Hot, tasty, strong coffee that stays hot in a stainless steel thermal carafe without breaking the bank!
Positive Product Points
Stainless steel thermal carafe. Hot coffee for hours. Easy to use. Timer. Hot, tasty, full bodied coffee at a great price!
Negative Product Points
Nothing major - Plastic top lid a bit flimsy. Can't put the carafe while full back under the coffeemaker due to the little lid you have to put on the carafe to keep the coffee hot.
I tried a couple different thermal coffeemakers (Black & Decker and Cuisinart Grind & Brew) only to find that they made cold, weak coffee. I wanted a great stainless steel thermal carafe that made (and kept) the coffee hot, made a good strong cup, was easy to use, had a timer and didn't kill my pocketbook. I found this Zojirushi coffemaker on Target.com and it had all the features I wanted with great reviews, too. After doing a little research (including calling Zojirushi - who was VERY pleasant and helpful) and finding a better price on Costco.com, I thought I'd give it a try. I have not been disappointed! Zojirushi (a very reputable Japanese appliance company that makes rice cookers, thermal carafes and the like) has created a winner! The showerhead spray emits water between 185-190 degrees, creating a wonderful cup of full bodied coffee. Some reviews have said that a standard #4 coffee filter doesn't work with this machine, but I bought a generic #4 gold filter at Walmart and it fits perfect! The unbreakable stainless steel thermal carafe is awesome- it keeps the coffee hot for hours and is easy to clean. The coffee is even warm the next day (not hot, but warm). I hate weak coffee, but this coffeemaker makes a good, strong, tastey brew. I have had the same great results with a 4 cup pot as I have with a full pot (I've not tried less than 4 cups). Zojirushi makes a great coffeemaker without having to pay a fortune! Model # EC-BD15BA.
Costco.com is a great vendor. I had to pay a 5% upcharge due to not being a member. I recieved my shipment within 2 days. Can't complain a bit!
Three Month Followup
After 3 months I still love this coffeemaker. It's working great - no complaints.
One Year Followup
After one year this coffeemaker is still going strong. I still love it, it still produces hot coffee that stays hot for hours. I use it every day and it's still working as good as new. This is an excellent product!