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2010-01-03

They don't make coffee mug warmers like they used to

No contest
(coffee warmers)
SEATTLE, Washington - I've had my Dazey 1400 coffee warmer since the late 1990s. It's so old that the plastic is all cracked, the metal plate has actually separated from the plastic, and most of the brown marks on it are not dirt or stains, they're burns. Still, I've kept using it as it keeps the coffee at the correct temperature with its 25 watts of power. This warmer was discontinued years ago.

Usually I'm the only person I can find with some absurd loyalty to a humble product like this, but from reading reviews of other warmers looks like I have a lot of company:
...My old Dazey CW-10 (25 watts) is still getting the job done, but I wonder how much longer it can last...

...I agree with the other reviews that the Rival coffee cup warmer barely warms the cup, much less the contents. The Dazey has 25 watts, and that makes a big difference...

...After ten plus years of use, the heating element of my Dazey Corp. coffee warmer died. With 25 watts it has been the best. I wish I could find another...

...I agree with the other person who mentioned "Dazey Cup Warmer" I also have been try'g to find a mug warmer to compare to it...

...We all miss the old 25 watt Dazey warmers...

...I know it's called a beverage warmer, but it barely does that. I wouldn't recommend this at all. I had a cup warmer by Dazey (can't find it now) and it kept my drink HOT, as it should...
Still I need another warmer so I bought the Mr Coffee black warmer. With a pathetic 17 watts of power I did not get my hopes up, and in a side-by-side comparison with my Dazey it's clearly not keeping the coffee as warm.

There's rumor of a 23 watt warmer in Australia so I finally have a reason to vacation there.

UPDATE 2012/12/30: I knocked the warmer off my desk by accident and it shattered into a few pieces. While I could probably try to re-assemble this I think the time has come. I gave it a dignified disposal. RIP. 1998-2012.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had two of the Dazey cw10s in my office before I retired 13 years ago. I brought to our retirement cottage and had one on each side of our bed for long leisure mornings. My wife's died. So I replaced hers with a Black and Decker. Not worth a damn !tossed it out and bought a Rival.,.worthless also. I love my wife but she is NOT getting my Dazey. I have been ransacking my garage junk hoping to find the broken Dazey so I could get it repaired !!!!
Fred Cox
www.fredcoxcorner.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I just found a 24 watt coffee warmer on preparedpantry.com on sale from $25 down to $15. It's called a Deluxe cozy Cup Warmer. I'm going to order it today and give it a shot. It got glowing reviews, so you may look into it.

Jamie

Anonymous said...

Jamie how the 24 watt coffee warmer, my Dazey of 14 years just died, I'm so sad. These other sorry good for nothing other warmers well more like cup holders. Has anyone had any luck?

Anonymous said...

As I shop for a new warmer to replace the great one which served me so well for so many years, but finally burned up, I realize I'm not alone in my search.

In many of the warmer reviews on Amazon (there are hundreds) over and over I saw people refering to "that great Dazey warmer they used to have" and low and behold I happened upon your blog and you included a picture and there was my old warmer. It was a Dazey! I actually tried to repair it, without success.

Now with a luke warm cup of coffee next to me, I join the hundreds of other Searchers

Anonymous said...

I had two of these things and one died. The other one has been with me for years. It is the only one that I have found that really keeps coffee HOT not just warm. On a recent trip to Europe I plugged this thing into a 220 to 110 voltage converter that was bad and putting out 220 rather than 110. Blow a 110 volt power supply for my shaver BUT the coffee warmer got overheated and melted more of the plastic but it still works to my surprise. My family continues to bug me about this coffee warmer thing BUT I too have never found one that keeps coffee hot like this one. If someone finds one let me know at czachry@aol.com.

Anonymous said...

Ah, I too am a Dazey lover and she's starting to crack as well. I just looked at the base and it actually says "Made in U.S.A." So now we know why we can't find another one. I believe this is the only thing I own that is made in USA. I saw a listing for a USED Dazey on ebay for 34.99.... hmmmm...trying to decide. I'm sure I didn't pay over $15 for my Daizy 15+ years ago.

Anonymous said...

folks, cover your coffee mug with a CD. It works great to keep the heat in. Looks silly but it very functional.

Anonymous said...

Have a Teledyne "The Cupcake" automatic warmer. 25 watts.
Only works with a cup with a magnet in the base. Really cool, but just died. WAAHH!

Also long out of production.

Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares said...

Don't despair! I've just listed a couple of them in my Etsy shop. Click on my name above to get to the shop.

Anonymous said...

I researched and found a 24 watt model with user reviews indicating it actually works - Norpro 5569. I'm ordering one today and hoping it lives up to what others are saying. At this time, Amazon has a 4-week back order on them but search and you'll find them sold at other, reputable locations.

bw

Daisy said...

I sold one of my two Dazey's a few years ago in a garage moving sales. Boy, do I regret it! The only Dazey I have still doing its great job. I wanted to get another warmer for a different room, but having a hard time. I finally got the Norpro 5569 warmer per web good reviews. But it only keeps my coffee at temp of 101 degrees, which is lukewarm. My Dazey keeps my coffee HOT!! I had to return it.

Anonymous said...

I have a very old Cupcake which is falling apart but it still heats. Absolutely the best coffee warmer ever made because it turns itself off when you lift the mug. Anyone with a burned out but mechanically sound Cupcake, I would love to have it for parts.

Scott Lanter said...

Wow! I had no idea there were so many other people who treasure their Dasey as much as I do. I had lost my Dasey about 15 years ago and never could locate it. Several years went by before I decided to invest in another coffee warmer. Over a six month period, I purchased five different warmers. None of them even came close to performing the way my Dasey did. When testing the fifth warmer, I remember thinking, "Maybe it was my imagination that Dasey kept my coffee that hot." Well, yesterday I was going through some old boxes and I was floored when I opened one box and there was my old reliable Dasey in the bottom. I immediately plugged it in, made a cup of coffee, and let the cup rest on ancient Dasey for one hour. Ha ha! It was NOT my imagination....my Dasey DID keep that coffee hot as I had remembered. I'm so glad to have my Dasey back....cracks in the plastic and all. She's 20 years old and I hope she lasts another 20. In the meantime, I think I'll do some searching on eBay to and maybe purchase 4 or 5 more Daseys. That should last me until I'm too old to hold a coffee cup. :D

Anonymous said...

I was just asked what brand of warmwer I had so went looking on the internet to see if it was still available and found this site. I have one of these CW-10 models also, it's still working fine, I got it from a coworker 15 years ago. Like others here I wish I knew where to get another one just in case this one does give up and quit working.

LauraC said...

I found a candle warmer (20 watts) at a thrift store. Favorite so far. 3 mug warmers from thrift stores too-15,17, and 14 watts. Candle warmer works the best and has largest surface-fits any mug. Of course all work decently only with flat bottomed mugs. I search thrift shops for them too.

Anonymous said...

I happened on here through frustration at not being able to find another warmer as good as my old one. Thought maybe I was some sort of fanatic, being so particular about my warmer - until now. Only those of us who have experienced the "real" thing in warmers can appreciate the difference. I am happy to know I am not alone in my loyalty to this simple little appliance. So sorry they don't seem to make it anymore.

R.A. Conine said...

Guys, I found several Dazey's on eBay, still sealed and in the original boxes. I purchased a model 1984 CW-10 for $56.00. Granted, that's steep for a coffee warmer but I don't mind paying it. Works beautifully. Keeps the coffee perfectly warm and does NOT burn it. What a wonderfully balanced and crafted product. It's retro, big, bold, bulky and every component is American-made. I had one on ship and took it with me to every new command until I retired from the Navy in 2004. Then I tossed it out and purchased a new-fangled, sleek Mr. Coffee warmer. What a mistake. I'm happily reunited with my old friend and I expect we'll be together for at least another 20 years. Hell, I'm passing this baby down to my children. I too am please I'm not alone in loving and admiring this simple appliance.

Anonymous said...

FOUND! Vintage "CUP CAKE" 25 watt coffee mug warmer, with matching coffee cup. This is pre-1970's. You'll pay $45 for it..but who cares? Money comes and goes all the time, it's the pleasure and satisfaction that's priceless! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-CUP-CAKE-Coffee-Soup-Beverage-Warmer-25-Watts-C-RING-CUP-Dazey-Style-/121120839438?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c335d570e

Laura's Last Ditch--Vintage Kitchenwares said...

For those of you wanting a "Cup Cake" mug warmer, as of today I have two of them available here: http://www.zibbet.com/LaurasLastDitch

Mad Hatter said...

You don't have to look around the internet long to realize that there is a market for this warmer. So why isn't anyone selling them? Is there some regulation or law suite we don't know about?

Anonymous said...

@madhatter, nothing domestic seems to be 25 watts any more, I doubt there's a regulation, so either UL decided to stop certifying warmers at 25 watts or maybe the companies themselves just decided liability risk is not worth it. something like that.

Anonymous said...

After searching the internet for best coffee mug warmer, I came to conclusion the new one won't cut it. I bought two so far and they keep my coffee "lukewarm" by my standards. Because of this blog I decided to search ebay and behold I found several for sale, so I bought one and can't wait to try it out. I'm assuming this does not have auto shut off, which is a feature I like, because I have walked off to come back much later to baked coffee at the bottom.