Mr Coffee Review
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Affordable 4-cup coffee maker with pause ‘n serve and easy-clean features

For a coffee maker that’s perfect for a family, check out the affordable Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-cup programmable coffeemaker. With a maximum capacity of four cups and easy-clean features, the brewer turns ground coffee into delicious, hot java. Because it’s so easy to maintain and easy on the wallet, it’s ideal for students or couples.

Brew up to four cups at once

With many single-serve coffee makers, you can only make one cup at a time or a whole pot with the coffee makers that fill carafes. The Mr. Coffee DRX5 hits right between this mark with its 4-cup capacity. You can easily brew just one cup or four using your choice of grounds.

Pause ‘n serve

When you do want a cup for yourself, but the brewer is set for four, you can pause the machine and pour your cup first. The button is clearly labeled “pause ‘n serve.” This is a very convenient feature that lets you take your cup on the go and leave the rest for your family.

Transparent water tank

After two or three cups are brewed, you’ll probably need to fill the water tank. The tank is transparent so you always know when it’s time, and there aren’t any surprises when you’re fumbling around in the morning.



The Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is built for convenience. It has an auto off feature so if you forget that you’ve left the coffee maker on, it will shut off by itself. It also includes a Delay Brew feature so you can get everything ready and “delay” the brewing process up to 24 hours so you wake up and have coffee.


A lot of single-serve coffee makers are very expensive, or at least out of the price-range of students or young couples starting out. The Mr. Coffee DRX5 is very affordable and because it uses cheaper ground coffee (as opposed to K-cups) it costs a lot less to use it frequently, as well.

Easy to clean

Cleaning single-serve brewers that use coffee grounds can be a messy process. Luckily, the DRX5’s filter basket is removable so you can just take it out and rinse it.


Small tank

One of the drawbacks of the Mr. Coffee is that it has a pretty small water tank. It says it holds 4 cups, but that’s actually only about 24 ounces. Some people drink that all on their own. On the other hand, if you’re only planning on drinking a few smaller cups a day, that’s more than enough, and refilling and heating the tank only takes a minute if you want more.

Overall Review

For an affordable, easy-to-clean single-serve coffee maker that uses grounds, the Mr. Coffee DRX5 is a great option. It can quickly brew up to four cups and even has a pause feature so you can pour out one cup in the middle of a 4-cup brew. If you’re a student or graduate just starting out, this brewer is friendly on the wallet and palate.