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The Best Coffee Makers of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Technivorm Moccamaster KBG
Best Overall

Technivorm Moccamaster KBG

This sleek coffee maker has more than just looks—it brews one of the best tasting cups of coffee in a fast timeline. Read More

Pros

  • Great tasting coffee
  • Fast brewing
  • Temperature control

Cons

  • Pricey
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Editor's Choice Product image of Black & Decker CM2035B
Best Value

Black & Decker CM2035B

For the price, you'll get a coffee maker that brews consistently decent quality coffee. Its intuitive control panel also allows users to start brewing within minutes. Read More

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Smooth and flavorful coffee
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Less durable
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Editor's Choice Product image of Breville Precision Brewer BDC450
Most Versatile

Breville Precision Brewer BDC450

This coffee maker packs a few gadgets into one—it can make cold brew, iced coffee, and even pour-over using an adapter. Read More

Pros

  • High brew quality
  • Cool features
  • Fits pour-over dripper

Cons

  • Pricey
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Editor's Choice Product image of De'Longhi ICM17270
Best for Iced Coffee

De'Longhi ICM17270

If you're a fan of iced coffee, this coffee maker will be your best friend. It's designed to brew iced coffee without compromising the strength and flavors. Read More

Pros

  • Pulsing brewhead
  • Makes iced coffee
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Coffee spills easily
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Product image of Café C7CDAAS2PS3

Café C7CDAAS2PS3

This stylish GE coffee maker can be managed remotely and pairs well with other SmartHome devices like Alexa and Google Assistant. Read More

Pros

  • Smart
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Pricey

With thousands of choices available, shoppers looking for the best drip coffee maker may be overwhelmed. A great coffee brewer should be easy to set up, durable, and easy to clean. Most importantly, it needs to make a really mean cup of joe.

That's why we tested some of the most popular full-size coffee makers on the market. We narrowed the field down to drip machines that ranged in price from less than $20 to over $300, and could brew at least eight cups and keep your coffee hot.

After testing, we determined that the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG (available at Williams-Sonoma) is the best coffee maker on the market. While pricey, the Moccamaster brews a complex and smooth pot of coffee.

If the Technivorm isn’t in your budget, we found other affordable drip coffee makers that still brew a quality pot.

These are the best coffee makers we tested ranked, in order:

  1. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG
  2. Black & Decker 12-Cup Thermal
  3. Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer with Carafe
  4. De’Longhi 3-in-1 Specialty Coffee Brewer
  5. Cafe Signature Specialty Coffee Maker by GE Appliances
  6. Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch
  7. Braun Multiserve
  8. GE Drip Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
  9. Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable
  10. Braun BrewSense
  11. Smeg
  12. Black & Decker CM1200B
  13. Hamilton Beach 2-Way
Technivorm Moccamaster remains our best overall coffee maker.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Moccamaster received high marks across the board.

Best Overall
Technivorm Moccamaster KBG
  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 12.75 x 6.5 x 14 inches

With its mid-century design and an exposed reservoir, you'll want to leave the Moccamaster on the counter even when it’s not in use. But it doesn't just look great. The Moccamaster continues to rank highest in our taste tests—and it also fills a pot quickly.

We also like that the Moccamaster’s heating element maintains the coffee between 175ºF and 185ºF, ensuring it won’t burn.

Our top pick isn't for everyone. Handmade in the Netherlands, the Moccamaster costs around $300, and it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. It lacks a programmable timer, and it was also a bit more difficult to set up than the other models, most of which were ready to go right out of the box. But a quick look at the instruction diagram should clear up any confusion, and the end result is well worth the effort.

Pros

  • Great tasting coffee

  • Fast brewing

  • Temperature control

Cons

  • Pricey

This Black & Decker can brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

This Black & Decker is our new best value pick.

Best Value
Black & Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker
  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 11.5 inches

If the Moccamaster is outside your budget, we recommend the Black & Decker 12-Cup Thermal. It falls on the lower end of the price range for drip coffee makers, but it brews a tasty pot and has some useful features that make it a convenient pick for your kitchen.

On taste tests, the Thermal outperformed several more expensive machines, as the shower head dispensed hot water evenly on the grounds in our testing. We found this coffee smooth and not overly bitter. Compared to an earlier model we tested, the discontinued CM1100B, we saw significant improvement in the taste of the coffee.

The stainless steel vacuum-sealed thermal carafe feels sturdy, and its spout design ensures that the coffee pours out steadily without spilling. The intuitive control panel allows users to easily customize the brew times and strength when making coffee.

While the Thermal isn’t flimsy, it’s made of materials that feel less durable than more expensive models. It probably won’t stand up to decades of heavy use, but we readily recommend it for the price.

Pros

  • Budget-friendly

  • Smooth and flavorful coffee

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Less durable

The Breville Precision Brewer BDC450 is the most versatile coffee maker we've tested.
Credit: Breville Australia

This Breville Precision Brewer is the most versatile coffee maker we've tested.

Most Versatile
Breville Precision Brewer
  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.4 x 16.3 inches

For people who are indecisive about which gear to get, the Breville Precision Brewer can solve the problem—it packs a few coffee gadgets into one. It’s an automatic drip coffee maker with flat-bottom and semi-conical baskets, and it can easily turn into a cold brew maker with pre-programmed settings enabled.

Additionally, you can buy an adapter to use your favorite pour-over dripper if these options don’t satisfy your brewing needs.

Users can choose from options like Fast, Over Ice, and Gold, which is short for Golden Cup Standard, a precision-driven brewing ratio recommended by the Specialty Coffee Association.

You can also customize your brew by fine-tuning the bloom time, flow rate, and temperature controls. This specialty feature is particularly helpful for pour-over enthusiasts who prefer to have control over every aspect of the brewing process. Thanks to these features, the coffee came out tasty.

This Breville is straightforward enough to set it and forget it, but it also gives users the flexibility to control the specifics. We also like the Steep and Release valve that automatically prevents the brew head from dripping when the carafe is removed, which means less cleaning work. Its hot plate can keep the coffee warm for hours, even with a glass carafe. From a single cup to a 12-cup pot, the Breville can brew for a crowd of any size.

Pros

  • High brew quality

  • Cool features

  • Fits pour-over dripper

Cons

  • Pricey

De'Longhi 3-in-1 Specialty Brewer can make gourmet drip, iced, and pour over coffee.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

This De'Longhi brews great iced coffee without sacrificing flavor.

Best for Iced Coffee
De’Longhi 3-in-1 Specialty Coffee Brewer
  • Capacity: 8-Cup
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 11 x 7.4 x 13 inches

As the demand for versatility increases, major manufacturers are shifting toward brewers equipped with diverse features. Enter this versatile brewer. At the touch of a button, users can choose from pour-over, drip-style, or bold brew over ice.

In our testing, we were impressed with the pour-over feature that gave us barista-quality coffee, thanks to its pulsing shower head design that evenly dispersed hot water over grounds. It also simplifies making iced coffee by marking the number of ice cubes needed on the carafe.

The only thing we didn’t like was the spout—it was a bit too wide to pour into a mug, causing occasional spilling. Additionally, the pot lid didn’t close securely when pouring the coffee. This normally won’t cause problems, but when the pot was loaded with ice cubes in our testing, we ended up with lots of spilling caused by the ice floating out of the pot.

Pros

  • Pulsing brewhead

  • Makes iced coffee

  • Compact design

Cons

  • Coffee spills easily


Other Drip Coffee Makers We Tested

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Cafe Signature Specialty Coffee Maker by GE
  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.3 x 14 inches

This trendy-looking coffee maker can make a great addition to homes equipped with other smart technology.

When connected to Wi-Fi, this coffee maker can be controlled through GE’s SmartHQ app to schedule automatic brewing times. Alternatively, it can pair with Google Assistant or Alexa so you can voice-activate your brewer.

In testing, we were impressed by its ability to brew quality cups of coffee within minutes, which is faster than the average makers we’ve tested. It can brew up to 10 cups and stays warm throughout the day.

Pros

  • Smart

  • Sleek design

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Pricey

Product image of Bonavita Connoisseur BV1901TS
Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup
  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 6.8 x 12.2 inches

With fewer parts than other models we’ve tested, the Bonavita Connoisseur is freakishly easy to assemble. Once it’s up and running, it can brew up to eight cups of coffee—impressive considering it has a small footprint.

It also brews a delicious cup to rival the coffee shop. Its powerful heater can quickly reach the optimal water temperature for brewing and distribute water evenly over the coffee grounds. The optional pre-infusion mode mimics pour-over brewing by pausing the showerhead to give the grounds time to bloom, enabling optimal flavor extraction. The Bonavita 8-cup brewer features one-touch brewing and automatic power-off.

The removable filter basket is easier to use than a traditional coffee maker—and we don’t miss hovering over the basket and trying to add ground coffee from the top. To start brewing, simply press the “Start” button. It took about four and a half minutes to get a full pot from start to finish, but there’s no auto-off. Instead, it gives you an audible signal when brewing completes.

Unfortunately, there’s no valve under the filter basket, so there’s nothing to stop coffee from dripping down onto the warming pad when the carafe was removed after brewing a pot.

Pros

  • Compact size

  • High brew quality

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Lacks safety features

  • No auto time-off

Product image of Braun MultiServe KF9050
Braun MultiServe
  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13 x 7.1 x 15 inches

Like many other Braun products we’ve tested , the Braun MultiServe received high marks for build quality and reliability. Although this Braun lost the taste test to the Moccamaster by a small margin, it’s still one of the finest coffee makers we’ve tested.

It offers a range of options for coffee lovers: brew strength, brew temperature, and brew size, as well as specialty features like “Over Ice.” Besides making coffee, it’s great for making tea, iced beverages, or simply dispensing hot water.

The only thing we didn’t like was its size. While not ridiculously bulky, it does require some significant countertop space in your kitchen. However, if you’re looking for a versatile machine packed with features, this one may be right for you.

Pros

  • Makes iced coffee

  • High brew quality

  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Too large

Product image of GE G7CDABSSPSS
GE Drip Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.8 x 14.8 inches

If you’re looking for a coffee maker that meets your basic needs, this GE is a good choice with a relatively affordable price tag. It’s programmable and can brew up to 10 cups of coffee. Plus, the dual-walled, vacuum-insulated carafe can keep your coffee hot for hours.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to use

  • Keeps beverages warm

Cons

  • Lack of features

Product image of Cuisinart DCC-3200
Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable
  • Capacity: 14 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 9 x 14 inches

The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker brews a solid pot of coffee on its default settings and includes several options that give experts more control.

While it has an option to brew bolder coffee, the Cuisinart's default setting brewed coffee that was smooth but slightly bitter. Tasters also found it lacking in flavor compared to others. The Cuisinart can be programmed to brew coffee at a set time, but multi-function buttons make the process confusing at first.

At 14 cups, the Cuisinart has more capacity than most. Of course, if you don't have 14 coffee drinkers in your home, the 3200 has options for brewing one to four cups at a time. Despite its larger carafe, the 3200 doesn’t take up much more space than smaller coffee makers, and we appreciate the sleek, stainless exterior.

Pros

  • 14-cup brewing capability

  • Sleek, stainless exterior

  • Programmable

Cons

  • Weak coffee

Product image of Braun BrewSense KF7150BK
Braun BrewSense
  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches

The Braun BrewSense is stylish, solidly built, and has a handful of useful options. With its 24-hour timer, you can set up your morning coffee a day in advance. A separate setting lets you brew one to four cups, instead of the full 12-cup pot.

With two brew settings, you can choose how strong you'd like your coffee—our taste testers found the regular setting flavorful and smooth. Unfortunately, they also found it on the bitter side, and weren’t as fond of the coffee overall.

Like other makers with several options, programming the BrewSense wasn’t intuitive. Since some of the buttons serve double duty, users may find it frustrating.

Pros

  • Different brewing options

  • Stylish, solidly built

Cons

  • Programming isn't intuitive

  • Brews bitter coffee

Product image of Smeg DCF02
Smeg
  • Capacity: 10 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 10.06 x 9.625 x 14.25 inches

A luxurious appliance brand from Italy, Smeg is known for its elegant, classic design, and solid build quality. This coffee maker is no exception. It’s easy to set up and start brewing, with no assembly required.

It also comes with a reusable mesh filter, though users can opt for paper filters if they prefer. An anti-drip valve prevents coffee from leaking through the brew head to keep the warming pad clean and dry.

However, this beautiful machine isn’t without flaws. In our testing, we found it was difficult to refill or empty the water reservoir, which caused spilling. In the taste test, we found the coffee a bit too watery and bland compared to the Moccamaster. Smeg will do the job, but don’t expect it to brew the highest quality cup.

Pros

  • Easy setup process

  • Elegant design

  • Keeps coffee warm

Cons

  • Average brew quality

  • Difficult to refill

Product image of Black & Decker CM1200B
Black & Decker CM1200B
  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Programmable: No
  • Dimensions: 9 x 11.63 x 14 inches

There’s absolutely nothing fancy about the Black & Decker CM1200B 12-Cup Switch Coffeemaker. But for a machine that costs less than a week of Starbucks, it brews a decent cup.

While our taste testers found coffee to be smooth and not overly bitter, it was also weaker and slightly bland.

The CM1200B couldn’t be easier to use. Once you put in the grounds and water, just flip the switch and wait. Like the other Black & Deckers on our list, the CM1200B lets you pull out the carafe mid-brew if the caffeine situation gets desperate.

The CM1200B’s durability is in line with its price. It's not flimsy, but it probably won’t be the last coffee maker you buy.

Pros

  • Easy to maneuver

  • Relatively smooth coffee

Cons

  • Not durable

Product image of Hamilton Beach 49980 2-Way Brewer
Hamilton Beach 2-Way
  • Capacity: 12 cups
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.63 x 13.7 inches

For the coffee drinker who needs only a cup or two most days but wants that full pot option, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way has a unique solution. In a machine not much larger than a typical coffee maker, users get the choice between brewing a whole pot, or using a coffee pod to brew a single cup.

While that’s an attractive feature that makes this a popular seller on Amazon, the Hamilton Beach’s coffee was taste testers’ least favorite. Several testers felt it was bland or watery, while others found it middle-of-the-road.

Pros

  • Two brewing options

Cons

  • Brews bland coffee

How We Tested Drip Coffee Makers

We brewed cups after cups of coffee to find the best coffee makers.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

We brewed cup after cup of coffee to find the best coffee makers.

The Tester

I’m Valerie Li, Reviewed’s kitchen and cooking staff writer. From single serve coffee makers to espresso machines, I’ve tested the most popular gadgets using scientific testing—as well as my own palate. In addition to testing, I also like to write about how to improve the brewing experience at home and how to make trendy coffee drinks.

The Tests

In addition to regular coffee, we also tested special features such as iced coffee.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

In addition to making regular coffee, we also tested special features like iced coffee.

After narrowing the field to the most promising coffee makers, we evaluated each machine for ease of use and setup, reliability, and overall design. We also held taste tests where coffee enthusiasts helped us decide which had the most nuanced flavors. We brewed two full carafes of coffee with each machine during these tests to check for consistency and brew quality.

How to Choose the Best Coffee Maker

Despite the growth in popularity of single-serve, espresso, and cold brew coffee makers, the drip coffee maker still reigns supreme in many households.

When it comes to buying a coffee maker, the number of options could seem endless. But choosing the right one for you comes down to what you need and want from your coffee maker. We’ve taken note of a few important aspects to consider when shopping for your ideal coffee machine.

Price

The price of a drip coffee maker can vary widely—you can pay as little as $20 for cheap coffee makers, while others will cost hundreds of dollars. If you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend, then there are options that can brew a good cup of joe but won't break the bank. For those who choose to invest more money in their coffee makers, higher-end machines can deliver drinks that rival what you can find at your favorite coffee shop.

Size

Don't forget to consider your kitchen space when selecting a coffee maker. To ensure a perfect fit, you can measure the counter space where you plan to keep your coffee maker and cross check these measurements with the dimensions of any coffee machine you’re considering purchasing. This will help ensure it will fit on your countertop without taking up too much room.

Features and Functions

Some machines will grind your beans while others have milk frothers. If you can't think in the morning without your caffeine fix, make sure your coffee maker is programmable. The number of cups you want to drink, brew time, and carafe preference also should be considered.

Coffee Type

One of the biggest factors that goes into selecting the right coffee maker is the type of coffee you prefer. Cold brew drinkers should not buy a machine that doesn't have that function. The same goes for iced coffee or espresso fans, or those who prefer pour over coffee.

For most people, a typical drip coffee maker will get the job done. But for those who only drink one cup of coffee in the morning, a single-serve coffee maker may be the best option. If you love all different types of coffee, then a multi-function maker like the Breville Precision Brewer (available at Williams-Sonoma) is the way to go. Whatever type of java you prefer, there's an option out there for you.

How to Use a Drip Coffee Maker

To start brewing, you’ll need to fill the reservoir with filtered water, twist a filter into the brewing head, and add the right amount of coffee grounds into the brew basket.

To cut the bitterness of the coffee, our editor recommends adding a pinch of salt in the grounds before brewing starts.

You may also consider investing in a burr grinder, which can significantly improve the taste of your coffee.

How to Brew the Best Coffee

To improve the taste of your coffee, you may want to consider grinding the beans.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

To improve the taste of your coffee, you should grind the beans yourself at home.

When it comes to brewing, most people tend to overlook the importance of coffee beans. Freshly roasted beans taste more robust, vibrant, and flavorful than pre-packaged grounds. For drip coffee, the ideal grind size ranges from medium to fine because of the brewing mechanism that lets hot water run through the grinds.

Due to differences in temperature, pressure, and extracting method, different brewing methods may require the grounds to be at various degrees of fineness. For example, French presses make the best coffee when the fresh coffee grounds are coarse.

Another thing to consider is the brew ratio. The Specialty Coffee Association recommends 9 to 11 grams of coffee per every 6 ounces of water for the best flavor and smoothness. Although it’s fine to use a coffee scoop to measure the grounds, SCA suggests using a kitchen scale for precise measurements.

How to Clean a Drip Coffee Maker

Just like many other appliances, your drip coffee maker needs regular cleaning. To clean it, fill the water reservoir with water and white vinegar (at a 1:1 ratio) and let it brew until the carafe is half-filled. Then rinse out any remaining vinegar-water residue.

If you like your machine to be more thoroughly cleaned, you can repeat the process as many times as you'd like. You may also consider descaling and deep cleaning the water tank regularly, as mineral buildup can clog your machines.

Meet the tester

Valerie Li Stack

Valerie Li Stack

Senior Staff Writer

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Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.

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