Makes a variety of breads
Achieves consistent results
Easy to experiment with ingredients
Not Coming up to Expectations.
To be fair, I need to start by qualifying this review with the fact that I only bought this device for one purpose - to prepare dough. I haven’t tried using it for any other purpose and am unlikely to.
I bought the SD-2501 to replace a Sanyo bread maker we’d had for quite a few years, as the paddle was very worn and on the verge of breaking. I had been regularly using the Sanyo to prepare dough for French bread, baps and baguettes for about 6 months and was getting excellent results, with wonderfully light interiors and crisp crusts. The whole...process of first proving in the Sanyo took one hour and 30 minutes. The same process with the Panasonic takes either two hours and 20 minutes or three hours and 35 minutes depending on whether it’s “basic’ or French dough. I have been unable to get results anywhere near as good as I was getting with the Sanyo and the SD-2501 takes a heck of a lot longer. I don’t understand why. I’ve tried both dough recipes that came with the machine. The French dough recipe produces a dough that looks and feels great when it comes out of the maker, is easy to shape and seems to second-proof quite well, but oven spring tends to be more outwards than upwards, leading to a product that just doesn’t have that wonderful international lightness. Having said that, the results are not “bad”. As my wife says, it’s still reasonable bread.. just not up to the standard we had become used to. And perhaps, with time and further experimentation, I might find an approach that will give me the results I want with this device. But a key word here is “time”. If the Panasonic had a somewhat shorter processing time, I would feel more inclined to experiment further. And this should be simple enough to achieve. You see, a big factor in the Panasonic’s longer times is the pre-rest built into the program. Now I know some bakers swear by pre-resting the ingredients, but I have never found it helped all that much. If Panasonic at least made this resting period optional, the whole process could be shortened considerably, and that would probably be enough to convince me to keep it and keep working with it. As it stands, though, I have decided to order a new paddle for the old Sanyo from the States and sell the Panasonic
SD 2501 Excessive flour on side and in the middle
Followed the instruction for putting correct amount and sequences for first time with time setting with menu 1. white bread was not risen probably and has excessive flour on the side and the instruction seems have way too much salt and too salty. Second time when kneading I saw paddle could not knead the flour on side and far corners. I ended up using plastic folk to stir the flour at corner....It should work automatically but it seems not. Can anyone help? Love to make better bread for mother's day.
Purchased in May 2019 at Bing Lee for $216.00.
Good machine. Terrible spare parts
This machine makes great bread and has lots of options for different breads, dough, etc. I would give this 5 stars. Spare parts are a joke - 0 stars. Our machine has made a lot of bread (500+) and dough. Mostly wholemeal. Lining off the bread tin has started to shred, replacement cost is $150 + postage AND 4-8 weeks delivery. This only assists a throw-away society...
Day 1 and I want it gone. Got it through a rewards program but did a lot of research before ordering it. I only make dough in the machine (2-3 batches per week), then shape and bake myself. My problem is the compulsory 'rest' cycle before it will start. Usually put all ingredients in the pan, watch it mix for 2-3 minutes to check dough hydration/consistency then leave to get on with chores and come back 1:30 later. Can't do that now. I have to hang around maybe 30 minutes (how long it rests seems to me arbitrary) before I can get on with work. Theres no way to eliminate this or advance the program past it. Effectively useless
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Shame about nut dispenser
Had 3 of these breadmakers. Makes great bread. BUT in the last two machines the nut dispenser failed. I didn't do anything about the first failure but acted on the latest failure on 2 year old machine. Phone call to Panasonic not helpful at all. No replies to my email or contact via web to them. I thought the Australian Consumer Law now offered consumers protection against a product that doesn't last a reasonable amount of time.
Made 30+loaves. I'd like to experiment. But the set menus don't appear to allow meddling. No viewing window, no pause facility, problems like big holes, collapsed top.
Crust variations only work for some menus, the darkest setting is still pretty light.
Any ideas on how too make small variations welcome.
Great machine parts expensive
Love my bread maker. Has never missed a beat until the Teflon coating peeled of the bread pan and mixed into my bread. Went to replace the part and it cost almost the same as a brand new machine. I have had the bread maker for about 3 years and I use it every day, if not, twice a day, so general wear and tear is to be expected. I just can't warrant spending a huge amount just on a singular part.
Produces great loaves
This machine gives very good results and I would recommend this model to anyone.
End result is certainly better than my Breville and I was pretty happy with the quality from the Breville... at least I was until I used this Panasonic :)
One annoying shortcoming is that the basket handle is non-removable, and this makes it difficult to tip the finished loaf out when it is hot. Today there was no way to get the loaf out without burning both my hands because of this. You really need three hands to do this (the manual does say to remove the load...immediately, albeit it oven gloves). This was never an issue with my Breville - even though the handle is the same, the shape of the basket made it easy to hold both it and the handle at the same time.
Questions & Answers
Has anyone else had a problem with their machine jumping off the counter top?
Never had that issue. To be honest because of the rubber stabilisers my bread maker doesn't move at all. What surface is it on? Do you have it sitting on a tray or similar? I think if your getting that much vibrations you may need to contact Panasonic.
Mine did in the beginning. I walked in and saw it teetering on the edge of the table top, one leg off and ready to take a dive. Since then I have it right in the middle of the table, just in case. I have noticed that if I am making something using the rye paddle (larger paddle) it can move a bit. Same with pasta dough. But mostly it doesn't move now, and certainly doesn't move with the smaller loaves and normal recipes that need less of a thumping. It's not vibrations, it's the larger amount of dough being thrown around inside it. My best advice would be that until the feet are less new, place it in the middle of a larger bench or table that does not have a high gloss finish.
Maybe get some of those square rubber jar lid openers to put under the feet for now. And also check your liquid levels in the recipes are exact, so the dough is not too stiff. I know I was a bit casual about that in the beginning :P All the best.
My Sunbeam died after 12 years and always produced great loaves of bread. I purchased the SD2501 on Friday, two rock hard loaves but not cooked and sticky. My chooks are eating it. All ingredients as suggested for NZ recipes. Would love some tips as ready to throw the breadmaker in the bin.
Hi denise i make a loaf e other day and have since may I dont have any problems ,wished i could help you or fwd any knowledge your way,I use tap water flour and yeast and put it in that order I use a basic programme usually 1 or 6 also make fruit toast and seeded bread and honestly have no problems with it I even make bread for my neighbour
Hi Denise, best to give our customer service team a call on 132600 and they will help you get the perfect loaf of bread,
Could I buy a rye paddle to fit in SD500?
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- The Panasonic SD-2501 Bread Maker has 13 baking programs and 3 different crust colours and loaf sizes, helping you make the perfect loaf for you.
- One of these programs is a Gluten Free Mode which lets you easily make gluten-free bread, making it suitable for people with a range of dietary needs and preferences.
- A Specialty Mode also lets you make spelt bread, which has a wider variety of essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals than conventional wheat, and is said to be beneficial for your digestive health.
- This model can also make jam and compote, letting you make the bread and the spread you put on it.
- It also has an automatic raisin and nut dispenser that adds and evenly distributes these ingredients throughout the dough, meaning you don’t have to worry about these bits dropping to the bottom of your bread loaf.
- A 13 hour digital timer lets you enjoy freshly baked bread whenever you like.
- The bread maker also has a Diamond-Fluro coated bread pan and kneading blade to help stop your bread sticking to the pan, making cleaning a whole lot easier.
- This unit costs $329.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that this bread maker was effective in making a variety of breads, from the dough through to the finished product, whether it was a loaf, buns, or pizza bases.
- Reviewers noted that it also produced consistent results, making baking a loaf almost foolproof.
- The bread maker is highly durable, and lasts a long time even with thorough use, according to reviewers.
- Reviewers also appreciated how easy it was to experiment with different ingredients, saying that it was easy to add ingredients such as fruits (including frozen fruit), seeds, herbs, and garlic.
|Max Loaf Size||1.2 kg|
|Features||Automatic Ingredients Dispenser, Gluten Free Setting and Jam & Compote Mode|
|Preset Timer||13 hours|
|Dimensions||382 x 256 x 389 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||White|
|Release date||Dec 2011|
- MPN: 1921, 35902769, PSD2501, SD-2501 and SD2501
- GTIN13: 5025232611966 and 8887549410017
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