makes good strong hot coffee-takes longer to get that burnt flavor-should have lasted longer for the price, but took a beating none the less!
Positive Product Points
Water filter with change reminder does help. Coffee left on hot plate takes longer to taste burnt. Can make a good strong cup of coffee. Programmable auto shut off & brew timer are good features. Viewable water reservoir level is easy to see. Removeable filter basket is easier to use than most.
Negative Product Points
The steal a cup feature drips a tiny smidge like all others I have owned. After a year of use the easy access reservoir lid had minor signs of heat distortion, and the hot plate coating had begun to wear off. After over two years of use, it is currently breaking in two different places, and the lid on the carafe has lost it tighter fit.
First understand that I am a notorious coffee pot abuser who loves good strong coffee. I also do most of the things they tell you NOT to do to a coffee maker, so two years of "coffee maker life" is actually pretty good for me. Especially considering that I have been retired for the last 1 & 1/2 years and abusing this Krups on a 12 hour a day basis ever since. This is the most abuse I have ever given a coffee pot and it has lasted me longer than any other I have owned. Still, this coffee pot cost me $89.00 and I think paying that price should have bought me a little more coffee maker life. The design of the feed line from the reservoir to the grounds basket was engineered so that the section that is attached to the lid has an ingenious moveable structure which does away with stress on the feed tube at this point. Unfortunately, the feed tube within the reservoir is a standard, run of the mill material like all my past makers and after 2+ years, has formed a leak half way up the tube. I think at this price level, they could have put a tad more engineering into that portion of the feed tube for durabilities sake. Why incorporate a good design only half way? The steal a cup feature is also going south too. Since I intend on purchasing a new maker tomorrow, I have not investigated why. In all fairness, also note that I usually kill coffee makers within less than two years(this is not my first $90.00 maker either!). This pot was engineered for better flavor and lots of bells and whistles that I want and use. I believe to get more durablity, you would have to pay this price for a maker without all the bells and whistles that was built for a long yet abused life, like a stripped down Bunn. When it was working, it held enough coffee grounds to accomidate my strong tastes without overflowing. When it‘s freshly brewed, you can tell the water filter makes a difference. The carafe really does seem to hold the fresh flavor & aroma in a little longer than other carafe shapes. The carafe shape also helps reduce that old burnt coffee sydrome, or at least slows it down. Although the carafe lip design could use some work as it does dribble if your not careful. It makes and keeps a nice hot cup of coffee and tastes fresher longer than others. The reservoir has a nice open access and is easy to fill, but if you fill it with the carafe, don‘t poor to fast or you‘ll dribble. If hot good tasting coffee (strong or not) when you wake up is what you want, this one is a good pot. With a kinder owner, I think it would have lasted a little longer too.