Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker review

The Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker creates 12 cups and has a useful Brew Pause function.

Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker review
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker creates a large amount of coffee fairly quickly, but it lacks in other areas such as a milk frother.


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    Large capacity

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    Brew Pause function

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    Variable heater plate


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    The clock is small and hard to read

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    Quite basic

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    You have to fill it up with the carafe, which is hard to measure

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The Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker has the capacity to make 12 cups of coffee at one time, making it a great choice for households with a few coffee lovers. 

To read about the other coffee makers we've reviewed and see which took the top spot, head to the best coffee makers guide.

Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker: Design & features

The Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker is ideal for making large amounts of coffee without too much work. Positioning itself in the more affordable range of coffee makers, this Cuisinart model is a little basic compared to other coffee makers. 

It does, however, have a sleek finish and helpful functions like Brew Pause and a variable heater plate. The Brew Pause function, as the name suggests, allows you to pause the brewing process so that you can help yourself to a cup of coffee without having to wait for the entire carafe to fill up.

The variable heater plate allows you to keep your coffee nice and warm so that later in the day you pour a cup without having to wait at all. That's not all when it comes to useful features either. 

A Time to Clean monitor will indicate when this coffee maker is in need of a spring clean and a handy cord storage area is also helpful. There's also an auto shut-off feature in case you forget to switch off this machine when you're finished using it.

There are aspects where the Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker is lacking though. For it's price (just shy of $100), this coffee machine could easily be rivalled by more affordable options as it lacks in extras such as steam arms and coffee pod functionality. 

Another aspect we weren't so keen on is that you have to fill up this coffee maker's water tank by using the carafe provided and seeing inside to check the fill level is pretty awkward. 

What's more, this coffee machine is only capable of making filter coffee. You won't be able to use pods or froth your own milk to make a variety of drinks. Regardless of that, the Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker is easy to use and if you're after no-frills coffee, then this will give you that. 

Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker: User reviews

Many reviews of the Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker are really positive, with shoppers claiming the machine is easy to use, reliable and that features like the beeping when the coffee is ready to drink, are very helpful. 

The carafe included with this maker has a well-designed spout which user mention is ideal for reducing drips and spillage when pouring out a cup of coffee. 

Some user reviews, however, criticize how small the clock on this machine is, suggesting it's hard to read.  

Should you buy the Cuisinart Brew Central Coffee Maker?

This coffee maker comes with a three-year limited warranty, which is excellent in the coffee maker world. If you encounter difficulties with this coffee maker, you can contact Cuisinart for support. The device also comes with a helpful user manual that describes how to set up, adjust, and work your machine.

Overall, this coffee maker won't be able to make endless fancy coffees but if you want a reliable machine that can make large amounts of coffee and keep it warm, then this is the model for you. 

Linda Thomson

Linda Thomson, whose loves are kids, books, music, good food and classic films, has been a professional writer her entire working life. This includes four newspapers, one magazine and plenty of online publishing. She no longer writes for Top Ten Reviews, although you'll still see her work across a number of articles on the Top Ten Reviews site.