It’s no secret that I’m not fond of Cuisinart’s range of coffee makers. My previous experiences weren’t that bright, and my cup of bliss didn’t turn out as blissful as I wanted. Nonetheless, I got the chance to review the Conair Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, and I wanted to see if the company did anything to improve the performance of their brewers. Boy, was I surprised! The DCC-1200 is one of the better coffee makers ever made by Cuisinart.
It does, however, have its flaws. While it’s not a good choice for espresso fans, it’s an absolutely fail-proof option for those who want to enjoy tasty coffee in the morning. Below I’m discussing the performance, pros, and cons of the Conair Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. Do not hesitate to read our top listing of cuisinart coffee makers for more choices.
- 12-cup carafe
- 1-to-4-cup feature when making less than 5 cups
- 24-hour advance brew start
- Programmable auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours
- Adjustable heater plate (low, medium, high)
- Brew pause
Conair Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker review – What I Like
- Solid Build
The first moment I opened the package I was impressed by the quality of the build. The machine has a sturdy brushed metal case that feels very solid, and is nothing similar to the flimsy Cuisinart units I’ve owned in the past. At 6.8 pounds, the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is heavier than it seems, but lightweight enough to conveniently move it around. The brushed metal also makes cleaning easier, which is very desirable for me. I absolutely hate a coffee machine that’s troublesome to clean!
- Water Filter
Many coffee drinkers often overlook the importance of water when it comes to what their cup of Joe tastes like. One thing I really like about this Cuisinart coffee machine is the charcoal water filter, which purifies the water by removing chlorine, as well as bad tastes and odors. This ensures I get the purest cup of coffee every time, and the aroma is rich enough without any weird taste.
I change the water filter every 60 days since I don’t have hard water. It helps with keeping the machine running efficiently, and also delivers the perfect cup every time. If you have hard water, you’ll need to change the water filter more frequently. Also, you’ll want to stock up on replacement water filters — and the best part is that they’re reasonably priced: around $5.30 for a pack of 12.
- Programmable Start Time
Few coffee makers I’ve owned allowed me to set a daily start time, and the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is one of them. Waking up to a hot cup of coffee and a kitchen that smells totally amazing is one of my favorite things, and I really enjoy the flexibility of the unit’s Auto On feature. I set the start time to 8.30am — the exact time I wake up in the morning.
Thanks to the Auto Off feature, I can set the machine to shut off automatically once the coffee is brewed. These are both convenient features that make the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 an outstanding machine.
There are times when I need to serve an army of 10 people or more. I used to have a Philips Saeco machine that would brew a maximum of 5 cups at a time, which obviously wasn’t very convenient. With this Cuisinart unit, I can brew up to 12 cups at a time — and the remaining coffee in the carafe stays warm for about 2 hours or so. Should anyone want a second cup, they can simply reach out for the carafe and pour coffee in his/her mug.
But there’s no need to brew for 10 people at a time if you don’t want to. The machine offers a separate 1-to-4-cup feature for those times when you make less than 5 cups of coffee. Simply press the 1-4 Cup setting on the unit, and you’re all set!
Conair Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker review – What I Don’t Like
There are, of course, a couple of drawbacks I need to mention before wrapping everything up. First, the lid of the carafe doesn’t stay on as it doesn’t have any sort of clasp to keep it sealed. If it’s not fitted perfectly when brewing, coffee spills all over — I’ve ruined my countertop twice after not putting the lid correctly in place.
Also, the filter holder of the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is shaped just like the filter and it won’t stand on its own. This means that you either try to awkwardly hold the filter and filter holder while filling it with coffee, or you simply leave the filter in the machine and dump the coffee grounds in the filter — which often results in some coffee going someplace else. Cuisinart could have provided a removable filter holder — it would have made things easier for their buyers.
Despite a few shortcomings, I’m quite satisfied with the performance of my Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200. It’s not a good coffee maker for coffee connoisseurs, and it will probably fall short of many aficionados’ expectations, but it will make a great choice for coffee amateurs who don’t care much about what their coffee tastes like. For just under $80, this Cuisinart machine does a remarkably good job!