When you’re looking to buy kitchen appliances, you want to do comparison shopping so that you get the features that you want and the fit you want as well.
One of the really nice things about the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is the shape of the machine. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and unlike some machines, the control buttons are all at the top of the coffeemaker, rather than the bottom.
That means no more stooping over and squinting to see to make sure you’re using the right button when you want to pre-set your maker to brew. It also means that if you have any vision problems that make it hard to read programmable buttons, this machine can help you with that.
It’s good to see how other coffeemakers stack up against the one many consumers say is the very best – the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – so we’re going to see how this one rates in comparison.
Without a doubt, one of the best features is the shape of this machine, with the gentle curve at the base. The design is sleek, which makes it fit in nicely with any modern kitchen décor. Because the coffeemaker is larger and roomy, this makes it very easy to get the carafe on and off the burner plate.
It’s constructed of stainless steel and has a chrome look, so you know that it’s durable. That compares evenly with the Cuisinart DCC-1200, because both are sturdy and reliable products.
Like some other appliances that are a lot more costly, this machine offers some of the same features for a lower price.
This coffeemaker will also give users the option of getting a cup of coffee before the machine has completed the brewing cycle. Just push a button and the machine will wait for you to get a cup of coffee. That’s also evenly comparable with the Cuisinart.
The filter basket is relatively simple. You’ll get a filter basket that you can take out for easy cleaning or rinsing and like most models, the filter basket can be used with or without the addition of a paper filter.
The filtering system within the machine will filter the water so that you still get coffee that tastes delicious no matter what the water from your kitchen faucet tastes like.
One of the comparison drawbacks against the Cuisinart DCC-1200, is that this machine doesn’t offer the same signals that will beep to let you know when your coffee is done. But unless you really need to be alerted when a pot of coffee is ready, that’s not really an issue.
Some coffeemakers have super high temperatures set for the burner plate, so your coffee can actually get an overdone or burned taste if left too long. That won’t be an issue with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.
Another feature with this machine is that you can use the Brew Strength option to regulate how strong (or weak) that you want your coffee, because not everyone has the same taste preferences.
One additional feature that many users really love is that you can use either a glass carafe like the one that comes with the machine or you can get the thermal kind. The machine works great with either one and a lot of users prefer thermal carafes, so that’s an added bonus feature. It actually detects which kind of carafe you’re using and adjusts the temperature for it.
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker will do an automatic shut off just like the Cuisinart DCC-1200. The automatic shut off is slated to go off after two hours, which is standard among many coffeemakers.
However, the Cuisinart allows users to change the length of the automatic shut off so that is a feature this machine does not have. If you want a shorter or longer shut off time, then you’ll want to go with the Cuisinart model.
Like the Cuisinart, this coffeemaker also offers a self-cleaning feature, which is something that you’ll be thankful to have.
At such a great design and affordable price, you already know that this coffeemaker won’t have all of the features offered by some of the more expensive models. But there are a few cons you’ll want to take a look at when considering this machine for purchase.
First, the way the machine is designed can make filling the reservoir a bit tricky. It’s very easy with this machine to spill water – especially if you’re in a hurry.
You don’t get all of the pluses that you would get with the Cuisinart DCC-1200. There’s also a minor inconvenience because you can’t put the grounds in first and then fill the reservoir. You have to take the filter out first and then fill the water.
For the price, the Mr. Coffee is definitely worth it. But you will give up some features that the Cuisinart has. Also, the Mr. Coffee doesn’t give you a choice of colors, so if you’re looking to add a little color to your kitchen, you’ll be stuck with just one option.