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It has been a while since we last saw Zojirushi release a new bread machine. If you are a single person, couple, or small family wanting to bake fresh loaves of bread that’s just the perfect size for you, we want to tell you about the new Zojirushi BB-SSC10 Home Bakery Maestro.
For a long time the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Home Bakery Mini was the go-to machine for small households. But now, Zojirushi has made a new bread machine with a few features that the BB-HAC10 doesn’t have, and we suspect that they’re trying to replace the BB-HAC10 that’s been around for about two decades. While bread machines are considered electric products, and these days it seems that all electric products get frequent upgrades, bread machines don’t have the same frequent release cycles. After all, their main function is simply to bake bread, so they are comparable to your average household appliance in that you don’t have to replace them often, unless they break of course.
Like the BB-HAC10, the new BB-SSC10 is a vertical-standing bread machine that bakes a 1-pound loaf of bread and uses one kneading blade. It does feel a bit larger than the BB-HAC10 and definitely more modern. Right off the bat you can see that the newer BB-SSC10 doesn’t have a viewing window on the lid, but all of the course numbers and corresponding settings are printed on the lid and the LCD panel is situated there as well, so it’s much more user-friendly than the BB-HAC10, which has the LCD panel on the side. In our review, we’ll get down to what the other major differences are between the BB-HAC10 and BB-SSC10 so you can see what Zojirushi did to “upgrade” its mini bread machine.
Since we already mentioned it briefly, we’ll talk about the area on the top of the bread machine first. What we love about the BB-SSC10 is that you can clearly see what course number corresponds to what setting without having to go to your owner’s manual. All the pre-programmed courses are printed on the top of the lid. There are 15 settings starting from cycle #1 – White Bread all the way to #15 – Homemade. The Homemade course means that you can customize the knead, rise, and bake time, which some people will find very handy! You can program up to 3 Homemade courses to your liking.
One of the things we want to point out is that this bread machine has more pre-programmed settings than the BB-HAC10. The other thing we want to point out is that there are specific courses for gluten-free bread, salt-free bread, sugar-free bread, and vegan bread. Bread machines can be used to help make jam, pizza/bread dough and cake and that in itself is pretty awesome. But as you can see, the settings have come a long way and some machines that are designed for the Asian market can even help make noodles and other tasty treats. Bread machines can do more than most people expect!
One much-appreciated upgrade to this bread machine is the auto-add dispenser where you can add (the machine automatically drops) dried fruit, nuts, or seeds to your bread. This is one of those features we would love to see in all bread machines, but that’s not the current case, so we were delighted to see this feature added to this little workhorse. It’s just nice to have raisin bread or walnut bread sometimes, you know? This dispenser is attached to the lid and it’s removable too so you can wash it.
What it doesn’t have on top, that the BB-HAC10 has, is the viewing window that we mentioned. Do we miss it? Sometimes. But is it a deal breaker? Nope. Especially since we know that in return, we get an auto-add dispenser and all the course settings conveniently written on the lid. There’s just no place to put a viewing window on top.
In terms of performance the Zojirushi BB-SSC10 is capable of baking delicious, evenly brown loaves. You can only select from two crust settings: medium or dark. With most bread machines we’ve seen to date, you can usually select from three crust settings: light, medium, or dark. We usually stick with medium, but if you enjoy “light” crust then this may be a problem for you. It handles basic bread and special bread recipes well. It has double heaters (including one on the bottom) and the heat circulates in a way that appears to brown the bread evenly. As with all bread machines, you must follow the instructions and add the ingredients in the correct order in order to get perfect loaves each time. The instructions are easy to follow with this bread machine, with lots of pictures and charts, so we think Zojirushi did a great job with the manual. With the BB-SSC10 you get a recipe book with 50 recipes that are specifically made for this bread machine. There are lots of fun and delicious recipes.
Zojirushi BB-SSC10 Rating
Quality of Bread
The Zojirushi BB-SSC10 is currently the best option for singles, couples, and small families. Zojirushi has long been the most reliable brand of bread makers. Their machines consistently make delicious bread.
Zojirushi BB-SSC10 Features At A Glance
Makes a 1-pound loaf, perfect for singles, couples, and small families
Bakes bread in 2.5 hours, and has a 13-hour delay timer
2 crust color options: medium and dark
Auto-add dispenser for dried fruit, nuts, and seeds
Has many pre-programmed courses: White, European, Quick White, Whole Wheat, Quick Whole Wheat, Multigrain, Gluten-Free, Salt-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan, Bread/Pizza Dough, Pasta Dough, Cake, Jam, and Homemade (3)
Comes with instruction manual, recipe book, removable bake pan (single kneading blade), measuring spoon, and measuring cup
We have never been disappointed with Zojirushi bread machines and the BB-SSC10 is no different. It handled most of our bake tests well and is very user-friendly. Equipped with a good heating element, an auto-add fruit/nut/seed dispenser, and additional pre-programmed settings, it’s definitely a welcoming upgrade to the BB-HAC10. For small households and the occasional bread baker, we think the Zojirushi BB-SSC10 is currently the one to get. It’s the perfect size. You can bake fresh bread regularly as you need without having to store or throw away much of it.