Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe (BVMC-PSTX91)

Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe (BVMC-PSTX91) Review

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Best Feature:
Affordable, programmable, impressive performance
Worst Feature:
Drippy carafe
Best Uses:
Budget-friendly coffee ready when you wake up
Pricing:
$99.99
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Where to Buy

Store Name
Price
$49.89
$54.97
$54.97
$69.99
$69.99

Overview

We think the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew is an impressive machine, especially for this price point. It wins our Best Buy Award because it ranked well in our blind taste test, is highly programmable, features a thermal carafe, and can be purchased on sale for around $70. While not an SCAA certified brewer, during our testing we found that it brewed within the optional time and temperature specifications. We also liked the convenience of a removable water tank and a built-in water filter. The only small drawback we noticed was the carafe dripped more than others that we tested. Overall, we think this coffee maker is a deal, and it is the clear winner of our Best Buy Award.

For the price, the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew impressed us with its performance and considerable functionality.
For the price, the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew impressed us with its performance and considerable functionality.
Credit: Mary Griffin
You can compare the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe (BVMC-PSTX91) to other coffee makers in the Coffee Maker Review.

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For the price, the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew impressed us with its performance and considerable functionality.
We liked the compact design of the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew.
This model is programmable.
The water tank is removable and marked clearly with measurements.
Getting ready to brew with the Mr. Coffee.
This model features a built-in water filter.
Mr. Coffee's thermal carafe features a brew-through lid.
The Optimal Brew model utilizes a stainless steel insulated thermal carafe.
Preparing to brew using a paper filter in the flat-bottomed brew basket.
Mr. Coffee reached an impressive and optimal brew temperature of 203°F.
Getting ready to try our coffee!

 
This Product
Overall Winner
Overall Score
89%
94%
93%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
Pros
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; affordable; programmable; built-in water-filter
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; excellent warranty; brew-through lid and internal mixing tube
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; programmable; includes pre-infusion step; brew-through lid has internal mixing tube
Cons
Pour spout isn't very smooth and drips
Very expensive; not programmable; no auto-off
Expensive
Brewing Quality (30%)
Taste Test Results (35%)
Construction and Design Quality (20%)
Ease of Setup/Cleanup (15%)
Bonus Points - Extra Features (+10)
Type
Automatic Drip
Automatic Drip
Drip and Pour Over Technology
Brewing Capacity
50 oz
40 oz
45 oz
Price (MSRP)
$99.99
$340
$199.99
Warranty
1-year Limited
5-year Limited
2-year Limited
Product Width
12.5"
12.8"
14.2"
Product Depth
10.8"
6.8"
6.7"
Product Height
16.1"
15.3"
15.2"
SCAA Certified
No
Yes
Yes
Tested Brew Temperature
203°F
198°F
198°F
Tested Brew Time Until Empty Water Tank
6 minutes and 45 seconds
5 minutes 30 seconds
7 minutes and 45 seconds
Carafe Temperature After Brewing
179°F
177°F
177°F
Carafe Temperature After 1 Hour
171°F
163°F
167°F
Filter Design
Can accommodate a reusable Gold Tone cone filter or a #4 disposable filter
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Carafe Style
Thermal
Thermal
Thermal
Programmable
Yes
No
Yes
Automatic Brew Strength Settings
No
No
No
Automatic Off
Yes
No
Yes
Brew Stop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-In Water Filter
Yes
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No
No

Product Background

As a brand, Mr. Coffee has a reputation for excellence and durability. The BVMC-PSTX91 model is a programmable coffeemaker designed for daily home use. This machine comes with a water filtration system to eliminate chlorine and other impurities from the water before utilizing drip brewing technology through a permanent Gold Tone filter. Brewing at 205°F into an insulated carafe, this machine can make up to 10 cups of coffee in under 7 minutes. This machine offers brew delay and brew pause, as well as a removable 50 oz. water reservoir and slide-out brew basket.

The Mr. Coffee is easy to set up and use.
The Mr. Coffee is easy to set up and use.
Credit: Mary Griffin

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Performance Comparison

Brewing Quality

This Mr. Coffee model utilizes automatic drip brewing technology. We measured the brewing temperature at 203°F, well within the optimal temperature range according to the SCAA. The brewing time was also within the ideal range; the machine beeped to indicate a completed brew cycle at 6 minutes and 45 seconds. During our test, we weighed out exactly 37.5g of coffee to meet the suggestions detailed in the user's manual, and we used a paper filter instead of the permanent Gold Tone filter that came with our machine. Immediately after brewing, the temperature of the coffee in the carafe was 179°F, and after an hour, it was 171°F. This thermal carafe actually retained heat better than most of the other machines in our test, including the pricey Moccamaster.

Mr. Coffee reached an impressive and optimal brew temperature of 203°F.
Mr. Coffee reached an impressive and optimal brew temperature of 203°F.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Taste Test Results

The Mr. Coffee impressed us during our blind taste test. We gave 31 coffee drinkers samples of black coffee to rate on overall taste, flavor, body, acidity, and color. The Mr. Coffee ranked 4th in our results, and was competitive with the SCAA certified machines. It did well in both overall taste and body, and scored its lowest marks for color. This led us to choose the BVMC-PSTX91 for our Best Buy Award. To learn more about how we tested the Mr. Coffee against other coffee makers, please read our How We Test section.

Getting ready to try our coffee!
Getting ready to try our coffee!
Credit: Mary Griffin
Design Quality

For an inexpensive coffee maker, we thought the look and feel of the Mr. Coffee was comparable to some of the pricier machines we tested, and we were generally pleased with the design and quality of the Mr. Coffee components. The only design flaws we noticed were the loose water tank lid, which felt cheap, and the pour spout on the carafe, which dripped more than other carafes in our test.

We liked the compact design of the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew.
We liked the compact design of the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Ease of Set Up and Clean Up

We thought that the BVMC-PSTX91 was easy to use and clean. We like that you don't have to use paper filters, eliminating added cost and waste. The permanent Gold Tone filter is easy to clean and convenient to fill. In addition, this coffee maker indicates when the unit needs to be cleaned and has a "Cleaning Cycle" option that helps to manage calcium build-up.

Bonus Features

The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew includes all the bells and whistles of a high-end machine. The removable water reservoir, pull-out brew basket with permanent Gold Tone filter, and built-in water filtration system all help to make this unit easy to use. The brew delay, brew pause, and auto shut-off, all add to the convenience of this machine. It also beeps to indicate the end of a brew cycle and has a freshness timer that lets you know how long the coffee has been sitting. At this price point, for drip-brew technology, we feel that this machine had a lot to offer in terms of functionality.

Preparing to brew using a paper filter in the flat-bottomed brew basket.
Preparing to brew using a paper filter in the flat-bottomed brew basket.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Best Uses

If you are on a budget and like your coffee hot and ready when you wake up, this programmable machine is a convenient choice for automatic brewing. With the brewing time and temperature that Mr. Coffee offers, it's hard to beat the price.

Value

MSRP is $99.99, but you can usually get this machine for around $70. The 1-year limited warranty is not exceptional but rather expected at this price. We thought that this coffee maker was an exceptional value if you are looking for a highly programmable model that brews a good cup of coffee.

Conclusion

Overall, we were pleased with the affordability and performance of the Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Coffee Maker. Ranking 4th in our taste tests, this Mr. Coffee model was our Best Buy Award Winner. We also like that it is programmable and offers convenient features such as an automatic brew stop and a cleaning cycle. We were impressed with the thermal carafe system, and we found that it preserved the coffee temperature better than other thermal carafes in our test. As mentioned, we only noticed some small drawbacks including the loose water tank lid and drippy carafe. With that said, in this price point we like what this machine has to offer.

Alternatives

Cuisinart®14-Cup Perfect Temp Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200

  • $100
  • Large 14-Cup Capacity
  • Programmable

BUNN Velocity Brew NHS

  • $130
  • 5 Minute Brew Cycle
  • Not Programmable

Kenmore 12-Cup Programmable Aroma Control Coffee Maker 367101

  • $50
  • Programmable
  • Pre-Infusion Step
We suggest that you check out our Buying Advice for Coffee Makers to get an idea for what machine will best suit your needs.

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