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
One of the latest innovations in pour-over-brewer design, the Kalita Wave is an elegant, forgiving, and exacting brewer that has been used to win worldwide coffee-brewing competitions. The delicate dripper's flat (rather than cone-shaped) bottom allows the coffee bed to lay flat throughout the brew, which encourages a uniform extraction even if you're not quite awake enough to pay full attention to the process. The filters' special wave-like design helps keep the coffee grounds in a... flat and orderly bed at the bottom of the dripper cone, allowing the brewing water to build up in a kind of "reservoir" on top, slowly and evenly dripping through the coffee for the optimal extraction.
The Style Set comes with a gorgeous glass brewer and serving carafe. Be sure to stock up on filters, though: The Kalita Wave brewers require their own special design in order to work. No rinsing necessary; the shape is the key to the brewing process, and rinsing them can compromise the waves.
04 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.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 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.
06 of 07
For a dramatic vacuum-brewing experience with more control (and less open flame, which is the traditional heat source for siphon brewers), this digitally controlled Japanese-style siphon brewer is perfect for anyone who wants to feel like a scientist while whipping up a brew. The electric heater brings water to the ultimate temperature for creating the vacuum necessary to brew delicate, clean coffee with flair.
While most siphon brewers are impractical for everyday use, this one can more easily... fit into a busy morning routine, and will certainly be a conversation piece with guests. Feel free to experiment with different coffees and techniques—using the scientific method, of course.
07 of 07
Going backpacking, hiking, camping, or sleeping in your old bedroom at your parents' house for the weekend? You're going to need something stronger than some weak filter coffee. Handpresso's sturdy (and good-looking) kit allows you to make espresso-strength brews practically anywhere, whether you're using fresh-ground coffee or pods. With a little hot water and some elbow grease—the brewer creates pressure somewhat manually, requiring no electricity or gas—you can make on-demand... coffee in almost no time and taking up almost no space in your luggage, hotel room, or mom's kitchen.
While it can be tricky to grind coffee on the go (and fresh-ground is always best), bringing some along in an airtight container works just fine in a pinch, or pack a stash of pods. You can even transform the espresso into something resembling a brewed coffee by simply diluting the concentrate with six to eight ounces of hot water. The kit comes with four "unbreakable" shot cups, so don't forget to share, but be sure to clean the device thoroughly between shots to avoid flavors caused by stale or rancid coffee oils.