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For those who need their morning coffee – except better than it’s ever been before – we’re happy to introduce the best Cuisinart coffee maker for 2017! Cuisinart has designed minimalistic coffee machines that will feel very familiar, but also include new features to improve almost every aspect of making coffee.
Our favorite coffee machine was the Cuisinart DGB-900BC Coffee Maker ($150.13), which is filled with features that grind-and-drip coffee makers desperately need. That includes an insulated carafe to keep coffee warm longer, a grinder that can be set to grind between 2-12 cups, 24-hour programming options, and a coffee strength adjustment for those days when you need extra caffeine. It’s certainly one of the best standard coffeemakers that we’ve seen, but there are other Cuisinart models for different purposes, so let’s take a look at our favorites. If you prefer other brands, you can see our favorites in our guide to the best coffee maker.
How do we compare the best Cuisinart coffee makers out of so many different models to choose from? It’s all about usability – how well a particular model performs in everyday situations at home or work. What features actually make a coffeemaker more useful, or faster to use? One reason that we scored the DGB-900BC as our top model is its smart, subtle grinder feature that automatically grinds beans for a fresh cup of on-demand coffee, with minimal physical prep needed.
Of course, grinders and similar features aren’t worth much without the right programming and automation features to back them up, so we look for full 24-hour programming and scheduling features that are easy to learn and allow for specific variations, such as coffee strength. Models like the SS-10, with their water tanks and extra Rinse and Hot Water features, also scored high as they increased the usability of such models.
Size of the carafe is also important, but we looked for plenty of variances when it came to this feature. Single serve drinkers who don’t want to mess with grinds and carafes will love the Keurig-like SS-10, while the DCC-450BK is ideal for travel, apartments, dorms, and other small spaces where a larger coffeemaker just wouldn’t work.
Speaking of carafes, we studied them as well. A good carafe has insulation to keep coffee warm as long as possible, while still being friendly to weary morning fingers and easy to clean in the case of coffee stains. Not all Cuisinart models use carafes, but we paid close attention to those that do.
We also took into account the overall design. Cuisinart’s latest stainless steel models feature plenty of smooth, steel-tinted curves that are simple to clean and match other modern kitchen appliances well, and none of our top picks look particularly out of place compared to more traditionally designed coffee makers either.
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One of the useful things about Cuisinart’s coffeemaker brand is that there are many different models, suited for many different purposes. If you don’t have a coffee machine that’s specifically designed for how you use it, you deserve a new version.
Do you like Keurig cups and single-serve options? The SS-10 is perfect for you. Do you want a small coffeemaker for your loft but haven’t been able to find the right coffee maker? The DCC-450BK is ideal, just like the DGB-900BC is a great office-based model, and so on.
Additionally, think about getting a new model if your current coffeemaker is giving you problems. For example, if your coffee has a habit of growing too cold in the carafe, our top picks are an ideal solution with their insulated carafes and single-serve options that make sure your coffee is always hot.
Price: $150.13 | Carafe Size: 12 cups | Filters: Charcoal, gold tone | Strength Options: Strong, medium, mild
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: An all-around excellent coffee machine with a built-in grinder and plenty of programming options.
Coffeemakers with grinders provide on-demand, programmable grinds to make sure that your cup of coffee is as fresh as possible (the grinder is set to automatically grind before starting to brew, so the two features work together). This grind brew feature, plus the three-option brew strength selection, allows you to customize the machine to exactly the sort of coffee you want. The 24-hour programming is perfect for the home, while the 12-cup carafe size is great for the office – basically, anyplace where people get serious about their coffee and grinds.
There are also several other little tricks that Cuisinart has included with the DGB-900BC. Both a permanent and charcoal filter make sure that the coffee is free from grains or odd tastes, while the “brew pause” feature allows you to put everything on hold and get a quick cup of coffee while brewing is still ongoing, for those times when you need coffee now.
The automatic shut-off will save energy, while the grind control program allows you to adjust how many coffee beans you grind each time. The Cuisinart thermal coffee maker carafe is insulated to keep coffee hot in the long term, too. These are the sort of unobtrusive but useful features that make a coffeemaker worthwhile. Some of its features may even outshine the best keurig coffee maker.
Price: $149.00 | Carafe Size: N/A | Filters: Reusable filter cup, charcoal | Strength Options: 4-12 ounce size options
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: This Keurig-compatible machine is great for the whole family.
Not everyone likes drip coffee or carafes that can grow stale a little too quickly sometimes. For those people, we offer the excellent SS-10, a single-serve coffeemaker in the tradition of Keurigs. In fact, if you compare Cuisinart single serve coffee maker vs. Keurig models, the Cuisinart even has some advantages.
It works with Keurig cups for one, so if you have a bunch of cups stashed away you can still use them. It also offers multiple beverage sizes from 4-12 ounces, and comes with a hot water button for making tea, soup, and anything else that includes hot water. The large screen makes programming easy, too! The water tank could be a little easier to use with its awkward sensor/measuring rod placement, but otherwise this model is a winner.
Price: $34.95 | Carafe Size: 4 cups | Filters: N/A (Room for paper filter) | Strength Options: N/A
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Save space and money for a small coffeemaker that gives up surprisingly little!
Are you looking for a far more affordable coffee machine that’s designed for smaller tasks? If only one or two people are going to be using the coffee maker, but you still want quality, then this great 4-cup coffee maker fits in a small corner or on a busy counter.
It doesn’t have much in the way of customization or programming options, but it does have several of those quality Cuisinart features. That includes the brew pause capability and the automatic shutoff. Sometimes simple really is best.
Note: An upgrade from this model is the newer Cuisinart DCC-3000 programmable coffee maker with a charcoal water filter, brew strength control, gold-tone coffee filter, and an easy-to-fill detachable water reservoir. The two-step filter system (permanent gold-tone coffee filter together with the water filter) ensure your water is pure and coffee well refined. It uses ground coffee, so no grind and brew feature, and it’s also more than twice the price of the DCC-450BK Coffeemaker.
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Ignoring cup sizes: Note the sizes on the tanks and carafes on each of our models! You’re going to make a family or workplace angry if you need a model that can handle 15 cups but only get one that can hold 8 cups. This is even important on single-serve machines, because every time the water tank runs out, you’ll have to fill it again, which can be a pain.
Buy for the coffee you like to drink In other words, if you like to switch between medium and strong coffee, then pick a machine that offers those options. If you prefer drip coffee, don’t get a Keurig-style machine. If you like drinking more than one cup at a time, don’t get a tiny 2-4 cup machine unless you’re the only one using it.
Don’t ignore scooping/grinding instructions: It doesn’t pay to get sloppy. Don’t just slam the finest whole beans or grounds into the coffee maker and demand that it work. Instead, look for instructions on scooping or grinding, and find the appropriate way to do it. Ultimately, this will save time.
Forgetting maintenance requirements: Wondering how to clean Cuisinart coffee maker models? Don’t guess! Look at the instructions, and clean regularly. No one likes gross coffee grim to pile up over time, and if you don’t clean out filters and water tanks regularly, they could damage your machine with blockages and other problems.
Not sure what feature you want in the best Cuisinart coffee maker? Shop around a little before you buy! Take a look at our Keurig Vue review to see if an advanced Keurig is more your style. Look through the best coffee makers with grinders to see what other features are out there, and check out the best drip coffee makers from other brands to get a better idea of the market before you make a choice.
And if you think you may enjoy a morning espresso or latte more than straight coffee, we have more good news for you. There are plenty of home espresso machines to explore, each with its own unique features and benefits for a fancier cup of coffee.