Ratio Six Review
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|Pros||Great water temperature output, one-button simplicity, insulated carafe, sleek design||Easy cleaning, simple design, can use pods||Large brew capacity range, good water distribution, coffee filter included||Inexpensive, automatic brew feature||Easy to use, almost no cleaning, barcode reader, water tank swivels|
|Cons||Smaller capacity, no additional features, expensive||Small water tank opening, fill to brew volume||Bulky, confusing interface||Hard to fill, bulky||Pods are expensive, requires specific pod, lacks brew quality|
|Bottom Line||An expensive yet simple coffee maker that consistently brews high-quality coffee||The combination of features and affordability make this a great budget option||A great option for coffee drinkers looking to brew larger batches of coffee||The most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffee||An excellent choice for those who appreciate an appliance with single-button simplicity|
|Rating Categories||Ratio Six||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr...||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Nespresso VertuoPlus|
|Brew Quality (35%)|
|User Friendliness (30%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (20%)|
|Specs||Ratio Six||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr...||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Nespresso VertuoPlus|
|Brew Temp||176 °F||166 °F||177 °F||162 °F||168 °F|
|Preinfusion||Yes||No||No||No||Yes, not adjustable|
|Energy Usage||1400 watts||950 watts||1050 watts||975 watts||1350 watts|
|Measured Dimensions (H x W x D)||14.25" x 7" x 15.5"||13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1"||14" x 8" x 9"||8.2" x 12.2" x 11"||12.8" x 8.7" x 12.7"|
|Measured Weight||10.8 lbs||5.0 lbs||9.5 lbs||4.8 lbs||10.1 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We were impressed with the Ratio Six's high-quality output. Time and time again, we brewed great-tasting coffee with this machine. One simple button begins the brewing process, which includes a blooming cycle. However, we weren't overly thrilled about the handful of additional components, making it a less user-friendly model.
The Ratio scored well in our brew quality test, delivering high-quality coffee in under six minutes. This brewer had no trouble reaching the industry standard for temperature output, which is crucial for a tasty cup of coffee. The grounds were evenly saturated, though the spray head appeared to be more indented on one side.
The machine has an integrated bloom cycle for maximum extraction. We appreciate the included bloom cycle; however, there is no option to change the cycle time or turn it off. Additionally, the cycle requires over a cup of water and doesn't start until nearly two minutes into the brew cycle. Still, this coffee maker produced some of the best coffee out of our lineup.
This brewer has a simple, easy-to-use interface with no screen and only one button. The coffee is brewed into an insulated carafe which sits on a non-heated pad. The insulated carafe kept our brew warm without sacrificing flavor, as heated plates often do.
This brewer has a few more components compared to the average coffee maker. Typically, the filter basket attaches to the machine. However, the Ratio Six's filter basket attaches on top of the carafe, completely relying on it for the brewing process. The troubles arise following the brewing. To pour the coffee, you must first remove the filter basket from the carafe. This process lends itself to messes as the filter will still drip for a few minutes.
Additionally, we found the carafe required quite a bit of turning to get the proper flow, and can result in messy splatter, which wasn't ideal as this carafe is heavy and the handle uncomfortable. We expected a much easier pour from such an expensive product.
Ease of Cleaning
The Six has a smooth matte black surface, making it easy to wipe down and conceal stains. The carafe cannot be put through the dishwasher and the opening is on the smaller side, which might be a problem for those with larger hands. The additional components make this brewer slightly more challenging to wash than others. And without a cleaning alert, you'll need to remember to descale this regularly.
The Ratio Six was a top performer in consistency. We tested five pots of coffee back-to-back to determine the average temperature, the time it took to brew, and the flavor retention. On average, the Ratio produced a full pot in just under six minutes. The temperature was exceptionally consistent and after two hours, the coffee retained most of its flavor.
Should you buy the Ratio Six?
The Ratio Six brews top-quality coffee but is on the pricier side. If you're looking for a simple machine that consistently delivers excellent coffee and you don't mind the extra parts, this is a great option. But its simple design lacks features like programmable timers or sneak-a-cup. We would recommend this to a smaller household as this model has a smaller brew capacity.
What other coffee makers should you consider?
If you're looking for an appliance with features like auto-brewing or sneak-a-cup, check out the Breville Precision Brewer. This brewer is also on the pricier side but has a few more features and brews excellent coffee. Looking for a less expensive option? The BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable is a great alternative for almost half the cost and has great brew quality.
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