12-Cup Manual Coffeemaker by Mr. Coffee
No Bells And Whistles, Just Good Coffee
My decision to try out the Sunbeam brand for coffee makers was initially economical. I only used a French Press for myself on the rare occasion that I wanted coffee, previous to having kids, but the newborn stage made it necessary to have something a bit less fussy. I didn’t want to invest in a more expensive coffee maker because I was sure that once my daughter was just a bit older, coffee would stop being a daily necessity and I’d go back to my previous (high maintenance) ways.
Luckily, the Sunbeam lasted longer than that crazy notion of a caffeine-free parenthood, and it has seen near daily use for the past four years.
"Luckily, the Sunbeam lasted longer than that crazy notion of a caffeine-free parenthood, and it has seen near daily use for the past four years."
My new Sunbeam coffee maker gets the coffee even hotter than my last machine did, which is great for me because I like to add a bit of milk or cream, and I hate that the addition tends to result in a lukewarm coffee – with the new machine, it doesn’t.
For $20, I don’t expect additional features – even the timed brew option and clock display that was on my older model is gone. The coffee filter basket is removable for an easy clean, and the provided coffee carafe is sturdy.
I also like that the new model doesn’t switch off automatically, as it sometimes takes me awhile to finish my first cup with all of the kids’ distractions. It’s also good if I have company coming and they are a bit late – I don’t have to throw out the pot of coffee and make a new one.