I have owned this for about 5 years now. I am overall very happy with it. I bought it because I do not have the time I used to to make bread. I wish there were more recipes for it, my favorite is the country bread. With some experimentation, you can adapt almost any hand recipe up to the last rise or bake step, except rye breads. They seem to be too sticky for the machine. If you are a first time buyer as I was here are a couple of things I have discovered:
1. Keep it out of cold drafts, our kitchen in IL was drafty in the winter, there were times the bread would not rise evenly or cook correctly.
2. If you make a mistake in the settings once the pan is snapped it, it can be a stubborn about letting you change them. Unplug it, pull out the pan, wait a few moment, then snap the pan back in and try to reset. This does not always work either.
Overall I like this machine and when it comes time to replace it, I will definitely look at a similar one or maybe the next model up.
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