Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Virtuoso Bread Maker Review

The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker is a good choice for anyone who appreciates the well-known smell and taste of perfectly crusty and tasty homemade bread. This bread maker for home-use so far have the most positive reviews when it comes to baking a loaf of bread that looks very similar to what you would normally get when buying at the bakeries.
Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Virtuoso Breadmaker

Highlighted Features:

  • Capacity: 2 pounds loaf
  • Dual kneading blades
  • Quick baking cycle
  • Gluten free and organic baking mode
  • LCD control panel
  • 3 crust settings
  • 10 pre-programmed settings
  • 13-hour Delay timer
  • Additional heater for precise baking
  • Color: Black/Silver
  • Weight:1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 18 x 10.5 x 13 inches

Menu Settings and Estimated Completion Time:

  • Regular Basic – 3hrs 25mins
  • Quick Basic – 2hrs 25mins
  • Regular Wheat – 3hrs 20mins
  • Quick Wheat – 2hrs 25mins
  • Gluten-Free – 2hrs 25mins
  • Regular Dough – 1hr 50mins
  • Quick Dough – 50mins
  • Jam – 1hr 20mins
  • Cake – 1hr 50mins
  • Sourdough Starter – 2hours 10mins

The Bread Quality

Zojirushi BreadThis bread maker is ideal if you have a big family or you are strict on how the bread will look like out of the machine. Thanks to a 2-pound loaf capacity, you will bake enough bread for your loved ones in just one go. As for the quality of bread, the bread will be baked well and evenly, thanks to an Additional heater (located at the bottom of the lid) and Dual kneading blades (unlike many other machines that only use one).

Not only that, but you can experiment and make a variety of recipes, including cinnamon-raisin bread, rolls, or garlic bread sticks. In addition, the unit comes with 10 pre-programmable settings, so you can easily find the bread that you will love the most. From whole wheat bread to gluten free, to organic, this bread machine makes easy work of producing finger licking bread.

What also contributes to making the bread just the way you want, are its three crust settings. You can choose among light, medium, or dark crust, for your preferred choice.

Versatility

Don’t think that this bread maker only serves for making bread. It is quite versatile, thus you can use it to make homemade jam, a top notch cake, or simply to get the dough ready (the quick dough with rapid rise yeast for around 50 minutes) for the oven.

As you can see, the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker offers plenty of options. Therefore it is a good choice for creative bread lovers who love to try all kinds of bread. On top of all, you get a recipe book to take your creativity to a new level.

Of course, like with every bread maker, with the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 you will also have to be patient at first. Meaning, even though you get a recipe book and you have been making bread for years, you will probably have to alter the recipes a bit, for better, tastier results or according to your personal preferences.

Ease of use


The Zojirushi bread maker is not complicated to use, although it will take some time to learn all the options that this machine has to offer. The control panel is user-friendly and responsive. With 10 pre-programmed settings, you won’t have to think a lot before opting for a certain bread recipe. In addition, the unit comes with a 13-hour delay timer. Thanks to this amazing little feature, you can wake up in the morning and straight away enjoy the crusty-fresh bread. Moreover, this feature comes in handy if you have children. You can set the timer so that the bread is warm when they come back from school. How handy is that?

On the other hand, if you are reaaaally hungry, there is this Quick baking cycle. As the name implies, this option allows you to make bread in a much shorter time than usual.

Furthermore, the bread maker has a large viewing window, making it easy to supervise the baking process. That way, you won’t have to open the lid which means that the bread machine will retain the optimal baking temperature.

Durability

Zojirushi is well known for delivering high-quality products, including this handy bread maker. Due to premium materials, this unit will last you for years to come, ensuring good performance along the way. Of course, you will have to take a proper care of this bread maker if you want to use it for a long time. So make sure to clean the unit thoroughly every once in a while. Speaking of cleaning, this maker comes with a removable baking pan and features a non-stick coating, so it is relatively easy to clean. However, removing the dual kneading blades can be challenging. By wiping some oil in the blades before baking would solve this issue.

Size

Now, this bread maker (18 x 10.5 x 13 inches) takes more space than other bread machines of this capacity. So, be prepared to clear up the countertop and give your machine some space to work. With 22.1 pounds, this bread maker is also a bit heavier than its competitors. However, this is not a bad thing at all. Namely, some lighter bread maker tends to move around the countertop which makes it susceptible from falling.

PROS:

  • Consistency on the browning of all sides of the bread
  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • A large capacity
  • User-friendly control panel
  • Versatile
  • Comes with a recipe book
  • You can oversee the baking process through a viewing window
CONS:

  • It is expensive compared to its competitors
  • Takes up some counter space

Final Thoughts

With all this being said, you can see why the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Bread Maker is one of much-loved bread makers on the market. Since it comes with many great features, making the bread of your choice will be a fun and successful task.

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