Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser Review

Bottom Line

The Panasonic SD-YD250 is an excellent choice for those 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.

  • Easy to use; clean
  • Consistent results
  • Choice of three loaf sizes
  • Automatic yeast dispenser
  • No viewing window
  • Large, heavy

Breaking it down


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 users, many of whom enjoy the ability to wake up to the aroma of freshly made bread.

Ease of use

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 allows 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.

Lifestyle features

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 on a kitchen counter. 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 finally stopped working after many years of use. It's also one of the quietest bread makers on the market.

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Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser, White, Contributors to, As of November 2015

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser earns an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from more than 2,540 users. They love its three loaf sizes and delay timer, and say it consistently makes very good bread. They also note that it's very easy to use and clean. Some say it's noisy and there are a few scattered durability complaints.


Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker with YeastPro, White, Contributors to, As of November 2015

In more than 65 customer reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5; 92 percent would recommend it to a friend. The SD-YD250 is very popular with first-timers, who say it's an excellent way to dive into the world of homemade bread.


Panasonic - Automatic Bread Maker - White, Contributors to, As of November 2015

The Panasonic SD-YD250 gets fewer reviews here, just around 15, but it earns a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and 100 percent of those posting would recommend this bread maker to a friend. Owners say it makes a great loaf of bread and is a particularly good choice for first time bread makers.


Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker (Model SD-YD250), Jessica Harlan, Not Dated

Jessica Harlan,'s cooking equipment guide, likes the Panasonic bread maker, 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.