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Panasonic SD-2501 review

Priced at $379.

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The overall score is made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).

Performance score View more details.

The performance score is made up of multigrain from scratch, multigrain from premix, rye bread premix and gluten free premix. 

Rye bread premix score View more details.

We compare the machine's performance when making rye bread loaves from a Laucke pre-mix (widely available in most major supermarkets).

Where available, we use the breadmaker's instructions for the pre-mix, otherwise we use the pre-mix manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, crust and crumb texture – looking for small and evenly distributed bubbles.

Multigrain made from scratch score View more details.

We make a 1kg loaf of multigrain bread from scratch following the manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, grain distribution, crust and crumb texture.

Multigrain made from premix score View more details.

We make 1kg wholemeal multigrain loaves from a supermarket pre-mix and assess loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, grain distribution, crust and crumb texture.

Gluten free premix score View more details.

We compare the machine's performance when making gluten free loaves from a Laucke pre-mix (widely available in most major supermarkets).

Where available, we use the breadmaker's instructions for the pre-mix, otherwise we use the pre-mix manufacturer's instructions. We visually assess the loaves for even crust colour, shape, uniformity of mixing, crust and crumb texture – looking for small and evenly distributed bubbles.



Ease of use score View more details.

We assess general ease of use. How easy it is to load and unload, whether the paddle gets stuck in the loaf, viewing through the window. We also assess how intuitive the controls, labels and features are, and how easy the machines are to clean.

Time taken from scratch (hh:mm)
Time taken from premix (hh:mm)
Temperature (°C) of the sides/lid/controls View more details.

The temperature (in degrees Celsius) of the sides, lid and controls are taken 10 minutes before the loaf is completed.

Recommended View more details.

We recommend breadmakers that score at least 80% overall.

Status View more details.

'Tested model' means you ought to be able to find this in retailers. We check availability every time we test, which is every 2 - 3 years. Bread makers don't turn over very often.

Tested model
Price View more details.

Recommended retail price.

$379
Loaf size options (g)
Medium, large, extra large
Exterior dimensions (cm, WxDxH)
38 x 26 x 40
Bread tin dimensions (cm, WxDxH) View more details.

These dimensions are measured with the lid opening at the front and the bread pan positioned in the breadmaker. 

15 x 19 x 14
Warranty (years)
1
Origin
China
Contact
panasonic.com.au
Loaf shape
Horizontal
Keep warm function
Yes
Crust colour options
Light, medium, dark
Delay start View more details.

Handy if you want to wake up or come home to freshly baked bread.

Yes
Automatic fruit and nut dispenser
Yes
Fruit and nut beeper
No
Progress indicator
Yes
Removable lid
No
Viewing window
No
Power interruption protection View more details.

Should there be a power cut this function keeps baking progress in "memory" so you can continue where it left off.

Yes (10 minutes)
Basic white setting
Yes
Basic rapid or turbo setting
Yes
Wholewheat setting
Yes
Wholewheat rapid setting
Yes
Sweet setting
Yes
French setting View more details.

Gives a crispier crust.

Yes
Yeast-free setting
No
Jam setting
Yes
Bake only setting
Yes
Pasta dough setting
No
Pizza dough setting
Yes
Dough setting
Yes
Cake setting
Yes
Continental/Italian/Crusty setting
Yes
Sandwich/loaf setting View more details.

Soft and light bread for sandwiches.

Yes
Gluten-free setting
Yes

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