KRUPS KM1000 Prelude Coffee Maker with LCD Analog-Style Clock, Silver, 10-Cup
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- 10-cup stainless steel coffee maker with sleek graphite finish
- Illuminated blue LCD analog style clock
- Programmable clock to set the daily start time with auto shut off
- Pause and serve feature lets you remove carafe at any time to serve; keep warm function keeps coffee hot for 2 hours; auto shut off
- Translucent water tank; dual water-level windows; removable filter basket for esay cleaning; 1050 watts; 2-year worlwide warranty
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Inspired by professionals and designed for connoisseurs, KRUPS products have been built with three key attributes in mind: Passion, Precision and Perfection. Clean, simple lines and the combination of stainless steel and graphite finish give the KM1000 a rich, sophisticated look. The central illuminated LCD clock and controls make use and programming easy and intuitive. Features include a pause and serve function and warming plate to keep coffee hot for 2 hours before automatically shutting down. The transparent water tank with dual water level windows give a clear visibility and the removable filter basket ease the clean up. Convenient and good looking the KRUPS KM1000 will satisfy every coffee lover.
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I was wary of this Krups because of the negative reviews, but after six months it's still going strong and performing like new. My first impression taking it out of the packaging wasn't a great one -- compared to the solid build of the Bunn it was replacing, the metal/plastic components felt a little bit light and cheap. Additionally, I was surprised when I brewed my first batch of coffee and the Krups started putting water through the ground coffee immediately (before it would have had time to reach a hot temperature appropriate for brewing coffee). However, the coffee has turned out well, and more importantly this Krups has been consistent and reliable. It can make a full put of coffee quickly, and looks nice on my counter when it's not in use. The carafe pours well, and the see-through gray plastic water tank is a nice touch to keep an eye on how full the coffeemaker is.
One thing I noticed about the reviews for this coffeemaker is that the majority of those talking about the whole machine failing look like they're a few years old, which makes me wonder if Krups has improved quality control or updated the internal components since then. However, even if this coffee maker doesn't last for 5+ years like my old Cuisinart, it's a solid performer and a good value.
UPDATE: July 11, 2013..I would think a coffee maker would last more the 2 yrs. Around the first of March 2013 the programmable timer quit working. Now I do not wake up to coffee already made, big problem. I am not a morning person and need my coffee waiting for me. I will have to buy another coffee maker ( but no another one of these ). What happened to the day when things last 10 to 15 years?. I bought this because I thought it was German made and Germany makes good products. But they outsource a lot of their items to China like we (USA ) do. But only the stuff they sell to other countries. The items they sell to Germans they still make in Germany according to my research. I know give this 2 stars, one for each year it worked.
Durable coffee Maker (good price/performance) - January 2015 update
The coffeemaker is still working after 3 years - no problem other than the rust on the heating plate - started within the first month. Eventhough I automatically wipe off excess water from the outside of the coffee pot before placing it on the heating plate.
Still missing my Braun machine - slowdrip and the coffee came out piping hot! I have also been trying out some single-cup machines...
Five months later with the Krups coffee machine. (**Four months** of effective usage: 2x day - consumption IMMEDIATELY after brewing cycle. If not, the coffee will start tasting like old coffee...
Another negative: the spring of the filter container tends to keep hooked onto the top of the carafe. I am assuming that this has to do with the spring stiffness and design of the end of the spring - I think...not an engineer) Regarding the stiffness, It is acceptable that the cheaper the product the cheaper components are used. However to have the spring become loose after only 4 months of usage, that is a bit too fast.
Cosmetic minus: the hot plate shows signs of oxidation, too fast.
So still a very good price/performance however from 5 --> 4 stars rating.
This year I bought both the Cuisinart DCC 2600 and the Krups KM1000. My Braun coffeemaker gave out after 12 years.
What I wanted: EASE OF USE of 1)programming 2)access to water basin 3)water level reading 4) no dripping carafe when pouring 5) high coffee temperature.
MUST HAVES: hot coffee, easily programmable and easy cleaning
Both Krups and Cuisinart:
Good coffee temperature
Carafe does not drip
Cuisinart over Krups:
More features e.g. Variable Keep warm temperature, Variable Coffee strength setting, uses water filter
Krups over Cuisinart:
Ease of use e.g. Programming: extremely simple less chance of error thus faster, Access to water tank: easier bigger opening, Carafe lid is attached to the carafe
- hard to accurately reposition the lid over the carafe and "click" it in after 3 months it got easier (using it everyday)
- programming included turning switches and pushing buttons. This feature broke after 3 months and decided to try another brand the Krups
- harder to read the water level as the see-through plastic color is darker vs a dark background of the water container (the Cuisinart had a more light grey see-through plastic). The way around it is to eye-ball the water level in the carafe before pouring the water in the container.
Personal preference the Krups:
1) Ease of use
2) I noticed that neither did I need the extra features of the Cuisinart (e.g. I manage the strength of the coffee by the number of scoops of coffee (no extra buttons needed) nor did I need to use the water filter (needs replacement) as I use purified water. I am just hoping that this one does not break down after 3 months like the Cuisinart did....than obviously it is I that need to be "reviewed"! NB/ I did not consider the breakdown of the program function of the Cuisinart after 3 months use as part of the negative as I do not know what the malfunction percentages are for Krups. Only if in research you find that more customers have had the program function breakdown, it may be a trend. Otherwise this may be a statistically non-significant incident.
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