There's nothing more frustrating than having a perfectly good coffee maker with a broken pot. If you use your coffee maker frequently, sooner or later the pot will wear out or break and you'll have to buy a replacement.
Most coffee pots have a special type of pot that works best for that brand and, therefore, substitutes may not work. The best solution, of course, is to find a coffee pot replacement that is exactly like the one that broke.
If you search for the replacement in a retail store you're probably going to have a hard time finding what you're looking for. Most discount and hardware stores only stock the entire coffee maker, not parts and accessories.
If you try your local discount department store, for example, you will find three different models but no single coffee pots. The same is true for hardware store chains, department stores, and even gourmet kitchen supply stores.
Buying a coffee pot replacement on the internet is a different story. There are dozens of choices and while you may have to wait a few days for your coffee pot replacement to arrive, you can be sure that it will be an exact match for the old pot.
When you go to the search engine, enter the brand name to narrow down your search. You don't want to waste your time wading through the hundreds of different coffee pots available. You may also try going directly to the manufacturer if you have an uncommon brand.
Price is another concern. If you originally paid $20 for the coffee maker, you probably don't want to pay $15 for a new coffee pot replacement.
On the other hand, if you have a model with a built in grinder, digital timer, and other fancy features which cost $200, another $15 investment may not seem so bad. A quick search shows that prices range from $5 to about $25 for the same pot so it is a good idea to search multiple sites.
Unfortunately some of the less-known brands don't have coffee pot replacements available. In that case, you may have no choice but to try a substitute. Some coffee makers have a valve at the bottom of the basket that opens when the pot is placed under it.
If your replacement pot does not open that valve properly, you get no coffee or coffee that runs all over your counter. On the other hand, if the replacement is too tall, it won't fit under the basket.
It may be a better idea to recycle the old coffee maker and buy a new one than to try a substitue. Finding a coffee pot replacement is not as difficult as it used to be thanks to the internet.
It's a matter of searching by brand for a matching replacement and then comparing sites to see which one has the best price. Depending on which brand you own and the price of the new pot, it may be smarter just to buy a new coffee maker.
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