The Cuisinart CHW-12 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
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 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 CHW-12
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
This unit leaks after 1 1/2 year use and would like to know why?
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My 2nd Cuisinart Model # CHW-12
Easy To Use
Coffee Side Doesn't Work
This is my 2nd Cuisinart Model # CHW-12. Both times the same problem. After awhile the coffee maker side does not want to turn on and then out of the blue it may decide to if you try & try again when pushing the button on. The tea side is fine...still works, so I know there is power to it. But the coffee side won't even display the time clock. I returned the first one while under warranty, then they sent me another one. Don't like that I have to pay shipping for a defective product. All was well with the new one for a short time, not it's doing the same thing as the first one. And by the way, the 2nd one that was sent to me from Cuisinart only has a short warranty...basically the remainder of the first warranty even though it's a new coffee/hot water maker. Makes no sense. You would think I get a full 3 year warranty...but no, that's not their policy. I wouldn't get another one after this. Not dependable over any length of time. I think that's their plan since Cuisinart still holds a name.
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Boise Idaho
I wouldn't recommend this product.
I purchased this product thinking it would be great to have both the coffee maker and the hot water spigot in one unit. I found that if I tried to put enough coffee grounds in to make the maximum number of cups, the water splashed up from the filter and coffee grounds went into the coffee pot directly and also into the water reservoir. The other complaint I have is that the hot water always has a bit of a coffee flavor to it. Hard to enjoy tea when it has a an odd taste. I decided to get rid of it and buy something less expensive that works better.