Mr. Coffee UNX23
I bought the Mr. Coffee UNX23 coffee maker in June of 2002. Throughout the past 7 years, this machine has dependably served me thousands and thousands of cups of coffee. I originally purchased the UNX23 coffee maker from a Walmart store for approximately $35. I was very attracted to the low price, and I figured that the Mr. Coffee brand was a fairly reputable manufacturer.
There were two other important factors that convinced me to purchase this coffee maker. The first was feature was that the Mr. Coffee UNX23 has a reusable basket in which to place the coffee grounds. This was important to me in the sense that it eliminated the need to purchase and deal with messy paper coffee filters. Rather than spending money on coffee filters, I can simply dump the grounds out and rinse the basket.
The other thing that made the Mr. Coffee machine stand out was its feature that allowed you to remove the carafe while the coffee was brewing. If, for example, you were to brew 6 cups of coffee, you can remove the carafe after the first cup is brewed and pour it into your coffee mug.
The machine stops any coffee from being released onto the burner until the carafe is placed back under the brew spout. Throughout the past 7 years, both the coffee basket and the carafe have remained in great condition.
Even after leaving coffee sitting in the carafe for long periods of time, it has remained virtually stain free.
My only complaint is that over the past few years, the coffee maker has developed a small leak somewhere inside of the plastic housing. This has caused water to slowly leak onto the metal base at the bottom of the machine, which has begun to rust out. Although this doesn't impact the quality or the safety of the coffee, it definitely means that the machine must be replaced soon.
Overall, however, the Mr. Coffee has provided me with years of quality and dependable service. I have been very impressed with it, especially given the relatively inexpensive sticker price. I never imagined that it would last as long as it has. As far as the design, the UNX23 is very sleek and attractive, and functions in a very easy to use manner.
The entire process is very user friendly; many of my friends have brewed coffee on this machine without being told how it works. I would recommend the Mr. Coffee UNX23 to anybody who wants a great, dependable, and utilitarian coffee maker without spending too much money.