Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC 1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker routinely takes high marks in reviews by organizations like Consumer Reports and very positive reviews by consumers. The DCC-1200 model is a Cusinart Brew Central model that has stood the test of time, with many reviewers on the various sites returning to update their reviews with even more positive comments. In short, the Cuisinart 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker DCC-1200 is a time-tested winner in the home coffee maker department.

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Product Description

The Cuisinart Brew Central is a sleek, modern machine that introduced an evolutionary new look for Cuisinart. The stylish design houses a coffee maker that is completely programmable from start to finish. The heater plate can be set to different temperatures to reduce the risk of burning the coffee, and it includes a clean feature that tells you when to descale and decalcify the Brew Central 1200.


Product: Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker
Type: Automatic Home Coffee Maker
Size: 14.25″ H x 10.75 D
Weight: 9 lbs
Features: Built in water filter, timer, auto-shutoff, pause and serve, programmable, 1-4 cup brew feature, auto-clean setting, tells you when machine needs cleaning
Uses: ground coffee, cone-shaped filters
Includes: coffee maker, carafe, built in water filter, permanent gold filter and replaceable charcoal filter


Let’s get the important part out of the way first. The Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker makes excellent coffee. The built-in water filter ensures that your coffee is always made with pure, filtered water, eliminating one of the major causes of bitter or off-tasting coffee. The Brew Central also tells you when it needs to be cleaned, and even better – it cleans itself at the push of a button! Could you ask for much more in a coffee maker?

Well, the Cusinart DCC-1200 Brew Central has a lot more to offer. It’s fully programmable, letting you program everything from the amount of water to the temperature of the heating plate. You can also tell the Brew Central when to shut off the heating plate, which is a great feature if, like me, you like your second cup of coffee hot, but don’t want to forget to turn the machine off if you leave the house.

The Cusinart DCC-1200 has a built-in water filter that uses a replaceable charcoal filter. The charcoal will last about 6 months, and cost you about $6 to replace. You don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, but do try it with the included charcoal filter before you decide not to bother. The difference in coffee flavor may totally astound you. Isn’t it worth the price of one Venti to have coffee that tastes this good at home all the time?

In addition, the Cuisinart Brew Central 12 cup coffee maker comes with the standard 3-year Cuisinart Warranty. That means that if something goes wrong with your coffee maker within the first three years you own it, you’re covered. Can it get much better than that?

Well, yes. The Cuisinart DCC- 1200 Brew Central 12 cup coffee maker just looks great sitting on your counter. It has very sleek, chic retro-modern styling. The rounded corners and boxy shape look just as good in black and silver and they do in pure white.

Oh, and though it’s a 12-cup coffee maker, the Cuisinart folks do pay attention to those of us who don’t always want to brew up a full pot of coffee just to get one good cup in the morning. The Brew Central DCC 1200 offers a 1-4 cup brew feature that lets you make a smaller pot of coffee that tastes just as good as a full pot.


There are a few small cons. If you’re used to paying $19.99 for your Mr. Coffee or store brand special, the $89.99 price tag may make your jaw drop. When you take the expected life of the Cuisinart Brew Central into account though, and figure out how many cheap coffee makers you’d have to buy during that time, the price looks a whole lot more reasonable.

The Final Verdict:
If you’re looking to buy a stylish, durable coffee maker that makes great coffee and offers just the right blend of bells and whistles, the Cusinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-cup Coffee Maker is the coffee maker for you.


  1. We have been using this coffee maker for more years than I can recall. Very surprised to see the remark from C. McGuinness. Did Cuisinart replace your defective maker? Defects do happen, but customer service should have kicked in to give you a functioning product.

  2. I had to laugh,,the cheap coffee makers last at least a year. We are heavy users, 3 Full Pots a day. th dcc1200 at 99.+ did not even last a month. I will never buy a Cuisinart again. not worth the inconvenience

  3. I’ve used the 1-4 cup button when brewing more than 4 cups. The coffee seems to be stronger. Has anyone else tried this?

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