This is the first automatic breadmaker I've ever used. I've made three loaves to date and they've all baked up very nice. This breadmaker has many extra features for making all kinds of breads, doughs, batter breads, jams, jellies, and many other things. I've only begun to explore all of it's possibilities. So far, I would have to say it does what it does very well. The only drawback to these kind of machines is they are only capable of making bread in one form. They aren't able to produce round breads, braided breads or baguettes, nor can they make unleavened breads. Despite that, this machine is very versatile and makes a very good 1#, 1.5#, or 2# standard loaf in about 21/2 to 3 hours. I like it.
I had the old Breadman Model TR-500B for years and loved it so when the drive mechamism finally broke I naturally bought the latest Breadman model and was quite disappointed.
The bread pan in the new model is a cheap coated stamping vs. the weighty casting in the old model which I believe may be the reason my favorite recepies no longer rise well. The added value of many more settings does not make up for the added confusion of using the machine. The clasps that hold the pan in are more difficult to align and the pan is very difficult to pull out. I much preferred the old loaf shape, tall and uniformly square, to the new wide loaf that make slices that no longer fit in my toaster. The new stainless body is a nice improvement in looks, but definitely does not make up for the shortcomings.
All in all, very disappointed with this new model and wish I had my old one back.
I have never even thought of baking bread before (other than jiffy corn bread!), but I bought this on a whim and I cannot believe how easy it is to use. It is also amazingly easy to clean (like, two swipes of a wet paper towel). The recipe book that comes with it was pretty boring, but I found a ton on-line and I have had so much fun already and can't wait to try my hand at more! I agree that the pan is hard to get in and out, but compared with the ease of bread baking and clean-up, I am not going to complain. I seriously want to quit my job and bake bread all day!
The unit is quite a bit larger and heavier than my previous one and the filling instructions are totally foreign to me but if you follow them to the letter you will have success. The recipe book is really an asset with some tremendous recipies that are out of the norm with so many grain breads and even jellies and jams (I have not tried them yet). You can choose your crust color and keep it warm for dinner with the warm cycle. I am glad I bought it. Be prepared though to look for hard to find types of flours and grains for some of the recipies. King Arthur carries most of them in their catalog by mail. Maybe some health food stores carry them.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? Yes
How is the quality of the product? Good and an upgrade from my old breadmaker
Did the description onsite accurately describe the product? Yes
Only draw back is no light to read your entries. all the recipies I have tried so far have produced excellent loaves of bread. Plan to try making zuccini bread using the breadman. Book gives directions for banana bread .
Am eager to try some of the more advanced programs, including entering some of my own.
wonderful to be able to place ingredients in proper order , close the lid set the desired program and forget it until time to remove.
No kneading and second rising. Just set and go!
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? Absolutely
How is the quality of the product? Excellent . 11/2 # loaf turns out best.
Did the description onsite accurately describe the product? Yes, very well
Hello cheerouge1, the BK 2000b is a little bigger and only has a 15 hour automatic timer delay while this machine has a 24 hour delay. The BK 200b only makes 2 1/2 pound or 1- 1 pound loaf. This machine can make up to 2lb loaves. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 23, 2013
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