Cuisinart Chw-12 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker:Keep everyone's favorites on hand. The 12-cup capacity and a hot water system let you make multiple cups of coffee, hot cocoa, tea and more. A brew pause feature allows you to postpone the brew cycle just long enough to grab a quick cup.
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A great coffee maker!
Posted by: IAmNameless from: Plano, Tx on
I've had this coffee maker for about 2 months now and here is my opinion about it. It makes the best tasting coffee around! The 1-4 cups feature does seem to make a difference for the better. We use our coffee maker everyday, sometimes twice a day, but still haven't had to worry about the cleaning light. The controls took a few minutes to figure out but after we did, I find them rather intuitive and simple to work. I love the temp setting for the pot warmer too. My only complaint is that when leaving the hot water dispenser on, the heater seems to need to kick in too frequently. This has me concerned that it is wasting a lot of electricity so we don't leave it on all the time like I had hoped we could. Maybe it needs a better insulation system for the hot water dispenser side? Pouring water in the coffee maker side takes some getting used to but after a month or so I think I have the hang of it and it isn't too much trouble, even though it's not as simple as it should be. Ultimately, I would say this is the best coffee maker I've ever had, having gone through 10 or so different kinds over the last 15 years.
44 out of 47 found this review helpful.
Great system for our particular needs.
Posted by: Reb3333 from: Elizabethton, TN on
My wife likes very strong coffee, me not so much. So, it solves the problem by having the hot water available right there. Plus, we both use it for instant oatmeal and grits (haven't tried tea yet, but will). We don't need or use lots of features, but chose it for the hot water feature and it works great for us. Tastes great, too!
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Run far away from this coffee maker
Posted by: jdaw69 from: Granger, IN on
Bought this to replace a Bunn, which BB does not carry. First issue that appears is the hot water dispenser. The water tastes funny. Our only way around this is the put water in about 15 min before needed--which defeats the purpose of having hot water available. We still use the microwave for this as it's ready in 2 min. Now for the coffee maker part. We were excited to have a programmable one after 10+ yrs with our bunn. This worked great for about the first month. Then one morning, it wasn't ready. Okay. Set it up again that night, specifically remembering that I hit that button and it glowed blue signalling that it was set for the morning. Next morning, no coffee again. I do the vinegar clean process--like it says in the manual--with the same results the next morning. I start searching the internet about this as the manual is a joke on troubleshooting questions, so is their site (cuisinarts) and find that I am not the only one with the issues for the hot water on demand funny taste. So I decided to write Cuisinart about the issue, explaining right off that I followed their instructions in the manual about the vinegar clean, etc. I get the standard form reply to clean with vinegar. Apparently people don't read the information given. So for giggles, I repeat the vinegar clean process again, with the same results the next morning. By this time I am so totally frustrated with this coffee maker but unwilling to junk it after spending $100 on it. So I unplug it, thinking this will reset the process. This worked for about two weeks and repeated this as needed for the past few months. Now this work-around is not working as I just did this on Tues evening and Thurs morning I wake with no coffee and the blinking red clean light--yes I actually did the vinegar process that night before resetting it again. It makes a decent pot of coffee in about 10 minutes. I think this will be going to a garage sale and I will be replacing with a Bunn. This is too aggravating to deal with on a daily basis.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Awesome Coffee Maker
Posted by: Anela from: Hayward, CA on
This is by far the best coffee maker I've ever had. It brews a great cup of coffee and it keeps it the right temperature. I love the hot water dispenser because we also have a lot of tea drinkers and grandchildren who love a good hot cup of cocoa! I have already recommended it to a friend who went and bought one.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great Coffee Maker for the office
Posted by: togal from: Thousand Oaks, CA on
My staff loves that there can be coffee on one side, and hot water for tea or soup on the other - all at the same time. Also, it has a heating element to help keep the carafe warm.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good coffee maker,
Posted by: pnrinrc from: on
Very good coffee maker from a reputable brand name. We've had it for a couple of months now and are still trying to get accustomed to the slight plastic odor/taste found when we brew a pot of coffee. The odor is particularly strong when we use water from the water heating system. We're not certain it's coming from the many plastics used or the heating element itself, as it has both a metallic and plastic smell/taste. We've read numerous suggestions online about using vinegar and other ingredients to eliminate the odor but to no avail. As time has passed we think the smell/taste has diminished somewhat (or we're just becoming accustomed to it). We miss our Krups coffee maker. Too bad it died and too bad we didn't purchase another Krups.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
awful design makes it difficult to use
Posted by: evie1214 from: on
this coffee maker is annoying to operate with all of the design flaws it has. filling it is terrible: on most makers you fill the carafe with water and transfer it into the machine, very difficult with this maker. first off the lid on the carafe is not hinged so you have to stick your finger into the small spout to flip the lid off in order to fill the carafe, fine if you have tiny fingers like me but not everyone does. Then the place to pour the water in is small, pie-shaped and situated at the back which makes it difficult to not slop water everywhere, plus you can't get all of the water poured in because the carafe hits the flip up access lid. I have taken to dragging the thing as close as I can to the sink and using my kitchen sprayer to fill it. Nowhere in the reviews did I see that it uses cone filters which are 3 times more expensive and the filter basket is not tall enough to make the handle on it useful at all when dumping grounds because you can't get a hold of it. The clock display is cheesy and hard to see, I understand that it is more for the automatic brew feature but still, it's hard to set it when it's hard to see it. The thing beeps several times after it's done brewing which defeats part of the purpose of auto-brew since it acts like an alarm clock. There is no way to by-pass the auto shut-off for people who drink coffee all day long so you have to keep turning it back on to keep the coffee hot which encourages more annoying beeping. I have not found a purpose for the "auto off" button and the carafe is hard to remove and re-set as it has to be tipped down when setting it back onto the warmer. This coffee maker is not a good choice for the elderly (like my husband) or someone with parkinson's (like me) as it is just too difficult to use. I gave it 1 star only because I couldn't give it none but on a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a -15. Should have spent my money on another Bunn instead.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Quality I expected
Posted by: mtorab from: Mt Orab on
My last Cuisinart coffe pot died after seven years . This one turns out the same great coffee just like the last one. This time I got the one with the hot water dispenser and so far so good .They are pricey but before I bought a Cuisinart all my coffee pots lasted about a year . I purchase alot of the Cuisinart line of products based on their quality , this is no different . I have had it about three months now so here's hoping for for a few years of great coffee !
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Coffee Great but Hot Water Unusable
Posted by: KeithInCali from: on
This was a nice idea and wish more manufacturers made a dual hot water & coffee maker. The coffee side is excellent, makes excellent coffee but the problem is the hot water. There is a persistent rubber taste to the water no matter how many times you use it, flush it, clean it, etc. It is undrinkable, period. Online comments show this is a persistent problem among many users. Somehow Cuisinart used the wrong parts or cheaper materials with some supplier and they've got a bunch of bad units.
This uses a cone filter, and comes with a permanent filter. The machine is constructed well. The machine also comes with two water filters which are simply carbon packs that are inserted inside the water tanks.
Another issue is the water receptacle opening on the coffee side is smaller than most coffee pots, so there isn't much room for error when pouring in water. I wanted to love this machine but the bad hot water side forced me to return it.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great brand and love the hot water dispenser!
Posted by: Paige2017 from: Fayetteville, AR on
This is a great setup with the hot water dispenser. We have had more than one of this brand and have always been happy with them. We also love the in-machine water filter and the coffee basket so we don't have to use filters.