The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is unique. There are no other coffee brewers anywhere like it. What makes it unique? Well, before we get into the down and dirty, let me tell you this. When it was introduced into the marketplace the first 30 plus reviews of it on Amazon.com all gave it the full five stars.
I doubt there are any other coffee makers, and probably any other kitchen appliances of any kind, that can boast that. So let's take a look at its other unique characteristics.
Note: The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker has now been discontinued. You may still have cause to read about it, which is why this review has been left in place.
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|What's So Different?||Programmable Automation|
|Value For Money?||Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
What's So Different About The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker?
Where's best to start? Maybe with the way it looks when you set it up on your kitchen worktop. It has a sleek, attractive design, with a blue lit LCD display prominent on the Control Panel, above the buttons. This shows the time, and also displays the settings you've selected.
The buttons themselves, on the stainless steel facade, are large and encircled by rings that light up blue when activated. They are matched by the water reservoir to the right, which is illuminated in blue when the machine is brewing. And the water level indicator also lights up in blue for easy reading. You don't come across that very often, even in machines costing several times the price.
Below the Control Panel sits the glass carafe, which is included in the price. This has markings to show cup levels and holds 1.8 liters, enough for about twelve cups, or six large mugs. It sits on a hot plate, about which more below.
The space in which the carafe goes is neatly designed so as to minimize heat loss. All this helps ensure that your coffee is not only piping hot immediately after brewing, but stays hot for longer.
Lifting the top of the coffee maker reveals the permanent filter, easily removed for rinsing clean. Not unique, perhaps, but still a welcome money-saving feature. Also removable is the filter basket, which is double-walled so as to better retain the aroma of your coffee.
All of this in a unit only thirteen and a half inches tall, and less than nine inches deep and wide. That itself is one of the things that makes this coffee maker so popular with its owners.
Having only five buttons, including the on/off button, the Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is nevertheless programmable to make life easy. Pressing the Auto button, on the far right, sets it to brew a full carafe. This will take no more than about 10 minutes.
If you want less, then press the 1-4 Cup button instead. Five beeps indicate that the brew is complete, and the machine then switches mode to heat the carafe. This it will do for up to two hours, before switching off. Well, who wants coffee that's been brewed more than two hours?
What if you want your hot coffee waiting for you when you awake in the morning? That's easy. Just press the Pgm button and follow the intuitive on-screen instructions. You can program in this way for up to 24 hours in advance.
And you can always interrupt the brewing process if you just can't wait any longer for your coffee. The "pause and pour" option lets you remove the carafe mid-brew to fill your cup. The coffee stops pouring so there's no mess to clear up, and resumes when you replace the carafe.
Value For Money?
At the present time, the Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is well below the $70 mark on Amazon. It is not only a programmable, automatic machine that can produce from one to twelve cups very quickly. It also produces fine tasting coffee in no more than 10 minutes for 12 cups.
Included in the whole package are the glass carafe and the permanent filter, as well as a useful measuring spoon.
So, value for money? I'd say it scores very heavily on this.
Features and Specifications:
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.5 x 13.5 inches
Item Weight: 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number: HDC1209SS
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Pros and Cons
- Fully programmable
- Brews from one to twelve cups
- Pause and pour option
- Hot plate keeps your coffee hot for up to two hours
- Simple to use
- Narrow opening for pouring the water in
- Some tweaking usually necessary to get the coffee to water ratio to your taste
Here's a very short YouTube Video of the Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker showing you the essentials -
To say the Haier 12-Cup Digital Thermal Coffee Maker is popular with its users is an understatement. I've already mentioned its early 100 per cent five star ratings. Currently, it's average score is over 4.5 from over 80 reviewers.
Among the most popular features is the simple set-up. Apart from setting the time on the clock, all you really have to do is to give it a clean. You don't even really have to know how to use a coffee maker. The speed of brew and the stylish looks are also well appreciated.
The only real complaint from users relates to the size of the opening into which you pour your water prior to brewing. This is rather small, and sometimes when barely awake in the early morning you may find this a little tricky. However, most users don't seem to have much of a problem here.
The Haier 12-Cup Coffee Maker is sturdily built of quality materials and should last for many years with average use. It's extremely simple to use, and versatile enough for almost any home situation, from one person to a large family.
There's hardly anything not to like (including the price). It looks great on any kitchen worktop, and its black plastic and stainless steel exterior will blend with your existing decor. Overall, this is a lovely coffee brewer and we are sure you will not be disappointed in your purchase.