Update 2017: The best coffee maker for most people is the Hamilton Beach 49980A. (read the full review below.)
Starbucks is not always in your neighborhood, so having a coffee maker at home is a necessity. The smell of freshly brewed coffee is sometimes enough to make your day and spark a smile on your face, and we literally mean sparking a smile because coffee is bound to get you energetic.
Below is a list of ten Best Coffee Makers in our humble opinion, which we picked from the lot based solely on their performance.
1. Hamilton Beach 49980A – Best Coffee Maker Overall.
There are days when you just want to make a full coffee pot and relax for the afternoon sipping on that freshly brewed hot coffee or you want coffee on the go because you are late for your meeting. Well there is no reason you can’t have it both ways but only with the Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker. This coffee maker features a dual option, with one side reserved for single serve and right next to it, you can fit a carafe that is able to serve 12 cup coffee easily. So whether you want coffee or need to serve your friends when they are over, Hamilton Beach two-way coffee maker has got you covered.
The unique scoop mesh measures and filters your coffee, making it easy to brew a quick cup of coffee instantly or you can program the coffee maker to make a full pot, just set the programmable timer for when you want it and let it do the rest.
The full pot holds coffee to serve 12 people at once and the left side holds a 14 ounce travel mug for days when you want coffee on the go. And also it is adjustable to fit a smaller coffee mug, in case you just want to enjoy it on your balcony overseeing the beach view.
The programmable coffee maker allows you to choose between the strong or regular coffee taste and the timer can be adjusted to brew a pot for up to 24 hours ahead. The coffee maker shuts off automatically after 2 hours, saving energy and the headache of powering off the machine after use. Other features include a hot plate for keeping the coffee hot, a pause and serve button for getting a quick cup before the brewing cycle is over and much more.
Although the Hamilton always makes quality product and there is no doubt that this is one the best, but the travel mug that it comes with does not seal close, meaning it can spill if not taken care off. But overall this coffee maker is the closest to our dreams and has won our hearts.
- This can serve as a single-serve or a full pot coffee maker.
- Looks great sitting on the counter top of the kitchen.
- The programmable buttons make life really easy and worry-free.
- The travel mug is of flimsy quality.
2. Keurig K55 Coffee Maker – #1 Best Seller in Single-Serve Brewers.
Keurig is famous in the single-cup coffee market because it brings you a killer cup of coffee, as we say ‘do it right even if you do it once.’ The reasons for its popularity include its speedy brewing time, convenience in using and cleaning, which is a must-have for all coffee machines. The Keurig K55 comes in simple design which includes a 48 ounce water reservoir, a three-button option system for choosing the coffee mug size and a light-indicator.
All that you need to do is fill the reservoir with water by either removing it from the machine or simply lifting the lid and pouring in water, whichever is feasible. After filling it up you need to switch on the Keurig K55 through the power button and wait approximately 4 minutes to preheat. After that the red light lets you know when the water is heated enough, so you can start brewing and pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee, just the way you like it. Either it can be a small, medium or large cup especially for days when you really need to energize yourself and stay focused for the important office meetings.
The great things about this coffee maker is that there is no hassle that you need to go through, as its compatible with all kinds of k-cup filters, it has a drip tray for reducing mess if you spill your coffee and also for increasing height if you want to fill your tall travel mug instead of your regular house mug. It takes 60 seconds for the Keurig to make an 8-ounce coffee mug and when done just remove the empty k-cup and get started on another one. Furthermore if you are one of those who always forget to switch your coffee machine off, then you guys will be glad to know that this coffee maker right here has an auto off system.
It is perfect for people who live alone but also get company every once in a while. And after you give your friends that Keurig-made hot coffee they would want to visit you again and again. So don’t say we dint warn you.
This low-maintenance machine will not create any nuisance for you as it does not require regular cleaning but to ensure a long life for your coffee maker here a few pointers that will help you keep your maker in good condition. Just clean the external parts of the Keurig K55 regularly with the help of a wet cloth. Descaling and changing the water filter every 2-3 months is strongly recommended by the manufacturers.
We will buy this coffee maker if it was up to us but you are the decision makers. As pretty as this coffee maker is, it does comes with a few drawbacks. Although the Keurig K55 is compatible with all standard k-cup filters but it does not support k-mug or k-carafe sizes. Which is a bumper but not something we can’t live without. And to cheer you guys up it is our duty to tell you that this coffee maker can be used to make iced coffee as well, how dope is that?
- The Keurig K55 can make 6 standard-sized coffee mugs at one time.
- It has an auto- off system, so you don’t have to worry about pulling the plug.
- It is compatible with all standard k-cup sizes, whether reusable or not.
- It does not support k-mug or k-carafe sizes.
3. OXO On Barista Brain 9-CUP Coffee Maker
You must have seen OXO for quiet sometime now, but recently they have taken a plunge and entered the market for kitchen electronics and we believe that they did such a good job that they gave many high-end brands a run for their money. So if you are looking an intelligent coffee maker then OXO On can be put on your list.
When we put the OXO On Barista Brain to test we really felt that it was made considering the end-users in mind. This elegantly designed coffee maker is not just ‘all show and nothing tell’, but it will bring a flavorful cup of coffee that you will never forget. Whether it is one of your expensive coffee brand treat or your regular morning fuel, the brew will always be excellent. And this is all because of the Intelligent microprocessor also known as the Barista Brain. This programmer slowly pulses hot water over the coffee grind, which brings out the perfect flavor and the temperature controller brews the coffee precisely between 197-205c. This SCAA recommended range brews the coffee, creating the balance between body sweetness and acidity without adding in the more bitter flavors.
Moreover this smart maker includes an intuitive LED interface and dial. The dial is an easy way to select the startup time, which will automatically activate having your coffee ready before work. And after its done brewing the single cup or 9 coffee cups, it will start counting the time letting you know for how long your coffee’s been sitting there.
And the fun part is that your coffee will not get cold because the installation of a thermal carafe, which seals the heat inside and keeps your freshly-made coffee hot for a long time.
Although all this seems quiet overwhelming but we assure that the OXO On is very easy to use and handle. After the auto-start timer is set, all you need to do every day is fill the machine with water, add the filter and grinds, select the number of cups you need and press the button. The Barista brain will see to the rest. And while all of this goes on, you wouldn’t hear anything apart from a low gurgling sound, which is soothing instead of being disturbing.
OXO left no room for complaints and added one of the important features of using good plastic for making the coffee maker. This does not only make sit durable but also makes it look good sitting on the kitchen counter.
All that we could nitpick from this coffee maker was that it is a tall design which makes it hard to fit in standard sized kitchen cabinets, but who cares. If you own a coffee maker with such looks you would always want it on display and not hidden from sight.
- OXO On Barista Brain incorporates some pretty cool features that gives other brands a good competition.
- The brewing technique is very good, giving you a true picture of what coffee tastes like.
- There is an auto-start option.
- The exterior is quite sturdy and will be durable.
- Apart from having a little longer brewing time, this coffee maker is very taller than many, making it hard to fit inside the cabinet.
4. Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Maker.
Let’s take a look at the Bonavita’s brand new drip-coffee maker BV1900TS. This a reincarnation of the previous BV1800, but its far better than the older model. As it brings the same great performance to the table plus a few great extra features all in the same price.
What we personally like about this product is that it’s attractively stylish, has a nice brushed metal design and will not take up much room. As it is really compact and just needs a few inches to budge in your counter top. So you don’t have to remove a lot of your things for the BV1900TS to fit in.
The features that it holds include the use of a thermal carafe, which is designed to keep your coffee hot for hours. This eradicates the need for preheating every time you pour a cup, which will eventually burn the coffee from over-heating destroying the flavor all together.
The Bonavita BV1900TS also holds premium brewing performance that means it boils the water to the optimal temperature for bringing out the right coffee flavors. Just pour water in the reservoir, place in the filter and grinds and switch on the power button. It is capable of brewing a whole pot in six minutes or less.
Furthermore, it is a very simple design with no complicated operating method or setup. It is very easy to clean as well, saving you a lot of time and effort, which you can invest in other productive activities.
This affordable coffee maker brings you the prefect cup of coffee every time with its strong coffee brewing abilities. There is also pre infusion mode which essentially lets you steep the coffee grounds for 30 seconds and right after that it will hit the brewing process and that is the secret behind the delicious steaming coffee that it makes.
As we try bringing you a true picture of every product, we did find some drawbacks for the Bonavita BV1900TS. Considering it looks, we would say that it’s not that high-end and modern looking, with less premium looks but the performance is great and is a better budget buy. So people on a budgetary constraint, on a look out for a good coffee maker may consider this product if looks are not a priority for them.
- The Bonavita BV1900TS is very easy to operate without all the flashy LED interface, knobs and dials.
- It uses a premium brewing technique bringing you a perfect cup of coffee.
- It has metric readings on the water reservoir, making it easy to pour in the right amount of water.
- The looks are not much, as it’s not very luxurious looking.
5. Procter Silex 12-Cup Coffee Maker.
At the first glance the Procter Silex caught our eye because it dint have an expensive LCD panel or blinking LED-lit buttons but it has a modernistic design which will look very opulent sitting at your counter top.
As hard it is to beat the Procter Silex in sleek looks, it is equally hard to make a cup of robust coffee like it. This kitchen appliance is as simple as it can get, with easy cleaning and dishwasher safe parts. This is an ideal choice for those who are very lazy and do not want to do anything except drink a strong cup of coffee to get them started.
This is tidy, black coffee machine which is capable of making enough coffee for you whole household of coffee drinkers or just one cup for you. The pause button allows you to add more water while the pot is in between the process of brewing coffee, which is great.
The Procter Silex is designed to use a permanent coffee filter, which eradicates the annual expense of buying paper filters for making coffee. But if you still miss your paper filter then you can use them as well. This feature makes this product very versatile in its usage.
However if you are traditional and like to keep it plain and simple then the Procter Silex is the coffee maker made for you. As it is pretty straightforward, without all the fancy features and complications. It has an on/off button and controls for adjusting the coffee flavors. Apart from that the packaging includes a scoop for pouring coffee and that’s pretty much it.
Unfortunately this coffee maker is not programmable and has no auto start or shutdown option. For all-rounder simplicity the Procter Silex will do that job and will do it well. You do not get a ton of controls or options to play around with but you do have a lavish pot of coffee you keep you going for the whole day.
- You can adjust your coffee strength with the Procter Silex.
- It involves no complicated controls or features.
- It has a pause option for adding water or coffee grinds in between brewing.
- This coffee maker lacks many features such as a water filter, a programmable clock and an automatic shut-off function.
So, which coffee maker to buy?
Hmmm, that’s a thinker because what you want in your coffee maker may contradict with your neighbor’s choice. And so in order to avoid any disagreement we have shortlisted some of the most common factors to consider before buying a coffee maker.
- Type of Coffee Maker
What kind of coffee you like the most determines which type of coffee maker you should go for. There are many from which you can pick and choose from, for example there are the Drip models, specialty machines for making espresso and cappuccino, regular coffee brewers, thermal carafe and percolators. Some are good at delivering excellent black coffee while others may be for making espresso, so choose wisely before going any further.
After deciding on the type, we come to choosing the right capacity. Capacity is how much water your coffee maker can hold and what amount of coffee it can make at one time. If you live alone then a coffee maker for one cup serving will be enough but if you are a big family then opting for the coffee machine that can make 12 cups at a time will be more appropriate.
- Chip Smart
Technology makes our lives easier, so what a relief it would be if your coffee maker has a brain of its owns. Markets have many machines with super technology but its upon you to choose the eminent features that you want your coffee maker. These smart features include:
- Programmable clock to self-start in the morning.
- Water Level Indicator.
- Auto Clean feature which we guess everybody would want.
- Auto Shutoff in order to preserve electricity and also if you always forgetting to switch off your machine.
Everybody wants a cup of coffee in the morning without going through much pain so a machine which is obvious and comprehendible to use, so that you don’t have to take out the manual every time you want to make yourself coffee.
Need for speed may not be on every body’s priority list but may be a big concern for many. A lot of us need to get out of our house early but before that we need our daily dose of energy which is coffee of course. So waiting for it to brew is out of the question, we want ones that take seconds to make so that we drink it and get out.
But some may prefer the coffee makers that take their time brewing and steaming the coffee because they bring a richer flavor.
How to make coffee with a coffee maker?
Advantages of Caffeine aka Coffee
All of us have that one coffee-hater in our lives that keeps telling us that coffee is not good for our health; so here are some pointers for you to shove that in his throat to get him frothing at the mouth.
- Cuts the Pain
Coffee is a great way to cut down on post-workout muscle pain. So after you have done with some sweating, sip on a hot coffee mug to avoid all those cramps and twinges.
- Coffee the new Fiber
Fiber is very important for humans to intake in order to help them in the peristalsis movement. So it has now been discovered that drinking a good brewed coffee contributes 1.8 grams of fiber to the recommended intake of 20-38 grams
- Coffee liver protecting benefit’s
Studies have shown that liver enzymes are lower for people who drink coffee. So drink coffee and save your liver.
- Coffee prevents type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a common disease nowadays where your sugar levels get high because your body stops producing insulin. But it can be prevented; research shows that people who drink 6 or more cups of coffee each day have a 22% lower risk getting diabetes.
- Fight depression with coffee
People who become suicidal or are gone into deep depression are most likely to be non-coffee drinkers because past events have shown that people who drink coffee have less risk of getting depressed or hurting themselves.
- Healthy Heart
Korean researchers have discovered that drinking a good amount of coffee each day prevents you from getting heart diseases.
Other Alternatives: The Competition.
1. Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
You have a lot of sedimentary value for your coffee because it has been the key element to your energy for many years. And what understands that value is the Hamilton Beach 49981A.
This sleek designed coffee maker is made with stainless steel which gives this machine a look worth million bucks. The highlights of this coffee maker are it has a steel mesh scoop already installed in it so that users would not have to take the headache of buying all the pricey paper filters or k-cups. This not only reduces your recycling material but also substantially reduces the money that you spent on coffee in a month. Also the mess that is made while making coffee in the morning when you are still in your sleeping mode is reduced.
Whipping a cup of your favorite coffee has never been this easy. This single serving machine only takes a quick 90 second interval to make you a delicious cup of hot steaming coffee. And these features makes switching to this machine from your older model worthy.
Furthermore, the Hamilton Beach 49981A is very easy to use, keeping everything to the lower side including less buttons, low maintenance and as a result no tension whatsoever.
This coffee maker only requires grounded coffee to make a scrumptious cup of coffee, which can be adjusted to your taste with the help of the ‘bold’ or ‘regular’ button. The bold setting makes a more fuller and rich cup, what the traditionalist prefer and the regular setting just gives you a premium cup of coffee that you will not be able to stop drinking.
The mesh also helps making a cup of coffee with the perfect blend by giving you an exact measurement of how much coffee needs to be poured in order to make one cup of coffee. This adds diversity to your choice and allows you to enjoy any kind of coffee whenever.
Moreover, other features involve an easy clean up. Just take the parts out and rinse with soap water. The auto-shutdown feature frees you from another duty of powering off the coffee maker after use. As this happens all by itself.
The removable tray can be taken out in cases where your mug is too big to fit the space in between the coffee maker, this is especially common for travel mugs which are sometimes too tall for the coffee machine.
This is a good buy, especially when it comes to brewing a delicious and quick mug in the morning. But there are some flaws in this coffee machine like the plastic used to make this filter is a little flimsy and also if you accidently add to much water in the machine, then it may spill or destroy the coffee flavor.
But overall speed and quality is what Hamilton Beach 49981A promises and that’s what it delivers.
- This coffee maker makes life easier by incorporating a steel mesh into the machine.
- The auto-shutoff feature frees you from remembering to plug-out the coffee maker before leaving the house.
- The removable tray can be removed to adjust the mug height.
- The plastic used in this machine is not of a very good quality.
- Spillage may be an issue if you add too much water to the reservoir.
2. Procter Silex 10-Cup Coffee Maker
To kick start a day most of us need a strong cup of coffee first thing the morning and it would be even better if we wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. You think thats not possible? Well think again because Procter Silex Coffee Maker has seriously done it.
His modern design, no carafe coffee maker has just made your life ten times easier. This machine does not include any carafe, which eradicates the idea of spilling coffee all over the kitchen counter and nothing fragile which can easily break and later needs replacement, making this a very safe investment.
This innovative coffee machine makes up to 10 cups of delicious coffee, enough for a whole family to drink and enjoy on cold afternoons or hectic mornings. Just pour water in the built in tank, add the paper filter and coffee grinds and let Procter Silex do its magic. After the coffee is brewed just press your mug against the dispenser bar for an easy pour, one mug at a time.
Coffee made in this machine stays fresh throughout the day. The enclosed brewing system and gentle keep-warm heater, keeps the coffee tasting the same from the first cup to the last drop. This amazing feature saves your tongue from suffering the horrible flavor of burned coffee, which is a result of constant heating once you make a pot-full. This feature keeps your coffee hot for the next two hours, so you don’t have to burn your tongue to pour yourself a second cup, while it’s still hot.
The Procter Silex has made a compact but smart coffee maker, which allows you to set the startup time through the help of the hour and minute button on the side of the machine. You can even go head and program up to 24 hour in advance, ideal for people who are busy in the morning or those whose brain refuse to function without their morning fuel. Auto shutdown option also is a load off because now you don’t have to fret over the fact that you dint switch off the coffee maker before leaving for work.
Furthermore, Procter Silex has ensured that their customers enjoy the optimum level of comfort, with the easy clean option. As there is no carafe there is no actual cleaning involved, but it is recommended that you clean your reservoir regularly and your coffee maker at least once a month. The only problem that seemed to bother us was that the coffee maker made noise while brewing but overall this coffee maker has proven its worth through its rigorous performance.
- No involvement of carafe means less chances of spillage.
- The gentle warm up heater keeps the coffee fresh.
- This coffee maker has an auto start and shutdown system.
- It is a little noisier while at work.
3. OXO On Barista Brain 12 Cup Coffee Maker
This coffee maker looks like a reincarnation of the OXO On 9 Cup Coffee Maker, but only better. Investing in the OXO On Barista Brain 12 Cup Coffee Maker will bring you fantastic brewing performance and a ton of extra features. Although buying this machine can be a little extravagant for some, but it will be worth every penny we promise.
The stainless steel and polished surface makes the machine soothing for the eyes and attractive sitting on the kitchen counter especially if the kitchen décor revolves around black color. It is a hell of a brewing station with a large exterior to fit the 12 cups of steaming hot coffee. The removable steel kettle makes pouring easier and keeps the coffee hot for a longer time.
The OXO Barista Brain brewing system can brew a delicious pot of coffee anytime. It is equipped with an internal scale which lets you measure and brew the exact cups of coffee that you need while the rest of the hot water can be used to make other hot beverages like tea etc. This features proves to be very handy around the kitchen.
It meets the SCAA requirements of making a golden cup of coffee and we say that as it actually feels like drinking liquid gold. Essentially the water goes straight from the carafe to the base and then up to the brewing basket, squeezing out the last ounce of the rich flavors of the coffee grounds.
Yes it is a little more expensive than the other high-end brands but it covers that by giving plenty of hot beverages-related utility. It is great for making a whole breakfast in one go, while you use some of the water to make a nice cup of strong coffee and the rest for your bowl of oats. Saving you a lot of time and getting your breakfast ready altogether.
As this is the only 12 cup coffee maker to achieve the SCAA but it lacks in heating the water in the recommended time. It takes 10 minutes to heat the water, which means it is not for those who need an instant cup of coffee.
- Stylish stainless steel design and polished surface.
- The internal scale helps you select the exact cups of coffee that you need to make.
- The extra heated water can be used for other purposes like making tea.
- The water heating time is more than the average heating time.
4. Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Mr. Coffee will bring the true revolutionary programmable coffee, which has been made from the start to end as you desired. This machine will be a given a warm welcome in your home or workplace as it makes 12 perfect cups of piping hot coffee in a short period of time.
It carries a sophisticated, sleek design with state-of-the-art features and is believed to be the first love of every coffee lover. The multiple settings on the coffee maker allow you to optimize your coffee to your needs. It is an excellent choice for a huge household or for hosting parties.
Although the many settings may seem overwhelming but trust us as they are very easy to operate and the top of them also states what each button is for. The design and functionality has quite a practical approach and the price is just right.
Mr. Coffee brings a luxurious taste to the brewed coffee especially if the blend is made with dark, strong roasts. A shout out to all the black coffee lovers there partner in crime has arrived. The thermal carafe in which the coffee is brewed keeps the heat trapped in, retaining the freshness and taste of a newly brewed coffee.
Mr. Coffee is idiot proof meaning that any Tom, Dick or Harry will be able to make a decent cup of coffee with it. The settings include a 2 hour heating function to keep the coffee hot, pause and serve button, timer and a brew strength option.
Furthermore, it takes 5-8 minutes to brew a pot full of coffee, which is quite impressive and the pause option allows you to add another cup before the brewing cycle is over. It is a perfect choice for having friends over for taboo or study sessions, the strong blend will keep you energized and ready to conquer the world.
The least amount of water that needs to in the coffee machine is 4 cups, meaning it is not suitable for people who like alone or have a small family. But overall it is pretty good-looking coffee maker considering its price, which makes us want to grab it right away.
- Coffee can make 4-12 cups of coffee in one go.
- The thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot by sealing the heat inside.
- The multiple settings allow you to make a self-satisfying cup of coffee.
- The least amount of cups it can make at one time is 4 cups, not ideal for single serve.5.
5. Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Coffee Maker
Take your coffee game up a notch with the Cuisinart DCC-3200. This brand has previously known to bring us some amazing products like the DCC-2650, capable of making 12 cups in a blur. But the DCC-3200 is a further improvement making 14 cups of delicious and praise-worthy coffee in one go.
The stainless steel body is not only attractive but also incorporates a clean and easy design for added comfort. The expert coffee-making technology brings you a hot steaming cup of coffee, which will satisfy your taste buds. The perfect temperature for making a flavorful coffee is the secret behind Cuisinart delicious cup of coffee, making the flavor and quality out of this world.
The buttons on the DCC-3200 are not just for show but actually work, making it fully automatic. The commands include self-clean, 1-4 cup setting, timer, auto-off and optional ready alert tone. There is also an LCD screen for showing settings that are activated and a light signal for time when the machine needs a cleanup.
The glass carafe can hold up to 14 cups of coffee and the water window makes reading the water reading much easier for pouring the accurate amount of water. Another amazing feature of pause and serve allows you to pour yourself a cup before the brewing cycle is finished, in cases where you are really getting late for work or school.
Not only this, the DCC-3200 includes a built-in coffee and water filter, removing the use of paper filter s and also removing its cost from your coffee budget. Although it is only a machine but the smart features makes it seems as if it has a brain of its own.
The stylish looks and amazing specs make this coffee maker a world apart, the only flaw we were able to detect was the taste and smell of plastic in the initial pots of coffee, but after that it disappears making it a stellar product to have and use for brewing your favorite brand coffee.
- Coffee-making technology helps make a hotter pot of coffee every time.
- Brew strength can be selected from the buttons on the coffee maker, ranging from bold to regular.
- The other settings make this coffee maker very functionable and a good investment for your money.
- During the initial days of usage this product may taste like plastic.
Coffee is a part of our lives and a partner of our good and bad days. So selecting the Best Coffee Maker is essential if you want your mornings to be peaceful and full of energy. So choose wisely the coffee maker that satisfies your needs.
We hope that this article proves to help you make a well-informed decision.