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I have been a huge fan or and supporter of the Behmor Brazen Plus. Some people feel that its too big, but I love how it looks and I really love how the boiling chamber is above the grounds. This means it doesn't have to pump the hot water up to the shower head (the pump area can get hard water build up that's hard to clean). The water merely gets to temp and then drops down through the shower head onto the grounds.
I have had mine for around 3 years and other than the occasional descaling it still works like the day I bought it. Behmor has great customer support and the build quality is amazing compared to the cuisinart's I had in the past.
Just make sure to NOT buy the Behmor Connected. Most bad reviews are for that "smart" coffee maker.
I know what you mean about the Brazen being prone to premature death. However, they are being heavily discounted on Amazon right now, probably because of such issues in case you want to roll the dice again. [link]. I have a Plus that has given me trouble free service for 2 and one half years now. I just picked one up for $105 as a backup. (Price has gone up a little now.) The Connected model is even cheaper, probably because of poor sales and app concerns.
I bought a Behmor Brazen Plus when we had our first kid in May and I wouldn't have time to do pour overs anymore. I love it, and highly recommend it.
I love my behmor brazen plus.
You're in luck, as recently as three years ago no electric drip coffee maker for under $300 existed that could make a legitimately good cup of coffee. None of them could achieve the proper temperature needed for brewing.
However, in recent years Bonavita stepped up their game and produces several good models for under $200, all of which are certified by the SCAA (which is genuinely a big deal and pretty rare). I would specifically recommend the Bonavita BV1900TS which you can get on Amazon for $138.99. The only negative to it is that the carafe isn't particularly good so if you need the coffee to stay piping hot for hours this isn't a great option. If you're willing to pay a bit more but still under $200 another good option is the one of few other SCAA certified makers - the Behmor Brazen Plus which I personally am hoping to get from Santa.