Melitta Optima Timer, 100801 Filter Coffee Machine Review

This is my review of the very popular Melitta filter coffee machine that is bought by many buyers in the UK. Overall online this 100801 model gets an average buyer satisfaction rating of 83%. It also features highly in my top 10 table of the best filter coffee makers.

Melitta are a German brand.

When it comes to comparing filter coffee machines this one would be at the higher end of the price point. Typically these machines cost between £30-80 for a good quality filter machine.

Those at the higher price points usually have additional features and mainly they have some form of programmable timer.

With particular reference to this Meilitta Optima this one is just over the mid price point, and includes all the important features, including a timer which can be programmed to suit your needs.

It is available in black or a white colour depending on which colour you prefer.

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Main Features of the Melitta Optima Filter Machine

  • Has a removable water tank. This tank has a water indicator for 8 large cups or 10 small cups (1.2 litre jug) - for those who like mugs of coffee, this one can make enough for 4 proper sized mugs.
  • The timer can be programmed for either 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute settings.
  • It has a high quality heat treated borosilicate glass jug
  • The machine also has an anti-drip system, and uses paper filters.
  • It also has an LED display that is easy to read and which also has a time display.
  • It is very easy to clean and also includes an automatic descaling program along with a warning light indicating calc level.
  • It measures 21.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm
  • It weighs 4.9 lbs
  • The cable length is 2.62 ft.
  • It uses 850 watts of power
  • Has an auto-off feature that complies with EU safety regulations

Why Buyers Like the Melitta 100801

Just below I have listed the main reasons that online buyers like this model so much, and why they bought it as a result of that.

Easy to Use - This coffee maker is easy to use and also easy to keep clean. Most of the parts (glass jug and lid) are dishwasher safe and that really makes a big difference to the overall cleaning of the coffee machine.

The remainder of the machine is easy to clean with a simple wipe down required.

The Timer - One of the main reasons that buyers go for this model is the timer function. You can set this for different times and then wake up to the smell and aroma of fresh coffee.

Extended Heat Retention - Buyers do agree that this particular machine keeps coffee hot a great deal better than many others on the market. Most buyers stated that this one did a good job by keeping the coffee hot for up to 2 hours. This 2 hour function is an extended program option within this machine.

Appearance - If you plan on having some type of filter machine in your kitchen, then you will want it to look really good. This one has a really nice appearance to it with a nice combination of stainless steel, and then either white or black parts, depending on which colour you prefer.

Other Useful Features

It is also very quiet,very well made and it is easy to pour water into the detachable container. There is also an interesting and useful feature where you can set your machine to suit the hardness/softness of your water.

It is shaped so as the unit is a triangle shape and that makes it a great fit into the corner of your kitchen, ideal if you like to save some space.

The manufacturer does recommend that on the first run of the machine that you don't use it to make coffee.

Use that first run to simply push hot water through the machine. That allows the machine to flush through the system and after that you can then start making your coffee.

The machine has 4 water hardness settings and the default setting is for hard water. You can change that to suit the hardness of the water in your own area.

Summary of the Melitta Optima Filter Coffee Machine

Overall it is clear that this is a high quality coffee filter machine. Buyers state very clearly that the extended keep hot function works really well and makes a huge difference for them.

Many filter coffee machines will only keep the coffee warm for around 30 minutes. With the extended option on this model, you can change that and it will keep your coffee piping hot for up to 2 hours.

This is a high quality machine, but if this is not the one for you, then why not check out my top 10 list of filter coffee machines by clicking here.

This one though has plenty of features well worth your consideration. It also has a timer function and the other automatic cut-off and descaling functions should make this filter machine, well worth considering.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon has a Business Management Honour's Degree and applies his professional insight, to analyse and write helpful product reviews with tips and useful advice. I am also a coffee lover and enjoy tasting all of the coffee types the world has to offer.

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