This bread maker does a good job of making bread. The only real difficulty is removing the paddle (that get's baked into the bottom of the loaf after mixing) when the bread is done baking. Like any bread maker it can be loud and the paddle may start to squeak, but my parents have had the same thing happen with other brands of bread makers. The different settings are nice, allowing you to make different kinds of breads and pastries, and even jams. We have enjoyed the dough setting which we like to use to mix our own pizza crust (which seems about impossible with a normal mixer). A recipe book is provided so you don't have to guess what will work with your particular bread maker. The company was also very good to work with when we had questions.