Keurig changed the American coffee homebrewing landscape in 1992 with the invention of the single-serve coffee maker. Originally targeting corporate offices, the early iterations of their machines were unrefined and produced lackluster taste and coffee quality. In the early 2000s, momentum surged in the demand for an at-home on-the-go single-serve coffee solution. By that point, Keurig made great strides in its patented K-Cup technology and released its first residential machine in 2004. Early reviewers lavished tremendous praise on the technology and convenience of the machine. Soon after, the coffee maker market rushed to enter the competitive space. Among the rising challengers was Cuisinart, the leading kitchen cookware brand in America.
Nearly fifteen years later, Cuisinart has produced viable high-quality single-serve coffeemakers worthy of any prospective buyer’s consideration. The focus of today’s review is the Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffee Maker.
Cuisinart SS-10 Features
The Cuisinart SS-10 coffee maker is arguably the finest single-serve option in the Cuisinart line of products. The first thing you’ll notice is that it is an extremely good-looking machine. Finished in an attractive silver color, it contains a fully-buttonized menu free from error-prone switches, a bright LED finish with a large digital clock, and a transparent water tank for easy level monitoring. Menu options are clear and easily navigable, and single-serve coffee can be brewed in intervals ranging from 4-12 ounces. As is expected of all single-serve brewers, a standalone hot water option allows for the brewing of tea, soup and oatmeal depending on your needs. It even comes with a rinse cycle option if you’re concerned with cross-contamination of the water with the previous coffee brew.
In an interesting development, the Cuisinart SS-10 Single-Serve coffee maker comes with a compartment to hold a reusable filter that can brew coffee grinds instead of K-cups, which is excellent if you like to enjoy locally-sourced beans from a single-serve machine. It also utilizes replaceable charcoal filters to maximize coffee taste. Not only that, but brewing speed has been optimized over previous iterations. Coffee on-the-go feels even faster than on the SS-5. The machine is a steam-less brew and can be stored under cabinets or wooden kitchen fixtures with no problem.
Users of the SS-10 coffee maker report that the machine produces a hotter, steamier brew when compared to Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach, or even Keurig single-serve machines. A quieter brew is also one of this Cuisinart coffee maker’s benefits, as a loud, sputtering brew is a common finding among most competing machines in its class. It has a 72-ounce water reservoir, which minimizes the need for refills and can produce roughly six 12-ounce cups of coffee before needing to be refilled.
Pros & Cons
For the forgetful coffee buffs out there, the Cuisinart SS-10 coffee maker has an auto-off feature in case you forget to turn it off during a rushed morning. Espresso aficionados report that ground espresso beans brewed on the 4-ounce setting with the reusable filter cup produce a high-quality, espresso-like brew.
Great for Most Users, Especially New Coffee Drinkers
For homebrewers that source local beans, measure brewing temperatures or investigate the best storage methods of ground coffee, this machine may be found to be too restricting in its limited single-serve scope. Still, even for users that advanced, having a fast-brewing backup is a worthwhile investment.