Retro 'look', controls for every component from hotplate to water filtering, makes this machine first class in every way!
Positive Product Points
Full featured, a solid quality feel to logical controls and switches, and most important...awesome brewing ability!
Negative Product Points
Condensation moisture from inside lid drips slightly down the back of the maker when lid has been opened all the way back. Perhaps a backlight clock display button would be a nice enhancement for those dark kitchen corners when you want to double check your 'auto-on' time or perform a quick and easily viewable reset.
The Brew Central has a beautiful stainless steel ‘retro’ look. Having owned any number of “off the shelf” Mr. Coffee’s and Black & Decker’s, I am very pleased to have finally upped the ante and invested in a machine that more than lives up to its price tag and the plethora of great reviews which guided my buying decision. Thoughtful and solid feeling controls are a confident prelude to the forthcoming coffee’s high quality of brewing. This quality comes from the well engineered spray dispersement delivered to the basket. The carafe handle is ergonomically designed and indeed has a wonderful feel. For those that need to use tap water for their morning brew, the charcoal filtering system smoothes out the possible bitterness and impurities before the agua touches your grind. Cleaning is easy with the liftout and snap-in basket. Brewing just enough for one? A simple touch of the 1-4 cup brewing button will hyper-heat your smaller water quantity so that your two cups will taste as good as your full pot normally would. The 1-4 hour auto-off feature gives you all the control you need for any coffee occasion. Last but not least, take control of your hotplate temperature with the low-med-high control. This maker does everything but pour the coffee in your cup!
I picked up this machine at Costco for $69.99 when the online price range was $90-$129 BEFORE shipping charges. Needles to say, I was pleased. Nevertheless, I would have paid and been happy with a higher price if that was all I could have found.