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Looks great and works great too!
on February 4, 2008
My husband and I were ready for a new coffee maker, so we decided to put our Target gift card to good use. Although I was leaning towards a thermal model, after much research, we decided to go with this attractive coffee maker by Michael Graves for Target. The look of this coffee maker actually matches perfectly with our kitchen, which includes all-white appliances plus some gray and blue accents (we went with the white version rather than black as pictured here). But the design is functional, too--I think this coffee maker has the only carafe I've ever seen that absolute does not drip when pouring. The large-size handle is also comfortable, although grooved grips would have been helpful. Overall, the appearance of this coffee maker is excellent.
So what about function? Well, so far, we are very pleased in this area as well. The removable water reservoir--which I haven't seen on any other model--is really great to have, as it allows me to fill up directly from my refrigerator's filtered dispenser. Making coffee involves a simple one-touch process, and using the programmable feature is very easy as well. Each cycle produces a perfectly-brewed, nicely hot cup of coffee, perfect for our needs. Admittedly, we are not daily coffee drinkers, but this coffee maker has performed flawlessly every time we have used it so far. (We haven't yet tried the "FlavorPlus" function.)
The only flaws I can think of for this coffee maker are extremely minor:
*The handle, as mentioned above, could be a bit more comfortable in design.
*Although I've experienced NO leakage of the coffee maker itself, when it's time to clean the machine and you open up the brew basket, condensation drips onto the heating pad. However, it is easily wiped up.
*Finally, the cord is a little short--I like to pull the coffee pot out so that steam doesn't rise into the cabinets above; the positioning of my outlets combined with the shorter cord make this a little tight.
Otherwise, this coffee maker is easy-to-use and easy-to-clean. Overall, I highly recommend this machine as an excellent basic coffee maker that looks great, too!