Pros: Quick, easy, delicious bread
Cons: Size, storage, price
I love homemade bread, but I hate the time that it takes to make it. With all the kneading and rising and baking, you would have to start at six to get it done to eat by supper. Not so anymore. Start to finish is three and a half hours with the Zojirushi. As much as I miss the upper body workout, I'm not going back!
To bake your bread with the Zojirushi, you simply measure in your ingredients into the pan, select your setting with the touch of a button and walk away. The machine does the rest. You can choose between a basic or quick setting. Also, the machine beeps to tell you when to add dried fruit or nuts if you so desire. You can also make dough and then bake your rolls, crescents, pizza crust, soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, or croissants in the oven. It is also possible to make jam or even cake or meatloaf. (Although I have not tried this yet.) The cake in the recipe book looks more like a pound cake. Another feature is the sourdough starter.
Cleaning the Zo is incredibly easy, it washes right up. After cooling, pop off the kneading blades and wash in the sink. The manual does not recommend using a dishwasher to clean the pan.
One problem that could arise is storage. This is a very large appliance. It is rather unsightly and I can't imagine leaving it sitting on the counter.