Cuisinart SS-15 vs. SS-20 – What’s The Difference?

Cuisinart’s variety of coffee makers has made it one of the best leading brands in the industry. If you’re ever looking for a reliable and an affordable choice of a coffee maker or a kitchen appliance, Cuisinart would make your best bet.

The Cuisinart SS-15 is a versatile coffee maker that’s been around for a while, and it has proven to be a great machine with a near-perfect review score. So in this post, I will talk about this model and how it compares to its sister model, the SS-20.

Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
  • 12-Cup glass carafe with BPA free and stainless steel handle
  • Brew strength control - select bold for stronger Coffee flavor
  • Gold-tone Coffee filter lets only pure Coffee flavor flow through
  • Single-serve serving sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz; Fully automatic – 24 hour brew start, self-clean, adjustable auto-off, ready alert
  • Includes Cuisinart home Barista reusable filter cup which lets you use your own Coffee, K-Cup Pod compatible as well

The SS-15 is a two-way coffee maker that can make both single-serve cups – using K-Cups, or a full coffee pot using ground coffee. It’s a popular pick among people who are looking for a machine that does both full pots and single-servings of coffee.

The single-serve side has three serving options: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz. It is compatible with K-Cup pods from any brand and of any kind. This means you can use it to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any beverage that is available in the form of a K-Cup pod.

On the coffee pot side, you have a 12-cup carafe (glass) to brew a classic pot. You have a selector to Bold brew to make your coffee stronger, and you have the option to select from three carafe temperatures (Lo – Medium – High), that would mean the temperature of the warming plate. Only the pot side has automatic auto on with a 24hrs digital clock.

The machine has two separate water reservoirs for each sides.

Included with your machine a reusable K-Cup filter pot that allows you to use your own coffee grounds for single cup brewing. It also includes a charcoal water filter.

Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Single-Serve Brewer Coffeemaker, Silver
  • The Cuisinart Coffee Center features a fully automatic thermal coffeemaker on one side and a single-serve brewer on the other.
  • Single-Serve Features: 3 serving sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz., K-Cup pod compatible, Includes Cuisinart’s HomeBarista Reusable Filter Cup which lets you use your own coffee,Removable 40oz reservoir and Energy Save modeRemovable drip tray for travel mugsCharcoal water filter
  • Carafe Brewer Features: 10-cup thermal carafe with stainless steel handle, Fully automatic – 24-hour brew start, self-clean, ready alert, Brew Strength Control – select BOLD for stronger coffee flavor, Easy-view water windowBrew Pause feature andGold-tone coffee filter that lets only pure coffee flavor flow through
  • BPA Free
  • 3-Year Warranty

The SS-20 doesn’t look much different than the SS-15 model. It has both brewing sides, the single-serve side with three brew sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz. The carafe serving size is 10 cups, and it’s thermal on this model. Like the SS-15, it has two separate reservoirs for each side.

Since it comes with a thermal carafe, the SS-20 does not have a warming plate. It has the BOLD option and it has a digital clock with auto on/off option.

What Is The Difference Between Cuisinart SS-15 vs. SS-20?

Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Single-Serve Brewer Coffeemaker, Silver
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Single-Serve Brewer Coffeemaker, Silver
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
10 cups
Carafe Type
Glass
Thermal
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Type
Glass
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Single-Serve Brewer Coffeemaker, Silver
Cuisinart SS-20P1 Coffee Center 10-Cup Thermal Single-Serve Brewer Coffeemaker, Silver
Carafe Capacity
10 cups
Carafe Type
Thermal
K-Cup Compatible
Single Serve Brew Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Brew Strength
Includes K-Cup Filter Pod

The difference between the these two models is not huge. Two things you’ll want to keep in mind:

Do you want a glass carafe or a thermal carafe? And the capacity of each carafe.

The glass carafe of the SS-15 has a 12-cup capacity while the thermal carafe has 10-cup capacity.

The K-Cup side is identical on both models, so there’s no difference there.

Cuisinart SS-15 and SS-20 Problems

Overall, these coffee makers perform as they should without any problems. But you’ll want to look out when using the single serve side when using smaller cups. Unfortunately, the drip tray is not high enough to raise shorter cups, when can cause a lot of splashing when the coffee pours down. When using a travel mug, the drip tray can be removed to accommodate it and the splashing isn’t a problem when using such a cup, or a larger mug.

More Cuisinart SS-15 Comparisons

Cuisinart SS-15 vs Keurig K-Duo

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
  • What’s in the box: 12-cup glass carafe included with your brewer along with a heating plate to keep coffee hot.
  • Brew a cup and a carafe: Use both ground coffee and k-cup pods. Height with handle open-17.63 H inch. Height with drip cover open-18 H inch
  • Multiple brew sizes: Brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounce cup.
  • Compatible with keurig gold tone mesh filter accessory: A reusable coffee filter you can use to brew your perfect carafe (sold separately).
  • Large 60 ounce water reservoir: The 60 ounce water reservoir is shared between the single serve and carafe brewing, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.

K-Duo is Keurig’s two-way coffee maker that makes both single-serve coffee as well as a full pot of coffee. It was made a competitor to the Cuisinart SS-15, although Cuisinart’s machine came years before Keurig’s.

Which makes a better choice, though? Keurig’s K-Duo or Cuisinart’s SS-15?

Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10 oz
Water Reservoir
single reservoir for both sides
double - one for each side
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
Water Reservoir
single reservoir for both sides
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Cuisinart SS-15BKS Coffee Center Maker, 12-Cup, Black,SS-15BKSP1
Carafe Capacity
12 cups
Carafe Material
Glass
Single Serve Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Water Reservoir
double - one for each side
Warming Plate
Pause and Pour
Auto on (for carafe side)
Strong Brew

Although on the carafe side, both Cuisinart and Keurig offer the same 12-cup capacity, Keurig’s K-Duo has an additional serving size on its single-serve brewing side, it brews up to 12 oz of coffee.

Unlike the Cuisinart that uses separate reservoirs for each side of the machine, the K-Duo has one large 60 oz reservoir shared between the two sides. This is great if you do not want to fill the water tank at every use of the machine, especially the single-serve side.

While both the Cuisinart and Keurig machines compatible with refillable K-Cup pods, K-Duo does not include one like the Cuisinart SS-15.

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