It’s nice to have a coffeemaker where you can employ the “set and forget” mode so that you get to have a ready-made pot of coffee when you get up. That’s only one of the many great perks you’ll get with the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable CoffeemakerCup Programmable Coffeemaker.

Timing is definitely a great feature with this machine, but let’s take a look at some of the other features that makes this coffeemaker one of the most sought after appliances with consumers.

Features

First, it has a nice design – and you’re not stuck with just one color choice. The model comes in several colors, including pink and red. It’s a fairly nice-sized design, so one of the drawbacks to that is if you have limited counter space, this one might be too big and you might want to opt for a smaller, more compact coffeemaker.

It has a great feature that lets you have the coffee right away. So when you’re up earlier and just can’t wait for the pot to finish dripping completely, you can put the brewing on hold, grab a cup of coffee and go ahead and enjoy it while letting the drip resume.

Probably one of the most attention-getting and well-liked features with this model is the one that allows you to be in charge of the way the temperature is controlled. With most coffeemakers, you just turn it on, drip the coffee and it comes with a preset temperature for keeping the coffee warm.

Your choices with those coffeemakers are take it or leave it. But with this one, if you like your coffee super hot, you can use the high control. But if you prefer coffee that you can sip right away without scalding your mouth, you have the option of using the lower temperature setting.

If you know anything about charcoal filtering, then you’ll know that it’s one of the best ways to filter water to make coffee taste the best. This coffee machine uses the charcoal filtering system, which means that no matter what kind of water you have in your home, this filter system will still deliver great coffee. Even if you have water that doesn’t taste the best, it won’t affect your coffee.

The manufacturers of this coffeemaker understand that mornings are generally hectic, and they created a beeping feature that alerts you whenever the pot of coffee is finished making, so that you can grab a cup and get your day started off the right way.

Safety

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker has a great built in safety feature that comes with many coffeemakers, but this one takes that safety feature a step further. It will automatically shut off. When you see the feature of ‘autonomic shut off,’ you might not think that’s such a stand out feature.

But the cool part about this feature on this particular machine is that you can decide when that auto shut off time should be. Want it to be in an hour? Set it for that. Two or three hours? Just take your pick.

Cleaning

In order to keep your coffee tasting its best, you have to clean your coffee machine. It’s a time consuming, messy job. That is, unless you have the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – because this machine has a wonderful, self-cleaning ability that takes your job and puts the burden on the machine.

It even has a monitor built into the coffeemaker that tells you when it’s time to clean the system. This helps keep any calcification from building up inside the coffeemaker and lets you extend the life of your appliance a bit longer.

All you do is add a vinegar and water mixture to the coffeemaker and press the self-clean button so that it can do the cleaning process for you. You’ll run one fresh pot of water through the machine before using it to brew your favorite coffee again and it will taste better than ever!

Other Perks

This coffeemaker has a digital clock with easy to read numbers, which is a nice addition for any kitchen. This model carries over the winning features of the machine into the carafe, too. You get a carafe that’s shaped to lend easy transfer of water from the carafe into the machine or into a cup. The way it’s designed means that you’ll get less spillage, so you have less waste.

You can also easily make less than half a pot of coffee. The reservoir is made so that water can easily pour into it without the lid getting in the way like it can with some coffee makers.

The basket that holds the filters is designed to give you a choice in what you use to filter the grounds. You can either use regular paper filters or you can use the filter included, which doesn’t require paper filters.

Cons

Like any other coffeemaker, this one has a few cons for all the pros it has. You have to get the carafe on the burner exactly where it’s supposed to go – because if you don’t, the water doesn’t run through. If you don’t get it in the right place, water will overflow from the basket and you’ll have a soggy, coffee ground mess to clean up.

The great charcoal filtering system does have to be maintained. So it’s not like you can never deal with the making sure that the filtering system is changed. That’s something that will have to go on your to-do list.

When you go to pause the drip to get a cup of coffee you only get a few seconds to get a cup and get the carafe back onto the burner. But if you weigh the pros against the cons of this machine, it still comes out to be a great purchase and it’s understandable why so many consumers opt for this model and brand and leave it such high reviews.