Braun coffee makers: 3 models compared

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BEST OVERALL
Braun BrewSense KF7150BK Coffee Maker

Often, the most expensive small kitchen appliances are the best. A higher price point usually denotes a higher quality product. For once, in our opinion, the cheapest model is actually the best option.

The Braun BrewSense KF7150BK is affordable, compact, and looks great (if not a little quirky). It has a whole host of features designed to help you produce delicious coffee. If you can make your peace with a slow-ish brew time and a tricky to fill reservoir, we think you'll appreciate this coffee maker as much as we do.

1. Braun BrewSense KF7150BK

Best Braun Coffee Maker
Braun Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker, 12 cup, Black
  • Pure Flavor Brewing System- Consistent great flavor from the first to last drop
  • Fully Programmable- 24-hour clock, auto-on/off and 1 - 4 cup functions
  • Bold Strength Selector- Allows you to enjoy your coffee regular or bold - just the way you like it

Pros

  • The Most Affordable of the Braun Range
  • 24-Hour Programmable Timer
  • Anti-Drip System
  • Extra Large LCD
  • 1 to 4 Cup Brew Option
  • Small & Compact

Cons

  • Brews Slowly
  • Difficult to Fill with Water
  • Text On Buttons Fades Over Time

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 7.1lbs
  • Capacity:  12-Cup
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black – Black / Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Design

Despite looking like an old CD player, the Braun BrewSense coffee maker has something eminently likable about it that we just can’t put our finger on. 

Maybe it’s the crisp, clean and streamlined body, which is compact and has a control panel that’s neatly laid out. Or possibly it’s the stainless-steel finish, coupled with the sharp LCD that’s not only a 24-hour clock but also part of the fully programmable timer.

We’re not sure, but we like it.

Capacity

The 12-Cup capacity (around 60-70oz) will, in reality, only brew approximately six or seven cups of what most people consider an ‘average-sized’ coffee. Despite this appliance’s small footprint, that’s a relatively good capacity for a coffee maker of this ilk.

The reservoir itself runs around the top of the appliance and makes fair use of the space to help it keep the streamlined appearance. However, that makes it a challenge to fill with water, so you’ll need a steady hand. It’s also difficult to see the water level as you pour, so be careful not to overfill.

Features

  • Programmable Timer: A programmable 24-hour timer gives you full control over when your coffee is ready to drink.
  • Self-Cleaning Function: The Braun BrewSense will give you a consistent tasting cup of coffee thanks to the self-clean feature that ensures the internal workings of your coffee maker are always maintained.
  • Charcoal Water Filter: If you don’t have access to filtered water, the BrewSense comes with a charcoal filter that fits into the water tank. It also has a convenient reminder built into the filter, so you’ll know when to change it.
  • Extra Large LCD: Despite being on the smaller side, this coffee maker comes equipped with a large LCD, so the settings and timer are easy to read.
  • 1-4 Cup Size Option: Choose to brew smaller quantities of coffee with the 1-4 size option, and cut down on wasting precious coffee supplies.
  • Auto-off Function: With a built-in ‘Auto-Off,’ the Braun BrewSense coffee maker will switch itself off once you’re finished as a safety feature and energy saver.
  • Regular or Bold Strength: With two strength settings, this coffee maker caters to regular tastes and those who prefer a more potent brew.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

This coffee maker does make a delicious cup of coffee; there’s no denying it; however, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer than with some more premium models (assuming you don’t use the timer) as the brew time is a bit excessive.

The operation of the Braun BrewSense KF7150BK is as simple as its appearance. It’s very straightforward to use and is almost self-explanatory. Everything is marked clearly and concisely, but only for a time.

This leads us to a minor issue with the build quality of this appliance. The text on the buttons will fade/rub off over time. In all probability, if you’ve used a coffee maker so much that it causes the text to disappear, you’ll know which button performs what action, but that’s not the point. For a mid-range price point, you’d expect better.

We’ve already touched on the design flaws when it comes to filling the water tank, but it’s worth reiterating just how much of a challenge it is to fill, and we’re not sure if the pay-off of having a much smaller footprint is worth the hassle.

Cleaning is easy thanks to a self-cleaning mode and the removable parts being dishwasher safe, though it can be tricky to remove all the grounds from the gold tone micro-filter.

Should you buy the Braun BrewSense KF7150BK Coffee Maker?

The BrewSense KF7150BK is the best coffee maker that Braun has on sale. It has a quirky outward appearance that hits the right spot and is compact so that it won’t take up valuable kitchen space.

It’s full of helpful features that give you the capability to brew precisely the type of coffee you want, when you want it. You’ll have to overlook the brew time and difficulties in filling the water tank, but if you can, you’ll see a competent little coffee maker.

2. Braun MultiServe KF9070SI

Best Braun Multi-Serve Coffee Maker
Braun MultiServe Machine 7 Programmable Brew Sizes / 3 Strengths + Iced Coffee, Glass Carafe...
  • Exact brew system: The exact brew system delivers consistent optimal brewing performance in every cup automatically calculating the precise water flow temperature and speed for every coffee preference
  • Brew choice plus: Customize your coffee to your liking (hot or cold brew) with the over ice light gold bold setting with the touch of a button
  • Fast brew exclusive heating technology delivers a full pot of coffee in under 8 minutes without sacrificing taste

Pros

  • Easy to Use Selection Dial
  • Removable Reservoir
  • Water Filter
  • Brew Specific Amounts
  • Hot Water Dispenser
  • Makes Iced Coffee (Sort of)
  • Handy Cup Shelf

Cons

  • Relatively Expensive
  • It’s Big
  • Inaccurate Temperature Control
  • ‘Drip Stop’ Ineffectual 

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 13 x 7.1 x 15 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10lbs
  • Capacity:  10-Cup
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Design

The two other Braun models we’re discussing today are super similar in appearance, the MultiServe could not be more different. 

While this coffee maker does have that stainless-steel finish that so many consumers find appealing, it has a much more contemporary feel to it, which means it will fit right into any modern kitchen.

The cool LCD, one-touch control panel, and self-explanatory dial all look fantastic while being simultaneously functional.

This Braun MultiServe coffee maker has icons and diagrams placed almost everywhere, which are a great visual aid to improve ease of use.

The carafe looks superb too, though the design has led to a couple of performance issues which we’ll discuss later.

Capacity

The removable water reservoir holds 50oz, which Braun claims amounts to 10 cup of coffee, though considering an average American cup of Joe, you’re more likely to get five, maybe six cups from one brew cycle.

The water tank on the MultiServe doesn’t suffer from the same challenges as the BrewSense range, thanks to a large removable lid. It’s also much easier to see the water level as the reservoir is made from transparent plastic and is clearly marked with measurement lines.

Features

  • MultiServe Dial: The MultiServe dial is an innovative and intuitive knob that makes selecting the right cup size quick and efficient. The size options are 5oz, 8oz, 12oz, 16oz, half carafe, and full carafe. 
  • Cup Shelf: The handy ‘cup shelf’ flips down if you want to brew a single cup rather than a full carafe. The shelf elevates the cup to be closer to the brew basket which helps cut down on mess.
  • Hot Water Dispenser: Dispense plain hot water if you’d prefer a cup of tea or soup, or if you just need some hot water. You can choose the water temperature you’d like, but you might be disappointed with the result. We’ll provide more information on that later.
  • Three Brew Strengths: Choose between ‘Light’ or ‘Bold’ brew strengths to suit your tastes. Alternatively, go for the ‘Gold’ option that will brew you a cup that meets the SCA brewing standards.
  • Iced Coffee: Brew iced coffee with this specific function. The only drawback is you’ll need to provide your own ice.
  • Fast Brew: Choose the ‘Fast Brew’ option if you want your coffee a little quicker. This will result in higher energy usage, however.
  • Double-Sided Measuring Scoop: This appliance comes with a double-sided scoop that makes accurately choosing the right amount of coffee a more straightforward task.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

Braun has designed the MultiServe to be incredibly easy to use. The multitude of icons and diagrams make the whole experience very intuitive. If you want a single cup of coffee, there’s very little doubting which selection on the dial you need to make.

There are some complaints when it comes to build quality and design. Firstly, the beautiful looking carafe, the narrow opening at the top not only makes it difficult to clean, but it can also get a little messy in the brewing process. Once your coffee is ready, it’ll be a challenge to get it in the cup without some leaking out onto your countertop.

More than a couple of consumers have complained that the drip-stop (that should let you pour a brew mid-cycle) doesn’t always work, leading to coffee dripping all over the warming plate.

While you can’t choose your coffee’s temperature, you can decide how hot you want your hot water to be. The problem being, the temperature you select, and the temperature you get can be wildly erratic.

Despite having a smaller capacity than the other two coffee makers in this article, the footprint of this appliance is a lot bigger and will take up a lot of real estate in your kitchen.

Cleaning this coffee maker is a lot harder than it should be if you don’t have a dishwasher. As previously mentioned, the carafe is very tricky to clean, while it’s also challenging to remove all the coffee grounds from the filter.

Should you buy the Braun MultiServe KF9070SI Coffee Maker?

On the face of it, the MultiServe should be the best coffee maker to come from the Braun brand. It looks superb, has a ton of options, and is simple to use.

However, despite being twice as expensive as the other Braun models, it has a smaller capacity, it is more challenging to clean, and some of the features aren’t all that functional.

3. Braun BrewSense KF7170SI

Best Braun Drip Coffee Maker
Braun KF7170SI BrewSense Drip Coffeemaker, 12 cup, Stainless Steel
  • Satisfaction in every cup: With Braun’s innovative pure flavor system, your coffee is made at the right temperature and the right brewing time to extract the best coffee flavor and aroma.
  • Keep the flavor inside: The unique carafe lid seals in the fresh flavor by minimizing air exposure and the anti-drip system lets you pour with precision – any time during the brewing cycle.
  • Easy operation: The digital control panel buttons are displayed in the same way you read – from left to right.

Pros

  • ‘Pure Flavor’ Technology
  • Brews Slightly Faster
  • Automatic 24-Hour Timer
  • Unique Carafe Lid Claims to Seal in Flavor
  • Descale Warning & Auto Descale
  • Brew Pause

Cons

  • It’s Loud
  • Carafe Drips When Pouring
  • Doesn’t Notify When Coffee is Ready

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 7.4lbs
  • Capacity:  12-Cup
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Design

The appearance of the Braun KF7170SI coffee maker is not too dissimilar to the KF7150BK, which is not surprising, as they’re both part of the BrewSense range. 

In fact, they are nearly identical, though this particular coffee maker is finished almost entirely in stainless-steel, which gives it a more ‘professional kitchen’ look, rather than the old CD player feel of its twin sister.

The footprint is identical too, which makes it compact and easy to store.

Capacity

It’s not just the aesthetics of these appliances that are similar; the 12-cup (60oz – 70oz) capacity of these coffee makers are the same too.

Unfortunately, there has been no change in design of the reservoir for this Braun model, which means it has the same challenges in filling the water tank as the KF7150BK. The gap to pour the water is small, and there’s no side window to see the fill level.

Features

  • ‘PureFlavor’ Technology: Braun claims their PureFlavor tech helps produce a delicious cup of coffee. While their terminology is vague, and we’re not entirely sure what it entails, the results speak for themselves.
  • Brew Pause: If you’re impatient and can’t wait for the whole batch to finish brewing, the brew pause lets you remove the carafe and pour yourself a cup without making a mess.
  • Charcoal Water Filter: This BrewSense coffee maker features the same water filter as its sibling. 
  • Descale Warning & ‘Auto Descale’: Don’t worry about problematic mineral scale build-up, thanks to the warning feature and auto descale. One-touch of a button can take care of this issue.
  • Unique Carafe Lid: Braun claims the carafe lid’s unique design helps ‘seal in the flavor.’ We’re not sure if this holds up or how unique the lid design actually is.
  • Auto ‘Keep Warm’: When your coffee has finished brewing, this appliance will automatically switch to the ‘Keep Warm’ function to ensure your brew is piping hot. 

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

As this coffee maker has all the same features as the KF7150BK, it makes a comparable cup of coffee. All things being equal, there is no real difference between the taste or temperature of coffee between these two appliances.

They’re both simple to use, produce delicious coffee, and there is not much difference in build-quality (though a minor design flaw in the carafe means it’s prone to dripping when pouring). Though Braun has slightly improved on the brew time in this case, and there are no reports of the text fading from the buttons, so minor improvements, though we’re not sure this is worth the increased price point.

However, the improved brew time may be the root cause of the increase of noise when the BrewSense makes a pot of coffee, particularly towards the end of a cycle you’ll get a lot more hisses and gurgles. 

Annoyingly, the ‘Auto Off’ feature turns itself off every time the machine is unplugged, which means you’ll have to turn the ‘Auto Off’ feature on yourself every time you use it. Making it not-so automatic, and almost redundant.

The automatic descale feature and having dishwasher safe removable parts makes this coffee maker easy to clean. Though, it does come with the same gold-tone filter, and ultimately, the same cleaning issues.

Should you buy the Braun BrewSense KF7170SI Coffee Maker?

At first glance, this drip coffee maker is almost identical to the KF7150BK in terms of features and appearance, but there are some subtle differences as Braun attempted to improve upon their design. However, unless you’d prefer the all-stainless-steel finish to compliment your kitchen décor, we’re not sure it’s worth the price hike for a minimal increase in benefits.

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