In this day and age, everyone should be waking up to a fresh steaming pot of coffee on the daily. Programmable coffee makers are an affordable luxury and your countertop deserves one.
Yet, also in this day and age, the choices are seemingly endless. If you’re tired of the limited selection of coffee makers at your local store, you may turn to online shopping. Now, you’ve skyrocketed from two to three options to hundreds.
Never fear — we are here to assist! Comb through our detailed reviews below to find the best 12-cup programmable coffee maker for your home. From the creme de la creme to budget-friendly picks, we’ve got it all!
Cuisinart is top-tier across the board. They make cookware and appliances that you can rely on. That’s why their 12-cup coffeemaker is our best choice.
Set the advance brew start up to 24 hours in advance. Either prep it the night before or even right after you finish your first pot of the day!
This particular model is backed by a limited three-year warranty. So if you’re a multiple carafes of coffee-a-day drinker, you’ll be set for quite some time!
It also is our best choice for its sleek brushed chrome design. It’ll look great on your countertop, maybe next to a mug tree to hold your favorite cups!
For our premium pick, we have to give it to a two-in-one brewer. With the Hamilton FlexBrew, you can brew a full 12-cup carafe or you can simply fill a travel mug before running out the door.
It doesn’t get more convenient than that, right?
We’re big fans of having choices, especially when it comes to our daily cup of joe. The FlexBrew goes even further with options and lets you choose between regular or strong brew strength.
Know what else makes this a super high-quality pick?
Because the FlexBrew only heats water when you’re ready to brew, it’s an energy saver. Making it a better choice for your wallet and the environment.
Stop scrolling! … If you’re here for the best bang-for-your-buck pick, that is.
You probably associate Ninja with their powerful blender line, but they’re pretty good at coffee, too.
This 12-cup capacity model keeps your carafe fresh and hot for up to four hours thanks to its adjustable warming plate.
Enjoy the convenience of the removable water reservoir. Fill all 60 ounces of it at the sink, then you’ll be good to brew for the work week!
The initial appeal of this Cuisinart model is all aesthetic. Copper stainless is a look. You have options though: cream, black, light grey, even gold!
But it’s not just another pretty face. The Perfectemp coffee maker delivers.
Enjoy hotter coffee thanks to its expert coffee-making technology. Choose between regular or bold brewing strength.
Use the handy brew-pause feature to sneak a cup before the full 12 cups brew.
If you’re looking for a classic coffee maker, the Black & Decker is the one for you.
Great-tasting coffee, ease of use, what more could you ask for?
Well, maybe a sneak-a-cup feature. Which it has.
Are you guilty of forgetting to turn off your coffee pot before leaving the house?
No worries — this machine has a two-hour automatic shutoff.
Ready for another classic-yet-sophisticated option?
The 12-cup programmable coffee maker from Boscare is as simple as you want. There are only six buttons on this countertop model.
Fill it with water, measure your ground, and set the programmable timer up to 24 hours in advance. You’ll wake up to that irresistible scent of steaming hot brew. You’ll practically float out of bed.
If your mornings are always rushed, don’t worry about switching off the coffee pot before you head out the door. After two hours, it’ll shut itself down for you.
Another reliable option from Black & Decker.
It’s got everything you love most in a programmable coffeemaker and nothing excessive or complicated. Set it up to brew your 12-cups whenever you need your fix. Use sneak-a-cup to grab yours before the full carafe brews.
And best of all?
It’s deeply affordable. It’s one of the most budget-friendly picks on our list. Your wallet will be doing a victory dance if this is the model you choose to bring home!
Let’s hear it for the k-cups.
This pick is for Keurig fans.
With the K-Duo you can brew a single cup or a full carafe. The carafe is thermal and will keep your coffee hot for two hours without burning it.
Since it’s a Keurig, you also get a ton of choices for cup sizes. From six ounces to twelve, the choice is yours.
The big draw of this KitchenAid model is, without a doubt, the 29-hole showerhead.
The spiral design evenly saturates your coffee grounds. Allowing for optimal extraction. Which leads to superior coffee flavor!
Another fun feature?
This coffee maker has two brew buttons. One on the front, one on the side. Meaning you have greater flexibility on how to position it on your countertop.
With the Braun BrewSense coffee maker, you can grab a cup at any time during the brew cycle — mess-free!
Choose from regular or bold for the brew strength. Have it your way, that’s what we’re talking about.
The built-in charcoal filter keeps your water purified and your coffee tasting fresh.
The Shardor is another affordable choice in your search for the perfect coffee maker.
Enjoy a mess-free experience whenever you need to grab a cup before the brew cycle completes. A lot of coffee makers have the sneak-a-cup feature, but they can’t all boast about being drip-free.
Make your life simpler (and more caffeinated!) with this affordable automatic option.
Everyone has heard of Mr. Coffee. They’re typically available at your local department store and affordable.
This is a slightly fancier offering from Mr. Coffee. But the added features make the (slightly) increased price tag so worth it.
The color-coding makes measuring a breeze. The two-step water filtration keeps your coffee tasting fresh and crisp. Then the four-hour freshness indicator saves you from accidentally drinking subpar coffee!
From how to prepare a better-tasting brew to common measurement questions, we’ve got you covered.
Even if you already love the taste of your automatic drip coffee, there are a few things you can do to take it a step further!
First things first:
Before you brew, make sure you start with a clean machine.
On average, brewing a full 12-cup carafe of coffee takes around 15 minutes.
If you’re short on time and need less, try brewing just 4 cups worth. That should only take around five minutes.
This depends on how strong you like your coffee. The rule of thumb is one tablespoon per six ounces of water for a lighter brew. Bump up to two tablespoons for every six ounces for a stronger cup.
For 12 cups, that means you’ll need between 12 and 24 ounces of ground coffee. If you don’t measure in ounces, this is the equivalent of ¾ to 1 ½ cups of coffee.
Scale down for a smaller carafe.
Interestingly enough, when talking about coffee a cup doesn’t equal the standard eight ounces. It’s less. If you’ve been drinking drip coffee for a while, you’ve likely noticed this discrepancy.
One cup of coffee is typically between five and six ounces.
A standard 12-cup carafe holds 60 ounces of coffee, so there’s your answer:
You get 12 five-ounce cups of coffee. 12 X 5 = 60 ounces.
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