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Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1 review

Cuisinart coffee maker.

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker keeps things simple in both functionality and design, but that isn’t a bad thing. With it, you’ll enjoy consistently delicious, extra hot cups of coffee, no matter the size. And this machine can brew up to 14 cups, making it suitable for large households or even a small office. What more could you want from an option ready to hang with the best coffee makers

With a sleek stainless steel finish, sturdy build, and compact size, this drip coffee maker will look great in just about any kitchen—though it attracts fingerprints. Its control panel is a bit basic, so I struggled to figure out all the different controls at first. But after a few brews, anyone will become a master. Other quality-of-life additions like a water viewing window, water filter, and Gold-Tone filter add to the value of this machine. 

It was a pleasure testing the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker for over three weeks. I tried a variety of brew sizes from just a few cups to full carafes, measuring the time it took to brew and the temperature. This machine does take a little longer to make coffee than others I’ve tested, but it’s programmable to avoid waiting. And luckily, it’s worth the wait, as each cup came out perfectly hot and flavorful. If you don’t want to wait for the brew to finish, a “brew pause” feature lets you stop the brew part way through to pour a quick cup; it works surprisingly well. 

The real star of this machine is the warming plate, in my opinion, which kept the coffee warm for hours, only losing about 10°F of heat and maintaining the flavor profile for over two hours. You can choose between low, medium, and high warming plate settings, though each option only changes the temperature by a couple of degrees. Beyond making your traditional brews and adjusting the warming plate temperature, you can make a “bold” brew. It takes slightly longer to make, and I didn’t notice a difference in flavor from the regular brew. So, don’t buy the machine for this feature. 

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker gets a lot right, with its consistent performance and tasty results. If you’re after a basic drip coffee maker that looks good and works great for a fair price, you won’t be disappointed. 

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: Price & availability

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1 retails for $99.95, but you can often find it on sale for $10-20 less. It has wide availability, so you can buy it directly from the manufacturer’s website or retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. Given the quality build, great coffee, and large capacity of this coffee maker, a price tag under $100 makes it a great value. 

Score: 5 out of 5

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: first impressions

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker arrived in a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-handle package. The packaging for shipping included two boxes for protection, with the second box showcasing the machine’s features. Inside, it was already fully assembled. Unfortunately, an excess of plastic was used, with two plastic bags around the coffeemaker. At least, Cuisinart skipped styrofoam in the packaging. 

Coffee maker in box (Image credit: Future)

Even though the coffeemaker was fully assembled, there was still a more involved process to follow before brewing your first carafe of coffee. That’s because it comes with a charcoal filter, a nice inclusion that should help improve the coffee’s flavor and the machine’s longevity. The filter had to soak in cold water for 15 minutes, get placed in the filter holder, and rinsed for a few seconds before the filter setup was ready for use. 

You’re also supposed to flush the machine before brewing your first cup in case of dust or debris that may have entered during manufacturing. It’s a fairly straightforward process—almost the same as brewing coffee. I just poured a full carafe of water into the water reservoir and started a brew. After about 14 minutes, it was finished. I washed the carafe and filters before using them as well. From there, I was ready to brew my first cup. The entire process took 30 minutes, but it was pretty hands-off. 

Included water filter (Image credit: Future)

Looking at the coffee maker, it has a nice stainless steel finish, and the glass carafe features a plastic and stainless steel handle to match. There’s a basic LCD with a few buttons, and I appreciate the simplicity. Everything feels durable and sturdy, making me believe the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker will deliver a decent cup of drip coffee. The inclusion of a Gold-Tone filter in the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is something I appreciate, as it means you don’t need to worry about paper filters if you don’t want to.

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: Design

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is around the size of your typical drip coffee maker, measuring 14.0 x 7.75 x 9.0 inches. It easily fits on the counter of my smaller-than-average kitchen, so it’s great for those tight on space. You’ll also be happy leaving it out all the time, thanks to the sleek stainless steel and black plastic body, which even extends to the handle of the carafe. Just be prepared for the coffee maker to attract an excess of hard-to-clean fingerprints. If you’re looking for a lighter look, it comes in white and stainless steel. Or, there’s even a darker metal option. 

This coffee maker looks great, but does it feel well-built? For the most part, yes. Beyond the stainless steel layer on the body, the majority of the coffee maker is made of sturdy, durable plastic. I’ve had no issues with any parts of the machine during the past three weeks of testing. Even the hinge on the lid has been reliable and less flimsy than other drip coffee makers I’ve used. Plus, its lightweight makes for easy moving around.

If you’re after a large LCD with tons of settings, this is not the coffee maker for you. Cuisinart keeps the control panel and features relatively simple. You get a small, blue glowing screen that displays the time and the heat level of the carafe warming plate: Low, medium, and high. Surrounding that screen are four buttons to control the time, warming plate temperature, and sound. 

Coffee maker's control panel (Image credit: Future)

Below the screen are five additional buttons, three of which are pretty self-explanatory. “Clean” will glow red when you need to decalcify the coffee maker. “Bold” is what you’ll select for a stronger brew, and it will glow blue. The 1-4 button is selected when brewing under five cups of coffee. “Bold” and/or “1-4” will need to be selected and then the “Brew/Off” for your coffee to actually begin brewing with those settings. 

If you’re looking to brew your average carafe or half carafe, you only need to select the “Brew/off” button to start a brew. That button also controls how long the coffee maker stays on, from 0-4 hours. Finally, there’s the “Prog/Auto On button”, letting you program the machine to start a brew up to 24 hours in advance. Admittedly, coming from some slightly more high-tech coffee makers, it was harder for me to get the hang of this more basic machine, especially when it came to programming. Still, if you’ve used a drip coffee maker before, you’ll get the hang of this control panel quickly. 

On the side of the machine, you get a handy little water viewing window, indicating how much water is in the water reservoir, which determines how much coffee gets brewed. Given the name, this coffee machine makes up to 14 cups of joe, one of the largest capacities available on an at-home coffee maker. That’s an ideal size for larger households or even a small office. Honestly, I never used the water viewing window measuring tool, as I’d just fill the carafe at the sink, and pour it into the water reservoir at the back of the machine. I love that a filter is even included, so I don’t feel as guilty using the Los Angeles tap water when making coffee. 

Water viewing window (Image credit: Future)

When brewing, you lift the hinged lid, which gives you access to the water reservoir and filter basket. On the lid is also the shower head to evenly distribute water over the coffee grounds. The lid gets quite tall when opening at about 22 inches tall, so if you have low cabinets like me, you’ll probably need to pull the coffee maker out when adding the water and grounds. A slight annoyance, but not surprising. 

As for the filter basket, there are several components, including the basket, basket holder, and Gold-Tone filter. The Gold-Tone filter is a wonderful inclusion, so you aren’t reliant on paper filters. Of course, you’re still welcome to use #4 paper filters should you choose, and Cuisinart includes four in the box. But no matter the filter chosen, you’re limited to 15 tablespoons of coffee grounds. Removing the Gold-Tone filter and filter basket for cleaning is super easy. However, there is unfortunately no drip cover, so after a brew, you’ll end up with a few drips onto the warming plate when you remove the carafe.

Filter basket (Image credit: Future)

The carafe that comes with the coffee maker matches its aesthetic with a stainless steel and black plastic handle. It looks great and has held up well. The rest of the carafe is glass and includes cup measurement lines up to 14 cups, so you know how much coffee is brewed. On top is a plastic snap-on lid. It’s not as sturdy as I would’ve liked, but I haven’t had any problems with it yet. 

The only accessories that came with this coffee maker are the paper filters, a Gold-Tone filter, and the water filter I mentioned, along with a basic black coffee ground scoop. But given the under $100 price tag this isn’t surprising.

Score: 4 out of 5

Carafe included with coffee maker (Image credit: Future)

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: Key specs

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: Performance

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker keeps things relatively basic. Its control panel isn’t as straightforward as some, but even still, anyone should be able to brew a fresh carafe of coffee after just a little practice. I thoroughly enjoyed my time using this machine. 

For most of my testing, I brewed half carafes of coffee to measure the time it took to brew and the temperature, swapping between the Gold-Tone and #4 filters with each brew. The machine has a limited feature set, so I tested everything it offers. 

To start, I filled the carafe halfway with water and poured it into the water reservoir. This process can be a little awkward, as similar to most coffee makers, the reservoir is in the back. I ended up moving the machine out from under my cabinets to do this. Then, I used the provided coffee ground measuring tool, filling the installed Gold-Tone filter and basket with several scoops of coffee. I wish the measuring tool or instruction manual listed suggestions on how much coffee to scoop into the filter. 

Putting coffee grounds into Gold-Tone filter  (Image credit: Future)

For this brew, I decided to keep with the standard settings of the coffee maker, leaving the carafe warming plate temperature at medium heat—it’s important to note that you can’t change this setting after you begin a brew. After that, all I had to do was press the “Brew/Off” button, it glowed blue. Almost immediately, the machine began making noises and started the brew. The brewing process is relatively quiet, hitting around 55dB-60dB, so you won’t need to worry about disturbing others in your household during your early morning brews. However, the five beeps when the machine finishes the brew are more noticeable. Luckily, with the push of the button above the display, the beeps can be muted. 

About eight minutes later, I had a fresh half-carafe or about seven cups of coffee. Immediately after the brew, the coffee measured a toasty 170°F. The ideal temperature for extracting coffee is between 195°F and 205°F. That number is very close considering the coffee probably loses heat while brewing. This coffee maker prides itself on brewing a hotter cup of coffee, and I feel it succeeds in that regard. Especially considering the last machine I tested had an average cup temperature of about 140°F. 

I left the pot of coffee on the warming plate for one hour to see how well the coffee kept its temperature. To my surprise, it fared well. After one hour, the coffee was still 165°F, and two hours later it went down to 160°F, maintaining a temperature that was just a little too hot to immediately drink after pouring. You can’t complain about that. I had the coffee maker set to turn off after two hours, and right when it hit that mark, two beeps indicated the machine turned off. When that happens, only the clock on the LCD will remain lit and the “Brew/Off” will no longer glow blue. 

I tested out the warming plate’s other temperature options as well: low and high. Setting the warming plate temperature to low and following the same process as the first half carafe I brewed, the coffee took the same amount of time and had the same temperature of 170°F immediately after brewing. After one hour, the coffee was slightly cooler at 160°F, and two hours later it maintained the same temperature. As for the half carafe set at the high warming plate setting, the coffee stayed at a toasty 170°F throughout the two hours. The difference in temperature between the three settings was only about 10°F, so the warming plate temperature options seemed like an unnecessary addition to the coffee maker. Still, the warming plate does a great job of maintaining the brew temperature. 

It’s possible to adjust the settings to keep the warming plate on for up to four hours using the Auto Off button. Honestly, I struggled to figure out how to set this time, but after reading through the instructions, I managed to do it. I tested a few of my half-carafe brews for longer periods on the warming plate, and they kept that same 10°F temperature range from when the brew initially finished. 

Beyond brewing your standard half-carafes of coffee, I made a full carafe of coffee several times. To do this, I followed the same process as the half-carafe but filled the water reservoir to the top and added more coffee grounds to the filter. I kept the warming plate at the medium setting. After about 15 minutes, the carafe was filled to the top and had a temperature of 180°F, making the brew slightly warmer. After one hour, the brew maintained its original temperature, and about two hours in was slightly lower at 175°F. Again, the warming plate does exactly what it’s supposed to, keeping that coffee warm for hours.   

It's possible to make smaller amounts of coffee with this coffeemaker, and you again follow the same process as the other larger brews. So, I filled the water reservoir with my desired amount of water and added coffee grounds to the filter. But before selecting the “Brew/Off” button to begin, I pressed the “1-4 button”, indicating that my brew was under five cups. Then, I selected the “Brew/Off”, and it began without a hitch. Brewing three cups took about 7 minutes and was about 150°F, while one cup was around the same temperature but took only 4 minutes. 

Control panel when making under 5 cups of coffee (Image credit: Future)

Unfortunately, this machine isn’t as fast as most single-serve coffee makers, and you need to brew these smaller batches into the carafe; you can’t brew into a mug. Still, it’s nice to have the option to brew a wide variety of sizes. What I find weird is that the warming plate stays on for the entire two hours or whatever you have it set for, so be sure to turn off the machine after you finish the carafe to ensure you don’t burn any coffee remnants when making smaller amounts. 

Beyond your standard brew, the only other option is to make a bolder, richer cup of coffee. To do this, you follow the same process as any other brew, only you select the “Bold” button before hitting “Brew/Off”. When brewing a “bold” half carafe, the process took slightly longer, at about ten minutes, and was 170°F after the brew. So, making a richer brew over the standard is simple and involves pushing one extra button. 

There are a few other features on the brewer, including programmability. As I mentioned, the control panel is slightly more confusing than some. Still, after about a minute of playing around with the “Auto On/Prog” button and the time buttons flanking the LCD, I set the coffee maker to brew at a certain time (within 24 hours). And sure enough, right as the clock on the machine hit that time, my coffee began to brew without a hitch. 

Another handy function is the “Brew Pause”. To activate this, all you need to do is remove the coffee pot, and it stops the flow of coffee mid-brew, which is great when you're desperate for a caffeine fix. However, it can affect the flavor of your coffee. And be sure to only have the carafe away from the machine for under 20 seconds. Otherwise, you risk the filter overflowing. I never had any problems pouring a quick cup using this feature, though there was occasionally some drippage. Drippage also occurred at the end of my brews when immediately pouring a cup. Some drips would sizzle on the warming plate. It's a slight annoyance, just be sure to wipe up the spill after. 

Paper filter inserted into filter basket (Image credit: Future)

As for the two different coffee filters you can use, Gold-Tone and #4 paper filters, both performed similarly. I noticed a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the carafe with the Gold-Tone filter which wasn’t an issue with the paper filter. The paper filter was also easier to clean up after, as you could just dump the whole thing in the trash and rinse the filter basket. The Gold-Tone filter required you to toss the grounds in the trash, rinsing it out along with the filter basket. Still, this entire process took less than a minute. 

Speaking of cleaning, this coffee maker is on par with others, even a little easier, thanks to the water filter. You’ll need to wash the carafe, Gold-Tone filter, and filter basket after each use. The carafe and filter basket are even dishwasher safe. You’ll also want to wipe up any coffee drippage or fingerprints on the machine. Beyond that, you’ll need to change the water filter every 60 days and decalify the machine when the Clean LED indicator light glows. The process is straightforward, and the instruction manual goes over the step-by-step process. 

Overall, the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is relatively simple to master and works as well as you’d expect. I’ve had zero issues over my three weeks of testing it, so you can’t ask for much more. 

Score: 4 out of 5

Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1: Taste test

The most important aspect of any coffee maker is how the coffee it brews tastes. Luckily, the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker doesn’t disappoint. This machine takes a little longer for the brewed coffee to come out of the filter basket into the carafe, and that’s most likely due to the fact the machine is allowing the coffee to bloom for more flavor as it extracts. The showerhead also helps to evenly distribute the water over the beans, similar to a hand-poured drip coffee. The end result is a rich, smooth, and aromatic cup of coffee every time. 

Lifting lid during brewing process (Image credit: Future)

For testing, I used several types of ground coffee including one from Peets and Lavaza—two mid-level coffee brands with medium coarse beans. Each brew I made was consistently delicious no matter the size of the brew, from full carafes to just a couple of cups. There was never an issue with burning—other than my tongue when I decided to take a big sip too quickly. Even still, each cup was perfectly warm and ready to drink after sitting for less than a minute. 

The taste difference between the paper and Gold-Tone filters was also non-existent, except there was more sediment at the bottom of my cup with the latter. That sediment did nothing to impede the flavor. 

Cuisinart added a “bold” flavor option to this coffee maker, which makes the coffee brew slightly slower than regular, adding additional blooming time. However, I found that this feature did little to change the flavor of the coffee compared to the regular brew. Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful and had no burnt taste, but it seems more like a gimmicky marketing ploy rather than a useful addition. This isn’t dissimilar to many other coffee makers I’ve tested. 

After brewing your carafe of coffee, a warming plate on the machine keeps it hot for up to four hours. During that time, your coffee will lose some flavor notes and become more acidic; that’s just what naturally happens as it sits. Luckily, I didn’t notice too large of a difference in taste over the first couple of hours on the warming plate. However, after hour three, it started to become slightly stale and less smooth, but there was no scorched taste. 

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How does the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1 compare?

 The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker keeps things relatively simple in terms of features, so if you’re looking to do a bit more with your machine, the Ninja Dual Brew Pro is an awesome alternative. With it, you can brew your typical carafe of coffee or K-Cup pods, while its control panel is easy to navigate and informative. Plus, rather than just having your bold or regular brew options like the Cuisinart offering, this one comes with a specialty, over-ice, or rich brew. A separate water line and milk frother add more value to the machine but will cost you $60-$100 more for those added features. It also takes up more space. 

If you’re after just a good cup of coffee, the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is the perfect option. But for those who want to venture into the rich, tasty world of espresso, Breville Barista Express Impress is the best espresso machine for beginners. It’s a bit more involved than Cuisinart’s option with all its bells and whistles, including a coffee grinder, pressure system, and milk steamer. However, the final results of a flavorful espresso or specialty coffee house drink might be worth the extra effort. Just be prepared to shell out significantly more money than the Cuisinart coffeemaker for Breville’s espresso machine. 

Maybe you like everything the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker offers but just don’t want this particular machine. The KitchenAid 12 Cup Drip Coffee Maker is a comparable option with a slightly smaller 12-cup capacity. You’ll still enjoy a beautiful design that matches the aesthetics of the classic KitchenAid mixer, and there’s a brew pause feature similar to Cuisinart’s. This option even has a removable water tank for added convenience and retails for around the same price. 

How I tested the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200P1

  • Tested for three, using the machine daily
  • Replaced a Casabrews espresso machine
  • Used every setting available

 I tested this coffee maker for three weeks. Throughout that time, I used every setting on the machine and brewed a variety of coffee sizes, from just 2 cups up to 14 cups, measuring the brew time with a stopwatch, temperature using a food thermometer, and noise level with a sound meter on my phone. Of course, I noted the taste immediately after a brew and a couple of hours after the coffee had been sitting on the warming plate, generally brewing half carafes to ensure the machine maintained peak performance after moderate use. 

I didn’t need to make changes to my daily routine when using this coffee maker, though it took slightly longer to brew the coffee than when using my Casabrews espresso machine. Still, the entire process was very manageable. 

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First reviewed: April 2024

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