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The Best Cuisinart Coffee Makers

May 24, 2016
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If you’ve ever heard someone issue a five-minute-long Starbucks order — or issued one yourself — you know that getting the right coffee is serious business. Regardless of your preferences, you need a coffee maker that will brew your ideal cup of joe when you’re making a pot at home.

That’s where we come in. We analyzed the most popular Cuisinart models on the market, so if you’re thinking of going with that brand, we can help you purchase the right one.

Cuisinart has plenty of machines to choose from, so you’re almost sure to find one that works for you, whether you need to make 14 cups at a time or just one. The brand also delivers quality features, such as customizable settings, and a great-tasting product.

Our analysis: Based on 11,518 reviews

NerdWallet’s scoring of the best Cuisinart coffee makers is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. After that, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about each coffee maker’s best — and worst — attributes.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in coffee makers, so we scored users’ observations on multiple features of top models, including ease of use, coffee quality and more.

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: This score shows reviewers’ overall satisfaction level with the coffee maker across 11 criteria, including ease of use, coffee quality, and coffee maker design, size and durability.

Coffee Quality: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the quality of coffee the machine produces. This includes factors such as coffee taste, temperature and brewing settings. Coffee quality is a contributor to each model’s overall score, but we also called it out separately because it’s one of the main factors many consumers consider when shopping.

Ease of use: This score indicates reviewers’ satisfaction with how easy the maker is to use. This includes aspects such as cleaning, set up, design and features. Ease of use is a contributor to each coffee maker’s overall score, but we highlighted it separately because it’s also a very important factor to many consumers.

Here are our top Cuisinart coffee makers, ranked in order of overall score.

The coffee makers

1. Cuisinart DCC-3200

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a 14-cup programmable coffee maker that lets you customize your morning cup, thanks to its brew strength control function and adjustable keep-warm temperature control.


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Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfect Temp

  • Overall score: 8.7
  • Coffee quality: 8.9
  • Ease of use: 8.1

Buyers Like

  • Has adjustable temperature settings.
  • Makes great-tasting coffee.

Buyers Dislike

  • Takes up a lot of space.
  • Has a relatively long brew time.
  • Is difficult to fill without spilling water.

2. Cuisinart DCC-2600

Users can pick the strength, temperature and size of their coffee with the Cuisinart DCC-2600, a 14-cup programmable coffee maker with an easy-to-use control panel and a see-through glass carafe.


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Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central

  • Overall score: 8.4
  • Coffee quality: 9.2
  • Ease of use: 8.1

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Keeps brew warm.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is relatively tall.
  • Is difficult to fill without spilling water.

3. Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central

The Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-cup programmable coffee maker lets users make various sizes of brews and pause the process to drink a cup before the full carafe has been brewed.


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Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central

  • Overall score: 8
  • Coffee quality: 8.3
  • Ease of use: 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Is easy to program and use.
  • Includes strength setting feature.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is relatively tall.
  • Is difficult to clean.

4. Cuisinart DCC-3000

The “on demand” Cuisinart DCC-3000 programmable 12-cup coffee maker holds up to 12 cups of coffee and dispenses one at a time. View the coffee gauge to see how much you have left in the maker.


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Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee on Demand

  • Overall score: 7.9
  • Coffee quality: 8.7
  • Ease of use: 8.4

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Has an easy-to-fill water reservoir.
  • Is programmable.
  • Features convenient auto shut-off.

Buyers Dislike

  • Brews less flavorful large batches.
  • Takes up a lot of space.
  • Has a relatively short power cord.

5. Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve

Only need to brew for yourself? The Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve coffee maker can create individual servings of flavorful coffee fast — and in five different cup sizes.


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Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System

  • Overall score: 7.8
  • Coffee quality: 9.3
  • Ease of use: 8.4

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Brews fast.
  • Has a hot water feature that can be used for other beverages.
  • Is easy to set up and use.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is difficult to clean.
  • Doesn’t fit taller travel mugs.

6. Cuisinart DCC-1200BCH

The efficient Cuisinart DCC-1200BCH is a 12-cup coffee maker that offers coveted features such as automatic shut-off and a dripless pour spout. You can also schedule a brew time up to 24 hours in advance.


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Cuisinart DCC-1200BCH

  • Overall score: 7.8
  • Coffee quality: 9.4
  • Ease of use: 7.3

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Keeps brew warm.
  • Brews fast.
  • Is programmable.
  • Doesn’t spill or drip.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is relatively tall.
  • Has a difficult-to-see water fill level notation.

7. Cuisinart DGB 700BC

The 12-cup grind-and-brew Cuisinart DGB 700BC allows users to pick their desired coffee strength and control grind intensity.


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Cuisinart Grind & Brew DGB 700BC

  • Overall score: 7.6
  • Coffee quality: 9.1
  • Ease of use: 7.4

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Includes strength setting feature.
  • Is easy to use.
  • Brews fast.

Buyers Dislike

  • Has difficult-to-open machine door.
  • Has hard-to-read clock and buttons.
  • Takes up a lot of space.

8. Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal

The Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-cup coffee maker features a double-wall insulated stainless steel carafe and pour-through lid designed to keep your brew hot for hours.


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Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal

  • Overall score: 7.2
  • Coffee quality: 8.9
  • Ease of use: 5.7

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Keeps coffee hot.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is hard to pour from.
  • Requires regular cleaning.
  • Is relatively tall.

9. Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup

Make just enough coffee for you and a select few with the Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-cup coffee maker. The compact machine features a stainless steel carafe, a brew-pause feature and automatic shut-off after 30 minutes.


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Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup

  • Overall score: 7
  • Coffee quality: 7.9
  • Ease of use: 4.7

Buyers Like

  • Easy to store and transport.
  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Brews fast.

Buyers Dislike

  • Is difficult to fill without leaking.
  • Shuts off too quickly after use.
  • Has a relatively short power cord.

10. Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus

The 12-cup programmable Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus delivers flavorful coffee at the temperature you desire. It doubles as a hot water system for making cocoa, soup and more.

Buyers Like

  • Has a hot water feature that can be used for other beverages.
  • Makes great-tasting coffee.
  • Brews fast.

Buyers Dislike

  • Has a hard-to-remove lid.
  • Is difficult to fill without spilling water.
  • Brew time is lengthy.

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