Embodiment of a "Dummies Guide To Breadmaking"
Caveat .. I haven't had it long enough to comment on longevity but previous Panasonic products have all been of excellent quality.
I wanted a bread-maker to fit out my caravan, which already has a high solar 240 volt capacity. Traveling in the remote North/West of Australia, bread is a luxury as it doesn't keep well in the heat and is too bulky to use up the limited space in the freezer. Because of its size, a bread-maker is a bit of a luxury item in a caravan but one I felt was worth while. It only weighs 7kg and draws 500 watts so neither i...s a problem. Having had a simple bread-maker in the past, I bought this model because of its all-in-one approach. All I need to do is to take a couple of minutes to weigh out the ingredients, add water, press a button and go off and do whatever until the buzzer sounds to say the bread is ready. All the cheaper bread-makers require me to proof the yeast and wait around to add any other ingredients such as dried fruit. Over the month I've made a number of loaves and all have turned out, even the rapid-recipe. So -- 5 stars with the proviso that you are willing to pay the extra for the convenience 381.65
Tastes so much better than store bought bread!
This felt like an extravagant purchase at the time, but I haven’t thought that again once since we took out the first loaf.
We love this because:
- It is super easy to use - a few buttons and it’s going;
- It is super fast to use - I can throw on a loaf in a matter of a few minutes;
- There are so few parts that it is super easy to clean afterward;
- The bread never sticks;
- It’s super quiet, so we can set a timer to start baking in the middle of the night without worry it’ll wake up the kids, and wake to the smell of fresh baking bread; and...
Best purchase in a long time.
An amazing piece of machinery. So so so simple to use, and the results are amazing. Unable to buy generic store bread, and having to have to purchase expensive bakery bread every third day, we were hoping to be able to create our own at home. How we have taken so long to take the step and buy our own is ridiculous when we think about it. Do yourself a favour, spend the money and get this. You will not regret it. For newbies like me, follow all instructions exactly, failure to do so may result in a mess..... First loaf taught us this lesson the hard way.
Purchased in September 2020.
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Very good bread machine, works well every time.
I've had the SD-ZD2512 bread maker for about a year and it has worked perfectly, we use it every day and have rarely bought a loaf of bread from the shops. Good selection of recipes and the rapid option is very handy as you can bake a loaf of bread in about 2hrs, most normal settings are about 4hrs. The timer allows you to set the machine in the evening and to have bread ready for you first thing in the morning. I use the medium size as this is about right for a family of 4 for breakfast and lunches. the L and XL sizes work great too but you do...get a very tall loaf, this is unavoidable due to the size of the pan. I bought the machine from Myer online when they had a 20% off sale and paid $269 AU, I think this was a good deal as i often see the same machine for quite a lot more. The only minor complaint is that the yeast dispenser is quite noisy and it makes a loud clicking sound as it dispenses the yeast, this only happens once per loaf with 4 or 5 loud clicks then back to the normal quiet noises, but overall its a great bread machine.
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We are very happy with this breadmaker. It works perfectly and looks nice on my benchtop. We use it at least three times per week. Making Sourdough is so easy. Most complaints I read are as a result of people not following the instructions exactly.
After Sales Service
Exceptional service from Panasonic following sudden breakdown of my machine last Sunday morning. Because I cannot do without a breadmaker, my husband took off to JB HiFi to purchase another, same model. I contacted Panasonic on Monday via website to explain what happened. On Wednesday, by email Panasonic requested copy of receipt for original machine and my details, which I replied to. This morning Panasonic contacted me to confirm I had in fact purchased a new machine. Panasonic then said that obviously they would not send me a new machi...
Amazing Bread Maker!
I bought this machine in January, after my friend intrigue remark "By making your own bread, you can be sure what you have in your bread loaves that you & family have everyday plus the freshly baked bread aroma!"
The machine did a very great job. I made lots of type, except the white bread & gluten free. I use wholemeal or multigrain for the recipes that use bread flour and the result is always good. I'm still using Laucke, hesitate to use other brand, don't have time to make mistake.
I use bread slicer guide and finally bought an "overkill" S...
Very happy with machine, 2 years so far
I make all my bread in the machine, very rarely buy commercial bread. I had three lower end bread machines before this one, which unsurprisingly is far better. I bought a couple of bread machine recipe books designed for UK market ( more suited to Aussie bakers than US recipes) and also the Beechworth Bakery book and adapted those recipes to machine use so I can confidently say I have made an enormous variety of breads with overall successful results. I even make sourdough bread using a culture given by a friend and no added yeast. I almost alw...ays add bread improver (Wallaby brand). I have occasionally used Laucke or Simply No Knead bread mixes but prefer making my own. Have used pretty much all the bread programs except gluten free and have used wholemeal, rye, buckwheat, spelt, kibble grain, oats, barley, polenta as well as bakers’ white flour. I almost always use the machine for the entire process including baking even for recipes which recommend making dough then baking in oven. Except hot cross buns of course! Overall very satisfied with the machine and hope it keeps on going for many more years.
I have never been able to make a good loaf of bread from scratch. My local bakeries including Coles and Woolworths just have bland tasting bread.This is wonderful, success using Laucke crusty bread kit which includes yeast. My only failure was with the yeast, the instruction in the manual suggests storing yeast in the fridge, it was too cold and didn’t activate in time to make the bread rise. Suggest storing in sealed jar in packet at room temperature, even though I live in a hot humid climate.Breadmaking is home science at its highest level...and requires very detailed instructions get it right and you never look back, but you learn more with each loaf, an abundance of info on line. My loaves come out light, fluffy, crusty. Because I am really fussy, The shape of the loaf is very high and square. The slices with a bread knife are very high and thick because the loaf has a crunchy crust with soft inside, so for a family with kids it doesn’t seem to suit a family, eight large slices per loaf. Other half is looking at electric knife and slicing guides to better deal with slicing. I have also considered placing the loaf on its side and cutting through the entire loaf to give us two smaller loaves. This is a wonderful product, meeting almost all of my fussy issues
Have bought this Bread maker thinking it would be the solution to the perfect loaf. Had it for a while now, tried every thing and every setting not "one" good loaf. Using Laucke Bread mix Sourdough.Then tried plain white using fresh yeast. Still no good. To get in touch Panasonic is not easy so one can find a fix. Had 2 bread maker before this they were great. Perfect bread. I used them so much the elements burnt out. Thought I would treat myself to a "Upmarket" one and have not had a good loaf out of it to date. Bought this bread maker on the reviews. I've been making bread for years, very disappointed, Theo
Never fails to bake great bread
I cannot fault this machine, but would urge caution when following their recipes. Use only very good bread flour and leave out the sugar unless for a sweet loaf. The recipes are designed for the USA Market. This is, in my opinion, the best domestic bread maker in the World
I have baked bread almost daily for the past 20 years. I purchased this machine because I could no longer knead the dough successfully due to arthritis. I was skeptical initially about bread machine bread but now I am a convert. It bakes perfectly and all without fuss. Love it.
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Best Bread Maker I have ever Bought
I have owned many different brands of bread makers in the past, and this one is by far the best. I have made everything from wholemeal, white, Rye and sour dough in this machine and it is fantastic. I made Rye Bread with Molasses, Pear n Walnuts, and it came out fantastic. The bread maker was posted promptly, and I received it in a good timely manner.
The best machine for bread
This is the best machine for bread after having a horror run with the Sunbeam Bakehouse (My worst buy ever and an expensive mistake) I just set and forget and out comes a perfect loaf every time. A bit more expensive but worth it. My only complaint is the finish alarm is not too loud but it is the best machine in my opinion.
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Works fine but lid hinge broken
I bought this Panasonic breadmaker ZB 2512 from Myer. Research included talking with sales staff. Among others, saff at Liverpool Myer recomended this product. Panasonic breadmakers also get good customer reviews from this website plus others.
I made 2 loaves over the first 2 weeks of ownership. I found the 4 hours for a normal white loaf a little long. However, the reults were worth the wait.
After 2 weeks i noticed that there was a large crack on the body of the machine. It was at the back of the machine right where the hinge to the lid...met the machine. I am not sure if it was ther at time of purchase or if the high cooking temp has cracked the plastic. Either way, the lid was only effectivly attached by one hinge not 2. The lid felt very loose now. I returned to Myer. They gave me a full refund. No questions asked. That is the main reason i like buying from a big store - they look after their customers. So i was very pleased with the service. RZ2512 - made in China. Made in Japan was always better. In my past experience Panasonic products where top shelf in quality. But i'd now say these high standards have dropped in favour of lower prices.
The best of the best, Unbelievably awesome bread machine highly recommended
Easy to use, consistent results, lots of adjustable settings.
I if'd and r'rd and researched for the best bread maker until I came across this one. To be totally honest it is priced on the higher end, but in all honesty you pay for what you get. Results are always consistent, unlike my old sunbeam which had a mind of its own. I have had it for 2 weeks now and bake different loaves / types of bread and always turn out perfect,
I've only baked two loaves thus far but I'm very happy with this. I've used Laucke Rye Sourdough (at Coles) pre-packets and have had two delicious loaves as a result. Probably better to buy this on special as it still ends up costing $2.80 per loaf (plus machine cost).
This morning I woke up to hot, fresh bread due to the timer function. Highly recommended!
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Used my new bread machine for the first time today...made a loaf of Rye. At first I was confused as to why the measured ingredients needed to ‘rest’ before going through the procedure ( I’m assuming it’s to make sure ingredients are at correct temperature) 3.30hours on the timer. It was worth the wait! It is the closest texture I’ve made to a bought loaf of bread.
I owned a Panasonic bread machine from 20 years ago and it was time to upgrade. The result of the loaves has definitely come a very long way, my old machine produced much denser loa...
The best BREAD MAKER I have ever owned!!!!
I got this for a xmas present and let me tell you, it is so easy to use and makes the absolute best bread and pizza dough ever! Really do yourself a favour and buy it, its quiet, robust, quick, has lots of different programs and i just love the separate yeast and fruit/nut compartments.
I bought this bread maker on the internet after studying a lot of reviews. I had a bread maker up until about 7 years ago and enjoyed making bread and dough-only with my children, unfortunately it stopped working and I never replaced it mainly because my children had grown up. I recently retired and decided to start baking again for my working wife to take to work.
Wow what a difference modern breadmakers are now. This model adds the yeast and fruit-n-nuts etc for me. In the past I had to wait for the beep then add extras manually. Being hear...
Questions & Answers
I would like to bake a sour dough loaf adding seeds. What number on the menu would you suggest so the seeds are mixed in.
Panasonic Australia C.Panasonic
Hi Jacki, please call our customer service team on 132600 for assistance.
Hi, I bought the Panasonic SD-ZB2512 about a month ago and have baked a couple of basic sandwich loaves. What I've seen is that the proofing time of 2hrs and sometimes more is too long for the bread, making bread that is spongy as opposed to fine bubbles that you might get at the supermarket. Is there a way to move onto the next stage of the program when you think its proofed enough? Or create a custom program where you can put your own timings in for each stage of the program?
Sounds like you just need to play with your yeast and water amounts. The machine is set to cook the way its designed so I personally wouldn't go and change anything. But try your different amounts as suggested and see how you go
Panasonic Australia C.Panasonic
Hi Jono, please give our customer service team a call on 132600 and they will be able to assist you.
Hey everyone - thanks for the really informative reviews. I'd love to know about the size of the loaves this machine produces. Big enough for my family of five for a day?
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