There’s a reason why the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT is one of the best-selling coffee makers online: it gets the job done. It’s practically designed with minimal fuss, brews good-tasting coffee, and has all the essential programmable functions you’d expect from a coffee machine. The BVMC-SJX33GT won’t win any brewing competitions, but it’s not designed to. It’s a solid machine for home or small office use.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT: Design and Features
The Mr. Coffee 12-cup programmable coffee maker, as it also known, takes the classic home coffee maker and adds a few modern touches. The most notable ones are a sleek stainless steel exterior, built-in charcoal water filter, and the ability to pause brewing halfway through.
- Maximum capacity: 12-cups
- Replaceable charcoal water filter for improved taste
- Timer / brew delay function
- Glass carafe. An optional thermal carafe (DRD95-RB) is available.
- Sleek stainless steel-like design (chrome color)
- Dimensions: 8″ wide x 9.25″ deep x 13″ high
Filtered water is essential for good coffee, and it’s great to see more drip coffee makers shipping with charcoal filters built-in. Mr. Coffee recommends replacing the filter every month.
The 12-cup capacity of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT makes it a good fit for a household of four. It could also be suitable in small offices. Note that you do not necessarily have to brew 12 cups at once. You can also make smaller amounts, say 6 cups or 8 cups, in one brew. There is a minimum brew quantity of 4-cups, which is enough for about two servings.
Whereas some drip coffee makers come with mesh or gold filters, this one does not. You will need to purchase paper filters separately. Mr. Coffee also makes an add-on gold filter that you can buy seperately.Many people use paper filters for home coffee machines because they are easier to clean up. Mesh metal filters let more flavorful acids flow into the coffee.
The model we’re looking at today is made of chrome-colored plastic, but a black / red model is also available.
Other features (or gimmicks)
I thought the ability to pause brewing is a smart touch. This is handy for when you’ve just woken up and desperately need a cup of coffee before the whole brew finishes. This will mean drinking a cup that is a bit over-caffeinated than the rest of the pot, but hey, sometimes you just need coffee.
As for the other features, there are several. You can adjust the brew strength on the front of the machine, which really just adjusts how much time water is pushed through the coffee grounds at once. This has become a popular feature on home drip coffee makers, but I never use it.
There’s also a “freshness timer” that lets you know how fresh the coffee is. I think this is mainly a gimmick, but I suppose it could be useful in an office setting. Wouldn’t it be easier just to see how warm the coffee is or ask someone, though?
Performance & Coffee Quality
Our team brewed a few pots with the BVMC-SJX33GT. It took 6 or 7 minutes to brew a full 12-cups, and a few minutes less for 6 cups. The coffee was very hot, although it was not within the 200°F ± 5° (93.0°C ± 3°) temperature range recommended by the Speciality Coffee Association of America. Given the low price of the coffee maker, I would not expect precision brewing.
To test this machine, we used freshly ground coffee roasted within the previous week. Upon brewing, a subtle aroma of coffee filled the room. The coffee tasted very standard for a drip coffee maker. It tasted good and full-bodied, though lacked the polish of other higher-end machines we tested. Given the low cost of this coffee maker, we were satisfied.
The morning brew timer worked as advertised. The “pause” button on the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT also worked quite well, though after testing, our tester also wondered if this was really a necessary feature. Removing the carafe for 5 seconds during brewing isn’t ideal, but I doubt it will ruin the brew process. The two-hour auto shut-off worked just fine.
We also increased the “brew strength” setting and found that while it did make the coffee feel stronger, it also tasted a bit better. This is what most brew intensity settings on home coffee makers do. The built-in clock was easy enough to set after reading the instruction manual.
No water leaked during brewing. Looking inside the coffee maker during brewing, all the grounds were extracted, though probably not evenly. There was some condensation outside the machine.
In terms of ease of use, the BVMC-SJX33GT was as easy to use as another coffee maker. We liked that you could access the coffee grounds and rear water tank via a single lid on the top. Some designs have two separate lids, which can be annoying if you have the rear of the machine under a cabinet.
Note that you should always run at least one brew with no coffee and just water when you use a new coffee maker for the first time. You definitely don’t want water that tastes like plastic.
The filter basket is removable, so cleaning up after brewing was easy.
How long will this coffee maker last?
Since we only used this coffee maker for a few hours, we can’t tell you how long the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT will last. The design didn’t feel cheap, but since this is a budget coffee maker, it likely is not the most durable. I would expec this coffee maker to last at least two years, but probably much longer.
Should you get the optional DRD95-RB replacement thermal carafe?
Given that this coffee machine retails for less than $40, it’s no surprise that it comes with a less expensive glass carafe. Glass carafes are better for maintaining flavor, but they do not retain heat at all. They also break easily.
If I were to buy the Mr. Coffee 12-cup programmable coffee maker today, I would also invest in the thermal carafe (available here). The included glass carafe will inevitably break at one point or another, and in the meantime, you can enjoy the energy savings that come with using a thermal carafe.
Replacement glass carafes are also available for about half the price should you need them.
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT is designed to recognize which type of carafe is being used. The hot plate on the bottom will automatically shut off if the thermal carafe is being used. This is a nice touch.
Where can I find replacement charcoal filters?
Replacement charcoal filters are relatively inexpensive. You can find them from a variety of sources, and the easiest option is to purchase them online here. Be sure to get the round disc-shaped filters, not the pillow-shaped ones.
It’s pretty quick. You will have a full pot of coffee in about 5-8 minutes. Many would find the brew speed moot though, as this coffee maker features the “brew pause,” which allow you to pour a cup before the brew cycle is complete.
With up to a twelve-cup capacity, the coffeemaker is great for long nights studying with a group, a book club meeting, or an evening with friends. The programmability, brew pause, charcoal filter, and auto shut-off make this coffee maker just about as versatile as it gets.
design and functionality is practical, reliable, and accessible. The programming functions are simple to use and are perfect for medium-sized groups.
The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker: Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for an affordable coffee maker that gets the job done and is a step up from the absolute cheapest machines, the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT is a good bet. It brews good-tasting coffee, has a number of useful programmable features, and won’t break the bank.
While our team is inclined to choose a higher-end drip coffee maker like the Bonavita that meets SCAA standards, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this coffee maker to family and friends who just want something simple that brews coffee.