Everyone loves a good cup of coffee! This beverage has evolved a lot over the years, and has become an undeniable part of our culture. So much so, that many people who would have once considered themselves casual coffee drinkers are now craving something that offers more.
Technique is a huge part of getting great coffee, but another equally important factor is the machine itself. If you’re thinking about putting your standard drip machine in the attack in exchange for a top tier coffee maker that will make your mornings and blow away your house guests, you’re in the right place!
This is our comprehensive list of the best coffee makers across the board! There are several brewing methods out there, and whatever your favorite is, you’ll find our pick for the best coffee machine in the category right here!
French Press Machines
The French Press is known for making rich, strong, full-bodied coffee. These machines are capable of a lot, but the learning curve is definitely steep. If you’re confident in your brewing abilities with a drip machine, the French Press is probably the next logical steps. In terms of skill requirements, it isn’t too demanding, but it’ll be a learning experience for sure.
Many of the coffee connoisseurs among us prefer the French Press over all other brewing methods, as it gives the user a lot of control over the outcome of the brew. In addition to that, it just makes some of the best coffee out there!
If you plan to get into the world of French press coffee makers, we’d highly recommend you buy a SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker.
The design of this peace is absolutely beautiful! We love that it’s made of glass, as exposing your coffee to as little metal and plastic is possible will always make for a better brew. The outside has a metal frame that has four prong stands on the bottom, so your hot glass won’t come into contact with the surfaces you place it on.
The dual screen filter ensures that you won’t have any grounds in your coffee, and the borosilicate, heat resistant glass design will keep your coffee hot for much longer than your standard French Press. These high quality materials are a game changer when it comes to brewing great coffee, and at just over twenty dollars, we’re very impressed with this unit.
Function aside, this coffee maker has a classic design that’ll never go out of style and will add to the attractiveness of any room it’s placed in. In addition to it being a machine that functions like a pro, it just looks gorgeous! French Press coffee requires a little more skill than most brewing methods, but if you have a hold on it, this is the machine you want.
French press coffee makers are on the less expensive side of coffee makers. They typically don’t involve any electricity, making the design pretty simplistic and resulting in a coffee making device that shouldn’t drain your wallet.
Our top pick, the SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker, is only $30, so you could already call it a budget option. The Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker, on the other hand, is the super budget option, if you will. It offers quality similar to the SterlingPro, but it takes a few short cuts here and there.
Overall, this doesn’t affect the quality of the coffee too much, and we believe it’s an extremely viable option that you should take into consideration if you’re trying to save a few bucks. So without further ado, let’s get into this machine.
The carafe of the Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker is made of durable, borosilicate glass. I’ve already preached about the magnificence of glass when it comes to coffee, so I won’t put your through that again. Just know that this is made of high quality materials, and even if only minutely, it’ll be beneficial to your coffee.
It features a triple mesh filer that will help you get the most out of your coffee. The beauty of French press machines is that they get more of the sweet oils from your beans, making for a darker, richer cup of coffee. This filter allows you to do so without the risk of getting grounds in your brew. A double mesh filter is usually considered more than enough, so the triple mesh filter featured here is almost overkill, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.
This device is easy to take apart, and it’s dishwasher safe as well! Making your coffee and cleaning up afterwards will be a breeze. The bottom of the device features a black, plastic base that isn’t going to be affected by the heat of the coffee, allowing you to place it wherever you’d like without the worry of scorching your counter tops.
In both design and function the Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker is very similar to the SterlingPro, but the price point is significantly lower. This is probably because it isn’t quite as aesthetically pleasing. It’s by no means ugly, in fact we think it would look great in any kitchen. The design is just a little less elegant than that of the SterlingPro.
If you’re not looking for something lavish, are on a budget, or just try to save money wherever you can, get this machine. The materials are the same as that of the SterlingPro, and it’s just as functional.
If you’re not quite ready to dive into French Press coffee makers, you can always start with something a bit more familiar. Drip machines make a very well rounded cup of coffee, and some prefer it over all the other brewing methods out there!
However, not all drip machines are created equal. There are drip machines out there that would make you believe your coffee was made by a pro, and there are some that are just below par in every way. If you want amazing coffee, you have to buy an amazing drip machine.
Drip machines are probably the most numerous on the market. The balance between convenience, ease of use, and quality make it a very popular choice among enthusiasts and average coffee consumers alike. Even if you own a percolator, a French press, or an espresso machine, it’s likely that you have a drip machine in your house somewhere.
That being said, we’re listing several drip machines and will be spending more time on this category, simply because it covers more of the market than any other machines. There are hundreds of great choices on the market, all with varying quality, prices, and demographics. Choosing only one would be impossible as the “perfect” drip machine will vary greatly depending on personal preference. So without further ado, let’s get into the best drip machines out there.
If you want to get high quality coffee from a drip machine, there are many options out there for you, but our personal favorite is the Bonavita BV1900TS. In terms of quality coffee, you can’t do better than this!
It is lacking in a timer, so if you’re the type that likes to set your coffee to brew the night before, this coffee maker won’t cut it for you unless you’re okay with adjusting your schedule a bit. Besides that, this machine is perfect!
It isn’t an inexpensive coffee maker, but the results are out of this world. The coffee that it makes is way above par not only for its price range, but for coffee makers in general. There are highly acclaimed coffee makers that far exceed this one in price that come nowhere near it in terms of quality.
The stainless steel lined thermal carafe will keep your coffee fresh and warm for much longer than the average coffee maker, and the intuitive pre-infusion mode (which we suggest you use every time) allows you to wet the grounds a few minutes before brewing in order to allow degassing. This will make for a much sweeter, less acidic cup of coffee.
In addition to it making a killer cup of coffee, it’s one of the easiest coffee makers to use. There’s very little involvement in the brewing process, and the user is only responsible for general set up, and choosing the bean to water ratio of their preference. They went the extra mile to include temperatures and conditions that will result in the best brew every time, so you don’t have to worry about it.
With the Brew Express BEC-110BS, we’re really delving into the realm of luxury. Many would say that this is the ultimate drip machine in terms of quality, convenience, and reliability. Perfection, however comes at the very steep price of $260.
What you get with this coffee machine is worth the price if you can afford it. An automatic prerequisite to making this list is obviously the ability to make delicious, high-end coffee, but the Brew Express BEC-110BS does so much more.
First of all, it has all the features you could want. It features a timer that you can set to brew your coffee for you at any time of the day. It’s always nice to wake up and have a cup of coffee already waiting for you.
It features several coffee making modes, such as full pot, half pot, and single cup. This is possible because of the Brew Express’s water line connection. That’s right, it automatically fills itself with water. All you have to do is remember to put a filter in the water line before hooking it up, and you should have delicious, convenient coffee for years to come.
It also features a feature called “Hot Water on Demand,” which means you’ll have access to hot water whenever you need it with no heat up time. It’s continuously brewing and working, so whenever you need hot water for hot chocolate or tea, it’s ready for you!
Not only is it convenient, it’s durable. The unit has been tested and run through several thousands of cycles, and is guaranteed to last for years to come.
The bottom line is that this device isn’t cheap, but you really can’t expect something like this to be inexpensive. It’s the epitome of drip machines, and it seeks to provide the most luxurious coffee experience available. It does this and more. If you’re looking for the ultimate coffee experience and have the money to spend, this is your coffee maker.
We’ve covered both our luxurious and mid-level drip machines. Now we’re going to talk about the best budget option available. The BELLA Classics 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is the absolute best coffee maker you’ll find under $50.
It always stays within the optimum brewing temperature, a feat that many coffee makers within this price range fail to accomplish. If the temperature is below the optimum brewing temperature, your coffee is bound to taste weak and watered down, whereas if the temperature is above the optimum brewing temperature, over-extraction will occur, resulting in coffee that is far too bitter.
It’s also programmable, which is a feature that is a deal breaker for many coffee consumers that can’t start their day without a good cup of coffee. You can set the timer the night before and have coffee waiting for you the moment you wake up. Is there any better way to start the day?
The dark coffee lovers will be extremely happy with this next feature. Select the “bold” feature, to change the way your BELLA coffee maker extracts your beans. Selecting this feature will give you a much richer, bolder, and darker cup of coffee than the standard brew setting.
One cool, rare feature that this coffee maker has is “pause and serve.” Pause and serve, as the name implies, allows you to pause your machine mid-brew in order to pour that first cup. You don’t even have to wait until the pot is finished!
It already sound great, right? That a machine at such a low price could offer such quality and so many features is impressive to say the least, but it isn’t done impressing you quite yet. Prepare to never buy paper filters again, because this coffee maker includes a permanent filter. It even has a removable brew basket that collects used coffee grounds to make the cleaning process easier.
This device is just as appealing aesthetically as it is functionally. The coffee maker itself has a tall, slim frame that will look great in any kitchen without taking up too much room or making the atmosphere seem cluttered.
The user interface is minimalist, easy to use, and extremely functional. This is the kind of coffee maker that you could use right out of the box (although we do always recommend that you read instructions first.) The front display that shows you both the time and your current brew setting is bright, not too big, but very easy to read.
The carafe is just as elegant as the machine, if not more so. Like its counterpart, it is tall and slender (compared to other carafes.) It all feels extremely solid. The lid and handle don’t wobble at all, and seem to be made of very durable materials. The handle is made from stainless steel, making the experience seem high end.
Over all, this is an amazing coffee maker, especially for the price. It has all the features you could want and then some. It looks fantastic and is a great addition to any kitchen. It brews great coffee, and the bold feature makes it more versatile as well. If you’re on a budget and looking for a fantastic coffee maker, you’d be hard pressed to find one better than this!
The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew is a popular method of coffee and the machines are some of the best, blah blah blah
What is Cold Brewing…and Why Do It?
Cold Brew is one of my personal favorite’s because of its low acidity and rich, sweet taste. While it isn’t actually necessary to own a cold brew coffee maker to make cold brew, your final product will probably be better if you do. At the very least, the process will be far easier with one.
The Process Explained
You can always use a standard cheese cloth or thin t-shirt, but you’ll be saving yourself a lot of hassle by dropping twenty or so dollars on a cold brew coffee maker unit. The process will be far faster this way, and the likelihood of spilling grounds in your coffee is far less.
The design for cold brew coffee makers are pretty much universally the same. You need a container to hold water, and a closed off, central filter mechanism to hold the ground coffee beans. It’s probably the most simplistic of the coffee brewing methods, so choosing the best coffee maker really comes down to finding the one that does everything absolutely perfectly.
Pros & Cons of Cold Brewing
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The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker Pick
Willow and Everett’s “The Cold Brew Coffee Maker”
That coffee maker is The Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Willow and Everett. It has a modern design that, we think, can’t be beaten. The spout is crafted in such a way to give the user total control when pouring, providing an experience with no splashing or dripping.
The central filter has a dual mesh stainless steel filter, which means there will be absolutely no grounds in your coffee! It’s also removable, so cleaning this device is as easy as it gets. We love its tall slender design, and we love even more that your coffee will only come into contact with glass.
Many cold brew coffee makers are plastic, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you’re going to get a better brew if you use glass. The difference may be miniscule, but why buy one material when you know that the other will do a better job? Glass also tends to hold up better over time (assuming it isn’t dropped), and it really gives the product a more premium look.
Why We Recommend It as the Best
Look, there’s about a million cold brew machines out there to choose from. But one machine, we’ve found, that stands out above the rest in features…and in price is the sleek Willow and Everett… This is the best because it’s so damn easy to use and the coffee that comes it is.. blah blah blah
Buying an espresso machine can be very tricky. Prices can range from $50 to well over $1,000, and there are different skill requirements all throughout. Choosing the “best” is really a tall order, considering there are several machines throughout the broad selection that will work best for certain users.
Some are made with bare minimum requirements, and are accessible to most people regardless of their budget. Others will make the best coffee you’ve ever tasted and include all the bells and whistles, but cost obscene amounts of money.
For this list, we’ve tried to mostly focus on the middle ground, where most readers will find themselves, and have chosen machines ranging from the “budget” category to what many would consider “luxurious” at prices that still aren’t going to break the bank.
We won’t exceed the price of $600 here. While that is a lot of money, many people are willing to pay in that range to get the coffee machine they want. However, we’ll definitely have a couple of items for those who aren’t willing to pay that much.
At under $200, the Nespresso Vertuoline is going to be the best “bang for your buck” espresso maker on the market. It makes awesome espresso, and if you enjoy frothing, you’ll love this device. It makes great foam with ease.
This is a very intelligent machine, and probably the most intuitive of espresso makers. This is a device that only utilizes pods. This comes with a lot of benefits, and one big setback. That setback is, obviously, the lack of blend options. When you buy a machine that utilizes pods, you’re at the mercy of the brand.
You can only buy the blends that they sell, which means you might not be able to buy your favorite brand of coffee. We’ll have another option for those that refuse to buy pod coffee makes, as we totally understand the aversion, however if your end goal is simply to make delicious espresso easily and inexpensively, this is going to be your best option.
Each pod has a unique barcode that triggers a blend specific brewing temperature, meaning every cup is going to be brewed at the perfect temperature, resulting in the perfect cup of coffee. You’ll be getting coffee that tastes like it’s made by professionals, and there will be no skill requirements on your part.
This machine is $170, which to the uninitiated may seem like a lot. Realistically, this is very inexpensive for an espresso machine, much less one with all of the added features that comes with the Nespresso Vertuoline. We’ve tried it for ourselves, and we can say with confidence that this coffee does not disappoint.
If you’re not into pod utilizing coffee machines, we’re totally with you! The Nespresso Vertuoline just offered quality at a price that couldn’t be ignored. If you don’t want to be a slave to the brand, stuck buying only Nespresso pods, and paying whatever Nespresso feels like asking you to pay for said pods, we have a great alternative that we think you’ll love!
The Breville is the absolute best espresso machine you can buy without paying large amounts of cash. On Amazon, this item just received a price cut, and is now only $180! This price point is low, but don’t let that fool you. This machine can play ball with machines priced much higher.
If you like to have full access to options and settings, this is the machine you want. It should be noted that those new to brewing espresso will have some learning to do when purchasing this item, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to make the best espresso (with any coffee bean that you want.)
It’s truly impressive that a $180 machine features a 15-bar thermoblock pump, especially considering that several espresso machines at this price point don’t include pumps at all. For those that haven’t learned all of the coffee lingo just yet, a 15-bar thermoblock pump is really all you’ll need to extract every bit of flavor from your beans. If you’re not into pod machines, and you know what you’re doing, this is probably going to be your best option.
Now that we’ve covered a couple of the low-end options, let’s get into something a bit more lavish. If you love espresso, want to make the very best in your own home, and don’t mind dropping a little bit of extra cash to make it happen, we have the product for you!
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine comes with a price tag of $580. This is a lot of money, but you get what you pay for. In this case, we believe you’re getting more than you pay for. This espresso machine in terms of pricing is actually closer to mid-level than high end, but it performs as well as, if not better than, espresso machines that are much more expensive.
In terms of power, style, and ingenuity, you’re just not going to find anything better than this under $600. It has a 15 bar Italian pump. 15 bars is the sweet spot for making great espresso, so this is exactly what you want. If you have more, your espresso is bound to suffer from over extraction. If your machine produces less, you’ll be left with weak tasting espresso.
First of all, it looks gorgeous. It absolutely glows with elegance and power. It’s built in such a way that when you see it, your first thought is that it’s luxurious on account of its smooth build and brushed chrome finish, but it also has a very industrial vibe to it. It has the kind of build quality that makes you think “I could throw this off my roof and it would be fine.” (But seriously, don’t.)
This machine has two dials that are used to select the grind size and grind amount. Many espresso machines have nothing of the sort, and you’re forced to select your grind size and amount via trial and error with little to no versatility. Now you can get the espresso you want, and set the dials accordingly to get the best possible brew.
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine is for beginners and connoisseurs alike. They make this clear by including both double wall and single wall filters. If you’re still getting the hang of the art of espresso, we encourage you to start with the double wall filter, and once you’ve mastered the art move onto the single wall filter.
The Breville has a filter size button that allows you to choose from the single wall filter and the double wall filter, and it will adjust the brewing pressure and temperatures accordingly. Each works perfectly, and it’s a great feature! Now you don’t have to worry about memorizing, speculating, and applying those settings yourself.
This espresso machine also features the beloved pressure gauge. If you apply the correct settings, this machine should never get into pressure territories you’re not comfortable with, but it’s always nice to have a gauge for the restless mind.
Cleaning has never been easier! There’s a convenient “clean me” on the device that indicates when cleaning is needed. It also comes with a full cleaning kit, so you have all the tools you need to do a thorough, quick, and efficient cleaning.
On the right side of the device there’s a steam wand that pivots at a full 360 degrees for effortless milk frothing! The quality of the frothing is outstanding and effortless on the part of the user.
The automatic purge function is a fantastic feature that you don’t see in many espresso machines, but we’d like to see it make more appearances in the future! It will automatically adjust the water temperature after the steaming process in order to provide the optimal espresso brewing temperature!
The Breville BES870 features multiple accessories to further optimize the experience. It features a special grinder that works with this machine better than any other grinder will. It provides maximum surface area when grinding your beans in order for optimum extraction to occur during the brewing process. It also comes with a 54mm tamp that fits perfectly.
This machine has all the features you’d expect from higher end machines with a few of its own thrown in to make for a very easy, efficient, and innovative espresso brewing process. The results are truly out of this world, and you just won’t find anything else like it in the price range.
We love everything about this machine. From its sturdy yet stylish construction, to its numerous features and controls, to the innovative functionality implemented by the engineers that made this device. No machine is perfect, but this one comes dangerously close, and we can’t recommend it enough.
Most percolator coffee makers are very similar when it comes to design, so much like the cold brewing methods, our pick for the best comes down to how well it performs with the basics. That being said, our number one pick for percolator coffee makers is the Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker.
Percolator coffee makers are known for making a very rich, strong, dark cup of coffee. They’re also known for their consistency. The French Press is also known for its, rich, strong coffee, but the result will vary greatly depending on your technique. Percolators require a lot less on the user’s end, and the results from one machine are going to be very similar every time.
This is a good and a bad thing. There’s very little that the user can do to adjust their brew to fit their preferences, so in this category, possibly more so than any other, it’s imperative that you buy a good coffee maker.
The Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker is a pretty basic unit, but it does everything that a percolator is supposed to do, and it does it exceptionally. It’s the traditional design, a tall stainless steel pot, with the addition of a electric heating. Once you’ve brewed your coffee, this machine will automatically keep your coffee nice and hot!
There aren’t any big standout features to report on, because, again, the percolator design is very simple and universal. It hasn’t evolved all that much, nor should it. It isn’t broken, and therefore does not need to be fixed. It made the list because it absolutely nails the fundamentals.
The spout pours coffee easily, and in such a way to prevent dripping and splashing, indicating thoughtful and informed craftsmanship. This machine will last for years to come, as it’s one of the most durable on the market. It’s built extremely well, and it makes great coffee.
The siphon (or vacuum) brewing method is a lesser-known way to make coffee. That may not be the case for much longer, however, as the coffee community is head over heels for these coffee makers. I won’t bore you with all of the scientific details here, but basically this is a machine that consists of two chambers: a top chamber and a bottom chamber.
It uses pressure to force hot water through a filter, into a top chamber filled with your grounds. When it’s removed from heat, the pressure goes away, and the water falls back through the filter, refilling the bottom chamber with coffee.
The temperature required to produce this exact pressure is a temperature that makes for ideal flavor extraction, so the appeal of this machine is really a combination of its awesome performance and the theatricality that comes with watching water travel upstream.
Our top pick for best siphon coffee maker is the Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker. This is another example of a brewing method that works in generally the same way across the board, so again the title of “best coffee maker” is going to be decided not by extra features, but by how the coffee maker handles the fundamentals and how well it is made.
The glass is heat-resistant, obviously. This particular glass, however, is very durable and dishwasher safe. The handle is also heat-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about using a potholder every time you grab it. This model comes with a coffee scoop as well as a resting stand.
It performs extremely well, and on top of that, I honestly believe that this is the best looking siphon coffee machine on the market. The glass is beautiful, and the shape it takes is very minimalist and understated. The design, as a whole, is very elegant and modern. This is a great brewing method, but a lot of the vacuum brew machines out there are simply ugly.
Many of them have an almost Victorian Era, antique look to them, which for some people might be cool, but if you want your coffee maker to look like it belongs in 2016, the Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker is going to be the coffee maker for you. It’s something you can leave in your kitchen as a conversation starter without it sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Aeropress Coffee Maker is really a one of a kind product. “Aeropress” is a brewing category, as the brewing method is totally unique to other brewing methods out there, however the Aeropress Coffee Maker is the only machine to utilize it, due to its patented design.
Really, there’s a lot to love about this machine. The Aeropress is all about getting the best coffee out of the most convenient and portable machine, and boy did they nail it. A simple, intuitive, and highly effective design make the Aeropress a coffee maker worthy of your attention.
The design of the Aeropress is very similar to that of a syringe. You have a hollow tube, and a cylinder that fits perfectly within it in a way that is flush and airtight. The only difference is that instead of a needle on the end, you have a filter.
Put simply, you put your grounds in the Aeropress and add hot water. You push down on the back end of the Aeropress, and it pushes out the coffee while the filer keeps all of your grounds in the device. This makes for delicious coffee and very easy cleanup.
A lot of the appeal is due to its portability. It doesn’t rely on any kind of electricity, so it’s ideal for camping trips and vacations. Despite it being such a small and simple device, it actually gives you more control over your coffee than many of the traditional brewing methods.
Pressure plays a big part in the coffee extraction process. You want to get all of the flavor out, but you do not want to over-extract, as this will lead to bitter, overly-acidic coffee. The Aeropress is cool because the harder you press it, the more pressure is involved, resulting in a stronger cup. If you enjoy a clean cup of coffee with less oil, simply press down slower.
It’s definitely a well thought out design, but you might not want to sell your drip machine just yet. The biggest downside to this machine is that it only makes one cup of coffee at a time. If you’re one of the few out there that only drinks a cup of coffee per day, this might be for you, but for the rest of us this is more of a backup coffee maker or a travel coffee maker.
This is another brand unique brewing method. Like the Aeropress, this is the only coffee maker that makes coffee exactly like this. It’s kind of a modified pour-over coffee vessel, but the special filters that it comes with, the design of the Chemex, and the special techniques that work with it make this machine very unique.
I want to first talk about the design, because this coffee maker looks awesome! With its minimalist, smooth design, thick glass, wood-covered neck, and leather band decoration, it’s no wonder this device is so popular among the hipster community.
It looks great, and it performs very admirably. There are two basic parts to this coffee maker: the bottom chamber, and the cone. The cone holds a special filter made specifically for the Chemex. It fits perfectly with the cone shape of the top section of the Chemex, and causes a slow, steady water flow, optimizing the extraction process, resulting in a very rich, yet clean cup of coffee.
It has a very unique taste; some would even go far as to say that it has a signature taste. The only way to know whether or not you’ll love the coffee the Chemex makes is to try it for yourself, and considering it’s under $30, if you’re looking for a new coffee maker, we suggest that you give it a world! Many coffee shops around the world use this device regularly, so you know that it makes a seriously high quality cup of coffee!