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Consumer Reports finds problems with kitchen appliances

Coffeemaker called a safety risk

Consumer Reports tested small kitchen appliances and found a few are less than perfect.

When they set the $200 Krups Convection Toaster Oven on its darkest setting, the display quit at about the two-minute mark.  It happened with all four units tested.

"The units did eventually turn off and finish their cycle, so it's not a safety issue, but we do think it's no way to start your morning," said Consumer Reports' Dan DiClerico.

Kenwood's $2,000 Cooking Chef is an all-in-one stand mixer, food processor, blender and induction hot plate. Testers found some issues.

With the first Cooking Chef, the food processor blade kept spinning for nine seconds after lifting the lid. The exposed slicing disc had enough power to cut through a carrot.

"With a second one we tested, the blade stopped sooner, but we did discover some other issues," DiClerico said.

The plastic hub on a disc broke. Then, one of the screws at the bottom of the drive shaft assembly sheared off.

Consumer Reports said the $90 Hamilton Beach Two-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker posed a safety risk.

Even if you are only using the single-serve side, the hot plate for the carafe side still gets hot. A hot warning label does turn red, but if the carafe is not on the hot plate and you reach for the cup, you could brush the hot plate and get burned.  It's nearly 400 degrees.

Hamilton Beach said that coffeemaker is safe, that 91,000 have been sold and they've received no reports of burns from the warming plate.  However, they company said it will give a refund to any customer who asks for one.

As for the Kenwood mixer, the company said it has a replacement part. However, Consumer Reports was not able to find it.


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