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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 134 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Become an at-home barista and save big

    Posted
    NBCTeach05
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    The Ninja coffee maker is slim and fits in a compact place on my counter next to my stove, under the cupboard. From first glance while unpacking, you can see it is very stylish with the black and stainless-steel design. The exterior doesn’t show fingerprints. The system comes with a book of recipes, a quick start guide, and the owner’s guide. All are visually supported booklets with easy-to-follow directions. Be sure to follow the initial directions and run two Full Brew cycles before you drink anything you make. That ensures the machine is cleaned out properly. The quick start guide then takes you through the different decisions to make with your first brew. The removable water reservoir is easy to fill and dishwasher safe. It has auto-metering so you know how much water you need to add based on the size you wish to brew. There are 6 brew sizes (cup, XL cup, travel, travel XL, half carafe, full carafe). The carafe is great, and you can make a single cup with the drop-down cup plate so your hot beverage doesn’t splatter over the counter. You get two baskets; one for tea and one for coffee. I love this so my tea doesn’t taste like coffee. When you insert the coffee or tea filter, the machine senses which one it is (smart basket recognition) and gives you the brew setting choices for that one. For tea: herbal, green, oolong, white and black. For coffee: classic, rich, over ice, cold brew, specialty. The baskets are easy to clean, but make sure you don’t toss out the tea insert when you dispose of your used tea bags into the garbage. You can also use a paper filter for coffee inside the filter holder. The brew tracker (5 blinking bars) tells you how far along your beverage is and then shows END where the time is displayed when the process is complete. For my tea, it steeps in the basket, and then the brewed tea is released into the vessel below. For those who desperately need a cup of caffeine immediately, if using the full or half carafe size, you can press the drip stop button, grab a cup, put the carafe back in, then continue the rest of the brewing cycle. I have seen the cold brew prices on the shelves in stores and the prices assorted with them. This is a much better deal. I myself am a big fan of iced tea. I love that I can brew a cup and it isn’t watery despite all the ice I add. Cold brew takes 10 minutes in this system, unlike traditional cold brew that can take all night. Did I mention that it comes with a smart scoop (that conveniently attaches to the outside) that measure coffee on one side and tea on the other, and a fold-away hot frother for milk?! There are a couple of neat options you should take into consideration when contemplating whether or not to purchase this item versus another: 1. The auto-IQ option means that the system knows how much water to use, at which temperature, and for each size and brew type. 2. There is a 24-hour programmable delay brew so you can schedule brewing ahead of time so it is ready when you are. 3. With the clean function, the CLEAN light will illuminate after there is a buildup of hard water calcium. Follow the cleaning instructions in the care & maintenance section to address that. 4. The unit will automatically power off after one hour of inactivity. That way, if you forgot to turn it off in the morning when you leave for work, it will be off when you get home at the end of the day. So many options, it is sure to please the entire family, whether they are coffee or tea drinkers. The specialty brew option adds even more delectable concoctions: chai lattes, cappuchino, matchaccino, etc. The 40-recipe booklet that you receive is filled with awesome ideas. I have only had the product for a few days, and I have already made 3 of them. And it is so easy to clean. I guarantee this home brew system will be one of the most loved, and used appliances in your kitchen. You might even consider buying one for the office and get rid of the machine with the pricey cups. To me, it is totally worth the price and I am sure you will agree with me once you have had it for just a week.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best coffee maker in existence!

    Posted
    Namdnas
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    Ah, my morning coffee. Here I sit with it at my PC, ready to write this review. One of the best cups I've had and I even prefer making my coffee at home now instead of getting it out. I've had this Ninja coffee maker for about a week and a half-ish now and wanted to delay the review a bit to get some more experience with it, especially in making tea. Glad I did. Let me preface this review by saying I've owned the previous model, which I bought directly from Ninja's website, for about 2 and a 1/2 years now. I used the pod coffee maker (yeah, you know the brand) previously and let me say - I'll NEVER go back to pods again. Compared to the Ninja brewers, the pods taste so watered down and feel like such a waste. Now, my prior Ninja; I loved the thing. It was so amazing, I'd even talked two friends into getting one. I always love asking visitors if they'd "like a cup of coffee" for the road. I always keep stock of creamers on hand in various flavors. When I got this new model of my old Ninja, I couldn't wait to get it up and running. At a quick glance of the instructions, there didn't seem to be much difference in functionality between the two - this one has all the same features as before, plus some new ones (which I will be going over here). Not to mention it's much nicer looking. My old one was mostly stainless steel and looked the part. This one is all shiny and black - BUT...I found that while I first thought it would be a fingerprint magnet and super prone to scratches - neither is the case. Compared to the prior model, this one has a few differences. The drip stop is automatic now (I have a love/hate relationship with this feature), the coffee pot now automatically turns off after an hour and there's now a new, separate basket for tea. This was my most anticipated new feature...no more making it all in the same one and having to do a "cleaning" brew in between making tea, then over to coffee. Now, here is my biggest complaint with this...which was also the same with my prior one and I was really hoping they'd bring this feature over to the new one: There is NO "low water" indicator light. I mean, it's fine - if you start a cup and the water is low, it will notify you. You just fill it up and hit start again for it to resume. But it does suck going over to your coffee make, expecting a nice, hot cup of coffee...only to be greeting with "please add water". This has been a hugely requested feature since the prior model and I'm baffled why they didn't add some sort of "water low" flashing light to the tank. My only other issue with this brewer is the new automatic drip stop. In the old one, it had a manual lever that you flipped. So, drip stop had to be "off" in order to brew a cup. Once it was done, I'd flip it on, open the basket and toss the coffee/paper filter out, shut it, turn off the drip stop and let the rest go into the cup. Done - the basket would then air dry while the brewer wasn't in use. With the new auto drip-stop...it flips over once the coffee is done brewing - there is a timer you can set...but regardless...if if you turn the auto feature off...the drip stop turns itself back on once the brewer powers off after an hour. Thus, closing the brew nozzle and prevents it from air-drying inside. So the next morning when I make my coffee, it's always still a little "wet" inside. As for the quality of the coffee itself, even compared to my prior model - it's much better on this one. Regardless of the brand I use, it always has a much bolder flavor and I feel like I can taste the coffee more, even after I put my creamer, sugar (Stevia Leaf sweetener) and honey in. So, kudos there. I always use the #4 cone filters for my coffee because it's just more convenient to toss the filter vs. using the permanent filter and having to wash it in the sink after each brew. However, the permanent filter is more equivalent to a French Press. It allows more oils and flavor of the coffee to come through and you WILL get some sediment at the bottom of your cup. The filters just makes for a more "cleaner" cup, overall. Now, for the tea. I was excited for the dedicated tea basket. We always buy the Hint of Orange tea and brew it with two cloves into a carafe. In my prior Ninja brewer, I just used the permanent filter for the tea and it came out perfect every single time. I tried the Tea basket on this new one and everything seemed OK, but once we got near the bottom of the pitcher...there was a TON of grounds in there. Which shocked me because the filter in the tea basked looks finer that the regular permanent coffee filter I used that came with the brewer. I'm not sure why or how this happened, but I did verify I used the tea basket correctly. This will definitely take some more experimenting and tea brewing to figure out if I really do like the new tea basket or not. **Please note also that you will be required to process a clean cycle about every 3-4 months, depending on what kind of water you use in the brewer and how much you use it. I buy gallons of distilled water only for my coffee makers and it works great. I just buy a cleaning solution from Amazon and run a clean cycle about a month or so after the "clean" light comes on. I've never had any "gunk" come out in a cleaning...so that's testament to how well the distilled water works. So, overall - I give this a 5 star. I almost gave it a 4, just for the fact that they didn't add a "low water" indicator light, having to constantly fight the automatic drip-stop and the iffy-ness of the tea basket - you can tell the tea basket is made more for tea bags than it is for grounds. But, I'm going with a 5 star just for the versatility of this brewer, the frother, the quality of the thermal carafe you get, quality of the coffee it makes and also, the overall look/design of it. If you want a long-lasting coffee maker from a brand with amazing customer service and with future-proof options for brewing and experimenting with coffee-house level brews, this is the brewer you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only one complaint...

    Posted
    BenisJ
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    This is a really nice coffee maker. Although not normally a cold coffee person, nor a tea drinker, I like having the option especially if guests are over. As for hot coffee brewing, our machine will stay at FULL POT, NORMAL BREW 90% of the time but for those one-off situations where we just need a thermos or someone is gone from the house and we just need a half pot, the Ninja helps make the perfect "small batch" with just the turn of a knob. Given I despise the K-cup concept (crappy taste, exorbitant waste), it is nice to be able to make just a cup or thermos without having to cave to the K-cup faction. It took a second or two to figure out the machine but in the end, it really is as simple as your basic "Mr. Coffee" when it comes to standard operation. You fill an easily removable side reservoir with water (nicely marked for cup, thermos, big thermos, half pot, full pot, max, etc.), you measure coffee into a reusable basket/filter using the "on-board coffee scoop," you press go and wait about 6 minutes. Boom! (Hot) Coffee!!! The features are easy to adjust with a knob to select the serving size (cup, thermos, full pot, etc.) and the drink type (normal, rich, over ice, cold or specialty). There is a "tea leaf" button to switch to tea brewing and a separate set of baskets for brewing tea. A quick check of the website indicates there are reasonably priced replacement parts should something break. Because this unit comes with a thermal carafe, there is no heating element (warming plate) to have to worry about shutting off...or to accidentally spill coffee onto and burn. Coffee stays plenty hot for quite a while (my wife pours her cup nearly 2 hours after I brew and says it is still hot). Speaking of the pour, the carafe is well designed and DOES NOT DRIBBLE! Although not dishwasher safe, it is stainless steel and is easy to rinse out before next use. And if you want a deep clean, there is an automatic setting to clean the machine that takes about 60 minutes. Lastly, there is a "delay brewing" setting that is essentially your programmable timer. It is not a "delay brewing by X hours" but rather a true "delay brewing until 6:45a" timer. One feature we played with immediately was the milk frother. Our previous coffee maker was a coffee/cappuccino/espresso maker that had a steamer on the side. This frother is not a steamer, but that is fine. Just throw some milk in the microwave for 45 seconds then let the frother whip it up for you. Less chance of getting splashed by hot steam and easier clean-up as the whole frother disconnects with a simple quarter turn for washing. And so far, the coffee has tasted GREAT! As for the one complaint (or rather "feature enhancement"): The carafe does not have a window to see how much coffee is left in the pot. Nor is there any fancy setting for the pot to calculate remaining coffee in the pot (i.e. by weight of carafe...or laser beams...or other cool technology). If that is an issue for you, get the model with the glass pot. It would be nice if Ninja had a window or similar means to check the remaining quantity in the carafe without unscrewing the top to peek inside. Technically I have one other "improvement" idea: The drink size selector uses generic icons for a small cup, a big cup, a travel mug, etc. While I couldn't tell you how many ounces my travel mug holds, I know it is "maybe a bit more than a can of soda." What I don't know by looking at the coffee maker is how many ounces they assume will fit in my travel mug. My initial fear was that I would overflow my travel mug and have a mess on my hands. Why couldn't they just put the .oz inside the serving size selector icons? (For the record, a full pot is 50 oz., XL travel mug is 18 oz., normal travel mug is 14 oz., XL cup is 11.5 oz. and normal single serve cup is 9.5 oz. This information is available in the user manual.) Everything about the Ninja Hot/Cold with Thermal Carafe is spectacular so far. The coffee is great, the brewing choices are abundant, and the machine itself seems to be high quality. You don't need to spend a ton of time with the owners manual to figure out how to use it but at the same time, you'll want to read up on it to know what options are available to you. We are very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for a higher-end, multi-purpose, multi-option coffee/tea maker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Brewer, Can do Tea as well as Coffee

    Posted
    Saitzev
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    Having previously reviewed the Single Server Ninja Brewer and seeing this model be released I couldn't pass this up. This has in fact replaced that brewer for many reasons. This particular model came with the Stainless Steel Carafe. There is a model that comes with the Glass Carafe. The Thermal Carafe definitely does a fantastic job of keeping Coffee or Tea hot. I had brewed a full Carafe and even after several hours my coffee was still very hot, almost as if I had just brewed it. There are several options for brew size as well as several Brew modes. You can see these in my photo. I do like having the addition of a clock on the device and also being able to set a brew delay. This is great if you want to have coffee ready to go in the morning when you wake up. The only caveat is the system has to stay powered on. If you turn it off, it will not brew at a later time. It's interesting to see something like this in this day and age when a lot of other brewers will power on at the desired time and start to brew. A small nuisance but not irritatingly so. The brewer does come with two different permanent filters, one for tea another for coffee. Both do their job as they should. My mother typically just drinks tea. When I asked how her tea turned out after a few uses she remarked it was pretty strong. She normally used the Keurig for the tea. I think the reason it's so strong is that she is not used to either the brewing method the Ninja uses or the Keurig was always brewing a weak tea. For myself, my coffee has always tasted great. I alternate between the rich and the classic brews and occasionally enjoy a over ice brew. I really appreciate the cold brew option now, but I haven't yet used it. I will probably do so over the weekend. My only real complaints with this model is that brewing takes longer and the reservoir is smaller by about 12 or 18 ounces. With the Single serve brewer I was able to make a cup in any size in about 1-2 minutes. This particular brewer takes about 2-5 minutes. Cold Brew takes quite a bit longer according to the manual. Another thing I do like is the included recipe book. There's quite a bit of recipes in there for just about everyone. There's stuff for Hot and Cold Tea or Coffee, Cold Brew's, Frappe's and even some adult concoctions such as White Russian variant. Given that I've had my other Ninja for about 2 or 3 years now and only had one hiccup where it wouldn't brew, but leaving it off for a few days and turning it back on seemed to fix it, I have no doubt this one will last me as long or even longer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Coffee Maker but a little pricey

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    TechBuyer
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    This Ninja Shark Hot & Cold coffee maker is extremely versatile with a ton of features, but I'm not sure how long its going to hold up given its still mostly made of plastic. +Makes a good hot brew drip coffee with a number of different settings for travel mug, half carafe, full carafe and recommended scoops for each. The coffee maker is smart enough to know if the coffee or tea filter is inserted. +Easy to use settings. The top dial controls the size. The bottom dial lets you choose what kind of brew you prefer. Then you hit the start button and sit back and relax. +The water reservoir is easy to read and fill, I just fill it from the top and it shows what line to fill to for the different sizes. A full carafe requires you to fill to the Max line. +You can set a delayed coffee timer which is the same as setting a brew timer for that first cup in the morning. Very intuitive to use this feature, you just press the delayed brew, dial in your settings, and lock it in. +The stop drip feature is awesome!!! As soon as you hit it, the machine stops dripping coffee and you can pour your first cup or take your travel mug to go. +Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for about 3 hours. Some things I didn't find to be that great or useful are as follows: Cons: -The filters are the funnel #2 style so you will need those filters. The built in filter works fine and actually doesn't leave much in the way of coffee grounds, but it is just a lot harder to empty and clean. -The side frother works well but is so low that you can only use it for smaller coffee cups for cappucinos. I use a hand frother to make cafe mocha that I will use instead. -The Thermal carafe works well, but it requires you to twist on and off to clean. -No burner since there's a thermal carafe. For most people this is probably a positive since you don't have to worry about it, but for those that want to keep their coffee piping hot this may disappoint. -Thermal carafe keeps coffee cold but you can't see whats left and you have to hand wash it. -Cold brew still tends to melt ice more than I like. -Wider and more shallow than traditional drip brewers I have owned. Overall this is a very nice unit, I also did one brew of tea and it did a good job as well. I will mainly use it for coffee but the option to do a variety of different drinks is very nice. I am not sure how long this unit will last since it is still mostly plastic and the build quality is not as good as I would expect for a $230 item.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jack and Master of all things Brewed

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    Tbeetles
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    I have had a single cup coffee maker that I loved for several years, but I can say that after having the Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed system, I would never go back. It has so many options, both simple and more complex, that I didn’t realize what I was missing. Let me start off with the variety of sizes available - it has several size options including cup, XL cup, travel mug, half carafe and full carafe. This is great because if you are like me, you owned both a K-cup and a traditional coffee maker for when I wanted to make more than 1 cup at a time. In addition, I don’t have to worry about my larger cups not being full or having to “double” brew to fill my cup - I just pick the correct size. Along with the size options, there are a number of brew methods: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Cold Brew and Specialty. This is great for me and my husband, as I enjoy a nice hot coffee and he prefers Iced Coffee. In addition, I have tried all the brew methods for the coffee and I can say without a doubt, coming from a coffee snob, this system makes good coffee. I wasn’t expecting a lot from the Cold Brew option (just more of a cold coffee), but I can say that it was a true Cold Brew coffee and tasted like something you would pay over $5 from a fancy barista. Now onto the tea brewing features - all the same size and brew methods that were available with the coffee options follow the tea brewing option. In addition, you also have the ability to choose the type of tea that you are brewing - Herbal, Black, Oolong, White and Green. This is a nice feature to have, especially since teas are brewed at different temperatures. The system also gives you the ability to brew using tea bags and loose leaf tea. I brewed from both a tea bag and a herbal loose leaf tea and I can saw that I was impressed with the brew. Another neat feature is the frothing whisk - it is so simple to use, folds away nicely on the side of the system and easy to remove for cleaning. It’s a really nice touch to be able to make cappuccinos and lattes at home. The system also comes with a stainless steel carafe and a Smart Scoop, that snaps on the side of the system with ease. The carafe is heavy duty and keep coffee hot/cold for several hours. The smart scoop is nice because there is no more looking for a measuring spoon to add the correct amount of coffee or tea, depending on the size that you are brewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Features of this coffeemaker really snuck up on me

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    DakotaDan
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    The features of this coffeemaker really snuck up on me…because it’s a Ninja? Get it? Must not have had enough caffeine. Anywho, this is a very nice machine, and I should know. I had 4 coffeemakers at one time before. I didn’t get to unbox it; that was my wife. I’m not sure how it was wrapped or packaged, but it looks great sitting on the kitchen counter. As it is, the biggest complaint I have is on where to store the accessories. The Ninja bills itself as a one-stop shop for making hot or iced beverages, and I have to believe it. There are certainly some specialized tools included in the purchase. It comes preset for coffee making, so you’ll have to find somewhere to stash the insert for the brewing of tea, although, I’m not sure who drinks tea, because, well, tea. Also included is the frother of milk for those bourgeoisie drinks, like lattes and cappuccinos, again, with nowhere to store it that makes sense. Where the frother attaches folds nicely away and flush with the unit so that it’s not sticking out like an eyesore, but the attachment is rather inconvenient. There is also the measuring spoon, which is awesome. It’s color-coded for coffee versus tea, and it’s labelled with words and pictographs to ensure you don’t screw up adding the correct amount of material needed for your preferred drink. It stores very nicely in a custom cubby on the side. Finally, the filter for coffee is already installed. It, like the tea filter, are color-coded as well, and it’s a very nice metal permanent filter, although paper filters can be used. It’s very easy to clean out. I like that. Making a drink is relatively straightforward. Use the aforementioned measuring scoop to dole from the supply of grounds to the filter of choice. If the unit has been sitting for a while, it will be in sleep mode. You have to hit the power button to wake it up, or else you’ll be in a caffeine-deprived rage wondering why the knobs and buttons don’t do anything. Don’t be fooled by the fact the clock is on, either. If you drink coffee, congratulations, the world is your oyster. The unit is preset to dispense the nectar of the gods. You’ll have to manually select the “tea” button to change styles. Rotate the top knob to select your drink size. I’m immune to the effects of too much caffeine, so all I’ve made so far is the full carafe. From what I understand, though, even a single cup can be done; there’s a nifty shelf that folds out in the carafe area so your puny mug doesn’t get splashed while being filled. Once the size is chosen, and be sure to choose well, you can use the bottom knob to select how you want your drink prepared. Classic does a fantastic job, and rich will definitely maintain any flavors from being overwhelmed by additives, such as milk, or, *shudder*, creamer. Push the start button, hidden in the middle of the top knob, to begin. Don’t fret if it takes a few moments, especially the first couple of times you use it, to actually reassure you that it’s working correctly by making the proper noises. Now that you’ve successfully waited for your reward, just pull the carafe, or other drink holder of choice, from the dispensing area, and enjoy. Both my wife and I took a second look at the carafe when pouring. There’s no pointy area to direct where the coffee is going, and there’s nothing to say where the coffee will actually come from. Fear not, my friend. You are of the coffee-drinking type, and nothing will deter you from enjoying your beverage. Just pour; the lid on the carafe is set up in such a way that it pours nicely without any spillage. Once complete, cleanup is a snap. Pull up on the water reservoir, which, by the way, is nicely molded to provide a firm grip when filled, and fill it. What did you think you were going to do with it? The lid to the reservoir has a double hinge, so it folds out of the way completely, avoiding those nasty splash-backs. The lid to the carafe spins right off, and both are ready to clean. Man hands won’t fit in the carafe to clean out the inside, so having a proper prior plan will prevent poor performance in the sterilization department. There is a tube attached to the lid of the carafe to allow the coffee to pour that has to be cleaned, so having a plan for that will work well, too. Overall, this is a very nice machine. The multiple brew styles, serving sizes, and the fact that it’s completely ready to go, minus the 2 rinse cycles, is a huge plus. If having somewhere to stash your accoutrements, and not being able to fit your giant hand inside a small opening will propel you into a rage, then don’t even think about making this a purchase for yourself. It will make a great gift, though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything You'd Need In A Coffee/Tea Maker

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    Njuice
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    If you are looking for a Coffee maker but want more style and variety, I'd definitely recommend picking this up! It has simple options for those who just want a a pot of coffee or cup of tea, or more options for those who want an iced latte or frothy cappuccino. All in all, this will be my everyday coffee maker moving forward. PROS: - Once powered on, the Coffee Maker looks very modern and slick. The display is crisp and clean, the carafe's stainless steal design also gives it a better look. - Ninja did a nice job differentiating coffee and tea. They have two different baskets for them and when you switch the baskets the machine knows and displays "Tea" or "Coffee" - I am a big fan of the no-pod, no-filter design. I would rather use fresh grounds or loose leaf / tea bags than having to buy specific one use disposable pod. - It really is a smart design to be able to pick the size coffee/tea you want. Sometimes you only want a small one, a bigger one for the road, or an entire pot for everyone. It also has a non-slip pad that folds down if you want to put a mug underneath the basket. - The detachable measuring cup on the side is a nice feature so you know how much ground or loose leaf to put in the basket as well. - The steam wand is a great feature. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and folds away nicely. - The display and dials are very functional. Once you select your size of drink and style, it pops up a status bar to let you know how far along the brew is and this is very helpful. It then makes an easy beep and says END when your drink is ready! The drink tasted great to but I imagine that varies on what kind you use. CONS: - Out of the box it just seems intimidating. It advertises a lot of features, drink recipes, and the manual showcases a lot of options. Really it's easy to use but they make it a little over the top. - There is no warming pad for the coffee pot (carafe) but the carafe is insulated and keeps warm long enough anyways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Coffee/Tea Maker Ever Made

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    The34Car
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    The Ninja Hot & Cold 10-Cup Coffee Maker is by far the best coffee maker I've ever owned. I replaced my old Ninja coffee maker (model CF091) with this upgrade. There was nothing wrong with my old one, this model just does more and I was excited about the upgrades so I went for it. First of all, it is easy to use and nice to look at. It makes a delicious cup of coffee and tea as well. Whether you like hot or cold, coffee or tea, this system has you covered. It comes with two permanent filters; one for coffee and one for tea. The filters are designed differently to accentuate the brewing process for each. The machine automatically knows which filter is in and adjusts its settings accordingly. The display is all digital, with a built-in clock and a delay brew feature. There are six different brew sizes, from a small cup to a full carafe. There are five different brew styles to select from and they work for both coffee or tea. They are Classic, which gives a lighter taste; Rich which is bolder flavor; Over Ice which is the shorter brew time for cold drinks; Cold Brew which is a 10-minute brew for coffeehouse style cold drinks; and Specialty, which is for your lattes, espressos, etc. In addition to that, if you have the tea filter installed, you can also choose between different types of tea leaf settings which control the steeping time. You can choose between Herbal, Black, Oolong, White, or Green. There is a removable water bin that holds a carafe full of water, so you can make several cups of coffee before having to refill it. The carafe is double walled stainless steel, so it keeps drinks hot for up to two hours while remaining cool to the touch on the outside. The last awesome feature is the built-in frother that tucks away nicely when not in use. It quickly whips up froth for your specialty drinks and removes easily for cleaning. Ninja makes products that have smart designs and work well, while not being too expensive. Ninja has become one of my most respected brands and they've done it again with this Hot & Cold Brewed System.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really convenient and simple coffee brewing.

    Posted
    MizuNoHane
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    My wife and I absolutely love coffee - we literally don't go a day without drinking it - so the Ninja Hot & Cold coffee maker is by far one of the best things we've come across. CON: - The biggest and most obvious downside to this purchase is how bulky the whole system is for something that doesn't accept whole bean coffee - prepare for it to take up an awful lot of your countertop. It was surprising, but it also makes sense considering how many features it packs - coffee maker, tea brewer, milk frother - so it didn't bother me personally, but if space is already at a premium in your kitchen be prepared to swap something out to make this fit. - This product has overall great packaging and design, and it would have been nice if there were a place on the machine to store the tea filter. Not critical, obviously, but it would have been nice. PROS: - Makes obviously great coffee. The stuff that comes out is definitely stronger than our old coffee machine. There are a bunch of different options for brewing the coffee, such as classic, rich, iced, and cold brew. That's a ton of versatility in one package. - Works quickly and is quiet, much more so than other coffee brewers. - The carafe advertises keeping coffee hot for 2 hours, but honestly? We've gone to work and come back after 8 hours and the coffee's still warm. - We really enjoy how the milk frother neatly tucks into the side of the machine along with the scoops. It's a nice touch. Similarly, its action is smooth and easy to manage with no mess. - The one thing that really excited me in particular as a coffee fan is the inclusion of a recipe book for all different kinds of specialty drinks, hot and iced and even frozen. Sure, anyone can throw together a book, and you don't necessarily need the Ninja brewer to make these drinks, but it goes a long way toward making the machine feel like something more than that - it feels kind of like you're starting on a coffee discovery adventure. Corny? Oh yeah. But they are absolutely going for that vibe here and it works. What can I say? We love this thing. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone with the budget for this machine, admittedly expensive, but I think worthy of the price tag considering how much it can actually do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A perfect brewer

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    Viabledata
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    This Ninja brewer is perfect for both tea and coffee. Out of the box there is a lot to clean and put together. A water tank, the carafe and its lid, each basket for both coffee and tea and their permanent filters, and the milk frother whisk Once plugged in and powered on, the controls are very easy to use and a very informative guide can direct you through all the procedures. The top knob controls the brew size, and can select from a single cup all the way to a full carafe. A fold down arm inside the fill area is used to set your coffee or tea cup on for individual brews. The guide give approximate sizes for each in oz. so you know if your cup is big enough. The second knob controls what type of brew you want to make. It will naturally default to the left side choices. The machine auto recognizes whether you have the coffee or tea baskets installed, and will display COFFEE or TEA on the control panel. When the tea basket is installed, you can push the green leaf button on the control panel and it will allow access to the tea brew panel where you can select from different kinds of tea you are going to brew. Also included on the control panel is a drip stop button, so you can pour a cup of coffee or tea during the brew cycle. It also has a brew delay button that lets you set up your brew for when you wake up or whenever. It is very easy to use. The Coffee basket does require #4 cone filters, either bleached or unbleached if you choose not to use the permanent filter. The permanent filter is a high quality gold filter and does a good job with brewing, but you can't use coffee grounds that are finely ground, as they can seep through the screen and into your coffee. I prefer paper filters over the permanent. The tea basket permanent filter is small and can be a minor annoyance to fit correctly in the tea basket. It should be used with loose leaf tea, and doesn't need to be used with tea bags. The water storage container is clear and holds 1 carafe full of water. It has markings for each brew size as well if you don't want to make a full carafe. It is important to not fill the water past the max line, and there is also a little tab on the inside when filling that says max on it and should be filled just to the bottom of that tab. On first start, after filling the water reservoir, you are required to run 2 brew cycles to prime the system. This needs to be done with out anything in the brew baskets. During this it brewed a full carafe in just under 8 minutes, steaming hot. It also comes with a scooper for all different measurement sizes of coffee on the top of the scooper and tea on the bottom. It attaches nicely to the side of the coffee maker. The milk frother whisk attaches easily to the fold out arm and produces nice froth with either hot or cold milk. Included is a recipe book for different coffees and teas both hot, and over ice. As for the brewing, everything I have brewed has been perfect. Classic coffee, Iced coffee, Iced Black Tea, and hot green tea have all been excellent. This thing almost does it all. Overall I would highly recommend. Besides all the parts that have to be cleaned, this does a great job and brews perfectly every time. I recommend reading the user guide on all the different types of brewing, and also trying out some of the recipes from the book!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A no-brainer for coffee lovers

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    nhtechie
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    This coffee maker can do just about everything. And it has a frother. My wife and I have very different tastes in coffee (and just about everything else, but that’s for a different therapy session). She likes the flavored coffee, I like plain and strong. I’m an iced-coffee-year-round-in-New-Hampshire kind of coffee drinker and she’s about 50/50 when it comes to seasonal (cold in hot weather, hot in cold weather), but she is always a hot coffee drinker at home. Sorry for the history, but you may be in a similar situation & this could help you in your decision. First off. Cold Brew. Love it. How? Doesn’t it take forever for a “real” cold brew? Well yes, but this is brewed at a lower temp and takes about 10 minutes for 1 cup, when it’s set for “XL Mug.” Let me tell you, it’s realllly good. I’m used to doubling up on coffee scoops and brewing hot over ice, then adding more ice, stirring to make it less watered-down tasting & then eventually having something that’s OK tasting and cold. This cold-brewer is fantastic. Like hot coffee? It does that too; if you like strong coffee, you’re in luck because the “Rich” setting can get you there. Flavored coffee has the flavor pop on that “Rich” setting. Having people over? Carafe time. Want a few cups on a weekend morning? Half-Carafe! One thing it doesn’t do, is sense if there’s enough water to complete a cycle before it starts pouring coffee into your cup. You’ll come back to see ‘add water’ and half a cup brewed. But, instead of having some logic built in, they make “Step 1. After filling the water reservoir ...” the first part of the instructions in the book, in an effort to explain the ‘limitation.’ We aren’t tea drinkers, so to try to review a feature that I honestly can’t compare and contract would be a disservice to you, the reader. If you're a coffee drinker and in the market for an advanced maker, then get. this. thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for

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    Zunderwood
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    I was in the process of looking for a replacement coffee maker when I spotted this one. I’m not overly impressed with normally disposable items like toasters and inexpensive coffee makers, but this Ninja model is upscale and pretty cool. First off, it’s an attractive unit. That important since it will be sitting on our kitchen countertop year-round and someone I know hates clutter on ‘her’ countertops. This rates high in my book! Accompanying the Ninja is a thorough owner’s guide, plus a recipe book that has a good number of coffee and tea recipes for both hot and cold variations. Included with the unit are two different filters - one for coffee grounds and the other for tea grounds. I thought the Ninja was intuitive to use, too. There are two knobs on the unit’s front. One is a selector for determining which size container the coffee or tea will go into (i.e. standard sized cup (9.5oz) and up to a full carafe). A second selector knob lets you choose what style of coffee or tea to make – with styles like Classic, Rich, Over Ice, and more. There’s also a Specialty setting if you like making cappuccinos, espresso, and lattes. All the accompanying recipes show how much coffee and tea grounds you’ll need for a given recipe. As a nice addition, the Ninja comes with a measuring spoon that secures to the side of the unit. Above I noted that a standard sized cup is 9.5oz – which is how much fluid will be dispensed into the cup if you select a Classic brew. A Rich brew dispenses a bit less, at 8.7oz. If your cup is too small, it will overflow. Be aware of this. Speaking of cups, it has a fold-down cup holder that positions smaller cups closer to the drip basket. I’m a wimp when it comes to too much coffee, so I typically limit how much coffee I use when brewing a single cup. And yet, I’ve taken to the Rich setting even though it calls for more coffee than I’m typically used to using. The flavor is very good. Unlike my now deceased coffee maker, where the hottest cup of coffee was a little hotter than tepid and I had to cycle it through the microwave to warm it up, this unit pushes out coffee that is steaming hot. So use caution and make sure you don’t burn yourself. And unlike other coffee makers that have a built-in hot plate to keep the carafe warm after brewing, this Ninja comes with a thermal carafe instead. Thus, no built-in hot plate. For me, not a problem. The thermal carafe has done a great job keeping things hot or cold as needed. Just screw the top closed so the internal temperature stays consistent. Works like a charm. I’ve never used a frother wand for whipping milk or cream, but this unit has one built onto the side. Easy as pie to use and, quite frankly, has your guests believing that you know what the heck you’re doing. I like that! All in all, I very satisfied with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not really cold brew

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    MadSquabbles
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    It's a warm brew, but not so hot that it's as acidic as a hot brew. It's also not as smooth as the 12hr cold brew. On the other hand it's 15 minutes if I forget to make a batch of cold brew. It comes with a nice quality vacuum sealed carafe so it doesn't need a bottom burner to keep the coffee hot. This also helps with keep the coffee from getting bitter when it sits around for a while. So far I've had 2 large cups of coffee and a large tea in the last two hours, brains moving at 100mph! I need it to since I didn't sleep much last night (have issues where I just can't sleep at all some nights). 1 was cold brew, this was almost as good as my 12hr as it was nice and strong and full of flavor. Second I did a traditional brew coffee. Ooooh it was hot! Added my cream and sugar and it wasn't bad at all. Just a bit more "dry mouth' from the acid than the cold brew but overall very good. Last was my tea. I just used a bag since I don't have any loose leaf. The Ninja automatically switches to tea mode when you swap filters and offers brew settings for different types of tea - black, white, green, oolong. I used black. I didn't really time it, but it seem it was about 5minutes to make the tea. The filter unit has a spring loaded "thing" that controls how long to steep tea (and coffee) to get stronger flavor. I think I'll try cold brew on the tea next time since I think it came out a little too acidic too. Holy smokes! I should have waited until later to do this review. Brain is wired, body tired and I still gotta do a new 4RM on OHP tonight. There's this thing that tells time in the stock... er, on the brewer and you can program it for a brew delay. This will come in handy on Monday have a liquid energy ready to go when I'm out the door. I used the frother too. My old cappuccino unit had a steam frother which warmed the milk while getting it all floofy. This unit just uses the wire type and does a decent job getting it all bubbly. I used half and half so no idea yet on how it'll handle whole milk or (my favorite) heavy whipping cream. It's been a while since I've been impressed by a coffee make and I've been through dozens from drip to french press to cappuccino makers to single serve pods. This is definitely one of the best I've used and will now the the official source of me not sleeping!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What you can expect from Ninja

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    glspark2007
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    Let me start off by saying, I am completely into the cold brew coffee trend. I love getting it at Starbucks or buying the bottled version from them. But that gets pricey. I was super excited to see this Hot/Cold Brew system from Ninja. I already have a Ninja blender/food processor/spiralizer, and I swear by that thing. So between the cold brew features and being from Ninja, this was a no brainer for me. Set-up was super easy and so is the making of the actual coffee. It seems like a small thing, but including a scoop for measuring the coffee is an awesome bonus for me. As you might guess, the first thing I tried making was cold brew. The instructions say to use an extra scoop of coffee for cold brew, no matter what size you're making. I made an XL cup and used four of the small scoops. It takes about 10 minutes to brew a cup of cold brew. As any purist can tell you, that's not a true cold brew which takes around 12 hours. The coffee comes out lukewarm. For me, I think the extra scoop was a mistake. The coffee definitely had some extra acidity/sharpness. On my second batch, I didn't use the extra scoop of coffee and liked it better. However, for me, this isn't cold brew that you can drink black like what you get from Starbucks. It needed some creamer/milk (just a little to cut through the sharpness). I should also add that I was using a cheaper coffee. I'll be trying it with some better quality coffee in my next brew. The verdict on the cold brew is, it's not true cold brew, but it's still a good cup of coffee (and way cheaper this way!). The other features on the system are what truly made it 5 stars though. I love the milk frother. It doesn't heat the milk, but it really does froth/foam up your milk. I actually used it on my almond milk creamer and it was like whipping cream. When I poured it over the coffee, it rested on top because it was so light! Delay Brew works perfectly so you can get everything set up the night before and come out to a freshly made cup of coffee in the morning. I'm also a big iced tea drinker and this thing will do iced tea too! You can even use loose tea leaves in it! I have yet to actually make tea in it, but I'd imagine it will be very similar to the cold brew coffee. I really have no complaints. The cold brew was pretty much what I expected and everything else was more than I expected. Before this system, I had a regular coffee pot and a single cup brewer. This replaced both. It has an awesome shelf that you can put down for a cup instead of the full carafe and you can brew one perfect cup at a time. So happy with this, and I can't wait to try some of the speciality coffees/teas (it comes with a book with 40 recipes). Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect coffee and tea brewing made easy

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    mkcar1
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    This is an excellent unit, well thought out - in what is becoming a very crowded field of options. Plug it in and set the clock and you are pretty much ready to go. Hardware; A large water reservoir with large area to pour water in makes filling easy. But markings are on the side making it a tad difficult to see the fill markings. However, it does have a large “max” indicator which is easily seen from the top. You can always pop off the basket to fill. Big plus is separate coffee and tea brewing baskets so you don’t get cross taste contamination. Machine automatically senses which basket you are using and shows appropriate options. Also remembers which options you used last for each. This makes it very easy to change between coffee or tea brewing. Swing open the brew basket, set in the coffee or tea basket – close and ready to brew! Easy to operate using the 2 control dials. 1 for cup size and other to start/select and set strength and/or type of tea (herbal, black, oolong, white, green). Display is all digital with large easy to use/read cup size and strength indicators for coffee and tea brewing The carafe itself is heavily insulated and kept my wife’s coffee hot for over an hour. Also has a wide opening at top so when hand washing (not dishwasher safe) I was able to get my hand in to wash the inside easily. Not always the case with other carafes. One interesting difference from all coffee brewers I have used in the past is there is no hot plate to keep your coffee/tea hot if using carafe. This is a nice option as you don’t have to worry about your kids (or yourself) burning themselves. Not sure how it does cold brew so quickly but it seems to use suction? We didn’t try the frother…. Coffee brewing; You can use provided mesh filter or paper filters if you like – your choice. We always use the mesh filter. This is a nice step up from the Ninja CF021 coffee maker we were using. Just select your cup size, brew strength, press start and wait for it to finish brewing. Whether hot or cold brewing my wife found the coffee to always be smooth and delicious. Tea brewing; I drink tea not coffee so was really interested in how this unit would do brewing tea. One-word answer is “excellent”. So no more using the microwave for me…. I used higher end black and green loose-leaf tea and bags. ALL came out excellent whether using classic, rich, over ice or cold brew. No real downsides other than it is couple of inches taller than any coffee maker we have had before. So check your counter to cabinet height…

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart, Functional and Great Coffee or Tea

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    RalphHenry
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    This is the best coffee maker I have used. It also will steep tea. It is very simple to use and that is one of the most important considerations of a well-designed coffee maker. You can choose your own coffee of course and we chose to grind the coffee before each carafe was made. The taste is marvelous and my wife declared that she doesn’t need to get the expensive coffee brews from a well-known chain because this machine makes better coffee. It is not cheap but it has the internal circuitry that makes it so easy to use and so functional. It also has separate filters and baskets for coffee or tea. This is very important, someone at Ninja was listening to customers; as you don’t want to make coffee in something used for tea and vice versa. If you want to interrupt the brew to pour off a cup you can stop the machine with a button and then restart it after you pour your quick cup, another feature where Ninja was listening to customers and implemented a feature many coffee makers don’t have - wonderful. The system also recognizes whether you have the coffee or tea basket installed and modifies the selection panel - very nice technology. You can purchase the unit with a glass carafe or a double walled stainless steel which I have. The stainless steel does cost more but is worth it – it is so very nice and keeps the brew hotter over time. You could also brew into a thermos or a mug if you like. Safety point, Ninja says their glass carafe is fine, but not to use other glass carafes that may not take the heat and this is to be expected. You can make cold or hot brews. You also have a swing out frother that works great with hot or cold milk. We used skim milk and it frothed very well, but you can use any type of milk. This frother does not heat the milk but I see that as a plus as it just takes 20 seconds to heat your milk in the microwave and then use the frother. The arm on the frother twists off nicely for cleaning, another well done design-point. You make your selections of hot or cold brewing type. Then just select the amount of coffee you want and hit a button, it will customize the brewing to make exactly what you want – nice. It also comes with a handy measurement scoop that attaches magnetically to the side of the machine. I thought that’s nice, but my wife was super pleased with this rather simple accessory and she is more the coffee maker, so that’s great too. I definitely recommend this nice and smart coffee maker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Ninja Coffee

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    FlyingC
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    This is not an inexpensive coffee maker, but then it does a whole lot more than our previous cheap coffee maker. If you're looking to make some fancy coffee and teas at home, then I think you'll like this system. Ninja makes some great food processors and other products, and this appears to be no exception. You can read all about the features, so I won't go into all that detail. But here are some things I like about it. It's a nice looking system that fits well in our kitchen. It has a handy little lip around the bottom that's easy to grip if you need to move it around the counter. I also like that the water tank is removable so you can take it to the faucet to fill it. My favorite feature is the stainless steel insulated carafe. The one downside is you can't easily tell how much coffee is left in it, but it keeps the coffee hot without having a hot plate underneath the pot. No more worrying if we shut off the coffee pot. Also, no more breaking the carafe while washing it which has happened more times than I can remember over the years. Finally, I like how it brews the coffee. It appears to steep the grounds for a little bit, drain it into the pot, steep a little more water, drain it, etc. When I used the same ratio of coffee scoops per water as my old coffee maker, the new brew came out much richer. I also brewed some green tea bags and it steeped those perfectly. I might actually get some loose leaf tea and try that now that this system seems to work so well. I have yet to try the milk frother, but I like that it spins to froth rather than using steam like an old espresso system we had. I guess the steam is authentic, but it always seemed a little dangerous so we hardly used it. I have a feeling we'll get more use out of this one. The recipe book that was included has some fun recipes to try. The single brew latte or mochachino might be just the ticket on a cool fall day. The lemonade coffee--that I'm not so sure about. But the booklet is nicely done with great pictures. In summary, sure you can brew run-of-the-mill coffee in a $20 coffee maker. But if you want to have some fun, make some fancy coffees, and maybe impress your guests then this system is what you need to take things up a notch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really awesome Coffee and Tea Maker!

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    Shaunh20
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    I had given up coffee for a few years until my wife and I got a Keurig K-Cup Coffee and Tea maker for a wedding gift and I got back into it. Unfortunately K-Cups are pretty expensive and also limit your options so when I saw this was available I decided to take a chance on getting back into loose tea and coffee. This unit is very impressive out of the box and it's nice to, once again, have a clock and the ability to set a time for a morning brew. But heck, just having a clock is nice too. Setup is very easy but you'll want to read the manual for sure and keep it nearby when using until you get used to it. It's nice to have separate tea and coffee chambers to avoid cross contamination of taste. For starters my wife and I got some herbal tea and used it to brew. We noticed the "regular" cup sizes are small so we began using the XL size when we brew. It's really awesome to be able to brew all sorts of sizes though, something you are limited with the Keurig. The taste of the tea was phenomenal and the ability to make it strong or weak is something we didn't realize we had been missing using the Keurig. We have been using this for over a week now and we both love it, we still do use the Keurig but won't be using it as often. It's nice to have both. One con is a couple of times we've had some of the water not pour through when making tea, getting caught up in the tea chamber. The drink still made and water still came through, just not all of it. I think that was my fault though for not getting the filter aligned 100% correct. But I've had it happen twice now. Plus another con is having to clean it out after each use, but it's very easy. Overall this is a definite recommend from me, especially if you've just been using a Keurig for awhile. Keurig is nice but it's limited in function, thus the convenience though. But this gives you the ability to do a lot more experimenting and creating your own drinks. Speaking of which, the documentation comes with all sorts of really cool recipes, some involving alcohol which I really liked! Really cool!! Definitely check this out if you're a fan of cold brew as well as that's something our Keurig doesn't offer. Two thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rare Versatility and Efficiency Together

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    jailoliv
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    Although I am a coffee lover, I just cannot drink coffee after lunch unless I need to stay up all night. For that reason, I have used coffee brewers to prepare tea after the morning hours but the mix of flavor is not enjoyable to say the least. This Ninja Hot & Cold Coffee Maker takes care of that by providing separate baskets for coffee and tea. The versatility is fantastic. I now can make just a single cup or any of six sizes of coffee or tea while selecting one of the five styles available. I love it. If you knew me, you would not be surprised that I love “smart” devices. Although this does not connect to a phone or is it controlled by Alexa, it has some cool and useful features such as being able to recognize the basket and thus changes the display with the appropriate drink options. I don’t have to worry about the temperature of the tea type I choose: it knows!!! And it doesn’t care whether it’s bagged or not. Hey, even my 9-year-old daughter fell in love with it when it turned cold milk into a smooth froth super fast. The whisk folds away easily. I made a cappuccino this morning and skipped Starbucks. The only thing I missed was my friends that I usually meet there but I loved saving a few bucks. I enjoy easy-to-use gadgets and this is one of those. Guys like me love reading manuals – NOT! – but this is as intuitive as can be. Yes…it comes with a user manual and I recommend you to read it but I didn’t feel the need to. Just read the options on the display and use the dials which are very easy to read and take a deep breath to enjoy the smell. The included carafe kept my coffee hot for over a couple of hours but it needed to be hand washed which is a bit disappointing. Also, the carafe is included because the system does not keep your coffee/tea hot. I am ok with that but I really wish it had a burner to keep it warm. Considering all the features and versatility, I am more than happy to rate it five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend