Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker: Top Models RANKED (Updated For 2021)

Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker: Top Models RANKED (Updated For 2021)

Cuisinart is a household name — and not just because they make household appliances. The company holds the 4th-largest market share of coffee makers in the United States, owning 8% of the total market.

If you’re looking to replace your Cuisinart coffee maker or buy one for the first time, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to The Coffee Maven’s Cuisinart Coffee Maker Buyer’s Guide.

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Quick Picks
Best Cuisinart Coffee Makers

What's best for us may not be best for you. Let's expand upon the Top Picks above and highlight a few more of the Best Cuisinart Coffee Makers by category:

Not sure which is right for you? The next section should help...

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Before we get to the individual Best Cuisinart Coffee Maker reviews, let's take a look at the rankings.

Overall
90
Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-900 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee thanks to an integrated burr grinder. Prefer pre-ground coffee? You can use that, too.
Overall
89
Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew

The DGB-850 is identical to the DGB-800 (conical burrs, 60 oz brew size, 8 oz hopper) but the DGB-850 comes with a thermal carafe. With this machine, you won't need a separate coffee maker and grinder.
Overall
88
Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12

A dual-use machine with separate coffee and hot water systems, the Coffee Plus CHW-12 offers more versatility than most other Cuisinart coffee makers and a ton of programmability for a convenient coffee experience.
Overall
88
Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew

The DGB-800 is identical to the DGB-850 (conical burrs, 60 oz brew size, 8 oz hopper) but the DGB-800 comes with a glass carafe. With this machine, you won't need a separate coffee maker and grinder.
Overall
88
Cuisinart SS-10

Cuisinart SS-10

Cuisinart SS-10

Cuisinart SS-10

A worthy competitor to Keurig's uber-popular coffee makers, the Cuisinart SS-10 is a feature-rich brewer with Temp Control, a 72 oz reservoir, and the ability to brew 4-12 oz using either K-Cups or freshly ground coffee.
Overall
87
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

A feature-rich coffee maker with a massive 70 oz water reservoir, Bold Brew for stronger coffee, and programmable 24-hour Auto-On, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp is great if you're looking for a big pot every morning.
Overall
87
Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew

The lowest model number of all nearly-identical Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee makers, the DGB-700 has the same settings and specs as the others and comes with a glass carafe. All lower model numbers have blade grinders.
Overall
85
Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

A no-fuss coffee maker with a few nice features (like Extreme Brew for 25% faster brewing), the Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite offers a simple experience with a somewhat small 50 oz water reservoir.
Overall
84
Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew

A single-serve grind-and-brew model? You bet. The Cuisinart DGB-1FR has a 4 oz bean hopper and integrated blade grinder and brews freshly ground coffee for one. Blade grinders aren't the best, but neither are K-Cups.
Overall
84
Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew

The Cuisinart DGB-650 is the best Cuisinart machine with a blade grinder. Unfortunately, that makes it inferior to the DGB-700 and higher. On the plus side, it comes with a thermal carafe.
Overall
84
Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-550 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee. Unfortunately, it's a blade grinder. For a better burr grinder, check out the DGB-900 instead.

Is This Guide For You?

Our editors have rated and ranked each option. Without further ado, here are our official reviews in this all-encompassing buying guide.

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-900 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee thanks to an integrated burr grinder. Prefer pre-ground coffee? You can use that, too.

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H
Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The DGB-850 is identical to the DGB-800 (conical burrs, 60 oz brew size, 8 oz hopper) but the DGB-850 comes with a thermal carafe. With this machine, you won't need a separate coffee maker and grinder.

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 14.5″D x 19.5″H

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 14.5″D x 19.5″H
Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A dual-use machine with separate coffee and hot water systems, the Coffee Plus CHW-12 offers more versatility than most other Cuisinart coffee makers and a ton of programmability for a convenient coffee experience.

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Pros

  • Hot water feature with separate 54 oz water reservoir
  • Tons of programmability
  • Brew Pause and carafe temp selectors are nice to have
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Attractive stainless steel accent

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Cons

  • Small, awkward space to fill brew side reservoir
  • Max single serve of 12 oz on hot water side
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Features & Specifications

  • Hot water feature with separate 54 oz water reservoirSeparate hot water dispenser with safety lock
  • Removable drip tray on hot water side
  • 60 oz water reservoir on coffee side
  • Separate 54 oz water reservoir on hot water side
  • Removable charcoal water filter
  • 12 cup brew capacity
  • 12 cup glass carafe
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • Self-clean function
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • Stainless steel accent
  • BPA free
  • Dimensions: 10.8″W x 12.4″L x 16.5″H
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Pros

  • Hot water feature with separate 54 oz water reservoir
  • Tons of programmability
  • Brew Pause and carafe temp selectors are nice to have
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Attractive stainless steel accent

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Cons

  • Small, awkward space to fill brew side reservoir
  • Max single serve of 12 oz on hot water side
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 Features & Specifications

  • Hot water feature with separate 54 oz water reservoirSeparate hot water dispenser with safety lock
  • Removable drip tray on hot water side
  • 60 oz water reservoir on coffee side
  • Separate 54 oz water reservoir on hot water side
  • Removable charcoal water filter
  • 12 cup brew capacity
  • 12 cup glass carafe
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • Self-clean function
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • Stainless steel accent
  • BPA free
  • Dimensions: 10.8″W x 12.4″L x 16.5″H
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • 3 year warranty
Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
89
Durability (20%)
87
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The DGB-800 is identical to the DGB-850 (conical burrs, 60 oz brew size, 8 oz hopper) but the DGB-800 comes with a glass carafe. With this machine, you won't need a separate coffee maker and grinder.

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Up to 4 hours
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 14.5″D x 19.5″H

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-800 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Up to 4 hours
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.0″W x 14.5″D x 19.5″H
Cuisinart SS-10
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
A worthy competitor to Keurig's uber-popular coffee makers, the Cuisinart SS-10 is a feature-rich brewer with Temp Control, a 72 oz reservoir, and the ability to brew 4-12 oz using either K-Cups or freshly ground coffee.

Cuisinart SS-10 Pros

  • Compatible with every K-Cup known to man
  • Programmable interface with temperature control
  • 72 oz water reservoir
  • Side storage compartment for reusable pod
  • 3-year limited warranty

Cuisinart SS-10 Cons

  • Brews slowly
  • Some splattering when you brew
  • No water reservoir light so hard to see when empty

Cuisinart SS-10 Features & Specifications

  • Brew Sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 72 oz removable
  • Pod Compatibility: K-Cups and comes with Cuisinart HomeBarista reusable K-Cup pod
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Temperature Control: Hot or Extra Hot
  • Programmable On: Up to 24 hours in advance
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13.0"W x 14.8"L x 16.4″H
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • Includes charcoal water filter
  • Removable drip tray for travel mug and easy cleaning
  • BPA free

Cuisinart SS-10 Pros

  • Compatible with every K-Cup known to man
  • Programmable interface with temperature control
  • 72 oz water reservoir
  • Side storage compartment for reusable pod
  • 3-year limited warranty

Cuisinart SS-10 Cons

  • Brews slowly
  • Some splattering when you brew
  • No water reservoir light so hard to see when empty

Cuisinart SS-10 Features & Specifications

  • Brew Sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 72 oz removable
  • Pod Compatibility: K-Cups and comes with Cuisinart HomeBarista reusable K-Cup pod
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Temperature Control: Hot or Extra Hot
  • Programmable On: Up to 24 hours in advance
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13.0"W x 14.8"L x 16.4″H
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • Includes charcoal water filter
  • Removable drip tray for travel mug and easy cleaning
  • BPA free
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A feature-rich coffee maker with a massive 70 oz water reservoir, Bold Brew for stronger coffee, and programmable 24-hour Auto-On, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp is great if you're looking for a big pot every morning.

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Pros

  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Toggle loud finished brew beeps on/off
  • Toggle warming plate temp to high, medium, low
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Cons

  • Steam comes out the top-back, which can stain or damage cabinets
  • Carafe design has lip which makes it hard to empty completely
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Features & Specifications

  • 70 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 14 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-Off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24-hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.8″W x 9.0″L x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Pros

  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Toggle loud finished brew beeps on/off
  • Toggle warming plate temp to high, medium, low
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Cons

  • Steam comes out the top-back, which can stain or damage cabinets
  • Carafe design has lip which makes it hard to empty completely
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Features & Specifications

  • 70 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 14 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-Off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24-hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.8″W x 9.0″L x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • 3 year warranty
Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
87
Design & Features (20%)
86
Durability (20%)
84
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The lowest model number of all nearly-identical Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee makers, the DGB-700 has the same settings and specs as the others and comes with a glass carafe. All lower model numbers have blade grinders.

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Up to 4 hours
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 14.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-700 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Up to 4 hours
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 14.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H
Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite
Overall Rating
85
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A no-fuss coffee maker with a few nice features (like Extreme Brew for 25% faster brewing), the Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite offers a simple experience with a somewhat small 50 oz water reservoir.

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Pros

  • 3 temperature settings allow this brewer to be used at high altitude
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Extreme Brew setting allows for 25% faster brew
  • Comes with thermal carafe
  • Attractive stainless steel accent

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Cons

  • No viewing window into water reservoir to see water level
  • Requires frequent cleaning to prevent clogging
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough
  • Smaller 50 oz water reservoir

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Features & Specifications

  • 50 oz water reservoir
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 10 cup brew capacity
  • Exreme Brew setting or 25% faster brew speed
  • Regular, Hot and X-Hot brew temperature selector
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Self clean mode
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 10.4″W x 12.8″L x 17.0″H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Pros

  • 3 temperature settings allow this brewer to be used at high altitude
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Extreme Brew setting allows for 25% faster brew
  • Comes with thermal carafe
  • Attractive stainless steel accent

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Cons

  • No viewing window into water reservoir to see water level
  • Requires frequent cleaning to prevent clogging
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough
  • Smaller 50 oz water reservoir

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Features & Specifications

  • 50 oz water reservoir
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 10 cup brew capacity
  • Exreme Brew setting or 25% faster brew speed
  • Regular, Hot and X-Hot brew temperature selector
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Self clean mode
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 10.4″W x 12.8″L x 17.0″H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • 3 year warranty
Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A single-serve grind-and-brew model? You bet. The Cuisinart DGB-1FR has a 4 oz bean hopper and integrated blade grinder and brews freshly ground coffee for one. Blade grinders aren't the best, but neither are K-Cups.

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 16 oz (4 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 4 oz (1 cup)
  • Grinder: Blade
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 4 oz
  • Carafe: None
  • Programmable Start: No
  • Auto Shut-Off: No
  • Filter: Gold Tone #2 permanent
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.5″W x 8.5″D x 14.4″H

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-1FR Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 16 oz (4 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 4 oz (1 cup)
  • Grinder: Blade
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 4 oz
  • Carafe: None
  • Programmable Start: No
  • Auto Shut-Off: No
  • Filter: Gold Tone #2 permanent
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.5″W x 8.5″D x 14.4″H
Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
83
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The Cuisinart DGB-650 is the best Cuisinart machine with a blade grinder. Unfortunately, that makes it inferior to the DGB-700 and higher. On the plus side, it comes with a thermal carafe.

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Blade
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.8″W x 12.0″D x 17.0″H

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-650 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Blade
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 12.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.8″W x 12.0″D x 17.0″H
Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
82
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-550 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee. Unfortunately, it's a blade grinder. For a better burr grinder, check out the DGB-900 instead.

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Pros

  • Compatible with both whole bean and pre-ground coffee
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Convenient Brew Pause feature
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Cons

  • Grinder builds up coffee paste and requires frequent cleaning
  • Everything has to be dry before making a pot
  • Requires frequent cleaning to prevent clogging
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough
  • Grinder is very noisy

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Built-in grinder for whole bean coffee
  • Grinder Off setting for pre-ground coffee
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, flat-bottomed filter bed (not cone-shaped like others here)
  • 12 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.5″W x 11.2″L x 15.2″H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Pros

  • Compatible with both whole bean and pre-ground coffee
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Convenient Brew Pause feature
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Cons

  • Grinder builds up coffee paste and requires frequent cleaning
  • Everything has to be dry before making a pot
  • Requires frequent cleaning to prevent clogging
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough
  • Grinder is very noisy

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Built-in grinder for whole bean coffee
  • Grinder Off setting for pre-ground coffee
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, flat-bottomed filter bed (not cone-shaped like others here)
  • 12 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.5″W x 11.2″L x 15.2″H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

How to Program a Cuisinart Coffee Maker

If you own or are considering purchasing a programmable coffee maker, follow the instructions below to program it:

Setting the Clock

  1. When plugged in, the coffee maker will flash “12:00” for 10 seconds — this lets you know it’s in Clock Set mode
  2. If “12:00” stops flashing or you want to reset the time at any point, press and hold either the Hour or Minute button to return to flashing Clock Set mode
  3. In Clock Set mode, press either the Hour or Minute button to change the time — press and hold to scroll more quickly and make sure the PM indicator is on if you’re setting a PM time

Setting the Auto-On Time

  1. Press and hold the Prog/Auto-On button for 2 seconds
  2. The display will flash “12:00” or the last time you set
  3. Follow the instructions above for setting the clock to set the Auto On time
  4. When the time is set, press the Prog/Auto On button to exit Set Time mode
  5. When you want to turn the Auto On setting on, press the Prog/Auto On button — the time set will appear before changing back to the clock
  6. To turn Auto On off, press the Prog/Auto On button — the notification light will turn off

How to Clean a Cuisinart Coffee Maker

You’re busy. You have better things to do. But take a few minutes every 2-4 months to clean your coffee maker. Doing so will ensure the following:

  • Better tasting coffee
  • Better performance
  • Longer useful life

If you have hard water, clean it every 1-2 months. If you have use filtered water you can probably get away with cleaning every 5-6 months. If at any point the Clean light comes on, make sure you descale soon.

Whenever the time comes, this is how you do it:

  1. Turn off the coffee maker and unplug it from the electrical outlet
  2. Remove the charcoal water filter, if one exists
  3. Fill the water reservoir with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water
  4. Press and hold the Clean button, if one exists
  5. If no Clean button, run several cycles until you’ve used all of the vinegar/water mixture in the reservoir
  6. Repeat until the Clean light turns off
  7. When done cleaning, fill the reservoir with water (no vinegar) and run one or more cycles to rinse
  8. Return the charcoal water reservoir, if one exists

That’s all there is to it.

Depending on your model, some components may be dishwasher safe. While this varies from model to model, most Cuisinart coffee makers will adhere to the following:

  • Coffeemaker lid — dishwasher safe
  • Filter basket — dishwasher safe
  • Glass carafe — dishwasher safe
  • Thermal carafe — dishwasher safe
  • Removable drip tray — dishwasher safe

Warranty

Cuisinart products are among my favorite and tend to rank well on lists of most reliable products because of their sturdy construction and Cuisinart’s 3 year warranty.

You read that correctly — Cuisinart products come with a 3 year warranty.

Today, most kitchen appliances seem to fail around the 12-18 month mark, and many — most notably Keurig coffee makers — only come with 1 year of purchase protection.

Not Cuisinart.

You can read about the Cuisinart coffee maker warranty in any of the user manuals linked to above, but here’s a snapshot of the warranty from their DCC-3200 model.

Cuisinart 3-Year Warranty from DCC-3200 (click here for full manual).

Problems & Troubleshooting

No one likes dealing with a faulty kitchen appliance. If you’re having issues with your Cuisinart coffee maker, try some of these helpful troubleshooting tips:

Why does my coffee taste metallic?

Even after frequent descaling with vinegar, your coffee machine may build up some tough-to-eradicate calcium deposits. Before replacing the machine, try cleaning it with a commercially made descaling solution designed specifically for this purpose.

Why is my brew basket overflowing?

Cuisinart carafe lids are designed specifically for a Cuisinart coffee maker and have a check valve on the top that allows coffee to flow into the carafe when brewing but prevents it from flowing out when pouring a cup. This check valve can clog, so make sure you clean it regularly with a brush and vinegar.

I can’t remove the permanent Gold Tone coffee filter from the brew basket.

The Gold Tone filter is spring loaded. Eject it using a button usually located near the top left of the machine next to the brew basket.

My coffee maker keeps shutting down during the brew cycle.

The most common cause is calcium buildup. Try descaling with water and vinegar. If that doesn’t work, the next most common cause is a clog in the reservoir or somewhere inside the machine’s inner tubes. First check the water reservoir for anything obvious near the water intake. If that’s not the case, try some of the following troubleshooting tips.

Why is my coffee maker beeping incessantly but not brewing?

This can happen for myriad reasons. First, unplug the unit from the electrical outlet for 10-15 minutes, then plug it back in and see if it works. If this doesn’t fix the problem, try the remaining troubleshooting tips in order. If all else fails, call customer service.

Why won’t my coffee maker turn on?

Have you made sure it’s plugged in? (Sorry, had to ask.) If it is plugged in, check the power cord for any tangles or bent/broken sections. It’s possible the cord was damaged and the wires were broken.

Why won’t my coffee maker brew a full pot?

This is often a sign that it’s time to clean and descale the machine. Try following the cleaning instructions above. If this isn’t the solution it’s possible that coffee grounds overflowed into the water reservoir and have clogged up the interior tubes. You can fix this by opening up the machine (read next troubleshooting tip).

I need to open up my coffee maker but can’t get the security screws off.

Disclaimer: It’s not advisable that you try to open up your coffee maker. You could damage the unit and void the warranty. Now with that out of the way, you can remove the special security screws with a T10 torx screwdriver. These are available at most hardware stores or on Amazon.

For any other issues, feel free to comment below and I’ll see what I can do to help. If you’re within your warranty period, you can also contact Cuisinart customer service at 1-800-726-0190.

Parts & Accessories

Even the most careful users find themselves in need of new parts from time to time. Here are some of the Cuisinart coffee maker parts and accessories you may need.

  • Glass carafe: prices vary (make sure your model is compatible)
  • Thermal carafe: prices vary (make sure your model is compatible)
  • Paper filters cone-shaped #4
  • Gold Tone permanent coffee filter, flat bottom for DGB-500BK
  • Gold Tone permanent coffee filter, cone-shaped for other models above
  • Cone-shaped filter basket holder compatible with Gold Tone filters above
  • Replacement carbon filters
  • Replacement glass carafe lid

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About The Coffee Maven
bryan de luca
Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!