I have been using various models of Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Machines probably since the early 80s, and this Hamilton Beach machine not only makes better iced tea in less time and with less trouble, but compared to the last Mr. Coffee model I had, is designed much better, and doesn't make the mess that my last Mr. Coffee machine did. I initially wanted to purchase another Mr. Coffee machine when the pitcher for my last machine got broken and I couldn't get a replacement pitcher because the machine it went with was outdated. But the reason I bought this machine rather than the new Mr. Coffee model was because of the many terrible reviews I read about the new Mr. Coffee machine making even more of a mess than their last model I owned.
The Hamilton Beach machine takes up less space on the kitchen counter, and as I said, is designed in a totally different way than the other Mr. Coffee machines I had used. After all these years, I have finally found the perfect machine for making excellent iced tea. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with it. If you like fresh-brewed iced tea in a hurry, this is the machine to buy! But be careful; there is a similar model that ONLY makes iced coffee. While this model makes iced coffee as well, it has an additional brewing basket for iced tea that the other model doesn't have. The only complaint I have is that the pitcher, particularly the base, is way too unnecessarily large and takes up too much space in the refrigerator. But this minor problem is easily solved by just transferring the tea into a smaller pitcher or bottle that won't take up as much space in your fridge. Not enough of a problem to avoid purchasing this great machine.
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