My first bread machine... INCREDIBLE! I would advise anybody to spend the extra money for this one, rather than risking a disappointment with a lesser model. I immediately bought one for my mother, too, and am influencing most friends into doing the same.
The quality of the dough and breads is excellent. Maybe it's the last drop of romanticism in me, but I am moved by the joy of making my own bread (well, although helped by a machine... but it's my own machine, in my kitchen, with my ingredients and the aroma in the house is all mine too!).
Advice #1: The very first time, do not experiment: just make the easiest most basic kind of bread according to the recipe in the machine's instruction booklet
Advice #2: Immediately after that, buy a comprehensive book of bread machine recipes (I have found truly wonderful Beth Hensperger's