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Hamilton Beach 43253 Ensemble 12-Cup Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe, Red
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- 12-cup coffeemaker with user-friendly control panel and digital display
- Programmable clock/timer for "wake-up" coffee; brew-pause function
- Glass carafe with stay-cool handle, measuring marks, and drip-free pour spout
- Nonstick hot plate; 2-hour automatic shut-off for safety; easy-to-clean removable parts
- Measures approximately 11 by 8 by 14 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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It's now 2017 - 9 years later - still going strong. We love it. Love the BIG HANDLE which makes it easy to grab and stable when pouring coffee - especially a full pot. I bought one and donated it to our Senior Center. That one is also still going strong.
It is now December, 2012 and this coffeemaker is still doing a great job. It's been 4 years now and still going strong. Very pleased!
Combined with a permanent filter basket, this thing rocks.
What I didn't like...the clock portion was not back lit. That's it. Everything else was real easy to use/figure out.
The black machine is going strong, has no problems. This red one however, I've had replaced once already and I'm going to have to call them this morning to ask for another. The first one leaked water, about 4 cups lost all over the counter when I filled it to 12. It didn't start off this way, it began after about a month of regular usage. It was still within the warranty window, so Hamilton beach kindly sent me another machine, I only had to mail them back the snipped-off plug. So now I have a backup carafe, which is good because I tend to break glass things. We've been using the new red machine for a couple weeks now without incident. It was nice that they sent us a newer version of it, the buttons on the front are in a different arrangment and the window is rectangular, but everything else is the same. The new carafe's lid has an extra hole in the bump, which means there has been zero overflow while brewing. I REALLY like that simple feature.
Then on Friday night, I brewed a pot of coffee to take with us on a weekend road trip. I poured it into a thermos, cleaned the carafe, and put it back in the coffeemaker. Nobody was home over the weekend, and we got back late Sunday night. I went to brew the morning coffee this morning, and found a hot empty carafe. The heating element had been on the entire weekend! The blue On/Off light was not lit, yet the hotplate was definitely hot. I poured in the water and it immediately began to trickle as if it was on. I'd not yet hit the On/Off button! That's jsut a fire hazard. What if we were gone a week or two? This is a serious problem for an electrical appliance to have.
I'm going to watch it this morning before I leave, and unplug it if it hasn't turned off after 2 hours, and will plug it back in when I get home tonight to see if it gets hot again. If it does, then I'm calling HB for another replacement. There's some good points to having affordable equipment that we can throw away when something breaks, but it should not be developing major problems after only a month or two, TWICE, with two separate problems!
I will give the black/stainless machine 5 stars, but this one, until I get a machine that lasts a whole year, will stay with a low rating in my book.
Anyway, pros (major):
1. Compactness. For a 12-cupper, this machine has a small footprint.
2. Water well has a sloped top that eliminates splashing.
3. Quietness. Sometimes the brew is finished before I even realize it.
4. Simplicity of controls. Four buttons. one to program, one to set the hour, one to set the minute, and one to control the brew. This is an excellent feature: it allows you to select "regular," "bold," or "1-4 cups."
5. Looks. I don't know if the Museum of Modern art has a coffee maker in its collection, but if they don't, they ought to put this one in.
1. Hard to read clock. While my previous coffeemaker's clock was so bright it served as a night light, this one's on the dim side.
2. Fill gauge located back, right, and hard to access. You must move your machine 90 degrees to see it.
3. That "bold" feature doesn't work if you set the controls to "1-4 cups."
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