I have an older model probably from the early '90s and it still works so perfectly! It doesn't even have a whole wheat cycle but turns out 100% whole wheat bread as good as by hand probably because the regular bread cycle lasts 4 hours and 10 minutes. This machine is a work horse and has all the bells and whistles I need. I am so happy with this Hitachi brand! Lastly this machine is very quiet during operation.