Black & Decker DE790B 8-Cup Thermal Carafe
by Blake West
I love this coffee maker.
After breaking three glass carafes in as many months, my wife and I searched for something I could not break. This B&D pot is both economical and brews an excellent cup of coffee. The stainless steel thermal carafe avoids the need for a hot plate below the carafe to keep the coffee hot. This means no more burnt coffee.
I was surprised at how effective the carafe is at keeping the coffee hot, because there is a hole in the top of the lid to let the brewed coffee enter the carafe from the filter basket. But even with this hole, a brewed pot can stay warm for 3 to 4 hours. The hole has a clever design that seems to keep aromas from escaping the pot. Half of the hole is covered near the top of the hole, and the other half near the bottom. This creates an S-shaped channel through which the coffee enters the pot, but makes it harder for aromas to escape. The programmable brew is a nice feature as well if you're not too picky about fresh-ground beans.
I only find two drawbacks with this coffee maker. There is a hole in the back of the maker that prevents you from putting in too much cold water that could make the pot overflow. However, the overflow just ends up on the counter. Water also ends up on the counter if you just fill cold water to make a full 8-cup pot and then move the coffee maker, because water sloshes out the hole. I just have to remember to cover the hole with my finger when moving a full maker. The other drawback is that the skinny window that lets you see the water level is not very transparent, and it's a bit hard to see how much water you've put in.
But these are minor annoyances. I really love this coffee maker and think you should buy one ASAP.