If you are a coffee lover, you would know the importance of the coffee maker. Every coffee fan would relate to the fact that searching for the best coffee maker is no less than a scavenger hunt; because it all comes down to personal preference and taste.
If you are a beginner and new to coffee machines, we would suggest going for something less complicated. As far as experienced people are concerned, they should opt for something durable. To prevent you from the hassle of going on a mission to hunt for the best coffee maker in town, relax while we present you with the list of the best coffee makers out on the market.
- 1 Things to Know Before Buying a Coffee Maker
- 2 Elements That Make a Good Coffee Maker
- 3 Get the Best Out Of Your Coffee Maker
- 4 Best Coffee Makers
- 4.1 1. Moccamaster KBG 741 10-Cup
- 4.2 2. Oxo On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker
- 4.3 3. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System with Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe (CFO97)
- 4.4 4. Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Coffee Brewer
- 4.5 5. Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker
- 4.6 6. BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe
- 4.7 7. Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit 12-Cup Coffee Maker (48464)
- 4.8 8. Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker
- 4.9 9. Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker
- 4.10 10. Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker
- 4.11 11. Bonavita Immersion Dripper
- 4.12 12. KitchenAid Siphon Brewer
- 4.13 13. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
- 4.14 14. Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- 4.15 15. Oxo Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Dripper
- 4.16 16. Ratio Eight Coffee Maker
- 4.17 17. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741
- 4.18 18. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker System
- 4.19 19. Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Things to Know Before Buying a Coffee Maker
There are a few things that you should know before searching for the best in town: preferred brewing method, frequency, time and money you can invest to get the perfect-tasting cup of coffee.
While this post is specifically designed to tell you guys about our best picks for drip coffee machines, it is good to know about other brewing methods that may suit your preferences.
For instance, for types of different coffee, there are different methods. There are different styles to make a pour-over and French press coffee. Similarly, Keurig is considered the simplest kind. However, if you are willing to spend a few extra bucks and prefer user-friendly products, coffee makers with built-in grinders are the most recommended option.
If you are in search of a coffee maker that boasts a classier look, siphon coffee makers have to be the option. Or if you are a cold coffee enthusiast, there are a wide variety of cold brew coffee machines available on the market.
With drip coffee makers, there are two factors that can put machines at different price points: durability and design.
What you should know is the number of cups consumed in a day and the convenience to clean the machine. Usually, machines on the market have the capacity of 4-cup, 10-cup, 12-cup, 12-cup, or 14-cup. Also, they do need maintenance on a daily basis to function.
Make sure the machine you buy has removable parts, as machines with removable water dispenser are convenient.
Elements That Make a Good Coffee Maker
The best cup of coffee depends on a few things: even water dispersion over the coffee grounds and a précised temperature.
Following are the few differences in drip coffee machines:
Hot Plate vs. Thermal Carafe
Underneath a glass carafe sits a hot plate that keeps the coffee warm, but it can overheat, resulting in a bitter taste. On the other hand, stainless steel thermal carafe is insulated. It keeps the coffee warm using less energy.
If you have a household of a few members, or if you are the only coffee enthusiast in your family, there is no need to splurge over a coffee machine with large capacities. Also, keep in mind the counter space while buying a coffee machine.
Drip coffee makers feature the option of auto-start so that you can pre-set the machine to start it at a time of your choice.
The option to pause in the middle of brewing is beneficial for those who can’t wait to have their morning coffee.
This is one of the most important features when it comes to safety.
If you planning to buy an expensive coffee maker, always make sure about the warranty, especially if you have children or pets at home.
Coffee makers with built-in water filters mainly affect the taste.
Some coffee makers use reusable filters that are made from stainless steel. Paper filters are common but not environment-friendly.
Get the Best Out Of Your Coffee Maker
There are three factors that make or break your cup of coffee: coffee beans and grounds’ quality, heating consistency and even flavour extraction from the coffee grounds.
We won’t recommend going for the premium coffee beans because drip brewing can affect coffee bean taste a bit. It is better to use medium roast beans to get the maximum out of your drip coffee machines. Go for medium coffee grounds for flat-bottomed filters and medium or fine coffee grounds for cone-shaped filters.
Premium brands will definitely highlight their coffee machines’ heating elements. SCAA standard has machines between the temperature ranges of 197.6F to 204.8F. Only SCAA-certified coffee machines meet this standard otherwise drip coffee machines are not able to control this.
Maximum flavour extraction makes the coffee taste, but it totally depends on you. Firm coffee grounds make the extraction process slower and produce a bitter-taste coffee. Whereas, big coffee grounds make the extraction process faster and produce coffee with a weak taste. However, water distribution method over the coffee grounds varies with machines.
The coffee machines come with either a single arm or a shower head water dispenser, and it affects the coffee taste in terms of flavour.
Some coffee machines boast a pre-infusion feature that disperses water over the coffee grounds pre-brewing.
Best Coffee Makers
The best product for you depends on how you want your coffee to taste, how often you will be brewing, and how much you are willing to invest in a good machine. Here’s a look at our favorite coffee makers in 2020.
1. Moccamaster KBG 741 10-Cup
Moccamaster is a strong coffee machine that utilizes copper for heating and features glass carafe for coffee collection. We won’t categorize this maker as a fancy machine, but it is durable enough to consider Moccamaster as a good investment for people wanting good-tasting coffee after several uses.
2. Oxo On Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker
This coffee maker is an SCAA-approved machine hence produces SCAA-certified coffee. It features a microprocessor for heating control. It also features a pre-infusion option to bloom the grounds.
3. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System with Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe (CFO97)
If you want a coffee maker with a variety of programmable options, get this coffee maker. The Coffee Bar features the capacity to brew six different cup sizes and five different kinds of brews.
Bonavita is the brewer that utilizes a flat head filter to make SCAA-approved coffee. This seems quite an achievement for a coffee machine that is basic and small, and also, it is a recommended option for those who don’t prefer customizable options.
5. Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker
If you are more into iced coffees, you should consider this machine. While it has the capability to brew coffees both the ways, this coffee machine brews iced coffee just better.
6. BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe
This coffee maker brews coffee fast, but unlike other coffee makers, it has a little different operating method that may take time to get used to. Unlike other coffee machines, this machine has a different feature – it keeps the water reservoir hot 24/7 so you can brew your coffee at any given time.
7. Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit 12-Cup Coffee Maker (48464)
The BrewStation features an enclosed brewing system. Also, it allows you to pour the amount of coffee you want with its pressure bar.
8. Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker
This coffee maker has a wide variety of customizable options that too with a reasonable price tag. But if you are a regular and frequent coffee drinker, go for other durable options.
9. Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker
The Hamilton Beach coffee is another machine on this list that has all the basic functions that too at an affordable price. This is considered a great machine in terms of its serving capacity. If your household has one or two family members who drink coffee, consider this option because of its single-serve capacity, and it also fits travel mugs to grab your coffee on the go.
Bonavita Connoisseur is an absolute favourite for its convenient design that too at an affordable price and a flavourful cup of coffee, obviously. The Connoisseur is basically an improved version of the BV1901. While it is not as fancy as other counterparts, it is equally competent that too at a lower cost. This coffee maker features a thermal carafe to keep the coffee hot for hours.
The Connoisseur is manufactured in Netherland and has a classic touch to it. We may call the maker as somewhat attractive because of its classy design but not outstanding, but since it features stainless steel and black plastic trim, the overall brewer goes well enough with the modern kitchen interior.
The coffee maker utilizes basket-style 8 to 12 standard filters. These are the same filters used by the older version. The one major difference between the both is that the improved version features a filter basket that slides in/out from a dedicated slot. It is definitely an improvement, and moreover, the improved version also allows fitting in different cup sizes, like mugs or travel cups.
The Connoisseur is too simple to use: Just turn over the tank’s flap and pour water in the reservoir. The water tank has the capacity to brew 8 cups of 5oz. It seems like they haven’t added any complexity and kept it user-friendly. There is a rounded button for the machine to function. Also, if you want to pre-soak the coffee grounds, just press the switch down for 5 seconds to activate/deactivate the function. The carafe pours coffee the same way as the old one. Either you pour too quickly or too slowly, the coffee will spill anyway. However, thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for long.
The Connoisseur brews coffee grounds pretty well. As far as its brew time is concerned, the coffee maker brews the coffee slower than the older version. While running tests, the maker brewed coffee in an average time of 6 minutes and 25 seconds whereas, the BV1900TS brews in 6 or less than 6 minutes. As far as the taste is concerned, the coffee brewer delivers exceptional taste, with good flavours and no bitterness.
If you like coffee with intense flavour, the Impression Dripper should be your ultimate choice. This coffee maker is a combination of two different styles: pour over and French press. The Dripper features a unique switch on the bottom to open/close a small valve, which will allow you to pour and control the flow of the brewed coffee. The filter basket of the brewer is made from porcelain, which is known to keep the coffee hot for hours unlike other plastic-made machines, like the Oxo Good Grips Pour-Over.
Another main difference between the two is that the Oxo’s water reservoir has marked labels to keep a check on the water levels whereas, the Impression Dripper is a manual coffee brewer.
If you have coarse coffee grounds, make sure to use a type#4 paper filter. Put the filter in the funnel and add your coffee grounds. Now pour the amount of hot water according to the coffee grounds. Make use of a measuring scale for the perfect coffee-to-water ratio. We recommend using an electric kettle having an adjustable temperature setting to boil the water for brewing.
The appliance seems comparatively simpler but it is known to brew a delicious cup of coffee, with a rich, intense taste and no bitterness. However, regardless of its outstanding taste, the coffee brewer requires efforts to get used to its operation.
12. KitchenAid Siphon Brewer
Siphon is the oldest brewing technique, and this method requires expensive equipment. For such complicated and mysterious brewing, Kitchenaid has introduced its Siphon Brewer to make traditional coffee brewing a bit easier yet modern. This coffee maker is automatic and yields a great-tasting cup of coffee. Unlike other rectangular coffee makers on the market, it has a hint of futuristic design with curves.
Though this coffee brewer is relatively easier to operate than traditional siphon makers, it is definitely not simple enough when it comes to its cleaning and operation as compared to other basic and simple coffee makers.
Unlike traditional coffee makers with a rectangular shape, the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer has a contemporary touch to it, with a curved, round-shaped ball sitting on the top. The brewer has two parts: A transparent globe-type ball on the top and a carafe at the bottom. There is a mesh filter that divides the two parts and lets the water pass through it. Both the parts are made of transparent glass, accented with chrome/matte plastic.
The water reservoir boasts a metal handle, and it also works as a carafe to pour out the brewed coffee. The 8-cup carafe weighs 2.5 pounds, which is comparatively heavier than other coffee makers’ carafes.
The main reason behind its heaviness is an inch-thick special adapter at the bottom. The adapter is connected to a stand that boasts an electric heater to raise the temperature of the water just right.
Exactly 3 minutes after you start the brewing process, tiny bubbles start to form along with a hiss of steam. After 30 seconds, the level of water begins to drop into the carafe while the grounds on the top starts to dampen gradually.
Four minutes into the brewing cycle, most of the water in the reservoir goes up in the brewer and the remaining part also goes upwards where it swirls together with the coffee grounds. During the brewing cycle, the power switch automatically shuts off and once cooled, the brew comes forcefully down into the carafe, drawn by vacuum pressure. The coarse grounds remain back in the brewer. The whole process takes just 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
Kitchen Aid’s Siphon Brewer makes delicious coffee. However, if you are a fan of drip coffee, this brew may not be your cup of coffee.
One disappointing feature is that the brewer doesn’t keep the coffee hot die to a glass carafe. The temperature drops down in just a couple of hours.
The cleaning of this coffee machine is a bit of a hassle; it is not at all easy as compared to other coffee brewers. Since it’s mostly made of glass, you have to be extra careful. It is not dishwasher safe hence must be hand-washed. Sometimes, the coffee grounds tend to stick even after a lot of washing; therefore, the only way to clean it is with lots and lots of water but make sure to use a sink garbage disposal to prevent the drain from clogging.
13. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
If you want a 2-in-1 machine that makes both hot and cold coffee, consider Ninja. This coffee maker features a lot of options that too with minimal hassle and equipment. It also gives you the option to choose from six different cup sizes and also, the option to choose the brew type – Classic, rich, over ice, specialty or cold brew.
One of the few weaknesses of the Ninja brewer is its inability to control the temperature well enough as other high-end coffee makers. Though the cold brew is interesting, it might not excite true coffee enthusiasts. If you are a true cold coffee lover, you may want to try out Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker. However, those who want both hot and cold brew function in one appliance, then Ninja is a reasonable choice.
Unlike other coffee makers that are usually made from boring plastic or stainless steel, this coffee brewer has an attractive and stylish look. The brewer is rectangular and taller, but small enough to be placed under kitchen cabinets. The Ninja coffee maker features a compact design overall, hiding all tools in compartments.
On the left side of the brewer, there is a place cut out for the coffee scoop. There is also a retractable arm featuring a milk frother, which comes out whenever you choose to use it.
Similarly, the machine also features a flip-down resting pad to brew coffee into cups or mugs. It is placed in the chamber generally reserved for a carafe. You have two choices for the filter basket: coffee or tea. The front of the machines boasts a control panel along with an LED clock display.
This Ninja Brewer is not a manual machine; it doesn’t even let you decide the amount of water to pour in. Unlike drip coffee brewers that empty out the water tank after each cycle, depending on the amount of water you pour in, the Ninja Brewer makes use of programmed water levels, depending on pre-selected cup sizes.
There is a capacity to brew five sizes: small cup, large mug, travel mug, multi-serve container, half carafe and full carafe. There is also an option to choose from two different flavours: rich and classic. The former produces stronger coffee, using a small amount of water.
Another mode, called the specialty mode, uses less amount of water to produce 4 oz. of concentrated brew. This mode is specifically for a latte or cappuccino coffee. Two other modes, over-ice and cold brew, are specifically for chilled coffee.
The Ninja brewer brews tea too. The appliance features a dedicated tea filter that accepts both tea bags and loose tea.
The brewer brews a half carafe in just about 6 minutes and 19 seconds and full carafe (48.2 ounces) in 8 minutes and 9 seconds. As far as the taste is concerned, the brew had a bit of bitter taste due to over-extraction of flavours from the grounds. But it was good enough to drink.
However, cold brew is not this brewer’s main strength. It churns the grounds in water for just 15 minutes, resulting in a weak taste. On the other hand, the featured thermal carafe is up to standards; during testing, it kept content hot for over 3 hours.
14. Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you have a hidden love for cold brew, but at the same time, you think making cold coffees is a tiresome job due to straining of grounds, don’t worry as Oxo has got your back. Oxo will satisfy your caffeine cravings with a full carafe of cold brew. It features a sprayhead that creates a rain-like effect for the maximum flavour extraction from the coffee grounds.
The design is really simple; it uses gravity and has only one dedicated switch. The functionality is similar to that of drip brewers. Just like any other drip coffee maker, the upper portion of the appliance has a brewer and the bottom part has a carafe to collect the brewed coffee. This is the only similarity between the two brewers. The Oxo brewer brews with water at either room temperature or colder; hence, it has no heater or any other electrical component. Instead, you are required to manually pour in the water on to the lid called ‘rainmaker’ by the manufacturer.
The main thing to remember here is that you pour water over the lid in a circular motion for even saturation of the coffee grounds. There is a Brew-Release switch to either keep the water in the brewer or pour in the carafe sitting at the bottom.
The machine is simple to use. However, transferring a large number of grounded beans into the container is a hassle. If you want to avoid making a mess, try using beans that are coarsely grounded.
As far as the taste is concerned, if you are a standard drip drinker, you may not like the cold brew, as it is an entirely different thing. The cold coffee brew is a low-extraction brew by nature. Also, it does have some traces of bitterness due to heat.
15. Oxo Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Dripper
Pour-over is the most common and controlled method of brewing, and we can say that Oxo Good Grips Coffee Dripper does the best job in this regard; however, giving a bit fancier touch. Many pour-over coffee makers on the market are at a lower price point, but Good Grips is comparatively a premium coffee maker; however, its elegant design just backs that up.
Pour-over is an obvious brewing method; just pour hot water over the coffee grounds and wait for the brew to drip into a cup sitting at the bottom. The classic and basic pour-over coffee brewers aren’t expensive, as they just contain one funnel-shaped filter holder.
The Oxo Pour-Over brewer is comparatively expensive. The reason behind a higher price tag is that Oxo helps in resolving one of the brewing challenges: pouring the right amount of water.
Other important elements are brewing time, temperature, uniform water distribution over the grounds. If any of these elements are not met, you may have to compromise on your coffee taste and quality.
To make a perfect cup of java and considering these elements, the manufacturers have included a small water tank that is placed on top of the filter. The tank is plastic-made and features labels for measurement. Once you fill the container, poured water gradually drips down through tiny holes to saturate the coffee grounds.
The manufacturer recommends using a kettle for the brewing process; hence, you don’t have the need to use a thermometer for exact temperature measurements. Still, we would recommend weighing and then grinding the beans for the quality to remain consistent.
The actual brew time during the test was counted to be 2 minutes and 30 seconds. After that, the appliance provided a cup of coffee, having a rich and smooth silky texture along with great depth in flavours.
16. Ratio Eight Coffee Maker
Unlike many other coffee makers that lack in aesthetics, Ratio Eight has got some stunning looks. Incorporated with premium materials, like ceramic, metal, and even wood, Ratio Eight is one of the most aesthetically-pleasing coffee makers. It takes about seven minutes to brew a full 8-cup carafe. The front of the machine features an on/off switch to operate pre-infusion and brewing function. It also features a backlit display that lets you keep the track of the brewing process.
The device is extremely high-priced, so if you are not ready to splurge over it, there are other options which may not be as attractive as Ratio Eight, but they work well enough.
The packaging level is extremely high-end like that of a smartphone or a tablet. This proves that Ratio Eight is unlike any conventional coffee pot. The machine is quite a beast in terms of its measurements: 14 inches tall, 11 inches wide, and 9.5 inches deep base. The monster weighs at 5.66 kg and with its carafe and filter in, it weighs around 6.4 kg.
The reason behind its hefty weight is its construction. The machine is constructed with some high-end materials. The carafe and filter are made up of hand-blown glass. Similarly, the machine features an aluminium body with a unique ceramic nickel finish. The amazing part is its arms on either side of the machine. Made from high-end wood and supported by metal beams, they complement modern kitchen décor well enough.
The coffeemaker is named Eight for a specific reason: it has the capacity to brew 8 cups at once. That equals to 40 ounces of java in every full carafe. Probably, this is one of the reasons the machine doesn’t boast any detailed water labels. Instead, there are only two lines: a full line and a half-full line. However, unfortunately, none of the demarcations matches with the manual’s guidelines. The same is the case with its carafe. Filling Eight’s full carafe is 44 ounces. However, upon filling it up to its half marked line, it is measured 22 ounces. This is twice as greater than it should be. The manufacturer admits it and claims it to be a manufacturing fault.
The Ratio, despite mismatched water ratios, is easy to use. Just put aside tank’s lid and pour water through the wide opening to fill the tank. Then, add the coffee grounds into the brewer, an inverted cone that sits above the carafe.
To start the brewing cycle, just push one button. Once the machine is activated, it blooms the coffee grounds, dripping hot water over the grounds for even saturation. Later, the appliance comes into full brew mode, indicating via a white light alert. It continuously drips hot water over the grounds until the brewing cycle is finally completed, again indicating through a white light.
The machine is capable of detecting whether its glass brewer is present, thanks to its hidden magnets in the base and bottom of the carafe.
This coffee brewer has more to it than just a high-end design. This machine excellently brews drip coffees as well. The brewed coffee is not only excellent in taste but also had no traces of bitterness.
However, besides all the good features, the main drawback is its glass carafe that is unable to keep the contents hot for long hours. While testing, it kept the coffee hot for just 30 minutes.
17. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741
`Moccamaster features a thermal carafe to keep the brewed coffee at the accurate temperature, preventing any bitter or burnt taste. It is one of the SCAA-certified machines to brew at the optimal temperature. The KBT741 features a sprayhead to ensure maximum flavour extraction from the coffee grounds.
The machine is incorporated with metal, clear plastic and glass, which makes one of the most attractive coffee machines ever built. The right side of this machine features a hard plastic funnel that uses type #4 filters or even permanent gold ones. The brew basket sits over a thin, plastic platform, which apparently seems as if the filter is floating above its thermal carafe.
The carafe is unlike any other traditional thermal carafe. The Moccamaster’s carafe boasts a lip like a high-collared metal funnel, which helps you to pour the coffee from every possible direction. The coffee pot sits above a flat plastic pad and within a curved socket that stabilizes the container. There is a white button as a safety measure, and for the brewing cycle to start, you must press this button while turning over on/off switch. The concept behind it is to protect you from burning liquids that may flow out in the absence of the carafe. The machine is quite big, measuring at 15.5 inches height, 10 inches wide and 6 inches deep.
Besides other remarkable features, there are quite a few things that make this brewer an exceptionally good machine. The tank reveals an opening wide enough to easily pour the water into the container. The Moccamaster also boasts clear water labels to help with measurements.
As far as the cleaning part is concerned, it is pretty easy to clean the machine. However, keep in mind that washing any of the components in a dishwasher is forbidden.
The master brews actually delicious coffee. The brewing cycle lasts about 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Even with premium coffee grounds, the machine brewed delicious and smooth-texture coffee every time.
Another plus point is that this brewer keeps the contents hot for long hours. Among all others on the list, Moccamaster is able to keep coffee hot for 6 hours.
18. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker System
The Optimal Brew is sturdily built coffee machine that allows you to have control over your morning coffee. With its superpower to remove impurities from the water, it also allows grabbing your energizing cup of coffee on the go. This coffee machine also informs the user when it is time to clean. If you are up for an amazing and delicious coffee experience, go for this one and you will never regret the choice.
19. Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Coffee Maker
If you want to experience a delicious coffee experience but a lower price point, go for the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT. The level of technology is amazing; this coffee machine features a lot of options to amaze you with the best cup of joe. The brewer also boasts so many controls so that you won’t ever get confused.