If you want a bread machine that does it all, and don't mind the accompanying price tag, the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme is tops at every review site. It has a wide array of specialty settings including a sourdough starter, jam maker and a homemade function that allows you to program three baking cycles to your own specifications. Most reviewers laud this machine's performance and features, but the functionality trips up some bakers, who report that recipes and settings require tweaking in order to achieve perfect results. But if you like to experiment and tinker when cooking, this model is the one to buy.
Serves up excellent breads and other goodies. Hundreds of reviews from home bakers agree: the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 excels when it comes to excellence in taste and texture. It gets universal raves for its horizontal loaf, which user love because it looks like "real" bread when sliced, and is a better fit for sandwiches than the typical vertical loaf. The vast majority of owners say it performs superbly, delivering breads and cakes that have great taste and texture. A very small minority of bakers complain about bread that turns out hard, under-mixed, or overcooked in the crust -- but many report that after a few recipe tweaks or cycle time adjustments, they achieve excellent, or even perfect, results. Quite a few reviewers also say this machine makes bread much faster than others they have owned.
Simple to use despite multiple options. Although it can be overwhelming at the start with so many settings and programmable options, most reviewers find the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 easy to use, once they get the hang of it. A few say the instruction manual can be confusing, and, while many love the included instructional CD, they note that it's not as convenient to pull up -- and many laptops no longer include a CD drive, so it's not really kitchen counter friendly. The delay-start function and preheat cycle are baker favorites, and the machine is widely considered easy to clean. Bread doesn't stick either, say reviews, it just pops right out of the pan. It has a large viewing window so that you can keep an eye on your baking, and the slanted surface makes the control panel easy to read.
Very sturdy and stable. We saw very, very few complaints about breakage or other durability problems with the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 in spite of its many electronic controls, which are usually a source of malfunctions. The few who had issues say that Zojirushi customer service is very responsive and helpful. The BB-CEC20 is a bit louder than some other bread machines, users report, but most have no problem with the noise level. It does not "walk" around the counter during the mixing or kneading cycles. It comes in white and black and stainless-steel, which owners say is very attractive. One caveat: this machine is heavy and large, so be sure you have the space to stow it (or display it) and the strength to lift it if you store it in a cupboard.
Sharon Anne is a cooking enthusiast who says the Zojirushi BB-CEC20, along with its sibling, the Zojirushi BBCC-X20, is the highest rated bread machine in her bread machine poll. She doesn't say how many people she polled, but notes that many use this bread machine strictly for kneading, then bake the bread in the oven.
Review: Bread Maker Reviews, Sharon Anne, Not Dated
The Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme BB-CEC20 earns an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 875 users. Reviewers say it is easy to use and clean, delivers excellent results in terms of both bread taste and loaf appearance. A small percentage of users complain of uneven or otherwise unsatisfactory loaves.
Review: Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014
More than 230 users post to Cooking.com about the Zojirushi BB-CEC20, and they make it the highest-rated bread maker on this site with an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most users speak highly about the machine, saying it produces tasty bread, is easy to use, and serves up good-looking loaves. There are the usual, scattered complaints about the final results.
Review: Black/Stainless 2-lb. Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker by Zojirushi, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of September 2014
After about 125 reviews, the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Users say it's a great machine and they love its versatility and ease of use. Our feature of this site is that the moderators weigh in frequently to help out those who are having issues getting their bread to come out properly.
Review: Zojirushi bb-cec20 home bakery supreme bread machine - stainless steel , Contributors to KingArthurFlour.com, As of September 2014