I won't even pretend that my previous post had ANYTHING to do with the redesign of the new Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker... but today at Wal-Mart I found their new tea maker with a dishwasher safe pitcher and a brand new design. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that this new pitcher doesn't crack along the seam like the old one did. I love, love, loved my old ice tea maker but I absolutely hated the pitcher design. It always cracked along the seam and I had to order new pitchers for it. I had decided not to order any more pitchers because it was cost prohibitive. I had determined to just get a new one. Well... my pitcher cracked in a new place this week and I knew it was time to get a new one. I happened to be at the new Wal-Mart and Ta Da... there it was. It was under $20.00, so I snatched it quick!
I could hug you Mr. Coffee designers. THANK YOU! I'll report in a few months about the performance of the new designed pitcher. I have a few issues that you guys might address on the next design. I time the steeping of my tea bag according to my tea bag maker's directions. It would be great if like the old design we could just close it so that we could decide how long we want the bags to steep. With the new design we have no control of how long the bags steep. Alternatively... maybe it could indicate how long the bags steep on each setting of the Tea Steeping control dial. How about a design that makes a full gallon of tea? What's with the 3 quarts? Maybe you are saving that for some future design blowout. How about throwing in another pitcher? It would be nice to have a backup pitcher or be able to make several types of teas.
BTW - this would be an awesome gift for the iced tea lover in your family. The price is right and I promise you it will be used. I use mine several times a week and enjoy my delicious iced tea. I love to just grab the pitcher after it is done and serve my guests.