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Presto Coffee Maker - Jeff C's Review
Posted: February 4, 2006, 2:28pm
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
Arrow This product has been in our review database since January 31, 2005.
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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: 5.6
Manufacturer: Presto Quality: 4
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $40.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Not worth the problem with recurring plastic smell.
Positive Product Points

Brews very hot. Inexpensive machine.

Negative Product Points

Recurring plastic smell.

Detailed Commentary

Most people rave about this machine. I bought it in Dec 2005 based on the overwhelming positive feedback and reviews. When it arrived, I noticed a strong plastic smell right away. I prepped it by:

- Brewing 4 carafes of water.
- Brewing a carafe of vinegar and water mixture.
- Brewing 2 carafes of water to flush.

The plastic smell diminished. I then brewed my first pot of coffee. It was very good: properly hot and full-flavored. The warming plate does a great job of keeping the carafe hot too.

But with every pot of coffee, the plastic smell came back. I've brewed about 8 pots of coffee so far, with no change. It's as if the heating mechanism causes some of the plastic parts at the top of the machine to give off a bad odor. It goes away after a few hours, and it helps to leave the cover of the water chamber open to air it out.

Is this problem worth an inexpensive though effective brewer? I don't think so. To be fair, not all machines have this smell, according to reports in the forum, although at least 4 separate individuals besides myself have confirmed similar problems with theirs. Some folks report the smell going away after a while. The smell doesn't seem to affect the taste of the brewed coffee, but who knows whether any chemical fumes or residue have made its way into the liquid. For myself, I don't think it's worth the health risks.

Potential buyers should consider this major drawback.

Buying Experience

Typical experience via Amazon. No problems.

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