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Single-cup coffee makers should be easy to use – that's part of their charm – and the Cuisinart SS-700 single-serve brewing system is no different. It uses the K-Cup system to deliver fresh coffee to your cup.
Like most single-cup coffeemakers, Cuisinart boasts that the brewing system delivers coffee quickly, but the one-minute brewing time is quite impressive. It has an 80-ounce reservoir that's removable, which is bigger than most, and the five cup sizes include an iced drink option.
At the price point, you expect it to have a strength control, which it does, and the temperature control means you can fine tune the coffeemaker so that it produces the perfect brew every time. The use of K-Cups makes it easy to clean and maintain, as you don't have to find filters and grind up the coffee. However, K-Cups are generally pricier than most coffee, so the recurring cost per cup is quite high in addition to the already substantial price point of the machine. To alleviate this, you can get a K-Cup that's reusable and can be filled with ground coffee, giving you the best of both worlds. If you want to avoid K-Cups and use ground coffee only, take a look at the Scoop from Hamilton Beach.
The machine does shine thanks to its aesthetics; it looks good on any countertop. It has a cleaning system that keeps each cup fresh. The automatic shutoff feature lets you forget about this single-serve coffeemaker, and it won't burn out or keep sucking up electricity after you've used it.
You don't have to include a K-Cup when you run this single-serve coffeemaker, either. It can be used to quickly produce hot water for tea or instant coffee. However, it cannot handle coffee pods.
Finally, the charcoal water filtration system gives you a fresh and tasty cup each time. It needs to be replaced periodically, just like any other water filter, but the cost of that is typically less than the retail price of a 12-pack of K-Cups.
Overall, the Cuisinart SS-700 single-serve brewing system is a mid-range single-serve coffeemaker that is ideal for discerning coffee lovers who want coffee quickly. Its main weakness is that it needs a special accessory to handle ground coffee, but it is a decent coffeemaker for the price.