Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp Programmable Coffee Maker

Last updated date: December 11, 2020

DWYM Score

8.5

Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp Programmable Coffee Maker

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We looked at the top Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Editor's Note February 17, 2021:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Overall Take

This coffee maker is packed with value-adding features. It comes with a number of helpful special functions, including an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function and an inbuilt charcoal filter. We love the stainless steel design and the extra-large capacity of 14 cups.


In our analysis of 119 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp Programmable Coffee Maker placed 2nd when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Turn up the flavor and the temperature on your coffee with the Cuisinart 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker! Using our cutting edge coffee technology, the 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker can give you hotter coffee without sacrificing taste. Choose a regular or bold flavor profile and set the brew-time up to 24 hours ahead so your next cup is ready when you are. The backlit LCD is easy-to-read, a ready tone can be turned on or off, and an indicator light signals when it’s time to decalcify. Refer to the user manual for troubleshooting steps.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.2
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.7
8,563 user reviews

What experts liked

This Cuisinart coffee maker lets you know when the coffee is done brewing and when it needs to be cleaned.
- Top Ten Reviews
June 7, 2018 | Full review
The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable was the second highest scoring machine we tested. With a little bit of fiddling it can produce a great tasting cup of coffee. It lost out on our Editors' Choice Award because it isn't quite as easy to clean or use as the OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup, and it does occasionally let some sediment get through into the coffee. However, it also costs half as much as the OXO, which makes it a good choice if you want something that can produce a great tasting cup of coffee, but don't want to pay a premium price.
- Tech Gear Lab
Cuisinart’s 14-cup DCC-3200 improves upon its predecessor in so many ways that its reasonable price tag is difficult to believe. The included water filter and permanent gold tone filter ensure you’ll always get a clean pour and it even allows you to pause the maker mid-brew in order to pour yourself a quick cup, in case you’re short on time.
- Digital Trends
Cuisinart has included just about every feature you might want. Brews quickly and has great water filtration. Fully programmable.
- BestReviews
One of its greatest abilities — which is of special interest to anyone who uses cold milk or cream — is that it brews an all-around hotter cup of coffee than most models without sacrificing flavor. You'll also love the adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, which means your coffee will never get cold just sitting in the carafe.
- Best Products
August 13, 2018 | Full review
The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker brews a solid pot of coffee on its default settings and includes several options that give experts more control.
- Reviewed
Highs: Met recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration. - Fairly convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - The carafe was fairly 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
This is remarkable Cuisinart model. This model functions using an innovative heat technology that maintains coffee at the precise temperature, redeemable from getting bitter. The inbuilt brew power control lets you pick the bold or regular flavor. It’s fully programmed and features convenient 24-hour automation. Maintaining is easier by the aid of self-clean unit, the easy to operate an auto-shut off functionality and at most 4 cup setting. It also features the functionality to regulate temperature, an inbuilt charcoal filter, and pause brewing.
- All Top Ten Reviews

What experts didn't like

This machine was about average when it came to brewing times.
- Top Ten Reviews
June 7, 2018 | Full review
While it has a an option to brew bolder coffee, on the Cuisinart's default setting the coffee turned out smooth but slightly bitter. Tasters also found this coffee lacking in flavor compared to others.
- Reviewed
Lows: After initial break-in, testers still noticed some plastic off-tastes in hot water cycled through the machine, though you might not detect in coffee you brew.
- Consumer Reports

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

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.

“Electric coffee makers take the guesswork out of making a perfect cup of joe,” explains culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “For us creatures of habit — which describes pretty much any coffee drinker that takes time to make coffee at home — it’s all about consistency, reliability, and speed. And given the price of coffee today, you want to know what you’re getting every time. Considering you can brew a 10-cup pot of coffee at home for less than what you shell out for a single coffee at the local café, it’s also a money saver.”

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

First, look at how much capacity you need. How many coffee drinkers live in your house, and how much of it do they drink? You may need just a small, one-cup brewer. Or, if you have multiple people who love their cappuccinos, you may wish for a fancier alternative with more options.

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 ability to adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, one model may have an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while another is equipped with an automatic shut-off feature.

“An automatic shut-off timer is essential as a safety feature to help avoid evaporation and scorching,” Chernoff says, especially if you like to grab coffee while heading out or if you prefer to drink your coffee over the course of a few hours. “Timers that allow you to set up your coffee the night before and pre-determine when brewing starts in the morning are a lovely option. All-in-one machines that offer built-in grinders as part of the coffee-making process are not essential, but an added layer of luxury that you may or may not need.”

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee using 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. Measure your space before you purchase, especially if you need to fit your coffee maker under a cabinet.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, the quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to 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.

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.