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Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 coffeemaker

Price range:
$63.56 - $173.99
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Summary: This Mr. Coffee 10-cup drip model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a water filter
  • a removable reservoir
  • a cupcake-type filter.
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Type: 8- to 14-cup drip coffeemakers with carafe
About - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91

The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91 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.

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.
About This Brand

This familiar brand has the largest market share. Mr. Coffee offers an extremely wide range and variety of products, from single serve and grind-and-brew to various capacity drip models with glass and thermal carafes. Its coffeemakers are sold in almost all retail channels and range from lower to upper mid-priced categories. Prices range fro $15 to $200.

Features & Specs - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug Yes
info Small-batch setting No
info Brew-strength control No
info Dispenser-style No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 15 x 9 x 13
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User Reviews - Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew BVMC-PSTX91
User Reviews
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poor clock design
Brews Quickly
Easy To Use
Large Pot
Best Uses
I have had two of these units in my home.<br />the initial purchase and a warranty replacement.<br />I now have a third unit on the way(warranty replacement)<br />The problem is that the digital clock fades out to the point of being unreadable at about the 1 year mark. The replacement units exhibit the same problem.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
poor design
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
Hard To Fill With Grounds
Hard To Know If Its On
Needs Space To Access
Water Filter Falls Out
Best Uses
Since there isn't any heating element it doesn't stay hot.<br />the water filter has to be flipped out in order to fill with coffee grounds.<br />if not near the machine its hard to determine if it's still on. I think the light should stay on until the machine shuts off. The water reservoir is also a nuisance. Taking of the cover and removing from the maker to fill.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Stylish and Easy to Use
Brews Quickly
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
So Far So Good
Best Uses
Just redid our kitchen and this coffeemaker fits into our decor nicely. It's easy to use and makes coffee quickly. So far, it's worked very well producing a very good cup of coffee.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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