Cuisinart is a name with a quality reputation, so the purchase of a Cuisinart coffee maker is a good investment. People who love coffee want a coffee machine that’s reliable. There are few things worse than waking in the morning and not being able to have your caffeine when you want it! If you purchase a coffee maker for $10, you’ll have coffee on the cheap but for how long? And how inconvenient can it prove to be?
I recently purchased a $10 Rival brand coffee maker, even though I had my eye on the much more expensive Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker. It turns out that I did get what I pay for–the very basics, nothing more, and not much quality at that.
The $10 coffee maker makes coffee. Why did a purchase a cheap coffee maker? I just didn’t want to spend too much money on something like that if I could help it. But after using it one time I can see why it wasn’t a great choice, even for only $10. There are no rubber pads or grips on the bottom so the coffee machine slides on the counter. Because it’s one of those stop-brew machines where the pot pushes up on a release button on the filter to let the brewed coffee flow into the pot, so that the brewing stops when you remove the pot and you don’t have to wait for the whole thing to finish, it’s a bit hazardous to pour a cup anytime.
I have to be extra careful not to pull the coffee machine off the counter when I’m removing the pot! That seems like a safety issue to me, and something they should have included even if they couldn’t sell the thing for $10.
The pot is also poorly designed. To pour water into the machine or coffee into my cup I have to pour it in a trickle because the pour lip is so narrow. Anymore than that and the coffee goes too wide and runs down the pot. And if the pot is full, pouring in a stream to prevent this actually causes it to run right down the edge of the pot because the lip doesn’t go far enough away from the pot. This is frustrating and messy enough that I won’t be using my $10 money-saving Rival appliance for very long.
I should have chosen a Cuisinart because all of these issues are taken care of. The pot won’t drip and the whole appliance won’t slide on the counter. And a Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker goes even further than just being a quality way to make coffee. The machine grinds beans as well, giving you fresh brewed coffee every time.