The Black & Decker DLX1050B is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the DLX1050B 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 DLX1050B
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 water flow 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.
If you like burnt coffee and a poorly designed carafe that drips with every pour, then this machine is for you my friend. I went cheap because I was in a hurry that day and got what I payed for. It's my belief that Black and Decker designed this machine to grace the waiting rooms of the establishments they sell tools to.<br />I gave it a shaky 2 stars because it does indeed brew coffee as advertised.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Cafe con Leche
from Rochester, NY
Not bad for the price
Brew Temp Too Low
Good for morning coffee
We make between 3 and 5 mugs (6 to 10 standard cups) of coffee every morning, and have done so for the months we've had it. This coffeemaker does the job except for a couple of minor points:<br /><br />- the initial brew is barely hot enough, especially of one adds Half&Half (but the warmer plate heats what's left in the carafe nicely by the 2nd cup). Because the brew temp isn't what it ought to be, we have to use a heaping coffee measure to get the strength we like (compared to our ancient 4-cup Mr. Coffee).<br /><br />- the carafe has started to leak a drop or two where the plastic at the top joins the glass if poured right after brewing...I think the seal there has deteriorated with time (and dishwashing). I should note, however, that I still do not get any of the floods to which others have referred...I can pour without sinks or towels to catch the drips.<br /><br />In short, it programs easily, makes decent coffee, shuts off automatically after 2 hours, and has worked reliably. And it was inexpensive. I have no complaints.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Grand Rapids, MI
WON'T BUY BLACK-DECKER AGAIN
Pot Drips When Pouring
The pause and serve never worked, even when it's done brewing coffee still leaks out onto the burner plate, which is almost ruined. We always get a paper towel when we're pouring as the pot leaks all over. I'd never pour someone a cup without moving away from them. I'm looking for a new coffee maker.