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 Coffee Maker
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
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.
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.
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.