Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker: This coffee maker brews up to 12 cups at once, and allows you to interrupt the brew cycle to pour a cup before your coffee is finished. The stylish retro aesthetic brings flare to your kitchen.
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Cusinart DCC-1200 - Absolutely Love It!!
Posted by: terster32 from: Madison, WI on
I am picky about my coffee makers. I read reviews, debate, make a purchase and then sure enough... return it because it i didn't like it or something about it.
This last time around, about 8 months ago, I went through 5 different units/makes/models until i came to this one.
It was a toss up between this one and the next 2 model numbers above it. The first was a very slight upgrade with regard to water tank numbering being on the outside vs. inside of the tank and the other unit had an additional hot water dispenser. I thought that a neat feature until i realized that it would so rarely be used.
Since the DCC-1200 was on sale, it won.
Here are my impressions. This is a long read, but hopefully worth it.
I find that this unit is a bit slow when making a pot of coffee. The owners manual said, and i paraphrase) that it takes 1 - 2 minutes per cup brewed. My experience is that it takes about 20 minutes for a pot. The good thing, it has a clock/timer so you can preset the night before.
It also has an option to do brew 1-4 cups vs. a full pot.
The warming burner has 3 levels: low, medium and hot. The hot is pretty hot and i'm pleased.
Some don't like where you pour the water into the unit, top back and they don't like that the number of cups labeling, is inside the unit vs. showing from the outside.
I find that there is plenty of room to pour the water into the unit without making a mess and since i filled the pot to transfer the water into the tank, i already know how much water is in the unit. So the fact that the number of cups numbering is inside the unit is fine for me.
This unit comes with a gold cone filter. I found that I use it on a daily basis vs. paper filters.
The clock on the unit is NOT backlit so you cannot see it in the dark. I wish that having a backlit on/off option were included but it's not. It's dark and you grow used to it.
Using the "cleaning" function when the light comes on is a very slow process. Plan an hour if you use that function.
This comes to the 1 thing i do not like about the unit. The cleaning feature lite, when it comes on, the unit probably needs cleaning. After that though, the machine has a hard time knowing that it's clean. Keep reading for details.
The light came on about 2 weeks ago. Since then, i've cleaned the unit at least 10 times using vinegar, dip-ip, and 2 other cleaners i got off of Amazon, both made to clean commercial coffee makers.
They work slick! Let me tell ya. But... my machine is clean! No more gunk has come out after the last 3 cleans, even when i use the machines cleaning cycle feature. I guarantee it's as clean now as it was when purchased.
But the light still comes on, every other pot. It's a borderline annoyance but considering all the other PRO's of this unit, i can live with it.
This unit looks nice, it works great and it makes a stellar cup of coffee. I would expect a machine of this calibre to be in the $150 range, not the $80 range.
I'm a happy user of over 8 months and counting. There is currently no signs of failure other than maybe the machine thinks it needs cleaning even though it's clean.
If/when this unit goes, without question... i would buy another.
One more thing which varies from maker/machine to maker/machine... the coffee pot itself... it pours just fine. SOOO many now days are messy. They spill, drip and make a mess when simply pouring a cup of coffee. This one pours fine. In addtion, if you have a LARGE cup like i do and you pour too fast, it will truly come out fast, so be ready. It goes from the normal pour to turbo mode. LOL. SO be ready, for it can be very messy and it can burn you. What i mean by turbo is simply this... you're pouring a cup. You turn the pot too far, in order to make it pour faster and all of a sudden, is pours at 2x the rate. Because it comes out so much faster, it also changes the pouring arc and will likely miss your cup. Hence... the mess.
One other negative... the "pause and server" or whatever it's called, works very poorly. You're supposed to be able to pull the pot out of the machine while it's brewing in order to pour a quick cup.
Don't do it. Wait for it to finish because if you do, not only do you have less than 10 seconds or you'll have a true mess, but it's going to be somewhat messy regardless. This feature simply does not work well.
But... on the positive, the bottom seems sealed and is easily cleaned. Just wait for it to cool.
Ok... there's a lot here. I easily give this machine 5 stars but subtract 1 due to the cleaning light coming on and the pause and serve not working well.
Oh yeah... i've read some reviews about people not liking the beep when the machine auto turns off. For me, it's a non issue. it's not overly loud and it's not invasive. One quick beep and done. Auto turn-off is 2 hrs, i do believe. So far, it's not an issue. I thought it might be when i first bought it but i found that it's not a problem for i wind up drinking it prior to it turning off.
Hopefully this review will help some out there who are on the fence.
Just remember... my disclaimer... what works for me may not necessarily work for others. Therefore, keep your receipt until you know for sure that it's a keeper. For me... i'd buy another just to put on the shelf for if/when the day comes that this machine breaks down.
28 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Buyer1997 from: Phoenix, AZ on
Here is the real story about this coffee maker folks. I bought it for two reasons, the first being it's appearance and the second was the brand. I thought the $100 was a good investment in a quality brand. This is my second unit and I can tell you to run from this machine. For some reason the electronics only last about 7-8 months. What happens is the unit will not stay powered on. You start it and it will begin brewing then shut off after 20-30 seconds. At first it is only an occasional problem happening every 5th or 6th use. Eventually it will fail to stay on for more than a second or two. Just this morning I had to restart the machine 9 times for it to complete a 6 cup pot of coffee. I have had it. I can't believe I was foolish enough to by a second one of these, but I really thought it was a fluke that the first unit was so problematic. Now I have done some research on the internet and found that this is normal for this machine. I hope this review helps some of you from having to deal with this. Trust me, the people who have written positive reviews here have not had the coffee maker for long.
21 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Started perfect & quickly ended badly
Posted by: coffeeLovinMom from: tennessee on
I rarely write reviews. I only write this one after 2 years (2010-12) of dealing with my Cuisinart, both of them! When I first used this coffee maker - I was in love! Worth every $ I spent & I am not one who would have dropped $80 on a cpot 3 years ago. I have changed my ways - given the right maker, I might be willing to sell my husband to pay for it! But, it has to be consistent & this one isn't. Note- if the filter basket is not "clicked" into its spot - it will cause an overflow into the water well - coffee grounds & all. I assumed this is why my first pot started taking an hour to brew a pot. I cleaned it per instructions, repeatedly. Still, an hour. Called manufacturer & they were great about sending me a brand new machine (within first yr.). 2 months later, it started again. So, here I sit, 2 years & 2 coffee makers later & I am 50 min into my wait for a pot of coffee. I wanted this to be the best coffee maker ever...and it was for about a month or 2 but, with a repeat of bad behavior with the 2nd Cuisinart, I am inclined to say that it is not.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Makes great coffee, but isn't durable.
Posted by: designsarelovely357 from: on
This unfortunately is our second one within less than a year. It makes great coffee, but it is not durable. We make a pot of coffee on average per day. Both units we owned have done the exact same thing. It will say it is brewing, but it is not doing anything. I do not recommend this product.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
A little pricey but not for a great cup of coffee
Posted by: Zmaster from: Lillian, AL on
This model makes an incredible cup of coffee as long as you don't use the filter that comes with it which gave it a bad taste. We don't use the 'gold' basket that comes with either, we like the brown 'un-bleached' #4 cone filters best.
13 out of 16 found this review helpful.
A Great Coffeemaker
Posted by: alanco39 from: Anacortes, WA on
I have had my coffeemaker for a month now. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and it brews coffee at the temperature that is "just right." The quality of the brewed coffee is determined by the quality of the coffee used. This coffeemaker does an excellent job of brewing an excellent pot of that quality coffee, without "overcooking" the coffee. It also holds the coffee quite well over the two-hour holding period after the brewing.
As you can tell, I am quite pleased.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Brews great coffee, but horrible reliability
Posted by: paulm30 from: Joliet, IL on
This is my second Cuisinart, and both have failed in relatively short times. The first one lasted for about 1.5 years, and the second only lasted a year. My previous Braun, brewed great coffee for 14 years without a problem. These units seems to suffer from unreliable electronics and poor quality control.
12 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Done with Cuisinart
Posted by: EJH123 from: Chicago on
I should have expected it. I bought this machine for my office, and along with it the $120 grind-and-brew version for home. That one lasted all of 3 months. This one held out a bit longer, almost 2 years. But for the price, that's not too good. It replaced a Mr. Coffee machine that cost me $14.99 and lasted 18 years. Yes, 18. I think that Cuisinart got so caught up in adding features that they forgot the one feature that really counts, and that's quality. The front switch won't turn the machine on anymore. When it worked, it was a pretty good machine, but I didn't notice any appreciable difference in the quality of coffee over any cheap machine. It still drips hot water through coffee grounds. Oh, well. Some lessons are more expensive than others. This machine is now in the trash and sitting in its place is, you guessed it, a $19.99 Mr. Coffee machine.
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Unit broke within one year
Posted by: Andrew from: on
I have been a longtime proponent of Cuisinart. I must have had 4 of these coffee makers over the last ten years. When my last one bit the dust, I bought a new one, exact same model, last May, about 10 months ago.
I was shocked to find that the unit had a problem so soon, so called Cuisinart Support. Lo and behold, they have a relatively new warranty, where you have to pay to get a new unit and you have to pay to send the old unit back. This is not what I have experienced before with Cuisinart. So, I have two complaints:
1) The Cuisinart quality control seems to be slipping - breaking in less than a year????? (Just recently, before this incident, I bought a toaster, and I have been disappointed with its quality.) The issue was related to hoses in the unit, which I have found recently as a common complaint, which is not fixable within the home. IMHO, they may want to consider doing a recall.
2) The Cuisinart support model is out of whack! They should go back to the way it was, but it looks like they are trying to gouge pennies from their loyal customers, while losing dollars in the future. Because of Cuisinart's previously superior customer service, and my perceived quality, I never looked any where else. I plan not to buy Cuisinart going forward.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Only one flaw....
Posted by: Jayb1157 from: Pittsburgh, PA on
I really do like this maker. It brews very quickly and the coffee is HOT! It also has a 3 year warranty(limited). The only problem for me, is the clock/display. I have to change the auto start time daily, and the little clock window is hard to see. It's a standard black on gray LCD, so forget about seeing it in the dark.... As for only giving the "value for the price" a 4....I'm cheap. :)