October 10, 2007

First Impressions: Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker


We've been using the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker over the past week and we can say right away - this is an amazing single serve coffee maker, and perhaps one of the best single serve coffee pod brewers we've ever tested. At first we were a little taken back by the straight lines of the design, and the price at $199, but after a week of testing we think the brewer is more than worth it's weight in gold.

One of the things we really like is the brew methods. You can pick between bold or regular when using your favorite coffee or coffee pods, and it does really make a difference. The other big addition over other single serve coffee makers is the piston that squeezes out that last bit of coffee from the coffee pod at the end of the brew cycle, thus eliminating wet soppy coffee pods in the coffee pod holder.

We've been using mostly the Fratello coffee pods - Dixie Voodoo and the Yemen mocha coffee pods we recently reviewed, along with the Lavazza coffee pod that come with the machine. The coffee produced is a step above the coffee we usually get from the Bunn My Cafe or even the GPod coffee pod brewer.

Why? The brew method and time to brew a cup of coffee is greatly increased when using the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker. The SS-1 does a pulsing brew and wait method that can only be seen to be believed. The resulting coffee produced by this method has a very good flavor, and much richer in tone than the same coffee produced by the Bunn or Gpod (or even the Opod).

We could go on and on, but that's for the full review. If you're sitting on the fence wondering if the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker is for you. Don't sit any longer on said fence. This is an amazing machine right out of the gate, and we haven't been so excited about a single serve coffee maker that uses coffee pods and ground coffee in some time.

Here are the features of the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup-O-Matic Single Serve Coffee Maker:

  • Brew basket can accommodate coffee pods as well as ground coffee
  • 60-oz. water reservoir holds enough for ten 6-ounce cups of coffee
  • Low pressure pump and boiler system
  • Patented tamping and sealing method for better tasting coffee
  • Cup size selector - 4 to 12 ounces
  • Can select regular or bold coffee flavor
  • Removable drip tray can accommodate coffee cup from 4 ounces to Cuisinart's travel mug (170mm)
  • 2 minute pre-heat time
  • Charcoal water filter removes impurities
  • Auto shut-off (2 hours from last use)
  • Water level indicator on front
  • Scoop included
  • Easy to clean

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 10, 2007 7:18 AM
Recent Comments

JScuba - no, this one takes the teabag like pods.

Posted by: betelgeux at September 9, 2010 8:28 PM

Can I use K-cups, etc with the Cuisinart SS 1C?
I know the newer one does.
Thanks for any help...

Posted by: JScuba at August 9, 2010 4:28 PM

I just purchased the Cuisinart SS-1C and have only used the ground coffee selection. While the coffee is delicious, I find that it does not brew the set amount. ie. the 6oz. selection only gave me about 3 oz. of brewed coffee. I am thinking that possibly my coffee is ground too fine. The instruction booklet suggests medium fine grind and I think my coffee may be a fine grind. Any comments would help Thank you.

Posted by: Jo-Ann at May 14, 2010 11:43 AM

RE: Joy

The Tuesday Morning stores in my area are worse than Big Lots or a department store clearance price. They charge $80 for this model where I live, not the $37 you said you paid (that IS a good deal). Granted, this model, which is now discontinued, retailed for considerably more, but still I find Tuesday Morning's "discounts" on electronics suspect. A coffee maker I bought at a regular department store was cheaper on sale than it was after it was discontinued and I later saw it in a Tuesday Morning store near me.

Beyond that, buyer beware. The coffee may be good but the reviews elsewhere on the Internet suggest these things have a sensor problem that will eventually cause it not to detect the cup and complete the brew. Perhaps the problem can be averted by frequent cleanings, but then again, it might not.

Posted by: NewsView at January 19, 2010 2:59 AM

I have a friend who has the Keurig...but its so big on his counter. I wanted something smaller and would utilize my own coffee. Saw this for $37 at Tuesday Morning and bought it. Coffee is awesome. Noise doesn't bother me...especially since I expect to hear noise from small kitchen appliances, it only lasts briefly, and I'm usually busy doing something while its brewing. As for the vibration...I rotated the little tray insert so my cup now vibrates toward the machine instead of away from it. Solved the problem for me.

Posted by: Joy at January 4, 2010 2:18 PM


Posted by: JUSTIN VOIGTSBERGER at March 3, 2009 10:10 PM

I got an ss-1 for Christmas. I had the issue with the cup vibrating all over the place. I put a 3 X 3 piece of rubber mesh under the cup. Problem solved. I also had trouble with the rinky dink water filter assembly floating free. It didnt fit in the bracket tight enough. I opened up the clip that holds the filter in. Then I only closed it partially without letting it snap closed again. It hasnt floated loose since. The flavor of the coffee is excellent and HOT too. I really like the blue glowing buttons! I have been making 10 oz cups with the Lavazza pods and with Senseo pods and just one pod is strong enough for my taste. Not a big fan of gag-making Starbucks strength coffee. Buy this machine, you will like it in spite of its minor problems.

Posted by: Jeff at January 2, 2008 8:34 PM

I love my new Cuisinart cup-o-matic. It is noisy but makes excellent coffee and that is what I wanted. It seems to be wellmade and takes ground coffee as well as pods.

Posted by: jackie ceragioli at December 26, 2007 11:50 AM

is there any way to use the ss-1 cup-o-matic to make hot chocolate??

Posted by: Frank at December 19, 2007 7:57 PM


I was at a Hilton hotel, and I used their Cuisinart one and two cup coffee maker. They had pods (Lavazza). It was great cup of coffee.

Upon coming home, I did a search and could not find this Cuisinart. Via Google, I see that Hilton has been using this since summer in all their hotels.

Where do I find this one and two cup coffee maker? It is very small and you just have to use pods. No noise. Super clean, etc.

Posted by: eorse at December 16, 2007 11:21 PM

Hi Jay - I would like your opinion on which brews better coffee- the Keurig 60 or the Cuisinart ?? thanks.

Posted by: mo at December 11, 2007 11:18 PM

Kept this machine for one day. The noise and vibrations are too much. Our cups would not stay on the drip tray. After losing a cup of coffee onto the counter I brought it back to Williams Sonoma and returned it with no questions asked. It made good coffee but not good enough to overcome the downside.

Posted by: Bill at November 6, 2007 1:31 AM

Have had the cup o matic for a week now. It is very noisy - not
something you want to listen to first thing in A.M. Also, the
cup moves on the stainless drip plate - had to hold it in place.
Maybe the machine is not sitting level on my counter top. Put a
folded paper towel down first and this has kept it from moving.
I've put a rubber mat under the machine to see if it would absorb
some of the vibration noise - didn't help. This is sitting on a stainless steel counter - so that my contribute to it - don't know.
Also have a Francis Francis espresso machine - doens't make any
where near this level of noise. The coffee however is great and the
machine is very easy to use. I particularly like the coffee brand that came with the machine - except the de caf - which was

Posted by: albert at October 22, 2007 8:41 AM

Does this machine use the standard cone filters for ground coffee, or does it have some proprietary basket design?

Posted by: Jeeves at October 17, 2007 9:19 PM

I kinda like the pulsing noise. I'd pretend it's some sort of danger alarm; all it needs is a voice saying "Warning! Warning! High power coffee!"

Posted by: Andrew at October 16, 2007 1:44 PM

It is pretty loud, but not as loud as most espresso machines. The pulsing is the culprit, but the cup of coffee is excellent. So there's your trade off - a little louder but better cup of coffee.

Posted by: Jay Brewer at October 15, 2007 9:20 AM

Can anyone shed some light on how loud this machine truly is? This will be my first single serve machine and in watching the video above, the sound is a little unpleasant - especially for first thing in the morning! Any clarification would be appreciated.

Posted by: Danielle at October 14, 2007 7:58 PM

I'm new to the single serve coffe machine but am going to make the jump soon. My wife and I had purchased a Krups coffee machine last year and have never really been happy with it. We are currently leaning towards purchasing the Keurig B60 based on recommendations from friends but after reading your review on the Cuisinart SS-1 Cup O Matic I think I may change my mind.

Which Machine do you think is better and why?

Posted by: Steve at October 12, 2007 10:02 PM

oh darn...just bought a bunn my cafe ...anyone want to buy it for 115. and shipping costs...i have just had it a week and like it alot ..but prefer to have this new machine.

Posted by: dawn at October 10, 2007 9:03 AM

GREAT first impressions....I'm off the fence and ordering one right away. Been waiting for a machine that brews a great cup of coffee AND allows me to use my own coffee or anyone's pods. THANKS for getting this done and I'll be passing it along to several people! Keep up the great work here!

Posted by: Mike at October 10, 2007 8:17 AM
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