I am actually kind of upset writing this because I agonized over buying this thing due to the bad reviews on here, which was needless. It's great! I already have this same machine with a glass carafe, so I knew it made good coffee and was reliable. But the carafe broke and I decided instead of replacing yet another broken glass carafe (I'm a klutz), I'd buy this one because it would be hard to break (AND keep the coffee warm). However there are reviews both here and on Amazon stating this carafe is A) hard to pour out of and B) doesn't keep coffee hot. NOT TRUE!!! The carafe pours just fine, all the way to the last cup. Yes, it is a bit slower due to the semi-sealed lid, but geez - who wants HOT coffee to come flying out of the carafe? It's kind of the same speed as a teapot pouring, because the channel it goes through is smaller to preserve the thermal heat. And more important, it keeps coffee HOT. At 90 minutes, it's scathingly hot, at 3 hours, just hot enough so you don't need to nuke it, and after 5-6 hours it's just lukewarm. I am not sure how long people are expecting it to stay hot, but that's plenty long for me. It is a true double walled, thermal carafe, because you can touch the outside and it will be cool but the coffee inside is nice and hot. I was going to resort to the "1-4 cup " setting if it wasn't hot enough, but it wasn't necessary at all. (that setting double boils the water or something to make it hotter, I guess?). It's not perfect- the beep is a little annoying, but you get used to it, and I don't think you'd hear it loudly in your bedroom, at least I don't. And, it is a bit awkward to fill the water tank, I would not recommend using the carafe unless you take the lid off, I personally pour mine in from a water pitcher but you could use a pull out faucet if you had it. Anyway, buy it, for $$$ it is a very good coffeemaker, my other machine still worked fine after two years of use, if I ever find the thermal carafe for less than $48 I will buy a second carafe and give it to a family member as a hand me down. It's a NICE MACHINE.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? great.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? great.