KRUPS KM1010 Prelude Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Housing, 10-Cup, Silver
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- 8-cup sophisticated coffee machine with full stainless steel body and graphite accents
- Pause and serve feature lets you remove carafe at any time to serve
- Keep warm function keeps coffee hot for 2 hours
- Translucent water tank with dual water level windows; removable filter basket for easy cleaning
- 900 watts; 2-year worldwide warranty
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|Color||Grey||Stainless Steel||Black||Brushed Chrome||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||11.25 x 7.25 x 13.63 in||9.6 x 12.2 x 15.9 in||7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 in||9 x 7.75 x 14 in||9.57 x 11.26 x 14.29 in|
|Item Weight||8.35 lbs||9.9 lbs||7.1 lbs||6.8 lbs||8.6 lbs|
|Material Type||glass||Stainless Steel||Plastic||Plastic||Stainless Steel|
The KRUPS KM1010 Prelude Coffee Maker combines sophisticated look with its full stainless steel body and graphite accents and convenience thanks to its numerous features including the pause and serve function that allows to remove the carafe at any time during the brew cycle for an early cup and the 2-hour keep warm. The tranlucent water tank with two water level windows ensures an easy control and the removable filter basket eases the cleaning. The KRUPS KM1010 Prelude Coffee Machine guarantees a rich and complex coffee taste in all its simplicity, time and time again.
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Unfortunately, most coffee manufacturers have now burdened their customers with lids that are fixed onto the carafes. This makes a hand wash/hand dry-immediately mandantory in order to clean the pot. With its lid down you always dribble coffee or water while pouring. And the handle was made for someone with large hands. So for a more petite person, the handle makes the carafe hard to pour when full.
We looked at many different coffee pots and manufacturers and found this one to be the best. The coffee tastes great, its hot right after brewing and during the entire two hour period that the pot stays on automatically. No plastic taste. The two-hour automatic shut off is a great safety feature.
If you are looking for a quality coffee maker that doesn't cost you a fortune, this is it.
Only flaw in this coffee maker I have found is the coffee filter holder not going in all the way. If thats not place in its slot just right, and the lid does not completely close, it fills with water and the grounds and coffee come pouring out all over the counter. That's because the bottom of the plastic filter has to push through the hole below that drips the coffee karaffe below. So make sure thats in its slot just perfect and the lid is completely closed otherwise its a mess!
I think the Krups KM1010 is a respectable substitute for the Braun (though much more spendy at 2.5x the cost), but since I have as much respect for the Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder as I do for the KF400, I figured Krups could make the grade.
So far, the brew has been consistently good (though still not as good as the Aromaster). The hardware itself seems more robust than the Braun, so I'm hoping that it will last longer. All in all, I can't complain.
The main pros are the no-frills simple design and relatively small footprint. The main cons are:
- The filter basket is problematic; it needs to be removed when filling to avoid pouring grounds into the water reservoir and installed correctly to avoid leaking hot coffee while using the brew-pause feature (twist counterclockwise to lock).
- I've found that all coffee carafes dribble if not poured slowly (and it drives me nuts), so I always pour coffee over the sink.
- The resistance when replacing the carafe feels harder than it should. The brew-pause valve is a likely point of early failure (as it was on the Braun).
- The water level is hard to read in the dark.
- The finish is a stain magnet.
- The price seems high compared to the Braun.
I still wish I could get the Braun KF400, but as the Cuisinart DCC-1200 seems to be the most popular on Amazon (with around 2000 reviews), I may buy it in the future.
Otherwise, the Krups 1010 seems to be as good as I can hope for until (if ever) the KF400 is available in the USA again.
I must downgrade my rating of this unit to 2 stars after two early failures within the 2-year warranty (11 months after purchase) when the unit clogged and would only brew half a pot after 40 minutes of sputtering loudly. I brewed white vinegar to clear the first clog, but couldn't clear the second.
I don't know what caused the unit to fail, but I believe that having the brew basket and water next to each other is a design defect that promotes clogging if grounds get into the reservoir (though I always filled the unit by removing the brw basket and dropping it into place).
Furthermore, the warranty repair took 8 weeks (with many hoops to jump through to set up ... the support website is terrible); after which Krups sent me a new unit (something I feel they could have done immediately). While waiting two months for the repair, we used a French press to brew in the morning; less convenient, but much better coffee (yet still not as good as the Braun KF400, ironically).
I'll stick with the Krups for now (making sure not to pour grounds in the top), but next time, I'd recommend the Cuisinart DCC-1200 for a little more money.
I must downgrade my rating of this unit to 1 star after the final failure just after the 2-year warranty on this replacement unit. It simply stopped working.
I bought the Cuisinart DCC-1200. A perfect replacement to the Braun.
I'll stick with the Krups coffee grinder, but never another brew appliance.
The so-so: as other said, the area to pour water in is a little tricky to pour into, but really not a huge deal. The stainless is nice, but show fingerprints, like most other stainless. But, cleaned nicely with just a papertowl and water.
Also, the coffeemaker is larger than I thought, especially since its a 10 cup coffeemaker - slightly taller and deeper than I would have thought / than my old one.
Given the simplicity of this, I expect it to last as long as my last Krups - 10+ years.