Panasonic SD-YD250 bread maker is a conveniently small machine that can still make up to 2 1/2 pounds of bread despite its size. It features a small yeast dispenser on top of the main lid so you don’t have to open the entire lid when adding additional ingredients. That means no heat loss and more consistent baking.
This bread making machine has a white, rectangular outer shell made of thick plastic and gray rubber feet to avoid scuffing your counter. It’s also quite small. With a width of only 9 inches, it fits comfortably in smaller kitchens. The top control panel allows you to use all of the Panasonic SD-YD250’s features with only five buttons. Fewer buttons makes things easier, but it also means you’ll have to scroll through more options. The automatic bread maker offers up to a 13-hour delay to make your meal planning easier.
The bread maker has five modes (bake only, rapid bake, raisin, sandwich and pizza), six different choices of dough, three loaf sizes and three crust colors. One setting not included is a specific gluten-free option, which means more manual work if you’re using a gluten-free recipe. The inner pan has a nonstick coating, which makes it easy for you to remove when the loaf is ready.
The Panasonic includes an instruction manual with 40 recipes for bread and dough as well as additional baking tips. The design is single paddle, which means when you remove the bread, you should expect a small hole in the bottom. If you prefer a double-paddle machine, which can be better for consistant mixing, check out the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme. As the size of the bread increases, it bakes vertically, not horizontally, so you should expect irregular tall slices when filled to capacity. If you’re looking for sandwich bread, the medium size will be closer to what you find at the grocery store.
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. You should be aware that it doesn’t hold more than 2 teaspoons of yeast, which is not enough for some recipes.
The Panasonic SD-YD250 is a small bread maker that won’t leave a large footprint in your kitchen. Its programming is simple and the yeast dispenser is a nice addition. It’s a quality bread machine at a midrange price.