We liked the compact shape of this stylish bread machine that stands out from the black and silver models. We also appreciated the freedom in preparing a wide range of bread types, as well as the compote and chocolate features that we hardly found in other bread makers. What we didn't like was the Japanese menu that makes this unit not so easy to use.
Panasonic SD-BMT1000 is a great aid in any kitchen thanks to the multiple programs and setting it comes with. Although it’s small, this vertical loaf bread machine is a true innovation that can make a wide range of dough, bread, cakes or Japanese specialties with the touch of a button. Forget about the black or silver units and go for this stunning purple bread maker that, for $315, can offer you a freedom of choice you only dreamed about before.
The main drawback is the menu language, which is only available in Japan since the machine is only sold there. Unless you have someone translate it for you, you will have troubles deciphering the menu, or you can use the Google Translate App available on smartphones. This app will help you understand the functioning of this bread machine. That aside, customers are very satisfied with the versatility and performance that make it a great addition to any kitchen. Name the recipe you want to prepare and it will have it ready in 1 to 3 hours, depending on the recipe selected. It also includes a short baking cycle that gets the bread ready in 60 minutes. It uses 430 watts of power to ensure an even kneading and baking for a variety of bread and not only. It uses two types of paddles, one good for the bread and the other for noodles so you don’t have to worry about mixing all the ingredients together perfectly. The paddles easily fit in place and remain there when you take out the bread from the baking pan, which has a convenient handle for safe removal.
When it comes to choosing a program, it will be hard to decide for one of the 34 pre-programmed settings that include pain de mi, plain bread, rice bread, rye bread, plain bread, soft bread, fast bread, whole wheat bread, and dough. The utility doesn’t end here, as it allows you to prepare Japanese specialties like mochi, noodles or udon. You can even make pasta and brioche or you can surprise your guests with marble bread by simply adding instant coffee, green tea or chocolate. What will be surprising is the compote setting that allows you to make delicious compote in 90 minutes with minimum effort. But the best part is about to come, as you will discover that the SD-BMT1000 can make chocolate, something you wouldn’t expect. The recipe book is filled with awesome recipes and once you get past the language you will discover amazing tastes. In case you want pizza crust, you can make that with this bread machine by selecting the intensity of the crust.
Panasonic SD-BMT1000 looks very good with the dark purple housing and the LCD screen that displays the available settings. The 24.1 cm in width × 30.4 cm in depth × 34.7cm in height and the 5 kg it weighs make it one of the most compact models available that can fit even the smallest kitchen. You can easily store it away and place it on the counter when you need it without worrying about space. The bread resulted in the tall and narrow pan weighs a full pound and is quite big in height, so it can be difficult to use for sandwiches unless you slice it lengthwise. This machine includes two dispensers, one for fruits and nuts and the other for yeast, so you can be sure that it will add the right amounts to the recipe at the right time. It comes with measuring spoon and a measuring cup to take the guessing out of adding the ingredients.
It’s unlikely to experience problems with the Panasonic products, but in case you do, there is a 1-year warranty, as well as a reliable customer support that will ensure you will enjoy the best of your product.