Product Type: Asda coffee machines
Newest Review: ... I've owned works in a very simple way - two compartments that open via the top of the machine. One is where the cold water is poured i... more
Asda Value Coffee Machine
Asda Smartprice 12 Cup Coffee Machine
Member Name: alexandjef
Asda Smartprice 12 Cup Coffee Machine
Advantages: Great value and does the job
Disadvantages: No frills
I've been the proud owner of two REALLY cheap coffee machines in my life. One from Argos for £5 and this one from Asda for about £7. I bought this coffee machine about 2 years ago in store in Asda - I remember it being cheap, under a tenner for sure. Nowadays Asda don't seem to stock this model, instead have a nicer looking £20 machine as their 'cheap' option. Why they still don't sell this I will never know, because its great. I still have this one, its lasted me a couple of years and whilst its been in storage for a while as the cafetiere gets more attention, it still works fine.
Drinking coffee for me isn't optional - I can't function without it. Literally, like many people these days if I've not has a cup or 7 by 9/10AM my brain simultaneously seizes up and explodes. I wouldn't say I'm a connoisseur of coffee - its very functional for me, thats why a cheap coffee machine that can take daily abuse and do what its designed to do, is ideal. I don't need anything fancy. All I will ask is it can make coffee quite quick - I don't like waiting around.
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This, like other cheap coffee machines I've owned works in a very simple way - two compartments that open via the top of the machine. One is where the cold water is poured in and another has the removable filter, that when the filter is in place the coffee sits in. I measure coffee with a dessert spoon, one per person and use the just to measure water - as its handily got 'cups' marked on the side. Simply put the filter coffee in the filer, water in the back, close the lid and switch on - then comes the impressive bit, just how fast this works.
Within 10-20 seconds this machine will start slurping and pumping hot coffee into the glass jug, that sits on a hot plate to 'stay warm' - and thats very quick. At the same time as me getting this a housemate bought an 'instant boil' kettle for about £70 - that took about 30 seconds and made hot, not boiling water. It became a bit of a joke my cheap coffee machine actually boiled water and did it faster. It will start trickling in coffee after about 20 seconds, but will take about 2-3 minutes to fill the 12 cup jug, if your making a full jug. As I was only ever making a couple of cups for myself, I had coffee in about 2 minutes - pretty good, especially considering coffee is something I usually need the most when I have limited time to spare.
All in all, the coffee tastes great - depending on what you use of course. Coffee needs a little time to brew to get the full flavor and this against the cafetiere resulted in no difference.
The 'stay warm' feature is just that - it keeps the coffee warm. This is rightfully called stay warm rather than 'stay hot' as it doesn't keep it that hot. It will be OK for a few hours, heat wise - but usually by then the coffee has lost its taste anyway.
As I mentioned, its easy to use - and its also easy to clean. I'm not a fan of cleaning things, especially coffee machines and cafetieres. Chances are I forgot (read; couldn't be bothered) to clean this after I used and need to clean it in a rush before I run out of the house for work. Its simple, pull out the filer and discard the old coffee much, rinse and replace. Clean out the jug and then your good to go. Every so often I ran water through the machine, nothing else. I have done this with all coffee machines in the past - it cleans the insides out and helps prevent coffee tasting stale. This again, was easy to do - just use as normal without coffee.
The only downside cleaning wise is that the filter gets stained very quickly - within days and it only comes with one plastic filter. This is impossible to keep totally free of coffee stains but washed thoroughly its not to bad. Other, more expensive coffee machines don't tend to have the kind of plasticy-fabric this has and are much easier to clean. They worst thing you get with this through is just your coffee tasting like coffee.
This is a no frill machine. It has no steamer, espresso function - it simply turns filter ground coffee into the coffee of the hot wet variety that's is much nicer to consume. If your looking for something to make espresso with a creme this will not do that, nor will it froth milk or anything else spectacular.
Overall, this coffee machine is great for the simple reason it works and does what it should. It doesn't seem that readily available right now, but if you spot one second hand its worth picking up. It retailed for about £7-8 and that was amazing value - hopefully it will return to the Smart P rice range one day (in any case, the Argos value model is very similar to this, but white not black and is available for £5 - both work in almost exactly the same way)
Summary: A great coffee machine that does the job
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