Have had this machine for over a month now and have had no problems at all. I make about three or four loaves a week and they all turn out great. This machine is easy to use and easy to clean. It takes about three hours to make a loaf of bread. Can make 1,1 1/2, 2& 2 1/2 lb loaves but I stick with the 1 1/2 as I find all the others too big. I just use the Presidents Choice Organic all purpose or whole wheat flour in all my recipes and they turn out great. There is also a beeping signal in the second kneading stage as a reminder to add things like raisins to a raisin bread or seeds and nuts to a multi-grain. They impede the proper mixing if you add them in at the start. Just put all the liquid ingredients first, the dry ones on top, the salt around the edge (so it doesn't interfere with the yeast), yeast in a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and butter in all four corners, pick a loaf type and size and start. Easy! There are lots of great bread machine recipes on the internet too.