They are both everyday low-end 12 cup programmable coffee maker models, and in my testing, they both make satisfactorily hot coffee.
They differ in some aspects:
The Mr Coffee® 12 cup coffee maker (that is very similar to the 12 cup Mr. Coffee programmable coffee maker model# BVMC-JXT33GT) has a more sturdy design, while the Black-and-Decker® coffee maker presents a more flimsy look and feel, although its design is more stylish-looking.
Both are programmable coffee makers and both have options to set the brewing for a later time. They both include an auto-shutoff feature, and have on-indicator lights. They both, too, allow pulling out a cup mid-brew, which the Black & Decker folks refer to as "sneak a cup®". Another feature included with both coffeemakers is the heating plate that keeps your coffee warm for 2 hours after which they shot off automatically.
Mr. Coffee Programmable 12 Cup Coffee Maker Vs...
Black&Decker 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Machine DLX1050B
However, the Mr Coffee coffeemaker employs two additional features, that, in my view, are of much importance and they are missed by the B&D coffee maker, lowering the value of the latter.
The two features are - a see-through water-level window and a beeping noise when the brew is finished.
While the Black-and-Decker 12 cup programmable coffee maker also has a water-level window, it's practically useless, since it's extremely hot to see through it and determine the amount of water in the reservoir; thus, you are left with the option to measure water input quantity by the pouring carafe that also has water level markings. In my mind, this is a shortcoming for people like me who are more at ease measuring the water by the water-tank markings.
The beeping noise, too, is very useful as it alerts you when the brew is finished, sparing the need to keep checking. Unfortunately, this is another feature lacked by the Black & Decker coffee machine. The only way to know your coffee is ready to pour is by listening to the last, more noisy, drippings of the coffee into the decanter. Gladly, the Black and Decker, lacking the walls of the Mr. Coffee surrounding the carafe, does allow you to peak under the dripping funnel from the outside above the spout of the decanter to determine visually completion of the brew. This, in no way, measures up to the easy and convenient beeping feature.
Another more subtle minus point of the B&D is the design of the carafe, that besides the inferior touch and feel of it compared to the Mr Coffee, my thumb barely reaches to the back tip of the lid to keep it open, in contrast to the Mr. Coffee carafe lid that is designed for a better and more convenient hold.
There was the burnt plastic taste and smell of the B&D when first used, as is so often complained of various plastic coffee makers, and it almost stopped me drinking coffee forever. Finally, after several brew cycles with just hot water, and a couple more with vinegar and then wasting half a pound of coffee grounds, I managed to eliminate much of the bad odor and taste. Whether or not it disappeared altogether remains yet to be determined. I'll brew another cup soon.
[UPDATE: that won't happen, as the carafe of the Black and Decker 12 cup programmable coffee maker was accidentally dropped by me and broken into pieces. Not my first broken glass coffee decanter. OK, buddies, perhaps time to look for a thermal carafe coffee maker that eliminates the problem of breaking coffee carafes. But here again is another plus of the Mr. Coffee coffee machine over the B&D, as the MrCoffee carafe has more protection against falling down as you lift the machine thanks to the walls surrounding it from 3 sides and keeping it relatively more securely locked into place.]
One nice features of the B&D is the shower head sprayer that showers the hot brewing water over the filter funnel. With the Black and Decker 12 cup programmable coffee maker, the shower head is part of the lid, and there's not need to turn it every time over the filter holder before closing the lid, as is the case with the Mr.Coffee brewer. Also, I shall add, the filter holder of the B&D has a better handle than the Mr. Coffee allowing to more easily lift and remove it from the machine.
Shower Head of B&D Programmable 12 cup coffee maker is one piece with the lid (left). Shower Head of Mr. Coffee has to be turned over the filter each time before closing the lid (right)
Another noticeable feature of the B&D programmable 12 cup cofee maker is the simplicity of its control panel, in contrast to the Mr. Coffee machine that is more elaborate and confusing.
Control Panel of the B & D coffee maker (left) is more simple and less confusing than the one of Mr. Coffee (right)
Mr. Coffee gets my vote here with its significant 2 additional features mentioned above -- the beeping sound and the see-through water-level window. There's not a big difference in retail price between the two -- you should be able to get them both at the time of this writing for about 25-30 bucks. As for durability and reliability of the B&D, it remains to be seen, and I hope to report back to you over time. [Well, as said, this isn't to be expected now that my carafe broke and I'm not about to buy another one of this 12 cup programmable coffee maker model at this time.] As for the Mr Coffee, after many months of brewing reliably without incidence, it still goes strong. Another reason I usually recommend this machine.
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