ABM recommendation, please

I'm new here, though a long-timer on usenet.
I'm looking for a bread machine recommendation. We currently have a
Panasonic SD-YD205 purchased about 11 1/2 years ago which looks like
it's about ready to give up the ghost (the paddle mechanism is getting
increasingly difficult to turn and recently we often hear high pitched
squeaks when the machine is in kneading mode).
We almost always use the machine to make dough, then put the dough in a
pullman pan to bake in the oven, which gives good sandwich sized slices,
about 3 1/5" x 3 3/4" (as opposed to the very wide and somewhat tall
slices the machine itself produces).
IAC, whether or not the Pansonic is ready to be replaced, we've been
thinking about buying a machine that produces something closer to a
conventional sandwich size so that in the summer we can bake the bread
in the machine and presumably save a bit on air conditioning costs.
Also, while we almost exclusively bake white or a white/whole wheat
mixture, I am interested in a machine with the capability to bake a
variety of breads in order to vary our diet a bit.
I've checked Amazon and have come up with only two candidates: the
Zojirushi BBCCX20 ($215) and the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 ($240). Both seem
to produce the shape/size I want, and have a load of other features
(many of which, I'm sure, we'll never use).
Although, obviously, I don't want to pay more than necessary to get a
quality machine able to produce the size/shape bread we want, I'm not
averse to buying either of these Zojirushi models at their high prices,
if necessary. The way I see it, the $140 we spent on the Panasonic 11
1/5 years ago has been saved many times over in the cost and convenience
of making our own higher quality bread. I recall that, soon after
buying the Panasonic, I made a rough calculation that we were saving
something like $1.50 to $2.00 a loaf (compared to buying the Arnold or
Pepperidge farm type breads, which I liked much better than the bland
Wonder or other "budget" breads). Saving, say, $1.75/loaf and making
bread about once per week, the Pansonic paid for itself in about a year
and a half. I expect roughly the same if it were necessary to pay the
high prices of either of these Zojirushi models.
So, are there any other less expensive choices than these two Zojirushi
models that make a typical sandwich shaped loaf in the machine? If not,
do you have either of these Zojirushi models? How do you like it?
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Joe Negron from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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