Best Drip Coffee Maker: Jump Start Your Morning (And Kick Your Starbucks Habit) In 2021

Best Drip Coffee Maker: Jump Start Your Morning (And Kick Your Starbucks Habit) In 2021

We know what you want:

  • Delicious coffee.
  • And lots of it.
  • That’s easy to brew.
  • And doesn’t take forever.
  • Or break the bank.

The coffee makers on this list? Check, check, check, check, and check.

Here at The Coffee Maven, we’ve researched the best coffee makers from industry leaders like Breville and BUNN as well as unheralded smaller companies like Redline and OXO.

We’ve read the specs, seen what they’re made of, and scoured user reviews to come up with this guide: The Best Drip Coffee Makers You Can Buy.

Let's get started.

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Quick Picks
Best Drip Coffee Makers

What's best for us may not be best for you. Let's expand upon the Top Picks above and highlight a few more of the Best Drip Coffee Makers by category:

Not sure which is right for you? The next section should help...

3 Tips When Buying A Drip Coffee Maker

  1. Look for SCA-certified coffee makers. SCA is the Specialty Coffee Association, and they know good coffee. Coffee makers that earn the "SCA Certified Brewer" label have passed all of the SCAs rigorous tests to ensure the highest quality coffee. We'll cover these tests in more detail below.
  2. Is grind-and-brew for you? Some drip coffee makers have an integrated grinder that grinds whole bean coffee right before every brew. Freshly ground coffee is essential for the highest-quality coffee, and grind-and-brew coffee makers ensure you're never using stale coffee beans. However, it's usually better to have a standalone grinder (preferably burr). Comparatively, the integrated grinders on a grind-and-brew coffee maker are lower quality than standalone grinders and have far fewer grind size settings.
  3. Glass or thermal carafe? Glass carafes generally are cheaper than thermal and use a warming plate to keep your coffee hot, sometimes burning the last few cups in the process. Thermal carafes offer better insulation and don't require a warming plate. If you, your family, or your office drink the whole pot quickly, glass is fine. If it takes an hour or more to finish the pot, you probably want a thermal carafe.

Before we get to the individual Best Drip Coffee Maker reviews, let's take a look at the rankings.

Overall
94
Breville Precision Brewer BDC455

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455

The Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 has a ton of functionality, including PID temperature control, 3 adjustable flow rates, bloom time control, iced and cold brew modes, and 6 presets that meet SCA standards.
Overall
93
Breville Grind Control BDC650

Breville Grind Control BDC650

Breville Grind Control BDC650

Breville Grind Control BDC650

With 8 different strength settings, a massive 5-60 oz brewing range, a high-quality stainless steel flat burr for superb grind size uniformity, and a well-insulated thermal carafe, the Breville Grind Control has it all.
Overall
92
Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT

The Technivorm Moccamaster is a mainstay on any list of the best coffee makers for one reason: It just works. Its durable construction, high-quality parts, and simplistic design repeatedly brew consistently great coffee.
Overall
91
OXO On Barista Brain

OXO On Barista Brain

OXO On Barista Brain

OXO On Barista Brain

The OXO On Barista Brain ditches the fancy features for a simple, high-quality brewing experience. All you have is a small digital display and size selector knob that brews up to 45 oz of delicious, evenly-extracted coffee.
Overall
91
BUNN Speed Brew

BUNN Speed Brew

BUNN Speed Brew

BUNN Speed Brew

The encore to BUNN's innovative (and successful) Velocity Brew, the Speed Brew makes a full 50 oz pot of piping hot coffee in just 3 minutes with an improved sprayhead for more even extraction and a smoother cup.
Overall
91
Ninja Hot & Cold

Ninja Hot & Cold

Ninja Hot & Cold

Ninja Hot & Cold

The upgraded version of Ninja's revolutionary Coffee Bar System, the Hot & Cold brews single cups, full carafes, iced and specialty drinks, and even adds a Cold Brew mode. Finally, a coffee system for everyone!
Overall
91
Bonavita Connoisseur

Bonavita Connoisseur

Bonavita Connoisseur

Bonavita Connoisseur

The Bonavita Connoisseur is a simple, almost featureless model that's become one of the best drip coffee makers because of its reliability. If you get one, you'll enjoy up to 40 oz of worry-free, piping hot coffee for years.
Overall
90
Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One

Looking for an SCA-certified single-serve coffee maker? Look no further than the Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One, which uses the same high-quality brewing system as other Technivorm brewers for up to 10 oz of Grade A coffee.
Overall
90
Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew

An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-900 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee thanks to an integrated burr grinder. Prefer pre-ground coffee? You can use that, too.
Overall
90
BUNN Velocity Brew

BUNN Velocity Brew

BUNN Velocity Brew

BUNN Velocity Brew

BUNN's revolutionary quick-brew coffee maker, the Velocity Brew uses an innovative sprayhead to wet grounds evenly with a speedy 3-minute brew time for a 50 oz pot. Discontinued, check out the BUNN Speed Brew instead.
Overall
90
OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is a no-frills slow brewer made from borosilicate glass with an innovative rainmaker top to evenly distribute water for up to 32 oz of low-acid, low-bitterness cold brew coffee.
Overall
89
Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850

A stylish, SCA-certified drip coffee maker from a leading name in kitchen appliances, the Cuisinart Pure Precision brews large volumes of quality coffee with a couple of annoying design and build quality shortcomings.
Overall
88
Keurig K-Duo Plus

Keurig K-Duo Plus

Keurig K-Duo Plus

Keurig K-Duo Plus

The K-Duo Plus is Keurig's most versatile coffee maker, brewing both single-serve K-Cups (up to 12 oz) and full 60 oz carafes with a convenient swivel water reservoir designed to fit your counter's configuration.
Overall
87
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp

A feature-rich coffee maker with a massive 70 oz water reservoir, Bold Brew for stronger coffee, and programmable 24-hour Auto-On, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp is great if you're looking for a big pot every morning.
Overall
87
Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup

A solid bargain model from Calphalon, the Special Brew doesn't have many special features: a 50 oz water reservoir, Brew Strength selector, and 24-hour Auto-On. Above all else, it brews B+ coffee at a good price.
Overall
87
Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus

A fairly standard grind and brew coffee maker from one of the better budget brands, the Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus features a 5.3 oz bean hopper, conical burr grinder, 50 oz max brew size, and a nifty "Oily Bean" selector.
Overall
85
Redline MK1 Brewer

Redline MK1 Brewer

Redline MK1 Brewer

Redline MK1 Brewer

A highly-rated but mostly unknown drip coffee maker, the Redline MK1 Brewer has a 40 oz water reservoir and one cool feature: a "Parking Brake" at the bottom of the filter basket to stop brewing and siphon a quick cup.

Is This Guide For You?

Our editors have rated and ranked each option. Without further ado, here are our official reviews in this all-encompassing buying guide.

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455
Overall Rating
94
Coffee Quality (40%)
94
Design & Features (20%)
94
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 has a ton of functionality, including PID temperature control, 3 adjustable flow rates, bloom time control, iced and cold brew modes, and 6 presets that meet SCA standards.

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Pros

  • Brew using SCA standard settings or your own completely customized parameters
  • PID temperature control for consistent pots and even extraction
  • 6 different brew modes including cold brew
  • Intelligently pre-infuses and blooms your grounds for proper extraction

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Cons

  • Pricier than your average drip coffee maker
  • Water reservoir isn’t removable

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 60 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: Digital LCD with dial
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: None
  • Power: 1650W

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Pros

  • Brew using SCA standard settings or your own completely customized parameters
  • PID temperature control for consistent pots and even extraction
  • 6 different brew modes including cold brew
  • Intelligently pre-infuses and blooms your grounds for proper extraction

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Cons

  • Pricier than your average drip coffee maker
  • Water reservoir isn’t removable

Breville Precision Brewer BDC455 Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 60 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: Digital LCD with dial
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: None
  • Power: 1650W
Breville Grind Control BDC650
Overall Rating
93
Coffee Quality (40%)
94
Design & Features (20%)
93
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
With 8 different strength settings, a massive 5-60 oz brewing range, a high-quality stainless steel flat burr for superb grind size uniformity, and a well-insulated thermal carafe, the Breville Grind Control has it all.

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Pros

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Cons

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 5 oz (1 cup)
  • Grinder: Flat stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: Yes (6 settings)
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 16.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.5″W x 12.5″D x 16.3″H

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Pros

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Cons

Breville Grind Control BDC650 Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 5 oz (1 cup)
  • Grinder: Flat stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: Yes (6 settings)
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 16.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.5″W x 12.5″D x 16.3″H
Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT
Overall Rating
92
Coffee Quality (40%)
93
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The Technivorm Moccamaster is a mainstay on any list of the best coffee makers for one reason: It just works. Its durable construction, high-quality parts, and simplistic design repeatedly brew consistently great coffee.

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Pros

  • Sturdy, durable, and well-made construction
  • Coffee is sufficiently hot, upwards of 185°F
  • Comes with separate storage lid for carafe

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Cons

  • No programmed pre-infusion
  • Filter basket sometimes leaks a little
  • 40 oz capacity is underwhelming

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Glass or Thermal
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: None
  • Power: 1400W

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Pros

  • Sturdy, durable, and well-made construction
  • Coffee is sufficiently hot, upwards of 185°F
  • Comes with separate storage lid for carafe

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Cons

  • No programmed pre-infusion
  • Filter basket sometimes leaks a little
  • 40 oz capacity is underwhelming

Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Glass or Thermal
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: None
  • Power: 1400W
OXO On Barista Brain
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
93
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The OXO On Barista Brain ditches the fancy features for a simple, high-quality brewing experience. All you have is a small digital display and size selector knob that brews up to 45 oz of delicious, evenly-extracted coffee.

OXO On Barista Brain Pros

  • SCAA certified with smart internal components for an always-optimal cup
  • Brew pause functionality to siphon off a cup
  • 24-hour programmability to wake up to a hot pot

OXO On Barista Brain Cons

  • Does’t brew anything other than hot coffee
  • No controls for brew temperature or strength
  • No Auto-Off functionality

OXO On Barista Brain Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 45 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: Digital LCD display with dial
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1400W

OXO On Barista Brain Pros

  • SCAA certified with smart internal components for an always-optimal cup
  • Brew pause functionality to siphon off a cup
  • 24-hour programmability to wake up to a hot pot

OXO On Barista Brain Cons

  • Does’t brew anything other than hot coffee
  • No controls for brew temperature or strength
  • No Auto-Off functionality

OXO On Barista Brain Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 45 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: Digital LCD display with dial
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1400W
BUNN Speed Brew
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
91
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
The encore to BUNN's innovative (and successful) Velocity Brew, the Speed Brew makes a full 50 oz pot of piping hot coffee in just 3 minutes with an improved sprayhead for more even extraction and a smoother cup.

BUNN Speed Brew Pros

  • Up to 50 oz brew size (8-10 cups of coffee)
  • Speedy 3 minute brew time and unique (and improved) sprayhead for optimal extraction
  • Improved filter basket design for smooth pour into carafe
  • Stainless steel internal tank with 200ÂşF temp
  • 3-year warranty

BUNN Speed Brew Cons

  • Some owners have complained of metallic or burning plastic smell, which BUNN says is from an epoxy used in construction
  • Can’t pause the brew and no Auto-Off feature
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to heat internal tank
  • Begins brewing as soon as you shut the lid

BUNN Speed Brew Features & Specifications

BUNN Speed Brew Pros

  • Up to 50 oz brew size (8-10 cups of coffee)
  • Speedy 3 minute brew time and unique (and improved) sprayhead for optimal extraction
  • Improved filter basket design for smooth pour into carafe
  • Stainless steel internal tank with 200ÂşF temp
  • 3-year warranty

BUNN Speed Brew Cons

  • Some owners have complained of metallic or burning plastic smell, which BUNN says is from an epoxy used in construction
  • Can’t pause the brew and no Auto-Off feature
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to heat internal tank
  • Begins brewing as soon as you shut the lid

BUNN Speed Brew Features & Specifications

Ninja Hot & Cold
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The upgraded version of Ninja's revolutionary Coffee Bar System, the Hot & Cold brews single cups, full carafes, iced and specialty drinks, and even adds a Cold Brew mode. Finally, a coffee system for everyone!

Ninja Hot & Cold Pros

  • Capable of brewing either single cups or full pots of hot coffee
  • Versatile modes for concentrated Iced and Specialty drinks
  • Revolutionary Cold Brew mode for smoother, low-acid coffee steeped at lower temps ready in just 10 minutes
  • Thermal carafe available
  • Milk frother included

Ninja Hot & Cold Cons

  • Good at a lot of things but not great at any one thing
  • Milk frother only whips milk and doesn't heat it up (microwave/stovetop required)

Ninja Hot & Cold Features & Specifications

  • Brew Sizes: 6 brew sizes from 4.8-50 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 50 oz
  • Coffee Type: Ground coffee only no pods/capsules
  • Milk Frother: Integrated frothing arm (doesn't heat coffee up)
  • Carafe: Either glass or thermal, depending on model
  • External Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 11.8"D x 15.0"H
  • Weight: 11.7 lbs
  • Watts: 1500W
  • Other Features: Auto-IQ, 10-minute Cold Brew mode

Ninja Hot & Cold Pros

  • Capable of brewing either single cups or full pots of hot coffee
  • Versatile modes for concentrated Iced and Specialty drinks
  • Revolutionary Cold Brew mode for smoother, low-acid coffee steeped at lower temps ready in just 10 minutes
  • Thermal carafe available
  • Milk frother included

Ninja Hot & Cold Cons

  • Good at a lot of things but not great at any one thing
  • Milk frother only whips milk and doesn't heat it up (microwave/stovetop required)

Ninja Hot & Cold Features & Specifications

  • Brew Sizes: 6 brew sizes from 4.8-50 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 50 oz
  • Coffee Type: Ground coffee only no pods/capsules
  • Milk Frother: Integrated frothing arm (doesn't heat coffee up)
  • Carafe: Either glass or thermal, depending on model
  • External Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 11.8"D x 15.0"H
  • Weight: 11.7 lbs
  • Watts: 1500W
  • Other Features: Auto-IQ, 10-minute Cold Brew mode
Bonavita Connoisseur
Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
95
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
The Bonavita Connoisseur is a simple, almost featureless model that's become one of the best drip coffee makers because of its reliability. If you get one, you'll enjoy up to 40 oz of worry-free, piping hot coffee for years.

Bonavita Connoisseur Pros

  • Powerful 1500W heater brews a truly hot pot
  • Well-designed shower head and flat bottom filter basket result in even extraction
  • Made from aesthetically-pleasing brushed stainless steel

Bonavita Connoisseur Cons

  • Only 40 oz capacity
  • No Auto-Brew functionality
  • Optional pre-infusion must be controlled by the user

Bonavita Connoisseur Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1500W

Bonavita Connoisseur Pros

  • Powerful 1500W heater brews a truly hot pot
  • Well-designed shower head and flat bottom filter basket result in even extraction
  • Made from aesthetically-pleasing brushed stainless steel

Bonavita Connoisseur Cons

  • Only 40 oz capacity
  • No Auto-Brew functionality
  • Optional pre-infusion must be controlled by the user

Bonavita Connoisseur Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1500W
Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
93
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
Looking for an SCA-certified single-serve coffee maker? Look no further than the Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One, which uses the same high-quality brewing system as other Technivorm brewers for up to 10 oz of Grade A coffee.

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Pros

  • Sturdy, durable, and well-made construction
  • Brews at the ideal temperature between 196ÂşF-205ÂşF
  • Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/BPF and phthalate-free plastics
  • SCA-certified coffee maker
  • 5-year manufacturers warranty

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Cons

  • 4 minutes from cold start to coffee is so-so for a single cup
  • Not programmable
  • No programmed pre-infusion
  • No extra features
  • Not compatible with single-serve pods (if that's what you're looking for)

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups using industry-standard 5 oz cup size)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups using industry-standard 5 oz cup size)
  • Grinder: None
  • Adjustable Grind Size: N/A
  • Bean Hopper Volume: N/A
  • Carafe: Thermal and glass both available
  • Programmable Start: No
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: #1 paper filters
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.25″W x 6.5″D x 11.75″H
  • Power: 1200W
  • Warranty: 5 years

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Pros

  • Sturdy, durable, and well-made construction
  • Brews at the ideal temperature between 196ÂşF-205ÂşF
  • Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/BPF and phthalate-free plastics
  • SCA-certified coffee maker
  • 5-year manufacturers warranty

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Cons

  • 4 minutes from cold start to coffee is so-so for a single cup
  • Not programmable
  • No programmed pre-infusion
  • No extra features
  • Not compatible with single-serve pods (if that's what you're looking for)

Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups using industry-standard 5 oz cup size)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups using industry-standard 5 oz cup size)
  • Grinder: None
  • Adjustable Grind Size: N/A
  • Bean Hopper Volume: N/A
  • Carafe: Thermal and glass both available
  • Programmable Start: No
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: #1 paper filters
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.25″W x 6.5″D x 11.75″H
  • Power: 1200W
  • Warranty: 5 years
Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-900 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee thanks to an integrated burr grinder. Prefer pre-ground coffee? You can use that, too.

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Pros

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Cons

Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind & Brew Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 60 oz (12 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 8 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 15.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 11.6″D x 16.3″H
BUNN Velocity Brew
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
90
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
93
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
BUNN's revolutionary quick-brew coffee maker, the Velocity Brew uses an innovative sprayhead to wet grounds evenly with a speedy 3-minute brew time for a 50 oz pot. Discontinued, check out the BUNN Speed Brew instead.

BUNN Velocity Brew Pros

  • Up to 50 oz brew size (8-10 cups of coffee)
  • Speedy 3 minute brew time and unique sprayhead for optimal extraction
  • Stainless steel internal tank with 200ÂşF temp
  • Glass carafe models come with porcelain-coated heating plate
  • Special high altitude model available (BTX-B)

BUNN Velocity Brew Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Some owners have complained of metallic or burning plastic smell, which BUNN says is from an epoxy used in construction
  • Can’t pause the brew and no Auto-Off feature
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to heat internal tank
  • Begins brewing as soon as you shut the lid

BUNN Velocity Brew Features & Specifications

BUNN Velocity Brew Pros

  • Up to 50 oz brew size (8-10 cups of coffee)
  • Speedy 3 minute brew time and unique sprayhead for optimal extraction
  • Stainless steel internal tank with 200ÂşF temp
  • Glass carafe models come with porcelain-coated heating plate
  • Special high altitude model available (BTX-B)

BUNN Velocity Brew Cons

  • Discontinued model
  • Some owners have complained of metallic or burning plastic smell, which BUNN says is from an epoxy used in construction
  • Can’t pause the brew and no Auto-Off feature
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to heat internal tank
  • Begins brewing as soon as you shut the lid

BUNN Velocity Brew Features & Specifications

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Overall Rating
90
Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
90
Durability (20%)
88
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
88
The Bottom Line
The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is a no-frills slow brewer made from borosilicate glass with an innovative rainmaker top to evenly distribute water for up to 32 oz of low-acid, low-bitterness cold brew coffee.

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Pros

  • 32 oz capacity is great for small families
  • Ultra fine filter does an excellent job at filtering out coffee silt
  • One-touch brew release button is convenient and mess-free
  • High-quality glass carafe and stopper keeps cold brew fresh
  • Rainmaker lid ensures coffee grounds are evenly saturated

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Cons

  • 32 oz capacity may not be ideal for larger families or larger cold brew batches
  • Some units are prone to leakage

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 32 oz
  • Borosilicate glass carafe has easy-to-read markings
  • Reusable, ultra fine stainless steel filter keeps coffee silt out
  • Included stopper keeps fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
  • Perforated Rainmaker lid evenly distributes water over coffee grounds
  • One-touch brew release
  • Dimensions: 9.5″W x 9.5″D x 14.7″H
  • Weight: 3.97 pounds

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Pros

  • 32 oz capacity is great for small families
  • Ultra fine filter does an excellent job at filtering out coffee silt
  • One-touch brew release button is convenient and mess-free
  • High-quality glass carafe and stopper keeps cold brew fresh
  • Rainmaker lid ensures coffee grounds are evenly saturated

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Cons

  • 32 oz capacity may not be ideal for larger families or larger cold brew batches
  • Some units are prone to leakage

OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 32 oz
  • Borosilicate glass carafe has easy-to-read markings
  • Reusable, ultra fine stainless steel filter keeps coffee silt out
  • Included stopper keeps fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
  • Perforated Rainmaker lid evenly distributes water over coffee grounds
  • One-touch brew release
  • Dimensions: 9.5″W x 9.5″D x 14.7″H
  • Weight: 3.97 pounds
Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850
Overall Rating
89
Coffee Quality (40%)
91
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A stylish, SCA-certified drip coffee maker from a leading name in kitchen appliances, the Cuisinart Pure Precision brews large volumes of quality coffee with a couple of annoying design and build quality shortcomings.

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Pros

  • Temperature control setting with two options: hot and extra hot
  • Flavor strength control with three settings: mild, medium, and bold
  • Brew Pause allows you to pour your first cup before the entire brew cycle completes (20 second max pause)
  • Includes a charcoal water filter
  • SCAA-certified coffee maker

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Cons

  • LCD display panel lights aren't very bright
  • Hot plate coating scratches off easily (glass carafe models only)
  • Output is slightly less than the stated 64 oz
  • Cuisinart's a solid brand (see the Brand Reputation score above) but customer service can be slow

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 64 oz (8 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: None
  • Adjustable Grind Size: N/A
  • Bean Hopper Volume: N/A
  • Carafe: Thermal and glass available
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Adjustable auto-off setting
  • Filter: Stainless steel #4 permanent filter and #4 paper filters (both included)
  • Weight: 10.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.5"W x 13.75"D x 14.5"H
  • Power: 1200
  • Warranty: 3 years

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Pros

  • Temperature control setting with two options: hot and extra hot
  • Flavor strength control with three settings: mild, medium, and bold
  • Brew Pause allows you to pour your first cup before the entire brew cycle completes (20 second max pause)
  • Includes a charcoal water filter
  • SCAA-certified coffee maker

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Cons

  • LCD display panel lights aren't very bright
  • Hot plate coating scratches off easily (glass carafe models only)
  • Output is slightly less than the stated 64 oz
  • Cuisinart's a solid brand (see the Brand Reputation score above) but customer service can be slow

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-850 Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 64 oz (8 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: None
  • Adjustable Grind Size: N/A
  • Bean Hopper Volume: N/A
  • Carafe: Thermal and glass available
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Adjustable auto-off setting
  • Filter: Stainless steel #4 permanent filter and #4 paper filters (both included)
  • Weight: 10.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 9.5"W x 13.75"D x 14.5"H
  • Power: 1200
  • Warranty: 3 years
Keurig K-Duo Plus
Overall Rating
88
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
95
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
95
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The K-Duo Plus is Keurig's most versatile coffee maker, brewing both single-serve K-Cups (up to 12 oz) and full 60 oz carafes with a convenient swivel water reservoir designed to fit your counter's configuration.

Keurig K-Duo Plus Pros

  • Includes Keurig's upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Brews both single-serve pods and 60 oz carafes
  • Multi-position water reservoir swivels to either back or side

Keurig K-Duo Plus Cons

  • Full 60 oz carafe isn't as robust as coffee from a dedicated drip coffee maker
  • Carafe pour spout has tendency to drip
  • Doesn't come with a water filter kit

Keurig K-Duo Plus Features & Specifications

  • Product Line/System: K-Duo
  • Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz (single serve) and up to 60 oz (carafe)
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Display: Button control panel with buttons for Brew Strength, Brew Size, and Auto-On plus digital clock display
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 7.7"W x 15.9"D x 14.2"H
  • Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Swivel reservoir can sit on side or rear (dimensions listed here show rear), comes with 60 oz thermal carafe, Auto-On/Off for carafe, pause and pour

Keurig K-Duo Plus Pros

  • Includes Keurig's upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Brews both single-serve pods and 60 oz carafes
  • Multi-position water reservoir swivels to either back or side

Keurig K-Duo Plus Cons

  • Full 60 oz carafe isn't as robust as coffee from a dedicated drip coffee maker
  • Carafe pour spout has tendency to drip
  • Doesn't come with a water filter kit

Keurig K-Duo Plus Features & Specifications

  • Product Line/System: K-Duo
  • Brew Sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz (single serve) and up to 60 oz (carafe)
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Display: Button control panel with buttons for Brew Strength, Brew Size, and Auto-On plus digital clock display
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Dimensions: 7.7"W x 15.9"D x 14.2"H
  • Weight: 11.0 lbs
  • Other Features: Swivel reservoir can sit on side or rear (dimensions listed here show rear), comes with 60 oz thermal carafe, Auto-On/Off for carafe, pause and pour
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A feature-rich coffee maker with a massive 70 oz water reservoir, Bold Brew for stronger coffee, and programmable 24-hour Auto-On, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp is great if you're looking for a big pot every morning.

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Pros

  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Toggle loud finished brew beeps on/off
  • Toggle warming plate temp to high, medium, low
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Cons

  • Steam comes out the top-back, which can stain or damage cabinets
  • Carafe design has lip which makes it hard to empty completely
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Features & Specifications

  • 70 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 14 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-Off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24-hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.8″W x 9.0″L x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Pros

  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Toggle loud finished brew beeps on/off
  • Toggle warming plate temp to high, medium, low
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Cons

  • Steam comes out the top-back, which can stain or damage cabinets
  • Carafe design has lip which makes it hard to empty completely
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfectemp Features & Specifications

  • 70 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, cone-shaped and size 4 paper filter compatible
  • 14 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-Off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24-hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.8″W x 9.0″L x 14.0″H
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs
  • 3 year warranty
Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
A solid bargain model from Calphalon, the Special Brew doesn't have many special features: a 50 oz water reservoir, Brew Strength selector, and 24-hour Auto-On. Above all else, it brews B+ coffee at a good price.

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Pros

  • Well-made and brews quickly
  • Fresh Brew Timer tracks time since last brew (in case your spouse brewed a pot but you aren’t sure when)
  • Warming plate stays on for up to 4 hours

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Cons

  • Few brew features like temperature control
  • Glass pot is hard to empty completely, leading to drops of burned coffee if you aren’t careful empty fully
  • Wider design is intended to sit flush against the wall and doesn’t project out far

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 50 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Display: Digital LCD display with brew buttons
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1450W

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Pros

  • Well-made and brews quickly
  • Fresh Brew Timer tracks time since last brew (in case your spouse brewed a pot but you aren’t sure when)
  • Warming plate stays on for up to 4 hours

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Cons

  • Few brew features like temperature control
  • Glass pot is hard to empty completely, leading to drops of burned coffee if you aren’t careful empty fully
  • Wider design is intended to sit flush against the wall and doesn’t project out far

Calphalon Special Brew 10-Cup Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 50 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Display: Digital LCD display with brew buttons
  • Auto-Off: Yes
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1450W
Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
87
Design & Features (20%)
88
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
92
Brand Reputation (10%)
82
The Bottom Line
A fairly standard grind and brew coffee maker from one of the better budget brands, the Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus features a 5.3 oz bean hopper, conical burr grinder, 50 oz max brew size, and a nifty "Oily Bean" selector.

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Pros

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Cons

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 50 oz (10 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 5.3 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 14.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 12.5″D x 16.5″H

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Pros

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Cons

Capresso CoffeeTeam PRO Plus Features & Specifications

  • Max Brew Volume: 50 oz (10 cups)
  • Min Brew Volume: 10 oz (2 cups)
  • Grinder: Conical stainless steel burr
  • Adjustable Grind Size: No
  • Bean Hopper Volume: 5.3 oz
  • Carafe: Thermal
  • Programmable Start: Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off: Immediately after brew
  • Filter: Gold Tone #4 permanent
  • Weight: 14.0 lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.3″W x 12.5″D x 16.5″H
Redline MK1 Brewer
Overall Rating
85
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
87
Durability (20%)
82
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
80
The Bottom Line
A highly-rated but mostly unknown drip coffee maker, the Redline MK1 Brewer has a 40 oz water reservoir and one cool feature: a "Parking Brake" at the bottom of the filter basket to stop brewing and siphon a quick cup.

Redline MK1 Brewer Pros

  • Powerful 1560W heating element makes truly hot coffee
  • “Parking Brake” lever at bottom of filter basket modulates the flow of coffee into the carafe
  • Relatively low price point

Redline MK1 Brewer Cons

  • Don’t like the glass carafe only option
  • Overall feel is a little flimsy
  • Carafe lid is non-removable, meaning you can’t use it to fill the water reservoir

Redline MK1 Brewer Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1560W

Redline MK1 Brewer Pros

  • Powerful 1560W heating element makes truly hot coffee
  • “Parking Brake” lever at bottom of filter basket modulates the flow of coffee into the carafe
  • Relatively low price point

Redline MK1 Brewer Cons

  • Don’t like the glass carafe only option
  • Overall feel is a little flimsy
  • Carafe lid is non-removable, meaning you can’t use it to fill the water reservoir

Redline MK1 Brewer Features & Specifications

  • Capacity: 40 oz
  • Carafe: Glass
  • Display: On/off switch
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Grinder: No
  • Power: 1560W

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does "SCA Certified Brewer" Actually Mean?

SCA stands for Specialty Coffee Association, an organization formed in 2017 when the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) merged. The group is comprised of "coffee science experts and professional coffee tasters" to determine which of the many, many home-use coffee makers actually brew a beverage good enough to be called "coffee."

To earn the "SCA Certified Brewer" label, a coffee maker must be able to brew coffee that meets the brewing standards set forth by the SCA, which are based on decades of experience by some of the world's best coffee minds. Per SCA News, these standards include the following:

  • Golden Cup Ratio: Brew basket must hold 55g of coffee per 1L of water
  • Brewing Temperature: Must reach 197.6°F within one minute and never exceed 204.8°F
  • Brewing Time: 4-8 minutes of contact time between water and grounds
  • Brew Strength & Extraction: Resulting coffee must have a brew strength, measured in Total Dissolved Solids, or 11.5-13.5g per 1L (1.15-1.35% on SCA Brewing Control Chart) resulting from solubles extraction yield of 18-22%
  • Uniformity of Extraction: Brewer must pass Brew Strength & Extraction requirement multiple times on numerous brew cycles
  • Carafe Temperature: Carafe must hold coffee between 176-185°F for at least 30 minutes

If a coffee maker meets all of those criteria, it gets the SCA certification.

Note: You may also see SCAA Certified and SCAE Certified, both of which are just as good as the SCA Certified label. Those designations mean a brewer was tested by either organization before the 2017 merger and met all requirements.

How to Choose the Best Drip Coffee Maker

Choosing the best drip brewer for you isn't as simple as picking the the hottest coffee maker or the newest model available.

(It isn't rocket science either, though.)

Here are 13 factors you should evaluate.

1. SCA certification

If you buy an SCA-approved drip coffee maker, you can feel confident that it'll brew delicious coffee time and time again.

But that doesn't mean all non-SCA certified coffee makers are terrible. It might just mean the brand hasn't submitted their coffee maker to the SCA for testing.

That said, the SCA Certified Brewer label is an extra layer of security that always makes me feel good about my purchase.

2. Brew volume

How much coffee do you need?

  • Are you brewing for a one-person household and only need a small cup each morning?
  • Are you brewing for a one-person household and find the idea of a single cup utterly preposterous?
  • Are you lucky to get half-a-cup after your spouse and three grown-up children help themselves? (Seriously, why won't they just move out?!)
  • Are you an office manager or admin looking to jumpstart your workforce with a little caffeine motivation?

This is one of the most fundamental (and obvious) factors to consider when choosing which drip brewer to buy.

3. Brew temperature

Proper brewing temperature is important for proper extraction, which can be the difference between drinking a rich cup of coffee and brown, coffee-like water.

SCA-certified brewers heat water to the proper temperature. Non-SCA certified brewers are more hit-and-miss. When in doubt, look for coffee makers with a temperature control function, Extra Hot setting, or something similar. In general, coffee makers don't get too hot. They don't get hot enough. Having the extra higher-heat setting can't hurt.

4. Thermal vs glass carafe

On the subject of brew temperature, consider whether you want a drip brewer with a thermal carafe of stainless steel carafe.

  • Thermal carafes provide better insulation to keep coffee at an enjoyable temperature for a longer period of time. Not all thermal carafes are equally effective, however. Looked for double-walled thermal carafes when possible. When in doubt, SCA certified coffee makers have been tested to make sure the carafe holds coffee between 176-185°F for at least 30 minutes.
  • Glass carafes use warming plates to keep coffee at the proper temperature. These plates often struggle to maintain a proper temperature, and they tend to burn the last few cups in your carafe. They're also just one extra thing that can break (both the glass carafe and the heating plate, so I guess that's two extra things that can break).

Coffee makers with glass carafes tend to be a little less expensive than comparable models with thermal carafes, but I think it's worth the extra cost to get a model with a thermal carafe. Glass carafes just aren't worth the hassle.

5. Brew strength

Brew strength is tied to brew temperature, because you need water of the appropriate temperature to sufficiently extract all of the flavorful oils and organic acids that create a well-balanced cup.

Some coffee makers have an Extra Strong, Bold, or other type of brew strength adjustment feature. Do they actually work? 

Sometimes.

Ultimately, the most important thing for a strong cup is a coffee maker that brews at the appropriate temperature, not a coffee maker that brags about it's Super Mega Extra Molten Hot brew temperature setting or Richer Than Warren Buffet brew strength setting.

6. Brew speed

Now here's a factor that few people consider, mostly because it's hard to evaluate online!

Some coffee makers, like the BUNN Speed Brew and BUNN Velocity Brew, are designed to brew a full pot of coffee in just a few minutes. While I do like those BUNN models a lot (they cracked my list of the Best BUNN Coffee Makers) they don't brew quite as well as, say, a Technivorm Moccamaster model.

Is the faster brew speed worth a slightly-less-extracted cup? That's up to you.

Note: Related to brew speed, some coffee makers have a Brew Pause feature, which allows you to remove the pot to sneak a quick cup before the brew process completes. If you get one of these coffee makers, the total brew time becomes less of a factor.

7. Integrated grinder

Grind-and-brew coffee makers have integrated grinders that begin each new pot with freshly ground coffee beans.

If you're used to using pre-ground coffee from your local grocery store, take a long look at some of the best grind-and-brew coffee makers. I think you'll really be surprised by the improved brew quality.

That said, nothing beats having a standalone grinder. In fact, many coffee aficionados (myself included) believe a quality grinder has a larger impact on your coffee than the coffee maker itself.

Grinders can get expensive quickly, but you don't need a grinder with 270 different grind size settings.

  • The Baratza Encore is a great, affordable, entry-level burr grinder.
  • Looking to shave a little more off the price? Check out the Capresso Infinity.

Burr grinders definitely are the way to go (ignore blade grinders, which chop rather than grind). You can even find manual burr grinders that do a great job without requiring electricity. (Plus, the hand-cranking process burns off a few extra calories.)

8. Programmability

Do you like to wake up a freshly-brewed pot of coffee? Then look for a model with 24-hour programmability.

I'll also lump auto-off functionality into this category, if that's important to you.

9. Cord length

A small detail that can cause a large amount of frustration, make sure the coffee maker's cord is long enough to reach an outlet. No one likes involving extension cords in your morning routine.

10. Size & dimensions

How big is the place where you want the coffee maker to sit? Most importantly, make sure you have enough under-cabinet clearance, especially when the water tank and brew basket lids are open!

11. Design & aesthetics

Let's face it — how your coffee maker looks is important. After all, you're going to be looking at it on your kitchen counter every day for as long as you own it.

Is this the most important factor? Probably not. Let's call it a tie-breaker.

12. Build quality

But sometimes it can be hard to determine the build quality of something you're buying online. The Coffee Maven's coffee maker ratings are a great place to start (each product rating includes a Build Quality score), but there's one other factor quality-related factor you should always keep in mind, and it's why I saved it for last...

13. Brand reputation

Respected brand names are respected for a reason.

Unknown brand names? More of a dice roll.

When shopping for kitchen appliances I plan to use regularly, I always give brand name significant weight.

Bad Morning Moods = Unproductive Days (It's Science)

Studies show that a bad morning mood means a 10% decrease in productivity.

Well, that's just great.

Now you're unhappy and inefficient. That puts me in an even worse mood!

Your morning coffee routine should be one of the most enjoyable parts of your day. That makes deciding which coffee maker to buy one of the most important decisions you'll ever make!

Hyperbole?

Maybe...or maybe not.

In my happy, productive, and overly-caffeinated opinion, don't leave your morning mood up to chance.

Get our top-rated drip coffee maker and carpe diem!

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Breville Precision Brewer BDC455

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About The Coffee Maven
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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!