Zojirushi BB–CEC20 Supreme 2-Pound Loaf Bread Maker Review
If you are looking for a bread maker that offers you customization but does not compromise on the pre-programmed settings, then Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-pound Loaf Bread makers is something which you should consider.
About the company
Zojirushi Corporation is a Japanese multinational manufacturer and marketer. The company was started in 1916 as Ichikawa Brothers trading Company in Osaka and later in 1948 the name was changed to Kyowa Manufacturing Co., Ltd. In 1961, its name has been changed again to Zojirushi Corporation.
Zojirushi Corporation has a branch in South Korea and subsidiary companies in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and the United States. Products manufactured by Zojirushi include bread machines, electric kettles, rice cookers, refrigerators, hot water dispensers, etc.
Dimensions and Power
- Power Supply needed: 120AC, 60Hz
- Cooking Setting: 700 watts
- Dimensions in inches: 17 × 8-1/2 × 12-1/4
- Weight in pounds: 17
- Safety Fuse: Available
Quick Feature List
- Loaf Sizes: upto 2 lbs
- Bake Modes: Basic, Basic Wheat, Quick, Quick Wheat, Cake, Sour dough, Homemade
- Dough Modes: Dough, Quick Dough
- Crust types: Dark, Medium, and Light
- Bread options: Basic, Whole-wheat, Multi-grain, Sour dough, quick breads, Italian bread, Cake and many more
- Delay Timer: 13- hour preset
- Indicator: Bake/Dough cycle completion and Add ingredients.
- Express Bake: Takes 2 hours and 18 minutes
- Multiple Cycles: Yes
- Jam Cycle: Yes
Key Aspects of Zojirushi BB-CEC20
The first thing you would notice it its shape as the bread machine produces horizontal loaves it is long rather than tall. It perfectly fits on the countertop and is very heavy and sturdy. So you need not worry about this one to fall from your counter.
It has a large viewing window that enables you to see the bread baking. The LCD display is very clear and easy to read. Unlike the vertical bread machines that have a single paddle, this one has dual paddles.
You need not worry about the bread sticking to the pan as it has a removable non-stick inner bread pan so the finished bread just glides out of the pan and cleaning the pan is just a cakewalk.
Ease of Use
If you think that it would be very confusing to operate when you have so many different options and settings, then let me tell you are absolutely wrong. Many customers have said that it very easy to operate, once you get the hang of it. Some of the customers found the manual to be confusing but the instruction DVD
is very helpful.
Most of the customers said that they love the delay start function and the preheat cycle. This bread machine is fairly easy to clean and due to its non-stick inner bread pan, the bread does not stick to the pan.
The large window gives you a great view of the bread baking and lets you keep an eye on it. The slanted surface of the control panel makes it very easy to read.
It comes with a measuring cup, measuring spoon, easy to follow instruction DVD and a user manual included with recipes that have a good number of recipes ranging from simple white bread to various artisan bread, cakes, and jams.
Since it is very heavy and sturdy, you need not worry about it moving and falling from the counter but you may not want it to be placed at the edge of the counter.
While cleaning the bread maker, be careful not to immerse it in water, just clean the inner pan and kneading paddle with mild soap/detergent solution. Use a dampened cloth to clean the cabinet.
Use the power cord accordingly and never let anything rest on it. A short power cord is provided to reduce the risk of detangling or tripping over in the case of a long cord. However, there are extensions provided that must be used with care.
If the power cord is damaged, do not operate the appliance instead take it for servicing at a recognized Panasonic repair center.
Zojirushi BB-CEC20 has a lot of fans owing to its great performance. After a careful analysis, based on customer reviews on various websites, we have found what the customers love about this bread machine and also its limitations. They are as follows:
Key Positives About Zojirushi BB-CEC20
Horizontal Bread Pan: Most of the customers love this bread machine as it produces horizontal bread loaves which look just like the store bought ones and are perfect in size for sandwiches when compared to the slices from the vertical bread loaves.
Highly Programmable: This bread maker offers the user a lot of options that allow them to bake a great variety of breads, cakes and jams as well. Most of the customers love the customization feature that offers freedom to the user to tweak the recipes according to their wish.
Dual Mixing paddles: Any pro baker when asked would tell you that for baking a great loaf of bread the kneading process is very crucial. Customers seem to love the fact that this bread machine has dual mixing paddles which ensures that the dough is perfectly mixed and well kneaded before it bakes.
Low Noise: Most of the customers said that it is a quiet machine. Apart from the usual sounds while the kneading process; it does not make much noise. Even the beep indicator is not loud it produces just enough sound to hear if you are in the other room but not annoyingly noisy.
Heavy and Large: Customers with limited space have complained about this machine is a bit large to fit in their cabinets. Few customers also said that this machine is very heavy and it becomes difficult to lift up to place in the cupboard.
Hard and Overcooked Crust: Few customers have complained that the loaves baked in this machine have overcooked and darker crusts; but many others reported that after tweaking the recipes a little they were able to bake perfect loaves of bread.
Q. Can we just bake in this using already kneaded and raised dough?
A. Yes, we can use the Bake only option and bake the already kneaded and raised dough.
Q. Can we make quick breads like banana bread?
A. Yes, we can bake quick breads. There is also a Banana-nut bread recipe included in the user manual with which you can start.
Q. Does this machine indicate the optimum time to add nuts or fruits?
A. Yes, it beeps for 30 seconds in the final kneading cycle that indicates the addition of fruits/nuts.
Q. Can we use this machine to make dough for dinner rolls or pasta?
A. Yes, you can by using the Dough mode.
Q. Can you bake gluten-free bread?
A. Yes, you can bake gluten-free bread even though it does not have a specific gluten-free cycle. Two recipes have also been included in the user manual.
Q. What are the inner measurements of the bread pan?
A. The bread pan is about 8 inches long, 5 inches across and 4-1/2 inches deep.
Q. Is the product warranted?
A. Yes, it comes with a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
Q. Can we make smaller loaf sizes with this machine?
A. Yes, you can bake loaf sizes of 1lb, 1.5 lbs and 2lbs.
Q. Where is this machine made?
A. It is made in China.
Q. What is the difference between this BB-CEC20 and BB-PAC20?
A. BB-PAC20 has a clock, lid heater, automatic pause, and a separate gluten-free bread program while BB-CEC20 does not have these features.
This bread maker machine is currently the best in the market, replaced its earlier model of BBCCX-20. Both BB-CEC20 and BBCCX-20 are similar in build. This is ideal for baking gluten-free bread and pizza crust. It bakes a perfectly shaped loaf which anyone would instantly fall in love with.
It is very versatile and comes with 10 pre-programmed cycles using which one can make wheat flour bread, meatloaf, cinnamon rolls, breadsticks, jam, cake and a whole lot of other recipes. The user can customize the time settings and perfectly bake gluten-free bread.
It has the delay timer feature, so you can wake to yummy bread every morning and also has a feature to keep the bread warm up to half an hour in case you oversleep. It has two kneading paddles owing to better quality delicious bread.
Apart from its special features, it has a basic cycle and a dough cycle too. Cleaning this bread maker after its use can be done in a jiffy as it has a non-stick pan which allows the bread to slide easily with leaving any trace behind.
A measuring spoon, a measuring cup and a user manual with recipes included is also a part of the deal.