- Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
- Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker
- Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer
- SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press
- Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker
Is there anything better than waking up and finding the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans wafting around the house? That’s what the best coffee makers do for you.
It gives you the most important beverage of your day on autopilot every single day unfailingly.
Yet, for newbie shoppers, it’s a confusing world out there. There are espresso machines, single serve coffee makers, drip coffee makers, French press machines and a bunch of others that take you from bean to cup and allow you to tinker your way to coffee glory.
On that note, we thought that this would a great time to compile a list of the best coffee makers for your home in 2017. No gimmicks, just the straight dope!
This years' worthy contenders.
#1 - Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
There’s a reason why K55 remains one of the most popular Keurig coffee makers ever. It is minimalistic, works in the blink of an eye and most importantly, does not cost a bomb. For this reason, it remains the most popular Keurig among budget-minded coffee seekers. (Dorms)
Oh, by the way, it is not an entry-level model by a long shot if we led you on towards that. It looks stylish, lets you choose your brew size from three different preset settings and can also brew tea, hot chocolate or anything else from the K-Cup world that catches your fancy.
A closer look at the K55
The K55 looks every bit Keurig. It has the signature all-black glossy casing with a single button control panel and a bunch of LED indicator lights. It stands about 13 inches tall and would easily sneak in under the cabinets.
The lights serve a dual purpose. They alert you about the different functions including adding water, descaling the unit, if the machine overheats, when auto shut off mode kicks in, and when it shuts off.
The second purpose? They look cool.
Nobody said that a coffee maker couldn’t use some style.
Like we said earlier, you can pick your beverage size. The larger the cup you choose, the more diluted the coffee becomes though. So, if you like your poison potent, go for the smallest cup. Thankfully, the drip tray is removable and you can tuck in your larger mugs without worrying about a potential spill.
The K55 features a 48-oz water reservoir that lets you make up to 6 cups of coffee. The reservoir is removable but you have the option to refill it without removing it completely.
Using the K55
The K55 preheats the unit when you power it on. So, by the time you flip open the lever and pop in your K-Cup, the machine is ready with steaming hot water and gives your coffee on the press of a button. The extraction is excellent and flavorful.
One of the best features of the K55 is that it lets you use your own custom ground coffee if you buy the ‘My K-Cup’ reusable coffee filter add-on. Before you scream upsell, consider the amount of money you’d end up saving on K-Cups.
#2 - Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker
This is an ingeniously designed package that clubs form, function and boasts of a laundry list of features. You can program it to brew your coffee on autopilot at a precise time each day and also choose the strength of your brew to boot.
The plush all-silver casing with a hint of metal on the DCC-3200 makes it look like a commercial-grade coffee machine. One that you’d normally find in coffee shops with Baristas tinkering with the alchemy. Yet, it stands only 14 inches tall which means that your valuable counter space shall not be encroached upon.
The control panel allows you to go into programming mode to select the brew strength, activate the auto-cleaning cycle, activate the brewing process and set the time for your automated cup of coffee down to the exact minute.
As always, Cuisinart has thoughtfully designed the DCC-3200 and it is extremely low on maintenance. You can take it apart in minutes and most parts are dishwasher safe.
Using the DC-3200
This is where the magic happens. Integrated into the DCC-3200 is a charcoal filter that removes any off-flavors from the water. The result is 100% pure and tasty coffee sans any impurities.
It can brew up to 14 cups of coffee at a time which is perfect for an extended household or a small office space. The coffee is dispensed into a thermal glass carafe that retains heat for almost an hour. The spout on the carafe reduces the chances of spills while pouring the coffee into your cups.
One of the best features of the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is that you can pause the brew if you change your mind about the number of cups you need. That translates into less wastage.
Stylish looking unit in all-silver
Integrated charcoal filter
14 cups of coffee at a time
Lets you pause the brew
Thermal glass carafe
#3 – Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer
What good is the list of the best coffee makers for your home without a dedicated drip coffee maker? Here’s our pick of the lot, the Bonavita BV1900TS, a meaty looking unit that boasts of a stainless steel casing.
While there’s nothing wrong with a PE casing which is commonly used in coffee makers, let’s face it. We are all suckers for the feel of metal. Instantly, it feels like a heavy duty unit as opposed to a cheaply made one.
Once you are done drooling over the stainless steel casing, you’d love the way Bonavita has designed this. It is not flashy. Instead, it the design is very practical with minimal moving parts (fewer chances of breakdowns) and well thought out features.
There’s just one control button, (No! How’s that even possible?) a metal carafe that keeps your coffee warm for almost 3 hours and a non-heating base plate for the carafe. The carafe bottom does not get heated. So, you can remove it from the unit and place it on a wooden table without worrying about it getting damaged.
The Bonavita BV1900TS features a pre-infusion cycle. For the uninitiated, that’s a function typically found in espresso machines. It soaks the coffee beans in water for some time before the actual extraction process begins. This results in a more flavorful extract from every coffee granule.
Also, it has a 1500-watt heater that maintains the water temperature between 198° to 205° F. This results in consistent tasting extracts.
You can brew up to 8 cups of coffee at a time. But Bonavita also lets you limit it to 4 cups instead.
Stainless steel casing
Minimalistic but very practical design
One button operation
Stainless steel carafe
Water temperature between 198° to 205° F
8 cups of coffee at a time
#4 - SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press
There’s a reason why SterlingPro’s French coffee Press outsells a lot of other more popular brands like Bodum.
Despite having a very minimalistic design, it is incredibly durable. Club that with the double walled construction and even the tiniest coffee grounds wont be able to sneak in to your cup of Joe. In simple terms, it is quintessential French press, simple, easy to use and effective.
Stainless with a mirror finish
The SterlingPro is made from stainless steel with a glossy mirror finish. That may seem pale when compared to the fancy French press coffee makers that crave eyeballs these days. But this serves a dual purpose.
1. It does not leech chemicals into the coffee. So, unless the water you use has chlorine or other things that can affect the flavors, you will get 100% pure coffee.
2. It makes it impervious to scratches, dents or damage. How many times have you accidentally knocked the French press maker off the table?
The double walled design helps retain heat and your beverage stays hot for a couple of hours at least. Also, this keeps the outer portion cool to the touch. You wont scald your hands trying to pick this up.
Oh, almost forgot to mention that it has a teapot styled design with a handle which makes it very easy to pick up and pour from.
Perfect for Coffee Guzzlers
With a 1 liter capacity (also available in a 1.5L one), the SterlingPro is a great choice for coffee guzzlers who cannot do with just 1 cup.
And the all-metal construction translates into easy maintenance. You just have to ensure that you don’t leave coffee grounds in there after use. SterlingPro also throws in two extra stainless steel screens in case the ones that come with the coffee maker wear out.
Stainless steel construction
Glossy mirror finish
Double walled design
Teapot styled handle and pour spout
Dishwasher safe for easy maintanence
Double filter screens
#5 – Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker
And the coup-de-grace in this list of the best coffee makers for your home in 2017 is a single serve coffee maker from Hamilton Beach.
Err…never heard that name before? Neither did us, until we found out that this versatile coffee maker sells like hotcakes on Amazon and other online retailers. That’s no mean feat considering that single serve coffee makers has always been Keurig’s domain. So how does this small brand (if we may call that so) manage to kaput the big guys?
Switch between single serve and full pot
The very term single serve coffee maker makes you picture a compact unit with a spout that churns out a 4 oz cup of coffee at the press of a button. The Hamilton Beach 49980A on the other hand features an extension that allows you to brew an entire pot of coffee if need be.
The coffee is dispensed into a removable 12-cup glass carafe with detailed measurement markings. The carafe rests on a non-stick hot plate that keeps the coffee hot for two hours after which it shuts off automatically.
The single serve ‘side’ features a tiered cup rest that can be adjusted to accommodate even a large sized mug.
The extension makes this slightly bulkier than conventional coffee makers though. It stands approximately 14 inches in height and almost 16 inches in width.
It has a silver casing with black accents that looks stylish and the control panel with an LCD display makes it ridiculously simple to pre-program your coffee time up to 24 hours in advance.
For the empty nesters looking for the convenience of a single cup of coffee, the 49980A features a 2-way brewer that lets you use your own ground coffee or attach any soft pod using the integrated pod holder attachment. It brews in just under 90 seconds too.
Also, you can choose between two brew types, a regular cup and a bold cup, which is a slightly stronger brew. The brew time is slightly higher in the bold setting. But that’s because the water is pushed through the ground coffee a lot slower for a more refined extract.
Choose between single cup or up to 12 cups of coffee
Stylish looking unit with an LCD display
2-way brewer that lets you use ground coffee or soft pods
Stay hot plate that keeps carafe hot
Single cup in less than 90 seconds
Pre-program your coffee up to 24 hours in advance
Two brew strengths
We agree that your eventual choice of a coffee maker will be a very personal decision that weighs in factors like the cost, which we have not touched upon. But we hope that this list of the best coffee makers for your home in 2017 allows you to get some perspective about the different types of machines that you can choose from and eventually, make an informed decision.
What would the world do without coffee?
We’d have half-dazed zombies walking around in a semi-stupor like stage without a cup of Joe to kick them out of slumber land.
No, I am not a ‘Land of the dead fan’.
Just implying the importance of coffee and the best coffee makers in our lives!
If only they could figure out how to deliver it to bed too. Sigh!
Choosing the best coffee makers these days is a very difficult task. According to statistics, an estimated 3.5 billion cups are made, consumed, and enjoyed on a daily basis. Taking these numbers into account, it’s not hard to assume that coffee is probably the most popular beverage on the planet, second to water, of course. The demand is growing, and so also the technology used. And as such we present you with our Best Coffee Makers guide.
There are an endless number of ways in which our favorite beverage can be made – from luscious, creamy, and sweet cappuccinos, to cool, frothy, and icy frappes, to rich, dark, and potent espressos. And with all of these endless cream-milk-sugar combinations, you should expect that there are also an endless number of ways in which they are prepared.
Here is our selection of the best coffee makers, separated into 3 categories to make it easier for you to choose. Namely Drip Coffee Machines, Single-Serve Brewers and French Presses.
Best Coffee Makers: Best Drip Coffee Machines
Drip coffee machines otherwise known as filter brewers or ground coffee machines make use of a filter. Hot water is poured over the grounds and allowed to brew. Over the years this has evolved from a very manual process to the very sophisticated machines available today. Below are in our opinion the best drip coffee machines of 2017.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 isn’t the cheapest machine around, however it does provide wonderful results and it also looks great on a kitchen counter. This particular machine is highly-rated by many hundreds of real-life owners. And for this reason, we’re very confident about recommending this model. It really delivers and it has all of the features that most people need. Read more about the Cuisinart DCC-3200.
Braun KF7150BK Brew Sense
The Braun KF7150BK Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker is an awesome machine which over-delivers in the features department. If you want authentic Braun quality which includes a warranty, and you are interested in investing in a mid-range model, you’ll find that this design provides tons of advantages for a great price. To learn more, be sure to check this model out at Amazon. You’ll be so glad that you did. Click through to our review.
The Bonavita BV1900TS is a fantastic machine and is sure to brew you the perfect cup! It has a unique design that combines simplicity with elegance. What constitutes as the best depends on your individual brewing preferences, but some products are perfect regardless of what your preferences are, and this may just be one of those products. Read more about the Bonavita BV1900TS in our review.
Bunn NHS Velocity
If you live in a household that consumes a lot of java then perhaps the Bunn NHS Velocity Coffee Maker would interest you. This machine was built for speed and because the easily accessible carafe holds enough for 10 cups, I'm sure there'll be enough for everyone. For a more in-depth overview check out our Bunn NHS Velocity review.
Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup
The Black & Decker DCM600B is the perfect brewer if you live in an apartment or you'd like to keep your machine in a tight space. It features a very compact design and for the price it's really hard to beat. What sets this machine apart from all the others is probably the fact that it fulfills one task, and that is to brew amazing coffee, nothing more and nothing less. For more information Read our Black and Decker DCM600B Review.
Best Coffee Makers: Best Single-Serve Brewers
Single-serve machines are designed specifically to make one cup of deliciousness at a time. This is especially handy if you only want one cup and you don't want to wait for a machine to brew a full carafe. Listed below are in our opinion, the best Single-Serve Coffee Brewers of 2017.
Keurig is the company that pioneered single-server brewing at home technology. Subsequently, now after the machine has primed itself, you just press a button, and seconds later you're enjoying an awesome cup of your favorite brew. Overall, this machine delivers and therefore deserves it's position in our Guide. Read more about the Keurig K55 Coffee Maker in our review.
Hamilton Beach 2-Way
The Hamilton Beach 2-Way packs a punch when it comes to features. The fact that this machine gives you the best of both worlds guarantees it's position in our guide. If you just want one cup, use it in Single-Serve mode, else brew a full carafe and have enough for a few. For more information on the Hamilton Beach 2-Way, click through to our review.
Keurig K575 Single Serve
Recently Keurig have got a bad reputation due to the waste created by it's pods. And that's why this particular model comes to the fore. The Keurig K575 makes use of reusable pods and that's a win for those of us who are concerned for our natural environment. Apart from that, this machine also boasts different cup sizes, brew strength and carafe ability. To find out more, read our review.
There has always been a very clear distinction between "coffee" and "espresso" between serious coffee lovers. Nespresso's Virtuoline bridges the gap and provides a way to make both. And this machine will make both, and make them well. It all depends on the capsule you insert into the machine. How much simpler could it be? To find out more, read our review.
Keurig K-Cup In-Room Brewing System
This machine will brew an 8 ounce cup in less than 3 minutes! Not only that, it uses Keurig's K-cup system and that means consistently good coffee every time, without fail. Amongst other features, this unit also has a handy mug sensor, which will prevent any spillage. Due to the particularly low price of this machine, you'll have plenty left to treat yourself to all the different variety of Keurig K-Cups available. For more on this coffee maker, read our review.