Top positive review
Does the job for cheap
October 27, 2018
Nothing to complain about this coffee maker. It's cheap, it works, it makes delicious coffee. A few notes from my first week:
One or two reviews commented that the coffee wasn't hot enough. These people must have tongues of steel because I definitely need to let my drink cool down for about 5 minutes after pouring it or my mouth will get scorched.
About the reusable basket. I agree that it should be cone shaped-style as opposed to the flat style, and it's strange to me that there's only mesh on the sides and not the bottom. It still gets the job done just fine though. And seriously people, it's too hard to clean? It takes approximately 30 seconds to clean out the mesh filter and pop in back into place. Save some paper!
About the warped top. My parents have the old model of this coffee maker and that top definitely would warp when it was brewing. So far, I haven't noticed any warping on the lid of this model, and the plastic seems much heavier/stronger than the old model. I don't think it will warp, but will update if any issues arise.
Finally, about the coffee strength. I do notice that this coffee seems a little weaker than my old coffee maker. I'm not sure if this is because a) the coffee grinds I'm using is different from my previous brand b) the mesh filter's flat style doesn't work as well as a conical style/paper filter or c) I just haven't found the sweet spot of grounds:water yet.
Overall, if you read through all this, you're overthinking it! This is a solid $20 coffee maker and if you hate it get another one after a year or two.
EDIT: Update, 11/26. As far as the coffee strength goes, the initial weak coffee taste I noticed was definitely from the grounds and not the maker. Since buying a better brand of grounds, my morning coffee comes out strong and hot!