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Aside of my french press, when I'm in a hurry, my 12 cup coffee maker is the next most used coffee machine by me (and I have more than 1!).

12-cup coffee are among the most popular coffee brewers. They are practical for those who drink lots of coffee, or for households with multiple drinkers, as well as for office use.

Generally, 12 cup coffee machines can be broken down into 3 main categories:

  • Regular coffee makers, Switch (such as Mr Coffee or Proctor Silex #43501, etc.) or Programmable
  • Coffeemakers with multiple warming plates to heat more than one 12-cup pot at a time -- such as Bunn's 12-cup commercial-grade coffee maker series with multiple decanters that are found in many offices, community centers, groceries, etc..
  • Grind-and-Brew 12 cup coffeemakers in a single unit that can both grind as well as brew your coffee


Standard twelve cup coffee makers are usually quite affordable.

A good Mr. Coffee® machine, for example, can be bought for $30 something, while some switch (non-programmable) coffee makers may be available for even less than $10.

One thing to keep in mind: when talking about 12cup coffee makers, small-sized 5-oz coffee cups are usually intended (except for a French Press, where a "cup" often refers to 4-oz capacity "cups").

12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker Reviews

12-Cup Mr Coffee Programmable Coffeemaker model# BVMC_EHX23

Mr Coffee programmable 12 cup coffee maker model no. FTX41CP

Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central  coffeemaker.

The Mr. Coffee programmable 12 cup coffee maker model# BVMC_EHX23 - as well as the similar BVMC-SJX33GT model - is a good and nice machine. It has a nice look and includes various programmable features. It includes:

  • Auto shut-off,
  • Programmable timer,
  • Strength-settings (stronger or weaker coffee),
  • "Shower-head" (spraying the hot water more evenly over the grounds),
  • Heating element warming the coffee up to 2 hours.

It does NOT include:

  • Water filtering mechanism
  • Temperature settings

Shower head is separate from the lid (you have to turn it over the grounds to close the lid). 

Coffee is NOT super hot, if that's what you like.

For a more detailed review and instructions for using the 12 cup coffee machine click here

The Mr. Coffee 12 cup coffee maker model# FTX41CP is better than the one featured here on the left.

It includes much of the same features as model SJX33GT described here on the left, with the following additional advantages:

  • More modern and stylish look and feel
  • Water-filtering system
  • Hotter temperature (in my experience and testing)
  • Temperature adjustments
  • Dual water-level windows
  • shower head is one peace with lid


Hard to empty last drops of carafe without spilling due to its design

Filter doesn't fit and cling to machine walls as well (however, no problem in my experience);

Price is higher (but may be worth it due to a.m. additional features and functionality)

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 12 Cup Brew Central coffee maker is a nice, attractive, well-built coffeemaker.

It has a Retro-style, brushed metal and black finish. It's simple and easy to operate.


  • Auto shut-off
  • Programmable timer
  • Water filter
  • Light indicating when it needs cleaning
  • Temperature controls
  • Option for 1-4 or 5-12 cups

Some Drawbacks:

A bit tall

Water reservoir a bit awkward, the opening being small 

No external water level indicator

Carafe-lid not hinged, has to be taken off and replaced

Clock isn't back-lit, hard to read

It's pricey

Read more about it here.

Bottom line:

I vote for the FTX41CP vs the BVMC-SJX33GT model, if you can afford it.

See a more detailed comparison review between the FTX41CP and BVMC-SJX33GT - and videos of both here.

Check out coffee maker instructions for both Mr. Coffee machines here.


Cuisinart Grind and Brew 
12 Cup Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12 Cup Coffee maker, Brushed Chrome/Black.

(NOTE: the following review was actually for the Cusinart DGB-700BC grind&Brew coffee machine; however, you may prefer the DGB-625BC 12 cup coffee maker, which is also cheaper.)

This is a Cuisinart automatic grind and brew coffeemaker grinder. It does both the grinding of whole beans and the brewing of the fresh ground.

It brews up to 12 cups (small size) and makes good and hot coffee.

It mills the beans with a bur grinder, which is better than a blade grinders.

It has programmable features and controls allowing to program and automate the grinding and brewing; a strength selector to select the strength of the coffee to weak, mild or strong; auto shutoff; permanent filter; and a water filter to purify the water.

It features an 8-ounce bean hopper that contains half a pound of beans, so you don't have to refill every time. A sealed lid keeps it away from moisture.

The grind & brew 12 cup coffee maker carries a 3-year limited warranty by the manufacturer.

Because ground can clog the chute where the beans are led from the grinder to the brewer, it is important to clean it after servings, which must not take long but can be a pain for some.

Durability may be an issue. Price at Amazon’s site at the time of this writing: $154.95

*Includes a Bur Grinder

*Programmable and automatic features for grind and brew


*Grind Controls and Strength Selector

*Water Filter

*Permanent Ground Filter

*Makes Great Tasting Coffee

*Carries 3-Year Limited Warrantee by Manufacturer

*Large Hopper Contains Half a Pound Beans

-Chute May Get Clogged from Buildup and Needs Constant Cleaning

-May Have Durability Problems

Read more about these grind and brew coffee makers here

12 Cup Coffee Pot with 2 Warmers

12 Cup Coffee Pot with 3 Warmers

BUNN VPR Commercial 12-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brewer. This 12 cup coffee maker is a commercial coffee machine, useful for places where there are many coffee drinkers. It is not a home coffee maker.

It comes with 2 Warmers that are separately controlled, so you can brew one batch while serving the other, or your can brew one pot of regular and one of decaf coffee. The decanters, however, are sold separately.

It requires no plumbing. It brews over 3 gallons of coffee per hour.

It does not have an automatic shut-off feature, so if you leave it brewing for a long time the coffee can be burned and you’ll be left with a mess to clean up.

Priced at over $200 (at the time of this writing), this is not a cheap coffee maker, but it is a good investment. It makes great coffee and a lot at a time.


BUNN VPS 12-Cup Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer, with 3 WarmersThis one is a 12 cup BUNN coffee machine similar to the above, only that it has 3 warmers instead of 2, so you can make even more coffee at once. The 12 cup coffee maker is priced (at the time of this writing) at about $250. Again, be advised that the decanters may not be included.

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