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.
Coffee machines come in brew and dispense models or drip coffee makers with carafes that can brew up to 12 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, programmable 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 you will find our reviews of the top 10 best coffee makers.
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 On 9-cup version is the price. It is the most expensive on our list. However, if you are really picky about the taste and temperature of your coffee 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 and you don’t need the extra features.
On the downside, some people feel that the taste of java this unit produces is extra bitter. It also doesn’t look quite as stylish as some other models.
Overall we recommend the Ninja Bar Brewer CF085Z for those people who enjoy their coffee in many different ways and want the variety of features this machine can offer.
The controls 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.
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.
We recommend this $59 unit for all users who want the flexibility of either a single cup or full pot of java.
One of the main complaints is that it can be messy due to the way it operates. It also is a bit slow.
Overall the coffee the Hamilton Beach Brewstation Summit Ultra 48465 makes is surprisingly good for the price and with plenty of features we would not be afraid to recommend it for all but the most obsessive coffee snob.
We recommend this Mr. Coffee model for individual users who want a budget coffee maker.
Unfortunately many users have complained that the actual cup of coffee it produces has a ‘plastic’ taste and smell to it. It also has a long brew time and does not stay as hot for as long as other models.
We recommend Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT for people whose primary concern is price, but still need a large pot of coffee.
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.