Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Breadmaker £59.99 at Amazon
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Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Breadmaker £59.99 at Amazon

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Found 15th Aug 2012
The Panasonic breadmakers are just about the best you can get and this is the cheapest I've ever seen this one. We've had it ourselves for almost a year and it has never made a bad loaf.

There is a (much) more expensive version that has a contraption in the lid for dropping nuts and seeds into the mix at an appropriate moment; with this one you have to lift the lid yourself and do it manually but to be honest that works fine. This one also doesn't come with the special paddle for doing rye bread and nor does it have a rye program, but I've done a 50:50 mix and that didn't cause it any problems (we frequently do a 1:2 rye:wheat mix using the rapid wholemeal setting and that tastes great - it never rises as much as a wheat-only but I think that's always the case with rye).

All in all a real bargain for this price!

Edit: also in John Lewis for same price for those who prefer JL (thanks @sobota): johnlewis.com/231…spx

Edit2: Link to the manual (answers a lot of questions!):
lakeland.co.uk/con…pdf
(thanks @smk77)
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Totally concur. Panasonic breadmakes are the absolute best.

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I paid £100 ish from Amazon a few months ago. If you want a bread maker, this is the one.
Heat add (pun!)
great machine, heat added
Which best buy at £96
Here is the review

The Panasonic SD-2500 breadmaker is the updated version of the popular SD-257 Panasonic breadmaker. Our tests discover if this new model, with all its extras, can still bake an excellent loaf of bread.

We're pleased to report the SD-2500 Panasonic breadmaker is still a Best Buy thanks to the quality of the bread it makes. It consistently bakes great brown and white bread on the standard settings.

However, we've had to downgrade its score to one star in one area because the kneading paddle stuck in every single loaf we baked, which is disappointing.
Results are worth the wait

The program times on Panasonic are some of the longest on the market - a wholemeal loaf takes five hours, while a white loaf takes around four hours - but the results really are worth waiting for.

For loaves baked using a packet mix, this breadmaker narrowly misses out on a four-star rating. This is because the loaves didn't look quite as neat and tidy as we'd expect, and the crust is too thick.
No automatic fruit and nut dispenser

The SD-2500 is identical to the SD-2501 (which replaces the SD-257), but this model costs around £20 less and doesn't have an automatic fruit and nut dispenser.

This means that if you want to make speciality bread with extra ingredients, such as olives or sundried tomatoes, you'll have to wait around to add them manually when the breadmaker beeps at you.
Gluten-free, rye and jam making options included

This model has a gluten-free program, and jam-making fans will be pleased with the addition of a program to make jam and compote.

The new white design makes this model look much slicker and more modern than the model it replaces.

The angled control panel is simple to operate, and this breadmaker is very easy to program.

The kneading cycle is the noisiest part of making bread, but this is one of the quieter ones we've tested.

Pros: Great results

Cons: No viewing windows, which some may find annoying, paddle sticks in the baked loaf a lot

Why the huge drop in price
unbeatable. amazing price - obviously a price match for Tesco Direct
dr.met.ty

unbeatable. amazing price - obviously a price match for Tesco Direct



Yes - pricematch
Hot! They make great bread - just don't use mine as often as I should!
What ingredients do you need to make the bread?

How much does it cost?
withabix

Yes - pricematch



At Tesco, you can collect it in store for free and get 3% from Quidco tesco.com/dir…prd
ahenry

At Tesco, you can collect it in store for free and get 3% from Quidco … At Tesco, you can collect it in store for free and get 3% from Quidco http://www.tesco.com/direct/panasonic-breadmaker-in-white/211-2446.prd



£1.80 may be easily offset by petrol expense unless you live in Tesco :-)
I bought it from Tesco since they pay UK tax on their profits whereas amazon don't as they exploit a loophole and prefer companies who support the UK!
ministrymason

What ingredients do you need to make the bread?How much does it cost?


don't confuse the carp stuff you get from the supermarkets with this bread..
I use mine (the older SD-257) nearly every day. It is excellent. I find the fruit/nut dropper is not necessary as you can add them at the start without an issue.
I occasionally hanker for a baguette, but apart from that I much prefer my home made loaves. Very simple to make too.
Excellent price.
I have the old 257. Use it everyday. A real workhorse.

Would buy Panasonic again. Hot from me.
OOS from Tesco
This is a great price. I have the Panasonic SD 257 and my parents have the SD 255. Both make consistently good loaves. Don't think I have ever seen any of these equivalent models of the time as low as this. Highly recommended.
ministrymason

What ingredients do you need to make the bread?How much does it cost?



For a small loaf:

400g Bread flour - Allinson 1kilo for £1 (40p)
3/4 tsp yeast (about 5p)

plus 1tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 15ml of oil and 280ml water.

(all that from memory ;-) )

Maybe about 55p. Loaf is quite small but lovely and fresh!
andymg2000

This is a great price. I have the Panasonic SD 257 and my parents have … This is a great price. I have the Panasonic SD 257 and my parents have the SD 255. Both make consistently good loaves. Don't think I have ever seen any of these equivalent models of the time as low as this. Highly recommended.



Its a good price.

I bought a Panasonic SD254 from Amazon for £39.99 but that was back in 2007.
Great bit of kit (the older one). Don't wait if you are considering....... buy now.
How does it compare to say bread bought from Tesco bakery
This is an amazing price! We have the model with the fruit dispenser and it makes perfect loafs every time. It's so easy to use, has an easy to use timer, loads of different recipes. If your going to get a breadmaker get a Panasonic.
ministrymason

How does it compare to say bread bought from Tesco bakery



Much much nicer, lovely soft centre, very tasty and crust to your preference. It also works out much cheaper.
Bought on. Cheers OP.

Pity Tesco didn't have in stock as they had clubcard exchange on it, Could have got it for £30
Jenniejenjen

Much much nicer, lovely soft centre, very tasty and crust to your … Much much nicer, lovely soft centre, very tasty and crust to your preference. It also works out much cheaper.



I make my own bread, but do realise that it probably won't work out a lot cheaper if you factor in both the electricity and the initial outlay of buying a £60 breadmaker
ahenry

Its a good price.I bought a Panasonic SD254 from Amazon for £39.99 but … Its a good price.I bought a Panasonic SD254 from Amazon for £39.99 but that was back in 2007.



Me too and have been using it every day.
Orcinus_orca

I bought it from Tesco since they pay UK tax on their profits whereas … I bought it from Tesco since they pay UK tax on their profits whereas amazon don't as they exploit a loophole and prefer companies who support the UK!



The bits of their profits they haven't managed to implement some kind of dubious avoidance scheme.

And it could be said, if we're paying tax credits to anyone working at minimum wage in Tesco, they're effectively getting it back anyway.

I don't distinguish between corporations on these grounds simply because they're all at it, and I guess who can blame them if the system allows it.

mike
ministrymason

What ingredients do you need to make the bread?How much does it cost?



Another poster has already given a basic recipe - not much more than flour, yeast, salt and water, and generally supermarket own-brand flour is fine. Here's a recipe we use a lot in an attempt to get something that tastes a bit like German/Czech sourdough light rye bread but without using the sourdough starter (always wanted to try that but never got round to it - that's what I like about the breadmaker: I find I'm much more likely to actually make bread than I was before!)

Makes one large loaf

Rye flour 200g
Strong wholemeal flour 200g
Strong white flour 200g
1 sachet "easybake" yeast
2tsp salt
1.5tsp sugar
150ml natural yoghurt
300ml water
1tbsp caraway seeds
2tbsp oil

Cook on the rapid wholemeal setting.
After reading all this comments, had to buy one. Cheers
The bread is lovelly but has a short life, after first day it is getting hard great for toast..
Orcinus_orca

I bought it from Tesco since they pay UK tax on their profits whereas … I bought it from Tesco since they pay UK tax on their profits whereas amazon don't as they exploit a loophole and prefer companies who support the UK!



So where do you buy your milk? Or in fact, any of the many products Tesco sell where they screw the supplier?

Tesco...yeah, they really support the UK.
when these crop up i want to buy one but i keep thinking i will use it half a dozen times and then put it in a cupboard for a few years to then be thrown out

for those who have bought one, have you used it often and still use it. How many loafs have you made to date?

am i right in thinking its just a nobility or is it a useful item that gets used again and again??
carthur

Which best buy at £96However, we've had to downgrade its score to one … Which best buy at £96However, we've had to downgrade its score to one star in one area because the kneading paddle stuck in every single loaf we baked, which is disappointing.



I've found this is true - the paddle does get stuck in the loaf quite a lot. Greasing it well with butter or oil before putting it in the tin helps but is not perfect. I think this is a failing of most breadmakers tbh - does anyone have a foolproof method for getting the paddle to stay in the tin and not the loaf?
Aargh! Once again I end up buying something that I didn't know I needed. Looking forward to some yummy bread!
regarding the paddle being in loaf try to add extra 20mls of water as i found this helps, this was advised from panasonic kitchen staff
superspod

Aargh! Once again I end up buying something that I didn't know I needed. … Aargh! Once again I end up buying something that I didn't know I needed. Looking forward to some yummy bread!


Welcome to the dark side
superspod

Aargh! Once again I end up buying something that I didn't know I needed. … Aargh! Once again I end up buying something that I didn't know I needed. Looking forward to some yummy bread!



Here is a link to the instructions. You'll find you can make more than bread. I've made plum jam with plums that were being sold off cheap because they were on the Best Before date. Lovely jam! Also made Pizza dough. Yum!

lakeland.co.uk/con…pdf
Excellent bread maker.
We have the next one up, but over all its pretty good.
The brown/wholegrain loaves in the book are a bit pants though. They always come out really dense and don't seem to rise. That might just be the yeast the missus uses though.
We are all gonna put warburtons out of business at this rate!!

Ordered one though, good find :))
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