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KitchenAid 12-Cup with 1-touch Brewing KCM1204 coffee maker

This KitchenAid 12-cup drip coffee maker has:

  • auto-shutoff
  • a water filter
  • a permanent filter.
  • an indicator to tell you when cleaning is needed
  • a measured capacity of 63 oz.
  • a cupcake-type filter.

About

The KitchenAid 12-Cup with 1-touch Brewing KCM1204 is part of the Coffee maker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Coffee maker models like the 12-Cup with 1-touch Brewing KCM1204 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Predicted reliability: Predicted reliability icons are based on estimated breakage rates for newly purchased coffee makers, not under service contract, within the first four years of ownership.

Owner satisfaction: <p>Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their coffee maker to their friends and family.</p>

Brew performance: The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing and an indication of the coffee's concentration.

Predicted Reliability

Results in the following chart are gathered from Consumer Reports’ 2018 Summer Survey of 42,774 drip coffee makers, owned by members who purchased a new machine between 2008 and 2018.

Our predicted reliability ratings are based on a statistical model that estimates breakage rates within the first 4 years of ownership, for blenders that are not covered by an extended warranty or service contract. We also adjust for the median number of days of use per week. The median in our survey was 7 days per week. Higher ratings are indicative of better reliability. Brands receiving a red or orange rating cannot be recommended by CR at this time.

Technivorm
Proctor-Silex
Bella
Brim
Bonavita
Zojirushi
Oster
Farberware
Hamilton Beach
Kenmore
Cuisinart
Calphalon
Tru
Black+Decker
Bunn
Mr. Coffee
Capresso
Oxo
KitchenAid
Ninja
Krups
Braun
Cooks
Breville
DeLonghi

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Summer Survey

Owner Satisfaction

Results in the following chart are gathered from Consumer Reports’ 2018 Summer Survey of 42,774 drip coffee makers, owned by members who purchased a new machine between 2008 and 2018.

Our owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their coffee maker to friends and family.

Technivorm
Cuisinart
Ninja
Oxo
Bonavita
Bunn
Zojirushi
Breville
Mr. Coffee
Capresso
Hamilton Beach
Calphalon
Tru
Oster
Krups
Farberware
Braun
Black+Decker
Kenmore
Brim
KitchenAid
Bella
DeLonghi
Proctor-Silex
Cooks

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Summer Survey

Specs

Programmable Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Yes
Thermal carafe/mug Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
No
Small-batch setting Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Yes
Brew-strength control Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Yes
Dispenser-style Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call self-serve, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
No
Dimensions HxWxD (in.) Dimensions HxWxD The height, width, and depth of the coffee maker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
16 x 10 x 14