This one was not the favorite for flavor in our taste test, but it is packed with features to make your life easier.
The Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker offers convenient features that make your morning routine go more smoothly, but was not the favorite for flavor and aroma among our testers. They scored it a little below the best coffee makers. However, tastes are subjective, and you may – through trial and error – find a way to get the best cup of coffee out of this machine. It might be worth the effort to get access to all of the convenient features this Cuisinart coffee maker has.
One noticeable convenience is the bright LED screen that makes it clear what is going on with your machine at all times. Also, it is programmable so you can set a brew time up to 24 hours in advance. You can control how strong you want your coffee through the control panel, and there is an alarm to let you know when the coffee is ready, which can be turned off if you prefer. There is even an indicator light that lets you know when it is time to decalcify your carafe.
The large, 12-cup capacity is nice to have for when you are entertaining, but you can also adjust it to brew smaller amounts. You can even stop it mid-brew to grab a cup and then let it keep preparing the rest of the pot. It’s pretty compact for all of its capacity, so it will do just fine even if you have limited counterspace.
In our tests, this coffee maker was above average for both ready temperatures and the temperature after it had been sitting out for a while. There were competing coffee makers that did a little better on both but this one was decent. The insulated carafe kept the coffee hotter at the 15-minute mark than all but one other coffee maker.
One noticeable difference with this unit is the nice, long warranty. It is well above average and inspires confidence in the product.
The Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker was not the flavor favorite of our testing panel, but it is designed with convenience in mind and the extras are going to be well worth it if you have hectic mornings. You can set and forget this one for ultimate ease in the morning.