We want to make our adjudication process as simple and easy as possible to follow, so we broke down our coffee pot cleaner evaluations into three categories, which are power, application, and odor.
Power: In terms of power, we were primarily concerned with how much of the coffee pot cleaner had to be used during one standard cleaning session in order to clean your coffee pot to a reasonable standard. No reasonable person wants to have to keep buying coffee pot cleaner refills, so if it took a significant amount of cleaner to get the job done right, we rated the product with a lower score in this category.
Because we felt that it would be a legitimate annoyance to people and a poor indication of the product’s overall quality to have a low power score, we weighted this category a bit more significantly when factoring in our final scores, albeit not by an overly large margin.
Application: With regards to application, we mainly wanted to focus on how easy it was to get the coffee pot cleaner into the coffee pot and how effective the bottle design was – i.e. was it hard to get the cleaner out of the nozzle of the bottle? If there was an issue applying the coffee pot cleaner to where it needed to go in any fashion, we awarded the product a lower score in this particular category.
Odor: Simply put, the only odor that anyone ever wants to smell coming out of their coffee pot is, well, some type of coffee. We saw no reason that any of these coffee pot cleaners should have an unpleasant odor associated with their usage during the cleaning process. If we did detect some type of offensive or officious odor, we lowered the product’s score in this category before factoring it in to our overall score for it.