I love this little bread machine. It was a gift. I have never baked bread because i'm frightening of yeast. it always seems so tempramental -- you have to mix it in water that is not too hot or it will die and not too cold or it won't bloom. And breadmaking always seemed like a huge chore -- do the yeast thing. Mix, knead, rest, punch, kneed, rest. All that rising. It seemed like too much work, and the outcome wasn't assured. But this is so easy. I put the stuff in, in the order it says, push the start button, and in a couple hours i have a little loaf of bread. The yeast goes on top and i don't have a water temperature problem. The machine does the mixing and kneading and resting and rising. I just let it do what it wants. And the loaves come out sort of loaf shaped. I had thought bread machines made freakishly cylindrical loaves, but this looks like a little loaf of bread, and it is a great size for just me. And there's just me. Stability While in Use Seems appropriately stable Performance Great. It does what it is supposed to. I get a delicious little loaf of bread. Ease of Use It's wonderful. I put in the water and flour and yeast, push the button, and in a couple hours i have a loaf of bread. It couldn't be any easier. Durability It seems very sturdy. It belonged to a friend who bought a bigger machine and gave me this one, so it's used, but it still works great.