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GE 169209 (Walmart)
 
Approximate retail price:
$40
Summary: This GE 12-cup drip model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a water filter
  • a permanent filter.
  • a cupcake-type filter.
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Type: 8- to 14-cup drip coffeemakers with carafe
About - GE 169209 (Walmart)

The GE 169209 (Walmart) is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the 169209 (Walmart) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Brew performance:
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.

Convenience:
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.

Carafe handling:
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.
Features & Specs - GE 169209 (Walmart)
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug No
info Small-batch setting No
info Brew-strength control Yes
info Dispenser-style No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 14 x 8 x 11
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User Reviews - GE 169209 (Walmart)
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1.0
Poor Quality machine
1/30/2013
Pros
Brews Quickly
Cons
Complicated Controls
Hard To Clean
Limited Features
Best Uses
Everyday
Comment:
The coffee machine is made of cheap/poor quality. <br />1) The machine cover simply cracked in several place after 6 mths of use.<br />2) The handle/screw snapped right in my hand as I was holding it. Lucky there was no hot coffee in the pot...otherwise I would of had hot coffee on me or someone else...not very impressed on the quality of the cheap machine. The machine and pot are in the garbage. Needless to say I will not puchase purchase the same one.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Brewed coffee okay but cheaply made.
3/24/2012
Pros
Brews Quickly
Easy To Use
Large Pot
Cons
Cheap Materials
Dangerous
Best Uses
Everyday
Home
Weekends
Comment:
We bought this about a year ago from [@] and use it almost everyday. It worked fine at first and still can brew a decent cup of coffee. We clean it after each use, clean out the system when it says it's time, and change the water filter regularly. About six months after we bought it, the screw on the pot handle broke off and made it unusable. We bought another one. Same thing happened about three months later. About the same time, pieces from the the plastic lid on top began to snap off. It got so brittle, that pieces would fall off just trying to open it. From a person that has had a few coffee makers over the years, this one is the poorest quality maker that I've ever had and do not plan on buying another one made by GE or sold by [@] again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Review of 5 cup maker not listed on CR
2/16/2012
Pros
Easy clean-up
Easy To Use
Quick brew
Cons
Best Uses
Everyday
Home
Comment:
When I got divorced 12 years ago my ex took the expensive Braun (which broke a few months later), and I had to scrounge at the swap-shop for an old Mr. Coffee 4-cup drip model. It was probably already 10 years old, but was still working great after another 12 years, until I broke the carafe, and couldn't find a replacement for under $10. (the cost of a new 4-cup Mr. Coffee is $13) So opted for an upgrade to a 5-cup GE which, as noted by CR, can be purchased at [@], for $19. The permanent filter was the deciding factor, as it eliminates the need for continually buying paper filters. I was so used to the 22 year old Mr. Coffee machine that I didn't notice that the coffee came out a little bitter, probably because it brewed at too high a temperature. The GE model brews at a lower temperature, so the coffee comes out very nice, without the bitterness that I had gotten used to. It's still strong enough for me (I tend to put more coffee grounds into the basket than normally called for). I find that the anti-drip mechanism on the 5 cup GE is absolute great, as I had always had to clean up the drips on the hotplate of the old Mr. Coffee. Bottom line, very satisfied. Having read the prior reviews of the larger GE, I'm a bit hesitant to give it a 5 star rating, as I'm concerned about longevity, especially after having used the old Mr. Coffee machine for so long. If this GE model lasts half as long I'll be totally satisfied. I should add that my wife doesn't drink more than 1/3 cup of coffee every other day, so having a machine that makes more than 3 or 4 cups is too large to get a good brew for a small size batch (3 1/2 cups is my normal amount). Hence this 5 cup maker is just right.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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