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Cuisinart DC-3200 Review

Our Rating: 4.5/5

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp


  • Backlit LCD screen
  • Programmable brew size and strength
  • 14-cup carafe
  • Brew Pause function
  • Self-cleaning
  • Accessories included
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Our Rating: 4.5/5

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp


  • Backlit LCD screen
  • Programmable brew size and strength
  • 14-cup carafe
  • Brew Pause function
  • Self-cleaning
  • Accessories included
  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Review Summary

I’m honestly surprised by the Cuisinart DCC-3200. How can such a small, affordable machine be packed with so many sophisticated features? Perhaps it’s because Cuisinart is committed to innovation, functionality, and quality — and has won design awards for precisely that.

The DCC-3200 Perfectemp Coffee Maker is the perfect example of Cuisinart’s dedication to modernism. This machine, which stands at a mere 14 inches tall and 9 inches wide, is fully automatic and offers you more choice than most other drip coffee makers.

To start with, the DC-3200 includes 24-hour programmability, allowing you to set your brew time so your coffee is ready when you want it. Getting up at five in the morning is a lot easier when you know your coffee is made and waiting for you!

The backlit LCD screen is easy to understand, and you can use it to set your ready alert, carafe temperature, and timings. User-friendly one-touch buttons allow you to select a range of preferences, including brew strength and size, cleaning, and the auto-on and off features.

Then there’s Brew Pause, a highlight of this model. Pushing the Pause stops the brewing process for those moments when you really can’t wait or simply want your cup of coffee to an exact volume and temperature. Your coffee will be ready, even if the full brewing cycle isn’t fully complete.

On top of that, the Cuisinart DCC-3200CP features a 60-second Reset function that remembers your preferences and picks up where it left off in the event of a disruption. Even a power cut can’t stop this powerful little unit.

A 14-cup carafe with an easy-view window and a stainless steel handle provide functionality. A Gold Tone coffee filter and charcoal water filter are included for free, an addition I appreciate.

The Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated drip coffee makers on the market, and there’s little to criticize here. It’s highly recommended for all coffee lovers, especially those who want an eminently convenient experience.


  • Auto-off, programmable up to 4 hours
  • Self-cleaning
  • Brew Pause function
  • Water filters included
  • User-friendly


    • Handling the carafe is awkward
    • Not as fast as similar machines
    • Filling the boiler is tricky at first

    Features and Benefits of the Cuisinart DCC-3200

    I won’t blame you if you think the Cuisinart DCC-3200 sounds too good to be true. Or maybe you’re on the fence about investing. Either way, if you need reassurance that it’s a wise choice, consider its features below.

    It’s Programmable

    If you’re anything like me, your brain doesn’t start working until there’s coffee fuelling it, so thinking about making coffee is a chore. The DCC-3200’s programmable functions are so smart I wouldn’t be surprised if it gains sentience and starts the robot apocalypse.

    It’s programmable 24/7, meaning you can set your preferences and get coffee at any time in the day (or night, I won’t judge!). Wake up to perfectly brewed coffee, exactly as you like it, without any intervention from you at all.

    Furthermore, you can set your desired strength (choose between regular and bold), your carafe temperature, brew size (select one to four cups for smaller brews), and your ready alert, which can be turned on and off at the push of a button.

    It’s Fully Automatic Too

    The Cuisinart 3200 takes charge. A handy auto-off feature means it will shut itself down at any point up to four hours after your last brew, so you don’t have to worry about whether you remembered to turn it off.

    Then there’s the 60-second Reset function. If power cuts, disconnects, or other mishaps disrupt your brewing, the machine will recall your settings and pick up exactly where it left off.

    Its temperature regulation is fully automatic too. While it’s unclear which technology Cuisinart has incorporated into the DCC-3200, the company states this model can brew hotter coffee without compromising flavor or quality. Another perk is that it keeps your coffee warmer for longer too, with some reports saying it retains warmth for hours.

    Additionally, the DCC-3200 is a self-cleaning machine. Simply push the button and the coffee maker descales itself. It also includes an indicator light to let you know when it’s time for cleaning and maintenance.


    Filters are always a great addition, and the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp comes with two special ones at no additional cost.

    First, there’s a Gold Tone coffee filter. Typically included in high-end coffee makers, these semi-permanent integrations remove the need for paper filters, and more importantly, have a few health benefits over their paper counterparts.

    Secondly, there’s a charcoal water filter thrown in as well. These have a reputation for being some of the best water filters around. Using one in your coffee maker makes your joe crisper because cleaner water means enhanced coffee flavor.

    Don’t forget that your water (and therefore coffee) will be healthier and more wholesome as well.

    It Will Save You Money

    The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a cost-effective coffee maker. Considering its design, automation, and programmable features alongside its capacity and included accessories, this machine is a steal.

    Similar high-end machines usually go for much higher than the DCC-3200CP’s price point. Investing in a DCC-3200 gives you all the benefits and functionality of a premium machine, without the accompanying wallet strain. 

    Because it looks and functions as a high-end model does, I think of it as a bridge between sophistication and budget.

    It’s Compact

    The DCC-3200 Perfectemp coffee maker is tiny for a drip coffee maker, especially when you consider its integrations and features. It stands at just 7.75 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 14 inches tall.

    So, not only is this machine one of the best drip coffee makers on the market thanks to all its cool features, but it’s affordable and will easily fit on your countertops. What’s not to love?

    What Do Users Say About the Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker?

    You can probably tell I’m a Cuisinart DCC-3200 fan. I have no qualms singing its praises, but I’m just one person, so what do others think of it?

    I looked into buyer feedback, and it comes as no surprise that this machine is considered one of the best.

    Satisfied customers say it’s a sleek, efficient machine that shines in terms of ease of use. Buyers agree that it makes excellent coffee and say its coffee flavor and temperature are noticeably better than previous Cuisinart models. Its capacity and space-saving design are also hits.

    On the other hand, dissatisfied customers commented on minor design flaws: the carafe is finicky, and filling the machine with water is somewhat difficult to do without spills. Even so, most critical feedback comes with the caveat that it makes excellent coffee.

    The vast majority of customers are happy with their purchase, and the DCC-3200CP has a near-perfect rating.

    Alternatives To The Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker

    Even though the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp has a lot to offer, it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for a drip coffee machine that’s even easier on your wallet or one with more or fewer features, here are the three of the best alternatives.

    Here’s a machine that has most of the DCC-3200CP’s highlights, but at a quarter of the cost. It’s a 12-cup brewer with 24-hour programmability, pause function, auto-off, an optional ready alert, and a warming plate. It’s also extra-quiet in operation.

    Like the DCC-3200CP, it boasts a user-friendly interface. The digital screen and push buttons are easy to operate and are clearly labeled. A permanent filter and a handy measuring scoop are included.

    Fully programmable


    Budget option

    The Hamilton Beach may not be as sophisticated as the Cuisinart DCC-3200CP, but it’s far more affordable and has an extra convenient feature the DCC-3200CP lacks. What’s cool about it is the single-serve option. Brew directly into your travel mug or standard coffee cup, preventing waste.

    It’s programmable too; set your time, brew strength, and auto-off. A 12-cup machine at full capacity, you won’t starve for lack of coffee. Like the others reviewed here, it includes an easy to program digital screen and user-friendly interface.

    Single-serve option

    Travel mug compatible


    This may be an older model, but it’s still a hit. If you want a Cuisinart machine for less, the DCC-1100 has all the DCC-3200’s features at half the price.

    Its carafe has an ergonomic handle, dripless spout, and knuckle guard. Plus, the Gold Tone filter and charcoal water filter are included here too. An added measuring scoop completes the package.


    Lacks the temperatures the DCC-3200 boasts

    Accessories included


    Few drip coffee makers match the quality and efficiency of the Cuisinart DCC-3200, especially those in its price range. This machine may just fill gaps you didn’t realize were there. Its programmable features give new meaning to convenience, and I think this machine is a no-brainer if you’re looking for delicious coffee with minimal effort.

    It may take some getting used to, but overall, it’s a hassle-free and straightforward unit that anyone can operate. It’s not the machine of choice if you’re hoping for the barista experience as it’s fully automatic and leaves little for you to think about.

    But that’s where it shines. Combine its automation, programmability, and compact size, and you get the perfect machine for those who love their coffee at the ready.

    Cuisinart DCC-3200 FAQs

    What’s the Difference Between the Cuisinart DCC-3200 and the DCC-1100?

    While the two machines have the same features, the DCC-3200CP has some improvements over its predecessor. Notably, it brews hotter coffee and has a higher capacity.

    Does the DCC-3200 Have a Hot Water Function?

    Unfortunately not.

    Does the Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker Come With a Warranty?

    Yes. Your DCC-3200 purchase comes with a three-year limited warranty.