Best Coffee Makers

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 13, 2017
Brewing coffee may be just an ordinary morning ritual or a sacred action with a precise technology. Both ways can be done with the right coffee maker which will meet all your requirements. We have gathered for you the best 5 coffee maker available on the market. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Brewing options
Programmable options
Filter
Capacity
Carafe
Power
Controls
Additional Options
 
PROS
This versatile appliance allows you not only to brew coffee but also guarantees hot water on-demand owing to separate hot water system. To avoid accidental burns, the machine is designed with a safety lock.
CONS
A bit difficult to refill the water reservoir.
OUR VERDICT
The excellent coffee maker will become an irreplaceable appliance for every family. Now you are able to brew coffee and make instant noodles simultaneously without the fuss of boiling water.
detailed parameters
Type
Drip
Brewing options
Coffee strength depends on the quantity of pre-ground coffee
Programmable options
24-hour programming, Adjustable auto shut-off (up to 4 hours), 1-4 cup setting, Self-clean
Filter
Gold-tone coffee filter
Capacity
12 cups
Carafe
Glass
Power
1775 Watts
Controls
Digital control, Pushbuttons and knobs, Display
Additional Options
Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause, Charcoal water filter, Adjustable keep warm (low/medium/high), Water level indicator window, Removable drip tray, Dispensing lever with safety lock, Separate hot water system
PROS
Owing to a filter cone fixed in the decanter, this coffee maker is quite compact and makes coffee spillage virtually impossible. It is very easy to fill the water reservoir as it is removable.
CONS
It lacks programmable options.
OUR VERDICT
This compact and user-friendly appliance is a perfect choice for those who don't want to spend much money on a coffee maker but still need a high-performing device.
detailed parameters
Type
Drip
Brewing options
Coffee strength depends on the quantity of pre-ground coffee
Programmable options
No
Filter
Paper filter
Capacity
5 cups
Carafe
Glass
Power
650 Watts
Controls
Digital control, Pushbutton
Additional Options
Automatic keep warm, Replaceable charcoal water filter, Removable water reservoir, Water level gauge, Removable filter basket, Measuring spoon
PROS
All the removable parts are dishwasher safe and this fact dramatically simplifies the device's maintenance. You can pour coffee without spillage with one hand owing to the thumb activated lid on the carafe.
CONS
The display seems too bright for some users.
OUR VERDICT
This coffee maker ensures that your coffee will be piping hot for several hours after brewing! We are sure that it will meet the needs of the most demanding coffee lovers owing to its functionality.
detailed parameters
Type
Drip
Brewing options
Brew strength control (regular, bold, robust)
Programmable options
Programmable automatic brewing, 2-hour auto shut-off
Filter
Paper filter
Capacity
10 cups
Carafe
Stainless steel thermal carafe
Power
1025 Watts
Controls
Digital control, Pushbuttons, Display
Additional Options
Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause, Removable filter basket, Cord storage compartment, Removable parts are dishwasher safe
PROS
This model features a removable filter basket and a window to track the level of water in a reservoir. It has a Brew Selector to customize the coffee strength. A built-in water filter removes up to 97% of chlorine from the water to get a better-tasting coffee.
CONS
The clock is not backlit and it can be hard to read.
OUR VERDICT
At a moderate price this coffee maker has got the same set of features that expensive units have. This is an excellent family-size coffee maker with a simple design and great performance.
detailed parameters
Type
Drip
Brewing options
Brew strength control
Programmable options
Programmable automatic brewing, Coffee freshness timer
Filter
Paper filter, Permanent filter (sold separately)
Capacity
8 cups
Carafe
Glass
Power
900 Watts
Controls
Digital control, Pushbuttons, Display
Additional Options
Сarbon-based water filter, Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause, 2-Hour Keep Warm, Water window
PROS
QuickTouch panel allows for easy and quick auto switch on/off while Sneak-A-Cup lets you have a cup of coffee whilst the brewing process still runs.
CONS
It is hard to see the water level in the reservoir.
OUR VERDICT
A user-friendly device that offers optimal brewing temperature for a better tasting coffee without the burnt flavor. This coffee maker will meet the needs of even the most demanding coffee lovers.
detailed parameters
Type
Drip
Brewing options
Auto-brew option
Programmable options
24-hour QuickTouch (TM) programming, 2-hour auto shut-off
Filter
Paper filter, Permanent filter
Capacity
12 cups
Carafe
Duralife glass
Power
975 Watts
Controls
Digital control, Soft-touch control panel, LED display
Additional Options
Sneak-a-Cup feature, Water-level indicator, 2-Hour Keep Warm, Power indicator light, Cord storage area, Removable filter basket

What is a Drip Coffee Maker

In this review, we are going to present the most popular types of coffee maker such as drip coffee maker and single-cup coffee maker. The process of coffee-brewing is quite simple: you just need to fill the reservoir with water, put some coffee into the filter, and finally, turn the coffee maker on. When water heats up to the required temperature it gradually gets to the filter with coffee and drips into the carafe. As a result, you get tasty and delicious coffee. Brewing coffee from freshly ground coffee beans is a privilege of a bean-to-cup coffee maker. Though, you can always buy a coffee grinder if your coffee maker doesn't feature a built-in grinder.

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What Features to Compare

A good coffee maker is supposed to deliver tasty coffee, and that's where you need to take through different options and choose the one to suit your needs. Programmable and brewing options are what mainly affects your coffee experience. For example, there are devices which have the strength control feature, so you can choose the brew that exactly matches your personal tastes. And programmable options help you to customize the machine. For people who prefer to start their day with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, we recommend buying a programmable coffee maker with a built-in grinder that can be set to brew a cup of coffee in a definite time.

Consider the Types of coffee makers and choose the one that gives you more options and doesn't bound with a lot of work. Basically, there are two types of brewers that include drip coffee makers and single-serve machines. The drip coffee machines are capable of brewing up to 16-20 ounces of coffee at a time which makes them a perfect fit for big families. On the contrary, single-serve machines can brew only 1-2 cups at a time. These appliances have the same operation principle but differ in the type of coffee they accept. The drip coffee machines, for example, are used for pre-ground coffee and coffee beans while the single-serve machines make coffee from the pods (which is usually more convenient).

The next important feature is coffee maker Capacity. By this, we mean several criteria: the volume of the brewed coffee along with a water reservoir and carafe capacity. These criteria are interdependent because the size of both water reservoir and carafe determines the volume of filter coffee. Some carafes can hold 2 cups of coffee while other bigger models - about 50 ounces. Carafes are usually made of plastic or glass. If you choose a plastic one, then you need to be sure that the material is really durable. Glass carafes seem to be good-looking but they are more fragile. Though, there are some coffee makers which come with cups instead of a carafe. As regards to coffee filters, coffee makers may have permanent or paper filters. There are diverse judgments upon these 2 filter types. A permanent filter is more expensive yet sometimes it retains coffee oils. Paper filters are not reusable so you may need to get some right from the start. They don't last long but they're easy to dispose of.

It is important to underline that the Power rate of a coffee maker is also an important feature. The average power of coffee maker is about 1000 Watts. And the more powerful the device is the faster your coffee is brewed. For example, it will take you only 1.5 minutes to brew 40 ounces of coffee if the power of coffee maker is 1000 Watts.

In the race for leadership, producers provide coffee makers with different Additional features to stand their products apart from the competition. For example, some models have a built-in water filter for tastier coffee, it is a great option for people concerned about water quality. If you want coffee to stay hot for a long time, the coffee maker with a heater plate would suit you perfectly. Moreover, some coffee makers offer freshness timer, so you may always know whether your coffee is still appropriate for drinking or not. And finally, Grab-A-Cup option lets you pour a cup of coffee while the machine is still brewing. Now it's up to you to decide which one is the best choice that suits all your requests.

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Cuisinart CHW-12

PROGRAMMABLE AND BREWING OPTIONS

Having tested Cuisinart CHW-12 coffee maker, we've come to a conclusion that this model is an excellent example of programmable appliances. This machine is fully programmable and allows you to have a cup of just brewed coffee in a defined time. So, you can boost yourself as soon as you wake up! You can also preset Cuisinart CHW-12 coffee maker for an auto shut-off in several hours or minutes after your coffee is ready. Thus you'll be sure that you haven't left the device turned on! We adore the option to brew 1-4 cup of coffee instead of making the whole carafe. As for the coffee strength, it depends on the quantity of preground coffee you add, thus you are free to experiment. Additionally, the device features a self-clean option that can remove calcium from the metal parts of the coffee maker.
Review of Cuisinart CHW-12 Programmable Coffeemaker

TYPE

Cuisinart CHW-12 P belongs to a drip coffee machine type and accepts pre-ground coffee only. The outstanding feature of this appliance is that it has a separate hot water system that works independently of the coffee maker. It allows for dispensing hot water directly into different vessels even during the coffee brewing process. We like this feature a lot as it ensures making a cup of tea or scalding oatmeal, instant soup just in seconds (quite convenient for office workers). We should also mention that Cuisinart CHW-12 coffee maker is available in black and red colors, hence you can choose the one that suits your interior best.
Cuisinart CHW-12 Programmable Coffeemaker in the use

CAPACITY

Cuisinart CHW-12 coffee maker includes the glass carafe with a capacity of 12 cups. Such volume of coffee was quite enough for our company to treat everyone with a tasty drink. We also like the fact that this coffee machine makes the whole carafe of coffee in 10 minutes thanks to an overall power of 1775 Watts. Another feature people pay attention to when choosing a coffee maker is the filter type a device works with. We prefer reusable filters as we don't want to spend money on single use paper filters. And we do consider the fact that Cuisinart CHW-12 works with Gold-tone coffee filter as a great benefit.
Detailed review of Cuisinart CHW-12 Programmable Coffeemaker

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

It is quite easy to control this coffee machine even though it has lots of buttons and knobs. The indicator lights will let you know when the water is hot and ready to be dispensed, and when it’s time to refill the tank. The Adjustable Keep Warm function will keep your coffee hot for some time and will give you an opportunity to choose among low/medium/high temperatures depending on your preferences. We'd like to make a pointed reference to Separate Hot Water System as it is a very convenient feature. It guarantees effortless hot water dispensing into cups or mugs of different sizes. To make so, you should remove a drip tray. And what is important for you and your children safety is the safety lock on a dispensing lever. This will secure your family from accidental burns.
Cuisinart CHW-12 Programmable Coffeemaker application

Additional Info

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Zojirushi EC-DAC50

PROGRAMMABLE AND BREWING OPTIONS

Zojirushi Coffeemaker is a fairly simple appliance that doesn't feature plenty of functions and programmable options. Yet it brews awesome coffee and perfectly copes with its main task. Just fill the coffee maker with pre-ground coffee and press the start button. A cup of flavorful coffee won't be long in coming! We think that Zojirushi Coffeemaker is the optimal choice for people who prefer user-friendly and simple appliances.
Review of Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

TYPE

Zojirushi Zutto guarantees enough coffee for a small family. This appliance is not only quite practical but also very compact and eye-catching. Owing to a silver housing, Zutto would become a decoration of any kitchen, especially for those designed in a modern style. This model works with pre-ground coffee and is equipped with a filter cone that "sits" inside the carafe. This feature prevents spillage during the brewing process and, thus, simplifies the device's maintenance. No more coffee drips on the heating plate after removing the pot!
Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker in the use

CAPACITY

An overall power of 650 Watts allows this coffee maker to brew the whole carafe of coffee in only 8 minutes. Concerning the carafe, it is made of glass and has a capacity of 5 cups. Additionally, the appliance features a removable water reservoir and a charcoal water filter. Thus, you can easily fill the water tank and be sure that your coffee is brewed from the crystal clear water. The charcoal filter lasts up to 2 years, so don't forget to replace it after a certain lapse of time.
Detailed review of Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

With Zojirushi Zutto you will be able to make a cup of coffee with the touch of a button. The appliance doesn't feature complex or multiple controls, just fill the filter with pre-ground coffee and press the start button! And when your drink is ready, the automatic keep warm feature will preserve your coffee hot for some time. Additionally, Zojirushi Zutto comes with a measuring spoon, hence you will know the exact amount of coffee you add to brew the best coffee. It is obvious that even your teenage child can use this coffee maker.
Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker application

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Zojirushi Automatic Drip coffeemaker
 

Hamilton Beach 46894

PROGRAMMABLE AND BREWING OPTIONS

Hamilton Beach Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker features all the functions a modern coffee maker should have. You can program the device in the evening to get a cup of flavorful java in the morning or any other time you want. Moreover, with Brew strength control option, you get an opportunity to choose among regular, bold, and robust coffee strength. Also, the coffee maker can shut-off automatically in 2 hours after brewing.
Review of Hamilton Beach 46894 Melitta Coffee Maker

TYPE

Hamilton Beach Melitta belongs to a drip coffee machine type. Owing to a cone-shaped basket, the water compresses the grounds for a long period of time and thus, extracts more flavor from the beans. Such technology guarantees the rich taste of your drink. Additionally, the coffee maker has a sleek design and combines several materials in its construction. The front (and the carafe) is made of stainless steel while the rest of the device is made of glossy black polycarbonate. Such durable materials guarantee long service life of Hamilton Beach Melitta coffee maker.
Hamilton Beach 46894 Melitta Coffee Maker in the use

CAPACITY

What differs Hamilton Beach Melitta coffee maker from the other models in our review is that it is designed with a stainless steel carafe. The carafe has a capacity of 10 cups and will definitely keep your coffee warm for several hours after brewing. We also like the fact that the coffee maker has an ability to dispense coffee directly into the travel mug. It will take the coffee maker approximately 6-12 minutes to brew the whole carafe of coffee (depending on the coffee strength you've chosen). Such fast brewing time is achieved owing to an overall power of 1025 Watts.
Detailed review of Hamilton Beach 46894 Melitta Coffee Maker

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Brewing coffee with Hamilton Beach Melitta is a piece of cake. You won't be misled by a large number of buttons or some sophisticated controls. Just choose the coffee strength you prefer and wait till your flavorful coffee is ready. And if you cannot wait till the whole carafe is ready, Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause feature would come in handy as you will be able to pour a cup of coffee just in the middle of the brewing process! All the removable parts are dishwasher safe, thus, coffee maker's maintenance is as simple as possible.
Hamilton Beach 46894 Melitta Coffee Maker application

Additional Info

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Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT

PROGRAMMABLE AND BREWING OPTIONS

Available for a modest price, this coffee machine shows great efficiency in coffee brewing. With the Programmable automatic brewing option, you may wake up to a cup of just brewed coffee in a defined time and choose the coffee strength owing to a Brew Strength Selector. In addition. Mr. Coffee has a freshness timer, so you are aware when it's time to refill the beans. In this way, your drink will always be fresh and taste perfectly.
Review of Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT Programmable Coffeemaker

TYPE

This device belongs to a drip coffee machine type and accepts pre-ground coffee only. Mr. Coffee has a compact design that fits well into any kitchen style along with a reasonable price and a variety of additional options. It is really a worth buy for people who don't want to purchase an expensive coffee machine but want to have a good quality programmable device. The coffee maker works just as well as any expensive models and brews same tasty drink.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT Programmable Coffeemaker in the use

CAPACITY

Mr. Coffee comes with the glass carafe that has a capacity of 12 cups. Its overall power is only 900 Watts but it still makes 12 cups of coffee in 6 minutes. Mr. Coffee stands out on our shortlist with its Water Filtration system that is able to purify water by removing up to 97% of chlorine, so your coffee tastes much better. This model has a removable filter basket for effortless cleaning and the basket is sized to accommodate either paper filters or Mr. Coffee permanent filter (sold separately). As for its water reservoir, it has a convenient water window for accurate filling. We should also mention that this model can also work with the Mr. Coffee 8-cup double-walled thermal carafe, but it is not included in the package.
Detailed review of Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT Programmable Coffeemaker

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Mr. Coffee offers a wide range of additional options. Grab-A -Cup Auto Pause feature will let you have a cup of coffee even if the device is still brewing the rest of the carafe. Your drink will maintain the heat much longer owing to the Non-Stick Warming Plate while the auto shut-off function will turn the device off after two hours of work. Mr. Coffee brewer is the only model on our shortlist that has a self-cleaning cycle, so you may eliminate calcium deposits. It is a really great family-size coffee machine.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT Programmable Coffeemaker application

Additional Info

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BLACK+DECKER DLX1050B

PROGRAMMABLE AND BREWING OPTIONS

Black & Decker is a contemporary device that offers a wide variety of programmable and brewing options. The branded QuickTouch programming technology allows you to make your morning coffee in a snap. Just set the desired start time and program auto brew. So, you can wake up to a cup of freshly brewed coffee and with auto shut-off feature you won't need to worry if you ever forget to turn it off. Moreover, this outstanding coffee maker sprays water into the pre-ground coffee only when it heats up to the optimal brewing temperature. You can be sure that this top-rated coffee maker will brew only delicious, fragrant coffee without burnt taste.
Review of BLACK+DECKER DLX1050B Programmable Coffeemaker

TYPE

Black & Decker DLX1050B belongs to a drip coffee machine type and accepts pre-ground coffee only. Its body is made of high-quality plastic and thus, its housing is very easy to clean. This device is the best choice for those consumers who disregard programmable devices and strive for simplicity. Black & Decker comes with an intuitive display and soft-touch panel where you can pre-set the desired options for the next use.
BLACK+DECKER DLX1050B Programmable Coffeemaker in the use

CAPACITY

This coffee maker comes with Duralife glass carafe which has a capacity of 12 cups. Duralife glass ensures long-term service and durability of a decanter. In addition, Black & Decker has an overall power of 975 Watts thus it brews a full volume of coffee in only 6 minutes. You can use either permanent or paper filter as both are compatible with the machine. Thanks to the removable filter basket, it's very convenient to replace filters and clean the basket itself from leftover coffee grounds. Also, Black & Decker DLX1050B has a Water-level indicator so that you know exactly when it's time to add more water.
Detailed review of BLACK+DECKER DLX1050B Programmable Coffeemaker

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Black & Decker DLX1050B feature a number of additional options to make the brewing process simple and enjoyable. If you don't want to wait till the full volume of coffee is brewed, you can easily pour a cup of coffee in the middle of the process. Sneak-a-Cup option allows for a pause to avoid the spillage on a carafe plate. Keep warm option will maintain the temperature of the brewed coffee till auto-off time is reached. For extra convenience, this coffee machine has got a special cord storage area so that you can neatly arrange the wire and put the unit away on the shelf.
BLACK+DECKER DLX1050B Programmable Coffeemaker application

Additional Info

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Black & Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Review
 
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2. How to Choose the Best Coffee Maker, Food Editorial.

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