The Cuisinart CHW-12 is part of the coffee maker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffee maker
models like the CHW-12 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are self-serve models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand
Cuisinart's products are high end and are found in department, specialty, and home stores. Its coffee maker offerings include most categories, ranging from single-serve through to-go and various-capacity multiserve coffee makers. Prices range from $30 to $200.