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Presto Coffee Maker - Stephen Chapman's Review
Posted: January 14, 2007, 8:54am
review rating: 8.8
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Arrow The Presto Coffee Maker has 35 Reviews
Arrow The Presto Coffee Maker has been rated 7.38 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Jeff C 8.80
Stephen Chapman 8.75
Diane Hartson 8.33
Terry Frewin 8.00
Bob D 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.6
Manufacturer: Presto Quality: 2
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 1 year Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Many similar drip coffee makers
Bottom Line: I really wanted to like this coffee maker, but I couldn't get past the smell and taste of plastic fumes.
Positive Product Points

- Relatively inexpensive
- Brewing temp

Negative Product Points

- Plastic taste and smell
- Coffee basket not quite large enough for some gold-tone filters

Detailed Commentary

When the Presto first arrived from Amazon, I had high hopes for it. At last, I thought, coffee brewed at the proper temperature and at a reasonable price! Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed after unpacking the unit was the somewhat overwhelming smell of plastic or solvent coming from the water reservoir. No problem, I said to myself, I'll just run a few pots of water through it before I make coffee, and that should take care of it. But UGH! Even after running several pots of water through the machine, the first pot of coffee was horrible and had a strong taste of plastic solvent.

Let me be clear. I'm not talking about a mild or somewhat unpleasant plastic odor. I'm talking about FUMES, like they'd coated the inside of the water reservoir with plastic model cement. Yuck!

For some time after that, I devoted myself to trying to get rid of those fumes. I tried baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice, alone and in combination, and  I let the various treatments soak for hours. One reviewer on Amazon suggested stuffing the water reservoir with newspaper, so that the paper would absorb the odor, and I even tried that, several times.   Each of the treatments seemed to help some, but the odor always returned.

As for the taste of plastic in the coffee, I suppose that decreased over time too, but the first few pots were so bad that I could never really enjoy the coffee from the Presto. Real or imaginary, I also worried about the health effects of plastic leaching into the coffee. Who needs that with their morning cuppa?

So after a few weeks of trying to deal with it, I moved the Presto out to the garage, where it remains today, and eventually ended up getting a Technivorm from Boyd Coffee.

From what I've read, not all the Presto coffeemakers suffered from  the plastic fume problem, but if you get one that does, I recommend you just return it, because there's a good chance you'll never be able to get rid of the plastic smell and taste.

Buying Experience

Amazon: I clicked, and a few days later the Presto landed on my front porch.

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