The Black & Decker CM4000S (Target) is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the CM4000S (Target) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are brew-and-dispense models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand
The second-largest brand of coffeemakers is now part of the new Applica Organization, which includes the Salton brands. Black & Decker offers a wide range of very affordable products through retailers such as Target, Walmart, department stores, and many online retailers. Prices range from $15 to $90.
Features & Specs - Black & Decker CM4000S (Target)
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
I agree with the other negative reviews. Target obviously doesn't consider consumers when offering an inferior appliance. The coffee maker is extremely difficult to use. It makes weak coffee no matter how much coffee vs the amount of water required. It is nearly impossible to read the ridiculous auto-brew clock setting against the monitone background. You need direct overhead lighting in order to see the water level inside the reservoir. The carafe does not separate from the lid which makes it impossible to sterilize in the dishwasher. There is constant leaking between the coffee basket and the carafe and always a puddle forming beneath the carafe long after the brewing is complete and the grounds removed. This is without a doubt the most inferior small kitchen appliance that Black and Decker has had the audacity to put on the market. I rate it as a piece of JUNK! It's destined for the next garage sale.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Oak Park, IL
Makes a good cup of coffe
Can't see water level
Doesn't Show You How Much
Haven't had any of the issues that some other reviewers have seen. Doesn't leak/drip. Makes strong enough coffee that is hot enough. We usually make at least 5 cups, so I can't comment on the 1-4 cup feature.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Brian Martindale
from St. Louis
Do not buy
Makes very weak coffee, and uses a large amount of coffee to make that weak coffee. As a additional treat, the machine sounds a startling beep when it is finished brewing(think high pitched ocean liner)so make sure everyone in the house is awake before you use this gem.