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Oct 28, 2008 11:43 AM

Coffee Maker Recommendations

My 18 year old old-school Braun is finally giving up the ghost. I've put off buying a new one for a couple of years now, choosing instead to put up with the not-white-anymore casing and the broken drip interrupter. But now that the plastic exterior has started to turn to powder, it's time for a new one.
I'd be more than happy to replace it with the same make and model, but thanks to all things being new and improved, that's not an option. I'm looking for something quite basic; I don't like multiple machines in one. I have a grinder, and it works fine, thanks very much. A timer, well perhaps, but I kinda like the freshness just filtered water, and newly ground beans. Was considering the Cuisinart, but I'm not crazy about the small pouring area for the water resevoir, and, I'm such a klutz in the morning, I'll just spill water all over the coffee grounds.
Any suggestions?

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  1. I bought a Technivorm a few months ago and it is, by far, the best coffee maker on the market. In spite of the price, even Cook's Illustrated agreed. No bells, no whistles, just the only drip coffeemaker that delivers the water to the grounds at the proper temperature. I got mine from these folks.

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    1. re: grampart

      The Technivorm got a thumbs up from Cooks Illustrated as their top pick

      1. re: grampart

        i too was seduced by the technivorm claims. We had good coffee, probably able to taste the difference versus other machines, but it just completely busted on us. Won't heat. While the high brewing temperature does produce a better taste, I am now searching for a good but less expensive model. I would never buy a Technivorm again. At $270, the engineering is just not worth it -

      2. We bought a Cuisinart, but the tiny kind, since we live in a condo with no space. It makes 4 cups or something. It hasn't let us down, and as long as you buy good coffee, you'll be fine.

        1. LOL, I was in the exactly same position about a year ago. Didn't want to let go of my ancient Braun and I know exactly what you mean about the small pour area of the Cuisuinart. I did succumb to the Cuisinart and usually set the timer in the evening to avoid morning messes. Makes a comparable cup of coffee to the Braun.

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          1. re: Mila

            I like the Black and Decker under the counter model, as it is low, and can sit on a shelf in the kitchen.
            It has a separate water container, so no pouring is involved.
            No spills.
            Simply fill the container from the tap, and replace.
            I loved the old glass model, but the new one is metal so I can no longer watch the coffee brewing.

          2. I am looking for a new coffee maker for my parents as well, they seem paranoid about plastic stuff, so are there any coffee makers that dont use plastic? like metallic dripping thingies etc..?

            1. Thanks for all the info. I'd love to be able to try out the Technivorm, but my budget won't go much past Canadian Tire..
              I'll give the Cuisinart another look!