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Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC Bread Maker review: an easy-to-use, versatile gadget for tasty homemade loaves

Find out why our Mumsnet tester awarded this bread maker an impressive five stars.

By Natasha Gregson | Last updated May 26, 2023

Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC Fully Automatic Breadmaker

If you've ever dreamed of the aroma of fresh homemade bread filling your kitchen but don't have the time to make loaves by hand, we've been on a quest to find the best bread maker for families.

Panasonic is the leading brand in the world of automatic bread makers, but they have many different models, so it can be hard to know which one is the right choice for your kitchen. To help you choose the best one for your culinary needs and budget, we've enlisted the help of our discerning Mumsnetters because if anyone can accurately assess if a product is up to scratch for the wear and tear of daily family life, it's the parents on our forums.

Alex is mum to three primary school children. With a hectic lifestyle, she doesn't have time to faff about kneading dough by hand, but likes feeding her kids wholesome, minimally processed foods. Since buying the SD-YR2550SXC over two years ago, it’s been used on average twice a week for healthier alternatives to shop-bought bread and pizza dough. Read on to see an in-depth account of how Alex found this high-tech Panasonic bread maker after years of regular use.

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Our verdict at a glance

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What we like

  • 31 settings for excellent versatility
  • Has a fruit and nut dispenser
  • Easy to use with a simple button selection
  • Delicious results
  • Long-lasting build from a quality brand
  • Cost-effective, healthier alternative to buying store-bought bread and dough
  • Easy to clean

What we don't like

  • Expensive, but offers good value for money
  • Can be noisy during kneading
  • Bulky design
  • Bread pan is not dishwasher safe
  • No viewing window

Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC summary: what is it?

With an impressive 31 settings, the Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC is a bread lover's dream. Whether you want to whip up some sourdough, brioche or a gluten-free loaf, this gadget has you covered. It's a little more versatile than our 'best overall' bread maker pick, the Panasonic SD-B2510, but it is slightly more expensive, with an RRP of £200 (though it's currently retailing for around £150 on offer).

Other noteworthy features are the dual temperature sensors (which are fairly standard on a lot of Panasonic models) that optimise bread quality, the fruit and nut dispenser, and the choice it offers between automatic and manual settings, so you can get creative with your own inventions if you fancy yourself a bit of a star baker – if so, a cookbook specialising in bread making may come in handy.

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Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC: How easy is it to use?

Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC Automatic Bread Maker

Alex found the bread maker a doddle to use: "You just need to use a button to select the programme and then hit start, there is no faffing around. You can also alter the crust colour if you want to, but I always leave mine at the default setting, so it really is very quick and easy to get the machine going. There's very little work at all, just throw the ingredients in and go."

With 31 options, there's an awful lot to choose from, and this includes everything from white and wholemeal standard loaves through to gluten-free bakes, pizza and pasta dough, jam, chutney, and more. So if you're looking for versatility, you can't go wrong with this model. Alex's most used settings were the quick loaf, followed by the pizza dough, and she remarked the variety of choice was "really good with more options that we would ever need or use... they have thought of everything".

"Very easy to use and simple to clean. I didn't find anything hard"

The machine can be a little on the noisy side when it's kneading, however, making a "kind of clanking noise which was a bit unnerving the first few times". Alex soon got used to this though, and reported that it wasn't audible from the next room. 

While the bread pan isn't dishwasher safe, it's easy to clean with warm soapy water. But when it's all cleaned and ready to be packed away, you will have to consider storage space, especially if you already have kitchen cupboards overflowing with things like food processors and Tupperware. As with a lot of Panasonic models, it's quite bulky and will take up a fair bit of space: "The design is OK, it is just a big lump of a machine that sits on the side, neither attractive nor offensive," Alex reported.

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Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC: what are the results like?

Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC Automatic Bread Maker

Onto those crucial results, because there's no point splashing out on an easy-to-use bread maker if it the loaves aren't quite top-notch.

Alex was thrilled with the bread and dough her Panasonic produced: "The loaves turn out really well. We only really use a quick loaf setting for white or 50/50 bread, and they are always delicious. Pizza dough also comes out really well and is fast to make. It's so much more cost-effective than buying bread, dough mixes, and fresh or frozen pizza dough."

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Our verdict

Star rating: 5/5

If you're serious about bread making, and want to say goodbye to shop-bought loaves for good, we think the Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC is genius. With 31 settings to suit all your bread and dough desires, it offers versatility and a high-quality performance. You will pay more for it than other bread makers though, but with regular use, it'll be more than worth it.

"I love it way more than I thought I would"

Aside from the cost, there are a few minor drawbacks – its bulky size, plus it lacks a viewing window to check on progress – but overall, it's a sturdy, reliable bread maker you'll be using for years to come.

Our favourite features? It's incredibly easy to use and the results are divine — think delicious loaves and perfect pizza dough every time. The only trouble you'll have is deciding what to bake first.

Key specs

  • Dimensions: 25.2D x 36.2W x 39.5H cm
  • Weight: 7.5 kg
  • Programmes: 31
  • Delay function: Yes
  • Viewing window: No
  • Fruit and nut dispenser: Yes
  • Crust choices: Three
  • Size choices: Three
  • Power: 550W

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How we tested

We first asked Mumsnet users the bread maker models they have tried, tested and loved, recruiting our Voices panel to give their balanced feedback on the products they rated.

Once we had collated these results, we consulted with our Mumsnet tester, Alex, to get her insights into how she found the Panasonic SD-YR2550SXC after two years of regular use. We asked her all about her experiences with bread maker, including the ease of use and cleaning, versatility, design, and how tasty the results were. Through using real, independent Mumsnet users for feedback, we ensure we get honest, unbiased opinions from people just like you.

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