Does what it is supposed to and made by people who know how to brew coffee.
Positive Product Points
Good coffee brewed quickly. Fast hot water too. Simple operation. Has a slightly industrial look but that is part of its charm as most other machines look really cheesy. Nice insulated pot keeps coffee at drinkable temps for as long as it takes me to drink it. Makes whatever volume of coffee that you want over 16oz. Perfect brew temp that most home brewers do not have.
Negative Product Points
Designed to be plugged in and hot all the time, but you can also turn it on and let it warm up for 20 minutes before using it, and there is a switch on the side if you want to turn it off. Buy a timer if you want it ready to brew instantly in the morning, that's what we have to do with the espresso machine anyway.
Once you get over leaving it plugged in you'll be fine as it doesn't really use much power to maintain the hot water. Seems to like using a bit more coffee than we'd used in the past, but after talking to some coffee aficionados, they tell me most people are accustomed to using too little and they get more bitter coffee as the grounds get over rinsed. We have played around with the volumes and it seems that this machine makes good coffee with 15 tablespoons to 40oz of water (one pot of 10 4oz cups). A finer grind made it more to my liking. We are still fine tuning. The wife likes weak coffee, and I like it strong, so we are working on finding a happy medium. With the 3 minute brew time, we could easily make another pot in short order with different strengths.
In the past few weeks we have not experienced any issues with leaking, drips, pouring problems or anything else negative that some folks might have posted in the reviews. Coffee stays hot until we finish it.
We wanted an American-made product, and this was assembled in the USA so that's about as close as we seem to be able to get for consumer coffee machines. This machine is not some techy thing with all kinds of useless features, it's for making good coffee, and it does that just fine. It operates the way it does to give the best quality and the fastest brew. If you want to brew on a timer with stale coffee, buy another machine. If you plan to grind it fresh and can wait a whole 3 minutes, this is a great machine for the money. Anyone that doesn't have 3 minutes to pour in some water and wait for a great cup of coffee shouldn't be viewing a site called coffee geek :-)
Bunn makes what is probably the most widely used coffee machines in the USA, nothing else, and they are based in the USA. That, combined with the fact that the machine makes excellent coffee makes us feel good about this purchase.
Got this online from Buy.com based on price alone, and free shipping. No special details and we typically shop online at whatever shop has the best final deal.
Three Month Followup
One Year Followup
This unit has worked flawlessly for the entire year, pumping out coffee without any problems. The only questionable thing is that the grounds do tend to fill the entire filter and basket when brewing at times, but it has never overflowed in any way. It is only aesthetic. We do tend to use a larger load of coffee however. Also, when this occurs, the grounds are not getting into the pot of coffee. So, I normally wouldn't have mentioned it as it does not affect anything, but it might be different for those who expect the coffee grounds to be below the top of the filter when they remove it after brewing. Get over it and drink the great coffee!
For the folks who don't want a unit that has a heater that stays on all the time, you can just shut it off daily when you are done, and put in on a timer to come on in enough time to be hot when you are ready for your morning cup.
For the folks who want to have a coffeemaker that comes on and brews the coffee on a timer, sorry, we are into good coffee here, and those machines only make coffee from the stale grounds you placed into it the night before.
Seriously, with the speed of this machine when it is heated up, grinding fresh coffee and then brewing is faster than most any other machines anyway. Reject stale coffee, grind it when you brew!
I can't say anything more as this machine has been flawless. No problems, fast, no drips, no overflowing baskets, no problems at all. Great purchase!