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Cuisinart is known for making quality appliances, and its coffee pots are among some of the best. When you get up in the morning, you need coffee before you can get any brain cells to work; therefore, you need a coffee maker that’s easy to use. The question is: which one is best for you?
We reviewed many different Cuisinart coffee makers and made a list of what we believe to be the top five available. We will go over the good and the not-so-good of each one so that you can know what you’ll be getting before you make a purchase.
|Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Coffee Maker|
|Cuisinart DCC-1150BK 10-Cup Classic Coffee-Maker||8 lbs||4.5/5|
|Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker|
(Best for the Money)
|Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker||5 lbs||4.2/5|
|Cuisinart DCC-500 12-Cup Coffee Maker||7 lbs||3.8/5|
The DCC-3200 14-Cup Coffee Maker is the cream of the crop among Cuisinart coffee makers. It is incredibly convenient and easy to use. It is fully automatic, allowing you to set a timer before you go to bed. Your coffee pot will start brewing on its own, and your cup of joe will be waiting for you when you get up. It even has a self-cleaning mode. You can basically pour your coffee, rinse the pot out, and you are good to go.
If you forget to turn it off, no worries. Cuisinart has added a feature to automatically shut off after four hours.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 has a brew strength control that allows you to boost the strength of flavor you get from your coffee grounds. It also has a brewing pause button so you can stop the brew long enough to pour yourself a cup of coffee before it is completely done brewing.
This coffee brewer makes an excellent cup of coffee. It uses charcoal water filters to make sure your water is pure. It also has a gold-tone reusable coffee filter that makes a very smooth cup of coffee and saves you money.
This coffee maker is marked very well, so it is easy to see when your reservoir is full. However, the water tank lid doesn’t open far enough and gets in the way of pouring your water in. It also tends to overflow easily, so you need to watch to make sure you don’t overfill the reservoir.
Cuisinart’s DCC-1150BK 10-Cup Classic Coffee-Maker has many of the same features as the DCC-3200 14-Cup model. It is convenient to use because it is fully automated and programmable, though the lighting of the numbers can be hard to read when programming. It’s also self-cleaning, so your morning routine can run smoothly.
The DCC-1150BK also has the brewing pause feature that allows you to get a cup of coffee before it has completely finished brewing, without spilling all over the place. You do need to check that the unit has stopped dripping before you remove the pot after brewing, as it continues to trickle longer after brewing is complete.
This model differs from the DCC-3200 in that it automatically shuts off when brewing is complete. The coffee is delivered into an insulated carafe to stay warm, but it doesn’t have a warming plate to keep it warm longer.
The DCC-1150BK comes with a charcoal water filter and a reusable gold-tone coffee filter to give you the best-tasting cup of coffee possible. The biggest issue with this particular coffee brewer is that the rim of the pot is shaped so that it is hard to empty.
The Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker has our vote for the best Cuisinart coffee maker for the money. It is on the smaller side, so it doesn’t take up too much of your counter space. It is not programmable, so you will have to fill the water reservoir and turn it on manually every time you want to use it. It does, however, automatically shut off 30 minutes after brewing has finished and your dripless stainless steel carafe is filled. As with the previous two models, the DCC-450BK has a brew pause feature, so you can interrupt brewing to get your first cup sooner.
This unit makes a good cup of coffee, but the paper filters don’t fit smoothly. You will have to play around with them sometimes to get them in correctly. Once it starts, it is very loud when brewing. The biggest turn-off of this particular unit is that it only heats your coffee to 160°. Most people like their coffee around 200°.
The Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker is fully automatic and programmable for your convenience. It also has an adjustable temperature control, which is good because some models don’t brew your coffee hot enough. Though we still find this coffee to be cooler than we would like, it is nice to be able to adjust the temperature, especially if you’re using the hot water button for tea or hot chocolate.
This unit is compatible with any brand of single-cup pods, but they don’t seem to empty completely during the brewing procedure.
There are a few drawbacks to this model, though. It is made out of cheap plastic and has a very short cord, so it has to be near an electrical outlet. It is also very noisy when brewing.
The Cuisinart DCC-500 12-Cup Coffee Maker is a good product for those with a tight budget. It is very convenient to use since it is programmable, but it has two different clocks that sit one above the other, making it confusing to know which is the actual time and which is the programmed time. It does have an automatic shut-off, as well as the brew pause feature. It also has a nifty rinse feature that cleans the inside of your brewer. Though it does have a warmer, it does not have a climate control on it.
One problem with this coffee maker is that the hole where you pour water into the reservoir is too small. You tend to spill quite a bit of water on the counter. There is also a problem with leaking when pouring liquid out of the carafe. The lid doesn’t just lift off; it snaps off and feels like it is going to break when you try to remove it. This model is also quite noisy when brewing.
When looking for the perfect coffee maker to meet your needs, you first need to know what those needs are. Is this for home use for just you or maybe a couple of other people? Are you buying for the coffee room at work that serves a number of people all day long? The way you’re going to use this brewer will help you decide what kind of unit you will need.
Things to think about when you’re looking for a coffee maker include:
Make sure you have enough counter space to house the unit that you are purchasing. No coffee machine will do you any good if you have no place to put it.
If you are purchasing a single-serve machine, make sure your favorite coffee cup will fit in the opening
a. Water temperature controls
b. Brewing strength
c. Brewing size controls
d. Hot water faucet for hot drinks other than coffee
Other brands of coffee makers we’ve reviewed:
Now that we have talked about things that you need to know before you begin shopping for your perfect coffee maker, let’s have another look at our top five Cuisinart coffee makers:
1. Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Coffee Maker – Top Pick
2. Cuisinart DCC-1150BK 10-Cup Classic Coffee-Maker – The Runner-Up
3. Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker – Best for the Money
4. Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker
5. Cuisinart DCC-500 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Now you should have enough information to point you in the right direction for purchasing the best coffee brewer to meet your needs. Find the perfect machine to start every day out right.
We also recently curated a list of the different types of coffee makers. Definitely worth checking out if you’re not 100% sure that a Cuisinart is your final choice.
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