Reviews and Problems with Black & Decker DCM18S
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Does it's job well... but...
Adam J., Newegg
27 June 2013
Summary: DON'T BUY THE METAL CUP VERSION. It's not that it's poor quality, quite the contrary... but you can't microwave it if you want to heat up your coffee after a while. Go with the ceramic.
Pros: :: Simple to use, simple to clean. :: Comes with handy travel mug (decent quality) :: Inexpensive. I needed something for my desk at work. I'm the only one that drinks coffee (no idea how that happened), so a 1-cup brewer seemed like the way to go. Works as intended, like it a lot.
Cons: :: Could use some minor Design changes. :: A couple simple instructions would help remove the need for the initial "see how it works." There's really only two minor design issues - (1) The "platform" that the cup sits on is slightly elevated from the actual bottom of the unit - meaning that as it fills up, it will occasionally tip slightly (like 3/16") if you don't have the cup all the way back against the inner wall; (2) The cup has a pretty wide mouth, and using it ...
Summary: Bought this to use on the weekends, and it does the job well. One cup of coffee, very quick and easy. Simple to use, no filters to buy, automatically shuts off, very handy. The mug being uninsulated is bad (metal plus heat) but the handle and rim are perfectly fine for holding. Cheap built in filter leaves you with dregs at the bottom often, but I leave the last sixteenth of an inch and dump it. Works perfectly for my intended use, and was inexpensive.
Summary: One of the better coffee makers I've owned. I hope it lasts for a while. Mesh filter leaves a bit of very fine residue; not a bug but a feature - I purely don't mind. So far, it's a great coffee machine, especially for being simple to use and for the price.
Pros: Brews quickly, and is easy to use and clean.
Cons: I was disappointed that the mug is not insulated. Minus one egg for that not being made clear in product description.
Summary: I has a Melitta Take 2, which was nicer. It started to leak and I replaced it with this in my office. My home Take 2 is still going strong after 5 years.
Pros: Makes a single mug of coffee. Doesn't need "cups". You can grind your own, or use already ground coffee at the proportions you like. Doesn't need paper filters as it has its own impermanent filter. Turns itself off when done. It is FAST. CHEAP compared to the cheapest cup brewer.
Cons: Cannot use paper filter in place of the permanent one, so you get more sediment. Easy to miss reservoir with water if you are groggy in the morning.
Summary: Bought from another source to replace an earlier model of the same product that finally failed after years of service. This model is higher and will hold larger cups.
Pros: Earlier model lasted a long time and I expect the same from this. Easy to clean if you don't use the foolish permanent filter. I buy #2 filters and cut them for a perfect fit, a batch at a time using electric scissors.
Cons: Previous model was white and easy to see the water level mark. This is black and almost impossible to see the water level, one egg off for that. I use an almost full 2 cup measure and fills the supplied cup almost to the top.
Summary: I bought this coffee maker on Newegg to replace the same exact model that broke after 4 years of use. The reason the previous one broke was entirely my fault--I added water 2 min after I hit the "start" switch and it blew a gasket. Before settling back on this same coffee maker I tried a few other single cup coffee maker and did not like them. The coffee always came out watered down on the others. This coffee maker makes great coffee for a reasonable per cup price.
Pros: Inexpensive and makes great tasting coffee. I've tried other single cup coffee makers and none are as good as this one.