Cuisinart Hot Water System CHW-12 Coffee Plus, Programmable Coffeemaker Black/Stainless review

The Cuisinart with Hot Water System CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is designed to offer high quality and intensely flavored coffee in minutes.

This machine features a charcoal filter that prevents impurities from falling into your coffee. The CHW-12 also features a hot water system as well as a coffee brewer, both of which can be used independently.

The hot water system is perfect for dispensing water for cocoa, soups or tea. This 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker from Cuisinart is completely automatic and its clock and clear indicators allow you to conveniently monitor the different functions of the machine.

Product features:

  • Carafe with a capacity for 12 Cups
  • Brew pause button
  • Completely automatic
  • User-friendly indicator
  • Detachable drip travel for large travel mugs
  • Instant hot water available at any time
  • Clock Display shows time
  • Automatic on/off features
  • Indicator that shows when water is ready
  • Safety function

The Good

The Cuisinart with Hot Water System Programmable Coffeemaker is an incredibly energy efficient unit thanks to its water dispenser that shows an impressive capacity of 58 ounces.

Out of these 58 ounces, the machine keeps approximately 13 ounces hot which gives you access to hot water on a permanent basis. The rest of the water is not heated until you need it which ensures that the machine only uses energy when necessary.

Both the hot water dispenser and the coffee maker maintain optimal temperatures. The water dispenser maintains a temperature of 185 F degrees while the coffee maker maintains a 200 F degree temperature. This guarantees that you have access to hot water and coffee anytime.

The indicator lights offer a remarkable level of convenience as they indicate when the water is ready for use, when the dispenser needs to be refilled and when the machine needs to be cleaned.

The Bad

One of the issues that we had with this unit is that the hot water dispenser is not automatically synchronized with the coffee maker. This means that you will have to mechanically start the water dispenser. It is also not possible to use an exit timer because the machine already has a digital on and off button.

The hot water dispenser also lacks a temperature regulator option, so the available water can get too hot for instant use at times.

In addition, most other coffer makers from Cuisinart feature a strength configuration function, but this model does not have this function.

Our Verdict

The Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System is a package of convenience. The fact that it comes with a hot water system and a coffee maker makes this the ultimate home coffee brewing unit.

Admittedly, most of the cons of this hot water dispenser and coffee maker are negligible and should not deter you from purchasing this machine.

If you are looking for a machine that will fulfill your need for instant hot water and coffee at any time of the day, then the Cuisinart with Hot Water System Programmable Coffeemaker is definitely recommended.