The Mr. Coffee ECM 21 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the ECM 21 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 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 ECM 21
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 water flow 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.
Received this pot as a gift to replace a 20-year old espresso pot and a 10-yr old standard pot, that had both began to fail. Within days, a small plastic part broke off the espresso pot's lid... Materials are such a poor quality plastic that the espresso maker's lid cannot effectively seal in steam, which fills a concave receptacle, so that it must be wiped out with a paper towel. The milk nozzle has a bizarre rubber end that cannot be easily cleaned wither (compared to the old one's hard plastic nozzle that unscrewed easily.) Other surfaces seem to gain a static charge that attracts coffee grounds/film, even in the bottom of the water reservoir, that cannot be rinsed out, but must be wiped. Takes a full fifteen minutes to brew 8 cups of coffee, which never get fully hot. Both pots, from the first use, cannot pour without dripping all over the counter... Fir the life of me, I cannot imagine what the Mr. Coffee development engineers were thinking -- in an effort to make this enormous appliance appear sleek and curvy, they sacrificed every aspect of functionality... We kept it so as not to hurt the feelings of the giver, but literally curse the bloody thing every morning. Just say, NO!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By SJ Dennis
from San Jose, CA
The worst coffee maker ever devised
Coffee Doesn't Stay Hot
Long Brew Time
Unusable carafe spills
DO NOT buy this. Everything a coffee maker does, it does BAD. Takes forever. Coffee stays barely lukewarm. No matter how you do it, you are GUARANTEED to spill when pouring coffee from the carafe. Go to see user reviews on [@] for further proof of this product's dismal design. I wish my wife had before she bought this. We may give it to our daughter in college, if we can get over the guilt associated with placing this device with anyone we don't wish pain on!