Zojirushi BB-PAC20 VS Zojirushi BB-CEC20: Bread Maker Comparison

Assortment of fresh bread.

Assortment of fresh bread.

In this writing, I examine the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 VS Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bread-maker comparison.

Sarah and I love to make homemade bread.  Well, that’s not the entire truth; she likes to bake it and I like to eat it. Like most people, I prefer fresh bread to store bought (like Wonder brand bread); and I’d eat it every day if I could.  But we just don’t have the luxury of baking fresh bread daily from scratch. 

And most people don’t. I certainly wouldn’t want to start a batch of fresh bread after work, gym and putting the kids to bed. 

That’s where a bread machine comes in.  It allows you the opportunity to bake fresh bread as often as you’d like without the commitment otherwise required.  Continue reading below to find out which of these bread machines is best for you.

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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 VS Zojirushi BB-CEC20: Battle for Bread Dominance…

Imagine opening the door to your home and being welcomed by the near intoxicating aroma of fresh, warm, delicious, homemade bread. Heaven. For me at least.

I’m absolutely sure that if I dive deep enough into my genealogy I’ll find a picture of the Pillsbury dough boy.  He’s got to be my great, great, great, great, step uncle.  That’s how much I love bread. Suffice it to say, a bread-maker is definitely on the Christmas wish list.

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread-maker.

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 bread-maker.

Better Bread…Better Health…But, Eat It While It’s Fresh.

There are numerous health benefits to owning a bread machine, however, there are some things you should consider before you purchase one.

There are preservatives in the typical bagged store-bought bread. And you may want to cut that out of your diet. So, perhaps the ability to use only organic, locally sourced ingredients for your bread is your main reason for buying a bread-maker.

You might, however, consider that fresh bread will go stale faster than the bread you get off the store shelf, and it will also mold more quickly.

Tip: Freeze bread rather than refrigerating to extend shelf-life.

Plan In Advance…

Also, while fresh bread typically tastes better than the pre-bagged, pre-sliced counterparts, you will still need to plan a little in advance to make it: shop for or stock ingredients, prepare fresh ingredients, wait for the bread to finish baking if you forget to set it in advance.

Click here to see price for the Zojirushi BB-PAC20

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Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bread-maker.

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 bread-maker.

Features and Performance…

Both of these machines have lots of features to help you make bread easier. Some of their shared features include: 13 hour delay, produce rectangular shaped loaves, 10 preprogrammed settings.

Neither of these machines were designed to just make bread. You can make cakes, and even jams in them.

While there are customers that use the Supreme (bb-cec10) to make gluten-free bread, only the Virtuoso (bb-pac20) comes with gluten-free bread function.  The gluten-free function is perfect for people with celiac disease or those whom follow the especially restrictive paleo diet (one of its main tenets requires the omission of wheat from your diet).  You can also choose to use this machine to make pizza dough or other doughs for oven baking.

They both have large viewing windows and a user friendly control panel.  You can watch your bread rise, and bake, or you can watch a movie while your bread bakes on the “quick” setting in just two hours.

All-in-all, there’s a lot of features wrapped up in both these machines.  In fact, these two machines have the same features, with the exception of one (read below).

Click here to see full feature list…

What’s the Big Difference Between These Two Bread-Makers…?

While there is only one truly distinguishable feature difference; it’s a big one.  There is an additional heating element on the lid of the Zojirushi BB-PAC20.  This is what will give your bread a picture perfect browned top. This is a feature that is a matter of personal choice rather than an essential one. I for one, would prefer to have this browning feature.

Click here to get more details on the Zojirushi BB-PAC20

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Zojirushi BB-PAC20 VS Zojirushi BB-CEC20: Customers Weigh In…

There are customers whom compare the Zojirushi bb-pac20 and bb-cec20 favorably to their previous, lower-grade bread machines. When I sifted through many of the customer reviews, I got the sense that both of these bread makers are wonderful products. Customers who do have experience with both of these machines pointed out how they really enjoy the ability of making bread with browned tops.

The difference maker really is the top heating element.

Summary

If you would rather fate choose your bread maker, then flip a coin, you’d likely be satisfied with heads or tails.  These are both great bread makers. A plethora of convenient features, like the 13-hour delay, ensure you’ll use it often. You’ll get your money’s worth. Both of these machines are small enough to fit on your countertop or store in the cabinet.

They’re practically twins, but more specifically fraternal twins because there’s that one difference; the lid mounted heating element.

Although, I have to admit, I’d go with the Zojirushi BB-PAC20. Sure it’s just one additional feature, but I think it’s worth it.

So, it boils down to this, do you want the bread maker with browned tops or no. In the end, you can’t really go wrong.

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 – Click here to check price before you buy

Zojirushi BB-CEC20 – Click here to check price before you buy

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