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Black & Decker Coffee makers - Other - Fred Flintstone's Review
Posted: November 5, 2006, 12:13pm
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Black & Decker Coffee Makers - Other
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Arrow The Black & Decker Coffee makers - Other has been rated 6.22 overall by our member reviewers
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J A 10.00
Simone LeGris 10.00
Bonnie Raymond 8.50
Steven Head 8.00
Fred Langer 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.4
Product Reviewed: SmartBrew Plus
Manufacturer: Black and Decker Quality: 3
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $35.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Canadian Tire Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: Buy a different brand, something with more durable construction, unless you are content to replace your coffee machine about every 18 months.
Positive Product Points

Makes good coffee, or as good as the coffee you put into it.  I tend to buy only dark Arabica coffee, fine ground for extra flavour, and I add a scoop of Espreso fine grind as well to give it an extra kick.  
Easy to use, timer works well, coffee is hot.

Negative Product Points

Cheap plastic parts, engineering designed to make it fragile, regular use will inevitably lead to an early demise.

Detailed Commentary

The coffee it makes can be good, provided you feed it some quality grounds.  The coffee comes out hot, and will stay hot for up to 2 hours before the boilerplate will automatically turn itself off.
Quality is very questionable.  All the parts are plastic, you will be surprised at how little the unit weighs when you pull it out of the box.  In 3 years, my second Black & Decker SmartBrew Plus just died.  The first one simply refused to turn on one morning after 14 months of daily use, and no amount of tinkering managed to coax it back into operation.  The latest one just died after 2 years; the unit comes on but does nothing.  It will not boil the water, it just sits there with the light on.  Again, I have tried to poke and prod, but to no avail.  It appears this one has given up the ghost as well.
The shoddy quality of these 2 units will not allow me to recommend this product.

Buying Experience

First unit died after 14 months of daily use, second unit just died after 2 years of daily use.

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