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Cuisinart DCC-3200

The 14-cup Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a very popular option in a line of well-reviewed coffee makers that get raves from experts and owners for producing hot, flavorful coffee. Owners love the variety of adjustments, which include brew strength settings as well as an adjustable keep warm feature. The DCC-3200 is fully programmable; you can set it for up to 24 hours in advance, and an alert tone sounds when the coffee is ready.

Pros

  • Coffee brews at ideal temperature
  • Two brew strengths
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Easy to use; clean
  • Programmable

Cons

  • Too tall for some kitchens

Breaking it down

Performance

Stays in the heat sweet spot. Owners say the Cuisinart DCC-3200 makes a dang good cup of coffee, and experts agree. In testing at Consumer Reports it earns an "Excellent" rating for brew performance, with editors noting that it meets the recommended brewing temperature of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for five or six minutes. The DCC-3200 also gets kudos from owners who like their coffee scorching hot. Many note that the finished brew tastes as good as coffee they get from Starbucks. The DCC-3200 also gets high marks for how quickly it brews a full pot of coffee; something impatient coffee lovers appreciate.

Features

Fully loaded. There isn't a feature available that you won't find on the Cuisinart DCC-3200 drip coffee maker, something that reviewers say is a huge plus and makes this coffee maker a great value. These include a fully programmable, 24 hour timer; two brew strength settings for regular or bold; zero- to four-hour auto shutoff; brew pause so you can interrupt brewing to grab a cup; and settings for smaller, one-to four-cup quantities. There's also a ready alert tone that can be muted if you don't want your coffee maker making any more noise than it has to. Rounding out the perks, the DCC-3200 includes a permanent use coffee filter so you don't have to purchase paper filters. Owners give the various features high marks across the board and many say that they purchased this Cuisinart because they wanted a fully loaded coffee maker to give them plenty of options.

Ease of use

Fairly simple in spite of its bells and whistles. While Danny Chadwick at TopTenReviews.com says you'll probably have to have the owner's manual to figure out how to program this feature-rich coffee maker, owners and other experts disagree, giving it high marks for ease of use. Users say the buttons are very intuitive to use. Most also love the backlit LCD display which is large and easy to read and makes it simple to program the various functions. The water reservoir is located at the top of the unit, and some say the water leaks or drips from the carafe when they're pouring it in; a common complaint with this type of coffee maker.

Appearance

Tall; yet compact. This 14-cup coffee maker is quite tall -- nearly 17 inches. Some owners say they can't keep it in the location they prefer because it does not fit underneath their cupboards. A few returned it due to that issue. However, in spite of its height, it actually has a rather small footprint for a fully-featured drip coffee maker, many note, and they're pleased that it takes up less countertop room than other coffee makers they have owned. The DCC-3200 is made from stainless steel with black accents and gets very good reviews for durability. Other models in Cuisinart's DCC series that are made entirely of plastic get poorer reviews, with many complaints of the hinges on the lid breaking after a rather short time, or the print (that indicates what the buttons do) wearing off the plastic face.

Specs

  • Type: Drip coffee maker
  • Capacity: 14
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Pause and brew: Yes
  • Automatic shut-off: Yes, 2 hours
  • Filter type: Permanent use filter included
  • Warranty: 2 years

Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate dozens of drip coffee makers, including the Cuisinart DCC-3200 and the Cuisinart DCC-2800, which differs from the DCC-3200 only in construction materials. Testing methodology includes brew performance, convenience and carafe handling.

Cale Guthrie Weissman, Feb. 8, 2016

Cale Guthrie Weissman includes the Cuisinart DCC-1200, a 12-cup model in the DCC line, in this extensive test of coffee makers. It took the second shortest time to brew eight cups of coffee, but Weissman said it "tasted dull in comparison to the $150+ machines." Still, she notes it's a fine machine if price is an important consideration.

Danny Chadwick, Oct. 17, 2016

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is fourth in this list of the top ten coffee makers of 2016. Testers like this coffee maker's versatility, and love its brewing speed. Danny Chadwick does note that you'll probably need the owner's manual for initial programming, but says the result will be "coffee as flavorful and hot as you want."

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

In more than 1,180 customer reviews, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5, making it one of the highest-rated drip coffee makers on this site. Elsewhere, similar DCC stainless steel models earn equally high ratings, though those with plastic construction do poorer. Most owners seem to love the DCC-3200, saying the coffee is hot and tasty and it's simple to use. The main complaint we saw was about its height -- it's too tall to fit under some cabinets.

Contributors to Macys.com, As of November 2016

In nearly 95 reviews the Cuisinart DCC-3200 earns close to perfect ratings, with owners saying they love the brew options that include a temperature control. Many note how quickly it brews even a full pot of coffee, and say the results are delicious.

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