Having a good coffee at the start of the day is a morning staple that shapes the course of your day. If you want delicious java, you’ll need a quality coffee maker you can rely on. Several variables must line up to achieve the perfect cup: you need hot water to hit thosewithin a specific temperature range. Additionally, the entire brewing process must occur within a specific and exact time frame. The best coffee makers can handle this kind of chemistry, but they are rare. Most coffee makers fall short, making a cup of hot bean juice taste awful.
We have, however, found a few notable exceptions in the market that brew great coffee. Best of all, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a great coffee maker. Sure, you could drop close to $500 on a deceived Ratio Eight that’s as gorgeous as it gets, or put a dent in your wallet with monthly K-cup purchases for your. But all it takes is less than $20 to get the single-serve Oxo Pour-Over Funnel, which makes a top-notch cup and easily outperforms your typical Keurig coffee pod.
And these aren’t the only brewers a coffee lover might want to check out. There is also the, winner of our Editors’ Choice award and our pick for best all-around automatic coffee machine. Another is the , which uses an ancient technique to achieve spectacular and exceptional results. No matter your budget or preferred brew strength, there’s a machine on this list of the best coffee makers that will suit your drip needs perfectly. We regularly update this list with new coffee brewing products as we test them, so you always have access to great coffee. We promise you’ll never have to drink coffee from pods or an old coffee maker again.
The Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker delivers SCA Golden Cup-rated coffee that tastes the same as our previous favorite, the Bonavita Connoisseur, but Oxo’s new coffee maker is more thoughtfully designed. This drip machine also comes with a special one-cup filter basket for Kalita Wave filters. The Oxo Brew is the best compact and stylish drip coffee maker and robust, in addition it comes with a thermal carafe that does not leak or spill.
Read our review of the Oxo 8-Cup Coffee Maker.
While the GE Appliances Cafe Specialty Drip Coffee Maker isn’t cheap, it does offer a lot for the money. If you are a coffee drinker who loves a smart coffee maker, you can enjoy perfect coffee with its auto brew feature. It is an excellent brewer that infuses quickly and with exceptional water temperature control. It also offers a quality thermal carafe, brews 10-cup batches, and connects to Wi-Fi to provide smart app control. The cafe is also nice to look at, as it uses a lot of brushed metal in its design.
Read our review of the GE Cafe Specialty Drip Coffee Maker.
Cold brew coffee is delicious, but it can be a pain to make. Oxo’s cold brew coffee maker takes a lot of the headache out of the process. This Oxo Brew coffee maker evenly saturates coffee grounds and allows you to empty cold brew coffee into its glass carafe with relative ease.
Read our review of the Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker.
Great coffee and a nice drip of a product that costs less than $20? It seems unlikely, but that’s exactly what the affordable Oxo Good Grips Pour-Over delivers. It only makes coffee one drink at a time and requires you to provide hot water. That said, the Simple Brewer turns the otherwise complex task of pouring into an easy, clean, and nearly foolproof task.
Read our Oxo Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker review.
Consider this kitchen appliance the Swiss army knife of the drip coffee maker world. The Ninja Programmable Brewer (with frother, thermal carafe, and reusable filter) offers an incredible degree of flexibility, making it the best coffee maker for those who don’t always want the same cup. This coffee maker can create everything from solid drip to the perfect cold brew or iced coffee to latte-style drinks with its milk frother, and it will adjust the temperature to your liking. Its thermal carafe will keep tea or coffee hot for up to 2 hours. This programmable coffee maker even lets you brew iced coffee and hot coffee in multiple sizes, from small cups to full carafes.
Read our Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System review.
It’s hard to find a coffee maker that beats the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer’s unique combination of show and quality. This coffee maker makes a distinctively rich, deep and seductive coffee maker. Its vintage brewing process, based on steam pressure and vacuum suction, is also fascinating to watch as the coffee drips into the glass carafe. No paper filter is needed as the Siphon Brewer comes with a reusable stainless steel filter.
Read our Kitchenaid Siphon Coffee Brewer review.
Those looking for a lot of coffee in a hurry will love this coffee maker’s quick brew cycle. The Bunn Velocity Brew BT Drip Coffee Maker with its stainless steel-lined thermal carafe brews a large pot of coffee with amazing speed. In as little as 3 minutes and 33 seconds, the coffee maker can deliver full batches of great-tasting drops to drink.
Read our Bunn Velocity Brew BT review.
The Dutch company Technivorm has been selling exceptionally good drip coffee makers for decades. Its Moccamaster drip coffee machine sports a clean-lined, sharp-edged design that dates back to 1968, the year the first Moccamaster hit stores. Retro design aside, the Moccamaster KBT 741 consistently produces perfect freshly brewed coffee that will satisfy coffee connoisseurs. Its stainless steel thermal carafe also keeps its contents warm for a full 6 hours.
Read our Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 review.
How We Tested Coffee Makers
Evaluate the performance of ais trickier than it looks. The first step is to know what good drip coffee actually is. According to the Specialty Coffee Association, there are essential criteria for brewing quality java. These are mainly the infusion time and the water temperature. Hot water should contact the floor for at least 4 minutes and no more than eight. The ideal water temperature range is between 197 degrees Fahrenheit (92C) and 205 F (96C).
To see how well each coffee maker meets this challenge, we log the length of their brew cycles. We also use thermocouple heat sensors connected to industrial grade data loggers. This allows us to record the temperature in the coffee grounds during brewing.
After brewing the coffee, we take sample readings of the coffee liquid produced with an optical refractometer. Since we take into account the amount of water and freshly ground coffee used, this data allows us to calculate the total dissolved solids percentage of each brew. From there we come to the extraction percentage. The ideal range is generally thought to be between 18% and 20%.
We also save the measured data with a good old-fashioned taste test. If a cup of coffee tastes bitter, chances are it was over-extracted during the drip. In contrast, an under-extracted cup of coffee will generally have a weak taste – it may taste sour or taste like soggy peanuts. And to be certain, we prepare identical tests at least three times to get an idea of the average results.
Coffee Maker FAQ
How long do coffee makers last?
If properly cared for, a coffee maker can last for years. That said, with the exception of the Technivorm Moccamasters which come with a five-year warranty, most coffee makers come with a one-year limited warranty. Whatever their duration, all these warranties cover manufacturing defects, and not normal wear and tear or misuse of the item.
How do coffee makers work?
Even the most sophisticated coffee makers perform the same simple task. It involves running hot water over ground coffee, then collecting this liquid in a container. However, achieving the perfect balance of strength and flavor for great coffee is difficult. Most machines fail because they lack quality water heating systems, run water through the soil too slowly, or cannot infuse with enough soil to start with. Some coffee makers suffer from a combination of these issues – or all three.
How to clean a coffee maker?
In addition to removing external dirt, stains, and dust, all coffee makers require periodic deep cleaning. Specifically, their internal water heating systems need to be descaled regularly. Some manufacturers require you to do this with a solution of vinegar and water. Others don’t specify, except to say to use a store-bought descaling solution. For example, Technivorn says it uses products like Durgol to descale its machines.
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