Panasonic SD-ZB2502 is Outstanding!”
I purchased the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 after struggling with another brand breadmaker for a year with a miserable success rate of 20%. I chose the Panasonic after reading all the reviews. Boy am I glad I did! On the day of purchase I made a mixed seed loaf using both machines and using the same ingredients. The other loaf came out like a brick. The Panasonic loaf was perfect and 100% better than the best from the other machine which has now been binned! The ONLY criticism I have is that the end of programme 'beep' is not loud enough - needs at least doubling in volume. BUY THIS NOW!
Published 05 Aug 2014
I always made my bread by hand but work hours meant I didn't have time for the whole process anymore and I found myself buying bread. I had a breadmaker 15 years ago and it made small, heavy bricks so was reluctant to buy one. After days of research I decided on this one. Bought from Lakeland because of previous excellent customer services. So glad I did, on trying a fruit loaf, the dispenser didn't work. Lakeland swapped with no quibbles. I use it nearly every day for a variety of breads. I also use it for just making dough too. Recipe book is excellent and I have tried lots from it. Buy it!!
Published 14 Jul 2014
Impressive results straight away. The bread is perfectly risen, not dense, not heavy, light and crusty. The machine itself is quiet as a mouse and looks great on the worktop. And, of course, the customer service from Lakeland deserves every praise - we had to return our Cuisinart (which came with a 5yr warranty but broke down just after a year), all was done in 5 mins, no hassle, no questions asked.
Published 07 Jul 2014
This machine is fantastic! Previously had one of the first ever produced bread makers, had it years but it finally gave up on me. We enjoy the control of ingredients that home made bread gives so I chose a new machine carefully. Wow! This is SO easy to use. Had this a few months now and have made a loaf or dough for rolls every week. I can also recommend it for making pizza dough. The results are excellent and I would recommend using the Dough enhancer, also sold by Lakeland, to add just half a teaspoon when making whole meal bread or rolls as it gives a lighter texture. Love it!
Published 20 Jun 2014
Best Bread Ever”
If you are hesitating about buying this machine, all I can say is you wont be disappointed. Since buying my Panasonic, I have never bought 'shop made' bread. Every recipe whether for white, brown, or speciality bread turns out perfect, time after time. It has become my best friend in the kitchen - never once letting me down. It doesn't take up much worktop, works extremely quietly and also looks good in stainless steel!
Published 16 Jun 2014
I have owned a Panasonic breadmaker for 13 years, but decided to buy this one for all the upgraded features/jam making, and I haven't been disappointed. It's amazing quality, and well worth the money. I have made several jams which have all been successful, and pizza dough, bread, rolls etc all come out perfectly. Easy to clean, another fantastic Panasonic product. Don't be tempted by cheaper bread makers...you really do get what you pay for.
Published 12 Mar 2014
wonderful lakeland and breadmaker”
Bought this today, on offer and free brioche bread mixes. Came home and made one, it is wonderful, light, buttery and well risen. the breadmaker is so much better than my previous Panasonic 253 and I thought that was great! But as it was over 7 years old, time to trade up. The service in the Bath store was outstanding, and the guarantee should last till I meet the great breadmaker in the sky! As always, Lakeland is tops! Thanks
Published 06 Jan 2014
by Mrs Kelsey
Originally bought a different make which was faulty so decided to change for the Panasonic. I had a breadmaker years ago and couldn't get on with it so was hesitant to buy another and made my bread by hand. I needn't have worried, it's fantastic and makes the softest bread. I have just made one using the timer and even leaving it for the maximum 13hrs it was perfect. Thanks to Lakeland for their excellent customer care when I returned the original breadmaker.
Published 21 Nov 2013
Shop bread a thing of the past”
by Mrs mitchell
Love it!! Cannot fault this machine. Bakes fantastic bread time after time, perfect dough if you want to make rolls. Just one word of warning, be careful what flour you buy - 2012 was a poor harvest & now in 2013 we are seeing that flour on the shelves. Loaves do not rise. It isn't the bread machine - it's the lack of gluten in the flour. Make sure you buy good quality imported flour such as Canadian to avoid this. Couldn't go back to shop bread after owning this machine.
Published 11 Nov 2013
by Mrs Daphne Smith
On the whole I am pleased with this product. However occasionally the bread is baking with one end considerably higher than the other. I have used only ready prepared bread mix and make sure the mix is evenly spread in the pan adding water carefully and evenly.This fault is not covered in the fault finder unless you have used ingredients from scratch. Very annoying if you needed to use slices of an even size!
Published 11 Oct 2013
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Excellent product, superb service”
Living in France, I was amazed to receive this breadmaker from Lakeland in only three days, at a carriage cost of only £7.50. I made my first perfect loaf, a granary one, overnight. The quality of the product is excellent and the instruction book clear and comprehensible with dozens of recipes to choose from. Having made bread by hand for decades, this machine has overcome my prejudice that a machine can't do it as well! And the timer means you can wake up to the smell of fresh bread and eat if for breakfast!
Published 11 Oct 2013
Shot in the dark.”
My old Panasonic seized up after 12 years hard service. I ordered this newer version with trepidation, but also ordered a spare bearing for my old workhorse on the internet and it was back in production precisely 24 hrs later! So had I dropped a clanger? This new machine is smarter, its recipes are completely different (less sugar, no dried milk), the bread doesn't stick one jot in the hopper, and the yeast goes in later in the mixing process. I love my old bread machine and have stashed it for a rainy day. But the bread from the newer machine is better by some considerable margin: 10/10.
Published 08 Oct 2013
by Sandra Lock
Have got to leave a review about this machine, my daughter is wheat free so we have been looking for a bread machine that we could use spelt flour in and this is it fabulous great loaves every time,( no more shop bought bread with dozens of ingredient's that taste awful ) I'm looking forward to trying speciality breads. We know we can always rely on lakeland have shopped here since almost the beginning
Published 11 Sep 2013
When my 6 year old Panasonic breadmaker died I had no hesitation in buying another Panny. I'm on my second of this model. Neither of them produce a crusty loaf, even on the dark setting. It is suggested that painting oil, milk or egg on the surface of the loaf 60 minutes before the end of cooking time may produce a darker crust. I have yet to try this but can't imagine I'll be doing this on a regular basis!
Published 16 Jul 2013
A note from the team: We're sorry that despite your patience and many attempts to get a dark crust on your loaf the Panasonic is still not producing the results you expected. We'll be in touch to help.
This breadmaker has been in constant use since purchased. Even makes a good 100% wholemeal, 100% granary, fruity spelt loaf, pizza dough, 3 sizes of loaf. Nearly always use the timer, and it's fine to have on overnight because it's so quiet. Even the kids have stopped asking for 'shop bread', because I can also make a great white loaf. Now we can eat all organic no-additives bread every day. Watch out for a typo in instructions for fruity spelt - should be program 14 not 13. All recipes can be made vegan if wanted by substituting the butter with 1.5 tbsp olive oil - equally excellent results
Published 10 May 2013
My Machine arrived on Friday and I could'nt wait to to try it, my last one broke a few years ago so thought I would at last replace it. Really easy to use and my first loaf was fantastic. I am going to try some chelsea buns later..If they turn out like the bread I will be really impressed. Going by the first loaf I would suggest that if you have any doubt at all then you wont be dissapointed with this machine, It also looks great in stainless steel.
Published 06 May 2013
This review is for an older version of this product
super bread maker”
by Mr Garside
Got the Panasonic bread maker the other day made 6 loaves up to now and they have all come out perfect, but I am someone who reads the instruction and if you do that you can't go wrong, I've even used it to make a bloomer bloomer dough and it came out great,love the nuts and yeast dispenser,as for the paddle sticking simply pour a drop of oil through it, or if it is stuck put some washing up liquid in the tin and fill with hot tap water, leave for 10mins and it comes out dead easy,I have a very small bottle brush which I poke through the paddle and just go wiggle wiggle and it good to go.
Published 01 Apr 2013
"WOW" success at last!”
I have used a bread maker for the past 15 years but not until using this Panasonic one have I achieved such a perfect loaf. I only purchased it two days ago but have made a white and 50/50 wholemeal loaf and both were perfection. I know it's very early days but I plan to work my way through all the recipes baking a different loaf every day - hopefully all will be fantastic! I don't know how our waist lines will cope with the challenge of all this bread but I'm more than willing to chance it! The only little problem I've found with the machine is the end of cycle buzzer which is far too quiet.
Published 25 Mar 2013
So pleased to have another Panasonic Breadmaker, I had another make from Lakeland but just could not get good results, Lakeland kindly exchanged it for a Panasonic which was the same make as my old model, which had given up the ghost after year's of hard work and excellent results. As always brilliant results from this new Panasonic Breadmaker, and top marks for Lakeland's customer service. Pansonic in my view has to be the best breadmaker on the market
Published 06 Mar 2013
Better than ever!”
It has taken me over a year to indulge in this stainless steel bread maker as I had an earlier model in white, still going strong; alas, I wanted the one with the dispenser and all those lovely recipes that I couldn't have with my other one. This is my third Panasonic and it is wonderful! The coating in the bread pan is the best thing ever as the loaf slips out easily and the paddle does not stay in the loaf as my old one sometimes did, but, of course, it is new! I am ecstatic!
Published 25 Feb 2013