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The Best 12 Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Makers

Updated on August 22, 2014

Larger Thermal Coffee Makers Tend To Give You The Best Coffee From The Home

I love coffee and for a long time was annoyed to all ends that I couldn't make coffee from my kitchen as good as I could get it fro my local coffee shops.

After doing a lot of research on what it takes to brew the best coffee possible yourself I quickly came to find that standard glass carafe coffee makers that sit on hot plates were not the way to go.

Thermal carafe coffee makers on the other hand keep your coffee hot without "burning" it or letting it reduce to an overly strong or bitter flavor. The carafe instead traps in heat (and moisture) so that your coffee stays just the way you like it.

There are of course a number of thermal coffee machines with carafes out there but I've only included the best 12-cup coffee makers on this page. There may be good reason to buy smaller machines but in my home I prefer going with larger machines and brewing full pots. I find this tends to give me the best flavor possible... especially when you are using a drip coffee machine that doesn't quite get hot enough for proper brewing extraction in the very beginning of the process.

You can read more about how to brew the perfect cup of coffee from your kitchen here - or just scroll down to see the best 12-cup thermal coffee pots below. All Thermal carafe machines can be found on Amazon by clicking this link.

My Top Three 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Pot Machines - These Are All Highly Rated By Past Customers On

In many cases I have personally tried out the coffee machines I wreite about. In other cases I have merely handled the machines. In all cases I have extensively researched them and reviewed other customer's experiences. I also compare the features of each machine to my short list of must haves in a good coffee pot.

No matter what price range you are in you have to have a pot that heats water up as high as possible and you have to have a unit that cleans well. After all, if you can't clean your machine or pot then how good is the flavor going to be a few months down the road. Yuck.

Here are my top three:

Cuisinart DTC-975N Programmable Automatic Brew-and-Serve 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
Cuisinart DTC-975N Programmable Automatic Brew-and-Serve 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker

This is a very popular model. It sells for a very "high-middle" price and is probably out of the budget's of many consumers but it is well worth the extra investment. It's best feature in my opinion is the thermal cap on the carafe which lets the coffee brew through the sealed cap. I love that a lot!

Cuisinart DCC-2900 Perfec Temp 12-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker
Cuisinart DCC-2900 Perfec Temp 12-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker

This is another Cuisinart coffee maker with theral carafe. It is much like the coffee maker featured above but it is not quite as popular and a bit cheaper. It still tops $100 on most days on Amazon and other than it's lower price I like this coffee maker makes it a point to brew hotter coffee. When the water is hotter the flavor of your coffee will always be better.

KitchenAid 12-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, Countour Silver
KitchenAid 12-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, Countour Silver

This is another quality full capacity coffee maker that brew 12-cups straight into a thermal carafe. It's made by KitchenAid (Not Cuisinart) and although the customer reviews are lower than the other two models featured above this coffee pot is probably one of the better one's around for actually pouring your coffee out of the carafe into your mug. You are far less likely to spill or drip making this a bit nicer for keeping things tidy.


A Quick Cheat Sheet To Brewing Better Coffee

The Thermal Carafe Only Takes You So Far

I like the thermal carafe because once your coffee is brewed I don't want the flavor to degrade as it sits on a burner for upwards of 2-4 hours. The thermal pots stop this by retaining heat - not by adding heat tot he mix.

But to get good coffee in the first place you need to take some additional steps.

Always make sure to use quality beans (not generic cheap stuff) and grind them from your kitchen counter with a Burr grinder. This is important because the grind will be as fresh as possible and the burr grinders will not create heat in the process of grinding. This may seem like a small detail but if you've got to grind it then you might as well grind it with a good piece of equipment.

In addition to the beans you use your pot should be heating water up to at least 190 degrees if not 200 before it sends the water through your grind. You can help the machine by not using ice cold water in the reservoir or you can but a machine that heats the water up to the ideal temperature before pumping it through your coffee filter. The latter will cost you more but it may make things easier on you in the morning.

If you'd like to read more detail about making a high quality cup of coffee from home then check out this page.

Cheaper Alternatives

Coffee machines that brew into thermal carafes are not complicated and the container doesn't need to add much to the price tag. If all you are looking for is something that does cost much and keeps your coffee off a hot plate then here are a few suggestions.

Black & Decker DCM18S Coffeemaker 1 Black/Stainless Steel
Black & Decker DCM18S Coffeemaker 1 Black/Stainless Steel

Super inexpensive model that brews into a thermal mug instead of a glass carafe.

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffee Maker 49990Z
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffee Maker 49990Z

Another similar cheap machine that brews coffee directly into a thermal mug.

Mr. Coffee JWX9-RB 5-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black with Stainless Steel Carafe
Mr. Coffee JWX9-RB 5-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black with Stainless Steel Carafe

This is one oft he most affordable thermal carafe coffee machines out there but it's not going to be for everyone - it only brews 5-cups at a time.


Not Sure You Want To Brew Into A Thermal Carafe?

Turn The Burner Off On Your Glass Pot And Take Your Coffee To Go Instead

Thermal Carafe pots are nice but in many cases they are redundant. If you are only brewing a bit of coffee for yourself and maybe your partner in like then you can probably get away with using a glass carafe pot like most people. Just pour your coffee into a good thermal mug as you head out the door. Check out the following pages for ideas.

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