Calphalon Special Brew vs Precision Control Review
Our review of the Calphalon coffee maker is part of a larger 2020 buyers guide dedicated to the company’s appliances, cookware and other products that we are conducting with TopBuyersGuides.com. They have two models the Calphalon Precision Control and the Calphalon Special Brew coffee maker.
The Special Brew is the newer of the two Calphalon coffee maker models and it seems clear that the company is only going to continue to promote this one. They claim the Special Brew “extract 20% more flavor.”
Neither Calphalon Coffee Maker are SCA certified. One of the critical issues for a drip coffeemaker is the water temperature. The Calphalon coffee makers are hot brewing systems and the reported brewing temperature can get up to 206 degrees.
Many other manufacturers have adopted the systems that bring the water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93 degrees Celsius. Good examples of these are coffee system promoted by BUNN coffee makers or the Bonavita BV1900TS or the Zojirushi coffee maker. This is one of the requirements to be Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Certified.
When you brew hot, like Calphalon coffee makers and other do, what generally happens is you need to shorten the brewing extraction times to avoid some coffee tasting bitter. We generally don’t buy the worry that brewing too hot will lead to a “burnt taste,” even with soaking type coffee brewing like drip coffee makers. But all this does affect the amount of solid materials in your brew and the flavor.
The Calphalon Special Brew coffee maker has an adjustable coffee strength setting so you can attempt to adjust for the high temperature and fast extraction. This machine also has a Fresh Brew Timer feature which warns you when you breed coffee is getting too old. The warming plate has a decent non-stick surface and keeps the carafe hot for up to 4 hours. This is the better of the two Calphalon 10 cup coffee maker models. It has a basic delayed start brewing timer as well.
Calphalon Precision Control Coffee Maker
Calphalon Coffee Maker Review
Both models of Calphalon Coffee maker are good machines but not great. The construction is fair, the materials and buttons are just ok. The warranty is fine, but it overall has a cheap feel and should be a little better for the price. If you want a great cup, consider a Cuisinart Coffee Center which has better brewing and features or the Technivorm Moccamaster which is a better coffee maker in every way.
If you don’t think of Calphalon as a coffee maker manufacturer you are right. But also, they are a manufacturer of nearly everything. As part of the $15 Newell Brands company, they produce everything from candles and pens to baby snack and appliances under dozens of well-known brand names.
It isn’t hard to find great drip coffee makers. This form of brewing always got less respect than it deserves because of the large numbers of cheaply made and poorly designed models (not to mention some really bad, mass produced ground coffee brands).
Calphalon makes some really great products. We will touch on some of those in our full buyer’s guide on our sister site. But, their coffee makers are not distinctive enough to warrant your purchase and you should look elsewhere. Read our full Calphalon Buyers Guide on Top Buyers Guides.
Calphalon Coffee Maker Special Brew Specifications
- Length: 15.74 inches
- Width: 8.66 inches
- Height: 16.14 inches
- 10.8 pounds
Calphalon Precision Control Specifications
- Dimensions (Overall): 14.37 inches (H) x 7.6 inches (W) x 12.06 inches (D)
- Weight: 7 pounds
- Capacity (Volume): 50 fl oz (US)
- Includes: Instruction Manual
- Cup Capacity: 10
- Mount Type: Free standing
- Coffee Filter Type: Paper
- Coffee Type Used: Ground Coffee
- Wattage Output: 1300 watts
- Material: Plastic
- Power Source: Electric
- Care & Cleaning: Dishwasher-safe Parts
- TCIN: 53501959
- UPC: 048894067914
- Item Number (DPCI): 072-08-1644