My wife's aunt gave me this machine because she knew I did a lot of cooking and baking. When I first received it I had my own doubts as to how well it would perform. I read the manuals that came with it thoroughly before attempting to use the product. My first try was a very simple very plain loaf of bread and the machine performed perfectly. I have since found time to experiment with different types of breads and all seem to come out well. I have to admit I do very often let the machine do the mixing and kneading and rising, then I remove the dough and place it in my own pans and bake in the oven. In the time that I have had this unit I have begun to use it more in this manner than in any other. I am very pleased with the way the machine operates, it always kneads the dough perfectly where as in my hands I tend to overwork the dough and it makes tough bread. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone wishing to own a bread maker. I would most assuredly buy another one if mine were to break down.