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Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser

Pros: Stands out for its generous loaf capacity and numerous bread settings. It is incredibly easy to clean.

Cons: Lacks a viewing window to check on the bread.

Summary: The best breadmaker available right now. A well-rounded machine with consistent performance and results that rivals much higher priced models.
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Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Pros: Gets top marks for its numerous cooking and shade selections -- a rarity among similarly priced breadmakers.

Cons: The nonstick surface may wear off over time and isn't cheap to replace.

Summary: This machine is a good bet for a solid no-frills machine, but those wanting many features and superb performance should look elsewhere.
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Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

Pros: Busy customers rave about the programmable baking and menu options, leaving the hard work up to the machine.

Cons: Accompanying menu can be difficult to read and produces lackluster results.

Summary: The best value for your money. While it doesn't yield the consistent results of its pricier competitors, it is a must-have for any occasional breadmaker.
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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker...

Pros: Performance and reliability is off the charts. Great for high-rise bread. Extremely reputable manufacturer.

Cons: Custom program choices are a bit limited, especially considering the hefty price tag.

Summary: Its reliability and consistent results are unparalleled, but it is quite an investment, especially if you are not planning on using it day to day.
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Oster CKSTBRTW20 2-Pound Expressbake Breadmaker

Pros: Perfect for larger families due to its large and spacious loaf capacity - not to mention a variety of unique bread and crust settings.

Cons: Prone to unwanted movement when mixing ingredients.

Summary: Even novice bread makers can feel like professional chefs thanks to clear instructions and fool-proof performance.