BEST COFFEE MAKERS | JUNE 2017

Coffee makers are among the most common appliances in kitchens across the U.S. And if you're in the market for a coffee maker, there is sure to be a great model out there that fits your needs and budget – from basic, no frills drip coffee makers to programmable models that grind fresh coffee beans every time they brew. To help you narrow down your options, our team did extensive research to curate this list of great coffee makers. For each of our selections, we include information about key features and considerations, such as brewing options, programmability, additional accessories and more.

 

We looked at more than 85 of coffee makers from more than 20 manufacturers to select our top picks, which are based on both data analysis and independent research. Read more about our methodology.

The Behmor Brazen Plus is packed with features sure to excite any coffee lover, such as customizable pre-soak time and water temperature, among others. It's a sturdy 8-cup coffee maker that boasts an insulated thermal carafe and reusable gold-tone filter.

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The Mr. Coffee CG13 is a simple 12-cup coffee maker that delivers good coffee without breaking the bank. Constructed of sturdy, BPA-free plastic the Mr. Coffee CG13 is water filtration adaptable, features a glass carafe and hot plate and is backed by a 1-year warranty.

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Best by Category

Best Drip Coffee Maker

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A 2-in-1 coffee maker that combines a grinder and brewer to produce exceptionally fresh coffee. Fully programmable, this machine has a brew strength selector, insulated thermal carafe and brew pause, among other attractive features.

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Best Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The classic single-serve coffee machine produces great tasting coffee – one cup at a time.  Reservoir has a big 48-ounce capacity, so you can brew several servings without refilling. Use with prepackaged K-cups or use ground coffee with a reusable metal filter.

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Best Specialty Coffee Maker

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This simple, durable French press will produce quality coffee for years to come. The double-wall stainless steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours. And the double screen filtration keeps coffee grounds out of your coffee.

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Coffee Makers BUYING GUIDE

  • KEY CONSIDERATIONS

    Drip or single serve

    Automatic coffee makers generally fit in one of two categories: drip or single serve. Drip coffee makers have been around for decades. As the name suggests, they brew coffee by dripping hot water over coffee grounds. They typically produce anywhere from four to 12+ cups per batch. Single serve coffee makers often use prepackaged pods or cups – though refillable filters also are available – and make single servings that range from 6 to 14 ounces.

    Features

    Coffee makers across the price spectrum include an array of handy features. Before selecting a coffee maker, take a moment to think about your needs and habits. Do you want coffee first thing in the morning? Then look for a model with a programmable auto-start timer. Do you want fresh ground coffee? Then shop grinder-brewer combos. Other popular features include brew pause (so you can sneak a cup while brewing), auto-shutoff, brew strength selector and brew size selector.

    Hot plate or thermal

    When it comes to the carafe, you have two options: glass or thermal. Machines that use a glass carafe typically have a hot plate that keeps coffee hot by warming it from below. While a hot plate can keep coffee hot for several hours, it can also scorch the coffee after extended periods of time. If you select a coffee maker with a hot plate, look for an auto-shutoff feature. Thermal carafes are often made of insulated stainless steel (though insulated BPA-free plastic may also be used) and keep coffee warm for an hour to several hours without using a hot plate. One consideration with a thermal carafe is that coffee may cool more quickly.

  • PRICE BREAKDOWN

    For $25 or less, you can get a very basic coffee maker. Most coffee makers in this range have few added features, although some might have some degree of programmability and other extras. At this price range, expect coffee makers that are made more cheaply but still serviceable. Coffee makers in the $40 to $100 range are often crafted from higher quality materials and incorporate features that give you more control over how you brew coffee. High-end coffee makers can range from $150 to $300+ in price and often include special settings and have higher quality components and more precise operation.

Detailed product reviews

We research hundreds of products in order to bring you a final, unbiased list of the very best. We also use a proprietary algorithm to score each product in terms of quality, value, and brand reputation. These subscores are then weighted to calculate our overall scores. Read more about how we calculate our scores.

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Best Overall

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker

The Behmor Brazen Plus consistently delivers coffee that rivals that produced by far more expensive machines. It is a highly customizable 8-cup coffee maker that allows users unparalleled control over the brewing process. The Brazen Plus offers an impressive degree of functionality at a reasonable price point, making it worthy of serious consideration by true coffee connoisseurs. 

  • 95overall
  • 78quality
  • 53value
  • 78brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Lots of Brewing Options. Select your desired pre-soak time and water temperature to brew your perfect cup of coffee. Program the machine to start brewing at the time of your choosing.  You can also set calibrate the machine for your current altitude. And the coffee maker will remember your settings – even if the power goes out.
  • Large Shower Head. Ensure optimal coffee extraction with a large showerhead that sprinkles water over all of the coffee grounds, rather than just the middle like many coffee makers.
  • Quality Components. The stainless steel thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours. The high capacity brew basket, which works in concert with a reusable gold-tone filter, is on par with professional-grade coffee makers.
  • Sturdy Construction. Crafted of heavy, BPA-free plastic and stainless steal, there is nothing cheap about the construction on this coffee maker. And it's backed by a 2-year warranty, which offers protection for twice as long as the industry standard.
  • SCAA Certified. The coffee maker meets strict Specialty Coffee Association of America "Golden Cup" standards.

Other Considerations

  • Not Compact. This coffee maker comes in at 9 inches wide, 9 inches deep and nearly 16 inches tall.
  • Learning Curve. Given all of its features, this isn't a plug-and-go machine. You'll likely need to spend some time with the owner's manual.
Best Value

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker

The Mr. Coffee CG13 is a no-frills 12-cup coffee maker that does one thing and does it well: produce consistently tasty coffee at a great price point. Features include a hot plate to keep coffee hot and white or black color options.

  • 79overall
  • 79quality
  • 73value
  • 83brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Easy to use. A simple machine to use, just fill it with ground coffee and water and turn it on. An indicator light lets you know whether the machine is on or off.
  • Convenience features. If you want to sneak a cup before it's done brewing, just pull out the carafe to active the brew-pause feature. The filter basket is removable for easy filling and cleaning. And there is a spot in the back for cord storage.
  • Sturdy construction: The unit is made from strong, BPA-free plastic. It is water filtration adaptable. And it fits under most cabinets with room to spare.

Other Considerations

  • Just the Basics. While it's a solid choice and a great value, this machine may not have the functionality serious coffee connoisseurs are looking for, such as a brew-strength selector and auto-shutoff.

BEST BY CATEGORY

Best Drip Coffee Maker

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All drip coffee makers have something in common – they brew coffee by dripping hot water over ground beans. Nonetheless, the category of drip coffee makers is very diverse, offering a multitude of models from basic budget units to programmable machines that automatically grind whole bean coffee and start brewing before you even get out of bed. No matter how much – or how little – you are looking for in a coffee maker, there is a drip model that fits the bill. Common features include programmable start, pause-and-serve functionality, a hot plate or thermal carafe and auto shut-off.

Top Pick

Cuisinart DGB-900BC

Fresh ground beans make for a fresh cup of coffee, and that's what you get with the 12-cup Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew. In addition to combining a grinder and a brewer, this all-in-one machine is fully programmable and offers features like a brew strength selector, water filtration and more.

  • 85overall
  • 67quality
  • 50value
  • 81brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Programmable. Set the machine to begin grinding and brewing coffee at whatever time you wish. Or, simply grind on demand with the push of a button. Other options include a strength selector – strong, medium, mild – and the option to brew 2, 4 or 12 cups.
  • Sturdy construction. Coming in at almost 10 pounds, this is a solid coffee maker constructed of stainless steel and strong, BPA-free plastic. Cuisinart backs the machine with a 3-year warranty.
  • Quality accessories. The charcoal water filter removes impurities from the water before it hits the coffee grounds. The commercial-style gold-tone filter is reusable, though paper filters can be used also. The double-wall insulated thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for hours without a, energy-sucking hot plate.
  • Grinder. The built-in burr grinder, which has a sealable hopper that holds a half-pound of beans, is preset to deliver a median grind that works best with a drip coffee maker. For added versatility, there also is a "grind off" feature that allows you to use pre-ground coffee.
  • Brew pause. This feature lets you remove the carafe and pour a cup of coffee before the entire brew cycle is complete.

Other Considerations

  • Noisier than most. Some users have reported that, because of the grinder, this coffee machine makes more noise than most.
  • Tough to clean. The burr grinder has a lot of moving parts, and cleaning the unit can be a involved process.
  • Price. Compared to similar models, this is a very affordable grinder-brewer combo. But if fresh-ground coffee isn't a priority for you, there are less expensive machines that offer similar programing options and functions.
Also Great

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker

The Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker is an affordable 12-cup drip coffee maker that offers a lot of convenience features, as well as extras usually found on more expensive models. And it makes a great cup of coffee. A programmable clock, auto-shutoff and several brewing options are just some of the bells and whistles users of this machine enjoy.

  • 79overall
  • 80quality
  • 71value
  • 80brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Easy to use. This coffee maker has a wheeled base, making it easy to pull forward when stored under hanging cabinets. The water reservoir detaches for convenient filling. And the basket, located in the front of the unit, swings out for easy access.
  • Programmable. The fully programmable clock lets you set the machine to start brewing coffee automatically at any time of day.
  • Brewing options. Choose between regular and bold brewing options. And if you if you don't need a full pot, select from between one and four cups.  The coffee maker also features brew pause, so you can sneak a cup before the brewing cycle is complete.
  • Temperature control. The nonstick warming plate has three temperature settings. And it shuts off automatically after two hours.
  • Quality build. The coffee maker is crafted from stainless steel and BPA-free plastic. It's backed by a 1-year warranty.

Other Considerations

  • Noisier than some. Users report that this coffee maker produces more noise than comparable models, but also note that the sound is not excessive.
  • Tough to empty carafe. While the coffee this machine produces may be good to the last drop, some reviewers note that it is difficult to get the last drops of coffee out of the carafe. However, others have pointed out that the carafe does not dribble when pouring coffee.

Best Single Serve Coffee Maker

why buy?

As the name implies, single-serve coffee makers are designed to deliver one cup of joe at a time. Models in this category often use pre-filled, disposable pods, such as K-cups, but also are compatible with small, refillable baskets for coffee drinkers who like to save money by purchasing coffee in bulk, grind their own beans or who want to generate less trash. Single-serve coffee makers generally brew coffee quickly. Basic models have push-button functionality, while other pricier options offer varying degrees of programmability.

 

Top Pick

Keurig K55 Single Serve

The Keurig K55 – the classic single-serve coffee maker – is praised by experts and everyday users alike for its intuitive controls and ease of use. We agree with that assessment. This simple coffee maker works right out of the box with a minimal learning curve: just plug it in, fill the reservoir and brew a cup of tasty coffee in less than a minute.

  • 83overall
  • 85quality
  • 65value
  • 84brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Versatile. Designed to work with single serve K-cups of 6, 8 or 10 ounces, this machine also is compatible with a reusable metal filter so you can use your own grounds. K-cups containing tea or cocoa also work in this machine. You also can use the coffee maker to dispense hot water for bagged tea or other uses.
  • Large reservoir. The water reservoir holds 48 ounces of water – that's 6+ cups of coffee before refilling. And when it is time to refill the reservoir, it easily detaches so you can bring it to the sink.
  • Additional features. This coffee maker automatically shuts off after being idle for two hours. And it features a removable drip tray to accommodate larger cups and travel mugs.

Other Considerations

  • No descaling feature. Reviewers have noted that this model does not have a descaling feature, so routine, hands-on cleaning of the coffee maker is needed.
  • Slow to start. Some have noted that it takes a while for the coffee maker to warm up and produce the first serving of the day. However, after that, it brews quite quickly.
  • No brew settings. There are no regular or bold settings, so one strength fits all with this machine.
Also Great

Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

An alternative to the traditional single-serve coffee makers designed to use prefab cups or pods, the Hamilton Beach 49981A is designed to be used exclusively with loose ground coffee. Reviewers praise this durable, stainless steel machine for consistently producing a hot, delicious cup of coffee in about two minutes.

  • 81overall
  • 82quality
  • 77value
  • 80brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Economical. Instead of using pricey K-cups or pods, save money by buying ground coffee or grinding your own beans. And with the reusable filter, you're producing much less waste than with comparable models.
  • Easy operation. The included reusable filter doubles as a coffee scoop that measures the perfect amount of grounds. The unit accommodates taller travel mugs (up to 14 ounces) and also has a stand for smaller mugs.
  • Brew settings. Choose from regular or bold brew settings. Once brewing is complete, the coffee maker shuts off automatically.

Other Considerations

  • No auto start. If you like your coffee to wake up before you do, consider looking for a comparable model with an auto start feature.
  • Coffee strength. Some reviewers noted that the coffee produced by this machine was not as strong as they would like; however, many praise the flavor.

Best Specialty Coffee Maker

why buy?

Specialty coffeemakers offer an alternative to standard models, such as drip coffee makers and single-serve coffee makers. Included in this category are French presses, cold brew coffee makers and pour-over coffee makers. The unifying characteristic of coffee makers in this category is that they are most often operated manually.

Top Pick

SterlingPro French Press

The SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press offers a compact, manual alternative to conventional coffee makers. Holding 34 ounces of water, this coffee press brews more than four cups of coffee per batch. And with dishwasher safe components, it's a snap to clean.

  • 94overall
  • 94quality
  • 98value
  • 94brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Stainless steel carafe. The double-wall stainless steel carafe is highly durable, especially compared to the glass carafes many French presses use. It also keeps coffee hot for hours after brewing.
  • Double-screen plunger. The design incorporates two tight-fitting screens to ensure no grounds invade your brewed coffee. And the unit comes with two free replacement screens.
  • Versatility. Use this French press for coffee or tea.

Other Considerations

  • Brewing process. With any French press, the brewing process is more involved. You'll need to heat water separately, let the grounds steep and manually press the grounds through the water. It's definitely a more time-consuming, hands-on process.