We were really excited back in 2010 when we heard that the Cuisinart SS700 was coming on the market. Having a major player like Cuisinart enter the k cup brewing world was a huge step in convincing us that k cups would be around for a long time. More competition also meant better products at a lower price. While newer k cup brewers have come on the market, the SS700 is still one of the best brewers out there. Also, unlike the new Keurig 2.0 brewers that are programmed to work only with certain k cups, the Cuisinart will work with any k cup on the market.
The Cuisinart SS700 is pretty much the top-of-the-line when it comes to k cup brewers. It appears as if Cusinart decided to include all of the features available in the Keurig and Breville brewers and then throw in a few more features for good measure.
Let's take a minute and examine the special features of the Cuisinart SS700 coffee maker. One of the chief selling points is that this machine offers ... count them ... 5 brew sizes, from the dainty 4oz all the way up to the massive 12oz offering. We've discussed this before, but it's worthy of repeating: Think a moment to decide how big of a deal this is for you. While all of these brew sizes on the Cuisinart SS700 may seem impressive, consider that no matter which size you choose, only one k cup is used. This means that your favorite extra bold k cup may seem a bit weak when using the 12oz drop size. For many of you, this will not be a huge issue, but we hear enough complaints about these larger brew sizes that we know it can be an issue. If you enjoy medium to strong coffee, you will most likely never use the largest two brewing settings. In the end, however, it can never hurt to have more options at your fingertips.
A second feature on the Cusinart SS700, and this is one that we really like, is the 80 ounce water reservoir. With many of the earlier Keurig brewers, we felt like we were always needing to add more water. The SS700 basically eliminates this feeling. You can get a whopping 10 cups of coffee before needing to refill the reservoir. If you're a heavy coffee drinker or have more than one coffee drinker in your household, definitely consider purchasing a k cup brewer with at least a 60 ounce water reservoir.
The third feature of the Cuisinart k cup brewer is the ability to adjust the brew temperature between 187 and 192 degrees (192 degrees is default). We doubt that most people will want to hassle with this feature, but it is nice to know that the option is there.
The fourth feature on this brewer is that Cuisinart decided to include the My K Cup, which stores neatly in the brewer itself. This is definitely handy for those of us who like to use our own coffee with the My K Cup system.
Reliability is of vital importance here at OneCupCoffeeSource. Overall, the Cuisinart SS700 appears to be a well built machine. We have not run into any problems with any of our brewers that we have purchased from Cuisinart; however, we have heard several of our readers mention that they have run into some issues with the water pump failing. The water pump tends to be an Achilles' heel for single serve coffee brewers, and the Cuisinart seems to have a weakness here as well. Cuisinart offers a 3 year warranty, however, so if your brewer experiences any problems, you should be able to them resolved.
Cuisinart's customer service is acceptable, but I guess we've been a little spoiled by Keurig's fantastic support team. With Keurig, if you run into any problems with their machines, they go out of their way to make sure that you end up happy. With Cuisinart, however, you can expect longer holds and a less knowledgable support staff. Having said that, if you do need to talk with Cuisinart, you needn't worry too much. Cuisinart's customer service is just fine: it's just not Keurig.
The Cuisinart SS700 is a top-of-the-line k cup brewer and is definitely worthy of consideration. This unit retails for $199.99. It is the perfect choice for someone who wants to have the best of the best when it comes to their k cup brewer. Click here to see this machine at Amazon.