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Cuisinart vs. KitchenAid 12-Cup Coffee Maker

 Cuisinart and KitchenAid are both respected names in kitchen appliances and this comparison of two 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemakers should help you decide which you prefer.

Cuisinart Thermal 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

Model #DTC975BKN


  • 12-cup, double-wall insulated, stainless steel carafe
  • Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability
  • Patented brew-through and pour-through lid
  • Brew-pause feature
  • Automatic shutoff
  • “Brewing complete” audible beep
  • Water-level indicator
  • #4 paper-filter starter kit
  • Instruction book


The Cuisinart 12-cup coffeemaker is available in black.


The Cuisinart Thermal Programmable 12-cup coffee maker comes with a limited 3-year warranty.

KitchenAid 12-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffeemaker

Model KCM223CU


  • Flat-bottom brew basket presents a uniform bed of coffee to allow for even extraction.
  • Easy-to-fill & clean removable water tank
  • Refined brew process for optimal coffee flavor
  • 24-hour programmability
  • Digital display with variable brew strength selector
  • Gold-tone reusable filter basket
  • Thermal carafe with dripless spout


The KitchenAid model is available in three color choices, including onyx black, silver and contour silver.


KitchenAid does not offer a warranty on the 12-cup coffee maker.


Reviewers had this to say about the KitchenAid Thermal Carafe 12-cup coffee maker:

“Coffee is brewed at a pleasingly hot temperature. Other coffee makers I’ve used have not heated the water enough.””

“The removable water tank is a superb feature that the Krups had which we were not wanting to give up. This coffee maker has a much better implementation of the tank that allows it to fit snugly into the coffee maker with practically no fussing or adjusting; it just settles into its slot perfectly.”

“We LOVE this coffee maker. We wanted a coffee maker with a thermal carafe that fits under a standard set of upper cabinets with a 12-cup capacity. After researching the available options we realized that we basically had only one choice – the KitchenAid.”

Features That Are Available on Both Cuisinart & KitchenAid Coffeemakers

  • 12-Cup Thermal Carafe with a drip and spill free pour spout and a comfortable handle for easy serving.
  • Brew Strength Control ensures optimum flavor when brewing small pots of coffee.
  • Fully Automatic with 24-hour programmability.


While the KitchenAid has some excellent features not available on the Cuisinart, the Cuisinart does have the limited 3-year warranty.  However, most quality coffeemakers such as these two brands would usually last longer than 3 years, under normal use.  If you plan to make several pots a day, the Cuisinart warranty is worth considering. But, if you’re like most people and make one or two pots of coffee per day, either of these brands of coffee makers would most likely still be working fine after three years.

Both appliances are made to last and are well worth the money; and, while both coffeemakers are excellent and have many desirable features, we feel the KitchenAid 12-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffee Maker is the best buy for the money, as both are similarly priced.  The KitchenAid’s color choices, the design of the carafe, the gold-tone reusable filter basket, and the  large digital display give the KitchenAid Coffeemaker the edge.

















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