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Coffeemakers

Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200
 
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$74.99 - $125.00
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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.

Convenience:
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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5.0
Had mine for YEARS. Still going strong.
12/9/2014
Pros
Brews Quickly
Durable
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Cons
Best Uses
Everyday
Home
Comment:
I'm losing my faith in CR. Anyway, unless this coffee maker has been changed since I bought mine, this is a very good machine. Some people might want more settings, or easier filling, or some other bell or whistle, but this coffee maker just keeps working. <br /><br />When my wife broke the carafe I was able to buy a new one and new filters as well. <br /><br />The maker does not leak. No parts have broken except the carafe when dropped. It starts with a timer every day, I can adjust the heat on the carafe, and the coffee is hot. What the heck else do you need?<br /><br />I went through several makers over the years and I fail to understand why a coffee maker is so challenging for manufacturers to make! But this maker has worked for at least 5 years.<br /><br />CR has really fallen down, they only care about what happens when the appliance is new. Most appliances seem to die in very short periods of time these days. My Samsung washer that I paid $1200 for died in three years for instance.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
It's Okay but...
11/24/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Usually Works
Cons
Has A Mind Of It's Own
Best Uses
Comment:
I have owned two of these coffee makers. We use it every day. They both lasted several years. But they both began to malfunction after the first year. The auto-timer feature works most of the time, but will shut itself off after making coffee even though the program is for 3-hours after brewing. It's an intermittent thing and the shut-off occurs at varying intervals within the specified 3-hour window. Kind of annoying to wake up and find the machine has been off for some period of time. I guess I'm not that annoyed since I bought two. Anyway, all in all, mine did last for several years until the programming feature just failed totally and we could no longer make coffee. I have always paid less than the CR low price with coupons.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
lasts up to 2 years, maybe...
11/16/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Permanent Filter
Practical Features
Stylish
Cons
Not Durable
Best Uses
Home
Comment:
I've owned two of these now. Both let go within 2 years. For this price point, a top brand should be more durable. We use once a day and do not abuse or use in any way that would cause the unit to be damaged.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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