Mr. Coffee TF5 Can Be Purchased for Less Than 20 Dollars

The TF5 Mr. Coffee coffee maker is listed currently for less than 20 bucks, and in fact it is sold in many stores for below $10. I saw you can even get it by third-party sellers on Amazon's site as well for below $10, but it will cost you shipping, I believe.

What is the Mr. Coffee brewer good for? Basically, for people drinking just 2-3 coffees. It is not a single serve coffee pot, it includes a carafe, does not brew in a mug. Nor is it a larger capacity coffeemaker like the 10 or 12 cup machines. Just a plain, basic machine. It doesn't have all the features of other drip coffee makers, including some models by Mr. Coffee. It's a cheap basic electric dripper for a very low price.

By the way, Mr Coffee carries also drip coffee makers that come with a stainless steel carafe, but those units are more expensive because of the stainless steel canister.

Mr.Coffee now also has single serve coffeemaker models that are powered by Keurig and they use similar technology, I think.

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Feb 16, 2012
Switch Coffee Makers for Below $10
by: Anonymous

Just like Mr. Coffee coffeemakers, basic "switch" coffeemakers of some other brands also can be found for about $10 or even less. I saw a Proctor Silex for below 10 bucks in retail shops and also another coffee maker of a different brand (that one may even be a programmable one, but I can't remember the brand right now). This makes sense because these coffee makers are very basic lacking in any features, perhaps even without an auto shut-off. I do own a Proctor Silex switch coffeemaker. Now this machine makes good coffee, but you better be aware because switch coffee makers without an automatic shutoff can cause you trouble if you're mindless. I know because I have already experienced several incidents. Leaving the coffeemaker unattended or forgetting to turn it off may cause the machine to continue heating even after all the water of the tank has emptied. I believe this is a danger and fire hazard. I saw this machine smoking before I shut if off. Another thing to be aware of: do remember to fill it with water before you turn on the switch to brew. This may sound obvious, but I once forgot to turn on mine and was wondering why the coffee doesn't start the dripping even though the machine was on. It took me a while to realize that I forgot to add water! (By the way, I must have been very absent minded at that time because at the same brew session I scalded my finger touching the heated machine, so be careful!)

One more thing I want you guys to pay attention to: A friend of mine told me excitedly about a programmable coffee maker of one certain brand that is reduced and sold for under $10 at a respected retail store. Before I let myself get excited too and buy it, I did a quick look-up online and found the catch: there were FDA recalls for more than one coffeemaker model by that brand due to consumer complaints of fire hazards, and while on that particular model there was not a recall "yet," I explained well to me why the company, or the retail store, rushed to push it out on a significant discount price to rid themselves of the coffeemaker. So, price is not everything, and if you do see an unusual price reduction, keep your guard on. Ask yourself why.

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