I have really enjoyed my Oster 2-pound express bake bread maker! The instructions are very easy to follow. I have purchased a bread machine cookbook and have used online recipes in this machine. I have not yet encountered any difficulty in finding which machine setting I should use for the various recipes. I am no master baker. I simply love bread. The Oster makes it easy to make fresh, delicious bread. Finding recipes that will turn out the way you would like them to can be tricky. I have not found this problem to be caused by my Oster bread maker, however. If something doesn't turn out right, it is a recipe problem. I also like the window on this machine. My children love to watch the dough being mixed. It is a very loud machine while mixing. I, personally, do not mind this because once the ingredients are placed in the machine, I simply leave the kitchen. The largest negative to this machine, in my opinion, is that none of the parts are dishwasher safe. Everything must be hand washed. The nonstick surface on the inside is a breeze to wipe down, but I usually have to get a toothpick to get the dough out of the mixing piece. Ease of Use The Oster is soooo easy to operate! Durability I have had the bread machine for probably two years now, and it works just fine.