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Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffee Maker With Stainless Carafe Review

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Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffee Maker

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After using a Cuisinart 4-cup coffee maker in a motel room recently, I decided to buy their stainless steel carafe model for a second brewer and to upgrade our travel coffee maker. The following are my comments on its performance.

Product Description

  • 4-Cup stainless steel carafe; dripless pouring spout
  • BrewPause™ feature
  • 30-Minute automatic shut-off
  • Limited 3 year warranty
  • Non-scratch and non-stick warming plate
  • Uses #2 paper filter or #GTF-4 gold tone permanent filter
  • Learn more about the DCC-450BK from Cuisinart

How the Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffee Maker Performed

July 5, 2009 Setting up the Cuisinart 4-cup was super easy and I especially like the durable stainless steel carafe which seems to keep the coffee hotter. This compact coffee maker brews excellent coffee (one scoop) and serving temperature is piping hot. It has a small showerhead type of drip system that helps with the coffee flavor. Brewing is quick and it needs to cool down a bit before making another pot. It has a toggle type on/off switch and the water indicator is on the inside.

The carafe has a loose fitting lid that does sit flush, but you have to hold down the lid tab with your thumb when pouring. The pouring spout is rather flat and certainly could be improved. Although it pours fine if you go slow, it tends to drip if you're in a hurry.

This coffee maker is quite small, takes very little counter space and has a nice styling. The cord is a reasonable length. As with most coffee makers, although it's sold as a 4-cup model, capacity doesn't come close and it actually serves only two average coffee mugs. This kind of measurement (smaller cup size) is standard with most brewers, but for a second coffee maker, this unit's size is adequate for us - helps to cut down on coffee drinking mid-day and we also waste less. For a travel model, it's small, lightweight and portable.

For a small coffee maker, it has some very good features not often found with other same-size brands, such as brew pause, which worked well and an auto shut-off function which I find is a must-have feature. I also like the non-scratch warming plate which cleans up nicely.

Overall Impression

It makes great tasting coffee, uses less coffee than expected and serving/warming temperatures are hotter than with most compact models. I like the capacity, size of the unit and how easy it is to set up and maintain. It also looks nice and has good features.

This is the best 4-cup model I've used (I've had several) and although I think the spout could be improved a tad, I'm very satisfied with performance, ease of use, price and especially the long warranty.

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