The Kalorik CM 38933 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the CM 38933 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
This Belgian brand also recently debuted in the US, and its contemporary designs are available through Target, Sam's Club, Bloomingdales, Amazon, and other online retailers. The brand offers models with and without grinders at various capacities (6 to 10 cups). Prices range from $25 to $270.
Features & Specs - Kalorik CM 38933
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.
The Kalorik CM38933 makes a decent pot of coffee but I can't recommend it for several reasons, the most important of which is that it quit working after about 6 weeks; stopped right in the middle of brewing a pot, just quit working. The power light comes on, the clock still works, but no coffee.<br /><br />We were already unhappy with the Kalorik. It feels cheap. There is an unpleasent plastic smell when brewing although the coffee itself is free of plastic flavor. The lid does not come off the carafe, making it harder to clean. It is difficult to fill the reservoir from the carafe without spilling--there is just enough clearance (and not one bit extra) for the carafe with lid attached to tilt enough.<br /><br />I think perhaps this coffeemaker was designed by an engineer who never actually made coffee with it.<br /><br />After reading user reviews on other coffee makers, I have to wonder about what strikes me as a disconnect between favorable CR ratings and unfavorable reviews.