Sometimes there are coffeemakers that take elegance, style and performance and combine them to bring users an elite machine. That’s exactly what happened with the Frigidaire Professional 12-Cup Drip Coffeemaker.Frigidaire Professional 12-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

The moment you see this appliance, you’ll recognize that there’s something different about it. It’s loaded with the features that you want most from a coffeemaker – and you’ll be pleased with this purchase.

Features

There’s a fine line between coffee and really good coffee, but the Frigidaire knows how to make sure the focus is on good coffee with every single use. If you’re like a lot of us, you remember how you had to painstakingly measure out coffee grounds to ensure that you got the coffee the way you wanted it.

If you put too little coffee grounds or didn’t grind enough coffee beans, then the brew was too weak. But if you put too many grounds into the coffee, you felt like it could almost peel paint from the walls with its strength.

Now, thanks to the Frigidaire Professional 12-Cup Drip Coffeemaker, all that guesswork is extinct. If you like your coffee stronger, then all you have to do is let the machine know your preference and it will produce your definition of good coffee. With the Coffee Strength Selector feature, you program the machine and that’s all it takes.

If you’ve done any comparison shopping with coffeemakers, then you’ll know that just like the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central, the Frigidaire has the filter system that makes a difference in how your water can affect the taste of the coffee. Both machines have top of the line charcoal filtering systems that can make tap water taste like the best water available.

Many coffeemakers have a variation in heating temperatures when brewing the coffee and that can make a difference in how your coffee tastes. But the Frigidaire goes the extra mile with a feature that makes sure your water is the right temperature for a perfect brew.

Because this machine has the Powerplus system, you can get some really great tasting coffee. This temperature-based feature makes sure that hot water flows evenly throughout your grounds, providing a more flavorful coffee.

The coffeemaker isn’t as tall as some machines, so this one slides easily beneath a low hanging cabinet. The handy size is as much a plus as the stainless steel design – and if you have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, this will fit right in.

The clock features are well lit with a blue back light, so if you forget to set the machine for automatic fill and remember after you’re already in bed, you won’t have to turn on all the lights in the kitchen to program it.

Knowing that people lead busy lives and that a lot of things have to be scheduled in advance, this machine allows users to preset the appliance to make and have a pot of coffee ready and waiting for the morning wake up. The Frigidaire Professional 12-Cup Drip Coffeemaker has this feature in common with the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central.

Users really like the size and style of the carafe. This sturdy glass comes with a handle matching the outside of the coffeemaker’s stainless steel, and it can hold up to 12 cups of coffee – which is perfect for an all day coffee drinker or for those times when you have family in town.

A bonus for this machine is that it has an easy-to-view reservoir, which prevents spillage from filling it up too much.

With the Frigidaire, the filter basket is a permanent one, so you don’t have to continually invest in new filter cups. It’s an easy-to-clean, gold tipped basket in the shape of a cone, and it helps you keep your coffeemaker clean so that the brews taste fantastic on a daily basis.

Another feature that sets this machine apart is that it lets users know when the auto shut off is counting down. You’ll also be able to tell what kind of coffee strength you selected for the brew.

Cleaning

The Frigidaire Professional 12-Cup Drip Coffeemaker will also clue you in on when it’s time to clean the machine as well as when it’s time for a charcoal filter change. This feature is also comparable to the feature with the Cuisinart DCC-1200.

It takes about a total of 50 minutes for the entire cleaning process to be complete. You’ll run a mix of vinegar and water through the system and then rinse it before using it to brew more great-tasting coffee.

Safety

This machine also has the auto shut off feature, which makes it a safer buy than machines that don’t have the auto shut off. It will remain on for up to two full hours, maximum.

Cons

When trying to fill the reservoir, you don’t have as much room to fill the holding tank because of the design, so it’s easier to spill the water. This is one area where the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central has a better filling design.

If you make a mistake in the programming of your coffee, you can’t fix that mistake if you don’t catch it before the brew cycle. You’re just stuck with whatever coffee strength you selected.

Overall, this is one of the better coffeemakers on the market. It isn’t quite as highly rated as the Cuisinart model is, but it does give it a nice run for the money.