Pros:Great price off clearance. Fresh, hot cup of coffee.
Cons:Poor design. Minuscule cup of coffee
The Bottom Line: Unless you get both the Salton coffee maker and pods for a real bargain, avoid it!
I admit, I bought my Salton MES2 One Cup Coffee Maker on a clearance rack at Linens & Things, so I didn't pay anywhere near the original asking price. That's a good thing! I can't imagine paying full price for this machine.
Recommend this product?
The water container is located in the back of the machine and snaps out for filling. Mine sticks from time to time making it a bit of a pain to actually remove in a hurry. It seems that the suction where the water pump area is becomes increasingly strong if there is a little water left in the tank, so letting it empty completely ended this issue, but I still don't like the force it seems to involve.
The pods are a specific style and there is no reusable/refillable pod available like with other pod coffee makers. The pods are sold through Linens & Things in my area still, but one pack of 15 pods runs $4. Here lies the next problem. One pod makes a 8 ounce cup of coffee. I don't know about you, but a 8 ounce cup of coffee is not enough for me. In fact, I find this to be rather pathetic. My own coffee mug is 24 ounces, so I end up running the Salton MES2 1-cup Coffee Maker three or four cycles to get a decent cup. Your travel mug also does not fit under the coffee maker so you have to dirty a separate cup to transfer the coffee to your larger mug. Granted, this may not bother everyone, but if you are into a larger cup of coffee it is problematic. Hindsight is 20:20 in this case. I should have read the box more closely.
The coffee itself is exceptional. Fresh, hot and very tasty. Per doctor's orders, I limit the amount of caffeine I ingest, so I stick to decaf coffee. There are some great decaf coffees out there and some really horrible ones. The decaf Columbian with this machine is exceptional, but they also are expensive and priced $1 more than the pods my husband was using. I realize decaf does cost more in general, but it still annoys me.
So broken down, my daily cup of decaf is quite costly. A box of 15 pods lasts about three days and at $5, my one cup of coffee every morning is costing me what it would if I were to go to the local quick stop. This is one of the two main reasons why I reverted back to a drip coffee maker.
The other reason is more troublesome. The Salton MES2 One Cup Coffee Maker has a latched top where the pod of coffee is placed. After four months of use, my latch broke. The top no longer latched down correctly causing hot water to leak all over the counter. For this reason, I do not recommend this coffee maker! While I paid $10 for mine, I did expect to get more than four months of use from it. In the end, we had a case of pods that we couldn't use. (Note to others who may find themselves in this position. Toss the pod into a mug of hot water and microwave for a minute. It's not a great solution, but it kept us from wasting a ton of coffee pods.)
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