I've followed the negative comments over the last few months regarding the
Hitachi bread machine. I've had mine (a 201B), for about 3 or 4 years now and
couldn't be happier with it. Never had an electrical problem, a mechanical
problem, or a bread diaster. My loafs come out fine, I use the regular cycle,
the make dough cycle, when I want to finish the dough by hand or make pizza
dough, and I can even make whole wheat bread with it.
I always measure by weight my ingredients, not by volume, and make sure the
cold ingredients, (like butter or eggs or yeast) are as close to room temp as
possible. I always use warm water, about 100 - 110 degrees, (it will cool a
little in the pan before the yeast get mixed in.)
I'm sure there are other people out there that have a Hitachi that are as
pleased with it as I am.