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Coffeemakers

Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T
 
Approximate retail price:
$49.80
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Summary: This Viante 10-cup brew-and-dispense model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a permanent filter.
  • a removable reservoir
  • an indicator to tell you when cleaning is needed
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Type: 10- to 12-cup brew and dispense coffeemakers
About - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T

The Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the Brew-N-View CAF-05T 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.
Features & Specs - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug NA
info Small-batch setting No
info Brew-strength control Yes
info Dispenser-style Yes
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 15 x 11 x 14
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User Reviews - Viante Brew-N-View CAF-05T
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
CR Review or User Review
8/5/2012
Pros
Makes good coffee
Cons
Hard To Clean
Large trav mug won't fit
Won't fit under cabinets
Best Uses
Comment:
This is another product reviewed by CR that didn't last a year. As with large appliances, circuit boards are not up to the quality suggested by the high price. Buttons not working in 9 months for a [$] retail coffee maker.After multiple failures of high end GE appliances ($700 micro, $1500 stove for ex.) I give up. My old bunn unit lasted 20 years with no circuit board. Read washer and dryer reviews. Same thing. So the widget in the appliance has a 10 year warranty. Who cares? The thing will be inoperable shortly after the 1 year warranty for everything else because the buttons won't work.So CR has reliability reports on cars and trucks, it's about time to have them for appliances. BTW, this will be the second coffee maker to replace in (you guessed it!) TWO years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Wow. Hugely disappointed.
4/22/2012
Pros
Stylish
The blue light is nice
Cons
Hard To Clean
Leaks
Requires daily clean up
Best Uses
Doorstop
Comment:
Buy this coffee maker and you'll never run out of things to do. After every brew cycle I have to move the unit to clean up the water underneath. Open the lid and water drips everywhere. Loaded with hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that trap water. The spigot leaks and just about fills up the spill tray daily. Have only had this unit for six months and have been traveling about half that time, so it's really only been used the equivalent of three months. Have taken good care of the unit but that did not help. Lucky for me when I called to discuss this with the retailer where I bought it, I was cheerfully offered a full refund, which I gladly accepted.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Do Not Buy This Coffee Maker
3/28/2012
Pros
Cons
1st unit didn't work
Carafe costs extra
Clogs up to a trickle
Dispensing overflows
Hard To Clean
Way too expensive
Wife hates it
Best Uses
Comment:
Purchased because so highly rated. First unit defective. New unit great at first but gradually clogged and could not be cleaned despite repeatedly following the directions. Now takes several minutes of trickle to fill one cup! The lever one depresses to dispense stays down and you have to stand and watch it or it overflows. A constant irritation which was very poorly conceived, especially for first thing in the morning. I mistakenly thought the high cost might suggest extra value, but such was not the case. I am going to try to return it but they probably won't take it now so [$] + about $20 more for the metal carafe all down the drain with the coffee grounds. Try something else!!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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