What is a 4 cup coffee maker good for?
Think of it as a coffee maker brewing just enough for about 2 mugs of coffee ("4 cups" really refer to small cup-sizes).
If you tend to brew a full pot and find yourself throwing away unused coffee, the 4 cup machine may be a money saver, as you'll brew just as much as you need at a time and waste less coffee.
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4 cup programmable coffee maker
It is great for home and office as a space-saver, taking up little space on the counter-top or table.
The four cup coffeemaker is programmable and includes a clock and timer that can be pre-set to brew at a give time (for example, when you wake up in the morning).
It has an on-off light-indicator, a heating element, keeping your coffee hot, and auto shut-off turning off after one hour. It also includes a Pause-&-Serve feature allowing to "steel" a cup midbrew (stops brewing for about 30 seconds).
It beeps to let you know the brew is finished.
Included with the coffee maker is a nice, cute, small glass carafe (you'll need to be careful when pouring to avoid spills).
It needs a filter - permanent (perhaps included) or paper - that suits a four cup coffee maker.
If using paper filter, you may want to buy bulk, like a pack of 12 100-count paper filters.
However, my 8-12 cup Melitta paper-filter fits well in and doesn't fold over.
As time goes on, some people report having durability problems, as is quite common with low-end coffee makers.
One major problem of the DRX5 coffee maker is that it definitely does not make very hot coffee; so, if you love your coffee piping hot, it may not be what you want.
However, this isn't unique for the DRX5 model. unfortunately, it's a problem shared by many other low-end coffee makers.
Basic (Non-Porgrammable) TF5 Mr. Coffee 4 Cup Coffee Maker
the TF5 Mr Coffee 4 cup Switch (non-programmable) coffee maker is just a basic regular coffee maker that brews 4 cups of coffee.
It doesn't have programmable features.
Its price is cheaper than the programmable coffee maker. I found it for around 20 bucks.
If you need just a plain, simple coffee maker for brewing 2-3 cups of coffee that is affordable, this will do the job.
The coffee maker includes a carafe, and may or may not (make sure when you buy) include a permanent reusable coffee filter.
Why on earth would you want to buy a basic non-programmable coffee maker that is priced about the same, or just a bit less, than a programmable one?
Well, perhaps because of the complexity of programmable features, or problems associated with them when going bad.
Read more about Mr. Coffee coffeemakers here.
The Cuisinart coffee maker is compact, with a small footprint, not taking up much space on the countertop or desk.
It includes a stainless-steel carafe and has an automatic shut-off feature, allowing it to shut off automatically after 30 minutes following completion of the brew.
Refer to above review for tips on cleaning the coffeemaker before first use to avoid taste of plastic.
The Cuisinart coffee-maker sells for about $21.00 (at the time of this writing).
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Read more about Cuisinart coffee making machines here.
Check out also:
Mr. Coffee coffee makers reviews.