The KitchenAid Architect KCM0402ACS is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the Architect KCM0402ACS 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.
Features & Specs - KitchenAid Architect KCM0402ACS
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 use this at home once or twice a week. Noticeably richer flavor than the 8 to 12 cup cheap plastic makers at work. Has an end of brewing beep, metal basket in cone shape included for coffee grounds. Can fill the included tumbler to the volume of coffee desired then pour this water in the plastic reservoir through a small but sufficiently sized hole. Steam coming from the top can adversely affect the finish of kitchen cabinets above, so we moved it to a counter that has no wall or peninsula cabinets.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Worked only 4 months
Failed after 4 months. Kitchenaid would not honor warranty as was purchaseed from a non Kitchenaid authorized seller even though was new in box, all paperwork included and was registered. I purchased from an e-bay seller.