Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker With Yeast Dispenser Review

The Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker is a unique bread maker that takes baking to a new level, thanks to its automatic yeast dispenser and numerous baking options. This bread maker from Panasonic is also awarded with Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with Yeast Dispenser

Highlighted Features:


  • 3 loaf sizes M,L,XL
  • Up to 2-1/2 pound loaf capacity
  • 3 crust settings Light,Medium,Dark
  • Auto Yeast Dispenser
  • 13-hour delay start timer
  • 6 types of bread or dough options: basic, multigrain, whole wheat, French, cake and pizza
  • Baking modes: bake only, rapid bake, raisin, and sandwich
  • Dough modes: pizza, raisin dough, and rolls
  • User-friendly machine
  • LCD display with soft touch controls

Menu Settings and Estimated Completion Time:

  • Basic Bake: 4 hrs.
  • Rapid Bake: 1 hr 55 mins.
  • Raisin Bake: 4 hrs.
  • Whole Wheat Basic: 5 hrs.
  • Whole Wheat Rapid: 3 hrs.
  • Whole Wheat Raisin: 5 hrs.
  • Multigrain: 5 hrs.
  • French bake: 6 hrs.
  • Only Bake: 30 to 90 mins
  • Basic Dough: 2 hrs 20 mins.
  • Whole Wheat Dough: 3 hrs 15 mins.
  • Multigrain Dough: 3 hrs 15 mins.
  • French Dough: 3 hrs 35 mins.
  • Pizza Dough : 45 mins.

The Bread Quality

Quality of Bread by Panasonic SD-YD250The Panasonic SD-YD250 Bread Maker is like no other bread machine on the market. It comes at a great price with amazing features, delivering great homemade bread. That being said, this unit is a good choice for those who want to enjoy homemade bread, without rescheduling their busy agenda.

This bread maker comes with lots of baking modes, and with three choices of bread loaf sizes. Meaning, you can try diverse bread and dough recipes, without having to worry about the success of the said recipes (see manuals and recipes). First, you get to choose among many baking options – bake, bake sandwich, bake rapid, bake raisin, dough raisin, and dough. Then, you can opt for your favorite baking program – basic, multigrain, whole wheat, French, bake only and pizza. This already promises you ease of use and tasty bread. However, we said that this machine is unique and we really meant that. Namely, the selling point of this bread maker is the automatic yeast dispenser. Now, what is that? Well, the bread maker will make sure that the yeast is added at the perfect time, ensuring even baking and a great taste.

Because of this feature, this bread maker will give you tasty homemade bread each time. Additionally, there is another great thing about this bread maker – even heat distribution. Most units come with a viewing window, allowing for easy supervising of the baking progress. Now, that’s not the case with this bread maker. Since it doesn’t come with a viewing window, the heat won’t be lost. Quite the opposite, the heat will be dispersed all over the inner pan evenly, allowing for an optimal baking temperature. This will speed up the baking process, and will also give better results.

Moreover, you can choose the perfect crust, whether it be light, medium or dark. Not only that, this unit also comes with a beeping sound which lets you know when the dough can be moved into the oven. Or, for example, if you are using the raisin baking option, the alarm will tell you when to add nuts or dried fruits, so that it won’t be smashed. Needless to say, that is a nice little feature.

What also contributes to a great bread quality is a non-stick inner bake pan. Thanks to this feature, sides of the bread won’t stick to the pan, at the same time making clean up a whole lot faster and easier.

Speaking of cleaning, it should be noted that the parts cannot be washed in the dishwasher unless you want to make this unit useless. The instructions include the part that tells you how to clean the unit, so make sure to read it prior to cleaning.

Ease of use

With all the above-mentioned things, you can conclude that using this bread maker is a piece of cake. Basically, you only need to weigh the ingredients, add them and pick the baking mode. The bread maker will take it from there, so you won’t have to worry about the bread quality.

The controls are easy to use, and in a good order, while the LCD digital display is easy to read. With a 13-hour delay start timer, you can treat both you and your family with waking up to the smell of the warm aroma of your favorite bread. This is one more reason this unit is worth your time and money.


The unit is heavy (15.4 pounds), but has a compact design (13.5 x 14 x 9 inches). Therefore it will fit your countertop without taking up too much space and will not move or walk around when mixing heavy dough.

As already mentioned, this bread maker comes with a nonstick inner pan to make baking easier. In addition, the unit features a built-in handle, making it easier and comfortable when removing the pan after the baking cycle.

Now as for the downsides, we don’t like the fact that the unit doesn’t have a gluten-free baking mode, making it unsuitable for those with an allergy to gluten. You can browse our list of bread makers if you want to opt for a machine with gluten-free settings.


  • Reasonable price
  • Features a unique automatic yeast dispenser
  • 550-watts
  • Easy to setup and maintain
  • A nonstick inner pan
  • Even heat distribution
  • Bread comes out good and tasty
  • Awarded with Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

  • No gluten free baking mode
  • Noisy to use

Final Thoughts

All in all, we highly recommend the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker as it is one of the best and unique bread makers that money can buy. It is packed with a variety of features, it’s easy to clean and will produce quality homemade bread for years to come.

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