The Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker

A Review of the Top 6 Models

Finding the best Cuisinart coffee maker isn’t that hard, because they’re all very good in their own right. Cuisinart has been around for years now. If you’ve ever had to buy a home appliance, a lot of your options are going to be from this company. Cuisinart is an oldie but a goldie.

They guarantee all of their products. Their goal is to keep their customers happy, and in turn customers stay loyal to the brand.

While we did choose the best Cuisinart coffee maker, others may be better for your situation. Below our choice for the overall best coffee maker is a review of the top 6 Cuisinart coffee machines under $100, making it easier for you to compare them.

Java Groove's Choice

The best Cuisinart Coffee Maker is the DCC-3200

The DCC-3200 is less than $100 and provides the most value with the most features, while remaining easy to use.  It also touts the highest reliability among the other coffee makers by Cuisinart.

For a further review click here to scroll down & read the full review.

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Cuisinart DCC-3000

12- Cup Programmable | Coffee on Demand

DCC-3000 Review



The DCC-3000 has a unique spin on your typical coffee maker. Instead of a K-Cup pod, or refillable K-Cup, this coffee maker opts for a regular brew style, but keeps the coffee in the chamber out of sight. There is a coffee dispenser flap that should be pushed down in order to dispense coffee.


There is a water reservoir that has an included carbon water filter. It holds up to 12 cups of water and will brew the entire batch. However much coffee you add to the reservoir, it will brew it all. 


For example, if you want 3 cups of coffee then you would add 3 tablespoons of coffee in the overhead basket and fill the water tank to 3 cups and then brew.


Since you can’t see the amount of coffee brewed, you must rely on the Coffee Gauge, which looks similar to a gas tank indicator. Users have complained that this indicator is inaccurate at times.


It comes with a few paper filters to start you off, as well as a permanent filter.


The coffee brew basket and chamber that holds the brewed coffee can all be easily removed to reveal the heating plate. The benefit of this style is it prevents your coffee from burning while keeping it at an ideal temperature without a carafe or heating plate.

Keep in mind there is a self cleaning button to descale when necessary. The water reservoir takes charcoal water filters that are provided too.

The DCC-3000 is easily programmable, easy to clean, practical and has a unique one-cup-at-a-time design.


Some people complained about how the cord is too short, but it is important to know that you must pull the cord to make it longer, depending on how long you want it to be.

Coffee cups can not be larger than 6 and a quarter inch in height. 5.25″ with the drip tray intact.

Another problem that was reported was that it leaked. Which honestly, happens to many coffee makers. Good thing Cuisinart comes with a 3 year warranty.

Cuisinart CHW-12

12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker - With Hot Water Dispenser

CHW-12p1Got some tea drinkers in the house? How about hot cocoa or instant oatmeal? If so, then the CHW-12 coffee maker should be your top Cuisinart choice.

Notable Features

  • 54oz Separate Water Dispenser
  • Programmable Features – Auto-On & Off
  • Self-Clean
  • Auto-Pause (to sneak a cup while brewing)
  • Carafe Temperature Control

It has all the typical programmable features you’d want in a coffee maker, offering auto-on and automatic shutoff.

There is also a feature that lets you know when it’s time to clean, or descale, the machine. Lastly, it has auto-pause, which allows you to sneak a cup before it’s done brewing.

Another unique feature is the ability to control the temperature of your carafe, which comes in handy if you add cold milk or live in high altitudes.

The separate hot water side that lets you heat water for a cup of cocoa, tea or instant coffee for those that just drop by unannounced that “just happened to be in the neighborhood”.




When warming hot water in a plastic tank you’re bound to get some of that flavor. Many of us are used to it or add a lot of cream & sugar to the coffee so it’s not noticeable. However, if you’re sensitive to plastic taste then skip this model if you plan on making tea often.

Another issue that was raised a lot was the light for the water reservoir coming on, saying it was empty, when it was full. Users said unplug the machine for a bit, and empty the water tank to reset the sensor. Others returned it.

Cuisinart DCC-1100

Cuisinart DCC-1100BK Programmable

dcc-1100Yes, this is yet another Cuisinart programmable coffeemaker. This one is packed with many of the good Cuisinart coffee maker features. It comes with a permanent gold tone filter, and charcoal filters to provide better tasting water, which in turn gives better tasting coffee.

Simplicity is the key to the DCC-1100. It is easy to use and delivers 12 cups at a time, but has an auto-pause feature to sneak a cup before finishing the full pot.

Its carafe is especially designed for more comfort. It comes with an ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard. Decreasing the chances of you dropping your carafe or dripping coffee while pouring. It also comes with an auto-shutoff feature, so there is one less thing to worry about on your rush out the door.

There are several models of the DCC-1000. The DCC-1100 is the white coffee maker model. The DCC-1100BKP1 is the same thing, but with a black finish. Finally, there is the DCC-1150BKP1 10-cup thermal carafe. 

Everything else is essentially the same with these 3 DCC-1100 Cuisinart coffee makers. The 12 cup carafe is the same size and the charcoal filters are the same size too.




Some users complained about the DCC-1100BK1 10-cup thermal carafe not being hot enough. To combat this, users fill the carafe with hot water to warm it first.

Others issues were the glass carafes collecting condensation and spilling, which quite honestly is an issue with many coffee makers in the price bracket. However, the design flaw of the carafe only opening 90° and is close to where you add coffee grounds seems to be an issue for some.

Cuisinart DGB-625BC

Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

DGB-625BC grinder coffee makerThis machine is a compact combo of a grinder and a coffee machine, giving you the option of grinding your own coffee beans. You can set it to automatically grind the beans before brewing.

What makes this coffee maker special is the shower head water dispenser which distributes the water evenly over the coffee grounds. This feature allows the water to pass through the coffee grinds evenly for optimal extraction.

When you pair this feature with freshly ground beans, & the built in charcoal filter, the result is great coffee. Which is why the DGB-625BC is one of the best Cuisinart coffee makers.

The DGB-625BC comes in 2 carafe sizes, 10 & 12 cup. It’s also available with a thermal carafe in 10 or 12 cups as well.




Having freshly ground beans is great. Except when you wake up at 6am and have to hear the roaring noise of crushing coffee beans.

There were reports that the steam rising from the hot water tank would moisten the beans and clog the grinder. This is common issue with most coffee maker+grinder in one machines. 

Cuisinart DCC-2650

Brew Central 12-Cup

dcc-2650-cuisinartIf you want to brew your coffee in just 6 minutes, this coffee maker is for you. With its Extreme Brew technology it will brew a cup of coffee for you before you know it.

This product lets you customize your cup of coffee. For those who like a stronger cup of coffee here is a bold feature button to increase the intensity. You can also choose its temperature of the carafe for those who need it a little warmer because of adding cold creamer, or maybe just like piping hot coffee.

This model is It is very easy to use and program as well. The Cuisinart DCC-2650 is one of the more straightforward coffee makers, with the ability to brew about 25% faster than other models.




Since this model makes coffee very fast, some users have complained of coffee grounds overflowing into their cup.

Another common complaint was that the coffee wasn’t hot enough with the thermal carafe. However, the instructions state that carafe must be removed from the hot plate and the lid is supposed to be kept closed to retain heat.

Cuisinart DCC-3200

Perfectemp Coffee Maker, 14 Cup Programmable with Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel

best cuisinart coffee maker dcc-3200The DCC-3200 is the most popular Cuisinart model for over 5 years. Having made some minor changes to improve the overall quality of the machine.

The reason it is such a popular model is due to it’s ease of use and durability. Users swear by it. Also, there are little features like back lit buttons, turn off the beeping tone, self cleaning, auto-shutoff as well as other common features.

The DCC-3200 is so popular that Cuisinart makes variations of the same model, but it’s essentially the same. When I called Cuisinart they explained that some models, like the CBC-7000PC, are essentially the same machine. The features are the same, the front button layout is a bit different.



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