Buy the best: Coffee Maker Reviews

Your choices when buying a new coffee maker have, over the last few years, become increasingly complex. As you start to search, you’ll find there are a huge number of machines, offering everything from built-in water filters, timers, automatic cleaning and milk frother (for a cappuccino, of course!)

The old days of just buying a simple filter coffee maker are long gone and you’ve now got options of coffee containers from pods to pumps to percolators. To help explain and guide you through all the choices, I’ve looked at the key brands and technologies and written up guides and reviews to help you make the right choice from some of the best deals around.

Since you’re visiting my site, you’re probably one of the 54% of the US adult population that drinks coffee every day – but there are so many variations in preference and style of coffee, I can only guess that you probably take milk (mainly because the stats show just 35% of US coffee drinkers take their coffee black!).

Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a machine with features that suit your needs. To help you navigate all this, I’ve compiled a unique feature comparison guide below – so check out my reviews and guides and join me in searching out the best coffee makers.

Best Coffee Maker Comparison Guide

Coffee maker
Cup capacity
Carafe
Water filter
User Rating
Price
Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer Single Serve and 12-cup Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach coffee maker
12Glass + Travel mugNo4.4$$$
BUNN BXW Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer

Bunn coffee maker
10GlassNo4.3$$$$
Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug

black and decker coffee maker
1Insulated mugNo4.0$
Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Chrome

mr. coffee bvmc-sj33gt
12GlassNo3.9$$
De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

de'Longhi ec155 coffee maker
2n/aNo3.9$$$$
Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

cuisinart dcc-1200
12GlassYes3.8$$$$

Included in the chart are:

  • Pictures of the Makers
  • Maker brand and model
  • Coffee cup capacity. Find more in our guide to coffee maker features.
  • Water Filter – if the coffee brewer has a built-in water filter (helps provide pure, clean tasting water)
  • Price – these are approximate prices on Amazon.com. These often change based on special offers, promotions, availability and season. To help you, I’ve grouped the pricing on this matrix with $=under $30, $$=$30 to $70, $$$=$70 to $100, $$$$=$100+
  • Rating – the average user rating on Amazon.com which is another great way to see what other buyers think of the product

(Tip: to sort the grid by a particular column, just click on the heading of the column)

The coffee makers on this chart are only the most popular or highly rated makers available on the market. There are literally hundreds and there’s no way we can list them all.

So back to basics: a good coffee maker fits neatly in your kitchen or office and brews up your perfect cup of coffee – whatever your preferred style. It might brew up a carafe full for a dinner party or fill just an insulated travel mug; you might want a traditional filter coffee or perhaps an espresso or cappuccino. And how about it’s programmable so your coffee’s ready for you when you wake up?

We’re here to provide you with detailed reviews and ratings for some of the very best coffee makers from around the world such as Cuisinart, Keurig, Mr Coffee and De’Longhi. Our mission at Coffee Maker Reviews is to provide the best information to help you choose which coffee maker is right for you and your needs. We’ve written reviews about all aspects of making a cup of coffee: from the best coffee grinder, finding a replacement coffee carafe, to espresso machine reviews.

You will also find other coffee related information like tips on how to brew for maximum flavor, what type of grinder you need, and things such as what drip coffee makers really means. The boring and time consuming research homework is all done for you on coffee maker reviews!

It doesn’t matter if you have an idea about just which model you are looking for or simply want to browse and complete your own comparison of the top rated coffee machines available today. When a new coffee maker is introduced we review it and let you know what its main features are and how it compares to other coffee makers in its class.

So why did I start Coffee Maker Reviews? I was looking for just this type of guide when I needed a new coffee machine, so decided to write my own! I hope you’ll find it useful as first source for brewing and enjoying coffee in the comfort of your home or office.

Essential Coffee Facts

Ok, these aren’t essential, but I think that they’re interesting!
The US spends over $4bn importing coffee each year; this helps supply the 100million daily coffee drinkers, almost a third of which prefer a specialty brew (such as a latte, cappucciono, mocha, etc). So that’s 54% of the adult population of the US that drinks a coffee every day (normally during breakfast time). And the average price of a brewed coffee? $1.38 (almost double at $2.45 for an espresso-based coffee, such as an americano).

Health Benefits?

There are popular myths about the magical health benefits of drinking coffee… sadly, none have received conclusive proof and there’s a hotly disputed set of findings from the various researchers who disagree with each other about the validity of their findings.

One chemical that almost everyone knows is in coffee is caffeine. A typical cup of coffee contains about 200mg of caffeine. Find out more about the statistics of coffee consumption in the US.

Why Brew Your Own Coffee?

If you really enjoy drinking coffee but don’t relish the high prices of your local coffee shop, then the home coffee maker is just the perfect machine for you. Just imagine waking up on a nasty winter morning and brewing your favorite choice of gourmet coffee while reading the paper. Perhaps even pouring a big thermal travel mug for the trip to the office so that by the time you arrive at work you will be ready to start the day.

About Our Reviews

There are hundreds of coffee makers of various types out there which have a tendency to make purchasing one a headache. The vast majority have had reviews either by past purchasers or expert review writers. Some of the tougher questions are:

  • What features are really necessary?
  • What models are the top rated in your price range?
  • Can you get a discount if you buy online?

If you’re like me, you’ll want to read up on the subject, look at the makers that have a particular feature I need, or are in the price range I can afford, and then search for the best place to source the machine I’ve chosen.

If you do your research you will soon find that the highest cost machine does not always make it is the best brewer choice for you. The higher priced coffee equipment tends to be filled with features that not everyone will need or want. For some, a coffee maker that can be programmed to brew at the same time each day is very important but then again others find this feature is not needed because they want to brew when they want to brew; instead you might want an espresso machine for the perfect tiny cup to kick-start your day. Whatever you’re after, I’m sure that my reviews will help you narrow down the field to help you select the best machine.

What are the Different Types of Coffee Maker?

There are hundreds of different machines from dozens of different brands, but all fall into one of a half-dozen groups. These are the main options:

Filter coffee machines

The ‘traditional’ coffee maker that you’ll find in more kitchens than any other. You fill a container at the top of the machine with cold water in the top of the machine; the water’s then heated and drips into a filter filled with ground coffee and into a carafe or jug below. The carafe is normally kept warm with a hot plate. You’ll find a range of extra features, such as a programmable timer, permanent filter, water filter and more. Best of all, you can use any ground coffee.

Pod or capsule coffee machines

A newer arrival and one that’s caused a storm, simply because it’s so easy to use and produces good, consistent coffee. The ground coffee is provided in a small, pre-packaged capsule which you load into the coffee machine. The machine has a container that you fill with water; the maker pierces a hole in the capsule, heats the water and passes the hot water through the capsule and into a coffee cup. You then throw away the capsule – no mess, no cleaning required. You are limited to the range of coffee provided by the manufacturer of the coffee capsule system (there are several, including Nespresso and K-cup).

Percolators

A very traditional, low-tech solution to brewing coffee. The original versions are made of metal and have three parts: you fill the bottom with water, put the ground coffee into the middle and then screw on the top. The whole percolator is then heated on a stove (or you can now get electric versions). The stove boils the water at the bottom which turns to steam and passes up through the coffee. The coffee-flavoured steam then cools and condenses as coffee in the top part of the percolator. Very simple, effective and can be used anywhere from a camping stove to your kitchen.

Pump espresso maker

This is a home version of the espresso makers you find in a coffee shop. They feature a high pressure water heater that passes the hot water or steam through the ground coffee at both the perfect temperature and perfect pressure to extract the most flavor from the ground coffee. This then produces one or two small espresso cup-fulls of coffee. Normally these makers also include a steam milk heater and frother so they can double as a capuccinno or latte maker.

Bean-to-cup maker

This type of coffee machine includes a container at the top filled with whole coffee beans. It automatically grinds the right amount of beans for your coffee, then brews a great cup from the freshly-ground coffee beans.

Features to Look Out For

Most of the time future consumers as well as professional coffee drinkers get confused in the wide variety of coffee makers and then finally end up in purchasing the coffee maker that does not meet their needs.

Coffee Maker Reviews will supply you with the fact finding advice on all things related to coffee makers and their accessories plus help you avoid a rushed decision that can lead to an unpleasant purchase.

We provide you with all the information and coffee maker reviews from a wide range of major brands and some of the lesser known coffee makers too and thus turn you into a knowledgeable consumer.

In order to understand the huge amount of information on this website you must first know exactly what your current needs are for your coffee maker.

This begins simply by knowing, which coffee you want to make the most (and all the varieties of it), the surroundings of your coffee maker or if your lifestyle includes big parties with lots of friends, which may require special models of coffee makers, or smaller more intimate gatherings.

Some top of the line high cost models don’t necessarily mean the best coffee makers in every area, even though some of the latest fully automatic models can be true one stop technical marvels. My site will give you the skinny so you don’t waste your hard earned money.

I Love a Coffee!

This drink has been my obsession for far too long, and I want to share with you what I have learned and experienced along the way. I’ve just discovered that it now ranks as the most popular drink in the world. Wow! So in my own little way, hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading this guide as much as I did creating them.

So please, read the reviews and drop me a note if you want to share your thoughts on a particular maker, gourmet blend or method of brewing a cup.

Last updated: November 19, 2013 at 9:22 am