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Mr. Coffee Simple Brew 12-Cup Switch Review

A decent budget option if you like the simplicity of a single-button brewer
mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review
Credit: Mr. Coffee
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Price:   $40 List | $34.53 at Amazon
Pros:  Simplistic interface, easy to clean
Cons:  Poor brew quality, no automatic shut off, short carafe handle
Manufacturer:   Mr. Coffee
By Liz Nelson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2022
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RANKED
#8 of 13
  • Brew Quality - 30% 4.4
  • User Friendliness - 35% 4.3
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7.3
  • Consistency - 15% 7.1

Our Verdict

The Mr. Coffee Simple Brew 12-Cup is an affordable brewer with consistent brew times and temperatures and has just one button for you to worry about. This brewer could be something of a safety hazard without an automatic shut-off feature, as the hot plate will continue to burn throughout the day if you forget to switch the off button. If you're looking for a budget option to make your morning coffee, we recommend skipping this product and heading over to some of our best coffee maker picks to get the best caffeine fix that will also please your wallet.

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Pros Simplistic interface, easy to cleanEasy cleaning, simple design, can use podsLarge brew capacity range, good water distribution, coffee filter includedHigh brew quality, sleek design, mess-free pouringInexpensive, automatic brew feature
Cons Poor brew quality, no automatic shut off, short carafe handleSmall water tank opening, fill to brew volumeBulky, confusing interfaceTall, small carafe handle, water backsplash while fillingHard to fill, bulky
Bottom Line A decent budget option if you like the simplicity of a single-button brewerThe combination of features and affordability make this a great budget optionA great option for coffee drinkers looking to brew larger batches of coffeeThis model offers great brew quality; however, its additional height may pose a challenge fitting it between your countertop and cabinetsThe most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffee
Rating Categories Mr. Simple Brew 12-... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr... BUNN Heat N' Brew P... Black+Decker 12-Cup...
Brew Quality (30%)
4.4
6.0
5.2
7.7
5.6
User Friendliness (35%)
4.3
6.3
6.1
4.8
5.1
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
7.3
7.5
7.4
6.9
6.0
Consistency (15%)
7.1
6.5
6.0
4.6
7.1
Specs Mr. Simple Brew 12-... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr... BUNN Heat N' Brew P... Black+Decker 12-Cup...
Cup Capacity 12 12 14 10 12
Single Serve No Yes Yes No No
Automatic Brewing No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brew Temp (°F) 160.36 166.14 176.94 169.04 161.98
Preinfusion No No No No No
Filter Shape Flat Flat Cone Flat Flat
Energy Usage 975 watts 950 watts 1050 watts 1300 watts 975 watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) 12.3" x 9.3" x 13.8" 13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1" 14" x 8" x 9" 16" x 8.5" x 10" 8.2" x 12.2" x 11"
Weight 2.8 lbs 5.0 lbs 9.5 lbs 5.9 lbs 4.75 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Mr. Coffee Simple Brew is a solid and dependable budget coffee maker. However, it lacks programmable features. More than anything else, the low cost of the Simple Brew sets it apart from other brewers in this review.

Performance Comparison


mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review - the mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup is an affordable brewer with...
The Mr. Coffee Simple Brew 12-Cup is an affordable brewer with consistent brew times and temperatures.
Credit: Laura Casner

Brew Quality


To determine final scores for brew quality, our team of coffee experts analyzes water temperature, water distribution, and brew features. The Simple Brew does not reach industry standards for proper brew temperatures. After brewing, we analyzed the grounds and discovered a deep oval shape significantly lighter than the rest of the grounds. This suggests an uneven water distribution from the spray head and poor extraction quality.

mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review - proper water temperature and distribution are essential to brewing a...
Proper water temperature and distribution are essential to brewing a good cup of coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


Without programmable features, this coffee maker is as straightforward as it gets. However, the Simple Brew is not necessarily user-friendly due to the fact that you have to remember to turn it off, among other factors.

The Simple Brew has a very simple, one-button interface. This brew is not programmable. Unfortunately, there is no timer to schedule automatic brewing for your mornings. While the Simple Brew is clearly a budget option, this feature has become increasingly available on many inexpensive coffee makers. It is also noteworthy that this coffee maker does not have an automatic shut-off. It is very important to remember to turn the machine off after brewing to avoid the risk of hazards.

mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review - the single button interface of the simple brew allow you to turn on...
The single button interface of the Simple Brew allow you to turn on and off the brewer.
Credit: Laura Casner

The lid of the brewer flips all the way open to access the water tank. The tank is at the back of the machine. Water level marks are on the side of the brewer near the back of the machine and are difficult to see without turning the entire brewer around.

mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review - the water tank is at the very back of the mr. coffee simple brew.
The water tank is at the very back of the Mr. Coffee Simple Brew.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Cleaning


The Simple Brew performed slightly above average for ease of cleaning. The components are dishwasher safe and there is a reusable filter. Paper filters will make disposing of spent grounds much quicker and easier though. The glass carafe is fairly easy to hand clean and the descaling process is fairly straightforward but took 70 minutes to complete, which was a bit long.

mr. coffee simple brew 12-cup switch coffee maker review - the mr. coffee simple brew is straighforard and easy to clean.
The Mr. Coffee simple brew is straighforard and easy to clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Consistency


We exhaustively tested five back-to-back pots of coffee in order to measure the consistency of this brewer. Our team studied the grounds in the brew basket to determine water distribution patterns. We also measured the brew temperature of each and every pot of coffee, studying uniformity in temperature. The Simple Brew had some of the best consistency among its peers, an impressive feat at this price point.

Value


The Simple Brew is one of the most inexpensive models we tested — but unfortunately was lacking in quality compared to the best coffee makers in our lineup. We found that there are much better models for just a little more money.

Conclusion


The Mr. Coffee Simple Brew 12-Cup is a great budget option if you don't care about programmable functions and want a more streamlined process. Overall, we do not recommend this model unless you're pinching pennies.

Liz Nelson
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