Product Type: Asda coffee machines
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Not Bad For The Price!
Asda Smartprice 12 Cup Coffee Machine
Member Name: CheekyCharlie08
Asda Smartprice 12 Cup Coffee Machine
Advantages: Cheap; Makes a nice cup of coffee
Disadvantages: Looks like a cheap coffee machine; The plastic looks dull now
I bought this coffee maker from Asda when I decided to stay at home for another couple of years, the plan was I was going to be moving out but then my circumstances changed and my dad ended up coverting my big bedroom into a kind of bedsit so that I could chill out without having the rest of the family in my face. I've got a couple of different cafetierres but when I saw this 12 cup coffee machine in Asda for £7.00 I thought it would be worth a go.
It's a dead easy machine to use, you just fill it with water and add fresh ground coffee to the cone then switch it on and wait for the coffee to drip through into the jug.
I think the coffee takes quite a long time to come through with this machine but to be honest when I first bought it I expected that because of how cheap it was. When the coffee is in the jug though it's piping hot and actually I think the jug keeps it a lot warmer than I thought it would. The glass that the jug is made from is quite a lot thinner than on the coffee machine we've got downstairs in the kitchen.... but that cost MEGA BUCKS compared to this one so you've kind of got to expect that. Even though it's thin glass it seems a lot stronger than it looks, actually I know it is because I've banged it on the taps a few times and haven't chipped or cracked the jug so that's a bonus!
The machine is a bit loud and that does my head in because I wake very early sometimes and would like to be able to make a pot of coffee while I'm messing around in my room in the morning. The problem is that this machine has always made a weird hissing noise, not a nice one like you get out of the machines in Starbucks but a sort of hissing noise that always makes me think the machine is about to break down!
Apart from that the only other bad thing is how this machine looks. When it was new it was a shiny black colour and even though it still looked cheap at least it didn't look madly crap, now though after a few months the plastic has gone dull and the coffee machine looks years old. That's a shame and a bit weird as well because the plastic looks bad now but the glass jug still looks shiny and new!
The machine is very easy to clean in hot water because all the bits are made out of such shiny plastic, it's electric so you've obviously got to be careful about washing it where the plug and lead are but apart from that most of it will just pretty much rinse clean. The glass jug can stain a bit if you don't wash it quick but if that happens all you have to do is rub the inside with some washing up liquid and a scourer to get it back looking shiny again.
I went away for a few days and like a div left some coffee in the jug, when I got back the coffee had gone all mouldy on the top and the coffee had made the jug go all brown and manky looking. That took a bit of cleaning but eventually I got it looking as good as new again with a bit of Fairy liquid and a LOAD of elbow grease!
Recommended.... a cheap coffee maker that is dead basic and easy to use, but I'd only say to get this one if you haven't got the pennies for a more expensive one!
Summary: A Cheap Coffee Maker That Actually Makes A Nice Cup Of Coffee!
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