Agreed on the why of the bad reviews. I imagine if a person is careless enough not to put the the pot under the drip mechanism all the way and let it overflow all over the counter it could short out. I haven't had that problem and it's been a trouper for a year. I don't stick knives in my toaster either. Even though I have the backup I think I'd get this fixed if it did quit. It's just so nicely made. The precision with which everything fits together is unlike any coffee maker I've owned.
Let us know how the Technivorm works out!
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