I am SO very picky when it comes to coffee makers so when my old reliable Black and Decker finally brewed its last cup, I dreaded having to shop for another one. I didn’t want to buy the cheapest one out there but didn’t want to have to take out a small loan either. I did a lot of comparison shopping, read tons of online reviews, and decided to give this Cuisinart DCC-1100BK 12-Cup Coffee Maker a try. I must say this is a great coffeemaker for a reasonable price. I choose this model for the programmable options. I especially love the brew pause option that allows you to sneak a cup of coffee before the full brewing cycle is completed. I am very impatient and once I smell coffee brewing I want some right away.
I found pros of this Cuisinart DCC-1100BK 12-Cup Coffee Maker include the programmability, the 1-4 cup option, and the brew pause option. Cons are the fill hole is somewhat small so there is a little bit of difficulty filling the machine with water and the alert tone that sounds at the end of the brewing cycle is quite loud and you cant disable it. These are minor drawbacks in my opinion and nothing that cant be worked around. You just need to turn the unit slightly in order to fill it without any dripping.
Also, I noticed that a lot of reviewers commented about the height of the machine and the fact that you have to pull the coffeemaker out from under the cabinet to fill it. Really? Is that the most you have to complain about? Not a deal breaker at all. The coffee is nice and hot and stays hot after brewing. The charcoal filtering system is a really nice feature and the permanent filter means I dont have to buy paper filters ever again. It also finishes brewing fairly quickly compared to other coffeemakers I have had before. I usually make the full 12 cups and it is finished under 10 minutes. It is also very easy to clean whether you wash it by hand or in the dishwasher.
Overall, the “Cuisinart DCC-1100BK 12-Cup Coffee Maker” is a reasonably price coffeemaker that will serve you and your family well. I highly recommend it to you and would give it 4 out of 5 stars.