Simple to operate and easy to clean, these coffee makers make a perfect, hot cup of coffee. Here are the best drip coffee makers for 2020.
What is a good coffee maker? A good home coffee maker should have removable parts so it can be cleaned completely because you don’t want mold or buildups in your machine. It should be fast. It should make a good, hot cup of coffee. Optional Auto On is always nice to have and quality is a huge plus.
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.
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.
best drip coffee makers
Each of these models makes a really good cup of coffee, they are easy to use and clean, and they are perfect if you like your coffee nice and hot.
Here are the best drip coffee makers for 2020:
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 $149.00 Bunn Velocity 10 cup coffee maker.
The machine is slightly different than most drip machines and mostly because of 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.
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.
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 sleep mode.
What you will get with Velocity is a really nice cup of coffee, 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 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. Read the full Ninja review.
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, a clean indicator, and a plate safety feature.
While Ninja is not an SCAA certified brewer, it’s still a perfect home coffee maker that makes a hot cup of coffee and gives you all kinds of options.
The bad? Ninja is less durable than some other models, so if you’re looking for a machine that is really built to last, 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 $149.99 Bonavita 8 cup coffee maker is a less expensive alternative to the $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.
The machine brews at the 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 maker. 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 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 a 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, easy to clean.
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.
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 the hotplate to hi/low. The 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: Like Bonavita, Technivorm Moccamaster is one of the Specialty Coffee Association of America certified home brewers. That means it brews the coffee at the right water temperature, brewing time, right volume, water flow, and generally within the SCAA Gold Cup recommendations.
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.
Technivorm Moccamaster is available in 18 different colors and retails for $300 – $329, depending on what color you choose, 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, easy to clean. 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.
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.
Technivorm Moccamaster or Breville Precision?! While the Techivorm Moccamaster is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a great cup of coffee and 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 a 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.
Also, coffee makers with too much electronics are usually more delicate than basic, one-button models.