Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker

Last updated date: January 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 Bread Machines and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Trusted Reviews, Top Ten Reviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Bread Machine Pros, Village Bakery and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bread Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Panasonic Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker placed 5th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bread Machine for a detailed review of all the top bread machines.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
3,038 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Steel construction. Easy-to-clean surface.
- BestReviews
The Panasonic SD-ZX2522 is a high-end breadmaker with a wide range of programs. SD-ZX2522 comes with extra gluten-free options including gluten-free bread, cake and pasta dough. In addition, it can make rye, sourdough and brioche loaves, pizza and pasta dough, and jams and compotes.
- Trusted Reviews
October 2, 2018 | Full review
One unique feature of the Panasonic is the yeast dispenser on top. This allows you to add the yeast at the best time, an option that other bread makers don’t have. The ability to add yeast without opening the entire lid makes for more consistent, fluffy bread.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Panasonic SD-YD250 has an automatic yeast dispenser on the lid. You just add the right amount of yeast to the dispenser and at the right moment, it will release into the dough. Yeast is quite an important ingredient and turns bread from good to great when added at the right moment.
- Bread Machine Pros
October 24, 2014 | Full review
Speaking of pulling something out, the non-stick bake pan inside the bread machine has a built-in handle to ensure that removal of the bake pan is optimal and seamless. In having this, you don’t have to worry about burning yourself and you can bring the bread to your table much easier. Because of the way it’s set up, you can bring more to the table and save a bit of time.
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
No viewing window to check on bread as it bakes. Fewer settings than some other machines.
- BestReviews
The Panasonic SD-ZX2522 Breadmaker looks sleek, with a shiny metallic oval body and a black plastic double lid, which also contains the yeast and seed dispensers. Due to the design of the lid, the machine doesn’t have a viewing window, leaving you guessing what might be going on inside.
- Trusted Reviews
October 2, 2018 | Full review
One setting not included is a specific gluten-free option, which means more manual work if you’re using a gluten-free recipe.
- Top Ten Reviews
We found a lot of Amazon reviews complaining that the Panasonic SD-YR2500 Bread Maker stopped working after a few months or less of use, and every single one mentioned that customer service had been unhelpful and unwilling to replace the machine. We don’t think it’s worth the risk.
- New York Times Wirecutter
March 9, 2018 | Full review
The machine is a little tall and will not make traditional loaves.
- Bread Machine Pros
October 24, 2014 | Full review
One of the disadvantages is the recipe booklet; it’s imperative that we note it’s not the booklet itself, it’s just some of the units of measurement. Some have been confused at the way the flour is measured (in cups), so if you usually measure by scale weight, you’ll want to adjust accordingly.
- Village Bakery
December 25, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Finally, a way to bring back the taste of freshly Baked, homemade bread, without the tiring process that comes with baking it. Baking the perfect loaf doesn't have to be a beating task now that this easy-to-use product has Hit shelves. With an automatic yeast dispenser and 4 baking modes, your bread will rise and BAKE with just a touch of a button, leaving your afternoon free. Cleanup is even easier with the non-stick PAN! fill your kitchen with the familiar smell of fresh bread baking with panasonic's automatic break maker.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Zojirushi Virtuoso Breadmaker
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 7
2. T-fal ActiBread Bread Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Oster Expressbake Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Hamilton Beach Home Baker Bread Maker
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Zojirushi Programmable Mini Breadmaker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Oster Expressbake Bread Maker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
9. SKG Automatic Bread Machine
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Bread Machines

In the 1990s, bread machines took over the country, with some saying they’d be the next big essential kitchen appliance. Although the fad soon faded, bread-making appliances stuck around, remaining popular with those who love the taste of regular bread. If you’ve ever tried to make a loaf of bread the old-fashioned way, you likely know the appeal of inserting ingredients and pushing a button for fresh, home-baked bread.

Today’s bread machines have come a long way from the early days, especially when it comes to appealing to modern dietary restrictions. Now that they have gluten-free baking options, they’re appealing to an audience of people who have trouble finding delicious bread at the grocery store or neighborhood bakery. But not all bread machines have gluten-free features, and of those that do, only some can bake tasty gluten-free loaves. So it’s important to shop for that specifically if you’re on a special diet.

Whether you’re baking a gluten-free or regular loaf, though, you’ll want delicious-tasting bread baked consistently all over. This includes soft slices with the perfect outer crust. Some bread makers do better than others at this, based primarily on the way the machine distributes heat. It’s important to note, though, that some machines produce bread that doesn’t have that traditional “loaf” look and search for one that does if it’s important to you.

Some newer bread machines have fruit and nut dispensers that release those ingredients at the exact moment they’re needed. If you plan to make banana bread or date nut bread on a fairly regular basis, this might be a feature to consider while you’re shopping.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bread has a long history, which means it’s the subject of numerous legends and superstitions. In Scotland, for instance, you aren’t supposed to sing while waiting for your bread to rise since doing so will take the wind out of it. While slicing bread, if you accidentally drop a slice, it means friends are on their way. Your parents and grandparents may also have included bread as a good luck charm to new homeowners. It was customary to take a loaf of bread as a housewarming gift as a wish that the owners would never go hungry, as well as a bottle of wine so that they’d never go thirsty.

The Bread Machine Buying Guide

  • Bread machines can have a bit of a learning curve. You’ll need to first gather all the ingredients you need, then know which buttons to push. The Zojirushi Virtuoso bread maker has a light-up digital display and easy-to-use settings. The Breville Customer Loaf bread maker also has a large LCD screen that’s easy to read.
  • One notable feature in the Zojirushi bread machine is that it tells you what time your loaf will be done, rather than merely giving you a countdown timer.
  • If you plan to make fruity bread, consider the Breville Custom Loaf bread maker, which has a fruit and nut dispenser. Your ingredients will release at the designated time. The Zojirushi Virtuoso bread maker doesn’t have the dispenser, but it does beep when it’s time for you to manually add them.
  • More than 3 million Americans are following a gluten-free diet. Normally this would mean forgoing bread — and bread machines — altogether. However, some bread machines let you make delicious gluten-free bread at the press of a button. The Zojirushi Virtuoso creates gluten-free bread that tastes better than you’ll get in any store. You may even find it tastes better than regular bread. The T-fal ActiBread bread maker also has a gluten-free bread setting.
  • If you want the luxury of creating foods beyond bread, the Breville Custom Loaf bread maker might be the machine for you. You can make pasta and jam by just choosing those options on the menu and inserting the necessary ingredients.
  • If you’re on a budget, you may want to stick with the T-fal ActiBread or the Oster Expressbake since both retail for under $100. Both the Zojirushi Virtuoso and Breville Custom Loaf bread machines retail for more than $250.
  • When it comes down to it, your bread maker needs to put out high-quality, good-tasting bread. All of the other factors are important, but this one is a top priority. The Zojirushi bread machine has a heater on the lid that ensures each loaf is evenly cooked on all sides. No matter what size loaf you’re making, you’ll get this same result. The T-fal ActiBread makes delicious bread, but the shape of each loaf is different from what you’re accustomed to getting when you buy bread. You’ll find it’s taller and longer.