Mr. Coffee FTX23 12 cup coffeemaker
(Kingsport, TN USA)
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup
My wife and I have been using a Mr. Coffee FTX23 for about two years now, and overall it has performed well. The features that it has include time delay brewing, a brew strength option for strong or normal, a water temperature adjustment, and a clean setting. Generally we use the strong option on the brew strength to be able to use less coffee. It holds up to twelve cups of water, which is more than enough for our needs. The clock is a digital representation of an analog clock, and it is illuminated by a green backlight. It provides a small amount of light in the kitchen which is good to help find the light switch, however we found the light was too bright when we moved the coffee maker closer to the bedroom during a remodel of the kitchen.
There are a couple of things that I can say that I do not like about the coffee maker. The first is that there is not an easy way to set the time or delay brew after a power outage or unplugging the coffee maker. There is a button for hour and another for minute.
While cycling through the hours one at a time is not a big deal, cycling through fifty or more minutes to adjust the time as well as the delay brew can be annoying. Some alarm clocks will cycle through the minutes faster when the button is held, but this one will only go forward about one second at a time when the button is held.
The other thing that bothers me about this coffee maker is that there is a metal “shower head” where the water is pushed through the top of the machine and through the filter. After a few months of use, that shower head began falling off every time the lid was opened to add water to the machine.
It is only attached to the plastic head by a very short tab and notch which has proven to be very unreliable. This does not cause any problems with brewing the coffee, but it is bothersome to hear it fall every time the lid is opened.