Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Coffee Makers: Compare


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Product Grade
Product Grade
Product Grade
Pros
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; excellent warranty; brew-through lid and internal mixing tube
Reasonably priced; good warranty; highly programmable; built-in water filter; huge capacity
Inexpensive; includes pre-infusion step; programmable; built-in water filter
Cons
Very expensive; not programmable; no auto-off
Carafe is tough to empty completely; hard to fill water tank
Doesn't brew at optimal temperature; warming plate heated coffee above brewed temperature; water tank hard to fill; no brew stop
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
Automatic Drip
Brewing Capacity
40 oz
70 oz
60 oz
Price (MSRP)
$340
$99.95
$49.95
Warranty
5-year Limited
3-year Limited
2-year Limited
Product Width
12.8"
8"
6.5"
Product Depth
6.8"
9"
9.3"
Product Height
15.3"
14.25"
13.5"
SCAA Certified
Yes
No
No
Tested Brew Temperature
198°F
196°F
188°F
Tested Brew Time Until Empty Water Tank
5 minutes 30 seconds
13 minutes
9 minutes and 25 seconds
Carafe Temperature After Brewing
177°F
181°F
170°F
Carafe Temperature After 1 Hour
163°F
176°F
176°F
Filter Design
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Can accommodate a reusable Gold Tone cone filter or a #4 disposable filter
Can accommodate a reusable Gold Tone cone filter or a #4 disposable filter
Carafe Style
Thermal
Glass
Glass
Programmable
No
Yes
Yes
Automatic Brew Strength Settings
No
Yes - Regular or Bold
No
Automatic Off
No
Yes
Yes
Brew Stop
Yes
Yes
No
Built-In Water Filter
No
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes (upper rack)
No
 
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