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Mr. Coffee DRX5 Review

 
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

 
Overview
 

Coffee Type:
 
Type: Programmable
 
Capacity: 4 cups
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Appearance
 
 
 
 
 


 
User-friendliness
 
 
 
 
 


 
Value for Money
 
 
 
 
 


 
Taste
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
3.5/ 5


 

Product Features


  • Removable filter basket.
  • Pause ‘n Serve feature.
  • Dual water reservoir window.
  • Makes 4-cups of coffee.
  • 1 hour automatic shut-off function.
  • 24 hour Delay feature.
  • BPA-free.


  • Brief Summary

    Although the Mr. Coffee DRX5 may not seem like much because of its relatively small size, it comes with a few very nice features which most coffee drinkers will no doubt appreciate. This coffee machine can make 1-4 cups of coffee and has an automatic shutoff feature which turns off the hotplate after one hour. The “Pause ‘n serve” feature that this coffee maker has allows you to take the pot off the warming plate and pour it right into your cup before it is even finished.

    Posted May 22, 2014 by

     
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    he Mr. Coffee DRX5 is a nice little coffee maker that has a number of useful features, including the 24 hour delay, which is particularly useful for those who like to have their coffee first thing in the morning. While this particular coffee maker may not be a top of the line model, it does still have quite a few attractive features and a nice overall design.

    Quality Design

    The design of this coffee maker is great, both the inside and outside. It has a nice sleek look and a black color which will look good in almost any kitchen. Although this coffee maker is definitely on the cheap side, it doesn’t look or function that way at all. I have seen coffee makers that are designed cheaply in the past and this is definitely not one of them. This coffee maker is made in China, though these days many of these appliances are.

    There is a nice little ON/OFF indicator which lets you know if the appliance is either on or off; it may be a small feature, but I still thought it was worth mentioning. This coffeemaker has also an automatic shut-off function that will turn of the machine about an hour after the brewing is finished.

    The water reservoir windows located on each side of the machine allows you to see how much water is left or let you fill it up to the appropriate level easily. While most of the features with this coffee maker are by no means cutting edge or state of the art, they still make for more convenient usage. Another thing worMr. Coffee DRX5 with removable filter basketth mentioning about this coffee-maker is the fact that it is made of Polypropylene plastic, meaning it is completely BPA-free.

    How it Works

    I found that the Mr. Coffee DRX5 is a very efficient little appliance which does a good job of making a delicious cup of coffee within just minutes. This machine has a brewing temperature of 160 degrees, so it will come up steaming hot every single time.

    One of the things that I really liked about this coffee machine is that it can be programmed to start up at a certain time, allowing you to get your caffeine fix right when you wake up with minimal waiting. All you have to do is get the machine ready with the grounds and put the water in and it will automatically start brewing at the set time.

    This coffee maker uses paper filters which are designed specifically for 4 cup pots, so it is important that you look for those when getting new ones. If you prefer to use a permanent filter Mr. Coffee has one that fits this machine perfectly.

    At first this coffee maker had a strong plastic smell to it when I took it out of the box, but that quickly started to fade and at this point it isn’t even noticeable anymore. I didn’t have any problems whatsoever with brewing and pouring the coffee.

    A full pot takes about 4 to 5 minutes which is worth it when considering the great coffee it makes. The glass carafe is well built and it is easy to pour the coffee without any issues at all. The carafe lid may open slightly when you pour out the last drops. To prevent this place your thumb on the lid, next to the hinge, and it won’t open.

    User-friendly

    There is definitely a very simple bare bones design with this coffee maker which I found to be somewhat refreshing, especially considering how complicated many modern ones are becoming. Mr. Coffee DRX5 user friendly control panelThe clock on the coffee maker keeps good time and always starts up when it is programmed to, so you will never have to worry about getting up in the morning and having to wait for your java fix.

    Maybe my favorite feature is the “Pause ‘n Serve” which allows you to have a cup while the rest of the pot is brewing. When you remove the carafe the machine cuts off the flow of coffee, but remember to place the carafe back after you are finished filling up your cup or the basket will overflow.

    Only enough for 4 cups

    If you are a single coffee drinker, this is definitely an option worth considering. Because of the fact that it only makes 4 cups, it is not well-suited for households with numerous coffee drinkers. I found this machine to be incredibly easy to clean, so maintenance is definitely not an issue. The filter holder (basket) is removable which makes the cleaning up and getting rid of the ground hassle free.

    The small overall size of this coffee maker means that you most likely won’t have any problems whatsoever with keeping it on your kitchen countertop or storing it away somewhere if necessary. This is also the perfect choice if you want a small coffee maker to take to work because it doesn’t take up much space at all.

    One of the things that I didn’t especially like about this Mr. Coffee is that it took a little bit longer to make a full 4 cups of coffee than it would have in a large coffee maker, though this is most likely due to its size. If you are expecting this coffee maker to fill up two large coffee mugs, think again. While this Mr. Coffee maker does indeed make 4 regular cups of coffee with each brew, it cannot fill up two large mugs. This coffee maker definitely lives up to its claims with regards to its ability to brew coffee quickly and efficiently, so there is no false advertising here.

    Conclusion

    All in all I felt as though the Mr. Coffee DRX5 was a nice little coffee maker that is definitely able to satisfy the needs of the single coffee drinker. There are some very nice and convenient features that come with this appliance which I really liked, such as the automatic shutoff function and the fact that it is programmable. If you are looking for a small little coffee maker that you can keep at work or in your home, this is certainly one that is worth considering.

    Pros
    • Easy to clean.
    • Fully programmable.
    • Compact design.
    • BPA-free.
    Cons
    • Somewhat slow brew time.

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