The Best Drip Coffee Makers
Nothing gets you going in the morning like a good fresh cup of coffee. Bad coffee (or even worse, no coffee) can seriously put a wrench in your day. To start your morning off right though you need a good quality coffee maker. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is actually worth it. This review focuses on classic drip coffee makers. Looking for something else? We've got reviews on French presses and espresso machines too!
When deciding upon your coffee maker, you need to consider how much coffee you actually want to brew. There are coffee makers that exist for just a single cup, and then there are makers that will produce a dozen cups. If you are a major caffeine addict, have a family, or want a coffee brewer for an office, you'll probably want a bigger size. We like programmable coffee makers, which allow you to set a time for the machine to wake up and start brewing so that you can wake up to the rich aroma of fresh coffee. Taste obviously is important. We also prefer coffee makers that are easier to clean. Price also likely will factor into your decision.
The Winner: OXO 9-Cup Coffee Machine
The OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker is another coffee maker that we love and that is recognized by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association). It is a tall machine, measuring 15 inches by 8.3 inches by 17.2 inches. Water is heated to 197.6 to 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit for the optimal brew. It took just under 7 minutes to brew. Reviewers appreciate the 24-hour start timer that allows for pre-programming coffee to brew at a set time. This coffee maker has a cone-shaped brew basket and comes with 10 filters included. The showerhead is removable for cleaning. The carafe isn't dishwasher safe, so you'll want to wash it by hand but other parts are dishwasher safe when using the top rack. The overall coffee maker's design is sleek and cool with an LED interface indicating coffee maker status and freshness, showing how long it's been since the coffee was brewed.
Runner Up: Bonavita Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer 1900TS
The Vonavita Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer is an 8 Cup coffee maker. It is certified by the SCA Home Brewer Program, so you know that you're going to get a good cup of joe from this machine. The SCA Home Brewer Program rigorously tests coffee makers for Golden Cup Ratio, brewing time and temperature, proper strength and extraction, uniformity of performance and extraction, and carafe temperature. Reviewers noted that sometimes it was difficult to get the last bit of coffee out of the bottom of the carafe when pouring. The carafe, brewer lid, and shower head are all removable and dishwasher safe if placed in the top rack. This stainless steel model will look elegant sitting on your countertop. It measures 12.4 inches by 6.8 inches by 12.2 inches. You can choose between a stainless steel and a glass carafe. All of the plastic components are BPA-free. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Reviewers loved that the coffee was consistently good over and over again.
For Those Who Like to Customize: Behmor Brazen Plus
The Behmor Brazen Plus coffee maker is a great choice for those coffee drinkers who like a truly customizable experience. The coffee maker is tall, measuring 9 inches by 9 inches by 15.25 inches. It has an 8 cup brewing capacity. Behmor recommends brewing at least 6 cups at a time for optimal coffee flavor integrity. It has a 1400-watt water heater, and you can set your desired brew temperature anywhere between 190 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit. You can even correct the temperature for altitude which is great for those who live at higher elevations. Reviewers love the programmable start time for brewing so that they could wake up on weekdays with no wait time for their first cup of coffee. Brew time took under 6 minutes once the water heater (about 5 minutes).The double-walled stainless steel thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours so no need to use the microwave or brew a new cup. A Memory Save function will save your settings so no need to re-program if the power ever goes out. Reviewers also liked the manual release option for decanting hot water into a different container for other purposes. This coffee maker does not have dishwasher safe components. It comes with a two-year warranty.
After tallying reviewers' scores, the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Machine came out on top. While this machine is a bit pricier than the others, reviewers loved the overall design, function, and found the carafe to be especially good when compared to other machines. They also appreciated the fact that whether you are brewing just two cups or the whole pot, the OXO produced a great cup of java because it adjusted its brew settings. The Bonavita Thermal Carafe Coffee Brewer also scored highly, brewing a full 8 cups in six minutes. The machine is incredibly easy to operate and is dishwasher-safe, though it does not offer a programmable timer. Finally, the Behmor Brazen Plus also achieved rave reviews and allows users to really customize their coffee brewing experience. This is also a great choice for those who don't live at sea level, as the temperature can be corrected for altitude.