This bread maker works great and the dough setting was the one I used the most. I loved using this to make pizza dough especially! All bread makers vary in size and heat so, other than the recipes in the manual, it is really "trial and error" with other bread machine recipes. The manual explains the times and stages of the bread really well and I often looked at this for advice on other kind of bread. We thought the "normal" setting browned the outside of the bread more than we liked so we ended up changing it to a setting for lighter bread and were happy with the results. It also has quick bread settings and recipes, but none of them are for sandwich bread as they are for cornbread and fruitier caky breads. Making bread does not happen quickly and while this bread maker makes it much easier to have homeade bread, you are still looking at 1:30-2:30 hours out. There is a timer but there is not "quick sandwich bread in 30 minutes" setting. Performance Some of the breads were overdone with the recommended settings. This may just be personal preference but we ended up going with quicker time settings the next time. Durability This bread machine has been in our family for 18 years. I have had it for about 5 of those. Love it.