Over the years, I've grown to trust and love Cuisinart products. From slow cookers to stand mixers, every Cuisinart item I've owned has completely lived up to my expectations.
So when my old drip coffee maker finally gave out, I figured I'd try a Cuisinart coffee maker instead. But before I made my purchase, I wanted to know how many years of coffee I could expect.
How long do Cuisinart coffee makers last? If you take good care of your Cuisinart, you can expect it to last for 2-5 years. You can extend the lifespan of your coffee maker with proper use and regular maintenance. Cuisinart offers a 3-year warranty on newly purchased coffee machines.
Of course, the life of any drip coffee machine depends entirely on how you treat it. I'll teach you how to take care of your Cuisinart so you can have delicious coffee for years to come.
The Lifespan of a Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Cuisinart offers nearly 60 different coffee maker models. Each one performs differently, but they all make a similar cup of well-brewed coffee.
Cuisinart coffee makers (see Amazon) typically last for 2-5 years. You can compare this to the lifespan of a Mr. Coffee maker, which is typically expected to last for 1-3 years. Cuisinart coffee makers aren't cheap, so it makes sense that they have a longer standard lifespan than the cheaper drip coffee machines on the market.
With the exception of a few percolators, Cuisinart manufactures traditional drip coffee makers. These machines all have the same set of parts:
- A water reservoir that can usually be removed for cleaning
- A filter basket to hold the filter and coffee beans
- A heating element which pressurizes the water and moves it through the filter
- A coffee carafe to catch the freshly-brewed coffee
- A warming plate to keep extra coffee at drinking temperature
Cuisinart uses high-quality materials for each of these elements. Many cheap coffee makers are made entirely from thin plastic, but you can expect your Cuisinart to be made from metal, heat-resistant plastics, and glass.
Electrical issues are one of the most common problems with drip coffee makers. Wires have a limited lifespan, and running large amounts of electricity through a poorly-insulated wire will eventually cause it to break down. If the wiring goes out, your coffee maker will start to experience heating and brewing issues.
Luckily, Cuisinart is known for having great electrical circuits in their products. This improves the lifespan of their stand mixers, slow cookers, and drip coffee machines.
Some Cuisinart machines (see Amazon) also include a charcoal water filter. This removes impurities from the water and improves the taste of your coffee. This filter needs to be replaced once every 60 days to keep working correctly.
Most Cuisinart products carry a limited 3-year warranty. The company is willing to promise that its coffee makers will have no material or workmanship defects for up to 3 years of normal home use.
To take advantage of this warranty, you'll need to register your product after you purchase it. Make sure you have the model number and know which retailer you bought the Cuisinart from.
Even if you haven't registered a warranty, you can still ask Custinart customer service for assistance with your broken machine. If your Cuisinart coffee maker isn't working, you can submit an online product inquiry. You'll need the model number, the serial number, and a description of the problem you're experiencing.
What Makes a Coffee Maker Last?
The lifespan of a coffee maker is determined by the quality of its materials, the amount of coffee you brew, and the maintenance steps that you take when the machine isn't in use.
Cuisinart coffee makers have a solid construction and won't typically break because of a manufacturer defect. This means that if your machine lasts for less than 3 years, it might be because you don't take care of it between brews.
In general, you should clean your coffee maker once a month. If you brew a lot of coffee, you might want to clean it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis instead. Cleaning your machine removes mineral buildups that might prevent water from flowing out of the reservoir and into the filter basket.
Another way to improve the lifespan of your coffee maker is to unplug the machine when it's not in use. Leaving your coffee maker plugged in will send a steady stream of electricity through the coil. This will eventually damage the wires and prevent the machine from heating like normal.
Finally, always make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions. Some coffee machines need to warm up before use, and others have to rest between brewing cycles. Read your instruction manual carefully, and keep it around to reference in case of problems.
It's interesting to note that simpler coffee makers typically last longer than more complicated machines. This is because a machine with more parts has a greater chance of breaking during normal use.
If you choose the Cuisinart Grind & Brew, you have to worry about both the grinder and the heating element breaking over time. If you just go with the Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker, you only have to worry about the heating element. Luckily, Cuisinart makes great products, and they won't break if you treat them well.
How to Clean Your Cuisinart
Cleaning your coffee maker regularly is the best way to increase its lifespan. Although Cuisinart's coffee makers are all a bit different, they typically use the same cleaning process.
When your Cuisinart needs cleaning, you should see a red or orange indicator light turn on; depending on the model, it might even start flashing. However, even if this light doesn't turn on, you should still clean your coffee maker at least once a month.
- Run a water-only brewing cycle. Fill the reservoir with water, but make sure there's no coffee in the filter basket. This cycle cleans out old coffee grounds that might be stuck in the filter basket.
- Fill the reservoir with vinegar solution. I typically add 1/4-1/2 cup of plain white vinegar to the reservoir. Then, I fill it up the rest of the way with plain water. Vinegar breaks down mineral buildups and is an excellent non-toxic cleaning agent.
- Run a cleaning cycle. Most Cuisinart machines have a “clean” button. If yours doesn't, just run a normal brewing cycle with the vinegar solution instead.
- Run another water-only brewing cycle. I always run at least one or two water-only cycles after the vinegar cycle. That way, I know all of the vinegar has been cleaned out of the machine. If the water comes back clear and doesn't smell like anything, you're good to go.
Vinegar is my favorite cleaner, but you can also purchase cleaning solutions made especially for drip coffee makers. Always remember to run a water-only cycle before you brew your next cup of coffee.
Why does the coffee from my Cuisinart taste funny?
If your Cuisinart coffee maker isn't brewing the same delicious coffee you're used to, try running a cleaning cycle. You may also need to change the charcoal water filter to improve your water quality.
When should I replace my Cuisinart coffee maker?
It's time to replace a coffee maker when the taste of the coffee changes significantly and cleaning the machine doesn't solve the problem. You may also want to replace a coffee maker that doesn't get as hot as it used to.
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