Cuisinart DCC-1200

Last updated date: November 29, 2018

DWYM Score
7.9

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We looked at the top 1 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Nerd Wallet, Coffee Dorks and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 100 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central placed 6th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
6,260 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Highs: Brewed close to recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration. - Fairly convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - The carafe was especially easy to use, hold, pour from and empty. - In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as some consumers might. In this test, this model did not overflow.
- Consumer Reports
Makes great-tasting coffee.. Keeps brew warm.. Brews fast.. Is programmable. Doesn’t spill or drip.
- Nerd Wallet
The CuisinArt DCC-1200 is perhaps one of the most reviewed and consumers preferred drip coffee maker. It is not too expensive, but also not too cheap. It is sturdy enough, it comes with a 3 year warranty, and if you are not extremely particular about the flavor of your coffee, it will satisfy you with an above the average brew.
- Coffee Dorks
24-hour advance brew. Programmable automatic shutoff. Charcoal water filter and permanent coffee filter included. Can brew 1-4 cups, or 12-cups. Carafe is easy to pour and virtually dripless. Adjustable heater plate.
- Brown's Coffee
Well, I guess I picked the right present for my daughter. The price was good, just in time for Christmas, so I didn’t overspend and yet I got a pretty good, fast, and quiet coffee maker. Highly recommending this product to anyone who is a fan of great coffee – 4 stars!
- Know Your Grinder
Fast brew, hot flavorful coffee, low-medium-high burner temperature, 1-4 hour programmable auto shut-off, charcoal water filter.
- Sweet Bay Coffee
Highly attractive retro design, whether you choose black with brushed chrome or red with stainless steel. Charcoal water filter to remove the impurities from the water before brewing – resulting in a cleaner tasting coffee every single time
- My Coffee Cup Is Empty
If you are scouting for a budget coffee maker that won’t take up a lot of space and add to the look of your countertop, this home coffee maker review must have given you the right details. Apart from that, if you are not willing to splurge just for automatic features and a classic look, maybe you should try other options that can come in a smaller budget. But then again, you won’t find the kind of features this one has to offer that surely. The model is clearly on top of the coffee maker shelves at the moment.
- Coffee Lounge
What experts didn't like
Lows: This model had no discernible flaws in its performance.
- Consumer Reports
Is relatively tall. Has a difficult-to-see water fill level notation.
- Nerd Wallet
The overall design of the carafe is a bit disappointing. It is practically impossible to get the last of the coffee without completely turning the carafe upside down.
- Coffee Dorks
Charcoal water filter needs to be replaced every 30 days, narrow opening for pouring water is slightly inconvenient.
- Sweet Bay Coffee
The included reusable filter has a tendency to leave “sediment” in your cup. Some people may like this, but we did not. The charcoal filter must be replaced regularly which will definitely add up over time, but unless you use only bottled water in your machine, the filter is definitely worth the extra cost
- My Coffee Cup Is Empty
The only one problem many have pointed out in their reviews is that of not being able to switch to a thermal carafe or mug for the glass carafe. But you tend to fall in love with glass carafe eventually.
- Coffee Lounge

From The Manufacturer

Brew central, 12 cup, stainless steel, coffeemaker, Carafe, brew pause, adjustable keep warm temp control, 24 hour brew program, timed cleaned monitor with indicator light, auto shut off, m.A.P. Price $79.95.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5
15. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Coffee Makers

When you rely on a daily cup of coffee (or more!) to get your day off to a good start, a great home coffee maker is essential. While you can certainly still use a French press or even an old-school stovetop coffee maker, these days, most people rely on an automatic drip coffee maker for their day-to-day coffee needs. An automatic coffee maker uses ground beans and filters.

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate like the Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 (capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos), there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

Some other features you may be interested in are the ability to program your maker (essential for those who can’t do a thing before their first cup of coffee in the morning), brew time and adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 has an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffeemaker, has an automatic shut-off feature.

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee, like the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker, which has an automatic pre-infusion cycle. This feature pre-wets the coffee before it begins to brew, which improves the extraction process. The extraction process determines how smooth or bitter the coffee will taste.

Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your maker. Since it will likely have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, you want to be sure it will easily fit and match the aesthetic of your space. Many machines these days have a sleek and stylish look that will seamlessly fit in with a variety of styles.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to check out the warranty options available and factor in how much use you plan to give your maker while deciding how much you’re willing to invest in the right coffee maker.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first drip coffee maker was invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908. However, people have been enjoying bean juice for way longer than that. The Turks were brewing coffee all the way back in 575 AD.

These days, people still love their java. Americans drink an average of three cups of joe a day. About 66 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States per year. While it may seem like everyone heads to their local coffee shop for their morning beverage, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that 79 percent of Americans said they had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. Meanwhile, only 36 percent got their caffeine fix outside the home. Score one for the coffee makers!

The Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • For the best brew, start with quality beans. A lot of people prefer to grind their own rather than buy already ground coffee.
  • To keep those beans super fresh, be sure to store them properly. That means using a sealed container with a one-way valve or a good, old-fashioned mason jar.
  • You could also roast your own beans. There are a number of methods you can use, like roasting them in an oven or a pan or grill.
  • While it may be tempting to wing it, measuring your coffee will give you better control over its strength and flavor. Try a ratio of about one part coffee to 20 parts water.
  • Speaking of water, the quality of your H20 matters. Try lightly filtered water from the refrigerator or a pitcher with a filtering device.
  • Are you the type to heat up your leftover coffee from the morning when the afternoon slump hits? Although old coffee is unlikely to make you sick, it probably won’t taste that great. That’s because coffee starts to lose its flavor just 30 minutes after it’s brewed. Within about four hours, the oils begin to go bad, which will further compromise the coffee’s taste. Your best bet is to brew a fresh pot.
  • Keeping your coffee maker clean is a key component of maintaining its functionality. Wash removable parts after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher. Your carafe should be cleaned daily as well. On a monthly basis, you should “brew” a solution of vinegar and water to break down mineral buildup.
  • Depending on the quality, the frequency of use and its overall maintenance, a coffee maker can last anywhere from a few years to a few decades. If the water is not getting hot enough, or it’s taking way too long to brew, it may be time to replace your coffee maker.
  • If you want that coffeehouse taste at home, you don’t need a bunch of syrups or a super fancy coffee maker. Instead, you can actually use your traditional drip coffee maker and some common spices that you probably have on hand, such as ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Stirring in a few pieces of chocolate makes for an indulgent treat, too.