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Black & Decker DCM2000B SmartBrew coffee maker is a 12-cup programmable coffee maker that’s worth at least twice the very low price. The DCM2500B SmartBrew is made by Black & Decker, one of the most respected manufacturers of home appliances in the world. The SmartBrew 12 cup coffee maker from Black and Decker offers all the most wanted features in 12 cup coffee makers, including a programmable timer so you can get up to coffee, the Sneak-a-Cup feature to pause brewing so you can grab a coffee before the entire pot is brewed and automatic shut-off after two hours so that your coffee stays hot without burning.
The Black & Decker DCM2000B SmartBrew 12 Cup coffee maker features a patented Perfect Pour coffee pot which promises you a dripless pour. The hourglass inspired shape cuts a very attractive figure on your counter-top and comes in two colors, black or white. The Black & Decker 2500B SmartBrew brews up to 12 cups of coffee at a time and can be set to brew smaller pots for those mornings when you don’t have time for a second and third cup. The programmable digital timer can be set to start your coffee before you get up in the morning – or before you get home from work in the afternoon.
Black & Decker DCM2500B Specifications:
Product: Black & Decker DCM2500B SmartBrew 12-Cup coffee maker
Type: Automatic coffee maker
Size: 12.5 H x 7.75 W x 10.25 D
Weight: 6 lbs
Features: Programmable, Digital display, clock, timer, touch pad controls, auto-shutoff, Sneak-A-Cup (pause and serve feature), PerfectPour carafe with ergonomic handle and dripless spout
Uses: Standard flat-bottom coffee makers
Includes: coffee maker, PerfectPour carafe
The Black & Decker 2500B SmartBrew coffee maker was ranked one of the country’s top coffee makers by Consumer Reports, and I can see why. The lightweight, stylish machine is priced low, but has all the features that are most wanted in a basic 12-cup coffee maker. At under $40, it is very reasonably priced for a programmable coffee maker. Even better, it may be one of the easiest coffee makers in the world to program. The programming touchpad is easy to read and the printed directions are easy to follow. Unlike some other coffee makers, the SmartBrew really will have coffee ready for you when you wake up in the morning – without breaking your brain trying to figure out how to program the darn thing!
Another major plus for the Black & Decker Smartbrew coffee maker is the PerfectPour carafe. It’s designed with a wider spout to make it easy to pour without spilling coffee all over the counter in the process. The ergonomic handle also makes it easier to carry and handle the carafe which is a major plus. The hinged one piece lid lifts up so that you have access to both the water tank and the coffee filter at the same time. If you knew how often I have accidentally poured coffee into the filter side of the coffee maker, you’d understand just how delightful this feature really is.
To top it all off – and of course the most important feature in an automatic coffee maker – the Black & Decker SmartBrew makes excellent coffee. It scales nicely, making 2 cups of coffee as easily as 12, and it quickly heats water to the right temperature and starts brewing. In the Consumer Reports testing, it delivered the first pot of coffee in under 8 minutes, making that Sneak-a-Cup feature almost redundant.
The cons of the SmartBrew coffee maker are few and very minor. Because it’s tall, you’ll need to pull it out from underneath the counter top to fill the water container. A few people have complained that cleaning can be a bit inconvenient, but I’ve never had a problem with it.
The Final Verdict:
The Black & Decker SmartBrew 2500B is an inexpensive basic coffee maker that’s worth far more than its price. Consumer Reports ranked it as a Best Buy in their 2007 report on coffee makers, and it lives up to the expectations. If you want a solid, basic 12 cup coffee maker that makes good coffee and lasts a long time, the Black & Decker SmartBrew coffee maker should be at the top of your list.