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Coffemakers Worth Buying?

Published on NewsOK Published: May 2, 2013

Black & Decker 5-Cup Coffeemaker ($16.99 at Target): It's under $20, it has one button, and it makes coffee. Is this a piece of junk that will get grounds in the coffee and spill all over the counter? Or is this the simple, no-nonsense coffeemaker that I need? Someone please tell me, because the mix of reviews of this one range from "The coffee tastes bad!!!" (sic), to "Not to mention the coffee tastes great!" (also sic).

Cuisinart DCC-450 4-Cup Coffeemaker (40% off of $49.99 right now at Macy's): I own a Cuisinart food processor, and I use the heck out of it. If the quality of Cuisinart's coffeemaker is anything like the quality of my amazing 14-cup Cuisinart food processor, which mixes bread dough as well as it shreds, slices, and purees, then this could be my coffeemaker for life. Or not. Reviews of it range from "I am happy with this product", to "... it simply is a piece of junk". Do you have this coffeemaker, and how does it work for you?

Zojirushi ZUTTO Coffeemaker ($63.99 on Amazon): I am kind of excited to see that Zojirushi makes coffeemakers. Their other products are great, so I trust the quality of their engineering and manufacturing. A common complint about the ZUTTO is that the coffee is not hot enough. Can someone who has used this otherwise fine-looking machine please discuss the temperature of the coffee that it produces? OK, thanks.

Bodum BISTRO 1.2 Liter Coffeemaker ($250 from Bodum): This badboy would be a splurge. The carafe looks like a giant, insulated beaker, and it's a regular pushbutton machine without a timer, which is what I want. Bodum claims to be revolutionizing drip coffee with this guy, but I want to know if it's worth the price. Reviewers on Amazon say that it makes great coffee, but dies quickly. Anyone out there have anything to say about the Bodum BISTRO drip coffeemaker?

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Chaya Kurtz writes for

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