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New Panasonic breadmakers are ‘diamond’ tough

Updates to SD-254 and SD-255 breadmakers revealed

New Panasonic breadmaker SD-257

The upgraded SD-257 Panasonic breadmaker.

A ‘twice-as-tough’ bread pan and a brioche-bake setting are new updates to two popular Panasonic breadmakers revealed for 2010.

While the outside appearance of the popular breadmakers remains the same, the model numbers have changed. The SD-254 becomes the SD-256 and the SD-255 becomes the SD-257. 

We can’t wait to get these new models into our test labs to bring you full reviews and test results – but in the meantime you can read our reviews of the older versions in our breadmakers review.

‘Diamond’ coated breadmaker

Panasonic is claiming an ‘industry first’ with a tough new bread pan coating for both breadmakers. 

The new ‘diamond fluro coating’ is claimed to be ‘twice as tough and scratch proof against grains’ as conventional Panasonic pans. The kneading blade is also coated with diamond particles to make it tougher. 

Both breadmakers also now include a new setting for brioche baking. 

Which? first impressions

Which? breadmakers expert Lisa Galliers said: ‘We know our readers love their Panasonic breadmakers so the new bread pan coating and brioche setting should be of great interest to them. 

‘Looking through the recipes for the new machines, it seems Panasonic have slightly tweaked the amount of water used in some of the bread recipes. The amount of oil used in the rye recipes has also marginally changed. Bread making really is an exact science, so we’ll have to wait and see if this affects the outcome of the bread when we test them. 

‘Panasonic breadmakers have always performed really well in our breadmaker tests, though so we’ll be getting these new models off to the Which? test labs as soon as we possibly can.’

The breadmakers cost from £119.95 and are available from John Lewis, Currys, Amazon, Panasonic Stores and leading independent shops.

New breadmaker reviews

The new Panasonic breadmakers were launched too late for our latest batch of breadmaker tests – but we’ll be publishing reviews of nine new breadmakers in the first week of June 2010 from brands including Argos, Tesco, Sainsburys, Breville and Morphy Richards. 

Choosing the best bread maker

For more information on choosing which breadmaker is the best, consult our free, expert breadmakers buying guide or read 18 breadmaker reviews for models from brands including Kenwood and Morphy Richards. 

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