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Philips Coffee Brewers - All - J Gabel's Review
Posted: February 23, 2002, 6:33am
review rating: 5.6
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Philips Coffee Brewers - All
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Eddie Dove 7.50
J Gabel 5.57
Linda Langille 5.00
Scott Burton 4.66
Jason Johnston 3.50

Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Product Reviewed: HD7610 Flavor Select
Manufacturer: Philips Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $39.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Target Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Beginner Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Black & Decker, Melitta Fast Brew
Bottom Line: Superb coffeemaker especially at $39.99!
Positive Product Points

It brews up to 10 cups of HOT coffee at the appropriate temperature of 200 degrees F in about 8 to 9 minutes. The styling is sleek and the carafe pours nicely. Its not made in China.

Negative Product Points

The hot water feed tube goes through the hinged portion of the filter basket cover / water resevoir. It seems that for the long term, this may be a part prone to failure at some time in the future.

Detailed Commentary

This drip coffee maker has dual heating elements rated at 1400 watts. In comparison to most models available at the discount department stores that's a lot of power. And it shows. The coffee brewed when setting the "flavor select" indicator to "gold" brews at 200 degrees. It is hot and delicious! However, If you use the "mocha" setting, the brew temp drops down to 185 - 190 degrees. My suggestion would be to use more coffee if you prefer a robust cup, but still use the "gold" flavor select setting on this product.

The model that I have is the HD7610. It has a clock for presetting the brew time. I particularly like to have my coffee just ready in the morning when I stumble into the kitchen. There is a model available with a stainless steel insulated carafe, but it does not have the clock/timer. All of the models have an auto shut off feature that shuts the unit off about two hours after it started the brewing process.

It does have the "pause and serve" feature which I don't use. I think that the coffee tastes better when you let the whole pot finish brewing.

The anti-chlorine filter for the water is nice, but it is difficult to purchase replacements. Target does not sell them, so you have to order them directly from Philips. I just don't use their filter, but rather I have one of those water pitchers with the built in filter. I use that for the water I brew all of my coffee and espresso with. Replacement cartridges for those pitchers are easy to find.

Also, I like the fact that this unit was manufactured in a country with a decent standard of living and no human rights violations to speak of. Many of the drip coffeemaker are made in China, some in Mexico, but the Philips is made in Holland. By the way, Philips is a division of Norelco.

Buying Experience

Went to Target , saw it and bought it.

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