Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker Review
Coffee Maker Quality8.6/10
Ease of Use10.0/10
- Stylish and aesthetically pleasing
- Removable reservoir
- Conical dripper is inside the carafe, preventing drips and spills
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Makes great tasting coffee
- Mostly made of plastic
- Expensive for a 5-cup auto drip
- Poor carafe handle design
- No programmability or timer
- No pause and serve
The Zutto coffee maker series by Zojirushi is the result of collaborations between Zojirushi and a Japanese interior designers. The result is an aesthetically pleasing coffee maker whose exterior design came first during production. This eye candy coffee machine also makes great coffee, making it a great option for any home kitchen.
Disclosure: this is one of my earliest coffee maker reviews. As such, I currently do not have any experience using this coffee maker. Instead, I've collated reviews from around the web to highlight the good and the bad. I do plan to revisit this coffee maker with a personal review in 2016.
The Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffee Maker features a conical drip cone, glass carafe, and easy-to-read 5-cup removable (and concealed) water reservoir. The drip cone is inside the carafe, which makes this coffee maker's design especially unique. An additional benefit is its compact size, allowing it to fit on most counters. Like virtually every coffee maker though, it has its ups and downs. So let's take a look at both the pros and cons of this coffee maker.
Removable reservoir = fewer spills
Believe it or not, the removable reservoir is not as commonplace as it should be with coffee makers. Fortunately, the Zutto 5-cup boasts a removable water reservoir that you can carry right over to the sink and fill. Don't worry, there is also a replaceable water filter within if you are concerned about tap water (which you should be).
The reservoir also has an easy-to-read water measurer on the exterior for measuring out 1 to 5 cups.
Expensive for a mostly plastic body
This seemed to be a little pricey given the coffee makers size and materials. While the coffee maker isn't made with a “cheap” plastic, many would argue that it should fall under $50. Fortunately, the functionality is top-notch and allows you to get a big bang for your buck.
Flawed handle design?
The carafe has taken heat from many owners because of the band that attaches the handle to the carafe. First off, there is only one metal band at the top of the carafe keeping the handle attached. This makes the handle somewhat flimsy and many users wondered why there was not a second band to keep the handle attached at the bottom of the carafe.
As a result of the one-band attachment, some users have experienced cracking at the top of the carafe as a result of the poor handle design. Yet those who have experienced this issue seem to have had earlier versions of this model, as current carafes seem to use thicker glass despite the awkward handle design.
The coffee maker is backed by a limited 1-year warranty though, so in case you experience the same you may be able to get a replacement carafe at no additional cost (but check the warranty terms before buying!).
Coffee tastes great, machine looks great
It can be disconcerting for coffee fanatics to hear that a machine was designed for looks first, functionality second. However, the Zutto 5-cup delivers in both regards. This is a perfect fit for small households who prefer the more modern designs the Japanese are renowned for.
The Zutto is a great coffee maker in most rating categories. Let's break down each of the ratings.
Value-wise, this coffee maker is close to 5 stars. But at the time of writing, the cost is up there for such a small unit.
Score: 2.5 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
Despite the fact that the Zutto is constructed of plastic, it is a well designed coffee maker with very minor flaws. You get good quality for the price you pay.
Score: 4 stars
The Coffee Quality
The consensus is that the Zutto makes great tasting coffee. Still, I'm not too confident that it brews at an optimally hot temperature which I deducts from the overall quality score.
Score: 4 stars
Ease of Use
Just one switch makes the Zutto 5-Cup a breeze to use. Add coffee to a #2 conical paper filter, add water to the reservoir, and flip the switch. It's as easy as that.
Score: 5 stars
The only part that really needs to be cleaned is the carafe , and it's easy. The lid is removable so you can really get in there for a good scrubbing. The water reservoir is also removable, so you can bring it right to the sink if you want to clean it.
Score: 5 stars
There were few complaints about the Zutto's ability to last. There were notes on the carafe cracking as a result of the flimsy handle, as well as notes on the hot plate rusting over time, other than that, the machine continues to produce for the majority of its owners.
Score: 4 stars
Sporting a very modern look, the Zutto is pleasing to the eye. It isn't the most beautiful coffee maker though, partially because it is made mostly of plastic.
Score: 4.5 stars
The consensus on the brew speed seems to be in the 3-8 minute range. Yeah, I agree…a big range. But it depends on how many cups of coffee you are making. Expect it to take 5 minutes…I'd call that pretty quick.
Score: 4.5 stars
No frills here. Just a switch flip and coffee is on its way into the carafe. It's a bit disappointing that there is no pause and serve feature, and this definitely affects the overall versatility score for the Zutto.
Score: 2 stars
It's always a win when you can get a coffee maker that not only makes great coffee, but also looks good while doing it. 5 cups of coffee does seem like an odd number (literally and figuratively), but because of this it does the job quickly. The removable parts make it very easy for cleaning and preparation.
If you're willing to spend a few extra bucks for something as simple and reliable as the Zutto 5-Cup, then this is a great choice for your home coffee-making needs.
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