Ease of Use
Cons: No Pause-n-Serve
No automatic off feature
It seemed silly to keep a colossal 12 cup coffee maker on the counter for someone who just drinks a couple cups in the morning. After extensive reading of reviews until by vision blurred, and trying a big Mr. Coffee with lots of perks, I decided to try the aesthetic but feature stingy Zojirushi. It's been an adjustment getting used to this unique design, different style coffee filter, and no pause and serve, but I am adapting.
Zojirushi Zutto EC-DAC50 5-Cups Coffee Maker
650-watt drip coffeemaker brews up to 5 cups of coffee
Concealed, removable water reservoir; automatic keep-warm function
Replaceable water filter; measuring spoon and user manual included
Measures 6 by 8-7/8 by 10-5/8 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Easy to read water level gauge on the carafe and on the removable water tank
Owner’s manual in multiple languages.
Power cord is 2.9 feet in length.
Weight is 3.5 pounds.
Things I like the most about the Zojirushi Zutto:
I like that cool name which I can't pronounce.
The aesthetics and small footprint are terrific.
Filling the removable water bin is incredibly easy and almost foolproof. Almost because there is a second, parallel marking for iced coffee that's lower in volume. I used it once and only had one cup of coffee that morning.
The design is incredibly thoughtful and intelligent. Users are warned not to pout water into the main body of the machine. Just in case that happens, however, there’s a water exhaust hole at the bottom to remedy such a mistake. Great thinking, Zojirushi.
An easily removable and replaceable water filter is part of the appliance. It should last two years and isn’t expensive to replace.
Cleaning this cleverly designed appliance couldn't be easier since the filter holder rests inside the carafe.
The coffee is hot, but not too hot.
I like the cone filters, both their design and performance. I'm not sure why, but I prefer the brown filters to the white ones.
Before the purchase I visited the Zojirushi web site and like its welcoming feel and especially like the reasonable prices and availability of replacement parts.
Things that prevented that fifth star -
I really miss that Pause-n-serve feature found on many coffee makers, but I've learned to kill the seven or eight minutes by taking the dogs out and getting the paper. (It's a long walk.) I’ve tried unsuccessfully to program Mrs. Spudman to get up a few minutes before me to turn on the Zutto.
The pot doesn't turn itself off. In fact the instructions recommend turning it off within fifteen minutes of brewing's end. I leave it on for an hour with no compromise of flavor and noticed that the hot plate stays very hot for quite a while after the off switch is hit.
There's no strength adjustment dial on the Zutto, but one can always add a little more coffe or use two filters.
The Zutto makes good tasting coffee though not the to-die-for taste I had hoped for.
Finally - Despite the lack of a few standard features, I've grown to like and appreciate the functional simplicity of this great looking little appliance.
Other ODDS and ends
“Do not use hot water to wash the product or parts as they may deform or break.” I found this caution a bit odd and have chosen to ignore it with no dire consequences.
Appliance and parts are not dishwasher safe.
Unplug from outlet when not in use. I ignore this caution also.
Do not use outdoors.
Do not place in a heated oven.
Do not use the coffee maker near a wall or furniture. OK Mine is within one foot of a wall.
Do NOT fill the water tank with milk, alcohol, coffee, hot water, or mashed potatoes.