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I hope the strong plastic smell goes away
on January 13, 2014
I bought this machine in Target 2 days ago, when my Bunn coffee maker started to leak after almost 7 years of faithful service.
The first thing you notice with this machine is a strong plastic smell that permeates the entire kitchen when you take it out of the box. I ran water through it several times and there is still a very strong plastic smell from the machine. It smells like black trash bags. This smell also affects the coffee, but it seems to be gradually going away (at least I hope this is the case, and I'm not getting used to the plastic smell and taste).
The reason I purchased this machine is because it is rated at 1200W, and most other machines are rated at 800W.
It mentions on the box that the coffee is brewed at an optimal temperature, and at 1200W this claim is believable.
The 800W machines just can't get the water get hot enough coming out of the spray head, and the resulting coffee is too bitter. (The one exception is Bunn, which keeps all 12 cups of water in an internal tank at the correct temperature)
There is another manufacturer called Technivorm whose machines are rated at 1400W, but they cost around $200.
If the smell goes away, this machine would be a great buy.
Update 1/16/14: I've ran water through the machine every day, I've tried vinegar etc, and the smell persists. It is a lot less than before, but it is still clearly detectable after 1 week.
I would urge anyone buying a machine like this to taste and smell plain water that has been run through it, since coffee can mask the smell to a degree. At this point I think I'm going to be returning the machine. Even if the smell becomes undetectable, there is still going to be chemicals leeching into the coffee for some unknown period of time. It is a shame Black and Decker can't make a coffee machine using food grade materials.