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Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central - Lena Gainster's Review
Posted: February 13, 2005, 5:18pm
review rating: 5.5
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David Morris 8.75
Robert Jason 8.00
Chris Pratt 8.00
Dan Taylor 8.00
Ken Klaser 7.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Moulinex Quality: 9
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $29.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Sears Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Melitta, Mr. Coffee
Bottom Line: This is a well made coffeemaker, well worth the price I paid :>)
Positive Product Points

No drips, leaks.  Relatively fast, hot.  Stays clean.  Easy to remove used grounds and prepare for next potful.

Negative Product Points

Awkward to pour water in and see cup markings.  Charcoal filters unreasonably expensive.  As a factory reconditioned unit, the warranty is only 90 days.

Detailed Commentary

For quite a while, I had been looking everywhere for a coffeemaker that did not dribble brewed coffee outside the carafe.  I had seen the Cuisinart but was put off by its $100 price tag.  ($70 at Sam's Club) After going through two inexpensive coffeemakers in two weeks that had problems (leaks, faulty electronics), I stumbled on a factory reconditioned Cuisinart at the Sears Parts store for $29.99.  This unit was in perfect condition, and fit all my requirements.  The plastic parts had to be black; I've had enough white coffeemakers that could not be cleaned from the coffee stains.  The carafe had to sit directly under the basket (with pause and serve) so that the brewed coffee would not dribble outside the carafe.  It had to brew a pot reasonably fast.  It had to be easy to remove the used grounds and add new.  The Cuisinart exceeded all my expectations.  I use the brown paper filters and even when wet, they lift out easily and I don't have to remove the basket to dump the grinds.  There is absolutely no coffee dribbling outside the carafe during the brew cycle, even when the carafe is removed to pour a cup for those who can't wait.  Although I've never timed it, the Cuisinart brews a pot faster than any of the inexpensive coffeemakers we had before.  As others have observed, it is difficult to pour water into the top and see the water level markings.  I have found that by filling the carafe well past the markings for the desired number of cups, it is then easier to fill the coffeemaker to the desired number of cups and then dump out the rest of the water in the carafe.  The charcoal filters designed for this coffeemaker are relatively expensive, but we filter our water through a Brita on Tap filter, so I feel the extra Cuisinart filter is unnecessary.  I don't need a coffeemaker to beep to tell me it is finished brewing.  I can tell from the sound of the gurgling at the end of the cycle.  But the beeps from the Cuisinart are mercifully subdued to a very low level.  And I have noticed that the entire brewing process is quieter than any other coffeemaker we've used before.  I am very pleased with the Cuisinart coffeemaker.

Buying Experience

I purchased this factory reconditioned Cuisinart at the Sears Parts Store, and when the cashier realized that I got the last one in a box, she ran over and grabbed the display unit for herself.

Three Month Followup

Still pleased with the quality of the brew and the speed.  Easy to maintain and clean.  Still no coffee dribbles during the brewing process.  The only water I find outside the machine is when I pour the water from the carafe into the coffeemaker too fast and it dribbles down the pot.  I wish the water was easier to pour into the machine, but it's a drawback I can live with, given its pleasing design, fast brewing, great tasting and no leak superlatives.

One Year Followup

Found a bunch of water filters relatively inexpensive on eBay.  Pouring the water from the carafe into the coffeemaker is still an annoyance, and if I don't start slow with a full pot of water, it dribbles along the carafe on to the floor.  The time display is small and unlighted, and we ignore it.  A brief power outage will reset it to 12 a.m.  But the coffeemaker still brews fast, still makes a great pot of coffee, and doesn't dribble hot coffee when brewing or when removing the carafe.  No parts have broken or deteriorated.  It cleans easily with one exception.  There is always condensation on the underside of the coffeemaker lid.  When the lid is lifted, the condensation runs down around the hinge area of the lid.  While the water runs back into the water reservoir, it leaves a coffee stained residue around the hinge that is difficult to clean.  It is a minor annoyance and is only seen by the one making coffee, as it is not visible from the outside.  I still like this coffeemaker, and if it were to die tomorrow, I'd replace it with the exact model, which I now see at Costco for around $50.

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