The humble coffee maker is any coffee-lovers best friend, so it's important to find just the right model and style for the type of brew you love. Whether you like a strong single cup, or brew batch after batch all day long, having the right tools for the job will keep you perfectly caffeinated. From automatic brewers to pour over devices, there’s a coffee maker for everyone.
We took a look at the options on the market right now, and selected the seven best models. You can’t go wrong with one... of these coffee machines.
01 of 07
If it's possible to have a crush on your coffee maker, then prepare to fall in love with this beautiful, sleek machine. One of only a handful of automatic home brewers that meet the Specialty Coffee Association of America's standards for proper coffee extraction, the Moccamaster is a perennial favorite for professionals and coffee geeks alike. The Specialty Coffee Association dictates that coffee be extracted properly and brewed to a particular strength to optimize flavor; these... parameters can only be achieved by meeting three criteria: brewing with hot-enough water, an even distribution of the water over the coffee grounds, and the perfect length of brew time—all of which the Moccamaster is designed to do.
Its copper heating element ensures proper brewing temperature, its brewing spray-head design promises even extraction, and its gorgeous overall design is actually something worth getting out of bed for. Available in different colors and a variety of sizes, the Moccamaster also has a hot plate for keeping brewed coffee drinkable, and is programed to gently "pulse" the heat on the warmer rather than hit the brew full-blast, like other makers do.
02 of 07
No company beats Bonavita for their expertise on hot water—and considering that brewed coffee is actually 98 percent water, there's no better place to turn for better brewing through H20. Bonavita, a manufacturer famous for its electric kettles (among other steamy tools) makes one of the best budget-friendly brewers out there: Where most low-price coffee makers heat brewing water to around a measly 185 degrees Fahrenheit as opposed to the ideal temp of 195–205 degrees Fahrenheit, this one is... built with ideal brewing water in mind, and hits the mark every time.
The Bonavita BV1099TS Carafe Coffee Brewer is practically a steal at around $135, considering how easy to use it is, how reliable its brewing temperature is, and the fact that it comes with an insulated carafe, designed to keep your coffe at the perfect drinking temperature for longer. While they might not be the fanciest-looking machines on the market, these workhorses are built to last, built to brew, and won't break the bank.
03 of 07
Who says you need to be a pod person to achieve fantastic single-serve coffee brewing? The Ninja Coffee Bar eliminates the waste of plastic capsules while offering a wide range of possibilities for your individual coffee brewing needs. Use the coffee of your choice to craft hot and cold drinks including brewed coffee, iced coffee, and even lattes, and cappuccinos, courtesy of a milk frothing wand.
For its versatility, power, and relatively nice price, it also has a remarkably small footprint, and... snuggles easily into a cramped kitchen. As with most all-in-one devices, this multi-beverage machine makes serviceable versions of coffee-shop favorite drinks, even if it isn't as high-octane as the equipment in the café.
04 of 07
Still one of the most gorgeous and useful brewing devices ever invented, the Chemex undoubtedly deserves its place in the permanent collection of NYC's Museum of Modern Art: Its stunning hourglass shape, subtle wood and leather accents, and extreme ease of use make the Chemex emblematic of the blend of form and function.
Unlike most other pour-over brewers, the Chemex is capable of brewing for a couple of people or for a large group as they come in 6-, 8-, and even 10-cup brew-and-serve... sizes; the proprietary Chemex filters contribute to a clean, sweet, articulate flavor in the cup. Most users agree that these filters require rinsing, however. Their thickness and material can contribute a strong papery flavor to a brew without proper rinsing first. One downside of the Chemex is that the curved shape can make cleaning a pain: A bottle brush or coffee-specific cleaning products will go a long way to keeping that glass sparkling.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
If you want to make a variety of different coffee styles with one machine, this is the one you need. Not only can you choose your serving size from cup to carafe, but you can also choose just the right brew for classic coffee, a richer brew, iced coffee, or even specialty brews, like hot and cold layered coffee drinks. The machine draws the right amount of water based on the serving size you choose, so you don’t need to measure water for each cup or carafe.
This has a 2-hour auto-off for the... warming plate, and it comes with a 43-ounce carafe, an 18-ounce hot-and-cold tumbler, a milk frother, a permanent filter, a coffee scoop, and a recipe book. There is another model that comes with a metal thermal carafe, if you prefer that over glass.
06 of 07
If waking up to a fresh pot of coffee each morning is what you crave then a programmable coffeemaker is the best option for you. The stainless steel construction on this machine lets it blend into your kitchen's decor without being an eyesore. It can brew as little as one to four cups and go up to 14-cups so it's good for families that drink a little or a lot.
The 24-hour program setting lets you set your brew for the next day as you are finishing up this day and it has a 0-4 hour... automatic shut off so you won't worry if you rush out the house. The reusable gold-tone filter eliminates the need for pesky paper filters saving you an early morning trip to the store. Did we mention the self-clean function?
An Amazon best-seller, this model has over 2,900 glowing reviews that applaud its design and that it makes a delicious hot cup of coffee.
07 of 07
Sometimes a pod system works best for your family and that is okay. Pod coffee makers are great for homes that only one person drinks coffee or you just like the quick pour and easy cleanup. If this sounds like you, then the Keurig Classic is the way to go.
To brew, just keep the water reservoir (holds 48 oz.) full and place your pod in the top part of the machine. You can select a 6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz cup of coffee but the 6 oz. will produce the strongest strength. Just hit the button and you... will have a cup of freshly brewed coffee in second. Besides coffee, you can also buy tea and hot chocolate pods so the whole family can enjoy.
If you are entertaining then a pod coffee maker is not ideal because it only makes one cup at a time. Some users also find using pods to be wasteful though you can buy reusable pods that you fill yourself.
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