Last Updated on 26th April 2016
The Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffeemaker is a standard version of compact, smaller coffeemakers. It is available in either black or white.
This product makes up to five cups (32 ounces) of coffee at a time, and is primarily made of plastic, but does not contain BPS. It has a standard glass carafe with marks for measuring water, and a removable filter basket. It also has a window to view the water level in the reservoir and an area for power cord storage. It’s dimensions are 9.8 x 7.2 x 10.8 inches, and is made in China. It requires 1-4 cup basket style filters. It does not have a clock and is not programmable.
The Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffeemaker comes with a plate to keep your brewed coffee hot until you turn it off after brewing. The hot plate does not have an automatic shut off timer. It does not have a pause feature to use to pour your drink while the coffee is brewing. The carafe can be dishwasher safe if you remove the lid and placed the pot upside down on the top rack of your dishwasher. The power is 110V and the entire coffee maker weighs about found and a half pounds.
This product does not have an automatic coffee bean grinder. If you buy whole bean coffee, you will need to purchase a separate coffee grinder.
The Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffeemaker is extremely easy to use, and is one of the simplest designs in coffee brewers. In order to use it, you simply pour the desired amount of ground coffee (you can also use instant coffee) into the filter basket with a paper filter inserted. You then measure the desired amount of cold water into the carafe, pour from there into the reservoir of the coffee maker, and flip the power switch. It takes about ten to fifteen minutes to completely brew a full pot (five cups). There is no signal to let you know when the Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffeemaker has finished brewing your coffee.
The resulting brewed coffee will be hot, around 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Most of the customer feedback on this product is generally positive. On its page on the Amazon website it has received four out of five stars. It is the number one best seller on Amazon in thermal carafes.
Some of the more common complaints about this coffeemaker is that the coffee sometimes tastes like plastic, though one used stated that running plain water through the cycle a few times got rid of the plastic taste. Users have also stated that this coffee maker is not made with very high quality materials. The cheap quality materials have lead to many customer complaints about the product quickly breaking. One user stated that the power switch was irreparably broken after only ten uses. Another user had the coffee maker for three months before the hotplate quit heating the coffee. Several customers stated that the water condensed on the lid of the coffee maker and then dripped outside of the pot, causing a mess. One user said that holding the lid down helped with this problem.
Favorite features of the product was that it is compact and very easy to use. One person stated the the compact design made this product the perfect size for use in the office. Users also found that with the product brewing smaller amounts of coffee, there was not as much wasted coffee, which saved them money. Many people said that the product, though simple, was perfect for the price they paid for it.
One person who had purchased the Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffee maker stated that during the brewing process, the water drips evenly over the coffee grounds, which he stated made the brewed coffee taste better. The water head on this coffee maker, as opposed to other products, has multiple openings to allow the water to spread out over the coffee grounds.