Enjoying a fresh brew on a hectic workday, a lazy Sunday or anytime in between can be life’s great pleasures. In this modern time where a lot of things have been made instant, most of us crave the authenticity that we’ve come to know. But not everyone has the luxury of living near a coffee shop. If you drink at least a cup of coffee every day, getting your very own coffee making machine can be a wise investment. And you can start your search with this Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Maker review.
Our rating of the Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve: 3.5 Star
Features and Benefits
The SS-10 creates fresh, strong coffee each and every time. Easy to use, compact, and portable… it’s a convenient unit to have in apartments, homes, and offices. If you have yet to make up your mind, we’ve dug all the information you need to help you discover if this is the right brewer for your needs.
Performance – Whatever K-cup you keep in stock, the Cuisinart SS-10 can do its magic. This coffee maker has a hot water button that’s handy for hot cocoa, oatmeal, tea, instant coffee, or soup. It activates quickly for a fast increase in temperature. It has a blue backlit LCD control panel that features a programmable clock for automated brewing, auto On/Off, and hot or extra hot brew temperature settings. Set your defaults using the control panel to costumize each cup you brew. The 72 oz water reservoir is removable and serves up to six 12 oz cups. It accommodates five different brew sizes ranging from 4 to 12 oz, and its removable drip tray allows travel mugs up to 7.5″ in height.
Design – The silver façade and stainless steel parts make for a sleek, modern look that fits great in any of today’s kitchen. At 9.5 lbs, this machine is very portable but without significant loss in sturdiness. And, it produces a very minimal sound that makes coffee-making delightfully quiet.
HomeBarista Reusable Filter Cup – For the “grind-it-yourself” types, the HomeBarista refillable pod is a super convenient bonus. Plus, this component comes with its own storage compartment for less the kitchen drawer mess.
Ease of Cleaning – Because all the components of the Cuisinart SS-10 Coffeemaker are easily removable, cleaning is a breeze. It’s recommended that the water reservoir and drip tray be washed by hand. But both the HomeBarista reusable pod and K-Cup funnel is dishwasher safe. The charcoal water filter needs replacing every 2 months. The “de-scale” icon on the LCD screen notifies you when it’s time the machine needs cleaning. And the exterior can easily be wiped clean.
How does it stack up?
To help you further with your choice, here are other premium K-Cup single serve brewers vying for the top spot when it comes to being the best.
There isn’t much difference when it comes to the main components of both brewer models from Cuisinart. Both accommodates 5 cup sizes and has removable drip trays for travel mugs. They have the full spectrum of features and work the same when it comes to performance. One missing component in the SS-10 that many SS-700 fans find useful is the reservoir LED indicator. The drastic difference is in the design and aesthetics with SS-10 brandishing a sleeker, more modern look but the SS-70 having a bigger capacity. The housing shape has been polished, with the buttons redesigned. It’s also worth mentioning that SS-700 has been officially discontinued by Cuisinart.
From a strong brand contender, the K250 Brewer boasts the revolutionary Keurig Brewing Technology. It has a removable 40-ounce water reservoir with water level window. Its strength control settings allow for a much bolder coffee brew with separate settings for other beverages such as mochas, hot cocoa, and chai. Its operation is effortless and made so much simpler by its touch-screen LCD. When it comes to price, the K250 and SS-10 compete head-to-head. One major drawback, however, is it cannot use anything other than Keurig-authorized consumables.
Another mean coffee machine that promises easy and quick brewing is the Bunn My Cafe MCU Brewer. It brandishes an almost intentionally dated minimalist look that gives homes a mid-80’s urban diner feel. But don’t let its lack of style fool you. Its simplicity translates to its interface and operation. This is another option for those who want to enjoy a fast fix with coffee pods or freshly ground beans. It is also capable of brewing tea from pods, tea bags, or loose tea. The interchangeable drawers allow you to choose the drink you want to make. This coffee machine brews in under a minute and its Pulse Brew option gives your drink a stronger, richer flavor. The brewer owes its compact design to its smaller water tank which disappointingly requires constant filling.
Investing in authentic cups of coffee goodness will afford you some of life’s most glorious mornings and breaks throughout the day. A good coffee maker allows quick and easy brewing of fresh ground beans as well as coffee pods. Extreme versatility means it can accommodate whatever brand of K-cup – coffee or tea.
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Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, fast and easy. Stop throwing money and invest wisely with the Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker.
Have you tried the Cuisinart Single-Serve Coffee machine? Will you be giving it a try? What’s the number one thing you look for when selecting a single-serve coffee maker? Let us know in the comment.