Summary: **Update Aug 6 2014: I did purchase and receive my replacement coffee maker (see below) and will have to add a 5th star to the rating because the pour spout HAS been 're-engineered' and pours MUCH better, both filling the reservoir & cup...the coffee is hot regardless of what you may read (180 degrees F) but if you do use both gold filter and paper filter it will interfere with the cut off assembly during brewing if you want a cup before end of brew cycle.
Summary: Spent hours researching this purchase and couldn't be happier. Two years later the machine is still working and has never once exploded coffee all over the counter, unlike the machine it replaced. Controls are easy to use, thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for several hours, display is not backlit, design makes efficient use of space - all features I was looking for.
Summary: I have owned a lot of coffee makers. Krups, Mr. Coffee, Hamilton Beach among others. I have spent over a year with a Krups unprogrammable glass carafe coffee maker. So my goal was to find a thermal and programmable maker. And small. The footprint on this coffee maker is small. Fits easily under standard height cabinets. Easy to use. Easy to program. Brews in ten minutes. The coffee stays hot all day. Two hours after it brews, with one cup out it is still steaming hot.
Summary: Great coffee maker! Strongly recommend makers that use a thermal pot rather than the warming tray that always burns the left over coffee and the non-thermal pots allow for evaporation. Thermals are well worth the slight extra expense to keep the first cup tasting the same as the last cup. This maker brews quickly and quietly. Pause and serve works well. Makes great coffee and has all the features of more expensive makers. Has a pleasant beeping when the brewing is done.
Summary: I specifically purchased this item to go under a cabinet inside of an appliance garage. The dimensions say 8 x 9 x 13. It is not. The height is 14 1/8th inch. The width is 8 inches and the depth (with the pot angled as much as possible to diminish the depth, but not affect the width) is 10 inches. I can live with the width and depth, but I cannot trim 1 1/8th inches off the coffee maker or my cabinets. Does it make good coffee? I don't care. It doesn't fit.
Metal carafes rule. no more scorched coffee, nor burnt hot-plate.
8 July 2013
Summary: All-day warm coffee because of the metal carafe. not scorched by the heat-plate, like cheap glass-pot coffee-makers. That's why we bought this Cuisinart. The critiques of the difficult pouring are valid, but the metal carafe works as intended for insulation. We Will keep eyes open for more cheap deals. Metal carafes don't break like the glass ones do.
Summary: Coffee pot is very nice. The only draw back is we previously had a Barista coffee maker and it was very substantial. This unit is higher quality than most coffee makers, it is just that the handle is lightweight plastic and it is hard to empty the carafe and clean the pot because the opening is very small. Nothing that we can't deal with, but concerned about the durability of some of the parts.
Summary: This thing overflowed from the get go. First 3 pots leaked all over the counter. Prior coffeemaker was a Cuisinart grind and brew and it was great, except I hated the grind function. They've lost lost me now.