Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZB2512

Test 02/2020

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Test seal: Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZB2512, Rating 8.7

last modified: 10.01.2020, 17:44

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All rating criteria details:

Handling 20%
Result Bread 20%
Range of functions 15%
Result Dough 15%
Safety 10%
Cleaning 10%
Control panel 10%
Tested by: Xenia



The Panasonic bread maker has some useful additional functions like the ingredient and yeast distributor and has very good instructions. However, the device also has many disadvantages. It is much heavier than other devices, needs more time for most operations and has no viewing window.


  • Simple operation
  • Many programs
  • Program list in many languages
  • Process can be read on screen
  • Yeast and ingredient distributor


  • No viewing window
  • Heavy and large equipment
  • Requires longer than other devices for many programs
  • Control panel in English language

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Heavy and large bread maker without window with many programs and practical ingredient and yeast distributor.

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The Panasonic is by far the heaviest appliance in our test, but it scores with a practical ingredient dispenser and a yeast distributor.

Handling and function

The baking tin has a capacity of 3.3 litres and bakes breads of up to 1000g. The baking tin is easy to fill and can be inserted into the machine by turning it and removed again.

The control panel is only available in English but is easy to understand and intuitive to use. After a few baking operations, everyone should be accustomed to the operation.

On the control panel, the menu button can be used to set one of the 33 programs that can be found in the instructions or in the list stuck on the baking machine. In addition, stickers with the program list are sent in different languages, which can be attached to the appliance. The "Crust" button can be used to adjust the degree of browning in 3 steps. The timer time can be programmed using the arrow keys. With the "Size" button the bread quantity can be determined in 3 sizes. With the Start and Stop key the process can be started, paused or aborted. There is no viewing window.

Programs: Baking: Normal, Normal fast, Normal raisins, Spicy gourmet bread, Wholemeal, Wholemeal fast, Wholemeal raisins, Rye, French, Sourdough bread, Italian, Sandwich, Brioche, Gluten-free, Spelt bread, Spelt bread, Spelt raisins, Fast bread with baking powder, Baking only

Dough: Normal, Normal raisins, spicy gourmet bread, wholemeal, wholemeal raisins, rye, French, sourdough bread, sourdough starter culture, pizza, brioche, spelt bread, spelt bread raisins, jam, compote

Using the timer function, some programs can be delayed by up to 13 hours, so that the freshly baked bread can be ready at 7 a.m., for example, if the ingredients were added at 6 p.m. of the previous day and the timer was set to 13 hours.

The memory function allows the baking process to be stopped for up to 10 minutes without having to restart the machine. The process is simply continued.

The keep-warm function switches on automatically for 60 minutes immediately after baking.

The Panasonic bread maker needs about one hour longer than the other machines in the test and gives a similarly good result
The Panasonic bread maker needs about one hour longer than the other machines in the test and gives a similarly good result


With the farmer's bread baking mixture a good result with a light brown crust was achieved. The duration was 4:00 hours, making the Panasonic bread maker by far the slowest. The dough was kneaded to perfection and was well risen. Otherwise, the bread tastes good and is easy to remove from the mould. The dough hook can also be easily removed thanks to the hook remover.

The pizza dough is also well done. All ingredients were kneaded into a smooth dough within 45 minutes. The pizza dough also worked well. Compared to other machines, the Panasonic bread maker was able to produce the pizza dough twice as fast. But for the normal dough it takes 2:20 hours. Other devices are about 1 hour faster.


The baking tin is relatively easy to clean as the bread and dough are completely dissolved. Do not use abrasive or sharp cleaning agents to avoid damaging the non-stick coating. The dough hook must be soaked if the dough residues cannot be removed. The ingredient container can be removed and cleaned and the yeast spreader wiped with a damp cloth. There are no instructions for cleaning in the dishwasher.


The device looks high-quality but requires comparatively much storage space. If necessary, the device must be wiped more frequently to remove fingerprints from the stainless steel surface.

The size of the display is sufficient.


The bread maker has a very good manual which, thanks to its good structure, quickly reveals the functions and handling. The procedure is illustrated by many pictures. It also provides some good tips on various problems and many recipe suggestions.

We have evaluated almost 200 reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that around 90 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 90% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Great instruction manual with many pictures and recipes
  • Good workmanship. Solid, dimensioned parts instead of thin sheet metal, the engine does not seem overstrained
  • Easy cleaning

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Not to be compared with a sourdough bread kneaded by hand with love from the oven
  • Very difficult
  • The dough is not mixed homogeneously
Manufacturer Panasonic
EAN 0803096357689
Baking programs 33
Capacity litres 3.3 l
Ingredient dispenser Yes
Warm-keeping function 60 minutes
Timer function 13 hours
Inspection window No
Internal lighting No
Dishwasher safe No information
Weight 7,6 kg
Scope of delivery Bread maker, bread baking tin, 2 dough hooks, 2 measuring cups, measuring spoon, dough hook remover, operating instructions
Quality impression Good
Packaging Attractively designed
Additional warranty 2 years
Automatic switch-off Yes
Crust 3 browning levels
Extra Program for jam Yes
Volume 1 metre distance 48 dB
Power 533 W
Stand-by power consumption 1,4 W
Manual language GB, GER, FR, NL, ES, IT, PL, CZ, SL, HU, RO, DA, SV, FI
Quality of instructions Very good
Height 38 cm
Width 27 cm
Depth 39 cm
Range of functions
Result Bread
Result Dough
Control panel

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Why doesn't the bread have a nice crust on top?
Because there is no heating element on top.
Is it possible to run the device on both 220V and 110V? For example to be able to use it in the USA?
No, you can't because it's a different heating element. There are also supposed to be 110 V versions. The best is to contact Panasonic directly, or buy directly in the USA.
What is the loud cracking noise in the first minutes after starting the machine?
The machine is a bit loud at the beginning, especially when the yeast is expelled, but this only takes a few seconds. The stirring hook itself is quite quiet.


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