Pros: Auto shut off, clock, timer, easy to clean, looks nice.
Cons: Can make a mess if you don't pour slowly.
Updated 9-27-01 for a much better review I hope!
I bought the Black and Decker? Versa Brew Plus? coffee maker about 9 months ago. The price was right at only $19.96 at my local Wal-mart. I liked it for several reasons.
This coffee maker is a 12-cup, which we both really like. I can also make just a half of pot of coffee when I am by myself (which is pretty standard with any coffee maker.) The time to make a whole pot of coffee is around 7 to 8 minutes. Time to make 1/2 pot is around 4 to 5 minutes. (This is not bad since this coffee maker is a cheaper model.)
The price of course was the first thing that caught my eye after the name brand. The design, which is white, elegant and matches my kitchen! The auto shut off which is very convenient for me. The Versa Brew Plus? shuts off after 2 hours, so if I leave home and forget I am assured my coffee maker will shut off for me. (And with me, this is a good feature!) The clock and timer allows me to see the time and be able to set the coffee maker for early morning coffee. (Which really comes in handy for those early morning fishing trips I so love!)
You do need to be careful when pouring water in water well because you can make a huge mess. So I have learned the hard way to pour the water into the well slowly. I would like to see Black and Decker? redesign the pouring spout. Like I just said above I have found that if you slow down and pour slowly there is no mess, however if you are in a hurry to taste that cup of coffee in the mornings which most of us are, then you can make a huge mess. This is why the timer comes in handy, set it up the night before and when you get up the coffee is made! DUH!
There is also a clear water guide (water level) on the side that allows you to see how much water you are pouring in. My son likes this feature because he can watch the little ball move to the top and go back down again while the coffee is brewing!
Clean up is easy (You can use some of that water you just spilt if you need too! Lol.) All the coffee stains wipe right off and the coffee pot itself is easy to clean. Normally I can take a spray cleaner or just take a damp cloth to the maker itself. However I have found though that my dishwasher is the best place to clean the coffee pot. (That is if one doesn't forget to put the pot into the dishwasher.) I also will take some ice and salt, cover the bottom and swirl around the sides of the pot to get those stubborn coffee stains off.
I have dropped the pot once or twice and so far no chips or breakage. However, I am very aware that if a coffee pot of any kind were to hit the wrong way onto the floor or counter that it could break. I have been lucky thus far with this one, because I have broken my share of coffee pots. The pot is replaceable at Wal-Mart.
There is a basket attachment for the filter and coffee that will come off for easy clean up however it will also swing outward which allows you to add the filter and coffee easily. Also if you decide you want a cup of coffee before the coffee is actually finished brewing you can get one because there is a little button on the bottom of the basket attachment that the coffee actually brews through, but stops the coffee from brewing for a few seconds when the pot is removed.
Black and Decker? makes a lot of different coffee makers. But for the price, this one, Versa Brew Plus? is the one for us. And the name is one I trust. It is nice to find a coffee maker so inexpensive with all these features. Most of time to get one similar to this one cost more.
Check around for the best price and remember during any holidays most coffee makers are on sale!
I hope that this has help in some kind of way.