6.1 / 10.0

Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker

Kitchen Selectives’ 14 ounce to-go coffee maker comes with: a permanent filter, a measured capacity of 14 ounces, and an egg-shaped filter.

Ratings Breakdown

At our testing facility, we reviewed the Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker as part of our Coffee machines review program. The criteria below were used to evaluate Drip coffee makers like this one in our lab tests.


Carafe Handling Score

It covers balance and ease of emptying the last liquid, as well as comfort, drip tendency, and balance of a full carafe. Those who don’t have a score here brew into single-serve cups or are self-serve. In the latter case, the coffee is stored in a tank and is dispensed by pressing against a lever.


Convinience Score

Using this rating, you can get a fair idea of how easy it is to operate, refill, and clean an appliance.


Brewing Performance Score

For optimal brewing, the water temperature must be between 195° and 205° F for five to six minutes; this rating is an indication of the ability to reach that temperature as well as the concentration of the coffee.


Owner Satisfaction Score

This rating is an indication of the reputation of a brand is based on owner feedback and reviews. This rating also considers the percentage of customers who are extremely likely to recommend it to others.


Product Reliability Score

Based on estimated problem rates for new coffee makers not covered by an extended warranty or service contract, this rating can help you estimate how reliable your new coffee maker will be in its first four years.


The brew performance and brew duration were close to the recommended guidelines.


According to our assessments of setup, operation, and cleanup, this item is not very convenient to use.
To test coffee makers, we brewed a full pot using a filter filled almost to the top, as some consumers might do.
In this test, the machine sometimes overflowed.
The results of initial break-ins still showed that some plastic off-tastes could be detected in hot water poured through the machine, but not in brewed coffee.

In-Depth Review

It brews a decent 12-ounce cup of coffee, but this extremely inexpensive single-serve machine does not score highly for convenience. Our testers also found the machine difficult to clean.

Reviewing products for us is a process in which we choose which products to test, buy them at retail, and never accept any payments from manufacturers in exchange for testing or rating their products. When a product meets our standards, it is rated “Recommended”. We are happy to recommend the Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker product because it meets our standards.


Brew Strength

This machine does not have a brew-strength control feature that lets you make weaker or stronger coffee depending on the brewing time.

Small Batch

Unlike many machines, this one lacks a small batch setting that promises to make a partial pot of coffee without sacrificing coffee quality.


The Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker does not come with a thermal carafe.


Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker lacks any programmable features, this means it does not have a clock that can be set to brew at a preset time.

Brew Time

According to the manufacturer, the brewing process takes between 5. Using 40 ounces of water in those coffeemakers that make 8- 14 cups of coffee, we measure the time needed to brew a pot of coffee in its regular cycle. In those models that make one or two mugs of coffee, we measure the time needed using 10 ounces of water.


The measurements of Kitchen Selectives CM-688 Coffee maker are as follows:

Height x Breadth x Depth – 10 x 7 x 9 inches.

These measurements are rounded to the next whole inch. Height, width, and depth of the coffee maker are in inches.These measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch. The height, width, and depth of the coffee maker are in inches.All dimensions are in inches; height, width, and depth are rounded to the nearest half-inch.

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