If you simply can’t get a decent cup of coffee with your coffee maker, you’re at your second or third replacement unit or maybe you want to go back from your Keurig to a classic drip coffee maker, you will love each of these models.
To make sure you’re happy with your new brewer, make sure the model has all the features you need. Is it a large water tank, temperature control or maybe a programmable auto on that you can set the night before?! Make a list of 2 or 3 most important features your new coffee maker MUST have.
How much are you willing to spend is important as well. Determine how much you want to spend and stick to that – this will keep you from overspending.
The best drip coffee makers
Simple to operate and easy to clean, these coffee makers make a constantly good cup of joe. A quick rinse and occasional descaling are all they need to stay in a good shape. And if you love your coffee hot, I’m pretty sure you’ll be happy with one of these.
Here are the best drip coffee makers right now:
Best if money is no object: Technivorm Moccamaster
Fastest: Bunn Velocity Brew
Best cup of coffee for the money: Bonavita BV1900TS
Latest model: Breville Precision
FAST : BUNN VELOCITY BREW 10CUP COFFEE MAKER
If you don’t want fancy options or a shiny design, but you just want to brew a decent cup of coffee at home (and do it fast), then check out the $126.00 Bunn Velocity 10 cup coffee maker.
The machine is slightly different than most drip machines and mostly because how this machine works. It has just one big, power button (a vacation button) and the button is always on. The brewing starts when you close the reservoir lid and the lid presses the small white rod sticking out from the reservoir. That little rod is like a trigger – the ON button.
To make coffee, put the coffee filter into brew funnel, add the desired amount of ground coffee and slide brew funnel back into the brewer. Open the lid on top and use carafe to add water. Place carafe on the base and close the lid. The machine will do the rest. Bunn Velocity brews an entire 10 cup batch in less than 3.5 minutes!! That’s the best brewing time, ever.
And it makes a really good brew (even without all the fancy settings), each time. When you turn the machine on, it needs some time to do initial preheating but once it’s done, the machine is always ready to brew an entire pot this fast. That’s because the internal hot water tank keeps water constantly heated.
The carafe keeps coffee hot for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.
The bad?! The Bunn Velocity will take up lots of counter space (it’s 7.1″ wide, 15.1″ tall, 13.9″ deep), it uses only original Bunn coffee filters and once you switch it on, it stays on all the time. There’s no auto off or a sleep mode. It doesn’t have a programmable auto on option either.
What you will get with Velocity is nothing more – and nothing less than a constantly good cup of joe, and you’ll get it super fast.
quick specifications: 10 cup (50 fl. oz) water reservoir, double wall thermal carafe, brews 10 cup carafe in under 3.5 minutes, basket shaped Bunn paper filters.
NUMEROUS OPTIONS : NINJA COFFEE BAR
If you’re looking for a reasonable priced, well designed coffee maker with a significant number of features, the $199.99 Ninja Coffee Bar is potentially a perfect choice.
The Ninja gives you so many brewing options. There are 6 different cup sizes: cup, XL cup, travel mug, XL multi-serve, full carafe, and a half carafe. You can control the strength and style of your coffee by choosing standard brew, rich brew, over ice, cold brew, or specialty brew.
The machine comes with a built-in milk frother, auto brew option and auto off. It can brew coffee and tea and has separate filter holders/ filters for tea and coffee so the flavors don’t mix. There’s also a warming plate with adjustable time and temperature, clean indicator and plate safety feature.
If you don’t want into too many details and brewing at the right temperature is not a must (Ninja is not an SCAA certified brewer) and you’re simply looking for a nice home coffee maker that makes a hot cup of coffee and gives you all kinds of options – then the Ninja is perfect.
However, Ninja is less durable than other models, so if you’re looking for a machine that is built to last, Bunn or Moccamaster might be a better choice.
quick specifications: 50 fl. oz reservoir, glass or thermal carafe, brews coffee and tea, 6 cup sizes, 5 brew styles, warming plate, two basket holders, programmable auto on, drip stop, auto off.
BEST VALUE: BONAVITA 8 CUP COFFEE MAKER BV1900TS, SCAA certified
The $132.00 Bonavita 8 cup coffee maker is a less expensive alternative to $300 Moccamaster and it’s the second most popular Specialty Coffee Association of America certified home brewer. It’s not a premium handcrafted machine like the Moccamaster but just like it, the Bonavita brews within the SCAA gold cup recommendations (optimal timing, extraction, volume, and temperature). This coffee maker is compact, super easy to clean and use.
To brew coffee, simply open the lid on top of the reservoir and fill it up with water. Place a #4 paper filter in the basket, add coffee and place the filter basket on the carafe. Press the ON button. The machine brews at optimal temperature (195°–205°F) and water flow and needs about 6 minutes to brew an entire pot, which is pretty fast for this type of coffee makers. You can also activate the pre-infusion mode by holding on/ off switch for 5 seconds if that’s something that you prefer.
When the brew cycle completes, the Bonavita will turn off automatically so you don’t have to worry about that. What’s important is that Bonavita really makes an excellent and hot! cup of coffee.
Cleaning is so easy. All removable parts are dishwasher safe (on the top rack) and the brewer needs to be descaled every 3 months. That’s it. You can literally just rinse the removable parts after each use, wipe the housing with soft damp cloth from time to time and your machine will stay nice and clean.
quick specifications: 8 cup reservoir (40 fl. oz), thermal stainless steel carafe, flat-bottomed filter basket (BPA free), optional pre-infusion, brews at recommended 195°–205°F, auto OFF, 2 year limited warranty, SCAA certified.
MODERN : OXO ON BARISTA BRAIN 9 CUP COFFEE MAKER, SCAA certified
Beautifully built, the $199.00 Oxo Barista Brain provides a great brew quality but also brings some modern, useful features.
Brewing is easy. Fill the reservoir with the appropriate amount of water, place a cone-shaped filter in the brew basket, add ground coffee and close the lid. Use the dial/button to choose the number of cups you want to brew: 2-4 or 5-9 cups. The machine will optimize the brewing process and time depending on your choice.
Like Bonavita or Moccamaster the Oxo mimics the manual pour over process and brews within SCAA Gold cup recommendations. The showerhead dispenses water over grounds with few pauses for optimal extraction. It also keeps the optimal temperature during an entire brew cycle. The machine even has a microprocessor that monitors everything. This results in great tasting, well-extracted coffee. And, if you like your coffee really hot, you will absolutely love this coffee maker.
The Oxo needs about 7 – 8 minutes to brew a full pot. Once the brewing is complete, the machine will go to sleep mode and it will turn off automatically after 1 hour. The stainless steel carafe is double-walled with soft, non-slip handle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep the coffee hot for too long.
To keep this machine in good shape, hand wash carafe and the brew basket with a mild detergent after each use and wipe the housing with the soft, damp cloth from time to time. Descale your machine after 90 brew cycles, or every 3 months. Although, the Oxo will also let you know when it needs to be descaled.
I’m pretty sure that Oxo will look great sitting on your counter. The machine is elegant, sleek and I love the backlit screen. And, if you want to program your brewer the night before to brew coffee in the morning, you can do that too. I’m sure it will make a great addition to any kitchen.
quick specifications: 45 fl. oz water reservoir, stainless steel carafe, small batch setting, programmable auto on (24 hour range), auto off, brews at recommended 195°–205°F, 2 year warranty, SCAA certified.
HANDMADE: 10 CUP TECHNIVORM MOCCAMASTER KBG 741, SCAA certified
With $310 10 cup Technivorm Moccamaster you will get a professional result and an exceptional cup of joe, each time. This premium handmade machine has 40 fl oz water reservoir, copper! boiler and comes with a 5 year warranty. And, I think that you can’t drink coffee from anything else after you try this machine.
To make coffee, fill up the water reservoir with water. Place regular #4 cone paper filter or permanent gold filter, add coffee and place the top back. Technivorm recommends using 7 coffee scoops for 10 cups. Press On button. As mentioned, the unit has a copper boiler (which we don’t see very often) and needs about 30 seconds to heat up and start brewing. Once heated, the water comes out in shower which ensures optimal water flow and coffee extractions. Of course, it brews at optimal brewing temperature 195°–205°F and brews an entire carafe in 5 – 6 minutes.
Moccamaster has pause and serve option, so you can get out the carafe and fill a cup in the middle of a brewing process. There are two buttons: ON/OFF and the button to set hotplate to hi/low. Hotplate is independently powered and holds the temperature at 175°–185°F. The unit automatically turns off after 2 hours.
Generally, these machines don’t come with programmable features (auto on/off, strength control) and that’s because they don’t need them. People choose them for a first class coffee and simplicity of use.
The SCAA certified home brewer: Technivorm Moccamaster is one of Specialty Coffee Association of America certified home brewers. That means that Moccamaster brews at right water temperature, brewing time, right volume, water flow and generally within the SCAA Gold Cup recommendations.
Maintenance and support: It’s recommended to clean the brewer regularly with a cloth, and hand wash the carafe and brew basket with mild detergent. And like all coffee makers, it should be descaled from time to time. Replacement parts and customer service are available online at moccamaster .com or through Technivorm Customer Service at 1.855.662.2200.
Technivorm Moccamaster is available in 18 different colors and retails for $300 – $329, depending on what color you choose. I realize it’s expensive but it’ll make you a happier, more morning person. And, with a 5-year warranty, it’s clearly built to last.
quick specifications: hand-built, metal housing, copper boiler, 5 year warranty, cone shaped brew basket, glass carafe, 40 fl ounces water reservoir, brews at recommended 195°–205°F, independent hotplate, auto off after 2 hours, SCAA certified brewer, BPA free. Made in the Netherlands.
latest model: Breville Precision Brewer, SCAA CERTIFIED
If you love craft coffee but you want a machine that will do everything for you, you will love Breville Precision Brewer. The $299.95 Breville Precision was released in 2018 and it already became one of the most wished coffee makers, and for a good reason. It’s like having the Moccamaster but with a ton of features.
The Breville Precision has 6 different brewing modes: gold standard (brews at SCAA gold cup standards), fast, strong, over ice, cold brew, and My brew. It allows you to fully customize bloom time, flow rate and the water temperature (it has PID temperature control) which is amazing. It’s literally like doing a manual pour over, but the machine does everything for you. The Cold Brew really makes cold brew using cold water and you can control the brew time.
The Precision was designed to help you get the most out of the coffee you’re using and get every flavor note, with ease. It’s SCAA certified and it’s a great choice for anyone – a regular coffee drinker who wants to finally enjoy a great cup of coffee at home, or a coffee geek who has everything except this model.
Technivorm Moccamaster or Breville Precision?! While the Techivorm Moccamaster is a perfect choice for those looking for a constantly great cup and appreciates beautiful, handcrafted items, the Precision is ideal for people who love exploring new coffees and want more precision and control over the brewing process. The Technivorm makes slightly stronger, smoother brew, and Breville just a bit lighter so it keeps bean notes slightly better. But this difference is really hard to notice and they both make a great cup of coffee. The bad: Coffee makers with too much electronics are usually more delicate than basic, one-button models.
quick specifications: 60 ounce water reservoir, brushed stainless steel, thermo-coil heating system, PID temperature control (water temperature can be adjusted between 197–204 degrees), 6 brewing modes, auto on, flat and cone shaped filter baskets, also fits Hario dripper, 2-year limited warranty.
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