After many failed attempts at baking bread in the oven, my husband and I were extremely excited to receive the Panasonic Automatic Breadmaker. The machine, though a bit bulky, does fit nicely onto our countertop. I'm sure it has to be a bit bigger to accommodate the extra large loaf which is an excellent option for larger families. My husband was thrilled with how easy the machine was to operate. He put in the ingredients and set the timer. We woke up to the delightful smell of cinnamon raisin bread. Better still, the raisin and nut dispenser had worked! There were raisins distributed through each slice! We also liked that we were able to choose whether the bread had a light or dark crust. The SD-RD250 is quite versatile as it makes dough and cakes as well (and apparently it even bakes a lasagna!). So far we've only made the white bread, milk bread, an pizza dough, but we are confident that the lasagna will turn out well this week. We're not really bakers in this house so we were relieved that the manual came with easy to read instructions, recipes, and measurements. They even sent utensils to measure some of the less common quantities. I would recommend having a scale on hand for accuracy. With this machine, if you have your recipe and measurements down, you'll get a gorgeous, aromatic, springy loaf of bread every single time.