Cuisinart is one of the best known manufacturers of coffee makers in the world today. So if you’re looking for a reliable coffee maker, they’re an excellent choice.
But perhaps not surprisingly for such a successful company, there are a lot of different models to choose from. That’s where we come in!
We’re going to review seven of the best Cuisinart coffee makers out there. And we’ll tell you everything you need to know about them before you go shopping.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
The Cuisinart Coffee Maker Reviews 2020
1. Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 Perfectemp Coffee Maker (Our Top Pick)
The DCC-3200P1 is a stylish and practical coffee maker, great for larger households.
The carafe here will hold up to 14 cups, but you can still use it to make smaller servings if you wish. Push a button for a one to four cup setting, which will deliver a perfect brew in smaller quantities.
If you don’t want to wait for the whole carafe to be ready before you get your coffee, you don’t have to. A brew pause button allows you to remove the carafe and serve up. Then replace the carafe and the machine will continue brewing.
You can set the carafe temperature to low, medium or high. If you drink your coffee black and don’t want to wait for it to cool down, choose the low setting. If you like lots of milk, the high setting will suit you better.
You can adjust the strength using the “bold” button. And a tone button allows you to turn off the beep that tells you when your coffee is ready. That’s a handy feature if you share your home with dogs who enjoy barking to tell you it’s coffee time!
The glass carafe has an easily removable lid and features a knuckle guard to prevent burns. There’s also a measuring gauge on the side, allowing you to keep track of how much coffee you have left.
But note that it’s not very easy to use the carafe to fill the reservoir. That has a particularly small opening, so you’ll need to take care to avoid splashes.
The brew basket features a permanent gold tone filter. It’s not particularly fine, though. If you want to reduce sediment in your coffee, we’d recommend adding a paper filter too.
You can program your coffee maker to start brewing at a particular time each day. There’s an auto off function too. Set that to turn off the machine between 0 minutes and 4 hours after brewing. And there’s an auto clean function.
- Programmable timer for coffee that’s ready when you are
- Adjustable carafe temperature
- Brew pause function allows you to pour a cup whilst the carafe is filling up
- The gold tone filter isn’t very fine – you may want to add a paper filter too
- The reservoir isn’t that easy to fill up.
2. Cuisinart DCC-1100 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
The DCC-1100 is a 12-cup coffee maker available in black or white to suit any kitchen. And if you’re looking for an economical purchase, it’s the least expensive model on our list.
Despite its very reasonable price tag, this carries many of the same features as the DCC-3200P1. It too can be programmed to make coffee at the same time each day.
And if you’re worried about forgetting to turn it off, there’s an auto-off function. That can be set for between 0 minutes and 4 hours after brewing is complete.
The carafe isn’t quite as smart – there’s no metallic accent on the handle, and no measuring gauge. It does, though, have a tightly fitting cover and a knuckle guard, so you won’t have to worry about burns. The major flaw is that the spout has a tendency to drip.
There’s a one-to-four cup feature for when you don’t want a whole carafe. And if you can’t wait for your coffee, there’s a brew pause function too. Press the button and you can remove the carafe, then return it to the machine to carry on brewing.
There’s a 60-second reset and an automatic cleaning cycle too. And it comes with a charcoal filter, permanent gold tone filter, and a measuring scoop for your coffee.
One element of the design right-handers may wish to note is the position of the gauge on the reservoir. It’s situated on the right, towards the back of the machine. That means it’s not very easy to read if you’re pouring the water with your right hand.
All in all, though, this is a reliable coffee maker that offers loads of features for a keen price.
- 24-hour programmable timer
- Brew pause function
- One-to-four cup function for when you don’t need a whole carafe
- The spout of the carafe has a tendency to drip
- The water gauge isn’t particularly easy to read if you’re filling the reservoir right-handed.
3. Cuisinart CHW-12P1 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Plus Hot Water System Coffee Maker
If you want a coffee machine with a little extra, check out the CHW-12P1. This one has not only a 12-cup carafe but a separate hot water system.
They have separate heating systems too, so they can be used at the same time. Just press a lever and the spout will dispense hot water for tea, soups or oatmeal. Indicator lights let you know when the water is hot enough, and when the 54-ounce tank needs to be refilled.
The whole machine isn’t much bigger than a standard coffee maker either, measuring 10.25 by 9.5 by 14.3 inches. If you’re looking to save countertop space, you could invest in this and get rid of your kettle.
The left-hand side houses the carafe and coffee making controls. There’s no compromise when it comes to the features.
There’s a 24-hour programmable timer, automatic shut-off, brew pause and three-level carafe temperature control. Choose the one-to-four cup option for when you don’t need a whole carafe of coffee. And use the automatic self-clean cycle to make cleaning a breeze.
There’s a useful clock, but note that it isn’t backlit so it’s difficult to read in low lighting. And the hot water dispenser does make a fair bit of noise when it’s switched on. These are minor niggles, though, for a very useful machine.
- Includes hot water system that can be used at the same time as the coffee maker
- Brew pause function for when you want your coffee in a hurry
- 24-hour programmable timer and auto shut-off
- The hot water system is rather noisy when in use
- The clock isn’t backlit.
4. Cuisinart SS-15P1 Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffee Maker and Single-Serve Brewer
If you can’t decide between a carafe coffee maker and a one-cup machine, consider the SS-15P1. With this one you won’t need to choose at all, because it can do both.
The carafe is on the left-hand side of the machine. A spout on the right dispenses a single serving of coffee. It’s a great option if you have a de-caff drinker in a family of caffeine lovers.
The carafe is made of glass and has a stainless steel handle, so it looks very smart. It will hold 12 cups of coffee. The reservoir will hold 60 ounces and is fixed in position. The opening isn’t particularly big, so take care to avoid splashes as you refill it.
There are all the features of a standard carafe machine too. That includes 24-hour programmability, auto-off, temperature control and bold flavor setting.
On the single serve side, you can choose between 6, 8 and 10-ounce servings. Note though, that the different serving sizes are just a product of the amount of water that’s used. The same amount of coffee will be used for each one. The result is that your 10-ounce cup will be much weaker than a 6-ounce one.
The reservoir on the single-serving side will hold 40 ounces and is removable.
The machine comes with a reusable filter cup which can be used with either your own ground coffee or a K-Cup. Cuisinart make their own coffee capsules too, which are fully recyclable.
- Offers both a carafe and single servings of coffee
- 24-hour programmability on the carafe side
- Use your favorite ground coffee, K-Cups or Cuisinart capsules on the single serving side
- The reservoir for the carafe is rather fiddly to refill
- On the one-cup side you’ll get the same amount of coffee in whatever size serving you select – so larger cups will taste weaker than smaller ones.
5. Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
The DCC-1200 is the forerunner to the DCC-3200 reviewed earlier. It’s less expensive – but what other differences are there?
Well, at first glance the two machines seem remarkably similar. Both have 24-hour programmability, an auto-off function, a self-cleaning cycle, and the ability to adjust the carafe temperature. There’s also a one to four cup option and brew pause feature.
The DC-1200 isn’t quite as smart as its pricier descendant. The handle of the carafe is plastic rather than metal, and the control panel isn’t as neat. It’s still a good-looking machine, though, and there’s a choice of finishes, including stainless steel, brushed chrome and copper.
When it comes to performance, there are some compromises to be made here. Even on the highest setting, the coffee isn’t quite as hot as you’ll get from the DC-3200. And despite the two machines being the same height, the carafe here is smaller, holding 12 cups rather than 14.
But this is still a reliable and attractive machine, with plenty of functions. And it’s very competitively priced.
- 24-hour programmability and auto-off function
- Brew pause feature
- Range of attractive finishes
- The coffee doesn’t get quite as hot as it does in the similar DC-3200
- The control panel isn’t as neat as those of some newer models.
6. Cuisinart SS-10P1 Premium Single-Serve Coffee Maker
If you love the convenience of one-cup coffee makers, take a look at the SS-10P1. This modern and stylish machine ditches the carafe in favor of a single serving model. And it works beautifully.
It’s available in a choice of finishes, including matte black, white, light gray and our favorite, silver. The reservoir is transparent, so you can easily see when it needs refilling. It holds 72 ounces of water and is removable, making it much easier to refill than fixed versions.
There’s a smart backlit LCD display to help you program the machine. As well as a 24-hour timer, there’s an auto on and off function, and adjustable brew size and temperature.
The coffee is held in a reusable filter cup. It’s compatible with all single-serve capsules, or you can fill it with your favorite ground coffee. There’s a carbon filter to remove any unwanted tastes from your water. And when you press the button, you’ll get your coffee in less than a minute.
There’s also a hot water function, plus a rinse feature for when you want to clean the brew chamber.
You can choose from four different serving sizes, from 4 to 12 ounces. Strangely, though, the buttons to increase or decrease the serving size are counter-intuitive. You need to press the left-hand button to increase the size of your drink. Weird.
The other thing to watch out for is that this has a tendency to splash. You may want to keep a cloth on hand to give the machine a quick wipe after use.
- Quick and easy one-cup machine
- Compatible with your choice of ground coffee or one-cup capsules
- Carbon filter removes unwanted flavors from your water
- The position of the buttons to change the serving size is counter-intuitive
- Has a tendency to splash coffee as it’s dispensed.
7. Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker (Upgrade Pick)
The DGB-800 is the most expensive machine on our list, but it offers a brilliant bean-to-cup experience. If you appreciate the flavor of freshly ground coffee, it’s a winner.
The beans are ground with a professional-style burr grinder, so there’s an even consistency for brewing. The grounds flow smoothly into the brew basket, helped along by the auto-rinse feature.
You can program the machine to grind enough coffee for anything between 4 and 12 cups. And you can adjust the strength of the brew from regular to bold, to extra-bold.
It also features a gold tone filter for the coffee and charcoal filter for the water. The bean hopper holds 8 ounces. And if you prefer, you can switch off the grinder and use pre-ground coffee instead.
There’s a 24-hour programmable timer, but it’s not as easy to use as some other models. Be prepared to spend a bit of time with the instruction manual.
And note that it’s rather tricky to get the last one or two cups of coffee out of the carafe. You’ll need to hold it at a sharp angle, and perhaps take off the lid too.
All in all, though, this is a great machine for anyone who loves really fresh coffee.
- Freshly grinds the coffee beans for a superior flavor
- Option to use pre-ground coffee too
- Three flavor strengths to choose from
- The programmable timer takes a bit of time to master
- The design of the carafe makes it tricky to pour the final one or two cups.
That brings us to the end of our review of the seven best Cuisinart coffee makers on the market right now. We hope you’re now one step closer to finding the ideal fit for your needs.
Our favorite is the DC-3200P1 model. It’s a smart and reliable machine with loads of functionality – and it won’t cost you a king’s ransom.
But for those who love their coffee freshly ground, check out the DGB-800 model. You’ll get fantastic flavor and aroma from this bean-to-cup model.
Whichever option is right for you, we hope you’re soon enjoying fantastic coffee from your new Cuisinart machine. Happy brewing!