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Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser Review

By: Kelly Burgess on October 30, 2017

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, as well as a vast variety of bread and dough presets and options.


  • Easy to use; clean
  • Consistent results
  • Choice of three loaf sizes
  • Automatic yeast dispenser


  • Large, heavy
  • Some durability issues
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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 they've ever seen, 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 possible mixing of yeast with other ingredients; 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. Until recently, this bread maker got kudos for its durability, but some recent reviews indicate it stopped working in a fairly short period of time. However, many more say they have had this machine for years and it's still going strong. It's also one of the quietest bread makers on the market.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser earns an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars from more than 2,995 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 we did note some durability complaints.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2017

In around 180 customer reviews, the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. The SD-YD250 is very popular with first-timers, who say it's an excellent way to dive into the world of homemade bread without a big investment.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of October 2017

The Panasonic SD-YD250 gets fewer reviews here, just under 35, but it earns a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and 95 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.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of October 2017

Some of the reviews at HomeDepot.com are culled from the Panasonic website, but in nearly 100 reviews the Panasonic SD-YD250 earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. Users praise its versatility and simple interface. There are some quibbles about the included recipe book.

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