Summary: Just as others have said, the Cuisinart does make a great cup of coffee. I'll admit there are more parts to clean than a normal maker, but its worth it for the taste. As far as the noise, just sounds like a normal grinder to me.
Pros: Brews Quickly, Large Pot, Multiple Settings, Stylish
Summary: I enjoyed my Melita for 25 years...now I have it's new replacement...and it is NEAR PERFECTION.<br />Much easier to clean...all parts come out for easy washing. I like the feature of programmable times and also the 1-4 cups.
Excerpt: Grinds and brews great coffee. Choice of included mesh filter or a paper filter. The mesh filter leaves sludge in the bottom of the pot, so I prefer paper. Cleans easily, but there is a learning curve for reassembly. Not difficult with a little practice.
Pros: Cleans Easily, Functional, Improves Taste, Stylish, Well designed
Summary: I have had the same Cuisinart coffeemaker for 12 years and it was great, not a grind and brew though. I decided it was time to graduate to a grind and brew and I couldn't be any happier! Makes excellent coffee and I wake up to the smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee.
Summary: What a disappointment. My old Melita Grind & Brew died and it's killing me. Nothing is as good as that old coffee maker. The Cuisinart DGB-550 has a tiny bean container and when I make my joe I put in 4 large spoons of whole beans for one 12 ounce mug.
Excerpt: Yup! You do need to clean the pot. However, the strength of the coffee is a functional of setting the coffee maker correctly and the kind of bean (and its freshness) you use. Moreover, expectations that a coffee maker, that sells for less than $100, lasts for the life of the user (that has a...