile piece of kit is ideal for first timers and well-versed bakers alike. Keep the manual on hand as it’s full of useful hints and tips to make the perfect loaf.
This model isn’t the cheapest and doesn’t come with the 'nice-to-have' additions such as a viewing window. But this Panasonic model truly does do everything for you, so you have to trust its process. A must-buy for bread bakers.
Machine size: 36.2 x 39.5 x 25.2 cm
Programmes: 31 pre-programmed
Delay function: yes
Viewing window: no
Crust colour adjustment: yes
Loaf size (s): medium, large, extra large
Guarantee: 1 year
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