Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Review

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite
Overall Rating
Coffee Quality (40%)
Design & Features (20%)
Durability (20%)
Ease of Use (10%)
Brand Reputation (10%)
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.
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Key Features of the Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

Key Features of Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite

  • 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 Overview

The DCC-3650 shares many of the same settings and features as Cuisinart's DCC-3200, but it also has a much more developed heating system for improved temperature control as well as a 10-cup thermal carafe.

The internal heater can be set to one of three different temperature settings — Regular, Hot, and X-Hot — and allows for the DCC-3650’s Extreme Brew function.

What is Extreme Brew?

It’s a function that allows you to brew the same hot, fresh cup of coffee in 25% less time.

This unit has a smaller capacity than many of Cuisinart's 12-cup and 14-cup brewers, but its thermal carafe does a good job of keeping the DCC-3650’s 10 cups of coffee nice and hot for about 2 hours.

  • 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
  • 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

Is the Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite for you?

Is Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite for you?

There are only 2 reasons I’d go with the DCC-3650 over the Cuisinart 14-Cup DCC-3200 or Cusinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew:

  1. I want thermal carafe
  2. I live at a high altitude or want the X-Hot temperature setting

If those don’t matter to you, go with the DCC-3200 and get the largest brew capacity.

Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite Review: An In-Depth Look

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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.

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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!