I use this bread making machine all the time! Not only do I make my own dough for this machine, using the cookbook that came along with the unit, but I also buy the boxes of bread mix when it is on sale at my local grocery store so that it is even a better deal! Nothing is better than smelling the aroma of bread baking on a cold winter day! Or for the holidays when you don't really have time to knead and knead and knead the homemade dough! Just pour all the ingredients into the non stick pan and set the unit for how light or dark you want the crust and voila! Everything automatically begins and goes through all the cycles in the correct order and for the right amount of time for each cycle. In no time you begin to smell the bread baking. It is nice because you can also use the breadmaker to bake other things like brownies, cupcakes, or just a regular cake. So, not only can you bake and have the smell of the homemade bread, you can have other smells and quality baking products in your home with much less mess and less time!