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KitchenAid Retro Burr - Marietta VB's Review
Posted: May 15, 2005, 5:03am
review rating: 7.2
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Lance Goffinet 8.07
Eric Nager 7.66
C. A. Brooks 7.60
Jason Ashbaugh 7.40
Marietta VB 7.17

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 2.4
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 1
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 1
Price Paid: $125.00 Cost vs. Value 0
Where Bought: Kohl's Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: krups, melita, cuisinart
Bottom Line: If you like the looks, print off a picture and tape next to you coffee machine - don't actually try to use one of these.
Positive Product Points

Gorgeous retro look, cetainly the commanding focal point of my coffee corner.

Negative Product Points

Everything but the look - A disaterous way to grind coffee

Detailed Commentary

I asked for this expensive, (we have relied on Krups blade machines for 20 years), way cool looking piece of machine for Christmas one year.  The first one I opened to a bunch of glass shards - I returned for another.  Over the year,  in which I really tried to like and justify my desire for this piece of equipment, it was: noisy, messy, jumped around on the kitchen counter, constantly needed cleaning of the spout area, spewed coffee everywhere and had an irregular grind no matter at what dialed setting.  

I had to hold the small glass container under the spout in just such a way to minimize the spew.  The machine traveled like someone desperate to get out of the kitchen.  So much for my fanatasy of just flipping a switch and watching a perfect grind fall effortlessly to the waiting tumbler below.  I'd never worked so hard for ground coffee in my life and that's including the time I used an old-fashioned hand grinder; especially when I factored in the clean-up routine which netted a mound of wasted grounds on the counter, in the chute, and in other places throughout the kitchen.  I will plea "operator error" of a few pre-coffee mornings which resulted in me forgetting to turn of the flip switch and adding, (very quickly because of the grind speed),  to my pile of spent grounds.

While I was contemplating what to do with my daily morning irritant, nature took care of it and tipped the behmouth in it's jerky morning dance.  You see, I had decided to see how far it would travel if I did not keep it firmly in place with both hands -- it didn't get far before it pitched and jolted itself right over, shattering the upper glass compartment, (what a mess!).  It's demise was probably the best for both of us, though the cat and dog were confused for the first few mornings when their call to breakfast ceased to be heard .

Buying Experience

Kohl's was fine for a shop-on-line experience, and they were gracious in their in-store return of the first machine.

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