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KitchenAid ProLine - Rrose Selavy's Review
Posted: February 9, 2007, 1:23am
review rating: 8.5
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Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine has 16 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine has been rated 7.56 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Robert Lamm 9.00
Rrose Selavy 8.50
Dream Alaska 8.33
Daniel Normolle 8.20
Bob Bowker 6.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.6
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 4
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $279.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: William Sonoma Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Technivorm, Chemex
Bottom Line: Nice appearance and sturdy build, but questionable longevity (Now on third unit!).
Positive Product Points

Nice appearance and sturdy build. Water reservoir grate in front for easy access. Capable of decent coffee. Extra caraffe and hot plate are handy for entertaining.

Negative Product Points

First unit's LCD display faded(moisture sensitive?). Second unit stopped powering on. Third unit now seems to be losing temperature. Replacement unit has flap on carafe pour spout that almost always causes coffee to spill onto the counter. Hot plate seems to "burn" coffee too quickly, even under low setting.

Detailed Commentary

I swear by my Kitchenaid mixer, so I thought I'd give this expensive coffee maker a try. I am glad I bought it at William Sonoma, since we've been plagued with problems that made us exchange the first two units. Now the third unit seems to be losing temperature, even though I have been diligent with descaling. I have made very good coffee in the past with the Proline, but nowhere near as good as my Technivorm or Chemex.

The last replacement unit has a flap over the pour spout on the caraffe. Unless it is poured at exactly the right speed, coffee dribbles out all over your countertop. I am not sure what genius designed this, but I have detached it permanently. I am also not fond of the caraffe covers, which seem quite finicky when fitted on.

Buying Experience

William Sonoma has an outstanding return policy...no questions asked, even beyond the manufacturer's warranty period. Even though WS does not discount, this return policy is worth everything.

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