This best-selling stainless steel coffee maker is our pick for the best of the best. We love the brew-strength controller that allows you to choose regular or bold flavor, perfect for personalizing to taste. Plus, you can program this beauty 24 hours ahead of time.
Need a solid grab-and-go option? This coffee maker will get you out of the house in no time flat. Its compact build is great for tiny kitchens (and tiny wallets), taking up only a few inches more than a standard size travel mug — which comes with the machine itself.
Being able to choose between three brew sizes means you get to customize the strength of your coffee. Though there are slightly more compact versions out there, we've found that the classic version performs just as well (at a fraction of the cost).
If you've seen the light through a stream of pour-over coffee and are feeling ready to switch to the Chemex, we highly suggest opting for the new version with a handle, which comes in a variety of sizes. You may notice the lack of bells and whistles, which is exactly what we like in a simple pour-over system.
What can't this coffee machine do?! Enjoy pod-free single-serve cups or carafe-style hot or iced coffee all year round. You can also choose from customized brews like classic, rich, iced, or even specialty styles, and you can properly froth your milk for lattes and more.
No two coffee drinkers are the same, and neither are the machines. But the answer to the perfect cup of joe for you lies ahead in this roundup of the best coffee makers out there! Find the one that'll become your new favorite barista.
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1. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Programmable 14-Cup Coffee Maker — Check Price
Pro: Large capacity with all the basic functions at a great price
Con: Doesn't include temperature control
One of the best-selling coffeemakers from Cuisinart, this stainless steel coffee maker features plenty of customizable features that give it a leg up over the competition. Not only does it allow you to choose your brew strength, but it can also be programmed up to 24 hours ahead of time, and it has a built-in self-cleaning feature that takes the stress out of descaling your machine. Plus, in-unit charcoal filters keep your water tasting clean and fresh.
One of its greatest abilities — which is of special interest to anyone who uses cold milk or cream — is that it brews an all-around hotter cup of coffee than most models without sacrificing flavor. You'll also love the adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, which means your coffee will never get cold just sitting in the carafe.
2. Black+Decker Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker With Travel Mug — Check Price
Best Budget Buy
Pro: Takes up very little space, extremely affordable
Con: Doesn't make full pots
Busy mornings? We hear you! If all you need is a basic, no-nonsense coffee maker that can quickly make a cup to get you out the door, this is a solid choice (whether or not you're on a tiny budget). It takes up minimal room on your countertop, too, making it perfect for small kitchens, and because it's not a pod machine, it produces less waste.
It also comes with a 15-ounce travel mug that's insulated to keep your coffee hot for hours, and because it doesn't have a warming plate under the mug, it's safe for use in dorms and even at your desk in the office.
3. Keurig K55 K-Classic Single Serve Coffee Maker — Check Price
Best Pod Machine
Pro: Quick and easy to use, no large pots or filters to clean
Con: Doesn't make full pots, produces a lot of waste
We stand firm in our opinion: Unless there's a striking reason you need a slightly slimmer or a larger water carafe, we think the classic Keurig machine with simple operating buttons is the way to go.
A removable 48-ounce carafe means you won't be changing your water every 5 seconds (actually, it takes about 6 cups before you have to), and three brew size options allow you to customize the strength of your coffee. Plus, the removable drip-tray makes it easy to put a larger travel mug under the spout.
Though K-Cups are extremely convenient, we'd be remiss if we didn't let you know that there are plenty of inexpensive reusable pods that you can fill with ground coffee to reduce plastic waste (and cut down on costs).
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4. Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Handle — Check Price
Best for Pour-Overs
Pro: Simple to use, completely portable
Con: Takes more time to brew
Pour-over coffee isn't just for hipsters in expensive coffee shops. It's actually a delicious way to make coffee if you've got the time to spare! Chemex is the classic choice when it comes to pour-over carafes, but we prefer the new version with a handle for easy pouring. Plus, it comes in 3-, 6-, 8-, and 10-cup size options.
All you need to complete your setup is a box of proper Chemex coffee filters made from natural fibers.
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5. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer with Glass Carafe and Frother — Check Price
Best for Specialty Brews
Pro: Makes specialty brews, saves lots of money on coffee shop runs
Con: Takes up a good amount of countertop space
Spending too much money at Starbucks? The Ninja Coffee Bar will give you the ultimate coffee-shop experience right on your kitchen counter.
You can choose from pod-free single serve or carafe functions, and you can even customize your cup size. The Ninja system also allows you to select your brew style, with options ranging from classic to rich, or over ice. It also features a milk frother, so you can create specialty drinks at home with ease, and there's even a thermal plate to keep your drinks hot.
This unit comes with a glass carafe, but if you prefer to upgrade to an insulated thermal carafe, you can purchase that version here.
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Just because they didn't make our top five doesn't mean they're not worth shopping! These next few coffee makers offer a variety of functions that may be exactly what you're looking for — from temperature control to cold-brew carafes and more.
6. Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Control Coffee Maker — Check Price
Best for Smart Homes
Pro: Can control from anywhere, has temperature control, very compact
Con: Doesn't have a huge capacity
If you love controlling everything you own via an app (or even Amazon's Alexa), then you'll love Behmor's "connected" coffee maker. You can control everything from the water temperature to the start time, so you don't even have to get out of bed to make your coffee. Plus, it has an Amazon Dash button integration, so you can re-order your coffee beans easily before you run out.
Perhaps its biggest selling point, though, is the fact that you can create custom profiles for how you like your coffee made — adjusting everything down to the water temperature to the pre-soak time.
The machine comes with an insulated thermal carafe that stays hot for hours, and it holds about 8 cups of coffee — keeping in mind that the standard coffee cup measurement is around five ounces.
7. Cuisinart DCC-3650 Elite 12-Cup Coffee Maker — Check Price
Best for Basic Temperature Control
Pro: Has temperature control, makes large pots
Con: Not great for single-serve pots
This coffee maker is similar to our "best overall" pick, but with the added bonus of temperature control options. Select from regular, hot, or extra hot coffee, and choose between regular and bold brew strength.
Though the previous machine we mentioned has a more customizable capacity for temperature control, this one is best for the average coffee brewer.
8. Bonavita 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer — Check Price
Best for Even Brewing
Pro: Brews very evenly, compact
Con: Doesn't have a huge capacity for entertaining
There are two advantages to this machine worth noting. One is that the flat-bottomed filter basket helps to ensure a more even distribution of coffee grounds for optimal flavor, and the other is that it offers a "pre-infusion" mode that soaks the coffee grounds before they brew to bring out the nuanced notes of the beans.
If you're looking for a machine that really takes into account the ultimate flavor of your coffee, this is the one. It can be purchased with an insulated stainless steel carafe or a glass one for roughly the same price.
9. Barista Warrior Cold-Brew Coffee Maker — Check Price
Best for Cold Brew
Pro: Makes cold brews, teas, and fruit infusions
Con: Takes a while to use
Attention, cold brew lovers! There's no need to spend tons of money on your favorite cold brew at the coffee shop. You can easily (and inexpensively) make it at home with this pitcher, and save yourself the extra cash.
To use it, all you need to do is load the middle rod with grounds, and let it steep for your desired time. Most recipes call for at least 24 hours, so, yes, it does take some patience. But your wait will be handsomely rewarded with a full carafe of delicious liquid gold!
This pitcher holds 48 ounces of liquid, and it comes with a booklet that contains tips on how to optimize your process to create the perfect cold brew.
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10. Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker — Check Price
Best for Two-in-One Versatility
Pro: Versatile, easy to use
Con: Takes up a good bit of countertop space
If you can't decide between a full pot or a single serving machine, and you aren't quite ready to invest in the Ninja Coffee System, this is a great two-in-one alternative at a much more affordable price point.
Though it takes up slightly more room than your average coffee maker, this Hamilton Beach option can produce a regular mug, a travel mug, or a 12-cup pot with the touch of a button. You can adjust the brew strength between bold and regular, and it can be programmed in advance to reduce the time you spend bleary-eyed in the morning.
If you've only lived on Starbucks for years and have no idea where to even start, we have you covered with a few of the most commonly asked questions about coffee and coffee makers. See below for our answers to all your most commonly asked questions — then get brewing!
Q. Which coffee makers make the hottest coffee?
A. The Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Control Coffee Maker, which is number six in our roundup, can brew coffee at up to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. This is higher than the recommended temperature for optimal brewing of most coffee beans (which is somewhere between 195 degrees at the lowest and 205 at the highest), but the Behmor allows you to digitally control the temperature down to a single degree, so you can choose to keep it at exactly 205 or go all the way up to 210 if you’d like.
How do you clean a coffee maker without vinegar?
A. There are two options when it comes to cleaning without vinegar. One is to buy an inexpensive universal descaling solution like this one, which can be mixed with water and run through your machine, and the second option is to use a one-to-one ratio of water to lemon juice. Just fill your water chamber all the way up with the solution, and run it through. We also suggest running it with plain water afterwards to remove any residue that could affect flavor.
How do you unclog a coffee maker?
A. There are quite a few issues that can cause a clogged coffee maker, so it depends where the problem is on your machine. If it’s just generally running slower than usual, try descaling it with a solution of equal parts water to white vinegar (or lemon juice, as a backup). To do this, just fill your tank up with solution and run the coffee maker as normal, followed by another round with just plain water to rinse.
If the problem is more acute and the water isn’t leaving the tank, check the tank’s drain hole and the spout where the water drips out onto the grounds. Poke the openings with a small wire or toothpick to unclog. If neither of these things work, check out this tutorial to learn more about your options.
Q. How many tablespoons of coffee do I put in for 6 cups?
A. Coffee cups are measured a little different than regular cups. Whereas the normal volume for a cup of liquid is 8 ounces, coffee cups are technically measured at 6 ounces. This is taken into account on most carafes, which are marked by 6 increments.
So for 6 cups of coffee (based on your carafe markings), you’ll want to use one tablespoon of fresh grounds per cup. That makes for a total of 6 tablespoons, or just under a third of a cup.
Q. How much coffee do you use for 10 cups?
A. Following the formula above, you should use one half-cup plus 2 tablespoons of coffee (equal to 10 tablespoons total) for 10 six-ounce cups of water.
Q. What is the best brand of coffee?
Q. What is the best grocery store coffee?
A. If you’re looking to go up a step or two from the classic Folgers or Maxwell House blends, Peet’s coffee is a great place to start. It’s relatively ubiquitous and available at most grocery stores around the country. Our favorite is the Major Dickason’s Blend, which can also be found on Amazon. It has a bold, round flavor that offers a pretty smooth morning cup.
Q. What brand of instant coffee is best?
A. The answer to this question depends on what you’re using it for. When drinking instant coffee, we prefer using Starbucks’ pre-portioned VIA packets — specifically the Columbia blend — which is a little less bitter than most. However, when using instant coffee for baking (we like to add a few teaspoons to chocolate cakes and brownies for added richness), we opt for Jacobs Kronung granules. They dissolve well and don’t leave a bitter aftertaste in frostings or baked goods.
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