Zojirushi has been known for many years as the producer of the BB-HAC10. This machine has been the favorite of small households, producing a 1-pound loaf. The new model, the Zojirushi BB-SSC10, is an upgraded version with cool new features.
It might have taken 2 decades for an upgrade but given the longevity of the previous model, there is no need to really release new versions often. So whether you are in the market for a new small bread machine or looking for an upgrade for your older one, then this is the perfect one for you. This bread maker is the right choice for singles, couples, or small families who do not need large quantities of bread.
Product Review: Zojirushi BB-SSC10 Review
The Zojirushi BB-SSC10 bakes 1-pound loaves and has a single kneading blade. However, it looks more modern and a bit bigger than previous Zojirushi bread makers. Another huge difference is the lack of a viewing window on the lid, which is now where the LCD panel is located (the BB-HAC10 had the LCD panel on the side). This makes it much easier to see the settings and the course number that corresponds to it, so this is a huge improvement. In fact, all the 15 settings pre-programmed into the machine are printed on the top.
Compared to the older model, this machine has more pre-programmed settings. Of the 15, there are 3 Homemade settings that you can program yourself. In these programs, you can customize settings for kneading, as well as the rise and bake time. This is a special feature that more experienced bakers will love.
Another huge plus for this machine is that it has settings for gluten-free, sugar-free, salt-free, and vegan bread (the BB-HAC10 did not have them). This is great for those with special dietary needs. With pizza dough, pasta, cake, and jam settings, you can also create many other things besides bread.
If you also love adding nuts, seeds, or dried fruit, you will find the automatic dispenser on the lid very useful. In fact, it is this feature that took the space for the lid. Given the usefulness of the dispenser, the sacrifice is worth it. Imagine all the raisin or walnut bread you can make. The dispenser is removable so you can wash it when you need to. Thanks to a convenient carry handle you can also transport and store this bread maker very easy.
You can bake your bread in two crust settings - dark or medium. This is a disadvantage if you like a light crust, but most people find medium a good setting for most bread so it is not a huge loss. Thanks to the double heaters, the heat is distributed evenly and the bread is not too brown on one part.
The machine includes instructions that you should follow specifically to get perfect results, plus a recipe book with 50 recipes specially made for this model.
Pros and Cons
- No viewing lid
- Creates only a 1-pound bread loaf
- A bit pricey for its size
- No light crust setting
- Some recipes do not have very clear instructions
Zojirushi BB-SSC10 Bread Maker Features
Create your loaf with some nuts or seeds without having to add it manually, thanks to the auto-add dispenser. You can also create special bread like raisin bread, thanks to this additional feature.
Measuring 8.8 inches wide, 13.6 high and 12.5 inches deep, it is smaller than the 2.5-pound bread machines in the market. If you do not have so much space in your kitchen, then you will find the smaller size great.
13-hour delay timer
The timer makes it possible for you to prepare all the ingredients and let the machine do the work while you are still in bed. Including the 2.5 hour baking time, you can add everything during dinner time and have a hot, fresh loaf of bread for breakfast.
One huge improvement compared to the previous model is the location of the LCD panel. Moved from the side to the top, it is now easier to see the various settings and their corresponding course numbers. You will no longer have to check the manual to find these details as they are now in plain view.
15 pre-programmed settings
This model has 15 settings: White, European, Quick White, Whole Wheat, Quick Whole Wheat, Multi-grain, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Salt-Free, Vegan, Pizza Dough, Pasta Dough, Cake, Jam, and Homemade (3 settings programmable by the user). Thanks to these settings, you can also create other things like jam, pasta, and pizza dough, as well as cakes. On the other hand, this machine allows for bread catering to special diets (gluten-free or vegan, for example).
The recipe book included with the machine has 50 ideas, making it easy for you to create different loaves with just one machine. However, it is important to follow measurements and instructions strictly to come up with a perfect loaf of bread.
Find more info about this product on the official site of Zojirushi. There you will also find a bunch of recipes and ''how-to'' videos specifically catered towards the Zojirushi BB-SSC10.
Who might enjoy the BB-SSC10?
Not everyone needs a big bread making machine, which is why the Zojirushi BB-SSC10 fills a specific gap in the market. While it is not the best model for bigger families who eat a lot of bread, its 1-pound loaves are perfect for singles, pairs, or small families. Given the ease and convenience of baking a fresh loaf, you can also just come up with a couple of loaves daily if needed.
In terms of settings and features like the auto-add dispenser, it is a bread maker that can do a lot. While you might have to pay a little bit more for it compared to other machines, it delivers a lot. It is a must-have for most kitchens out there.
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