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Presto Coffee Maker - James Thorne's Review
Posted: May 19, 2006, 4:56am
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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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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 3.4
Manufacturer: Presto Quality: 5
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 0
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: Costco Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: B&D, TV
Bottom Line: Pass on this one, just not worth the trouble.  Almost got it right.
Positive Product Points

Nice looking design, good concept but misses the boat.

Negative Product Points

Cruchy coffee as it consistantly overflows the filter with medium grind drip coffee.  No dust.

Detailed Commentary

I have been using a Presto for a little over a year now.  Had 2 fail like others, one morning just no coffee.  Costco has been very understanding with exchanges but the one I got about a month ago has problems.  the filter basket consistantly overflow grounds into my coffee.  I thought my coffee might be too fine or the grinder wearing out so bought a new Kitchenaid proline (had been wanting one anyway).  Well, much less coffee dust but still the brewer overflows the grounds.  Either the brewer is delivering water faster than the old unit or they changed the design of the filter basket.  I suspect the latter as the flutes that support the filter are very shallow and the filter ends up resting flat against the plastic cone, no where for the coffee to go.

I ordered and exchanged the brewer one more time and the new one came yesterday.  Same story, cruchy coffee this morning.

I will return this one to Costco and look elsewhere.  Likely ask for a TV for my birthday next month and let the family and friends pitch in together to get it.

Something in the design has changed as before the replacement a month ago I never had this problem, not even close.  I also note a LOT more steam during the last minute or so of brewing, coming out the bottom of the basket holder, not the top.  Perhaps the high pressure steam is pushing the water up and over the top of the filter.  Whatever, it does not work.

Time to give up on this 'almost got it right' brewer.

Buying Experience

Costco has been very good about exchanges.  Unit failed twice in the year I used it and was exchanged without difficulty each time.

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