I have had this bread maker about 3 weeks now to replace a more basic model and I am delighted with it.
I love the fact that it is programmable and you really can program it to make fresh bread for when you wake up. I have stopped buying bread from the store in preference for the loaves I make with this machine. They really are delicious. The recipes in the book are good.
I don't find the instructions hard to read -on the contrary, they are very clear and simple.
I was concerned before I received the machine it might be high tech and complicated to use, but in fact the opposite is true. You only need to select an option for 3 separate buttons -loaf/ dough quantity/ size, crust and type of bread, unless you use the delay timer. It is easy to use, I have even had my 11 year old operate it.
Some people mentioned that the crust was too dark on the medium setting -I haven't had that problem.
I have also made pizza dough and fruit bread which turned out well too,
I am using the machine 4 plus times a week as it does the job so well.
Also I have to admit it does look good on the counter, although that was not high priority for me,