Pros: Taste, options and, well, just a fine product.
Cons: Price, small view window (my DAK had a full glass dome) and size.
I had a DAK bread maker for over 16 years and it finally died. To find a replacement I did a lot of reading and research and settled on the Zoji. I figure the positive reviews outweighed the negatives by 95 percent to 5 percent. Note that this was from a number of sites, not just this one.
Now, I have nothing against folks writing about a bad experience. I actually gravitate to the "bad" reviews first to see if there is a trend. It's just that the experience I've had with my machine has been nothing but great.
The mixing process was even with no leftover ingredients in the corners. (Corners? They are rounded and don't leave any nooks or crannies)
The browning was even enough for me. I'm not baking for an appearance competition and even so, there are only minor shading differences. Ehh, who cares, the bread still tastes great.
One of the biggest gripes seems to be the cleanability. No, you can't place it in the dishwasher. I'm not sure why you would want to. I remember the first time I used the Zoji the loaf popped out and the paddles stayed in place. I tried to pull them off and they were frozen in place. My first thought was "Uh oh, here is what they've been talking about." So, I followed the directions and put in some warm, soapy soaking water for about 30 minutes. (sarcasm on) Gee, what a surprise, the directions were actually correct (sarcasm off)
The paddles came right off and a quick swish with a dishcloth around the inside and on the paddle posts left me with a clean pan. Other than the 30 minutes to soak, all in all 5 minutes to clean with no need for toothpicks to clean out the "crevices" (there are none!)
Bottom line a great machine and great tasting bread. The "smaller" size recipes still produce a good sized loaf.