This is a really nice looking coffee maker, and it really does make great coffee. It sounds like a space craft taking off when it grinds the coffee, but the noise level isn't obnoxious. The part that drives me nuts is that it's a total pain to clean. Unlike a normal coffee maker you don't just dump out the filter and rinse it. You also have to clean the filter lid and dry it, and the grinder needs to be cleaned and dried as well. That may not sound like such a big deal, but since the grinder gets a lot of steam in it during the brewing cycle, the fine coffee grounds end up cemented to the sides of the grinder pod. Also, the filter lid is made of several pieces, so it never feels like you get it really clean. Finally the carafe...It does a good job of keeping things hot. However the opening is too small to get your hand inside, so it's difficult to clean it properly. Also the pouring mechanism includes a ball valve. The benefit of that is that the ball seals the carafe when it's standing upright, and it pours without having to open the lid. The down side is that it pours REALLY slowly. Also, to get the last cup out, you have to completely remove the lid and basically turn the carafe upside down.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Nearly identical
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Well made, but poorly designed - a total pain to use
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate