We rated it as one of the best models available because of its multiple settings and programs that make it incredibly versatile. You can prepare delicious types of bread and you can customize it to match your tastes so that you will enjoy using it.
No wonder this bread maker is also known as “Home Bakery Virtuoso”, as it is one of the best-designed models that makes the best horizontal loaf. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 has everything it needs to be convenient, durable, easy to use, efficient, and innovative, all combined with accessibility that rates it as one of the most popular bread making machines. The $325 price tag may sound high, but the $100 discount it enjoys will convince you to see its performance for yourself.
The 700 watts of power allow it to deliver the perfect loaf with the perfect texture thanks to the dual kneading blades that mix the ingredients thoroughly. These are extremely efficient if you prefer whole grain bread as they speed the process while keeping an even bread shape. And most important, the blades stay in their place when you lift out the bread. You can make a quick bread in less than 2 hours or you can select one of the other baking modes that differ in time.
It also comes with an additional heater in the lid to ensure an even baking despite the large window on the lid, which could interfere with the temperature. This way, the loaf will come out evenly baked, with a nice shape and a beautiful crust. In case you want to delay the baking process for, let’s say, the next morning, the 13-hour timer will come in handy. You can set it in 10 minutes increments, which are displayed on the LCD screen’s clock, so you can select the exact time of the day you want to start, instead of inserting the number of hours you want it to wait. You won’t get confused anymore and you will be able to set it at the exact hour of the day. Not only it includes a warming feature, but it also lets you adjust the “keep warm” time so you can keep the bread soft and warm until your food is ready.
|BB-PAC20 Spec Sheet|
|Dimensions||18” x 10.5” x 12.875”|
|Bread Size Options||1|
|Crust Color Options||3|
|Delay Timer||13-hour delay|
|Dual Kneading Blades||Yes|
It comes with 10 pre-programmed settings that allow you to choose your favorite bread type, were it white bread, whole grain or gluten free. Yes, it also bakes gluten-free bread, and Zojirushi claims you can even prepare meatloaf with it. You can adjust the color of the crust from Low to Medium to Dark depending on how crispy you like your bread. What is innovating is the custom menu settings you can add to have the machine memorize your own bread recipes. Simply save the recipe and have it done whenever you feel like. With it, you can make cakes, sourdough starter, jam, you can make just about anything fast and easy. The Homemade setting is something you will find interesting because you can set the bread maker to stop to let the ingredients stabilize temperature, or you can turn it off once it prepared the dough and make your favorite pastry. If you want to stop the process mid-ways for some hand-shaping or if you want to remove the paddles, this machine lets you do that. There is also an Auto Pause setting that temporarily stops the kneading when the lid is open in case you want to check the consistency of the dough.
Given that looks are as important as performance, this model has what it takes to be a stylish presence in your kitchen. The stainless steel housing is combined with a matte black lid with a large window that lets you check the status of the bread. You will love the size not only because it’s very compact but because you will get the perfect loaf size for sandwiches. At 18″ wide x 10 1/2″ deep by 12 7/8″ high, it makes a full-sized 2-lb loaf with ease. Although it doesn’t change the taste of the bread, the shape is also important because you can cut slices easier.
You won’t have problems using this bread maker thanks to the easily readable controls that tell you exactly what to do, and the LCD screen that displays each step of the process. Moreover, you will always have a view on the bread through the large glass window and the instructions manual is there to clarify any question you might have. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 comes with measuring spoon and beaker so you will know exactly the amount of ingredients to use. Unlike other models with one handle, the baking pan has two handles for easy handling and removal, so you can use it safely.
You can rely on the quality of this product as it’s one of the best models you could opt for. It’s durable, efficient, and easy to use, so you won’t have troubles with it, but just in case you do, there is a 1-year warranty that covers the repairs or replacement of the unit. The instructions manual contains clear details regarding every step you have to make and offers solutions to some of the most common difficulties you could experience.