Hello and welcome. I know what you mean about one more electrical appliance. I have the Ultimate Breadman and it sits on my counter next to the toaster, toaster oven, coffee maker, kitchen aid stand mixer, blender, and the Cuisinarts(big/little one) (I hide the crockpot!). I knew if I kept it in the box I'd never use it, and I know it's not good to jiggle it in and out of the box each time I wanted to make bread. I'm having fun with mine, in fact Irish Soda Bread is next on my list. Mine has a dough setting so if I want to bake conventional, I will have the machine make my dough. My mother has baked bread almost weekly the old-fashioned way for decades...she can't stand the thought of a bread machine in her kitchen!