I researched (on Epinions.com of course), various coffeemakers as it seems we run through them every few years. My search was finally narrowed down to a Bunn and this one. I liked the Bunn because I know it makes great tasting coffee but my husband did not like the fact it drew on electricity by having to keep the water constantly hot.
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So, I ended up with the Zojirushi mainly (to keep my husband happy) and because Hammacher Schlemmer offered a lifetime guarantee of complete satisfaction. In that regard, and because we have been dissatisfied with so many other brands, I only coughed once or twice when paying $99.95 for the unit plus shipping. (In prior years, I have paid everything from $19.95 for my beloved Proctor Silex to $70 something for a Black & Decker. I never thought I would see myself paying $100 for a coffeemaker but with the great guarantee I thought I couldn't lose.)
This model had the main features I was seeking - auto shut-off, and programmable timer. What we didn't realize is that the programmable feature doesn't make sense with a stainless carafe because no one is awake at 5AM to heat up the carafe first so it will keep the coffee hot. (There is no warming tray with the stainless carafe.) My husband hates this because it means his coffee, although just brewed for his wake-up time, is not hot (since he does not get up earlier to heat up the carafe first) and he has to warm his coffee in the microwave (which doesn't taste great).
This has been a great disappointment to both of us. We have gotten by with it but in all honesty if I can't have a Bunn I will most likely return to my beloved Proctor Silex. (The coffee tasted just as good as in the Zijirushi and for less the price. The main issue with our Proctor Silex was in forgetting to turn it off, and that was years ago so they have probably improved it by now with an auto shut-off feature.)
All in all, it's an okay coffee maker. Nothing great, nothing horrible. And oh yes, as others have said, the filter basket is a bit of a pain at times as is the lid on the carafe.
The ironic part of this, is that I got this coffeemaker to please my husband and he doesn't like it. If and when it does not work anymore, I will at least feel somewhat compensated by Hammacher Schlemmer's lifetime guarantee. Then, I may return again to the Proctor Silex or maybe even go for the Bunn. By then, my husband may be willing to pay the extra electric costs for a wonderful cup of coffee.
An update to this review, this coffee maker has been acting up the last few months with continually shutting off after only being on for a few seconds. Hence, it never really brews the darned coffee. And when you finally do get it to stay on, the coffee isn't great. Yesterday, it was leaking water from the bottom all over the counter. Needless to say, I am back on Eopinions looking at coffee makers again and this time I think it may just be a Bunn.
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