Cuisinart coffee makers: 3 models compared
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Single-serve coffee makers have increased in popularity thanks, in part, to their ease of use and convenience. The Cuisinart Premium Single Serve coffee maker is a prime example of that. This coffee maker offers the single-serve experience but still understands that not all coffee drinkers are the same. So, you'll be able to use the features to your advantage to produce the perfect coffee for you. However, you'll have to pay a premium price point for the privilege.
1. Cuisinart Perfectemp 14-Cup (DCC-3200P1)
- State-of-the-art technology to ensure hotter coffee without sacrificing flavor or quality
- Brew strength control allows you to select regular or bold coffee flavor
- Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and auto shutoff (0-4 hours)
- Affordable for its Size
- Stylish Appearance
- Brew Strength Control
- 24-Hour Programming
- Adjustable ‘Keep Warm’ Temperature
- Gold Tone Permanent Filter
- ‘Brew Pause’
- Heat Plate Prone to Rusting
- Poor Carafe Design
- Notification Alarm is Very Loud
- Genre: Drip
- Dimensions: 7.75 x 9 x 14 inches
- Appliance Weight: 8.75lbs
- Capacity: 14-Cup
- Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
- Available Colors: Silver – Graphite – Light Grey – Sky Blue – Stainless Steel – White/Gold – Copper – Matte Black – White
- Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts
Sleek, stylish, and available in nine different colors, the Cuisinart Perfectemp coffee maker will look fantastic in almost any contemporary kitchen.
Dressed from head-to-toe in brushed stainless-steel, this coffee maker is the epitome of cool. The pale blue LCD, backlit buttons, and crisp looking carafe all enhance the Perfectemp coffee maker’s super-appealing appearance.
Considering this coffee maker’s substantial capacity, Cuisinart has done exceptionally well to cram all the technology into a relatively small footprint.
If you drink a lot of coffee, you’ll love the 14-cup capacity of this appliance. With approximately 70oz of space for water, you’ll easily get seven or eight mugs of steaming coffee per brewing cycle.
The water reservoir is located on the top of the appliance and is easily accessible thanks to the large, attached lid that lifts to reveal a substantial target at which to aim.
- Programmable Timer: You can have your coffee ready and waiting over a rolling 24-hour period thanks to the programmable timer.
- Brew Strength Control: Whether you like regular strength coffee or a more robust flavored brew, the Perfectemp has you covered.
- Adjustable ‘Keep Warm’ Temperature: If you don’t plan on drinking your entire carafe of coffee at once, you can keep it warm to the temperature of your choosing.
- 1-to-4 Cup Brewing: Brew smaller batches with this setting to ensure no precious coffee goes to waste.
- Water Filter: Make sure the water you use is clean of impurities and tastes delicious with the charcoal water filter included with this appliance.
- Brew Pause: Grab a cup of coffee before the whole batch has finished brewing. This coffee maker will pause the cycle until you return the carafe to its rightful place.
- Permanent Gold Tone Filter: Cuisinart includes a gold tone filter with this appliance to ensure you don’t need to waste money buying disposable filters.
Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning
For the most part, the Cuisinart Perfectemp drip coffee maker is a well-designed, well-built coffee maker. Despite having an abundance of features, it’s still relatively easy to use.
It makes a very good cup of coffee, not quite excellent, but when you consider the price point, you’ll be getting decent value for money.
A poorly designed carafe lets down the Perfectemp. Not only is it prone to dribbling from the spout, but when you get to the last few cups of the substantial 14-cup carafe, you almost have to turn the container upside down to get the remaining coffee out.
According to several consumers, an unfortunate aftereffect of the leaking carafe is that any liquids that get on to the heat plate have been known to cause rust over time.
For one final note on the carafe, the poor design also makes it challenging to clean, so you’ll need to have a bottle brush handy to make your life easier. Fortunately, the remaining removable parts are dishwasher safe.
There’s also a cleaning function on this coffee maker to help in the fight against limescale build-up and maximizes the longevity of your coffee maker.
Should you buy the Cuisinart Perfectemp 14-Cup Coffee Maker (DCC-3200P1)?
If you have a large coffee-drinking family or need a ton of coffee to fuel your day, having a decent capacity appliance is critical. Cuisinart has produced a substantially sized coffee maker for a less than substantial price point.
It doesn’t come without its issues, but if you can work your way around that troublesome carafe, the Perfectemp can provide you with a whole lot of coffee for a relatively small outlay.
2. Cuisinart Premium Single Serve (SS-10P1)
- K-Cup compatible brewer makes one cup at a time,Compatible with any brand of single cup pod including Keurig K-Cup pods. Cord length : 32 Inches
- Included Components: SS-10 unit
- 72-oz water reservoir
- Different Single Serve Size Options
- Adjustable Water Temperature
- Rinse Feature
- Charcoal Water Filter
- Large Removable Reservoir
- K-Cup Compatible
- ‘HomeBarista’ Reusable Filter
- Slow Brewing
- Quite Loud
- A Little Splashy
- Genre: Single Serve
- Dimensions: 11.03 x 9.33 x 12.13 inches
- Appliance Weight: 9.5lbs
- Capacity: 72oz
- Material: Plastic
- Available Colors: Silver – Cream – Light Grey – Black – White
- Dishwasher Safe: No
Cuisinart has been around for almost 50 years, and they know how to design a good-looking appliance. The Premium coffee maker is very attractive; it almost looks like a mini coffee shop in your kitchen.
Sure, the plastics components might look a little cheap, but as companies look to cut costs these days, this is an annoyance we’ll have to live with unless we’re willing to pay massive amounts of money for top of the range appliances.
The control panel is pleasing to the eye, while the back-lit buttons are a nice touch, which gives off a comforting glow if you’re making a brew at night (or on an early winter’s morning).
There’s even a secret compartment at the machine’s side to store the reusable filter, which makes you feel like a secret agent while accessing it.
It’s available in five different colors.
While the Cuisinart Premium coffee maker is a single-serve appliance, it comes with a 72oz water reservoir to ensure you don’t have to keep filling the tank after every brew. The size of your cup of coffee isn’t set in stone, though, and we’ll talk about that shortly.
The water tank is removable for ease of filling and cleaning. It’s effortless to remove and slide back into place. If you’d prefer to fill it while still on the machine, the lid comes off completely, so it’s just as easy to add water.
- Adjustable Brew Temperature: The Cuisinart Premium gives you the option between two different water temperatures. Hot and very hot.
- Different Brew Sizes: Yes, this appliance is a single-serve machine, but it can dispense different sized brews depending on your preferences. Your options are 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12oz cups of coffee.
- Rinse Function: The rinse function allows you to flush out the previous coffee flavors if you like to mix up your beans from time to time.
- Hot Water Dispenser: Use this coffee maker for other beverages like tea or soup with the hot water dispenser.
- ‘Auto Off’: Manually program when you’d like your coffee maker to switch itself off, up to 30 minutes after its last use.
- HomeBarista Reusable Filter Cup: You’re not limited to just using k-cups with this coffee maker, thanks to the reusable ‘HomeBarista’ filter cup.
- Charcoal Water Filter: This coffee maker comes with an added charcoal filter to cleanse all the nasty impurities from your water.
- Removable Drip Tray: The drip tray for the Cuisinart Premium coffee maker is removable, so it’s easy to clean or makes room for a travel mug if you want a more substantial cup of coffee.
Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning
Single-serve and k-cup appliances, by their very definition, are easy to use. The Cuisinart Premium Single Serve coffee maker is no different. Even though it has a ton of features, the large majority of them are one-touch and programmable, so there is very little confusion.
The ‘problems’ with the Cuisinart Premium coffee maker won’t affect the taste of your coffee, but they could potentially be mildly annoying. The brew time is slow(ish), and it’s a little bit loud when making coffee. You also can get some splash-back when brewing into a smaller cup.
As previously mentioned in the ‘Design’ category, this coffee maker is predominantly made from plastic and has a bit of a lightweight feel. Still, it appears to be well put together and has minimal user complaints about unit failure.
As there are a minimal number of components that come into contact with coffee, not only is cleaning this machine really easy, there’s relatively little cleaning to do at all. There’s no carafe to clean; the water reservoir is removable and only contains water, while the ‘HomeBarista’ filter can be easily washed in a dishwasher or in warm soapy water.
Should you buy the Cuisinart Premium Single Serve Coffee Maker (SS-10P1)?
If simplicity and convenience are what you’re looking for, this single serve coffee maker is worth your consideration. It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but its ease of use might be worth the extra money, while cleaning has been all but eliminated thanks to its clever design.
3. Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal (DGB-900BC)
- 24-hour fully programmable coffeemaker with auto shutoff, brew-pause feature, and Grind off function
- Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe with comfort grip handle holds up to 12 cups of coffee
- Built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper holds a half pound of beans. Strength selector and grind control fine-tune intensity and volume
- Looks Superb
- Adjustable Built-in Burr Coffee Grinder
- Thermal Carafe
- Programmable Timer
- Brew Pause
- Charcoal Water Filter
- Very Expensive
- It’s Loud
- High Maintenance
- LCD is Tiny
- Challenging to Fill with Water
- Grinder is Easily Clogged
- Drips when Pouring Coffee
- Genre: Drip with Grinder
- Dimensions: 19.96 x 32.27 x 40.28 inches
- Appliance Weight: 14.96lbs
- Capacity: 12-Cup
- Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic
- Available Colors: Stainless Steel
- Dishwasher Safe: No
Out of the three Cuisinart coffee makers we’ve looked at today, the Grind & Brew is easily the best-looking appliance. Though, when you consider this coffee maker’s enormous price point, that’s not exactly surprising.
It’s a big old unit composed mostly of quality stainless-steel, which gives it a professional kitchen aura. The control panel laid out neatly, though the buttons and the LCD (in particular) are fairly small.
The thermal carafe has a sleek design, which is also made from stainless-steel and has a black plastic trim. Unfortunately, the carafe is prone to dribbling when you’re pouring your coffee.
The Cuisinart logo decorates both the central unit and the carafe.
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew comes with a 12-Cup capacity (approximately 60oz), which will produce around seven or eight standard American mugs of coffee.
The water reservoir is filled via a small lid located towards the back of the appliance, behind the coffee grinder’s hopper. The opening is tiny, so it’s a challenge to fill with water without spilling it everywhere.
There is a water window on the coffee maker’s side to indicate how much water is inside.
You’ll be able to put a half-pound of fresh coffee beans in the hopper, which should be good for around 15 cups, depending on your coffee strength preferences.
- Burr Grinder: Make coffee with freshly ground beans every day using the built-in stainless-steel burr coffee grinder.
- Thermal Carafe: Keep your coffee hotter for longer, using the eco-friendly thermal carafe. Cuisinart claims the coffee will stay hot for 8 hours.
- ‘Grind-Off’: You don’t have to use freshly ground beans if you’d prefer, thanks to the ‘Grind-off’ feature. Use pre-ground coffee whenever you’d like.
- 2 to 4 Cup Selection: Improve efficiency by brewing smaller coffee batches if you don’t need a full carafe.
- Programmable Timer: Program your coffee maker to brew a batch of coffee at any time over a 24-hour period.
- Brew Strength Selector: This coffee maker caters to all tastes with mild, medium, and strong coffee strength settings.
- Brew Pause: Grab a sneaky cup of coffee in the middle of a brew cycle with the ‘Brew Pause’ feature.
- Charcoal Water Filter: The charcoal filter included with this appliance will remove all the toxins from your water to give your coffee a fresher, smoother taste.
Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning
There’s nothing overly complicated about the Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee maker, even with all the features and functions. It’s not challenging to use, especially if you’re familiar with coffee makers that have a built-in grinder (which does a fine job of grinding different strength beans, though it’s deafeningly loud when in operation).
Though, it would be best if you learned about proper appliance maintenance when you buy this coffee maker because, thanks to a design flaw, you’ll need to keep on top of it.
The grinder is situated directly over the top of the heating element, and trace amounts of steam rises through the appliance causing particles of freshly ground beans to get stuck to the channel as they’re fed through to the brew basket.
We advise giving it a quick clean with a brush after every use so that you won’t encounter larger problems further down the road.
The thermal carafe needs to be cleaned by hand using warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cleaning utensil, while the gold tone filter is the only component that can be washed in a dishwasher.
Should you buy the Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal Coffee Maker (DGB-900BC)?
On paper, the Cuisinart Grind & Brew is an excellent thermal coffee maker that can produce deliciously fresh coffee. The features let you tinker with different strengths and combinations until you have perfected your morning brew.
So, what’s the problem? The price point of the Grind & Brew is so ridiculously high that all the flaws and imperfections of this coffee maker are amplified ten-fold.