Summary: Amost ALL current Makes and Models of automatic coffeemakers are unworkable in my small kitchen; many have a "footprint" that just takes up far too much counterspace! But the feature I really MUST have is that the over-all height WITH THE WATER-COMPARTMENT LID FULLY SWUNG UP TO OPEN is not more than 17" high, so that it can be opened -and the water reservoir filled- while the unit is still beneath the wall cabinet above.
Summary: I bought this coffee maker as a back-up to brew decaf at a party we were having. It was on sale, so I figured, why not? Well, this is the worst coffee maker I have ever owned. It leaks water during the brewing process and makes a mess on my counter. I have to use about 50% more coffee than normal--otherwise it is too weak. The basket doesn't stay put and seems very flimsy. Our other coffee maker (Mr. Coffee) has been working much better...for over 7 years.
Summary: This Black & Decker DLX850 coffee pot was cheap (about $20.00 at KMart last year.) It brewed an excellent pot of coffee and the swing out basket was a great feature for cleanup, etc. Easy to fill and has water level indicator. The "Pause and serve" feature was great too! However, the switch failed within less than a year and now I can't find the same pot anymore, locally. For the $20 price tag it can't be beat!
Summary: The hot plate doesn't keep coffee as hot as my last coffeemaker. I'm one who tops off a half cup so I always had to nuke it in the microwave. Also the filter holder opens & closes very hard plus is hard to remove and replace for cleaning. Just too many things wrong with this coffeemaker, it will end up in the barn or at Goodwill.
Summary: I bought this coffee maker four months ago and it has already given up. It has had very little use. The coffee it made was tepid but I don't have to worry about that anymore. I won't be buying another Black and Decker product if I can avoid it.