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Cuisinart CHW-12 coffeemaker

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$99.95 - $107.67
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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 CHW-12

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.

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 CHW-12
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 11 x 11
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User Reviews - Cuisinart CHW-12
User Reviews
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Easy To Clean
Not Dripping
Hard To Clean
Best Uses
I've had this coffe maker for a wile know (IT's fantastic) and noticed there was a calcium bildup on the wather side and I thought I might clean it with vinegar. This is where the problem began, when rincing it the whater started to slow down when poring it into a cotainer until it came to a stop. I've tried more vinegar I've tried to stick a toothpick in the drain hole working with the leaver I've even tried to take it apart to a point where I can't seem to go any further because there Is no Instuctions on how to do this, I still don't know what's obstructing the whater from draning.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Cuisinart CHW-12
Hard To Clean
Hard to fill with water
It Is Difficult To Pour W
Long Brew Time
Best Uses
We have had trouble with the coffee maker side not turning on out of the blue. The first time we changed the filter and it worked. The second time we emptied the entire unit and made sure there were no coffee grinds covering where the filter sits. After cleaning off this part of the unit we could see a red dot where the filter sits and the units works again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Brews Quickly
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Best Uses
This unit leaks after 1 1/2 year use and would like to know why?
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