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Presto Coffee Maker - Jason Johnston's Review
Posted: June 20, 2005, 5:14pm
review rating: 5.0
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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: 5.0
Manufacturer: Presto Quality: 4
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $35.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Costco Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 6 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Philips, Bosch
Bottom Line: Great coffee on the cheap;  cheaply made and a non user friendly design.
Positive Product Points

Brews at very high temp
Excellent hot plate heat management
Striking appearance

Negative Product Points

Very flimsy and cheap Chinese construction
Difficult to clean carafe
Difficult to see clock and controls
Rather difficult to fill water reservoir

Detailed Commentary

After reading so many superlative reviews on this machine, I picked one up at Costco for only $35.  It does indeed brew at a very high temperature;  I logged it with a digital thermometer @ 210 degrees F.  This proved  too hot for the grind I was using and gave a distinctly burnt taste.  After changing my grind setting to a  finer grind it  yielded a good flavor.  If you want to leave the carafe on the hot plate, it manages the heat better than most.
But you get what you pay for.  The filter basket holder feels ready to break off at any moment and it is not happy with SwissGold permanent filters;  there is an integral lift handle that the permanent filter has to be squeezed under.  The carafe is  tall and has a narrow opening which requires a bottle brush to clean;  the handle and carafe drip spout are integral so water always drips down the sides from beneath this configuration.  The reservoir fills through a little hatch and the tall machine has to be pulled out and carefully filled.  
The technology behind this machine is very good, but the physical design reeks of form before function and proved so irritating finally that I hauled out my Philips Essence which brews hot and is wisely designed and solidly constructed (in Holland).

Buying Experience

Costco is Costco;  kind of a miserable shopping experience.  I've had this thing too long to return, but I know if I wanted to endure the lines they would probably take it back.

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