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Mr. Coffee DR5 4-Cup Coffeemaker, Black
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155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
Most of the negative reviews have nothing to do with the PERFORMANCE of this product. There are two versions of this coffee maker. One is the plain Jane model, the other is the programmable version.

I have plain Jane (no programming)the one reviewed here, and it is a very good basic four cup coffee maker. Just right for one or two people. The removable basket makes for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe.

I've used, French press types, Chemex, etc, etc, through the years, but this simple product is as good as it gets for a small coffee maker.

To downrate the product for reasons that have nothing to do with the actual performance is misleading.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This little coffee maker is perfect for me. I'm the only coffee drinker in the house and the 4 cup pot makes just enough to fill my large morning mug. If I want more I can make it. I don't waste pots of coffee by making more than I need and it is easy to make a pot when I want it. The machine works like a regular size machine. A wonderful buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I brewed hot tea several times a day for many years with a 12-cup Mr. Coffeemaker. After using the machine approximately 25,000 times, it was getting pretty grungy and worn out, so I ordered a new 4-cup Mr. Coffeemaker, the DRX5 programmable coffeemaker. It served me well for about 14 months, then the power buttons failed. (In fairness, the area around and under the coffeemaker was often wet, and I didn't do a good job of drying the area, so the contacts eventually corroded.) I replaced it with a DR5 model, which has a rocker switch, which I believe is less likely to fail.

The DR5 is perfect for brewing a cup (an 18-ounce mug, actually) of hot tea. Using teabags or loose tea, I've got a steaming hot cup in about 5-6 minutes.

I've seen tea-makers that cost as much as $250, but the Mr. Coffeemaker was less than $20 and does a great job. When my wife and I take an overnight road trip, the machine is small enough to carry with us. I hate using the coffeemakers in hotel rooms, because you always get some coffee smell and taste. With the small size and portability of the 4-cup Mr. Coffeemaker, I can carry my own machine with me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
This is just a standard 4 cup coffee maker.
All I wanted it for is quick morning cup of coffee.
Works good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2014
Well, I'm retiring my approximately 10-year old Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker. It still works fine but it was getting a bit too "dog-eared" for me. By that I mean, the "non-stick" base for the glass coffee-pot is rusted and so it is unpleasant to look at. Also, the glass coffee-pot is very stained with white residue from having been washed and left standing to air-dry (despite the fact that our house has a whole-house water softener) after each use.

So...when I decided to put it to rest, I began a search for what the replacement ought to be. Like so many other people, I really love my morning coffee. I use the 4-pot coffee-maker to make one mug every morning during the week and I use a larger, Krups coffee-maker on the weekends when my wife is at home to have coffee with me. So...I read review after review of virtually every "small" coffee-maker that seems to be available. There are some which reviewers claim to be "the best" but other reviewers of the same coffee-makers seem to dispel those claims in every case.

Ultimately, I decided that a new Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker would be the wisest choice. It arrived from Amazon very quickly and when I took it out of the box, I saw that there have been some small changes from the very similar model that I had been using for so long. Much of the difference is cosmetic and so, insignificant. The biggest difference is that the glass coffee-pot is shorter and so the older model's isn't compatible. I had been using the old coffee-pot's marking for "4-cups" for making one mug of coffee but now with the new Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker, I have to fill the glass coffee-pot to the very bottom of the metal "ribbon" around its neck that holds the pot's handle. No inconvenience there even if it isn't marked "4-cups" as it had been with my old coffee-maker.

Some observations: One of the issues that I'd read about in the various reviews of the available 4-cup coffee-pots that I gave consideration was the heat of the water that the coffee-maker generates. Some reviewers stated that coffee is ideally brewed with water at 200-degrees I believe. Well, this new Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker brews at 155-degrees. This is 5-degrees less than the larger coffee-pot that I mentioned which brews at 160-degrees. I wonder if it's a matter of smaller heating elements can't generate at ideal levels. But, in any event, the coffee that it makes is reasonably hot and it is good coffee so I can't register this alleged "shortfall" as a complaint or disappointment. I might add, though, that I do "heat" the ceramic mug I use before I pour my coffee into it. I use our kitchen sink's automatic hot-water faucet that we had installed. Understanding that not everyone does have one of those, I still do recommend that anyone use some method of heating the coffee cup or mug before pouring coffee into it because some of the hotness of the coffee will immediately decrease...possibly significantly...if the cup or mug into which it is poured is even at room temperature. In the winter room temperature in the morning can really have a significant heat dissipation consequence and I think it's a good idea to avoid that. Even running hot water from a normal kitchen faucet's hot water to heat the cup or mug will be quite beneficial, so this isn't too difficult to address.

Another observation I made is relevant to the complaint that a number of reviewers had, saying that the new glass coffee-pot of the Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker is ill-designed and so invariably, water will messily "spill" from it when filling the water reservoir before brewing. I find that it is true that it is very easy to have some water "spill." But, this can be avoided IF you raise the glass coffee-pot's plastic "cover" with your thumb when pouring, and also take specific care to have the depressed pouring "lip" about an inch or so to the inside of the outer wall of the reservoir when pouring the water into it. I guess this attention to detail can be a bit irksome early in the morning but it really isn't a big deal. So, once again, I can't see this as a serious impediment to purchasing the Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-maker.

Another thing that I think I'd mention is that I've read reviews saying that the non-stick base of Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee-makers get rusty rather quickly. I don't really recall how quickly it happened with my older one, but it did rust seriously. To avoid that from happening to this new one, I now use a slightly damp paper towel to gently clean the non-stick base after use...and then wipe it dry. I also wash the glass pot with mild kitchen detergent and dry that immediately rather than put it in the rack to air-dry. I believe the glass pot will not get those unsightly white mineral-stains with that measure having been taken. I dry the inside and the outside of the glass coffee-pot so that when I put it back on its non-stick base, no water is there to start the non-stick base to rust.

oh...and, I still have a usable coffee-screen with the handle that I'd been using with my old coffee-pot. It is the same size now, but I purchased the one without the handle. I realized that in all the long years that I used my old Mr. Coffee coffee-maker, I never used the handle. That's because the plastic container that the strainer sits in has two little "finger handles" of their own and that's what I always used after brewing to get the old grinds out and clean up. So, before you go ahead and spend that extra five-bucks, be sure that you will use the handle. Otherwise just go ahead and get the one without the handle and save the money.

Overall, I have to say that I'm very happy with this coffee maker and don't regret either having purchased it, or not having tried any other brand.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
works fine. no issues. I wish that I would have bought one that has an automatic shut off. If you forget, this will sit on all day long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
It makes a good cup of coffee. The 4 cup gives me 2 mugs of coffee.......perfect for my needs at this time.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
The coffee makes looks nice and makes good coffee, however, my issue with it is that the pot has to be just perfectly placed to make the drip work properly. It is designed not to drip if you remove the pot, however, there have been a few times when I do have the pot in the proper place and the coffee doens't drip. One I realize it is all still stuck in the reservoir and move the pot around a bit it works fine. Thankfully I've only made half a pot at a time so it hasn't had issues overflowing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
Okay coffeemaker if you aren't picky. It does not heat the coffee to around 200 degrees. That temperature is required for a really great cup of coffee. If you're just looking for the morning shot of caffeine and aren't too concerned about it being really, really good this is a coffeemaker to meet your needs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
Pros
-easily clean able
-permanent filter
-small, unobtrusive size

Cons
-There is no shutoff function if you remove the pot before it has completed brewing. There is always a small amount of liquid that pours from the top onto the heat plate and the heat plate is becoming damaged.
-There is no cord keeper
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