Pros:Looks nice. Three year warranty.
Cons:Mediocre coffee. Tricky to use. Carafe doesn't keep coffee hot.
The Bottom Line: Cuisinart often makes excellent products, but in my experience, the DCC-1150 isn't one of them.
My husband Bill and I have gone through several different coffee makers over the past few years. Every time we get a new machine, I find myself having to get back on the learning track, trying to figure out how to use the damn thing. Just when I'd gotten used to our Braun coffee maker in Germany, we had to move to the United States where electric plugs and voltages are different. Bill, being the big coffee fan in our house, purchased the Cuisinart (DCC-1150) 10 Cup Coffee Maker for our new home. He says he bought it because it has a thermal carafe. It may have a thermal carafe, but I still don't think it's a very good coffee maker.
Recommend this product?
What's in the box?
The Cuisinart DCC-1150 looks attractive enough, with its black plastic finish and silver accents. It also comes in white, but ours is black. The box contains the coffee maker, which has 24 hour programmability and a silver thermal carafe. The coffee maker has a digital clock and an alarm that beeps when it's done brewing.
When we first got this coffee maker in September, I tried to use it a few times. It seemed like a straightforward process. Just dump the water into the well, put a cone shaped paper filter into the basket, add my ground up coffee, close the lid, and press the brew button. The first time I tried to make coffee, I thought I needed to remove the lid on the carafe. I didn't realize that the lid has holes in it that allow the coffee to enter the carafe. I also didn't know that it was necessary for the lid to be on the carafe because the top of it presses a button in the machine that lets the coffee brew completely. Well... suffice it to say that my first pot of coffee was a disaster, watery with grinds in it, but I guess that's my fault for not reading the directions.
The next time I made coffee with this machine, I left the lid on and, I think, did everything right. But I ended up with half a pot of coffee. That time, it was because the plug somehow came out of the wall socket (they're loose in our house). Again, not really Cuisinart's fault.
Finally, I managed to brew a full pot of coffee with no grinds in it. And, to be honest, I wasn't at all impressed with the end result. I mean, the coffee tasted just okay, even though we use premium beans. As for the carafe, I really don't think it keeps the coffee that hot. In fact, I don't think the coffee maker really gets the coffee very hot at all, even when it's freshly brewed. I prefer to use the silver German carafe we bought in Sindelfingen, which I've found will keep coffee piping hot all day! This coffee maker doesn't get the coffee piping hot, but at least when I use the German carafe, it'll stay somewhat warm.
This coffee maker comes with a three year limited warranty. It has a setting that allows users to brew 1 to 4 cups without compromising flavor, brew pause, 60 second reset, and auto shutoff at the end of the brewing cycle. The carafe is double-wall insulated and the machine comes with a gold tone filter and a charcoal water filter. The machine measures 8 by 9 by 13 inches.
Even with all the bells and whistles that come with this coffee maker, I don't think it makes very good brew. The Braun machine that we used in Germany had fewer features and made much better coffee.
I mostly let Bill make the coffee in our house, though sometimes I'll brew a pot if I need to wake up. I would drink coffee more often, but I just don't enjoy using this coffee maker and I don't like the end results. Maybe that's a good thing, since I end up drinking more water or orange juice instead... or I'll make hot chocolate.
I can't recommend this coffee maker. In fact, I think I'll start shopping for a new one, now that everything's on sale.
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