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Excellent Coffee Maker!
Strengths: Easy to use, makes great coffee, easy to clean, no problems.
I did a lot of research before buying the Zojirushi EC-BD15 Fresh Brew Coffee Maker. From the customer reviews, it seemed that most people loved it, while a few had problems with it -- which is a common reaction to even the "best" consumer products. I have not had any problems at all with this model, and think it's superior to the Cuisinart DTC-975 it replaced. Specifically:
It is quite elegant-looking.
It makes excellent coffee.
While lightweight, it is not flimsy.
It is quite easy to clean. Apparently, the carafe, which has a huge opening so you can easily see inside, can be immersed in water.
The carafe keeps coffee hot for a long time. (Of course, if you only put in a couple of cups of coffee, it won't keep it warm very long.)
The drip bucket hasn't overflowed. The carafe lid has an ingenious design that catches errant coffee when brewing and allows it to get into the carafe.
#4 filters work perfectly well if you fold them at the seam, which is what I have always done for my other coffee makers that were designed for #4 filters.
Overall, I would say that this is the best coffee maker under $100 with a thermal carafe.
By storit - Dec 29, 2006
I am very pleased with the carafe...
Strengths: Quick brewing time, auto shut off, great heat retaining carafe.
Weakness: small area on top of carafe must be accurately aligned with basket or coffee will spill around carafe.
I am very pleased with the carafe that keeps coffee drinking temperature all day. The top mechanism on the carafe is easy to use and pour. Brewing temperature seems a bit higher than other coffee makers I have had. Only complaint would be that the carafe and bottom exit for the coffee on the filter basket must be closely aligned to avoid leaks and the continuous black color of all the mentioned parts makes the alignment difficult to see.
By peemsley - May 21, 2005
This coffee maker is wonderful. I...
Strengths: There were no spills and the coffee stayed warm for hours
This coffee maker is wonderful. I spent a lot of time researching different coffee makers and this one stood out above the rest. It hasn't failed me yet. In fact, it has exceeded my expectations. I love that the carafe has no glass lining, which eliminates the threat of cracking. The coffee stayed warm for hours.
By anneepark - May 5, 2005
All in all, a great coffee maker....
Strengths: Elegant, makes great coffee, keeps coffee hot. Easy to use and set the auto timer.
Weakness: Needs special cone filters. If you use regular #4 filters, coffee tends to leak over sides into pot.
All in all, a great coffee maker. Thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for several hours! The auto timer works great so I have my coffee ready every morning. Also, makes enough coffee for 4-6 people (big mugs). Great product!
I'll never switch coffeemakers!
By drdeutsch - Apr 19, 2005
Great Coffee Maker at a Reasonable Price
Strengths: Easy to use. Affordable. Delivers a delicious pot of coffee.
Weakness: Tall (make sure you measure to see if it will fit under cabinet)
After much research on the best coffee maker for our needs we chose the Fresh Brew. We rarely ever finish off a pot of coffee at one sitting and like to enjoy coffee through the morning. This carafe will keep the coffee hot without "cooking" it through the morning hours. It will make an excellent pot of coffee; easily and conveniently.
By pewa88 - Oct 9, 2006
Fresh Brew EC-BD15 Coffee Maker (10 Cup, Black)
Strengths: Nice looking design, easy to use, coffee not burning hot
Weakness: Lid hard to open & close, # 4 filters can be made to fit but not made for it
After using this almost everyday for a month and most days making 2-3 pots of coffee, I like this appliance but it does have it's faults. Aside from the cons mentioned above, I've also had some trouble with the little red ball that acts as the water level indicator. It doesn't always rise with the level of the water, it sometimes stays at the bottom of the column.
By skhow - Jan 5, 2007
I started with a Cuisinart thermal...
Strengths: Brews a good cup of coffee. Keeps it hot for handful of hours. Works best if rinsed first with hot water.
I started with a Cuisinart thermal carafe coffee maker. I felt the pour mechanism was a bit over engineered and didn't pour particularly well. This coffee maker has a simple stopper to place in the top to seal which is much simpler and better. I am very happy with this product and have since bought one for my in-laws (and I like them).
By anonymous; - Jan 29, 2007
Strengths: brews a decent cup of coffee, nice carafe
I have owned this coffee maker about 9 months now and originally gave it a good review. Now I want to warn others about leaking of water from the water resevoir along the cheap clear plastic strip with the cup markings. this thing appears to be just set in the black plastic and after some time of use becomes loose. Now when I pour water in it leaks very substantially all over the counter!!
By anonymous; - Oct 8, 2006
This unit was purchased to replace...
Strengths: Efficient design, good looking. Kept coffee hot for 6+ hours.
Weakness: A bit noisy
This unit was purchased to replace a Krups 229, which failed to shut off after 2 years of use. In comparison to the Krups, the Zojirushi:
- has better quality of workmanship
- easier to add water to reservoir without spillage
- the entire basket assembly removes for easier cleaning
- the carafe cover is cleaned easily.
- is less than 1/2 the price of the Krups!
The Zojirushi delivers a nice, smooth cup of coffee. I am happy with this unit.
By sanronrx - Dec 11, 2004
Best value in a stainless steel...
Strengths: Price, design, performance. Keeps coffee hot for hours.
Weakness: Minor - make sure carafe top and filter basket match up to avoid leakage during coffee making process.
Best value in a stainless steel thermos style coffee maker. Attractive and well designed. Keeps coffee hot for hours. This is minor, but important: When carafe is in coffee making position, be sure the center of the carafe cap (where the coffee flows through) is directly below the hole in the filter basket. You may have to adjust the position of the carafe slightly, but once that's determined, you'll never have to think about it again.
By dcschubert - Oct 26, 2004
This is the best coffee maker I've...
Strengths: Keeps coffee hot for a long, long time. Easy to program, use and clean. Solid quality. Carafe doesn't leak or drip.
Weakness: A little on the tall side.
This is the best coffee maker I've ever owned. The coffee stays hot, without that funny burnt taste. The carafe is well designed and doesn't leak or drip. Despite what some say, it uses #4 filters without any issues. It's just a nice, well-designed machine that does exactly what I want: hassle-free, good-tasting coffee in the morning.
By psk212 - Sep 19, 2004
I make a pot of coffee pretty much...
Strengths: Makes great coffee that stays drinkably warm for a long time.
Weakness: Standard paper filters don't quite fit right. Lining up the drip and carafe is difficult. Can't tell how much coffee is left in opaque carafe. A little noisy.
I make a pot of coffee pretty much every morning and this coffee maker does exactly what I want it to do -- make me a good several cups of coffee. After a couple of times with the couple of minor tweaks of making the filter fit and lining up the carafe and the drip feed, it is easy and natural to use. The coffee stays hot enough to drink for at least 2 to 3 hours and it stays tasting good. My old maker had a warming element that turned off after an hour (until it failed), so the coffee after an hour was both cold and tasted like it had been on the burner for the hour it was. This is a simple unit, so I'd expect a good lifetime.
By mikieat - Jun 25, 2005
Wouldn't buy again
Strengths: Looks, size
Weakness: Thermos, lid
The coffee does not stay hot for very long. Just luke warm after an hour and needs to be microwaved. The lid is very difficult to remove if tightened too much, so be careful!
By JudyPit - Jun 14, 2007
Country of coffee drinkers
Strengths: Makes good coffee day after day
Weakness: NA, we can always find fault if we want to.
My comment to storeit, have you ever been to Japan? These people take coffee drinking to a whole nother level (WNL)! I lived there for more than a few years and rarely was I out of sight of a coffee shop on the street. In fact they love coffee so much, they purchase nearly all of the famous and delicious Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica, before it's even picked. Unfortunately, we Americans are used to drinking the poor quality roast that other countries don't want.
By Genkidesu - Dec 30, 2006
I have always been put off from...
Strengths: 1.5 liter stainless steel vacuum insulated carafe is excellent for keeping coffee warm and fresh tasting coffee; convenient electric timer clock module with preset function.
Weakness: Need to be sure to align top carefully with carafe to avoid leaks. Coffee can be very hot.
I have always been put off from converting from instant coffee by the time and effort involved in making filter coffee, but this machine is the answer for anyone with the same reservations. It produces excellent coffee very quickly and is easy to clean. The built in balance works well to produce consistent strength. It is easy to set up and use (if you read instructions, carefully), keeps coffee piping hot. Cord storage keeps the cord out of the way and your kitchen top tidy.
By mplotkin - Jan 22, 2005
My Hopes Have Been Dashed
Strengths: Coffee Tastes Good
Weakness: The "auto-stop" feature doesn't work: hot coffee spits out. The ball in the water-fill gauge takes 5 minutes to show you how much water you have poured in -- and you often find in the meantime that you have poured too much. The machine is too tall,
I wish I could get my money back. The wait just to fill the water chamber to the correct level makes the daily coffee ritual surprisingly painful. In the end, I am convinced that the Japanese tea-drinking society lacks the appropriate appreciation for what it takes to make a functional cofee machine.
By dbono - Dec 9, 2006
What I like most about this coffee...
Strengths: Good looks
Weakness: slow compared to Bunn
What I like most about this coffee maker is that it matches all of the applainces in our kitchen in color and styling. It makes great tasting coffee although not as quickly as I would like.
By gasserd - Nov 1, 2004
Very Nice Product!
Nice solid unit that works well! Nice design. Keeps coffee hot. Easy to clean. Only negative was cone filter. We have a pile of basket filters. Using basket filters and it works fine:-)
By Bob4 on Home Depot - Aug 14, 2012
Great Coffee Maker!!
Love it, makes great coffee quickly. Easy to use and love the auto feature. The maker feels very light but is well constructed. Coffee stays hot for a couple hours.
By kserino on Home Depot - Jun 5, 2012
Fresh Brew EC-BD15 Coffee Maker
Strengths: Keep coffee hot for a very long time
Weakness: The screw on top is difficult to loosen at times. Uncomfortable grip.
We did a lot of research before the purchase of this coffee maker. With all the positive information we gathered with this one, we had to give it a try.
We really love this product. We have had no problems and the coffee is very good and stays hot for hours.
Yesterday morning my husband made coffe and that evening he poured a cup and it was still just a little warm.
Knowing the coffee is not sitting on a burner is great. Makes the coffee taste better and the worry of leaving it on is not there. We highly recomend this coffee maker.
By anonymous; - Jan 14, 2007
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