The Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker bakes a traditional-shaped 2-lb. loaf of bread automatically. Dual kneading blades and additional heater on the lid ensures thorough kneading and even baking. New gluten-free menu setting makes it easy to bake gluten-free breads. LCD clock with 13-hour delay timer.
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Makes everything a breeze
Posted by: arlene273 from: Winter Park, FL on
I bought this as my first breadmaker to start making my own in stead of paying $6-$7 a loaf for the good, healthy stuff pre-made. I got a couple of mixes to play with at first so I could figure out the machine, timer, settings and the like. I have breezed through making breads, dough, jams and timing fresh, warm bread for the mornings. This breadmaker makes it nearly fool-proof with the easy settings and recipes it comes with.
Next, I ventured out into making my own recipes with varying flours and meals to make them healthier for me... still, flawless loafs with great texture and even color. I really like that it makes horizontal loaves and not the tall, funny-looking ones. Also, the heater in the lid really gives the top a nice even crust.
Using warmed ingredients is not necessary with this machine because the first cycle is "rest", which it brings everything up to tempurature. Really convenient feature over having to measure and then heat to 80 degrees.
Check your dough after it is done kneading it. Sometimes it is off to one side a bit and that'll make your loaf come out like a hippo (small head and big butt), but simply moving it toward the middle or stretching it across will fix that right up.
When making jam, thaw your fruit first. Or pour in your frozen fruit at night and set the timer for morning. It's a wonderful smell to wake-up to.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MrJJohnson from: Los Angeles on
Easy use. Easy to clean. Makes delicious bread and pizza dough. The more you use it, the more you realize you got your money's worth out of this $300 product. We use it primarily for gluten free meals. The gluten free breads and pizzas are absolutely delicious. We don't cook anything else than gluten free to avoid cross contamination, but I am sure it would make great any-type bread or dough.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Too heavy to hop...
Posted by: MomMomG from: Cream Ridge NJ on
After weeks of research and reading dozens of reviews on all brands of makers, I decided that quality should outweigh a cheaper price. I'm glad I stayed with that decision. The Zojirushi is heavy enough that it doesn't hop across the counter like my daughter-in-law's 'other brand' maker. I'm new to gluten free baking and this baker makes that so easy with its GF setting. Our first loaf was perfect to look at and to eat. The paddles slipped right out of the bread and left only small holes. Clean up was easy. Think I'll make another loaf tomorrow!!!
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
It never fails to make good bread.
Posted by: Langeloandgem from: on
I like making pandesal in this unit and my family loved it. Since I don't have to knead, making bread become my hobby. I am now starting to explore and experiment making other bread for fun. It is also easy to clean after use.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: agrote from: colorado on
So far this has been a great little bread maker. --Needing to switch to gluten free, so I've been experimenting with many recipes. They are so far WAY better than the store bought gluten free. Could I have bought one cheaper to do the same job?-not sure--but it has done an excellent job with what I've been trying!
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Stucker58 from: on
First time breadmaker and the first loaf and everyone since has come out like I was Martha Stewart! Couldn't be more pleased with the options, ease of use and finished bread. Have tried several different recipes and everyone has turned out perfect looking and tasting. Would highly recommend. I am a Zojirushi fan now! Only one issue I have found with this breadmaker that I would caution users. It easily adds pounds to the users weight!!!
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: joce from: Ramsey, NJ on
Follow the instructions/recipes and the bread is fantastic. The best part is that my wife likes it so much, all I have to do is stop at the supermarket for supplies and eat. She is happy to take care of the rest, including clean-up and taking credit for the great bread.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Well designed bread maker.
Posted by: kingkitchen from: Marshalltown, IA on
I like the design of the bread maker and the shape of the loaf. It has many options and I have not yet tried them all. It is complex to use and the screen can be hard to read. The first few loaves did not turn out well. It is important to watch the video guide for help and there might be a break in period for the bread maker. The last few loaves have been excellent.
5 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Excellent bread machine
Posted by: Young from: Metairie, LA on
Used it several times now, worked excellent. Bread, Cake, etc...
I still have many other options to try. But the experience is awesome.
Yes, it is expensive. But if you use it a lot, it does worth.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: WWNN from: on
I had a maker I replaced and this bread is so much better, texture is like bread from the store without the preservatives. Rolls are amazing!