I've used a Panasonic bread machine for many years and loved it. However, the pan wore out, and my model is so old, they no longer make replacement parts, so I was in the market for a new machine. After researching them all, this Cuisinart sounded like the best option. It initially took some getting used to, and I had a couple mediocre loaves and one pretty much failed loaf, but I have since gotten the hang of the dfferent options, and now i not only can make the recipes that came with the machine, but also my old ones. The ingredient measurements are quite different between the Panasonic and the Cuisinart cookbooks, but this has not ended up being a problem. I particularly like the beep saying when you may remove the paddle. The many options take getting used to and some experimentation, but they really open things up for producing some interesting breads. The machine looks very fab! I also researched replacment parts, and the Cuisinart bread pan is considerably less expensive than the former Panasoniic pan was. Yippee! I also own a large Zo, but i never liked the way it baked bread. I only use it for making dough, and for that use, it remains my favorite. The Cuisinart bakes very well.