Summary: I like the style and look about this model; however there are a few problems with the basic construction of the machine, at least in my opinon. The base for the filter needs a better dispenser! it it's not set on here andpressed firmly down, te water in the filter does not drip into the pot! instead it pour out the top leaving a huge mess of coffee and grinds.
Good Machine, Good (but potentially dangerous) Service...
V.L. Sanders, Amazon
27 October 2006
Summary: #1- If it stops working, unplug it right away (see below). I purchased this machine in August and, aside from the controls, had been very satisfied with it. You've got to hit power twice to turn it on, otherwise it goes into program mode. And when it's in program mode its bright reddish-orange light blinks. But the coffee is good and I like the look of the machine. I've personally had no problem with pouring coffee out of the machine, so that's not a down side for me.
Summary: I purchased my DCM485 as a "gently used" and inspected unit, with a 30 day guarantee. Ok, I'll admit that these reviews (and the fact that it was "used") scared me into spending a few dollars on an extended warranty. I've had it now for about a week. I am, so far, very happy with my "new" Thermal Carafe Coffeemaker. I had researched similar units for quite a long time, wanting the quality coffee that a thermal carafe maintained without the hot plate burn.