How Long Does Your Coffee Maker Work?

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  1. InTheLight

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    My Cuisinart 1200 Brewmaster just bit the dust. It made the best coffee I've ever brewed. Lasted a little over 3 years (just out of the warranty period, of course.) I see on Amazon that this model has a record of failing, and many people report it failing in less time than mine.

    I bought a Farberware model at Wal Mart that is a virtual clone of the Cuisinart 1200, but so far the coffee doesn't taste as good as the Cuisinart. Either I haven't found the 'sweet spot' of grounds to water ratio, or it's just not going to taste as good.

    I told a couple friends of mine that I was disappointed my coffee maker quit after only three years and they both said that was pretty good longevity for a coffee maker and that they typically get less than three years out of theirs.

    So how long has your coffeemaker been working? What brand/model is it?

    Is it typical for you to buy a new coffee maker every couple of years?
     
  2. preacher4truth

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    We had a Cusinart and it died fast too. Maybe a year old? We have another, had it for 2 years. Older pots that are seasoned seem to make better coffee. Seems the cheaper they are the longer they last, but they don't look as nice as the Cuisinart. (ours has to be stainless to match the kitchen, although I couldn't care less if it was plain) :smilewinkgrin:

    So since we've been using cuisinart I expect we'll be in rotation of new every 2-3 years.
     
  3. InTheLight

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    Sounds like you've decided that's all the life that can be expected from a coffeemaker. I'm having a hard time accepting it.

    Our previous units were a Hamilton Beach and a Mr. Coffee. I'd say they were in the 3-4 year range. It's incredible to me that these things don't last for 10 years or more. In essence they are only a pump, an on/off switch, and a hot plate. What's complicated about that?
     
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    Could be. I've noticed that the Cuisinart had a cone shaped basket and the Farberware has a flat bottomed basket. I'm thinking that makes a difference as well. Both units have the 'showerhead' style water dispenser.
     
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    I've had pots last for 6-8 years, and they were the cheap models. Cusinart has caused me to not expect it to last too long. I never considered the filter shape as a contributing factor...I think they put in a timed circuit in them and it burns out after a couple years (or less with our first one) :laugh:
     
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    I have a stove-top espresso maker that I bought at an Ikea in Europe. I think it cost all of $12.00. It should last forever and it makes a wonderful cup of coffee. I will never buy any other coffee maker.

    They have them in some of their stores, but not all, in the US. The manufacturer is RĂ…DIG and the online cost is $19.99.
     
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    Our Cuisinart Grind and Brew is probably about 4 years old and still going strong. My Farberware electric perc pots are about 27 years old (I got them when we first got married). I have the large one (I think it's 12 cups) and the small one (4 cups). They make amazing coffee....
     
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    stainless steel spoon and a china mug. Pour in hot water over a spoonful, add milk and drink. Been fine more years than I care to mention.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I have a stainless steel Cuisinart, 8 years old. It's the best coffee maker I've ever owned. Now that I said that, it will die tonight.
     
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    I have never had a coffee maker die on me. I have had broken pots that encouraged me to buy new ones. I have gotten tired of trying to clean some, which encouraged me to buy a new one. I get one about every 6 years or so.


    My favorite coffee.....made in an old metal coffee can over an open camp fire. Sadly, I can't find metal coffee cans anymore. I had to break down and buy metal camp coffee pots for camping. They don't hold up well though and the coffee is only so-so.
     
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    I make a pot or two of coffee every day and yes I replace my coffee makers rather often. I don't even know what I bought last time but it cost about $80 at Walmart and it tells me when to clean it. I always forget to clean the things, which is why I go through them so often. I'm hoping the handydandy little cleaning light will keep this one alive a little longer.
     
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    The one I have now is a Hamilton Beach Brew Station and I like it because it doesn't have a pot to have to wash and it doesn't get that icky flavor you get if you rewarm or let the pot sit on the warm burner. It brews inside and you just push your cup against the bar to fill it.

    Before that I never bought one, just got the ones you get with the Gevalia promotions. Did that twice over 20 years (with a few years there when I didn't drink coffee) and those ones never went out on me. I still have the second one, kept it in case the new one goes out plus it has sentimental values. It's crossed many state lines, flown in the air, and been out of the country. :thumbs:

    I think. Unless I dumped that one and got a new one when we moved here. Darn. I think that's what happened. I don't remember! Does my coffee pot really have memories attached or have my cups of coffee over the last couple years from it all been a big fat lie?! Now that I think about it, Carl and I just may have ended up getting it from Gevalia when I rejoined out here. OH NO! I'm such a dork!

    I need to go find that thread I started on memory to try to improve mine. :D
     
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    I have that Brew Station one now too. It's nice being able to get a cup of mud without having to be awake enough to not pour a scalding pot of it all over my hand in my pre-coffee zombie state.
     
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    We won ours as a door prize 23 or 24 years ago at a company picnic. It's a Salton Three In One - Coffee/Espresso/Cappuccino maker with a Swiss gold cone shape filter. The top of the machine has a small crack and the lid broke off the pot, but it is still going strong and makes great coffee. We don't use the other two options very much at all.
     
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    I'd be hitting my appliances with frying pans if they started telling ME when it was time to clean them. How rude! :D
     
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    Must double post, because I am SO offended by the idea of inanimate objects telling me when to clean!

    Wait...do they make tubs that tell kids when to bathe? Cuz THAT would be funny!
     
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    Sorry, I have no idea how long the employees who produce the jars of supermarket "own brand" coffee work. :laugh:
     
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    Most drip/perc coffee isn't worth drinking because the water is to hot when it hits the coffee grounds. On the other hand, "Coffee only has to work, it doesn't have to taste good."
     
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    You think that is bad? I had to replace my iron the other day too. (hit my husband with it one time to many I guess) The new iron beeps to let my know I've plugged it in!!! Then it beeps everytime I press the button to raise or lower the temp and then again when it reaches whatever temp I've set it for. But that's not all!

    It also beeps if you leave it still while pressing something for longer than 30 seconds (obviously these people have never done applique work using heat and bond. You have to press for longer than 30 seconds to get a good hold!) AND,

    It beeps after it's been still for 8 minutes on its heel to tell you to move it or it is going to shut itself off. The thing scared my dd to death the other day when she went to press a blouse.

    :eek: I had no idea or I'd have chosen a different iron! :eek:
     

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