5 Best Cuisinart Coffee Makers (Reviews of 2020)

If you are on the lookout for a new home brewer, you will surely have thought about Cuisinart, a stalwart of American home appliances for almost 50 years. Here we look at the best Cuisinart coffee makers to help you decide which is best for you.

Why buy Cuisinart?

Cuisinart is a company that specializes in making reliable and functional home appliances that get the job done with a minimum of fuss. They are the type of machines that appeal to people who prefer simplicity rather than making things more involved than they need to be.

All modern Cuisinart brewers include several excellent features, including the ability to program your brewer to come on automatically at a set time. This means you can have steaming hot coffee waiting for you in the morning when your alarm rings, just when you need it most.

Cuisinart coffee machines are known for their sleek, classic look and ease of operation. They generally allow you a certain amount of control over the coffee you brew, with adjustable parameters like temperature and strength, without over-complicating the process.

One particular benefit is that Cuisinart machines allow you to brew coffee at hotter temperatures than many other rival brewing systems – all without sacrificing the delicious flavor of your coffee thanks to Cuisinart’s unique brewing technology.

Since most Cuisinart brewers are quite similar, the things you need to pay attention to are how many cups you need to brew – usually, there is a choice between 12 and 14 – and whether you prefer a glass or thermal carafe. Thermal carafes keep coffee fresher for longer but also cost more.

The Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker Reviews of 2020

Here are our top five picks for the best Cuisinart coffee makers.

1. Cuisinart 14-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker Machine Brew Automatic

Cuisinart 14-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker Machine Brew Automatic ,Black, Grey ,New


This coffee maker measures 10.9” x 10.1” x 16.2” and weighs 80.02lbs. It comes with a glass carafe and is operated by a backlit LCD display. It uses a gold-tone filter and a charcoal water filter and is programmable to start automatically up to 24 hours in advance.

The review

If you are looking for a coffee maker that is very easy to use but also has a little more functionality than a basic electric drip coffee maker, this model could be worth a look. We love the simple and intuitive LCD control that just about anybody will be able to understand.

The LCD is back-lit, but this can be turned off if you prefer, something we think is a nice touch. The “ready” tone can also be deactivated.

This machine is capable of making up to 14 cups, more than most machines – however, it also has a function that allows you to brew only 1-4 cups, which is very useful if you only need to make coffee for yourself.

Another great feature on this machine is the regular/bold button, which allows you to adjust the strength of your coffee if you like it with a bit more punch. It also brews hotter than some other machines – without compromising on flavor.

If we have to find a fault with this machine, it might be that some other machines are capable of producing a better brew. However, those machines are not in the same price category, and this machine still performs admirably.

What I Like

  • Can make up to 14 cups, larger than many other brewers
  • 24-hour programmable – can have coffee waiting when your alarm sounds
  • Auto-off feature adjustable up to four hours
  • Simple to use backlit LCD control panel
  • “Regular” and “bold” strength options

What I Didn't Like

  • Lid is removable rather than hinged – some people might not like this
  • Glass carafe and hotplate combination means coffee becomes stewed after a while

Good for

This is a great option for someone who wants an easy-to-use 14-cup coffee machine that gives you some control over the brewing process. Also great for someone who wants their coffee ready when they wake up. Not ideal if you want much more control over the brewing parameters.

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver


This machine measures 7.75” x 9” x 14” and weighs 6.8lbs.  It features a retro black and chrome style in brushed metal. It is supplied with a glass carafe that can hold up to 12 cups, the hotplate has adjustable temperature settings and it is fully programmable up to 24 hours in advance.

The review

This model is very similar to the version above. It is simple to use with an easy to understand control panel and can brew anything from one to 12 cups of coffee – it includes a special feature for brewing 1-4 cups for when you don’t need to make a full carafe for lots of people.

One thing that stands out here is the adjustable hotplate. The big problem with glass carafes is that coffee quickly becomes stewed and bitter if you leave it sitting on the hotplate – but by using the low heat setting, you can slow this process somewhat.

At this price range, as with the previously-reviewed model, you can expect a decent-tasting brew – and another feature we liked is the fact that you can pause the brewing process mid-cycle if you can’t wait for that first cup.

On the downside, it only makes 12 cups rather than 14, unlike the previous model. If you have a larger family or often entertain guests, this might end up becoming a problem.

What I Like

  • Adjustable hotplate to help prevent stewing
  • Fully programmable up to 24 hours in advance
  • Special feature for brewing 1-4 cups if you don’t need to make a full jug
  • Very reasonable price point
  • Makes decent coffee for a machine in this price range

What I Didn't Like

  • Only makes 12 cups, not 14 – so not the best choice for big families
  • Only makes regular drip coffee – not as versatile as some other machines

Good for

This is a great option for someone who wants a simple and reasonably priced coffee maker for a medium-sized family. However, if you think you might benefit from the ability to make 14 cups instead of just 12, you might consider the larger versions.

Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 DCC-3200 Glass Carafe Handle Programmable Coffeemaker, 14 Cup Stainless Steel


This model is essentially a slightly upgraded version of the first coffee maker in this review. Its dimensions are 7.8” x 9” x 14” and it weighs 8.75lbs. It comes complete with a glass carafe capable of holding 14 cups of coffee and features a slightly more modern look than the previous version.

The review

This coffee maker has very little to distinguish it from the previous version apart from the updated look. It now has round buttons rather than the square-shaped controls of the older model, which we prefer, but otherwise, there is little change.

It includes all of the usual features of the other models in the range, including strength control for a more intense brew, and the ability to brew coffee at hotter temperatures than many machines made by competitors – this is especially useful if you usually add milk to your coffee.

This machine allows you to pause the brew cycle to pour your first coffee before everything is finished, it is programmable to allow you to have your coffee brewed and waiting at a predesignated time and it has a warning to let you know when it needs to be decalcified.

The negatives with this brewer are also common to other models in the range. The biggest downside is that it “only” makes regular drip coffee. This is perhaps an unfair criticism since that is all it is designed to do – but those who prefer other coffee shop-style drinks might prefer a more versatile brewer.

What I Like

  • Stylish upgraded look
  • Easy to operate, almost anybody will be able to master the controls
  • Can stop the brew cycle if you can’t wait for the whole carafe to be brewed
  • Hotter brew – good for people who like to add milk
  • BPA-free

What I Didn't Like

  • Not a good choice for smaller kitchens
  • Only makes drip coffee, not good for cappuccinos and lattes

Good for

Since the differences are mainly cosmetic, this would appeal to someone who wants a reliable, modern-looking coffee maker with a slightly larger capacity than most but who doesn’t expect too many extra functions. Not ideal if you want to make cappuccinos and lattes etc.

Cuisinart DCC-3400P1 Stainless Steel Thermal Coffeemaker, 12 Cup Carafe, Silver


This model measures 9” x 7.75” x 14.25” and weighs 10.2lbs. It is almost the same as the very similar DCC 1200 but includes a thermal carafe that can keep your coffee hot for up to two hours without the need for a hotplate. Otherwise, the features are the same.


The big difference here compared to the DC1200 is the inclusion of the thermal carafe. The problem with glass carafes is that since the coffee is kept warm on a hotplate, it quickly stews and becomes bitter, making it unpleasant to drink.

By using a thermal carafe, the coffee is kept warm without the need for a hot plate. The result is that it is kept both hot and fresh for much longer, meaning you have delicious and aromatic coffee available whenever you need it. Personally, we also prefer the look of the metal carafe.

Apart from this, all the other features are here, including programmable timer, brew cycle pause capability, strength control, and the auto-off function.

On the downside, the unit weighs slightly more due to the metal carafe (although this is hardly a big problem) – and the metal carafe might not appeal to those who prefer the classic glass carafe look.

What I Like

  • Can keep coffee hot and fresh for up to two hours
  • Stylish modern look with metal carafe
  • Fully-programmable for up to 24 hours
  • Carafe can also be used for other beverages when not making coffee
  • Ideal if you don’t tend to finish a carafe of coffee quickly

What I Didn't Like

  • Heavier than a glass carafe
  • Can’t see how much coffee remains
  • Slightly higher price

Good for

Good for people who don’t tend to finish the whole carafe quickly. By using a thermal carafe instead of a glass one, you can continue pouring cups of fresh coffee throughout the morning. The only reasons to buy a glass one are if you want to save a little money or if you really prefer the look.

Cuisinart CPO-850 Coffee Brewer, 8 Cup, Stainless Steel


This model measures 14.5” x 13.75” x 9.5” and weighs 10.2lbs. This is Cuisinart’s SCAA-certified coffee machine that brews according to the SCAA’s Gold Cup Standard. It is supplied with a thermal carafe that can hold up to eight cups of coffee.

The review

This machine is different from the other brewers in Cuisinart’s range since it has been specially designed to brew according to the Gold Cup Standard.

In order to brew a superior cup of coffee, certain guidelines need to be followed, including using water of exactly the correct temperature and ensuring that the extraction is even and carefully controlled.

Since this machine is able to control these parameters very precisely, it is able to produce a cup of coffee that is noticeably superior to coffee produced by more inexpensive brewing systems.

One thing we also like with this model is the fact that within these guidelines, this brewer still allows a certain amount of control, offering “mild”, “medium” and “bold” strength options as well as “hot” and “extra hot” temperature settings.

The main issue here is cost – this brewer costs around twice the price of Cuisinart’s regular, non-SCAA brewers, so if you’re are less fussy about the coffee in your cup, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by choosing a regular brewer

What I Like

  • SCAA-approved, guaranteeing superior quality coffee every time
  • Fully programmable up to 24 hours in advance
  • Brew-stop function for when you just can’t wait
  • Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot and fresh for longer
  • Adjustable controls such as temperate and strength

What I Didn't Like

  • Retails at a higher price point than other models
  • Smaller carafe only holds up to 8 cups

Good for

This is the machine to go for if you consider yourself more of a coffee connoisseur and are willing to pay more for a superior brew. This is not the best option for someone just looking for a reliable machine to make regular, decent-tasting coffee.

Reliable brand and some excellent coffee machines

Cuisinart is a good, solid American company that has been around for almost half a century. It is a company that knows how to make reliable and functional coffee machines that you can trust, and any of the brewers in our review would make a good choice for a home coffee maker.

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