Black & Decker DLX1050 Review

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With a low price, this model doesn’t do anything fancy, but users like the programmability and the auto shut-off. While some wish it would last longer, they consider it a good value overall.

For a very low price, the Black & Decker DLX1050 (starting at $22; available on Amazon) offers the same features as any other low-price coffee maker. It comes in simple black (DLX1050B) and white (DLX1050W) and doesn’t have any extras -- but adherents insist it doesn’t really need any. Most important, it makes a decent cup of coffee quickly at a fairly good temperature.

Coffee drinkers who like to program the Black & Decker DLX1050 ahead of time say it’s a snap to accomplish. The simple functionality is easily one of the machine's best features, and several people claim that they never needed to use the instructions. There is also a mid-brew pause-and-serve feature for a quick first cup. Most Black & Decker DLX1050 reviews on Amazon say it works well, although others claim that it causes coffee to spill all over the place.

The Black & Decker DLX1050 takes standard basket filters. The manufacturer touts this coffee maker's Easy-View water window, but that’s a misnomer -- one of the biggest complaints about this machine is that it’s hard to see the water level once you’ve filled the reservoir. Still, that's not a deal breaker for consumers used to measuring the water before pouring it in.

People who drink their coffee over the course of the day agree that the hot plate actually does keep the coffee hot enough, and they like that it automatically shuts off after two hours. Some purchasers would rather have a longer window, though.

Despite many reports of a brief lifespan for the Black & Decker DLX1050, particularly on the manufacturer’s site, some reviewers posting on Viewpoints have been using theirs for years and say they would never switch; one refused to let his wife replace it. There is a two-year limited warranty.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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