Ever Wondered why Cuisinart Coffee Makers are so Popular?

Posted on July 26 in Articles | 6 comments

Cuisinart is probably the most recognizable kitchen appliance brand, not only in United States, but the world over. Go to any home in the country and I bet you’d find at least one Cuisinart appliance in the kitchen tabletop.

From blenders to food processors. From toaster to microwave ovens. From kettle to dinnerware. From espresso to drip coffee makers.

What’s not to Love

Started by Sonthemeir, who is widely regarded as the most accomplished engineer, Cuisinart has year after year, clinched some of the industry’s highly coveted accolades.

From Platinum Marcom awards (2012) to Houseware Design awards (2012).

It is no wonder that the coffee geeks have been putting their trust on Cuisinart coffee makers to make the much needed cup of steroids (read caffeine).

Closer Look at Cuisinart DCC-1200

Best-Selling Coffee Makers from Most Loved Brand

I guess only few would disagree if we name Cuisinart as one of the most loved brand when it comes to kitchen appliances. This is expected. The world would be so boring if everyone were to think the same way. Don’t you think so?

But as with any industry, even the most successful company doesn’t always produce a blockbuster every time. Look at Microsoft. Windows and Office are their main cash cows but they are failing with so many other products.

Cuisinart makes a number of coffee makers and Cuisinart DCC-1200 is no doubt the best-selling of them all. When you have a best-seller product from industry’s highly respectable brand, what do you think you can expect?

For the lack of better words, my answer is ‘Greatness’.

Program it the Way You Like it

Customers rave about the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.

This model comes with a 12-cup thermal glass carafe that features an ergonomic handle. Users can program the machine 24-hours in advance to start brewing, and it has an automatic shutoff that can be set to a limit of four hours.

One especially convenient feature is the brew pause function that allows the user to have a cup of coffee before the entire pot has been brewed. For those coffee drinkers who have to have their coffee right now, this is an important bonus.

Cuisinart dcc-1200 water filter holderBrew Central DCC-1200 water filter
Water Filter Holder
Water Filter

Finding Coffee Maker with Water Filter is a Rarity

The charcoal water filter removes unpleasant flavors from the water so that the coffee has a superior taste.

The machine also comes with a permanent gold tone coffee filter, a measuring scoop, and a 3-year limited warranty. This machine lists at nearly $200 but can be purchased on sale for much less at times. It does cost more than the lower end coffee machines.

Excellent Brewing with Ease of Use

Online Cuisinart coffee maker reviews are generally very positive about the actual coffee flavor. Buyers like the taste and the fact that the maker keeps the coffee hot without scorching it.

Users also like the design, and most find the unit simple to use and easy to clean. In most coffee maker reviews discussing about DCC-1200, you’d find lots of owners like to boast about how they have been receiving compliments about their Cuisinart brewer.

Many owners rave about the programmable features, especially the brew pause and the auto shut off.

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Programmable brewer control panel viewCuisinart GTF Gold Tone Coffee Filter
Control Panel View of DCC-1200
Gold Tone Coffee Filter

Issues to Take Note Of

Overflowing Issue

Consumers who are not happy with this particular Cuisinart complain of overflow problems, which turns out to be a common Cuisinart coffee maker problem even among all the other models.

Some users experience sudden kitchen floods due to leakage. If not due to my first hand account of such incident occuring, I would have thought it might just be some isolated incidents.

I was at a friend’s house when I saw the water overflowing out of her DCC-1200 brewer. Being the adventurous coffee geek I am, I went home to do some careful research on this.

What I found out is the issue is not related to any design defect. Instead, it is due to misuse (that’s what happen when you skip the manuals!).

Tips on How to Avoid the Overflow Issue

To avoid the flood in your kitchen, you need to take note of the maximum amount of coffee that you can put. Though you can dump more than 15 tablespoon (7.5oz) of ground coffee, you need to be careful. If you are using a fine grind, 15 is the max if you don’t want to see the water overflowing issue.

There is a simple explanation to this. Finer grind means slower drip rate. Simple physics applies here. If the rate at which water is pumped into it is more than the drip rate, you’ll simply end up with the ‘leakage’.

One other possible problem is with the size of this model. It requires quite a bit of counter space, so if your kitchen is cramped, you may want to purchase something smaller.

Although the list of complaints from unhappy users is a long one, many consumers had few if any complaints. No one seems to be indifferent about this model. It sparks strong opinions among its buyers.

In Summary

Cuisinart coffee maker reviews certainly vary. But Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central is one particularly popular model. This is not saying it is free of drawbacks though.

Almost no one complains about the actual coffee brewed by this machine, with most claiming it produces a superior brew. The model’s longevity and reliability are sometimes questioned.

It may not be the best coffee maker, but still, since most consumers give it a thumbs up, it may be a great choice for those who need a delicious cup of coffee before they can function each day.

Do you always find yourself brewing too much? If you are and you feel a single serving is more appropriate for you, be sure to check out Cuisinart SS-700. It is rated as one of the best single serve coffee makers with a flood of positive ratings.


  1. We had a cusinian coffee maker for 17 years and got a new one about 3 months ago and it not worth a mickle takes for ever to brew and we threw the recites away so we are stuck

  2. I have used the Cuisinart Grind and Brew for many years. After about a year, the blades dull and I usually toss it and get another one. I have been through several. The latest G & B coffeemaker had a thermal pot, but it doesn’t keep the coffee warm. There is no heater for the coffee pot . When I contacted Cuisinart, they said to boil some water first and hat the thermal pot – Rubbish. This is not Cuisinart quality. Dpon’t buy a G & B with the thermal pot. It was very disappointing.

  3. My 10-cup thermal DCC1150 is great in everyday except for the overflow problem. It has nothing to do with the grind or the amount of water. I’ve made 10 cups with and without a problem of overflow, as well as 2 cups. I’ve had overflow from the “git-go” & overflow at the very end of brewing. My observations is that it’s a faulty design in the lid somehow. I hate to get rid of a perfectly good coffeemaker just because of the lid, but this overflow issue is a BIG PROBLEM!!! If there’s a solution that works, I’d like to know.

    • Go to Amazon. Some folks identified the problem and how to fix it.

  4. I am finally giving up on the Cuisinart due to the poor electronics. I have purchased at least 5 of these over the last 10 years because usually within 2 years, the electronics fail to the point where it shuts off while making the coffee and eventually won’t turn on. Although I love the taste of the coffee it produces, time to move on to something more durable. I have run out of space to store the carafes from Cuisinarts past.

  5. Mine keeps flooding about 1 out of 10 times, but it is definitely not due to putting too much in (it just happened, and I only made 4 cups). The explanation here sounds more convincing to me: http://www.viewpoints.com/Cuisinart-Grind-Brew-10-Cup-Thermal-Coffee-Maker–260170-review-6ffe16 Just like me, this user mentions that some coffee gets made before flooding starts.

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