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Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug

Est. $20
Reviewed
September 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker

Cheap one-cup coffee maker

Pros
  • Uses ground coffee
  • Easy to use
  • Mug keeps coffee hot
  • Mug fits in most cup holders
Cons
  • Not programmable

Bottom line

The Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘N Go brews straight into an insulated travel mug, which is great for commuters. Users say it's easy to use and makes good coffee that stays hot for a long time. Commuters love the shape, which fits in all but the smallest cup holders. Because it uses coffee grounds instead of pods, however, it's less convenient for brewing subsequent cups.

Breaking it down

Performance

Hot coffee brews directly into a travel mug. Most owners say the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'N Go makes flavorful coffee that brews plenty hot. It's fast, too, reviewers say -- making a full cup in 1 to 2 minutes. The included thermal travel mug is 15 ounces, but you can make a smaller cup, if you wish, and can adjust the brew strength by adding less water and/or more coffee. It uses ground coffee, which results in a much lower cost-per-serving than pod coffee makers. It can also make tea or just a quick cup of hot water for cocoa or instant soup. One well-respected product testing organization gives it a "Very Good" rating for brew performance.

Ease of use

Super simple. There aren't many bells and whistles with the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'N Go. You just pour in water, add coffee, put the mug under the spout, and push a button. It can't accommodate taller mugs, but most owners say the 15-ounce included mug is big enough. It has a reusable filter, which you have to empty and rinse between brews. It has no pre-programming features. The mug and filter are dishwasher safe. The mug is shaped to fit in most cup holders. Most owners say that the mug is comfortable to hold but some note that its body can become hot to the touch. The brewer has an auto shut-off feature.

Appearance/durability

Simple yet durable design. The simple design of the Black & Decker DCM18S isn't a style knockout, but most reviewers don't care. In fact, quite a few say they love its small footprint, which is popular with college students and people who have limited space. Most say the stainless-steel travel mug is attractive and holds up well; it's very sturdy and durable, users say. We read dozens of reviews from people who have had the coffeemaker for years, estimating they've brewed hundreds or even thousands of cups of coffee and it still works as well as it did when new. It comes with a one-year warranty.

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Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org tests 113 coffee makers, including the Black & Decker Brew'N Go, which is included in the drip coffee maker review under 1- to 2- mug coffee makers. They test for performance, convenience and handling.

Review: Coffeemakers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Amazon.com

In more than 3,600 reviews, the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug earns an overall average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most say they love its simplicity and convenience and that the mug keeps the coffee plenty hot. Some wish it would accommodate a taller mug, and a few complain of durability issues.

Review: Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2014

3. Walmart.com

The Black & Decker Personal Coffee Maker, DCM18S earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 785 reviews, with 91 percent saying they would recommend the product to a friend. Most say it's just a great little coffee maker; easy to use and very convenient. Quite a few owners say they've bought more than one for their office, vacation home or friend or relatives, and we found many comments from people who have owned theirs for years.

Review: Black & Decker Personal Coffee Maker, DCM18S, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of September 2014

4. Target.com

In about 30 reviews the Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker and 15-oz. Travel Mug earns an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5 -- the lowest we saw for this little coffee maker. Recent reviews are highly positive, but the overall rating is brought down by a spate of older reviews that complain about durability issues.

Review: Black & Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker and 15-oz. Travel Mug, Contributors to Target.com, As of September 2014

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