My wife hated it when I tried to make bread. The kitchen was a mess. And my kneading technique left a lot to be desired. This bread machine does a great job, makes tasty bread, and keeps the kitchen clean. Features I like: being able to make dough without completing the entire process , having several size and crust options, and a signal to tell me when to add stuff. Features I don't like: even with the kneading blade removed before baking, there's still a hole in the bottom of the finished loaf, and some internet recipes for machine bread result in a shape that's very high and narrow---not too practical. The other day I discovered packaged bread mixes. Open, empty into container, add oil & water and push start. Three hours later you get bread.