I have found that having a Cuisinart coffee maker on the kitchen counter is like having a little helper which can always be counted on. Cuisinart is an all-American brand known for producing small kitchen appliances which are quite economical and affordable (compared to the more “deluxe” brands), but remain trustworthy and dependable when used. While some their coffee making machines lack some of the advanced features of their competitors, their coffee makers are perfect for starters and occasional coffee drinkers.
Cuisinart coffee maker 2015 review – A few models that will probably suit you
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
Perhaps one of my favorite from the Cuisinart coffee maker lineup is the DGB-900BC. It’s a great automatic drip coffee machine which has several personalized brewing options. It features a hopper capable of holding up to half a pound coffee beans with an adjustable grinder. Apart from being able to control the grinding size, the front panel also allows you make your coffee milder or stronger, and select the amount of time before the machine auto-shuts itself down. And in case you do not want the grinder to work automatically (if perhaps you bought already ground coffee), you can always turn the feature off to save up on electricity. The carafe that comes with the coffee maker is a fully working thermal carafe made of stainless steel – which is always useful in maintaining the warmth and quality of the brewed coffee; and in total, it can hold up to 12 cups – meaning that you can get through the whole day with just one carafe.
Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black
Looking plain and simple, the DTC-975BKN holds more in it than meets the eye. There are two main features I love in this machine. The first on is its ability to be programmed to start brewing coffee by itself for up to 24 hours in advance – and I find this feature particularly useful (as you can imagine) for my morning coffee. By setting it to brew my coffee a good 15 minutes before I wake up and start get ready for work, meaning I get to snooze for a little bit longer and wake up with the scent of freshly brewed coffee filling the kitchen: always a great way to start the day.
Second is its patented thermal carafe which, apart from being insulated by two stainless steel layers, features its air tight “brew-through, pour-though” which keeps the aroma of the coffee where it should stay: with the coffee; for hours on end.
Cuisinart CHW-14 Coffee Plus 10-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker and Hot Water System
This machine has a dual function: It is both a good drip coffee maker and a hot water dispenser, with each function clearly separated to prevent any confusion, user-side. Though clearly evident from looking at the machine, one side is dedicated to making coffee – and it features several handy features such as programmable self-brewing with its timer, 1-4 cups option for a stronger brew for fewer cups, and programmable shut off timer. Not to mention the thermal carafe which keeps your coffee hot for hours.
A great characteristic of this machine is its ability to get water hot quickly, and its hot water outlet puts this ability to great use. By simply switching the other side of the machine on, you can have hot water available in minutes (and the indicators alert you when it’s ready or short on water). I have found this incredibly handy when instead of drip coffee I need boiling water for my French press or for some tea.
Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Chrome/Black
This machine, though being an older model of a machine I reviewed here is still worth mentioning. It is also fully automatic and can create a great brew from either the coffee beans of any roast or your choice of ground coffee – by either using the integrated burr grinder for the beans or placing the grounds directly on the permanent filter (or using paper filters).
This machine focuses a lot on the quality of the water used, and its reservoir features a charcoal filter which is documented to be able to purify even hard water from the tap, guaranteeing a grand brewing. The only notable difference with the newer model though is its carafe, while the new one is a stainless steel one, here it’s made of glass: this allows you to anxiously look at the coffee being made but tends to keep it hot for a bit less time. Your call.