Basic drip coffee makers that will serve up a decent cup of coffee can cost $40 or less. However, if you want a truly great cup of coffee that is brewed perfectly every time or perhaps more options and convenient features then you will need to spend more money – even up to $200 or more.
Coffee machines come in brew and dispense models or drip coffee makers with carafes that can brew up to 14 cups at a time. The coffee pot, or carafe, may either be thermal insulated or made of glass. Glass models use a warming plate to keep the coffee warm, but may acquire a burnt taste if left on too long, while a thermal insulated carafe keeps your coffee warmer longer without the use of a warming plate.
Some of the most important and convenient additional features to look for include a clearly marked water reservoir, programable settings with automatic timer, small-batch setting, brew strength controls, pause and serve option, and auto-shutoff. Some more advanced features that are not necessary, but might come in handy for some people include a built-in grinder, hot plate temperature adjustment, water filter, and a self-clean cycle.
Below we review the best coffee makers. Below these coffee maker reviews we also have a comparison chart so you can easily compare one model versus another.
The 10 cup Moccamaster features a copper boiling element that heats water to control brewing temperature between 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit and shuts off automatically after brewing. It is equipped with a manual-adjust brew basket with auto drip stop and a glass carafe. The independent hot plate element keeps the coffee between 175 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your coffee piping hot without burning for 100 minutes then automatically shuts off.
Overall the Technivorm Moccamaster KB 59691 is an outstanding coffee maker, but it is up to you to decide if it is worth the price you have to pay.
It uses an intelligent microprocessor to make sure all the variables like water temperature and brew time are perfect every time. The controls are easy to use with just a single dial to control the number of cups and the 24 hour start timer. The brewing cycle will fill the thermal carafe full of up to 9 cups in just 6 to 7 minutes.
About the only negative to the OxO Brew 9-cup version is the price. It is the second most expensive on our list. However, if you are really picky about the taste and temperature of your coffee and would like a thermal carafe then we highly recommend this coffee maker.
This thing has exceptional performance – it heats up the water to ideal brewing temperature (205 degrees F / 96 degrees C) very quickly and brews 8 cups in just 5 to 6 minutes. It is very simple to use with just one button. However, that means it lacks some features like a programmable timer and brew strength options, but it does have an auto shutoff.
We recommend the Bonavita BV1900TS if a quality, hot cup of coffee is your primary objective, you don’t need the extra features, and you want to save some money over the top two choices. It comes with a thermal carafe, but you can choose the model with a glass carafe as well.
To fill the CE201 you simply remove the removable water reservoir, fill it up, then put it back on the machine. It also has an extra-large showerhead that ensures all the coffee grounds are evenly saturated to extract the maximum flavor. Be aware that this thing makes hot coffee – most people say they have to let it cool off a bit before they can drink it.
If you are searching for a programmable drip coffee maker with plenty of extra features then the Ninja 12-Cup Programmable CE201 might just be for you. The price point makes it pretty attractive as well.
The PerfecTemp DCC-3200 takes about 10 minutes to brew 14 cups into its glass carafe. The brew performance is excellent. Other features include brew strength control, fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and auto shutoff (0-4 hours).
Some users have had complaints about the quality of the Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC-3200. The most common complaints seem to be leaking water and a warming plate that wears out over time.
If you crave a gourmet cup of coffee, however, this model might not be for you as the coffee it produces is a little weak.
The CP307 takes about six minutes to brew 10 cups of coffee. One thing we noticed is that while the temperature is close to ideal, it is just not quite as hot as it should be.
The Ninja Hot & Cold Brew System CP307 is a great choice for coffee drinkers who also enjoy tea and would like a coffee maker that can handle it all.
It features stainless steel construction, a 14 oz stainless travel mug, and a 12-cup glass carafe. Programmable controls allow you to control the brew time up to 24 hours beforehand, control the brew strength, and features a 2 hour automatic shutoff.
We recommend the Hamilton Beach 49980A for all users who want the flexibility of either a single cup or full pot of java.
The controls on the Bunn Velocity Brew are very basic without any extra features – just a simple on/off/warmer switch. There are no timers or programmable options if you are looking for that, but with its fast brew cycle you probably won’t miss it.
The quality and temperature of the coffee is just about perfect initially, but the thermal carafe won’t keep it hot for very long. Another downside of the DCC-3400 is that the carafe is a awkward to handle and difficult to pour out the last cup inside.
Overall the Cuisinart DCC-3400 makes a quality cup of coffee and has plenty of features, but the carafe is not perfect and knocks it down a few points on our rating.
If you proudly call yourself a coffee snob or like strong coffee you should stay away from the Hamilton Beach 46299 because you will probably think the Hamilton Beach 46299 makes weak, watery coffee. However, while the coffee might not be perfect, it is still good for most people and at this price who really can complain which is why we recommend it for anyone looking for a cheap coffee maker.
The simple on/off controls are basic and will start brewing when turned on. It takes about 5 minutes to finish dripping completely.
We recommend the Black & Decker DSM18S for anyone who likes to take a single cup of coffee on the go when they leave for work in the morning.
If you are looking for the best cheap 4 cup coffee maker then we recommend the Mr. Coffee DR5-RB.
Best Coffee Maker Comparison Chart
|Rank||Coffee Maker||Rating||Best Price||Capacity||Carafe / Dispenser||Programmable||Brew Strength
(H x W x D)
|1||Technivorm Moccamaster KB 59691||9.4||$299.00||10 cup||Glass Carafe||No||Yes (Manual – 3 Settings)||14″ x 12.75″ x 6″|
|2||OXO Brew 9-Cup Coffee Maker||9.3||$199.95||9 cup||Thermal Carafe||Yes||No||Yes||16″ x 14″ x 8″|
|3||Bonavita BV1900TS||9.2||$99.99||8 cup||Thermal or Glass Carafe||No||No||No||12.4″ x 6.8″ x 12.2″|
|4||Ninja CE201||9.1||$79.99||12 cup||Glass Carafe||Yes||Yes||Yes||15″ x 10″ x 11″|
|5||Cuisinart DCC-3200||9.1||$92.13||14 cup||Glass Carafe||Yes||Yes||Yes||14″ x 9″ x 12″|
|6||Cuisinart DCC-3000||9||$71.82||12 cup||Dispenser||Yes||No||Yes||15″ x 9″ x 12″|
|7||Ninja CP307||9||$179.99||10 cup||Glass or Thermal Carafe||Yes||Yes||Yes||15″ x 12″ x 11″|
|8||Hamilton Beach 49980A||8.8||$54.99||12 cup||Glass Carafe & Single-Serve||Yes||Yes||Yes||14″ x 12″ x 10″|
|9||BUNN Velocity Brew||8.7||$109.45||10 cup||Glass Carafe||No||No||No||14.5″ x 7.1″ x 14″|
|10||Cuisinart DCC-3400||8.7||$98.99||12 cup||Thermal Carafe||Yes||Yes||Yes||15″ x 8″ x 12″|
|11||Hamilton Beach 46299||8.4||$29.99||12 cup||Glass Carafe||Yes||Yes||Yes||12.4″ x 9.1″ x 14.1″|
|12||Black & Decker DCM18S||8||$22.96||3 cup (15 oz)||Thermal Travel Mug||No||No||No||10.2″ x 7″ x 6.9″|
|13||Mr. Coffee DR5-RB||8||$19.80||4 cup||Glass Carafe||No||No||No||9.5″ x 6″ x 7″|