Long before the age of the internet, catalogs delivered by mail were one of the main ways people got news and info on exciting new products. One such household name in the electronics catalog industry was DAK, who rose to prominence in the mid 80’s. They mainly imported products from the Far East, while branding some of these imported products under their own name. DAK released a line of bread machines over the years, and had a few different ones on offer. One of their most popular models was the DAK FAB-2000, also know as the “Turbo Baker II”. This is what were are going to talk about today, so let us have a closer look at this machine below.
Before we start we should also mention that Turbo Baker III and Turbo Baker IV models were released, but we’re not entirely sure what the main differences or advantages are with these models so we can’t go into much detail on that. Moving on, let’s start by having a look at the overall design of the unit. We have seen some strange bread machine models so far, but this is definitely one of the odder ones we have come across. One such joke we came across is that the DAK bread maker looks like R2-D2, the robot from Star Wars! Looking at the machine, you can immediately see the resemblance!
We’re not sure if this was a particular design choice to subconsciously help people associate it with a popular pop culture icon, but it certainly is unique.To start with it has a completely transparent dome lid, which is quite a contrast compared to the smaller viewing windows we are used to. This is not necessarily a bad choice, but simply something we are not accustomed to. The size of the machine is also somewhat bulbous, as it occupies quite a large potion of counter space. Most bread machines released around this time were quite large though, so we can’t take away too many points for this.
Another strange design choice is that the baking tin is round in shape, leaving you with round loaves of bread. The baked bread loaf may look a little unconventional, but from what we have heard it tastes just the same. Aside from that the main controls are on the protruded front part of the machine. Compared to modern bread makers this is a very simplistic model, but it does have all you need to make a basic loaf of bread. There are 4 main recipe options to choose from including white, french, sweet or manual setting. There is no wholewheat setting, but we have read that whole wheat recipes come out okay when used with the “white recipe” mode.
The manual setting is specifically designed for making dough, and it will simply mix the ingredients together for you so you can then cook the resulting dough in the oven. There is also a turbo mode which you can activate to speed up the cooking process. Also included is a built in timer, which you use to define the time you want the bread to be ready. There are five led lights on the front, which will let you know what cooking phase the machine is currently doing. Another slightly odd thing is that the dry ingredients are put in first, followed by the liquid ingredients. This is somewhat backwards to what we are used to, but again we have heard reports that it works quite well so it sounds like it works just fine.
Cooking times are in the 4 hours range, with the turbo mode cutting a bit off that. The machine is powered by a convection element, and this helps to make sure the bread is evenly cooked throughout. Once the machine has finished cooking a fan is activated to help cool the bread down. This ensures that it does not become soggy or overcooked if it is left too long in the machine. This is a nice little touch, and was a somewhat new and invention solution to this particular problem.
We aren’t entirely sure what size motor power this machine, but from what we have ready it can handle very dense types of dough mixes so it is reported to be quite strong.
According to the many reports we have read, this machines does a very good job of making bread. Even in 2015, these are still many of the machines being used in homes around America, so the build quality has certainty stood the test of time! While the DAK bread maker doesn’t have the multitude of options and settings we are accustomed to, it does have the reputation of being able to make a quality loaf of bread.
User manual: If you are looking for the user manual, you can download it in PDF format from this link:
- Works well
- Entire lid is transparent, makes viewing easy
- Built in timer
- Hard to find
- Odd design
This strange looking bread machine is an interesting choice, and many people are still using them 25 years later without any issues. If you can find one, this will make a simple and reliable bread machine. If you are looking for one of these bread machines, you may still be able to find one of them or at a yard sale.