Brews excellent drip coffee
Keep-warm and auto-on functions
LED is hard to read
Difficult to fill water tank
We purchased the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker so our reviewer could put it to test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Coffee has found a new stride in society today with the entrance of specialty coffee. But despite the progress we’ve made in the coffee world, there are still many who appreciate a delicious cup of basic drip coffee. Drip coffee makers today are both more accessible and offer many more customizable features than ever before. One such machine that has a number of extras is the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker. I tested its drip coffee quality, setup, cleanup, design, and price tag. Read on to see what I thought.
Design: Simple and small
The Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker has a pretty basic design and is nothing too fancy. There is an LED on the front of the machine, which displays the time. Underneath that, there are seven clearly labeled buttons. The entire machine is black, except for the glass carafe and the buttons, which are gray/silver. I wasn't a huge fan of the aesthetic as it is somewhat old-fashioned, but I did appreciate its smaller size. This coffee maker is the perfect size, measuring only 7.9 by 14.2 by 7.9 inches. It is not irregularly shaped, nor does it take up much counter space, which made it easy to find a spot for it in my kitchen. Plus, the BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker's size, as well as the cord storage compartment (located at the back of the machine), made this machine all the more convenient to store.
The BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker may be simple in design, but it can rival the competition when it comes down to the quality of its drip coffee.
What I didn’t like about this coffee maker is that it didn’t have a water window on the side of the machine to indicate how much water was inside the tank. This is a pretty basic feature that many modern coffee machines have. I figured out that I had to measure out my water precisely before pouring it into the water reservoir to prevent overflows. I just used the measurements labeled on the glass carafe. I also didn’t like the LED panel; it was hard to read due to its small size and the fact that there’s no backlight.
Setup Process: Takes about 20 to 30 minutes
Setting up the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker is fairly standard and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The first step is to prepare and insert the carbon filter, which takes up most of the setup time. After the filter had been properly placed into the machine, I ran the machine through a full cycle (12 cups) with just water to clean out the interior parts. This took another 10 minutes or so.
I found that the setup time was fairly standard compared to other coffee makers I’ve used.
Performance: Good drip coffee, plus several customizable features
The Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker may be simple in design, but it can rival the competition when it comes down to the quality of its drip coffee. I was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of the coffee made, especially considering its low price point. Besides making good drip, the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker is very easy to use and functions like any standard drip coffee maker.
Simply fill the water reservoir with the desired amount, then add the coffee grounds to the filter located at the top of the machine. Then, insert the carafe into the machine and press Brew. There is also a button to brew a smaller batch (1 to 4 cups) if a smaller batch is preferred.
This coffee machine includes a gold-tone permanent reusable filter, so there’s no need to buy paper filters. However, if preferred, the filter basket accommodates #4 paper coffee filters. I tested the machine using both the reusable filter and paper filters and didn’t notice a significant difference in flavor.
For such a small and basic-looking machine, it delivers a lot more than you’d expect.
In addition to making good drip coffee, the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker comes with a number of customizable settings. One of these is the fully automatic 24-hour programmable timer. Users can set the machine up the night before to make a batch of coffee automatically in the morning.
There’s also an auto-off function (or keep-warm setting) that allows the user to set how long they would like to keep their coffee warm. This can be set for as little as 15 minutes after the coffee has finished brewing or up to 5 hours. If this feature hasn’t been set, the machine defaults to a 2-hour warming period. I liked using the keep-warm setting most of all because I was able to enjoy warmed coffee for hours after my coffee was made.
Other features include a water hardness level setting and an anti-drip system. This system allows the user to grab a cup of coffee in the midst of the brewing cycle without creating a big mess.
Ease of Cleaning: Standard cleanup required
To take care of the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker, standard cleanup is required. Simply remove and dump out the grounds from the top of the machine and clean out the carafe and the reusable filter. The filter basket, the gold-tone permanent filter, the carafe, and the lid can be placed in the upper rack of the dishwasher. The exterior of the machine can be wiped with a soft damp cloth.
When a descaling is necessary, the "LED Clean" button lights up on the machine. The user can follow the manufacturer’s instructions to properly descale the unit.
Price: A deal for a drip coffee maker
This coffee maker retails for around $80, but you can find it on sale for around $64, which is a great deal considering the drip coffee quality and the number of convenient extra features. For such a small and basic-looking machine, it delivers a lot more than you’d expect.
Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker vs. Smeg Drip Coffee Machine
Smeg Drip Filter Coffee Machine: The Smeg Drip Filter Coffee Machine is a retro-looking coffee maker that retails above $200. Similar to the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker, it is small in size and easy to navigate. It has an automatic-start function and keeps coffee warm on its warming plate for up to 60 minutes. With that said, the Smeg only brews up to 6 cups of coffee at a time and doesn't offer the same customizable features that the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker does.
It comes down to whether you’re looking for form or function. The Smeg is considerably more stylish than the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker. It functions more as a conversation piece, whereas the Braun offers quality drip coffee but comes at the cost of a more basic aesthetic.
Buy it if you need a drip coffee maker.
If you’ve been searching for a drip coffee machine, the Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker is an excellent choice due to its many customizable settings, compact size, and quality drip coffee. There’s a ton you get in return for such a small investment.
- Product Name Coffee Maker
- Product Brand Braun
- MPN KF7000
- Price $80
- Weight 6.2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 7.9 x 14.2 x 7.9 in.
- Color Black, stainless steel/black
- Water Tank Capacity 60 oz.
- Power (Watts) 1,000
- Voltage 110V
- Warranty 3 year, limited
- What's Included Filter basket, gold tone permanent filter, charcoal water filter, charcoal water filter holder, glass carafe, glip lid, coffee measuring scoop