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Cuisinart CHW-14 Review, A So-So Coffee Maker?

Cuisinart CHW-14 Review

It comes with a handsome exterior with difficult-to-miss buttons on its control panel. It’s advertised as programmable, and it boasts a 56-ounce water tank, which — can we just say — is more than big enough! But does this 10-cup coffee maker sit well among previous buyers? Let’s find out in this Cuisinart CHW-14 review.

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Key Features of the CHW-14 Coffee Maker

Before the comments of previous buyers, let’s touch on the most notable features of the Cuisinart CHW-14.


Although the control panel is not the most advanced display you’ll find in a coffee maker, the CHW-14’s display gives you access to a number of truly helpful functions.

For instance, the CHW-14 has a clock feature that displays the time of day. Yes, you can set it to be in sync with the correct time by simply using the Hour and Minute buttons below the clock display.

Aside from that, the control panel has indicators to let you know which function is currently on. Examples include the Auto On and Water Ready buttons. If that’s not enough, know that there are also indicators that remind you when it’s time to do something. Examples include the Clean and Add Water indicators.

Thermal Carafe

As advertised, this 10-cup thermal carafe has a “drip-free pour spout” and an “ergonomic handle.” Another good news is that if you need a replacement, you can easily purchase one – Cuisinart DGB-600CRF.

Notable Functions

Here’s a list of the functions you can look forward to with the Cuisinart CHW-14 coffee maker.

One, it’s equipped with an Auto On feature. Second, the Brew Pause feature is truly a gem. With this feature, spills and dirty build-ups on the resting plate are avoided. Third, the CHW-14 is equipped with a Power Loss Back-Up System. When there’s a power shutdown or if a breaker trips – though it rarely happens – this coffee maker’s power back-up system holds all information for one minute.

Yes, you can dispense hot water by simply using the Dispensing Lever. There’s also a Safety Lock to prevent hot water from being dispensed, thereby preventing unwanted accidents.

Safety Feature

One of the best features of the CHW-14 is its Safety Lock. On the control panel is a lever that you can slide to the left or right. When the Lock option is chosen, you’re sure that the machine doesn’t accidentally dispense hot water, which can potentially harm you.

Chart: Features and Specs of the Cuisinart CHW-14 Coffee Maker

Here’s a chart that details the technical specs and features that the CHW-14 has.

Cuisinart Coffee Maker
Model Check Price » Cuisinart CHW-14
Weight 9.25 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 x 10.25 x 14.3 inches
Thermal Carafe Capacity 10 cups
Water Reservoir Capacity 56 ounces
Coffeemaker Control Panel Buttons and Knobs with Time Display
Programmability 24 hours
Charcoal Water Filter
Filter Basket Holder
Cord Storage
Functions and Features
Power Loss Back-Up System
Brew Pause
Hot Water Dispenser
Safety Lock
1-4 Cup Setting with Indicator
Clean Indicator
Ready Tone Option
Auto On
Water Ready Indicator
Add Water Indicator

Consumer Feedback: Cuisinart CHW-14 Review

What do previous buyers have to say about the Cuisinart CHW-14 coffee maker? Here’s a summary of what we found out on our trip to the comments and feedback section of a popular online retailer.

Hot Water Dispenser

One of the many advantages of this coffee maker is that it can also dispense hot water. That said, you don’t have to make an additional effort to boil water for other non-coffee drinks such as tea. For this alone, the CHW-14 takes big points for the convenience.

Here are some feedback regarding this feature and the resulting hot water dispensed.

When it comes to the temperature of the dispensed hot water, one person who took it upon himself to measure it using a thermometer says that this unit dispenses at 186 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes to its size, one person said that the hot water dispenser is “huge.” This is a good thing because it fits a variety of mugs even the tall and wide ones.

Coffee Maker

This coffee maker can be programmed to up to 24 hours. Here are some comments regarding this machine’s coffee-making abilities.

One person has measured the temperature of the resulting coffee drink, and he said his thermometer reads at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to stay warm for a period of time, which is good news for people who loves to take their time sipping their coffee in the morning.

Limitations of the CHW-14: Cuisinart CHW-14 Review

Here’s a list.

  • Nope, it doesn’t come with a built-in grinder.
  • Some users have experienced a plastic taste during the first few uses. This will eventually go away, but to ensure that you don’t experience this, run the unit through with a water-vinegar solution.
  • One user has a concern over the handle being filled with water when washing it. Some buyers say that it’s normal, but as a warning, always remember to dump the unwanted water before finally putting it back in.
  • The safety lock feature is truly impressive. But as one person has observed, it can easily be slid to the left or right, which means you can accidentally turn this feature off.
  • The general comment about this coffee maker’s size is that it’s large and it can take up a huge amount of space on your countertop. Clearly, this can be a disadvantage.
  • One of the most common complaints about this coffee maker is that some units malfunction even when they’re only 2 weeks old. For instance, the indicators keep lighting up even when the job is already done.

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Our Recommendation: Cuisinart CHW-14 Review

Is the Cuisinart CHW-14 worth it? Based on the comments and feedback from previous buyers, here’s what we have to say.

This coffee maker is a so-so machine. We say “so-so” because it does work when it works. But the complaints of several buyers are difficult to ignore. That said, purchase the Cuisinary CHW-14 with reservations.

Alternative to the Cuisinart CHW-14 Coffee Maker

To end this Cuisinart CHW-14 review, we present another option. As an alternative, you may want to consider owning the Hamilton Beach 49980A, a programmable single-serve coffee maker that gives you two brewing options – either to brew using its 12-cup glass carafe, or using a single cup.