Cuisinart is a leader in kitchenware in the United States offering a range of small appliances such as food processors, blenders, microwave ovens and coffee makers. The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is the mid-range coffee maker in their line and offers both performance and value in one appliance. From its classically stylish brushed metal finish to the completely programmable auto shut-off feature it packs performance into a budget friendly option.
Cons: Charcoal water filter needs to be replaced every 30 days, narrow opening for pouring water is slightly inconvenient.
I found this coffee maker to be easy to set up and easy to use. The owner’s manual thoroughly walked me through the process of brewing my first cup of coffee. I was impressed with the overall functionality and especially liked the spray head that evenly distributes hot water over the coffee grounds. This feature along with the charcoal water filter gives the finished coffee a wonderful smooth flavor.
The overall style of the [easyazon_link asin=”B00005IBX9″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”sweetbaycoffee-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central [/easyazon_link] coffee maker is both sleek and classic. It comes in 10 stylish colors to match any kitchen décor easily. The carafe is very nice and fits snugly in the machine without any wiggle room. Coffee does not dribble down the side of it when pouring.
I have to say, this coffee maker is solidly built and durable. One positive feature is that the brew basket is inside the unit rather than in a swinging door or basket. This prevents the usual problem of worn out hinges and baskets that no longer line up properly. The carafe as I mentioned above, sits firmly on the warming burner and is itself solidly constructed.
I was very pleased with the programmable 1-4 hour auto-shut-off as well as the variable temperature warming burner. These features prevent scorched or burnt coffee and offer peace of mind. The charcoal water filter was also a nice addition. One key to great tasting coffee is great water, and the filter ensures just that and provides for a wonderful smooth tasting coffee.
Warranty And Repair: 5/5
The [easyazon_link asin=”B00005IBX9″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”sweetbaycoffee-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Cuisinart DCC-1200[/easyazon_link] comes with a limited 3-year warranty against defect. The purchaser should register the coffee maker either by mail or on the Cuisinart website to verify the purchase date. If the coffee maker becomes defective during the warranty time, Cuisinart will repair or replace it at no cost to the owner. I find this warranty to be excellent among coffee makers in this class.
Our Overall Rating: 4.9/5
Overall, I would definitely recommend this coffee maker. Its overall performance was excellent and it brews a great finished product. It is both stylish and sturdy and proved to be very easy to use and clean. It offers many added features and benefits not found in many coffee makers in its class, and proved to be an excellent value when comparing benefits and budget.