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"...results. I first came across the Panasonic bread maker at a friend’s house. I loved the taste of the bread she gave me for lunch and was determined to start saving for a bread maker of my very own. Before I finally decided to buy a Panasonic I did some research on the internet and was impressed both my the glowing reviews of the Panasonic sd-253 and by the fact it received the best rating of any bread maker by Which. I price checked and found ..." Read review
27.05.2007

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Community Level 5xalala

xalala

Bready, steady, cook... Diamond review

AdvantagesFresh bread when you want it, excellent user guide and recipes

DisadvantagesSmall-ish loaves, funny hole in base of loaf from mixer blade, gets eaten too quick because it smells too nice!

"The Panasonic SD-253 automatic breadmaker has been gracing the (relatively small) work surface in my kitchen for a little over 12 months now, and I think it speaks volumes that it hasn’t just been quietly put into a cupboard to gather dust like so many other kitchen “essentials” often are. *Looks and Use* The machine is large, white, and takes up a fair amount of work surface in my kitchen. But it also means that we get fresh ..." Read review
29.01.2004

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Community Level 3cocoklo

cocoklo

Some handy bread hints from cocoklo

AdvantagesSo delicious, easy to use, no preservatives in your bread

Disadvantagesslightly noisy, the unavoidable paddle imprint in the base of your bread

"...Machine ----- My machine is a Panasonic SD253 breadmaker, with built in raisin-and-nut-dispenser. It's reasonably compact and light-weight; the handy shape means you can sit it on top of your microwave when not in use. But I would recommend setting it somewhere more stable during the cooking and cooling process. The power cord is a decent length, so it's flexible if you have very little kitchen space; and the breadmaker has a feature wherein if it ..." Read review
14.02.2006

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Everyone kneads one! Review with images

AdvantagesThe bread it makes is lovely.

DisadvantagesYou'll get through tons of flour.

"Bread machines aren't for everyone. If they were then Warbutons would be extinct. Sure with a machine it's far easier making your own bread than it ever used to be (fancy a couple of hours of kneading, anyone?) but it'll never be easier and definitely not cheaper than just buying a loaf from the supermarket. I worked out the cost of the ingredients for making one medium sized loaf a while ago and it was about twice as expensive as a standard Tesco ..." Read review
01.01.2014

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Community Level 2maddad1

maddad1

From Breadwinner to Breadmaker

AdvantagesYou know what's in it, great for dinner parties

DisadvantagesQuite a big machine, bread tastes sweeter

"...close to it, buy the Panasonic or you're wasting your money." I looked at the 'Panasonic' on the top shelf in the corner as she pointed unwaveringly. I'm not sure what struck me most about it, but I think it was the little white label underneath it that stated £99.99. I remember saying with a slight tremmor in my voice "but its a hundred quid, I only wanted one for..." She cut me dead. "Thats the one you want. If you're buying a breadmaker, buy the ..." Read review
06.08.2004

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Community Level 3qwerty30

qwerty30

An allergy needn't stop you having bread

AdvantagesFresh, healthy, good for allergy sufferers including Coeliacs, automatic nut dispenser, timer, rapid bake setting

DisadvantagesMakes bread just too good. Cost of ingredients. Size of machine

"Panasonic SD253 is reliable and well made. I got mine having received recomendations from two colleagues, both of whom were using it to bake bread for family members with various allergies. ***Worried about allergies and health?*** You can have total control over what you put in your bread, so can reduce the sugar, reduce salt, don't have to use butter, can use gluten free flour for coeliacs, don't have to use dairy if you are lactose intolerant, ..." Read review
12.09.2007

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Guaranteed way to sell your house

AdvantagesEasy to clean, wide range of bread and cake recipes, small footprint

Disadvantagesslightly noisy

"...convert the recipes to volumes. The Panasonic has three loaf-size options for many recipes M, L and XL (varying in height only, and approximately corresponding to the range of sizes found in a supermarket) and many baking options including whole wheat (5 hours), rye (3.5 hours) basic white and brown loaves (4 hours), sandwich (crustless, 5 hours), French (6 hours) and Italian (4.5 hours) gluten-free (2 hours) and also a dough only setting so you ..." Read review
11.07.2008

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Community Level 4twiglet11t...

twiglet11twiglet11

Doesn't just make bread!

AdvantagesWorks really well, no hassle, easy instructions, lots of choice...

DisadvantagesNeed space to keep this breas maker, bulky in size...

"...want to use it. This Panasonic automatic bread bakery is ideal for anyone who has been discouraged from making their own bread in the past or for people who want to make their own bread without any hassle. This Panasonic bread maker kneads the bread very well to make excellent light bread. What I like most of all about this bread makers is the fact that most things take hardly any time. You basically put the ingredients into the bread maker ..." Read review
25.09.2011

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Community Level 2razielle

razielle

Use your loaf! (Groan...!) - Panasonic SD253 Bread Machine

Advantagesperfect bread every time... as long as you follow the rule book!

Disadvantagesspare/replacement parts expensive

"...and I would consider another Panasonic machine in the future (if the reviews said it was a good 'un!), though I'm hoping that I won't need to buy another one for some time yet. ..." Read review
20.03.2009

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Community Level 1frannbug

frannbug

Something worth saving your Christmas money for! Diamond review

AdvantagesExcellent manual; automatic raisin/nut dispenser; very good results; quick, easy operation; all-round quality.

DisadvantagesSmall loaves; shaped bread must be finished off in oven; hard crusts collect under paddle.

"...models are the best. The Panasonic was mentioned in every review except those which focussed on products under £100 (which would include the Panasonic as well, now that the price has gone down). It appeared to be the clear winner by a long margin. My next call was on Comparestoreprices, which told me that one of the cheapest SD253 breadmakers could be found at an online store called Apollo 2000. My final check was to UK Pricerunner, to check Apollo ..." Read review
26.08.2003

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Community Level 2waterbaby999

waterbaby999

Yumyumyum!

Advantages1h55 rapid bake white, 4h wholewheat

DisadvantagesQuite tall - would be difficult in small kitchens

"I am absolutely 100% in love with my SD253. I was a little sceptical as to whether I would continue to use it if I am totally honest, however I got a bit of money for my birthday so I decided to take the plunge and get a breadmaker. Like most people, I looked around at the different makes and models, and this was the only one I found which had glowing reviews everywhere I looked! It was also one of the most expensive though! Took some deciding, ..." Read review
23.04.2006

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Community Level 1SuseW

SuseW

Bread of Heaven

AdvantagesFantastic bread, buns and cake, easy clean

DisadvantagesSmall hole in base of bread

"...the conclusion that this particular Panasonic model seemed to wow everyone who bought one. So I took the plunge and have not regretted it for one moment. I ordered one at 24-7electrical.com having checked out the price differences on a website (comparestoreprices.co.uk). It arrived a couple of days later. Having taken it out of the box, I had to find somewhere to put it in the kitchen, so be warned, its quite a big addition to the family (w) ..." Read review
02.04.2004

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Community Level 4jamesd

jamesd

Give us our daily bread.

AdvantagesFresh warm bread when ever you want.

DisadvantagesCan take a while to bake and there is no viewing window.

"...on this site for the Panasonic bread makers, I have had a few personnel recommendations about Panasonic, to see which was the best and the model SD-251 came out on top. So off to the electrical retailers web sites to find a price. The SD-251 was not currently available and the only one which was, was the SD-253, so that was the one for me. Next decision was where to get it from, powerhouse had it available for £129.99, Comet £108.99 and Curry’s ..." Read review
30.01.2003

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Community Level 2witchwinte...

witchwinterburn

King of Bread Makers

Advantagesfresh bread, bakes larger loaves, gluten free program, nut/raisin dispenser

Disadvantagestakes time to bake a basic white

"...also own along with the Panasonic SD 253. The Panasonic was going for a price I couldn't ignore, private sale and not from the shops. The Panasonic is a mighty machine! It stands much higher than the Kenwood. The features that appeal to me are the nut/raisin dispenser and the "bake only" program. The machine comes with a measuring spoon and measuring cup and a large instruction/recipe book. Within seconds of getting it home I'd given it a ..." Read review
18.05.2003

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Bread Lust

Advantagesfresh bread every day, fruit and nut dispenser, timer

Disadvantagesthe smell of bread making your mouth water as you smell it baking is torture, occasional hole in bottom of loaf

"...either this or a similiar Panasonic breadmaker, but unfortunately have been out bid each time. Oh honey, guess what I need and want for Mother's Day, and you can buy at comet, or Argos... ... ..." Read review
20.02.2003

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