My coffee machine, a Krups-something-or-other that I probably got for free with the purchase of some coffee, has my vote for worst designed thing ever. But it's only marginally worse than most coffee machines so I haven't bothered to get a new one. Consider all the possible ways I can screw up making my coffee. I have done *all* of these, probably because when I need my coffee in the morning it's because I'm too tired to actually make it without mistakes:
* I can forget to plug it in. (That's the one I did just now, that prompted this post. Sometimes Sofi plays in the sink so Cathy unplugs everything. So if this post seems incoherent it's because I haven't had my coffee yet.)
* I can forget to add water.
* I can forget to put a filter or grounds in. (If I remember the grounds I remember the filter, thankfully.)
* I can forget to turn it on.
* While running, the filter can sort of fold over in the chamber and then the water goes past the grounds entirely, making a really weak pot of coffee.
* And I can forget to put the lid on the pot, which causes it to do that back-up-don't-actually-make-any-coffee thing. Oh - and when I pour the coffee - that lid often gets in the way and causes me to spill coffee on the floor.
That last one is the one I hate the most, because it's the most obviously fixable. For a feature I never wanted (be able to take the pot out before your coffee is finished brewing and have a cup of overly strong coffee) they added this extra point of failure. Alvin Toffler would disapprove.