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Black & Decker Coffeemaker There Are Better Options

Reviewing: Black And Decker 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker  |  Rating:
Tina Lehman By Tina Lehman on
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RIP Black and Decker coffeemaker

A couple years ago I received a Black and Decker 12 cup programmable coffeemaker for Christmas. I had been using another machine that was very old, so I was due for an update.

I liked this coffee maker at first. It was fairly easy to program, but eventually that feature quit working. The coffee maker had a re-usable coffee basket, which eliminated the need for coffee filters. I liked the idea of not having to fuss with filters, but it was almost easier to use a filter because you can just lift them out and toss. The re-usable filters require you to rinse out the basket after each use; and while the mesh is fine, it does allow small coffee particles to get through leaving the last few cups in the pot gritty.

Another drawback of this coffee maker is that it is very loud. So loud, in fact, that it is difficult to hold a conversation while standing next to it. Worse yet, it takes about 15 minutes to generate a half a pot of coffee, which is far too long.

I do like that it shuts itself off after two hours, and it does have a steal-a-cup feature so you do not have to wait the entire brew time to steal a cup of coffee (thankfully). However, I would not recommend this coffeemaker. In fact, my husband sensed my frustrations and I now have another brand of coffeemaker that is a vast improvement over the Black and Decker. My coffee now even tastes better.