Best Drip Coffee Makers: If you’re like many coffee drinkers, you grab a ready-to-drink cup of joe on your way to work. You can hardly taste it, slugging it down during your commute. Maybe you can brew a lightning-fast cup of brown water for your travel mug with a Keurig. So gross.
If you’re a regular Roasty reader, you already appreciate a tasty, intentionally prepared coffee. Maybe you make your coffee with your trusty French press or spend precious morning time watching your coffee come to life in your glass pour-over brewer. Here are the Best Drip Coffee Makers with Buyer’s Guide.
Simple, cheap, and effective. Mr. Coffee has always been a dependable and affordable brand that covers the basics. While it is exquisite with next to no features, it gets the job done. However, with a mid-brew pause, it might have enough to keep you happy at its price range.
It won’t brew coffee quite like the other picks on this list, but it is a great option if you’re not a coffee fiend. Best for those who want a decent cup of joe at a great price, without the fancy stuff.
Small size won’t take up a lot of counter space.
Reusable basket filter means (don’t need to buy tons of paper filters)
The break-off feature lets you sneak a cup mid-brew.
You can’t program it to start in the morning.
It doesn’t brew using hot water at the ideal 195-205 degree temperature.
It makes 4 *5 ounces* cups (not 8 ounces) it only makes 2 normal sized cups.
As mentioned earlier, thermal carafe offers fresher, hotter coffee that stays good longer than glass carafes. You’ll want a thermal brewer if you like to brew one pot and drink from it throughout the day.
Thermal carafes like to be pricey, but not the Zojirushi fresh brew! And it has many handful features; automated cleaning, a reusable basket filter, and a subduable water canister (a simple yet surprisingly handy feature). Many users DO report; however: it is large and takes up a lot of counter space. It also doesn’t have an auto-off feature, which may or may not be a deal-breaker.
Overall if you’re looking for an affordable thermal brewer, this is a great choice for you.
Thermal carafe offers hot coffee for hours after being brewed.
Reusable basket filter.
Automated cleaning (with the indicator when cleaning is recommended) and all the programmability you need.
The rather large design takes up a lot of counter space.
Some users find the carafe doesn’t keep the coffee as hot as they would like.
The directions say you need to unplug it after every use.
The Bonavita BV1900TS has taken one of the most popular slots of brewers on the market among serious drip coffee enthusiasts. It’s SCAA APPROVED.
First of all, the features are the thermal carafe that keeps your brew hot for a few hours (without burning it). Holes in the basket allow steam to rush out from the grounds, and a pre-infusion setting allows the coffee to bloom before brewing.
The one-touch button design makes it really easy to use; however, this means no programmable features for those who like pinching.
The Bonavita BV1900TS is for you if you want a mind-blowing pot of coffee that stays hot for a few hours and is easy to use. So you know you’re choosing something with a great track record.
Large shower head for evenly wet grounds and better extraction.
Showerhead, brew basket, and carafe all dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
Materials: Stainless steel, with a thermal carafe
4. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer With Thermal Carafe:
The ninja bar brewer gives you choices. Maybe you feel like brewing a quick cup today, rather than waiting for a whole pot of 8 cups? Or maybe you want to caulk with the water amount to come up with a more or less good brew? Or maybe you’re bored with a standard black coffee and want to sip on a latte or a vanilla iced mocha for a change.
It’s a ninja that can do anything for you when it comes to coffee (almost anything, but not espresso). In terms of versatility – the Ninja bar brewer wins the match. Now go off and make a new interesting coffee with a few touches of a button – because you can, and we know we will.
Can brew a single cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe (8 cups) at the touch of a button
Double insulated carafe – your coffee WILL stay hot.
Smart flavor brew extraction technology – choose the mild or subtle coffee flavor.
This machine may overwhelm you if you want a cup of coffee.
Materials: Stainless steel/plastic, with a thermal carafe
Capacity: 8-cup capacity
5. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup Thermal Coffee System:
This machine represents good value for money (but It won’t come with all of the handy features that others on this list have). But it will do what you want it to do: make decent drip coffee and keep your coffee hot at the right brew temperature.
It does have a few extra features that will make you blush: A delay start function, a ‘grab-and-go’ (allows you to pause mid-brew and grab a cup), and an inbuilt water tank filter (improves the taste of your brew).
Grab a cup feature lets you be impatient while brewing and pull one cup out
Carafe keeps your coffee hot without igniting it.
Built-in filter in a water tank
It seems to create a lot of steam as it brews. Don’t use it under a kitchen cabinet or it may cause damage
The Bunn Velocity Brew coffee maker is one of the fastest coffee makers available in the market (as the name suggests). It will brew a full pot of coffee in under 3 minutes. Just add the coffee and water, press a button, check your social media or any other thing, and your coffee is ready.
Features such as the commercial multi-spray head work hard to wet your grounds and improve the flavor. It won’t brew coffee like some others on the list, but it’s the fastest option by minutes. If you are busy and rushed in the mornings, this may save your precious minutes…to drink more coffee in less time.
This 14 cup coffee maker has almost all the features you could want (without breaking the bank). It’s one of the few that has a 14-cup steel carafe capacity within this price. Plus, it has a sweet feature of temperature control, which customers love because it stops you from blaming your coffee (and your tongue.)
It has a self-cleaning option, a 1-4 cup setting, and auto-shutoff. But some people find that making 10+ cups of coffee pushes the coffee grounds into your brew. That makes the 14-cup capacity really a 10-cup capacity if it does that to you.
If you’re looking for a simple, all-around good coffee drip maker to brew large batches of coffee, this is the one for you.
Tons of programmable features.
Includes a break-off feature to allow sneaking a cup mid-brew.
The coffee taste becomes exquisite between the water filter and the optimum brewing temperature of ~200 degrees.
A reusable filter means you’ll have to clean it often and may get some residue in your coffee.
There is no sensor to ensure the machine whether the carafe is present for automatic brewing.
This gorgeous 12 cup coffee maker has plenty of programmable features that will get you excited.
However, this is a double-edged sword; you’ll need to follow the directions and clean it often to keep it in good shape and tasting fresh (although many users say it’s easy to clean). The grind-and-brew might be your go-to if you want to save money and counter space on two machines in one in your kitchen.
The built-in grinder allows for freshly ground coffee beans every time.
All the programmability you need, including automatic shutoff after brewing.
It lets you control the strength of your coffee at the press of a button.
Materials: Stainless steel, with a thermal carafe
9. Technivorm Moccamaster 10-Cup Drip Machine with Thermal Carafe:
The Moccamaster is a beautifully designed drip brewer that you’ve most likely seen in high-quality 3rd wave coffee shops. That’s a statement itself (and this is my personal favorite drip brewer). It’s at the higher end of the price list, but it makes the best damn cup of coffee a drip brewer can make. Again – this bad boy has been SCAA approved.
It uses all metal parts where it comes in touch with your coffee, and it’s easy to take apart to clean. It also has a 5 years warranty, so you won’t have to worry about it breaking down on you use it.
Amazing coffee: SCAA approved.
All metal parts (in the brewing process) that come apart for easy cleaning.
The heating element shuts off automatically when the water reservoir is empty.
You can’t program it to do anything automatically.
These machines are in the slot of the best drip coffee makers. Even though we love the craft of slow brewing with intention and patience, these machines are must-haves in a household or office full of coffee drinkers. We think you’ll find the right machine for your needs in our list, but even if you choose another model, you’ll get the best brew if you look for a few important features. Then grab the one you like and start brewing.