Easy and effective, this Braun Brewsense 12 drip coffee maker is an affordable and programmable machine that makes a bold and strong cup of coffee. It sports a simple look and a black plastic design.
The Braun KF7150BK is a compact coffee brewer that features a programmable timer, brew-strength options, and an adjustable warmth setting.
Going through this Braun KF7150BK review, you will be able to determine just how good this coffee maker is. While many Braun Coffee Maker Reviews go over the basic specs and features, I made a comprehensive run through. Check this out.
Design and Construction
The design of the Braun 12 drip coffee maker is simple, compact and lightweight. It is a rectangular coffee maker with a square base, which is sure to fit easily into most kitchen spaces.
Measuring the Braun KF7150BK, the machine stands at a good 14.2 inches with a length and width of 7.9 x 7.9 inches. This rectangular form makes it perfect for tight nooks on your counter. The machine can fit well in a corner while still providing a large 12-cup carafe pot of coffee. The top of the machine features 8 inches of open space to house the filter.
Despite being made of mostly plastic, this coffee brewer weighs 7.1lbs. While it is a bit heavier than other machines its size, it is still quite easy to move around without the fear of dropping it.
Machine Type and Quality
This coffee machine has a simple rectangular frame, that is made mostly of smooth black plastic. The lower two-thirds of the entire body has a silver metallic cover that gives it a sleek and clean finish. The rectangular LED display sits right above the silver metallic line and right below the display is the set of buttons that are aptly labeled.
The PureFlavor technology of this machine ensures you get consistently great flavor every time you brew a cup, and from the first drop to the last.
The entire machine features a sleek and clean finish which is easy to wipe and clean. Unfortunately, the silver metallic lining is quite prone to scratches and should be cleaned with care. Avoid using anything abrasive over it.
A common problem that I often have with my coffee makers is that I keep forgetting to turn it off before I leave. A safety feature that is incorporated into the Braun KF7150BK is that it shuts down when left unattended for 2 hours. This function works whether you decide to set the brewer to run automatically or manually.
The Braun KF7150BK has the standard Braun Coffee Maker accessories which include a removable filter basket, glass carafe, and coffee measuring scoop. The carafe holds up to 12 cups of coffee and sits on a hot plate in which temperature can be adjusted to keep your coffee warm at either low, medium, or high. The carafe’s removable lid seals in the flavor and aroma.
Other accessories that come with the Braun Brewsense 12 drip coffee makers are the gold-tone permanent filter, charcoal water filter, and filter holder. The Braun gold-tone filter is a permanent filter that you can clean and reuse. There is no need to purchase paper coffee filters unless you really want to. The addition of a charcoal filter also ensures that you get clean water in your coffee.
The Braun Brewsense 12 drip coffee maker can efficiently brew a full pot of coffee in around 15 minutes. If you are planning to brew around 4 to 6 cups, you only need around 5 minutes – not counting prep time of course.
One of the top features of this coffee maker is the programmable 24-hour timer that you can use to set the coffee maker to automatically turn on and start brewing.
This is a great feature that makes it so easy to start up your day.
Most Braun coffee maker reviews will tell you that Braun is a trusted brand when it comes to making good coffee, and they do not disappoint with the Brewsense KF7150BK; despite the machine being cheaper than most other coffee brewers.
This appliance boasts of the Braun PureFlavor system that extracts all the flavor from your coffee grounds. With the option for either a regular or bold brew, the Braun KF7150BK does make a really good cup of coffee. The machine is also able to keep the taste consistent, as long as you retain good water to coffee bean ratio and do not forget to clean the filter.
Ease of Use
This coffee machine has simple buttons that work with a large and clear LED display. A large circular power button is set below a linear array of functions, which are all clearly labeled. Setting the timer, and programming auto-brewing function can be a bit complicated when you first try it out but the machine comes with a clear set of instructions.
After a few tries, the functions are quite easy to master and once you set the automatic brewing function, you do not really need to do much. The LED display also shows signs when you need to descale or clean the machine. The display is very bright and clear; it also dually acts as a digital kitchen clock.
When you do not want to use the automatic brewing function, manually brewing a cup is also really simple; put in the water and ground coffee beans and press the “brew” button.
The different removable components of the Braun Brewsense 12 cup drip coffee maker can be cleaned with a dishwasher. Added into the design is the anti-drip system which is a ledge at the back portion of the tray which functions to keep the condensation created during the brewing process inside the machine. You can also easily pull out the carafe without having to worry about the coffee dripping.
When it is time to clean the coffee machine, there is a button that you can press to start descaling; it is labeled “Clean.”
Although the water reservoir is non-removable and cannot be cleaned thoroughly, the charcoal filter keeps the water clean before it is used to brew your coffee. You can easily change this out every now and then. The charcoal filter holder has markers to make it easier to know when you need to change the charcoal filter bag.
Brand & Customer Service
The Braun Brand started in 1984 as a subsidiary of the larger Gillette Company and is now owned by Procter and Gamble, the largest consumer goods manufacturing company. Now, it stands as an internationally known brand that manufactures small electric appliances.
Their products, including the Braun Brewsense 12 cup drip coffee maker, come with a 3-year warranty (1), which covers repairs and part replacements. Reaching out to their customer service, which can be done through sending an email, calling them directly, or through a live customer chat on their site, can be a bit tricky. There have been reports of long waiting times on calls. Their online customer service representatives are also not as responsive.
Value for Money
When you think about the cost of this coffee machine, it is actually quite a steal. Its design and build are simple, but it gives you a great cup. The programmable timer is also a feature that is quite hard to find in other coffee machines in the same price range.
Overall, the Braun KF7150BK offers great value for your money if you are not turned off by the hot plate and glass carafe.
- Water reservoir is non-removable, making it difficult to fill with water straight from the tap and to clean thoroughly.
- Opening of the water reservoir is small and pouring water in is a challenge.
- Glass carafe seems thin and does not feel as durable as other coffee machine carafes.
- The plastic components feel a bit flimsy, although the machine seems quite durable and sturdy.
Some users might consider the hot plate to be another downside since most modern coffee machines have a thermal system. However, I do not find this to be a big problem since it is able to do the job well.
Who Should Buy this Coffee Maker?
Anyone looking to get a decent cup of coffee every morning without the hassle of having to get everything ready should get this coffee maker. It is not the best coffee machine on the market but when you consider its price, features, and design, it is definitely one of the good ones.
The main benefits that this coffee maker provides are efficiency and convenience. Basically, it is easy to use and you can get a strong cup of coffee without much hassle. The programmable timer is also really handy when you are in a rush to get to work or school in the morning. The coffee machine is available at a really affordable cost, placing it in the low price tier.
Considering the build, brew, and other features that come with this machine, this Braun KF7150BK Review scores this Drip Coffee Maker a 4.2 out of 5. It is an overall good machine that is a definite steal for its price. While it is not a fancy coffee machine that you can rave about, it is a functional, efficient, and very convenient coffee maker that can easily fit into most kitchens, especially if you live in a small apartment in the city. The programmable timer is definitely one of the best features.
|Braun Brewsense KF7150BK Coffee Maker Specifications|
|Brew Type||Bold and Regular|
|Cup Capacity||12 Cups|
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I’m James, a self-professed coffee enthusiast in pursuit of finding the perfect daily brew and likes to live by the motto ‘Just brew it”.