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Great coffeemaker... highly recommend it!
on March 8, 2013
Our 9-year-old Krups coffeemaker died abruptly and we were on the hunt for a quality replacement. Finding one turned out to be more of a challenge than we thought, but we are extremely happy with this Cuisinart. The coffee tastes great and it's nice and hot. And I love the 1-4 cup option - I work from home and after walking the kids to school, I always put on a second pot of coffee before heading up to my office. I used to have to brew an 8-cup pot to get a decent coffee/water ratio for a good pot of coffee (even though I only wanted one large mug), but this option means I'm only using half that amount without compromising taste. The other great upside to this coffeemaker is that it's the first one we've had that doesn't bellow steam up the cupboards when it's brewing. We used to move the coffeemaker to the centre of the counter every time we made a pot. Now we can leave it tucked in underneath without worrying about the steam wrecking the varnish on the cupboards above.
The only minor 'cons' are:
My husband finds the pot a bit finicky to pour. I insisted on the stainless steel carafe (I don't like 'cooked' coffee on a hot plate), and unlike our Krups, I like that you don't have to turn the lid to pour - you just pour. However, if you get to the very bottom of the pot, it works best if you take the lid off altogether to drain it. Not having to turn the handle is a good feature for those with arthritis - it's also much easier to remove the lid than our old one in terms of hand strength (an easy quarter turn and it removes). The stainless steel pot keeps the coffee super hot for a long time as well.
The only other 'con' is that it's tricky to pour the water in the back of the machine because of the hinged lid at the back. But it's do-able and by no means a reason not to buy it.
Amazon has the best price by far - we bought it on sale for $129 plus tax with free shipping. The local Canadian Tire store was selling it for $169.99 plus tax.