15 of the Best Coffee Makers to Deliver Your Daily Caffeine Jolt
Let's face it: mornings can be a slog. At least, until we've spent some quality time with a cup of coffee. For a lot of us, coffee is the key ingredient that gets us excited to start a robust, productive day. And, excluding those who get their caffeine fix from a coffee shop, that means a good home coffee maker is crucial.
That said, there's no one home coffee maker that's perfect for everyone. Plenty of people are happy with a standard drip coffee machine. Other people only want Nespresso. And some need something a little fancier, like a pour-over setup to rival even the best specialty cafe.
Luckily, we're living in a heyday of at-home coffee brewing. So we scoured the marketplace, chatted with a coffee pro, and asked our coffee-enthusiast friends for their favorite at-home brewers and the items they have sitting in their carts, waiting for a sale. The result? A list of 15 of the top-rated coffee makers, with an option for everyone, whether you want a plain mug of Folgers every morning or a barista-scale cappuccino.
Keep scrolling to shop them all, but first, read what Cary Wong, director of coffee at Partners Coffee, has to say about how to pick the best coffee maker for you.
How to Pick the Best Coffee Maker For You
Volume: Wong's first suggestion is to ask yourself how many cups you (and/or your household) are drinking per day. "Deciding on the volume of the brewer can help narrow down your options," Wong says. Single-serve makers can be better for a one-and-done coffee drinker, while a pot-style brewing system may be better for couples, families, or people who drink multiple cups at home per day. If you drink much more coffee at home on the weekends than you do during the week, getting a coffee machine that can do both single-serve and larger batches could come in handy.
Electric or analog: Do you mind manually (and mindfully) making your own French press or pour-over, or would you rather just push a button? Consider how much time and energy you want to put into making a cup of coffee, as that can influence you to buy a simple analog machine or go for something with less work involved. "One of my favorite perks of using analog brewing equipment is that they are easier to clean," Wong says. "Often we forget to clean coffee makers, and that is one of the most common issues that can lead to coffee tasting off. Lastly, you don't need electricity to brew. Definitely a lifesaver during power outages!"
Brew options: "Next is, do you need all the added options? Are you looking for something simple — just add water and brew — or would you like to have a little more control of your brewing, like setting timers to automatically brew at certain times or changing brew ratios?" Wong asks. One often overlooked feature is if the machine has PID temperature control, Wong says. It's typically found in espresso machines, and it makes sure the water "gets hot enough to extract all those wonderful flavors from the coffee," Wong explains. Some fancier machines also come with a built-in bean grinder; is that a feature you need, or do you already have a good grinder at home?
Budget: The fancy machines can be tempting with all their bells and whistles, but "when deciding on your budget, remember that many times we don't need all the added features in coffee makers," Wong says. Keep in mind that "usually lower-priced coffee makers lack some internals for better brewed coffee such as heating elements. I tend to find that they fail more often than slightly higher-priced coffee makers." If you're going the coffee pod route, it's also worth asking how expensive the pods are compared to coffee grounds, and whether or not it's easy for you to refill your stash.
Upkeep and impact: Other things to ask yourself, according to Wong: "How easy is the machine to maintain and clean? Do they sell cleaning products for the machine? Can they use any coffee cleaning products? Are filters easy to find and purchase?" Do you prefer pods or filters you can recycle, compost, or reuse, or are you OK with throwing them in the trash?
All this is to say, there's a lot to think about when buying your next coffee maker. The good news? Any of the below are solid picks.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Mazzo
The Best Small-Batch Pour-Over Coffee Maker
Pour-over is not only a great option for those experimenting with different coffee strengths and flavors; it's a lifesaver when it comes to portability and — from my own experience — when the power goes out during pesky summer storms. This OXO option has measurement markings on it to make it easier to create a perfect cup of coffee, as well as a lid to trap heat while your cup is brewing. Not to mention, it's a super budget-friendly option at less than $20.
The Best Basic Drip Coffee Maker
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker ($35, originally $40)
No fuss, no frills — just a good ol' cuppa joe. This Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker is a classic percolator. But it has one cool feature you'll be grateful for every morning: the Grab-a-Cup Auto Pause, which allows you to grab a lifesaving cup before the brew cycle is complete sans spillage (who doesn't need that?). This machine is easy to use and easy on the wallet, making it the go-to choice for coffee-lovers on a budget.
The Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker ($90, originally $100)
The Keurig K-Mini coffee maker is perfect for the college student or coffee-lover who simply doesn't have space for another kitchen appliance. The slim and portable design of the K-Mini brewer allows for quick and easy K-Cup brews within minutes without the fuss or flair of traditional K-Cup coffee makers. What better way to satisfy that before-class craving?
The Best Luxury Drip Coffee Maker
Perhaps you're in the market for a little more pizzazz and precision when it comes to your perfect brew. With Breville's Precision Brewer Thermal coffee maker, you can make up to 60 ounces of "gold cup standard" coffee. When utilizing the maker in this mode, the brewer automatically adjusts water temperature and brew time to ensure that you are receiving the most aromatic and tasteful cup possible. Additionally, this brewer comes with a drip adapter to enable pour-overs.
All these features make it Wong's personal favorite: "It brews up to 12 cups, which will last me all morning, and has adjustable brew features that allow me to take some control on brewing the perfect cup!"
The Best Luxury Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine ($700, originally $750)
I think we all look at the Breville Barista Express espresso machine and swoon. This machine allows users to grind the beans directly before extraction, and with interchangeable filters and an option of either automatic or manual operation, you can cater your espresso brews to your specific tastes. You have lots of control over your cup of espresso and can choose from various grind sizes and temperatures, and with the added steam wand, you can create the oh-so-delectable milk texturing found at your favorite coffee shop. To learn more, read our full editor's review of the Breville Barista Expresso Espresso Machine.
The Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker For Sharing
You really can't go wrong with Chemex coffee makers. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, "I have written over 350 reviews on products for Amazon, and this is, by far, my most enthusiastic euphoria with a product." Chemex products are made from the same high-quality glass used in labware, and this specific carafe can hold up to six cups — perfect for sharing (but of course, if you drink it all, we won't judge).
The Best Stovetop Coffee Maker
Bialetti 6-Cup Moke Express Moka Pot ($38, originally $40)
For those on a budget who prefer espresso, the iconic Italian Bialetti Moka Pot could be the perfect fit. You can brew a simple cup of coffee on your stovetop without needing to separately heat the water, which is great if you're tight on space or time. Though it's not technically espresso (that requires more pressure), it has a similar taste and feel — and at a tenth of the price of a proper at-home espresso machine, it's a great deal. As one reviewer puts it, "many people are crazy about this thing," and once you become a Moka Pot user, you're part of the club for life.
The Best French-Press Coffee Maker
With Bodum's Chambord french-press coffee maker, you can really feel like you're in a classic French café (someone pass the croissants!). With its classic style originally designed in the 1950s in honor of the iconic Château de Chambord and still produced in Europe today, you can bring a little bit of Paris into your home kitchen — for about what you'd spend on a week's worth of Starbies runs.
The Best Stoneware French Press
Le Creuset French Press ($60-$90)
There are a few advantages to a stoneware French press, like this beautiful option from Le Creuset. For one, it's more durable than glass French presses, which is good news for klutzes. It may also help trap heat for longer, so you can linger over your coffee. It also comes in gorgeous color options to match any kitchen. But it's just as easy to use to make the perfect cup of coffee or espresso.
The Best Aesthetic Drip Coffee Maker
Smeg Retro-Style Coffee Maker ($230-$270)
Like all Smeg kitchen appliances, the retro-style coffee maker will add nostalgic flair to your kitchen. But there's nothing retro about its performance. It offers two intensity settings that let you customize the aroma and flavor of your morning cup, and it comes with an earth-friendly reusable filter.
The Best Multi-Use Coffee Maker
This coffee maker is not only convenient; it's versatile too. As my personal choice as the best overall multitasker, the Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System works with both coffee pods and classic percolating methods, offering a variety of volume and grounds sizes to ensure the perfect amount and strength. Additionally, this machine comes with a handy frother to create delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
The Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker
KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker ($95, originally $100)
When temperatures are high, cravings for cold brew only grow stronger. This KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes it easy to satisfy that craving. Simply fill it with your choice of coffee and cold water, let it steep, and enjoy. This machine fits perfectly on any counter or in any refrigerator, and with the added steel tap, it's easy to dispense cold brew whenever you get the craving. As a bonus, cold brew can last for up to two weeks in the fridge, so go ahead and make one big batch to save you time.
The Best Eco-Friendly Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Bruvi Bundle ($398)
While single-serve coffee pods are convenient, they aren't the most earth-friendly option, as using them creates a significant amount of waste. According to Bruvi's website, the brand's system uses proprietary bioenzyme-infused pods that break down in landfills faster than other pod options through an organic process that leaves no microplastics behind.
This system allows coffee-lovers to make seven different beverages, including filter coffee, true espresso and americanos, and cold brew.
The Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker That Doesn't Use Pods
Cuisinart Grind & Brew Single-Serve Coffeemaker ($120, originally $150)
This coffee maker gives you the option of using pods when you're out of coffee beans or short on time. But it also lets you pour in your own coffee beans, which the machine then grinds directly into the filter cup, simplifying your morning routine and letting you brew a more custom cup.