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Black & Decker 12 Programmable Review 202



What is Black & Decker 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker?


black & decker 12 cup programmable coffee maker review

Pros

Cons

Quality brew at an affordable price

Build quality may cause failures

Sneak-a-cup feature

The 12 servings are only 5 oz each

Programmable delayed brewing

Tiny water level window

Super easy cleaning and descaling

Removable parts are dishwasher-safe

Fits most basket-type paper filters

About Programmable Coffee Makers

Who doesn't want to wake up to the mouth-watering coffee aroma wafting from the kitchen? Luckily, you don't have to hire a maid or kick your partner out of bed to do the deed. Instead, you can program the coffee maker to brew the cuppa in time for your wake-up call. Drip models equipped with delayed brewing usually come with a thermal carafe or a hot plate to keep your java warm for a couple of hours. Sneak-a-cup is also a common feature that lets you pause the brew cycle to pour a serving or two without waiting for the machine to fill the carafe. 

Choose a single-serve machine if you're the sole java lover of the household. If you can handle more than one mug in the morning, 8-cup machines are your best bet, and if your house is full of caffeine addicts, look for models holding 12 to 14 servings.

Black+Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker Review

This streamlined model is affordable and reliable. It doesn't go overboard with features but boasts those that matter most. You can program delayed brewing, and the machine will turn off automatically after two hours, but your coffee will stay warm in a clear glass carafe. Thanks to intuitive controls, easy cleaning, and reasonable price, most reviews on Black and Decker Programmable 12-cup Coffee Maker are positive. After online research and hands-on testing, we have to agree. Check out our in-depth take on this model's design, brewing quality, and more.

Features

Design

There's nothing special about this humble machine, though older versions had the benefit of an open water tank lid looking like Darth Vader's helmet. At least, you have a choice among three color options, including black or white with stainless steel elements and all-black. The controls are utilitarian, though soft-touch buttons are nicer than most. We've also seen some Black and Decker 12-cup programmable coffee maker reviews complaining about the too-wide coffee carafe handle, but there's no way to say for sure how comfy it will be for your hand. 

Durability

Don't expect a stainless steel machine for under $50, but the plastic is heavy-duty, and the glass carafe is durable. If you're lucky, the coffee maker will be your trusty companion for years to come, even with a daily brew cycle. On the other hand, you might end up with a faulty machine that'll give up on you in six months. We recommend you keep your receipt and warranty pamphlet at hand and make use of it within two years of purchase. 

Brewing

For a simplistic drip machine, the Black and Decker programmable coffeemaker makes a surprisingly passable cuppa. It's a great way to get your hands on a full carafe of brain juice quickly and with minimum fuss. If you're an espresso snob or love to savor your single-origin beans, we recommend supplementing this machine with a French press or an espresso maker.

Capacity

The Black and Decker 12-cup Programmable Coffeemaker holds around 60 fl oz of water if you fill the tank to the MAX mark, and it produces the same amount of java. If you're like us and prefer huge coffee mugs to dainty espresso cups, the carafe won't supply you with 12 servings. Instead, expect around five 12-oz mugs full to the brim. As the water tank isn't that large, you'll need to refill it for every brewing.

Ease of Use;

It takes less than a couple of minutes to set up the machine and program delayed brewing. The water tank and coffee hopper are within easy reach, though the lid might be too high to fit under your kitchen cabinets when open. We also have to agree with those complaining about the water level window that's too tiny to tell you much about how soon the tank must be refilled. 

Cleaning

This machine is nothing if not super easy to clean. According to Black and Decker Coffee Maker 12-cup Programmable reviews and the user manual, you can wash all the removable parts (carafe and filter basket) in a dishwasher. Once in a while, you'll need to descale the machine, and it takes one brew cycle to get rid of the buildup. You don't even need pricey chemicals; white vinegar is more than enough! 

How to Use Black and Decker Coffeemaker

It couldn't be easier! First, you fill the water tank, insert a filter, and add a heaping teaspoon of coffee grounds for every serving. Then, you turn the machine on and let it brew the brain juice. Pause the cycle to pour yourself a cuppa to save time and restart the process to fill the entire carafe. It will remain warm for a couple of hours, though you'll hardly enjoy the taste after such a long time. If you set the time and program delayed brewing, your java will be ready for you when you need it most. Just don't forget to add fresh water and grounds.

Alternatives

If you're looking for a smaller coffee maker with the same capacity and features, check out the Mr. Coffee 12-cup model. It's nearly identical to Black and Decker, but the controls are even easier, and the water level windows are much clearer. For a stylish look and greater customization options, consider Mueller Ultra 12-cup Coffee Maker. It's sturdy and durable, looks great, and comes with strength settings and a permanent filter saving you the trouble of buying paper ones.

FAQ

How to Program Black Decker 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker?

  • After you set the time on the clock, use the PROG, HOUR, and MIN buttons to select the time of brewing and press the button again. To activate delayed brewing, press the AUTO button.

What Type of Filter for Black and Decker 12-cup?

  • Most types of basket-type paper filters that fit the grounds for 8 to 12 cups of coffee will do fine.