I put alot of research into the purchase of this kitchen aid before i bought it. I wanted coffee to taste like you would get from a coffee shop and it wouldn’t burn after sitting or get cold quickly. My last coffee maker i owned had a carafe with a glass interior lining. I liked that the coffee stayed hot. After about 8 months of searching for just the right coffee maker i finally found this one. The filter in the water container insures that the coffee doesn’t have the chemical taste that some municipal waters have. I get so many compliments on the coffee and there is always a hot cup of coffee when someone unexpected drops in. Many people have said they were going to buy this coffee maker as well. I would highly recommend this coffee maker.
Well, a much needed update: this coffee maker overflowed a few too many times and frustrated, i threw it out and i bought a top end mr coffee with a removeable water tank. It also overflowed, but we modified it, removing the water filter and substituting the brew basket from the old coffee maker. In other words, don’t buy this. After my 10 year old coffee maker started leaking, i began a search for a replacement. Requirements were: removable water tank, thermal carafe, adjustable brew strength (bold was very important), automatic brew timer. I almost gave up after searching through the popular brands, talking with friends about their failures with coffee makers, and trying out several duds. But then i found this kitchenaid and all our problems were solvedit works exactly as promised. I can fill the water tank at the kitchen sink and slip it into the back without spilling the water everywhere, i can load the ground coffee into the flat brew basket, and i can pour out of my thermal carafe without the burned taste that comes from a glass heated carafe. As other reviews noted, there are initial confusions about the carafe lid not quite working intuitively.
It makes a nice cup of coffee once you wade through the directions. Heaven forbid i ever lose the manufacturer’s booklet. The first day we tried to use it, the top was really hard to turn. We tried it in a number of positions. The next way, coffee coming out of the hole in the center and the spout. The next way, the whole lid fell off and spilled coffee all over the counter. We finally figured out where the spout was located but we still hang on to the lid just in case. It is a good machine once you figure it out, but the first couple of days, i thought i had made a major/expensive mistake.
It worked good and lasted for 4 years.
My husband and i are huge coffee drinkers. We love starbucks bold coffee. This coffee maker was a last resort after we have had both the keurig and the tassimo. We love having the 12 cup option for company or to stick in the fridge for ice coffee. And, the 1-4 cup is great when it’s just the two of us wanting a hot cup of coffee. We have tried the timed brew which also worked great. Not sure what other reviews meant when they said it was hard to use the carafe because we use it no problem, with no spilling. We use starbucks coffee and use the bold brew option on the coffee maker and it’s delicious.My husband even said it was better than dd and starbucks.
I have had many coffee makers and this one is hands down the best. It is a well built and solid. Someone else said heavy, which it is for a coffee maker. This is good, not the cheap light weight plastic like others. They must have redesigned the front door because there is no way it will spring open while brewing. It snaps open and shut very positive with a couple of pounds of force. It brews great hot coffee every time. It looks good on the counter. It started to leak after a couple of months. As a reviewer pointed out, the little rubber gasket in the lid fills with grinds (especially if you use a fine grind) and plugs up.
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I read some negative reviews all relating the the arrow on the lid of the thermal pot being difficult to see and the electronics too complicated. With the lid, no matter how you place it on the carafe, if you just turn it to the right, it will lock in the proper position. You never have to search for it. The electronics is simple after reading the instructions. The water tank is easy to remove and fill at the sink and has a charcoal filter. The basket has a spring loaded door that snaps closed to lock and doesn’t require a lid, since it sits flush under the spray mechanism. The coffee has 2 brew settings, regular or bold. The coffee is delicious, far superior to my cuisinart grind & brew, which finally died. I am very happy with this unit.
Quality product, removable water tank.
Don’t like this new model as much as the one i have. I got this as a gift and was not pleased with the fact that when you fill it to 12 cups it runs over. Also the fact that you have to take out the pot to empty the basket is not good either. You should have left well enough alone my older model works great and i am still happy with it after 5 years. Back to the drawing board guys.
So after reading several reviews, i picked this due to style and the kitchenaid brand. I have had it for two weeks, and cannot say anything bad about it. Easy to program, this works great. Love the fact that it came with the reusable filter, cannot tell you how many times i would run out of filters with my old coffee maker.Just remember if you want to use paper filters, take out the reusable on first. Clock is easy to read and the thermal carafe is much easier to clean than my old cuisinart carafe. The opening is wide enough so i can fit most of my hand in to clean it with a sponge. The top of the carafe comes off easily without much effoert, the removable tank has a wide opening to fill it. I can only say that you do have to turn it completely upside down to empty the entire last bit of coffee or you can remove the top of the carafe. If that is the biggest flaw, i’ll deal with it.
Makes a great cup of coffee, and the thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for over four hours. One note: steam does release from the top. If you place the coffee maker under a cabinet i would recommend ordering a rolling pad to place underneath. Amazon has several good quality options for under $20.
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We wanted a coffee maker with a thermal carafe that fits under a standard set of upper cabinets with a 12-cup capacity. After researching the available options we realized that we basically had only one choice – the kitchenaid. We were scared away by the poor reviews but eventually decided that we would give it a shot. Pros – it makes great coffee. Oh, and the carafe keeps it hot for hours. You would think that this would be easy. But after reading the reviews for other coffee makers it appears to be almost impossible.
Had bought a capresso 10 cup coffee make 6 month ago because it was easy to fill with water. It made too little coffee and it was bitter and got cold to soon. This coffe maker has an easy to fill removable water container, makes 12 cups of wonderful coffee and stays hot until the last cup. This is a good looking stainless steel coffee maker and we love it. Out performs the old cusinart that was too hard to fill, also.
Good features:*removable water container*reusable coffee filter*beeps when the brewing is finished*thermal carafe keeps the coffee warm for a long time. *once the carafe lid is positioned correctly, it pours without spilling. Minor flaws:*the lid of the carafe is a little sticky. It took some investigation to figure out how to position it for pouring. *the coffeemaker won’t run unless the water container and carafe are positioned exactly right and the grounds basket housing is snapped shut. *even with the aforementioned failsafe, coffee occasionally leaks out onto the saucer during brewing. *the basket doesn’t hold quite enough for a full pot of very strong coffee. Major annoyance:the carafe is designed with an inside lip all the way around. This helps to keep the coffee warm, but also makes it impossible to get the last few ounces of coffee into the cup. I have to shake the carafe over the sink to empty it.
I searched for a long time for a pot that was easy to fill, made 12 cups, had a thermal carafe and was affordable. It is so easy to use and fill and is very quiet and fast. The only thing i do not like is the carafe. The carafe is heavy and does not keep the coffee hot. After about 1/2 hr it goes to warm and then gets cooler fairly fast. We like to fix a pot of coffee, put it on the table between us and refill as needed. I cannot stand lukewarm coffee and it doesn’t take long before i have to get up and put my cup in the microwave to get it hot.
We’ve been using this coffee maker for over a week now and happy to report that we are very happy with it. Looks beautiful, love the water recepticle (no issue taking it out or putting it in. Slight click when it is put into place properly), coffee is piping hot. We did have to figure out (took about 1 minute) how to click the cover to ‘open’ before pouring but really such a minor matter. We are using standard, flat bottom paper filters with no issue at all. I’m guessing that anyone who had issues with overflowing is because they are using both the ‘gold’ filter provided and a paper filter. Directions clearly say one or the other (not both). A big thank you to all who rated this previously. Your comments were very helpful.
I really like the convenience of this coffee maker and the largesize carafe – 60 ounces (12 cups). It is simple to use and makesvery yummy coffee. The instruction manuel is not very clear,mainly in the realm of how to turn on the coffee maker. You simplypush the button with the correct pressure and all is easy and well. However, if you hold the button down too long, your coffee maker willnot start brewing. I emphasize i really like this coffee maker and the only negative isthe manual.
Easy-to-fill & clean removable water tank
I did not like the fact that the finish came off the part that the pot sits on. That part just rubbed off ???>?.It is hidden by the pot sitting on it but when company is here and they lift the pot off the finish is bad on the maker base.
I have always wanted a coffee maker with a thermal carafe and when i found out kitchenaide had one. I was deligted to see it was sold on amazon. I purchased this coffee maker and have had it for about a week. It is exactly what i thought it would be. It makes wonderful coffee (for a coffee lover). I am very well pleased with the looks of this product and the taste of the brew.
Love how easy it is to refill the water reservoir. The stainless steel carafe is wonderful, as my husband drinks coffee all day long and this keeps it hot, even on his deskwe have encountered a couple of overflow issues lately and can’t figure out quite why. I always ensure i leave just a little space below the 12 cup mark when filling the reservoir and it still overflowed on me (double-checked the carafe, as well, to ensure nothing was still in it). However, we’re still continuing use of this coffeemaker and just love it.
I am a coffee lover and picky about how my coffee tastes. This makes great coffee and the bold setting is nice as it makes it just right for me – i like it strong. The coffee is good and hot, hotter than my cuisi**** that i was replacing. This is very important to me as i like it with milk so it needs to still be hot after i add the milk. The water container is easy to fill as is the cup that holds the coffee grounds, it’s not the cone kind that are harder to fill. The only reason i didn’t give it 5 stars is that it is not attractive to me. It is larger than it seems in the picture and reminds me of r2d2. That bothered me at first but like i said, it makes great coffee so i overlook it.