Summary: For those that say only use the light crust setting, I prefer medium (which is more like bread made in Europe). I can hardly wait to try other variations. Wait for a sale. Usually they mark these down every so often.
Pros: Before my wife got home I already had the first loaf going. She said she would not eat any of that as she was sure that something would go wrong (lets say I don't have much in common with Betty Crocker). When all was said and done, she had to beg me to try a piece - perfect results. For first try...
Cons: Not really a con, but don't forget to put the mixing blades in before the ingredients. Hope that only happens once. :)
Summary: This breadmaker has been reviewed by individuals of varying ability. At least one ("ConcernedConsumer") has included in his/her review some of the most ridiculous and unwarranted alarmist nonsense yet discovered in a NewAig review.
Pros: Very nice breadmaker. Horizontal loafage. Honorable Zojirushiness.
Cons: Dishwashers administer appx. half a can of whoop-rass per load cycle to the surface coating (and possibly the blade mechanism) of the pan. As should be obvious, two runs through a dishwasher exposes the pan to the equivalent of a whole can, which, it should be understood, is sufficient whoop-rass...
Summary: At this price point, you would expect a fire and forget machine. Unfortunately my experience thus far has not been that. Mixes well and strong, but during rising, if the dough isn't handled manually to better kneed and distribute the dough in the pan, you end up with a lop-sided wart log.
Pros: Sturdy, seems to have a strong motor
Cons: Manual intervention always required if you don't want alien looking wart bread Price for performance, not worth the money
Summary: I trusted the reviews I found here on Newegg to guide my purchase. I'm glad I did. I took the maker out of the box, rinsed the pan, followed the instructions, pushed two buttons - WHAMMO! Perfect loaf of bread. I can make buttermilk biscuits from scratch in a cast iron skillet, corn bread, too.
Pros: Solid construction and attractive. All parts included. Works exactly as advertised. Produces excellent product. Instructions and recipes included. Simple to use. Ridiculously easy cleanup.
Cons: The instructions could be a little better,especially where the kneading blades were concerned. I was worried when they didn't "lock" into place, and the instructions led me to believe that they should be secure. Well, evidently they don't exactly lock down. Potentially I could have damaged my uni...
Pros: Great control and great results. I don't know why a standard horizontal loaf is so much more appealing than a vertical loaf-- but it is. After some tinkering I got this to make an excellent 100% whole wheat loaf, something I've never been able to do with any other breadmaker.
Cons: The recipes in the accompanying manual seem to be off. If I use the prescribed amount of water, the dough does not form well. I find I have to use 150% of the water called for to get good results. I wonder if it is due to the extreme arid conditions in Boston? Er, probably not.
Cons: Still trying to figure this out, but it seems to make lopsided bread no matter what I try (not terribly lopsided, but more than I would have expected.) The paddles that are inside the bread pan are hard to clean.