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Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 coffeemaker

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Summary: This Cuisinart 12-cup drip model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a water filter
  • a permanent filter.
  • a cone-type filter.
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Type: 8- to 14-cup drip coffeemakers with carafe
About - Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200

The Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the Brew Central DCC-1200 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Brew performance:
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.

Carafe handling:
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 brew-and-dispense 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 stores, specialty stores, and home stores. Its coffeemaker offerings include most categories, ranging from single serve through To-Go and various capacity multiserve coffeemakers. Prices range from $30 to $200.

Features & Specs - Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug No
info Small-batch setting Yes
info Brew-strength control No
info Dispenser-style No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 15 x 8 x 9
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User Reviews - Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200
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Doesn't last long
Brews Quickly
Large Pot
Complicated Controls
Best Uses
Love the product - makes great coffee and carafe doesn't drip like others. BUT - my first coffeemaker lasted 8 months before it just died - I returned it and got an identical replacement. That one has lasted 9 months and was dead this morning! I'm not very happy when my morning coffee is not available.<br />I think Cuisinart can made a coffeemaker that lasts at least a year. Good thing I saved the box because this one is going back.<br />How frustrating and disappointing. I thought it was a better product than others.<br />Perhaps 3 times will be the charm?<br />Good thing Costco has a great return policy.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
need to buy a new one every 3 years
Great tasting coffee
It Breakscan't Fix It
Best Uses
I've had to buy 3 of these things in the last 10 years. They break - something happens with the innards and it just won't turn on any more. resetting it by turning it off and on works for a short while. Small appliance repair place says it wasn't designed to be repaired and repairing it is impossible as parts are not made for it. I was fooled twice! Will not buy another.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Best Coffee Maker we ever had
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Best Uses
We have had this coffee maker OVER 10 YEARS, and make two pots, back-to-back every day during the week, and more on the weekend. It continues to work excellent. The carafe doesn't drip like every other machine we had in the past.<br />As much as we use it, I can't believe it is still going. I highly recommend it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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