Looking for the coffee machine that will give you the best bang for your buck? Below you'll find our list of the best standard coffee makers available in 2017.
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The coffee machines listed below are in no particular order. Quite frankly, you really can't go wrong with any of them!
1. Ninja Coffee Carafe System
As with any piece of equipment, the Ninja system is not without its faults. Depending on which specific model you get, you will likely have to get certain accessories to make some types of coffee. For example, some models include an ice coffee pitcher and others include a to-go tumbler. You will also have to purchase your own single serve cups or travel mugs, but let's face it: who doesn't have coffee cups and to-go mugs at home nowadays?
One thing that separates this system is its smart technology. No more guessing the correct coffee-to-water ratio between a cup or a carafe. It doesn't matter if your preference is a more “classic” taste or something a little more full and robust, just fill to the respective fill-lines and the system takes care of the rest.
Overall, the reviews are very positive and most people would agree, the machine will pay for itself by preventing the need to spend six (or more) dollars on specialty coffees.
- Full of features for different coffees.
- Great value for the money spent.
- Includes a recipe book so you can make your own delicious specialty coffee beverages.
- Some accessories may need to be purchased separately depending on the model.
- Can be difficult to learn how to operate.
- Expensive unless you will actually benefit from being able to make different specialty coffees.
2. Bunn Pourover Coffee Brewer
The Bunn coffee brewer is completely portable. So this means there will be no expensive installation bills from a plumber. Anywhere there is a plugin, the brewer can be set-up. All you have to do is pour cold water in the top and it immediately starts brewing hot coffee.
The trade-off for being able to perform semi-commercially as opposed to a standard homeowner coffee brewer is its size. At around a foot and a half tall and deep it is bigger than your average coffee brewer, and it does require a little extra space around it because the stainless steel body can get quite warm with extended use.
Another pitfall is the fact that decanters are not included and must be ordered separately. But if you are looking for a high-output coffee brewer, the Bunn coffee brewer will give you what you're looking for.
- Able to brew nearly four gallons of coffee per hour.
- Easy cleanup with its stainless steel construction.
- Completely portable.
- Does not include decanters.
- Requires more space than your average coffee brewer.
- It gets quite hot with extended use.
3. Moccamaster KBG 741
Easy-to-read measurements on the water reservoir ensure that you will have the right water-to-coffee grounds ratio whenever you are making a fresh pot of coffee, and the copper heating element will provide a consistent brewing temperature of 196 to 205 degrees.
The price on this piece of equipment is on the higher end of the scale, but it is backed by a five-year warranty. It is a good thing that it has a five-year warranty because there have been complaints about a lot of plastic in the construction. The working parts seem to be constructed well, but there is a lot of plastic otherwise.
- Brews coffee very quickly (six minutes for a full carafe).
- Nice size for the kitchen and available in numerous colors.
- Consistent brewing temperature with pulse action drip for perfect coffee bloom every time.
- 5-year warranty.
- On the more expensive end of the price scale.
- Lots of plastic in the construction.
- Not easy to get parts for.
4. Cuisinart 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
For all you coffee lovers out there who like their coffee big and bold, this coffeemaker has you covered with its regular or bold brew strength control. And if you're so particular about how you like to enjoy your coffee, the machine has a brewed coffee temperature control as well.
Where you won't find anything special about this coffeemaker is with various features. A lot of coffeemakers nowadays have all sorts of features like milk frothers or automatic bean grinders, but this Cuisinart coffeemaker is more minimalistic in its approach with just self-clean, auto shutoff, one to four cup settings, and twenty-four hour timed brew.
- Adjustable brew temperature.
- Regular or bold brew settings.
- Extreme Brew feature that is twenty-five percent faster than normal.
- Affordable price point.
- Not really any special features.
- Seems to be a lot of complaints about customer service
- Not very durable or long lasting.
5. Bunn 10-cup Velocity Brew
Truly minimalistic in its design the Velocity Brew has a basic glass carafe, standard porcelain-coated warmer, and a lighted on and off switch. However, an even saturation of the coffee grounds is an important part of brewing a delicious cup of coffee, and this coffee maker is able to do this well with its unique spray head that disperses water evenly over the coffee grounds basket.
It is great that this coffeemaker can brew you a pot of coffee in three minutes; who would complain about getting caffeine coursing through their veins that quickly? The only problem with this is that the coffeemaker must remain on all the time. To make use the “speed-brewing” feature, the water in the holding tank must be heated before you pour a new pot of water in, and then you have to get the carafe under the drip spout quickly before it starts dripping.
- Very quick brewing.
- Reasonable price point.
- No need for a learning any fancy features as it is very minimalistic.
- Coffeemaker must remain on all the time to keep water heated for brewing.
- Comparable to much cheaper coffee makers in construction.
- Accompanying carafe does not pour coffee very smoothly.
6. OXO Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffeemaker
The microprocessor controls everything from making sure the water is the optimal temperature for brewing, to making sure the right amount of water is pumped for the number of cups you select, and finally it pumps the water in perfectly timed intervals, allowing the coffee to bloom for full flavor extraction.
As with anything else that has a lot of electrical components, the Barista Brain is not immune to the faults. It is possible that any “loud” electrical devices near the coffeemaker may cause it to act haywire, and obviously, you don't want to play catch with it. But if you aren't afraid of having a little bit of technology sitting on your counter than the Barista Brain is a solid choice.
- A programmable timer so you can wake up to fresh coffee.
- Uncomplicated controls.
- The microprocessor enables the pump to replicate the pour over method.
- Higher on the pricing scale.
- Potential for problems with sensitive electrical components.
7. Bonavita Original Coffee Brewer
Picture this: a lazy Saturday morning with nothing to do but sip on your coffee and watch your favorite weekend television program. You won't have to worry about making sure you drink your coffee quickly because first it will be brewed at an optimal temperature of 195 to 205 degrees, then the piping hot temperature will be maintained by the thermal carafe so you can savor your coffee longer.
You will be up and out of bed to brew your coffee because true to its minimalistic design, there is no timer feature for it to start brewing automatically. And if you are looking for a coffeemaker that can do fancy things like make espresso, steam your milk, or finish your to-do list for you, then this Bonavita coffee brewer is not the machine for you.
- No fancy features to learn how to use.
- Maintains an optimal brewing water temperature every time.
- Great price point for a quality machine.
- No timer for an auto-brew.
- No auto-stop on the brewer, so you have to wait for the coffee to finish brewing before you can pour a cup.
8. Cuisinart Coffee-On-Demand Coffeemaker
In today's world of modern décor and fancy kitchens, it is becoming more desirable for everything to match, and the sleek brushed aluminum appearance of this Cuisinart coffeemaker has the looks to fit into your modern kitchen.
Need to be up extra early? No problem. Set the advance-brew timer and pour a piping fresh cup of coffee first thing when you wake up. Equipped with a charcoal water filter and GoldTone permanent water filter, you can count on the freshest, most delicious coffee every morning.
A major potential problem is the fact that this machine has a lot of electrical components, from the auto-brew timer to the one cup dispenser. Another potential issue is its quality of construction seems comparable to much cheaper options, but they don't have the dispenser feature. The coffeemaker does have a three-year warranty.
- Programmable timer for an “auto-brew”.
- No carafe needed; dispenses one cup at a time once the coffee is brewed.
- Modern and sleek looking design.
- The quality of construction is lacking for the price.
- Lots of electrical components make for lots of potential problems.
9. Krups Savoy Turbo 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker
Not only can you program this beauty to start brewing your favorite coffee at a particular time, but the included thermal carafe will keep your brew piping hot even after you hit the snooze button eighteen times.
This coffeemaker has numerous settings for you to play around with depending on what you are trying to accomplish. There is a bold setting that will make sure you have a balanced, rich, and full flavor when you are brewing a whole pot. Or you can brew just a few cups at a time with the small batch setting, while still maintaining maximum flavor and aroma.
Oh and P.S., don't worry about sneaking a cup while it's still brewing because the coffeemaker is equipped with a pause-and-serve function. But with the turbo function that brews up to thirty-five percent faster, you probably won't need to stop it before it's finished.
- Easy to use, even with the different features.
- Fast brewing for those rushed mornings.
- Very modern and sleek looking.
- A little high on the price range scale.
- More functionality than needed if you are just looking for a simple coffee maker.
10. Brew Express 10-Cup Countertop Coffee System
The best part about its self-filling feature is that you also have hot water on demand, so you can continuously brew coffee when you are entertaining a large crowd or you are using the coffee maker in the office.
Speaking of using it in the office, this coffee system is extensively tested and certified for commercial and residential use. That, matched with its continuous brewing, is management's new secret weapon for staff happiness.
You have the option of brewing ten cups without the worry about them losing their heat in the thermal carafe. But if you are brewing just for yourself, you can select just a single mug or half carafe… or a full one; no one's judging.
- Very durable and designed to last.
- Good value for the money spent.
- Continuous brew capabilities for heavy use.
- If it's not hooked up to a water line, you lose its main benefits of continuous brewing.
- You are at the mercy of whatever water is being supplied through the water line.
11. Bunn ThermoFresh High Altitude
If you were sold at the specially engineered thermostat, then four to ten cups in three minutes should be the cherry on top. Using its patented spray head design, this machine will brew your coffee fast without sacrificing the quality of the brew.
The high altitude and speed are great, but if you are looking for more features like programmable or different carafe sizes, this machine probably isn't the one for you. The machine is nice and modern looking, but it is minimalistic in its approach to brewing you a pot of coffee.
- Works in high altitude areas.
- Good price point for a quality coffee maker.
- Brews a full carafe quickly.
- Lacks extra features.
12. Braun 10-cup Coffeemaker
Aside from the obvious power differences this coffeemaker is equipped with a normal removable filter basket and automatic safety shutdown, but other than that it is very minimalistic in its design and function.
It would make a great looking addition to your counter with its stylish brushed aluminum looks and sturdy construction.
- Stylish brushed aluminum appearance.
- Brews ten cups of coffee at a time.
- Equipped with a European-style plug and rated for 220V power – great for travelers.
- Has nothing for features other than an automatic shut-down.
- Equipped with a European-style plug and not compatible for standard plugs in the United States.
13. Krups Savoy Turbo 12-cup w/ Glass Carafe
No need for a paper filter with this bad boy because it already has a GoldTone permanent coffee filter as well as a water filtration system that will ensure you get the best possible tasting coffee, brewed at the optimal 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
This feature-filled coffeemaker is wrapped in a beautiful stainless steel finish and features a glass thermal carafe that will keep your brew hot for up to four hours. And if you weren't already sold on this machine the “turbo” function allows your coffee to brew thirty-five percent faster. It also has a pause-and-serve function for those mornings where you just can't wait for it to brew you a whole pot.
All of this for a very affordable price.
- Very affordable for all the features you get with it.
- Easy to use.
- Sleek and stylish, while being durable.
- If you're looking for a simple coffee maker, this may be a bit overkill.
14. Capresso MT900 Rapid Brew Coffee Maker
Not everyone is able to use filtered water in their coffee maker and sometimes the water is hard (has a lot of minerals in it). This coffee maker uses a stainless steal lined heating system that eliminates the water’s contact with aluminum so you won’t have to de-calcify it near as often.
Not only does this coffee maker require less maintenance, but it will brew you ten cups of coffee in under seven minutes. So you can spend less time standing around the kitchen like a zombie, and more time enjoying a perfectly brewed mug of coffee. It is also equipped with the usual convenient features such as a timer and auto-shutoff.
- Sturdy stainless steal construction.
- Brews coffee quickly.
- Has a GoldTone coffee filter equipped, so it doesn’t need paper filters.
- Requires less maintenance due to its stainless steal lined heating system.
- Thermal coffee pot doesn’t poor very smoothly with the lid on.
- Removable water reservoir is made of plastic, so the potential to break is there.