Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Review

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A solid bargain model from Calphalon, the Special Brew doesn't have many special features: a 50 oz water reservoir, Brew Strength selector, and 24-hour Auto-On. Above all else, it brews B+ coffee at a good price.
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Key Features of the Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

Key Features of Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

  • Capacity: 50 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Display: Digital LCD display with brew buttons
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1450W

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Overview

Calphalon is a quality kitchen appliance brand that you probably don’t think of when looking for the best drip coffee maker for your home or office.

Meet the Special Brew.

Honestly, there isn’t much that’s special about the Special Brew.

The machine doesn’t offer any options outside of Strong Brew, so what you see is what you get.

However, it does have a few nice features that land it on this list (aside from the fact that it brews a hot pot of coffee lightning quickly):

  • Warming plate stays on for up to 4 hours
  • 24-hour programmability
  • Fresh Brew Timer tells you how long since the pot was brewed

Also of note is the shape of this coffee maker.

While most drip machines are skinnier than they are deep (meaning they project out from the wall), the Calphalon Special Brew is unusually wide.

What you’d normally consider the side of the machine is actually its front.

If you’re replacing your previous machine with this one, make sure it fits in the required space.

Pros
  • Well-made and brews quickly
  • Fresh Brew Timer tracks time since last brew (in case your spouse brewed a pot but you aren’t sure when)
  • Warming plate stays on for up to 4 hours
Cons
  • Few brew features like temperature control
  • Glass pot is hard to empty completely, leading to drops of burned coffee if you aren’t careful empty fully
  • Wider design is intended to sit flush against the wall and doesn’t project out far

Is the Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup for you?

Is Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup for you?

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Review: An In-Depth Look

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Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup
A solid bargain model from Calphalon, the Special Brew doesn't have many special features: a 50 oz water reservoir, Brew Strength selector, and 24-hour Auto-On. Above all else, it brews B+ coffee at a good price.

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