Zojirushi Virtuoso Vs Supreme: Comparing the BB-PAC20 and BB-CEC20

Virtuoso or Supreme – Which is Best for You?

Here, we will compare two luxury bread machines produced by Zojurushi — the Supreme model (aka BB-CEC20) against the Virtuoso (aka BB-PAC20) model — although they appear very similar, there does exist some subtle differences. Firstly, we will provide you with a brief overview of each (so you know exactly what each bread machine has to offer) and then in the following selection point out the major differences between the Zojurishi Supreme and Virtuoso (allowing you to clearly assess which bread maker is best for you).

BB-CEC20 Supreme Overview

Baking Programs & Options

Like, you would expect with a quality bread machine, the Supreme makes it ‘nice and easy’ to produce custom quality fresh home-made bread loaves. All you have to do is follow the simple recipe guide book & DVD (i. prepare ingredients, ii. insert the two kneading blades, iii. measure ingredients, iv. add them appropriately and v. select the course).

Moreover, with regards to setting the appropriate functions — it is easy, all you have to do is use the LCD interface (e.g. select from three crust shades, one of 10 pre-programmed bake settings, the size of the loaf — up to 2 lbs), hit go and then simply let the Supreme do the rest. The Supreme can even be used for other recipes too like homemade meat loaf, cake and jam etc.

Pre-programmed features include: Basic, Basic Wheat, Basic Dough, Quick, Quick Wheat, Quick Dough, Jam, Cake, Sour Dough Starter & Home Made Recipes (for meat loafs etc.)

Supreme Baking Features

The Supreme also offers a range of additional features, to improve your baking experience further with: an inner cooking pan (with 2 kneading blades) that is capable of accommodating a traditionally shaped bread loaf (up to 2 lbs) and a ‘viewing window’ to see your baking in action.

Specifications, Accessories & Aspects

Further aspects include: the 13 hour delay timer, sour dough starter function, non-stick baking pan, quick bake (preparing bread within 120 minutes), a safety ‘auto-turn off’ feature (with power fail back up) and is capable of storing up to 3 memory settings in the home made function programs. The Supreme also comes with some specialized measuring equipment: a spoon & cup.

Weight: 17 lbs | Dimensions: 17 by 8.5 by 12.25 inches | Finish: Black & Grey or White

Rating: 86% from over 700 reviews (sourced: amazon.com)

BB-PAC20 Virtuoso Overview

Baking Programs & Options

The Virtuoso is similar to the Supreme in that it is also an fantastic bread machine capable of producing quality produce. It works in a similar manner too: add the measured ingredients (with your cup & spoon), select your preferred options from the LCD display panel & leave it be for a while and soon enough you can have a fresh bread loaf (up to 2 lbs).

You again have the option of selecting from 3 crust shades (light, medium & dark) along with the 10 pre-programmed settings (with the ability to actually produce Jams & cakes etc.) mentioned above with the Supreme, but with the addition of a gluten free option as well.

Virtuoso Baking Features

You will also note that it comes with the same large viewing window to see how the baking is getting on as well as the large non-stick cooking pan (capable of baking a 2 pound loaf with two kneading blades).

Specifications, Accessories & Aspects

Moreover, it comes with all of the additional aspects the Supreme did such as the 13 hour delay timer, the three memory settings etc. It does however also coming a handy LCD clock which allows you to gauge exactly how long the Virtuoso will take & the ability to set up a timer. The Virtuoso also comes with an additional heater attached to the lid that provides a more uniform bake.

Rating: 92% from over 300 reviews (sourced: amazon.com)

Weight: 22 lbs | Dimensions: 18 by 10.5 by 13 inches | Finish: Black & Grey

The Difference Between the Virtuoso (BB-PAC20) and Supreme (BB-CEC20)

As you can see the Virtuoso and Supreme are largely the same in most aspects, but there are a few subtle extras added to the Virtuoso that edge it over the Supreme — such as the additional lid heater to give a more profound bake as well as the practical clock. You also get the extra gluten free option with the Virtuoso bread maker. A more minor variation to be noticed between the two is the Virtuoso is somewhat bigger and heavier than the Supreme.

Which Bread Maker Should You Buy the Virtuoso or Supreme?

Firstly, both bread makers are excellent. However, if it came down to choosing between the two — I’d go with the slightly more expensive (by around $15) Virtuoso BB-PAC 20 model given the practical & useful extra features added (as mentioned just above). But which bread maker will you buy and why?

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about the comparison of the Virtuoso Vs Supreme (aka BB-CEC20 Vs BB-PAC20) then please make them below (also, if you found this article helpful then please give it a share or like — it will be much appreciated).