Panasonic have long been paving the way for us to have fresh bread at our fingertips and it is hard to find many faults with their bread maker range. The SD253 is a big favourite of both reviewers and users and the development of the SD255 saw an even better replacement for those who hadn’t already been on the home bread-making trend.
As well as the above mentioned models there are several more in the range and they are all relatively similar in functions, except the SD255 has the additional feature of a rye bread mode and an automatic dried fruit and nut dispenser that stops you having to interrupt the baking process to add them. Now you may think, “why are there a bunch of models that are pretty similar?” well firstly if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! And secondly there are a variety of small differences in programmes, sizes etc. that provide the best solution for varying kitchens.
The SD255 comes equipped with everything you might need from instruction manual to measuring jugs and recipe suggestions to get you going. It makes bread making incredibly easy, gone are the times where people spent hours kneading dough by hand only to find the bread didn’t rise in the oven. Simply add the ingredients, select the bread type from the options, the loaf size, crust colour and then you are good to go. You can even choose when your start time is going to be so that you can walk into a kitchen in the morning and smell the delicious aroma of baked bread.
When comparing the SD255 to its predecessors and more current models it is noticeable that it is an improvement from the SD253 and current models took a lot of cues from its simple button layout, you have six buttons and you simply go through each one at a time to ensure the perfect loaf. We’ve struggled with many breadmakers where the menu is overly complicated and unresponsive and the result is that we have ended up button bashing out of frustration.
As ever the proof is in the pudding and Panasonic continue to improve and hone the baking experience and it’s all resulting in bread that is at least on par with supermarkets. This is of course barring any incidence, as you can imagine there can be the occasional bad result if you don’t get the quantities right. The bread also tend to be on par or cheaper than what you’d buy at the shop too, of course it also saves you from doing a shopping trip in the first place which a lot of people are thankful for and that’ll save you from buying other things too.
We haven’t even scratched the surface of the SD255’s features, there are seven main baking modes and within each of these there is an incredible amount of room for experimentation. The variations you can come up with are as simple as anything you are able to throw into the bread maker. There is also a bake mode that is ideal for children as you are safe in the knowledge they won’t be playing with the oven or gas. Overall it is one of the go to bread makers on the market.