Summary: This is my second second Cuisinart coffee maker. The first one was a similar model, but older. It lasted about 4 years before it stopped working. I may consider the insulated pot verson the next time.
Pros: It makes a good pot of coffee relatively quickly. I like the programmability. It's fairly intuitive and easy to program. I like the feature of telling when it needs to be descaled. We have hard water, and that's a useful bonus that I haven't seen on any other coffeemakers.
Cons: The warmer plate has stopped working after about 18 months. Now the coffee is lukewarm within a half an hour or so after brewing. It's still under warranty, but I'll have the expense and hassle of sending it to Cuisinart for repair.
Summary: Worked great this whole time, but this morning the unit began to smoke and smelled up the house very quickly. I am just glad I was here to unplug it and take it outside. I have to wonder if no one was home if our home would have been on fire ;( The company is sending a new unit and said these were not know for this, but I thought I would post this for anyone else that may have a similar problem.
Summary: I've had this thing for a couple of years. It is an excellent coffee maker but the darn thing started leaking coffee all over the countertop (as many other have complained). It's been doing that for a couple of years intermittently. I considered purchasing another brand but, honestly, not many brands have the features this one has (such as stainless carafe, 1-4 cup cycle (that brews slower) and "bold brew" cycle. So I'm determined to fix this thing.
Summary: This will be short and to the point. The maker puts out very good coffee and fast. That, we like. However, the dribbling carafe is and continues to be not only a challenge but a source of amusement for anyone who attempts to pour from it. Whenever we have guests where coffee is served, they are invited to pour the coffee without leaving a puddle while doing so. There have been few successes.
My new Cuisinart coffe maker makes a great cup of coffee.
6 June 2013
Summary: Love my Cuisinart coffee maker, except for one thing. I wish there was a window on the outside to read iw many cups you are perking. I can't read the numbers on the inside water line without using a flashlight. Otherwise the drip maker is fine.
Summary: Yes it looks great and basically has the same internals and operation of earlier models. However, the knobs feel fragile and "squishy". The filter basket is baffling and appears to be a cross between the cone filter and basket style so the filters really don't fit well. The loud, annoying 5 beeps when brewing is complete is still there and not adjustable. It potentially wakes the rest family up.
Purchased as a replacement unit after warranty expired on broke unit
4 April 2013
Summary: Our first Cuisinart DCC-1200BW quit working exactly 18 days after the warranty expired. Unit would brew but heating element did not function to keep coffee hot. From reviews I read this has been a common problem Cusiniart does not repair so the only option was to purchase this as a replacement. So far, the new unit is working as it should. If this one quits just after the warranty expires, will be switching brands!
Cons: The water dripping into the coffee filter is simply NOT hot enough. The hot plate does a decent job in heating the coffee AFTER it is brewed, however, the optimal temperature to actually brew the coffee is 195-210F. The water level marker is actually INSIDE the coffee machine which makes it hard to see how much water you are adding. This becomes a problem when you make under 4 cups of coffee as the carafe labels anything above the 4 cup mark.