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Ninja - Coffee Bar 10-Cup Coffee Maker - Black/Stainless-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1071 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does many things but none above average.

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    This is the second Ninja Coffee Bar I own. This one offers the same flexibility as the prior model, it can brew in many different sizes and brew strengths. This model includes its own built-in milk frother. The frother is just a motorized whisk that just spins the milk. No heat and just spins the milk rapidly until it froths a bit. What is the point? I found this option to be completely useless and just another thing to break. The build quality is similar to earlier models – plastic and cheap looking. It does have a retro 80’s look withs large buttons that are easy to read and nice LED lights but I just do not like it. There are far better built coffee makers in the same price range . As with prior models, it does have a removable water reservoir . That is one feature I love on coffee makers – it is easy to fill and clean. There is a little lever below the coffee grinds container called "drip stop." It does what it sounds like- it stops drips of coffee after the brewing cycle. If you do not flip the level, the machine will drip coffee onto the heating element when you remove the carafe. It is a handy feature. So let’s talk about how well it makes coffee. If you read reviews online you will see everything from it makes undrinkable to absolutely delicious coffee. Those statements are totally accurate because it takes practice to get this machine to make a good cup of coffee. Like the prior model, you really have to vary how much coffee you use , the brew intensity and even change it up when you make larger amounts of coffee. I would suggest using more coffee grinds than what the manufacturer recommends and start with “Rich Brew.” It does take a while to find the correct amount and settings but if you keep trying, you will get a good cup of coffee. One note on the filter, it does come with a built in metal mesh filter. I personally found that grains get through and the coffee tends to be a bit bitter so I would suggest using paper filters. In summary - Likes - Single coffee setting Flexibility of brews Brew directly into a cup Intense flavor once you get it right. Removable water reservoir Dislikes - Some inconsistency in intensity of coffee. Takes practice to make a good cup of coffee. Cheap looking. Enormous counter space needed – 15 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 7 inches deep. Overall , this is not a bad coffee machine but it is not for everyone. There are better machines at the same or even less money. If this was under $150, I would recommend it, but at $200 I cannot. I think if Ninja would increase the build quality, stop trying to make a machine that is all things and get back to basics they would be more successful.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Very Nice Coffee System After You Set It Up

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    Powerhouse01
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    The Ninja Coffee Bar is a very nice coffee system loaded with features. The system comes with the carafe, the milk frother as well as a recipe book to get started right away. The problem is that the instructions say to run two complete cleaning cycles before first use. I didn't have a problem with that until I found out that doing one compete cleaning cycle takes an hour per the integrated timer. I wasn't thrilled with that, but I went through both as well as washing and drying all the parts. The system comes with a double sided coffee scoop which has a convenient storage place on the side of the unit out of the way. The scoop even has the number of recommended scoops you should use for the size coffee you want. That's a great help but I will say that you should be careful the first time you use the recommended scoops because the measurement doesn't take in to account whether or not you may be using a dark roast coffee. I used Folgers Black Silk which is a bold coffee. I was cautious and used a scoop less than what was recommended and my coffee had a bitter taste to it even though I used the same amount of sugar and cream as I normally would. I do like the ability to brew a single cup, a travel mug, a half pot, or a whole pot although brewing a single cup may get a little tedious over time since you should clean the brew basket after each use. I do wish the water heated a little faster and that normal brew cycles were faster but over all this system is very nice. I have friends who come over on occasion and it's nice to be able to brew just the right amount of coffee for them or to make them a specialty drink if they want it. The milk frother is a nice touch and makes drinks look and taste extra special.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    10 month followup

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    Snarltoof
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    I submitted a review on this months ago when I first got the machine with my initial thoughts. I liked the fact that it had cleaning functionality, but that's way more of a fatal flaw at this point. I was concerned that my old single-serve coffee maker was more convenient, but I've really grown fond of using the scoop and permanent filter, I like the ability to brew a whole pot, and it's also great that I can get hot water from it without having to trick the pods. The real bonus with this rig is the integrated frother! Wow, now I can make my own lattes and cappuccinos. It's easy to use, and it removes for easy cleaning. I'm very happy with this! After a month of use, the "clean" light came on, and it continues to come on very frequently. At some point, the display actually says "CLN" rather than the time, so while it goes through its cleaning cycle, if we want coffee, I have to use the Keurig. I've used descaling solution and white vinegar, and the "clean" light just comes back on after 2-3 uses. It doesn't have an automatic shut-off, so it's wasting energy and generating heat all day long :( I love the convenience of the frother, that's still quite fun to use and easy to clean. That cleaning light is really annoying, so at this point I wouldn't really recommend the machine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Where’s all the coffee?

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    Trouser
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    First morning trying out the new machine, and was surprised that a full carafe yielded no more than three mugs of coffee. Three coffee drinkers drained that thing in one go, leaving no more for stragglers like me who like to top up throughout the morning. The issue (small carafe and tank) could very easily have been addressed at the design stage. Like, why doesn’t the water tank have a bucket handle to lift it out rather than deep inset handhold channels that reduce the volume of the tank? And why isn’t the carafe wider at the top to fit more coffee? The answer is form over function. They clearly decided bucket handles aren’t sleek, and a slender carafe looks nicer in the marketing material. Other than that, I was disappointed to see that the frother is a simply a whisk and NOT a steamer as I’d hoped. Come to think of it, I’m taking off an additional star for that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Easy, consistent, but can’t clean the carafe norma

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    Jess
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    If I could, I would return this item. Pros: 1) coffee is nice & hot 2) much more flavorful than my old dripmaker 3) fits under the cabinet & you don’t have to slide the coffee maker in & out 4) many more coffee options and sizes than I ever thought I’d use. All work great Cons: 1) biggest issue is you can’t twist the top to the carafe off to wash it. You have either use a bottle brush or dishwasher (I don’t think I saw this in reviews). I’m old school and like to wash it and be done. 2) depending on the coffee, after a month of use I keep finding fine coffee grounds at the bottom of the carafe & worse in my first pour of coffee kind of like Turkish coffee. 3) for the price I’d expect non plastic parts but I wanted to give it a try as I have the blender and I got over this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Coffee bar is a stretch

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    Yashiikor
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    The Ninja Coffee Bar system is an attempt to make Starbucks type of fancy coffee at home. Unfortunately, the Ninja coffee bar fails. It's an OK coffee maker but only for regular coffee. For higher end coffee, it pours a small amount and sometimes the coffee tastes blah. What makes this appealing is the built-in Frother but it is just fluff. You cannot get that Starbucks froth. I am still skeptical of the quality of Ninja/Shark products. From past experience the quality is not there. For the record, I am not a coffee drinker...ha ha. However, I do like Starbucks and LOVE Tim Hortons coffee. If I want coffee, which is rare......I will go get a cup.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice coffee maker

    Posted
    Santiaj
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    My issue is not with the coffee maker but with the misleading of best buys website. I bought the same CF091 model that everyone else is posting that has a clock and plastic stainless trim at the bottom of the unit but mine does not look like everyone else's photos or best buys photos. My unit does have a clock but it is located directly under the reservoir and stainless trim on the bottom is replaced with just black plastic. I do not understand why my machine is different from everyone else's of the same model. Does anyone else have this issue? Is mine an older unit, old style leftover?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This machine makes a simple task complicated

    Posted
    Bryan
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    I purchased this after my wife read all the reviews and watched all the videos. I love coffee many different ways and I've owned a keurig, nespresso, and cuisinart coffee makers. This machine is by far the most complicated one. Yes, I understand that there are many different options but the cycles take long, pause randomly, and end prematurely. I also hate that I am limited to their serving sizes of half, full carafe, 9oz. mug, or travel mug. The best thing about this machine is the frother which works wonderfully, but the rest of it took a simple task and made it overly complicated.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh. Lotta creaky plastic.

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    BluntAttack
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    I don’t know... does it make coffee? Yes. It’s just a lot space taken up. Makes a lot of noises, beeps and what not. It’s also the only coffee maker that doesn’t turn off after a certain time on its own, I’ve ever had. So dont you forget to turn it off... else you’ve just paid to keep a water tank hot all day. Sigh. Kinda regret it, especially at this price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Still learning

    Posted
    Reviewer
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    I had to do vinegar cleaning 4x before I could get the strange bittery taste out of coffee. Per manual you have to do at least 2x before use. Who wants to do that when you get something new? And that takes an hour each cycle! Still trying to learn how to get the coffee recipes, the ones in the books are ok. Few better ones online. Still good for 1 cup w/o needing to buy pods.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not what we thought it would be

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    Robert23
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    Deffineately not a cafe is a box. You need medium ground coffee grounds. Which no one does they are all fine. And the coffee seems to never be consistent and is very dark with recommend ground servings. You do less than recommend and then it's watery dark coffee. No happy medium. The frother isn't the best either especially for hot drinks sense it's not steamed

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I was expecting a better product

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    Nick
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    Happy in general but 4-5 times a week the machine keeps beeping and stops the coffee making process. I checked the manual it says that the beeping sound means that the dripping dial in in the off position, which is not true. Not sure why it does this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great cup of joe... But.

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    Richard
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    Makes great coffee but it won't brew a full pot. I set the dial to full pot and it brews a partial pot. I always have to run the brew cycle again to finish off the pot. Very annoying.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worked good for a while then quit brewing.

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    Mike
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    Overall very good performance, however after 6 months it quit brewing. Called customer service and they sent me new updated unit minus the pot, etc. Very happy with resolution and new unit works perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Makes coffee

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    Khrys
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    I'll be honest. I've only used the special features a couple of times. Sometimes it takes a little while to preheat so I use it less and less.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok product

    Posted
    SANDHU
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    returned this one and bought Delonghi. rich brew is not really rich brew. easy clean up is the best thing about it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad for the Price

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    808Affliction
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    Ninja - Coffee Bar 10-Cup Coffee Maker - Black/Stainless. You get what you pay. Not bad for the price. Works well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    cheaper than buying everyday

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    tiny
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    Leaks sometimes and sometimes its cold. But all in all works well. Still cheaper than the coffee shops. Love the frother.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Need better recipe book

    Posted
    Renu
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    I love coffee. Want something that make frothy sweet and strong coffee without much trouble. This is not easy neither easy to clean or maintain

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK PRODUCT

    Posted
    coquijibaro
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    I WAS EXPECTING A BETTER BREW FOR THE PRICE I AM PAYING BUT IT IS NOT. ANY COFFEE MAKER WOULD DO JUST ABOUT THE SAME.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend