The Panasonic SD-YD250 is an excellent choice for home cooks who want to enjoy home-baked bread without a lot of fussing around with settings. It includes a work-saving yeast dispenser and a delay-start feature. If you are an expert bread maker and want a full-function machine, you may prefer the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme (Est. $250), which allows for custom programming. However, if you want a premium machine but don't need as many bells and whistles, the Panasonic SD-YD250 will fill the bill.
Delivers consistently excellent results with every loaf. What matters most with a bread maker is the outcome, and according to reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 delivers an excellent loaf every time. Home bakers say the Panasonic produces one of the best-looking loaves, with a dark, crispy crust and good flavor. The loaves come out evenly baked, risen and textured. They're also flavorful with every slice, they say. The praise for this model's performance is constant regardless of bread variety, including cinnamon-raisin, beer bread and bacon bread. The delay setting gets particular praise. It allows you to add ingredients and choose what time you'd like the bread to be ready -- a very popular feature among Amazon.com users, many of whom enjoy the ability to wake up to the aroma of freshly made bread.
Makes bread baking a virtual no-brainer. It's not the most full-featured bread maker on the market, but the Panasonic SD-YD250 is widely considered an easy to operate machine. The SD-YD250 seems particularly popular with people who are new to bread making and were nervous about buying something with too steep of a learning curve. Users say its LED display is clear and allows bakers to easily choose among size, type and crust options. Owners praise the yeast slot as a convenience feature because they say it eliminates the need to add yeast manually; a few users, however, report that it's difficult to add yeast without spilling some around the slot. Some reviewers miss having a viewing window, which would allow them to monitor baking progress. And some complain that if you make a mistake programming the unit, there is no quick way to clear the settings.
Sturdy and solid, but size is debatable. Bread makers in general don't garner many comments about their appearance, possibly because many of them are essentially large, white boxes, and the Panasonic SD-YD250 is no exception. Nevertheless, its size is an issue for some users. At over 13 inches wide, 14 inches tall and 9 inches deep, this will take up some real estate. It's heavy, too, at 15 pounds, so if you can't store it on your counter, be sure you can lift it. However, its durability matches its heft: users specifically state that this Panasonic bread machine is sturdy and stable. We found a number of owners who bought this machine after their first Panasonic died after many years of use. It's also one of the quietest bread makers on the market.
Baking enthusiast Sharon Anne ranks the Panasonic SD-YD250 just behind two high-end (and much pricier) Zojirushi's. She says it's a mid-priced machine with a large loaf capacity -- 2.5 pounds. She likes the yeast dispenser feature, but doesn't say much more about it. These rankings come from an automatic bread maker poll she conducted among her readers.
Review: Bread Maker Reviews, Sharon Anne, Not Dated
Jessica Harlan, About.com's cooking equipment guide, likes the Panasonic breadmaker, but says those baking enthusiasts who enjoy multiple custom settings will be disappointed. For the average user, she recommends the Panasonic as a basic machine that makes good bread.
Review: Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker (Model SD-YD250), Jessica Harlan, Not Dated
The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser earns an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 1,920 users. They love its three loaf sizes and delay timer, and say it makes very good bread. They also note that it's very easy to use and clean. There are a few scattered complaints of inconsistent results or durability issues, but not many.
Review: Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014
In more than 60 customer reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. It's very popular with first-timers, who say it's an excellent way to dive into the world of homemade bread. Some say this is their second or third Panasonic machine and they last for years.
Review: Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker with YeastPro, White, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2014