There’s nothing better than the moment you decide to buy your own coffee maker – or upgrade your old one. But once you take a look at what’s out there, you can feel confused. How do you know which coffee maker is good? How can you know which is the best coffee maker for you?
Because we’ve been there, we can give some actual good advice and -most importantly- we can give you some good pointers as to what are the good qualities and the not so good qualities of each of the coffee makers in our list.
The best coffee maker, in the end, depends on the individual needs of every one of us.
Here’s our list of the best coffee makers that you can find out there:
But first –
Top 5 Coffee Makers On Our List
- OXO Barista Brain
- Moccamaster 79114
- Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
- Technivorm Moccamaster 59691
- Bonavita BV1900TS
Best Drip Coffee Makers of 2020 – Top 10 Reviews
Rating coffee makers is hard – but it’s worth it. Although there’s no real objective way to rate each machine, we’ve taken our time to think about where each machine ranks on a scale out of 5: 1 being a very standard machine that doesn’t disappoint but doesn’t impress either and five being a near perfect machine – the best coffee maker of all.
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1. Bonavita BV1900TS – The best drip + pour over crossover
Drip coffee machine that incorporates a wide showerhead to better distribute water over the coffee grounds, achieving a good tasting coffee every time.
This coffee maker, which can make 8 cups of coffee in just one sitting, has an awesome feature which makes use of its showerhead. To mimic the pour-over brewing method, you can program the BV1900TS to preinfuse the coffee grounds – which makes for a richer, more aromatic coffee.
What’s so great about this machine is that its shower head is completely flat: Anybody can clearly see that the water is truly being evenly distributed among the grounds. There’s hardly a more desirable function in a drip machine like this one.
It has a powerful 1500-watt heater which can heat up water very fast: For a full water tank -and the BV’s water tank holds up to 1.3 liters- you’d only need to wait 6 minutes for the water to reach optimal brewing temperature.
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200 – The one with the perfect temperature system
Though small, the Cuisinart has a lot of power and can make a lot of coffee in one sitting- the best kind of coffee maker for big homes… Or for people who can never drink too much coffee.
As we all know, coffee is very sensitive to temperature. Cuisinart here introduces a system of “temperature perfection” (patented as PerfecTemp) which aims to give you a more flavorful coffee not by adding extra steps, but by perfecting one of the most important ones: brewing water temperature.
Beyond that, this coffee maker comes with many customizable options: You can program your next brew up to 24 hours before, and you can even adjust the temperature on the warming plate to keep your coffee at the exact temperature that you want it to be.
One of the thing, we liked the most about this model is the wide range of different colors you can choose from. While the classic silver finish is definitely stylish, you can choose from over 10 other styles, including a white/gold finish that’ll make you feel like you’re having coffee among royalty or a black stainless steel finish that looks cool no matter what your favorite color is. Black is in with Cuisinart.
3. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew – Best water filtration system
This good-looking coffee maker -comes in stainless steel finish and in black, too- is dense-packed with a lot of features which can come as a surprise to some because of how inexpensive it is.
Despite this, the Optimal Brew delivers a very good coffee. This is because it comes with a patented Mr. Coffee filtration system: Unlike third-party water filtration systems, this one has been engineered exclusively for coffee – and there is a difference. It is designed to trap almost 100% of the chlorine in the water, thus preserving and enhancing the taste of your coffee.
Another thing we like about this coffee maker is its double walled stainless steel carafe. Warming plates, although practical, can burn coffee if one isn’t careful enough. This carafe (which holds up to 10 cups of coffee) does an outstanding job at keeping coffee hot without the need of anything else.
4. OXO Barista Brain – The most stylish yet the most professional
A stylish design paired up with some of the best engineering in the coffee maker business, the Barista Brain is one of the most exciting machines on our list.
OXO’s one of the most serious players in the coffee game and they’ve made a lot of contributions to coffee making technology – some examples of this can be found in this machine, like the RainMaker shower head which, much like Bonavita’s flat shower head, is designed to evenly spread water over the grounds. RainMaker takes that idea to the next level.
Then there’s BetterBrew which is based on one simple maxim of coffee making: Temperature must be consistent during the brewing process. While it sounds simple, it is quite difficult to achieve. Water loses temperature by coming in contact with other materials, so it’s hard to make it stay at a certain temperature. BetterBrew technology ensures that your water stays at the optimum brewing temperature, delivering the best quality that your coffee grounds can offer.
Although all of that sounds good, we’re actually more in love with the visual part of this coffee maker; not only is the design beautiful, but the digital display is super neat and very easy-to-use thanks to the dial. Customizing your coffee is easy and fun thanks to this powerful LED display.
5. Technivorm Moccamaster 79114 – Power and retro style
A machine built to last, the Moccamaster is a clever combination of old coffee making standards with more a more modern style, turning it into a unique machine.
Not your traditional coffee maker. This machine makes use of a copper element (and, just so you know, the advantages of using copper is that it heats up water much faster than other methods) to heat up its water, which appeals to the more traditional baristas out there. It’s also got no digital display on sight and an on/off button that looks almost ancient – but in a really cool way.
To really get the best of this machine, you don’t need to read up a lot, that’s the best thing about it: There aren’t any complicated dials or programmable controls – making your coffee is as simple as it gets with this coffee maker.
It’s important to note that this machine is made with durable materials; it can withstand cold, hot temperatures with ease. Although it might go without saying because of how sturdy it looks, this machine is quite resistant.
6. Technivorm Moccamaster 59691 – Power and retro style – but cheaper
A close relative of the one we just reviewed, this one is just as reliable and shares all of its good qualities.
The 9-hole spray head gives you some of the best quality home coffee that you could ever find out there (technivorm’s coffee makers aren’t showered in certifications for no reason).
The hot plate feature is also quite easy to use; it’s got two different temperature settings which are alternated via a switch next to the on/off switch. It’s the most distinguishing features that sets this one apart from the 79114.
7. Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker 48464 – “Carafe? What’s that?”
An elegant machine with a most amazing internal tank feature that makes carafes obsolete.
Hamilton Beach- Of course we know HB. They’re everywhere when it comes to kitchen and home appliances. There’s a general consensus that their machines are trustworthy – and this extends to their coffee makers.
This coffee maker is not just a standard coffee maker for Hamilton Beach to get into the game – The internal tank feature is one of the most creative things we’ve seen for some time. Coffee is brewed directly into this tank – which does a fantastic job at conserving heat – and from there you can just pour cup by cup. It’s better than having yet another part like the carafe which, in the end, is just a middleman.
The digital display lets you navigate the different options for coffee customization that the coffee maker has, such as Brew Strenght, Keep Warm, and others. It is small, and easy to use.
8. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System – All-in-one coffee maker
With a coffee maker that’s incredibly versatile, Ninja aims to give you not just a great coffee experience, but also a great tea and cold coffee experience that other coffee makers wouldn’t ever be able to.
This machine is quite crazy. It’s cold coffee function is one of the best ones you could ever find in a drip coffee maker: Cold coffee requires you to brew it over ice – which usually results in watery, bland coffee. But Ninja figured out a way to brew coffee at double strength whenever you want iced coffee – this makes for a rich and flavorful coffee.
The increased wide range of drinks you can make with this machine is also reflected in its combination of digital display and LED menu which you operate with a combination of a dial and buttons. It’s pretty, and fun to use. There’s a lot of options for you to play with.
9. Bunn BT Velocity Brew – Faster coffee for those who can’t wait
With a very impressive design and dazzling stainless steel finish, the Velocity Brew is an impressive contendant to other well-known coffee makers.
Why is it called Velocity Brew? Oh, no big deal… It’s just that while other coffee makers can take 6+ minutes to brew 4 to 10 cups of coffee, the Bunn BT Velocity Brew brews the same amount of coffee in half the time.
And its thermal carafe, which is double-walled and vacuum sealed is so far the most well-equipped one to keep your coffee hot for long periods of time. Don’t worry – even if your coffee is ready sooner and you forget, it will still be as hot as freshly brewed when you get there.
The water heating system not only heats water rapidly, too, but makes sure it stays at optimal brewing temperature, which is around 200 degrees f.
10. DeLonghi BCO430 – Drip Coffee, Espresso and Milk Frother
An incredible machine that will make you not just a great black coffee . but will also give you authentic italian espresso and comes with a steam wand for you to make your own latte.
Everyone’s crazy about espresso and lattes – but drip coffee drinkers are not about to give up their machine just to get an espresso machine. And DeLonghi knows that; thus this wonderful coffee maker was born.
It looks like what it is: A cross between an espresso machine and a regular coffee maker. And it works wonders, too. The best thing? You can easily switch from drinking black coffee to drinking a latte or a cappuccino- something that would usually require a lot of hassle and going back and forth between different machines. Not to mention the mess.
It has a small display and a set of buttons which are quite intuitive and will take you no time to figure out. The “espresso” part of the machine is on the left; made up of the milk frother and one grouphead, while the drip coffee part is right next to it – made up of a beautiful glass carafe.
Buyer’s guide: How to know which coffee maker you actually want
Because price isn’t everything, there are specific factors that will determine why a certain machine is the best one for you. Let’s start by looking at a machine’s features:
- Does it have enough features for you? Think about whether you want just black coffee or maybe something else, like iced coffee.
- As opposed to that, does it have too many features?
Then, you have to look at the machine’s capacity:
- How much coffee can this coffee maker make in one sitting? Is it enough for you?
- Think whether you’re gonna be using it several times a day – or just once. A coffee maker with a large water reservoir will inevitably be more expensive and that can be unnecessary if you’re just making a few cups in the morning.
It’s very helpful to look at the machine’s warranty; some brands offer 3, even 5 years of extended warranty plans, while others offer a measly single year – sometimes even less than a year. Since coffee machines are complex things that are, unfortunately, known to malfunction quite often, no matter the high quality of the product (accidents happen), it is very important that you make sure your product has a warranty of at least two years. Most machines don’t start to show any problems their first year of use, but after that, it’s another story. A warranty can save you a huge amount of trouble.
Lastly, you’ll want to know what you’re going to use the machine for. This is salesman 101. Whenever you go into an electronics store and ask for a certain type of machine – but aren’t too sure what to get, the first thing they’ll say is “well, what are you gonna use it for?” – and it does make a big difference. If you’re gonna drink one cup of coffee a day, there’s no need to get a machine that focuses on handling a big workload – there’s a lot of powerful machines that focus on light use.
Hopefully by now you’ll be feeling just a little less confused. Let’s go over the important points once again, just to really make sure you’ve got it down:
Features – which means pay close attention to whether or not you really need a lot of features.
Capacity – The machine’s capacity, or just how big is it to put it simply, is to be considered mostly because it’s important for you to evaluate whether you really need a big coffee maker or not. See just how much space you have available in your workspace or kitchen – and then see if you can afford the amount of space that the coffee maker takes up
Warranty – Coffee makers are fragile things. Watch your own back, and get yourself a good warranty.
Use – This is also important. If you’re gonna use it once a day for a couple cups of coffee, a huge machine would be a bad choice – similarly, you can’t buy a small machine and use it at a coffee shop because the poor little thing will give up in no time.
There you go. Another thing we usually find is that he who buys in a rush ends up regretting his purchase. It is vital that you take your time researching (reading articles like these is, indeed, part of the research) the machines thoroughly.
Start by making a list of the machines that catch your attention and then start pitching them against each other – a coffee maker tournament. Once you get to the semi-finals, you’ll see that there is no one ultimate choice. There’s always at least three or four coffee makers that you’re gonna really want, and no matter how much you research, all of them are gonna appear equally desirable for you. Life’s full of tough choices.
But we assure you, the payoff of thinking thoroughly about what coffee maker to purchase is amazing. There’s nothing like getting your machine and it living up to every one of your expectations and fitting your needs like a custom made suit. Coffee machines are extremely personal things – that’s why there’s so many of them. All of us -even among the most carefree- are very particular about our coffee.