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Eric J. Fridman "ejf302": I have been a fan of Breadman machines for at least 10 years now.So my existing Breadman Ultimate was starting to get pretty old. I figured I'd treat myself to a new one. Same buttons, same model number etc. Identical.Bought one at a local store. Hmm.... it burned everything on the sides. And this was using Breadman's own recipes, as well as some of my own. Exchanged it. Same thing. I tried making the crust as light as possible, and even using a custom program to reduce the baking time. This just was not right.So I just got my third one today, this time from Amazon.com. This one seems OK, thank goodness.Anyway, I wish I could give the product 5 stars because when they work right they are fantastic.But having two defective machines in a row is unacceptable. Therefore, for now, it only gets two stars. If I have any trouble at all with this third Breadman, I will be switching to the Panasonic bread machine instead.
Gail K. Piland: I liked this machine but I wore it out. Making a loaf of bread once a week of a year and it wouldn't mix the bread any more. I guess I just wore it out - I mix my bread by hand now.
HappilyRetired "LifeIsGood": Have had my Breadman TR2200C for over two weeks now and have baked in it almost daily, sometimes more than once. Have owned a bread machine before which I used only to mix the dough as the baking results and shape were not desirable. Also, have been an old fashioned breadmaker for over 30 years. Time for a real change now!The Breadman does a wonderful job and is soooo easy to use. I really love it. Have made wheat, white, French bread recipes and all come out beautifully IF you use the correct yeast with the correct cycle. Found that bread machine yeast works totally like rapid rise yeast in this machine (I don't care what the yeast manufacturer claims) -- a disappointment on the long cycle but good on the rapid cycle. Active dry yeast makes beautiful, tasty loaves on the regular cycle (which I prefer as the flavor is better, I think).I do check to see how the bread/moisture mixture is doing at the beginning of the mixing cycle and adjust as needed (add more liquid or flour in very small increments -- usually very little adjustment needed so proceed cautiously here). Then, as the last rise begins, I gently pick up the dough, remove the mixing blade and position the bread in the pan where I want it for the final rise. No dough hook hole in the final product this way. Baking results have always been good and as expected. You can just let the machine do the whole thing, but a little attention will guarantee excellent results every time.The programming functions are very easy to use. The add ingredients feature has worked perfectly for me. The unit cleans up easily. What more can I add? Get one for yourself, your kids, your friends. Great Christmas gift!
happy camper: USED THIS MACHINE ONCE. SECOND TIME MACHINE DID NOT GO ON, IT JUST DIED.
Jolly Gourmand: First of all, this is a 'tried and true' machine. The reason I can say that is that it came packed with a VCR tape of what I assume to be instructions and baking tips. I'm sure a more contemporary model would have included a DVD.The machine is remarkably forgiving. I wanted to make the Cinnamon Raisin Bread so I carefully mixed the ingrediants added them to the loaf pan and started setting the machine. It was supposed to be set to the fruit and nut program for 1-1/2 pound loaves, but some how, I messed up and set it for 2-pounds of white bread. I also took the paddle out before the bread was punched down. Despite all these mishaps, I am munching on delicious warm bread as I type this review.My only (small) complaints are that the pan is hard to line up with the paddle drive and clips holding the loaf pan are very strong and don't release easily. This is especially a problem at the end of the baking cycle when the pan is super hot. The reader may wish to invest in a pair of silicone oven mitts. Mine were too thick and padded to work at releasing the pan. Cleanup was a breeze and took about 2 minutes.One reviewer mentioned removing the paddle and shaping the loaf prior to the third (final) rise. This leads to another suggestion that would improve this model, namely a signal that the final 'knead' was complete. That way, the baker would not have to stand over the machine like a mother hen waiting for her brood to hatch.11/4/05 Update: Another 'hint'. I set my oven on warm for a couple of minutes, then, after shaping the loaf, place the pan on a terry towel folded at the bottom of an old bake pan. I loosely cover the top with a dish towel that has been moistened with warm water. I leave the pan in the oven for the first 20-25 minutes of its final 'proof', then place back in the machine for the end of proof and baking cycle. This allows the bread to rise a bit more than simply relying on the machine. Tonight, I baked 'Carraway Seed Rye', and this normally heavy bread came out with a lighter consistency than one would expect. Delicious!!!11/16 Update: Still another 'hint'. Don't waste time downloading and printing the manual unless you are bored or have plenty of paper to waste. The machine comes with a hard copy.