An affordable yet high-quality drip coffee maker is very hard to come across these days, especially when a lot of coffee makers falsely advertise many coffee makers that make a cup of coffee with poor taste.
However, thanks to big brands that truly care about quality like Cuisinart coffee makers, you can easily find top-shelf coffee makers with loads of features that make brewing a cup of coffee a breeze.
Take for example the Cuisinart DCC-3200 coffee maker, a single-serve drip coffee maker that uses only coffee grounds and does away with pod coffee for a much environment-friendly brewing while still having user-friendly features.
So in this review, we’ll take a look if this is great option for anyone looking for an affordable programmable coffeemaker. Let’s get started, shall we?
- Has a warming plate that keeps your pot of coffee hot
- 14-cup programmable coffee machine for large servings*
- Cuisinart considers a cup to hold 5 oz of liquid, and 14 cups have a total of 70 oz, which is the capacity of the water reservoir.
- No temperature control, but brews above 190F
- Only comes in 4 colors
- Brew Sizes: 5 to 20 oz (1-4 cup setting) single brew
- Coffee Types: Ground coffee
- Water Reservoir: 70 ounces
- Control Interface: Control buttons for Auto-On and Brew Size
- Smart Start: Yes
- Ready Alert Tone: Optional
- Pause and Pour: Yes
- Drip Tray: None
- Hot Plate: Yes, programmable
- With Glass Carafe: Yes, 14 cup carafe pot
- Dimensions: 7.8″W x 9.0″L x 14.0″H
- Weight: 8.4 pounds
Programmable Warming Plate and Thermal Carafe
One of the best features of this Cuisinart coffee maker, the DCC 3200, is undoubtedly its temperature-programmable hot plate, whose temperature you can adjust between high, medium, and low.
The temperature on the hot plate is not the only feature that keeps your pot of coffee hot, as the unit also comes with a thermal carafe that easily matches the 1-4 cup setting and the bragged 14-cup setting on the coffee machine.
High-Quality Water Filter and Gold-Tone Coffee Filter
Of course, Cuisinart is aware that you wouldn’t want your drip coffee to taste like the stainless steel body of the DCC 3200, which is why the Cuisinart DCC 3200 comes with a charcoal paper filter to keep your water tasting clean and just right for your coffee.
Pair that with the gold-tone coffee filter, you are sure to have quality coffee from only your selected quality coffee grounds, enriching that coffee flavor even in just a single-serve 12 cup setting.
Brew Pause Feature
Another enticing feature that the Cuisinart DCC 3200 has to offer that other coffee makers don’t have is its brew-pause feature, which essentially allows you to sneak a cup from the full brew so you can give it a taste and ensure that every cup your serve is a good cup.
Additional to the brew-pause feature is the auto-off feature, where the Cuisinart DCC-3200 will turn off automatically for 0-4 hours to save energy when it’s on standby, and surely 4 hours is long enough to cut a huge amount off your electricity bill.
Brew Strength Control
There are days that we just feel that our body needs even stronger coffee than normal, which is easily achievable thanks to one of the many features of the Cuisinart DCC-3200: the brew-strength control on the coffee brewer.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 has two brewing options for you, regular and bold, with the bold button letting you have control over the brew strength.
High-Capacity Water Reservoir
A lot of “cost-effective” coffee makers in the market actually cut the cost by reducing the size of both the carafe and the water reservoir, but the Cuisinart brand knows that this is not something they can easily remove.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200, unlike most other so-claimed coffee makers, has a whopping 70 oz water tank, large enough for the 14-cup setting that the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is so proud of.
Just fill the water reservoir with hot water and voila, you’ll have a hot pot of coffee ready in just the press of a button.
The DCC-3200 also has a self-clean feature, one that many coffee makers tend to overlook.
In just the press of a few buttons, you’ll have water running around the system rinsing all the parts it needs to keep your coffee brewer cleaned and maintained to last you for years on end.
The Cuisinart model DCC-3200 is an excellent coffee brewer for the customer that wants a compact brewing machine with a high cup capacity.
This review barely even scratched the surface of this wonderful coffee maker, just like any other review you could find.
How do you clean a Cuisinart DCC 3200 coffee maker?
You can easily clean the DCC-3200 coffee maker by using the self-clean feature.
If that doesn’t satisfy you, you can also remove the reservoir, coffee filter, carafe, and water filter yourself and wash them separately, as long as you make sure the dry components stay dry when you put them back on the coffee maker.
Do you need a coffee filter with Cuisinart?
No, a coffee filter is unnecessary with this Cuisinart coffee maker, as it comes with a gold-tone coffee filter that will hold your grounds for you.