CRs Take

If you want a basic, glass-carafe drip coffee maker, you cannot do much better than this large-volume Cuisinart, one of the highest ranking models CR tests. It earns an Excellent rating for brew performance, reflecting optimal brew temperature and coffee intensity. It can be programmed to have fresh coffee waiting when you wake up, and lets you adjust the brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Detailed Test Results
BREW PERFORMANCE: Met recommended guidelines of 195°F or more, maintained for five or six minutes. CONVENIENCE: Fairly convenient to use, based on how easy it was to understand the controls, fill the reservoir, insert the filter, gauge the amount of remaining coffee, and clean the machine. CARAFE HANDLING: The carafe was fairly easy to use, based on how comfortable we found its handle, whether it dripped while pouring, its overall balance when full, and how hard it was to empty.


The Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200 is part of the Coffee maker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Coffee maker models like the PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Predicted reliability:

Predicted brand reliability icons are based on estimated problem rates for newly purchased drip coffee makers, not under service contract, within the first four years of ownership.

Owner satisfaction:

Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their drip coffee maker brand to their friends and family.

Brew performance: The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing and an indication of the coffee’s concentration.