If you’re searching for the right drip coffee maker, you’re probably wondering how to narrow down the selection. There are many different types of drip coffee makers to consider. They also come with a variety of price tags. Every drip coffee maker brews in a similar manner — heating water in a reservoir and allowing it to drip through a filter of ground coffee. However, there are different types of coffee makers such as thermal, glass, and double pot. Another consideration is whether it has certain features such as auto off and the ability to pause the cycle while it’s brewing to grab a cup. Here’s a selection of the best drip coffee makers currently on the market.
1. Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Aside from a 12-cup brewing capacity, this coffee maker stands out for its ergonomic handle, which promotes comfortable dripless pouring regardless of how much coffee you brew. Highlights include a brew pause feature that lets you steal a cup before the brewing process is complete, along with a 24-hour advance brew start. An adjustable heater plate with low, medium, and high settings, enables you to keep any coffee you’ve brewed at the desired temperature. A charcoal water filter promises the freshest tasting coffee.
Price: $89.95 (45 percent off MSRP)
- 12-cup capacity
- Adjustable heater plate
- Charcoal water filter ensures optimal flavor
- Too tall to fit under some lower cabinets
- Water fill level can be tough to read
- Timer isn’t backlit
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2. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (46201)
You can brew between one and four cups with this coffee maker. It also features fast and easy access for effortless filling. A programmable clock with a two hour automatic shutoff allows you full control over when you drink your coffee. Handy features include a swing-out brew basket with a release button along with a wheeled base that promises easy access to the machines’s water reservoir. An adjustable brewing feature lets you choose between bold and regular strength coffee.
Price: $43.00 (14 percent off MSRP)
- Auto shutoff
- Swing-out basket
- Adjustable brewing strength
- Slow brew time
- Could be warmer
- A bit noisy
Find more Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (46201) information and reviews here.
3. KRUPS KM9008 Cup on Request Programmable Coffee Maker with Precise Warming Technology
If you’re looking for a versatile coffee maker, this one is a good bet. You can easily program it to make smaller and larger cups of coffee. Another option is an aroma button that ensures a more intense — and flavorful — extraction. As an added bonus, you can also program it to brew various ways for weekdays and weekends. You can make several cups at once with the machine’s removable 12-cup water tank. Precise warming technology promises constant, regulated temperature for smooth flavor. A three-position adjustable drip tray makes it easy to use cups of various sizes.
- Aroma button for enhanced flavor
- Makes smaller and larger cups
- Precise warming technology
- Adjustable tray could be sturdier
- Cone filter would be ideal
- Plastic filter holder tends to drip
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4. Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
A unique water filtration system removes up to 97 percent of chlorine, ensuring more flavorful and better tasting coffee. There’s also a handy freshness timer that monitors how fresh the coffee is from the time it’s brewed. If you prefer a stronger cup of coffee, the brew strength selector helps to pump out a stronger-flavored beverage. There’s also an auto pause cycle that lets you grab a cup of coffee before the brewing process is complete. As an added bonus, a two hour shutoff feature automatically turns the coffeemaker off. Cleanup is easy thanks to a lift and clean filter basket.
Price: $34.92 (13 percent off MSRP)
- Water filtration system
- Freshness timer
- Auto pause cycle
- Clock is not backlit
- Warming plate base prone to rust
- A handful of consumers complain of a plastic smell/taste
5. Miele CM5200 Black Countertop Coffee System
Want a coffee maker that you can count on for years to come? This Miele model is designed to offer 20 years of high-quality performance, or approximately 50,000 cups of coffee. A total of 15 bars of pressure promises smooth and consistent results each time. While you can certainly use this machine to make a traditional cup of coffee, it also works well for making macchiatos, espressos, and cappuccinos. All you need to do is press a button to activate the electronic steam valve. Features include an insulated stainless steel milk flask that keeps the milk cool for up to 12 hours at a time along with an integrated cup warmer and an automatic cleaning program.
Price: $2,499.00 (9 percent off MSRP)
- 15 bars of pressure ensures a smooth drink
- Ideal for making coffee, espresso, macchiato, and cappuccino drinks
- Includes automatic cleaning program
- Takes up a lot of counter space
- Requires regular de-scaling
6. Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe
A 1400 watt heater ensures that the water is heated to the precise temperature for making the best-tasting cup of coffee. This machine has also been specifically engineered for the ideal water to coffee ground contact time to help you get the most out of each brewing session. There is a brew capacity of up to eight cups, or 40 ounces, at once. Another bonus is the auto shutoff feature as well as the ability to keep the coffee warm for up to two hours after it brews. A showerhead design ensures full saturation and optimal extraction for a high quality end result. The water tank is easy to fill and monitor thanks a wide opening and clear markings.
- Showerhead design promotes optimal extraction
- 1400 watt heater
- Water tank is easy to fill
- Lacks a timer
- No auto pause cycle
- Carafe could be larger
7. Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe
This coffee maker brews at a consistent temperature between 196 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s equipped with a copper element that automatically shuts off once the brewing cycle is complete. If you’re looking for a machine that can brew several cups in minutes, this one is a good bet as it will brew a half or full carafe between four and six minutes. There’s also a manual drip stop brew basket with a stainless steel thermal carafe. Another bonus is that any place where plastic is used is crafted from BPA-free material.
Price: $315.02 (7 percent off MSRP)
- Brews a full carafe in minutes
- Consistent brew temperature
- BPA-free material
- Carafe doesn’t keep coffee warm for long
- Some plastic materials seem cheap
- No spout on the carafe
8. Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A)
There are two sides to this coffee maker: carafe side, with an extra-large capacity water reservoir, and a single serve side designed with a multilevel cup rest that can be adjusted to fit a variety of cup and mug sizes. If you prefer pods, you’ll appreciate the pod holder that snaps onto the single-serve brew basket. Customers really like the brew strength selector, which offers flavors in regular or bold. There’s also a user-friendly control panel and display along with the ability to program the machine to brew up to 24 hours before. Other features include a programmable timer and auto shutoff.
- Carafe and single serve brew options
- Pod holder
- Auto shutoff
- Initial plastic smell
- Paper filter sometimes collapses inward
- Loud at the end of a cycle
Find more Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A) information and reviews here.
9. Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker with Vacuum Stainless Thermal Carafe (46894A)
You can choose between regular, bold, and robust settings depending on how flavorful and rich you want your coffee. If you just can’t wait until the end of the cycle to grab a cup of coffee, you’ll enjoy the automatic pause and serve feature. There’s also a programmable auto shutoff that automatically turns the machine off within two hours if you forget. A durable stainless steel material ensures that any coffee that’s already been brewed will remain at an ideal temperature after brewing. The cone filter has been specifically designed for optimal coffee extraction.
Price: $47.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
- Available regular, bold, and robust settings
- Durable stainless steel construction
- Auto pause and serve
- A handful of customers complain of rust on the warming ring
- Short power cord
- Blue LED light is very bright
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10. Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 10 Cup Optimal Brew Thermal Coffeemaker
This coffee maker is an optimal choice if you prefer to brew coffee and sip it slowly over a period of time, thanks to its stainless steel thermal carafe that keeps the coffee warm. Another highlight is the removable water reservoir and filter basket, both of which lift out easily. A unique water filtration system reduces chlorine content by up to 97 percent, ensuring more flavorful and better tasting coffee. You won’t have to worry about drinking burnt cold coffee thanks to the handy fresh brew timer. You can also grab a cup of coffee using the pause and serve feature.
Price: $84.77 (15 percent off MSRP)
- Stainless steel thermal carafe
- Water filtration system
- Fresh brew timer
- Several customers complain about countertop leaks
- Carafe is tough to clean
- Gets a bit noisy at the end of the cycle