How To Buy A New Coffee Maker ~ Today’s post is a little different! I am sharing how to buy a new coffee maker and the thinking and decision making process I went through when making the final selection.
I like my two cups of coffee in the morning. I have a coffee grinder so sometimes I will grind coffee beans but most often I just measure out ground coffee out of the coffee can and run it through my filter coffee maker. Sometimes I’ll make a pot of flavoured coffee for a change. I have to admit I just like a basic coffee with a splash of milk.
I am not into the fancy coffees like espressos and lattes and I am not really interested in owning the now popular Keurigs and Tassimos with all of the pre-portioned single serving fancy coffees.
I know. Quite boring.
Last week my basic coffee maker broke down just as I was going to make the morning coffee. It wasn’t that old but that’s OK because it was used everyday and I didn’t pay a lot for it.
The short-term solution was that I stopped by at the local Tim Hortons and stood in line to buy my morning coffee. If you live in Canada you know what I am talking about. I know some people do this every morning but it’s just too time consuming and costly for me to do on a daily basis.
The long-term solution was to go buy a new one later that day.
Normally, when buying a new expensive item I do a bit of research ahead of time by asking people I know what they use and like and by going online but on this occasion I didn’t. I just went to the store Home Outfitters with a general idea of what I was looking for.
There must have been over fifty different types of coffee makers! There were so many different styles, brands, and prices to choose from. I appreciated having lots of choice but it was actually quite overwhelming. I knew I wanted to leave this store with a coffee maker and I wanted to be very happy with my choice. So I had to mentally put an organized plan in place.
The strategy I used is what I call Process of Elimination. Start with all of the possibilities and keep narrowing down your choices by ruling out what you don’t want till you arrive with what you do want based on the features you are looking for. Allow me to explain my thinking process…
I first browsed throughout the whole coffee maker section. This took a while because there were at least six aisles some of which went from floor to ceiling. I wanted to explore all possibilities and just see what products are available and at what cost.
Then I just focused on filter coffee makers. This narrowed down my browsing area to just two aisles but these were the ones that went up to the ceiling. Within the filtered coffee maker category there’s also quite a range of styles, brands and prices. I explored the possibility of one that came with the coffee grinder built in but then I already had a coffee grinder and that would have created duplication. I also thought the maker with the coffee carafe on one side and a perpetual single serve hot water dispenser on the other side for tea had possibilities. I ruled out this one because I figured if one feature breaks down in the future, I’d have to replace the whole thing.
Then I looked at the price. I really didn’t want to spend $450.00 and nor did I want to go for the most inexpensive. Most of them were around $100.00 so those were the ones I focused on. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, there was still a lot of choice.
Next I looked at brands. I have owned several different kinds of filter coffee makers over the years and I knew which brands I didn’t want. I thought about the other kitchen small electrical appliances I presently owned and there was one brand that came to mind. I have owned a Kitchen Aid mixer and food processor for a few years and I really, really like both of them. So I decided to just look at what this company had to offer. But of course, Kitchen Aid has different filter coffee choices in terms of features and even colour.
A final and what I think is important thing to think about is ease of use since I was going to use it everyday. Did it look pretty easy to prepare the coffee and just as importantly, was it easy to clean? After inspecting the floor sample and reading the box, I decided to buy it. I had achieved my goal and left with a coffee maker that I was happy with.
Was I still happy with it when I got home and used it? Yes. I really like how the water tank easily comes out so I can fill it with water in the sink and put it back in the back of the coffee maker. It came with a re-usable coffee filter but I prefer to use the paper coffee filters for ease of use. I just compost all of my used filters and coffee grounds. It is super easy to operate… just push the brew button. There is even a Clean Alert indicator that tells me when I have to clean the coffee maker and it also has an easy to change coffee filter.
One last thing. Does it make good coffee? For what I like in a basic cup of coffee… yes. I am enjoying my second cup right now as I am writing this blog.
By the way…. This is not a company-sponsored post and I have not received any perks for writing it. I just wanted to share a very effective organizing and thinking process that I use for making those sometimes hard to make decisions when buying something new. Hope it helped!
What kind of coffee maker do you like?
What kind of coffee do you prefer?
What strategy do you use to buy a new small appliance?
I also want to mention that two years have passed since writing this post and we did end up buying Keurig as well!
Here is another shopping strategy I use when shopping for groceries … A Brilliant Method For Recording A Grocery List.
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