Stainless steel is an ideal material for coffee makers because it’s durable, easy to maintain, and won’t affect the flavor of your brew.
You can find stainless steel coffee makers in a range of designs and styles, from manual French presses to automatic espresso machines. Let’s check out our top picks!
This compact automatic drip machine from Black+Decker brews up to 12 cups into the included thermal carafe. Its easy controls and programmability make it one of the most convenient stainless steel coffee makers available on the market. Coffee stays hot for hours after brewing, no need for a warming tray.
Here’s another excellent automatic drip brewer. This Cuisinart coffee maker uses stainless steel for both the brewer housing and the carafe. It’s both more durable and easier to clean than plastic brewers, with excellent heat retention from the double-walled carafe. It also has the convenience features most people expect from a coffee maker, like 24-hour programmability, automatic shutoff, and no-mess pause and pour functionality.
Stainless steel is a great choice for manual brewers, too. This Mueller French Press uses a similar double-walled design to the thermal carafes included with the auto drip brewers above. Not only does it keep coffee hot longer than glass French presses, it’s also drop-proof, rust-proof, and built to last for years. Its filter design is innovative, as well, with 3 screen layers to prevent any grit from getting in your cup.
This Secura French press has a sleek design and big capacity that make it a great choice for entertaining. It’s made of professional-grade materials that will stand up to years of regular use. We also love how easy it is to both use and clean. For pouring, there’s a stay-cool knob and handle and a no-drip spout. The filter is easy to assemble for cleaning or replacing screens and every component can be washed in the dishwasher.
This Presto electric percolator brews up to 12 cups of rich, flavorful coffee anywhere you have access to an outlet. The heating element in the base both brews the coffee and keeps it hot until you’re ready to drink it. You don’t have to guess when the brew is finished like with manual percolators, either, thanks to the indicator light on the base.
The Cuisinart CPO-850 automates the pour-over brewing approach so you can enjoy all its flavor benefits without any of the extra work. Its brew temperature and strength controls let you customize the brew to suit your tastes. You can also program the brew to start a day in advance, adjust the auto-shutoff time, and pour mid-cycle with the Brew Pause feature. It’s our top choice in stainless steel brewers if you want both great taste and convenience.
The Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew is a sleek, modern automatic drip brewer. A built-in water filter removes chlorine and other contaminants that can affect the flavor of your brew. The automatic cleaning function helps here, too, keeping oils and other build-up from affecting the coffee’s taste over time. It’s a user-friendly option, too, with simple programming controls and removable components that are easier to fill and clean.
The Braun Sense Thermal Drip Coffee Maker is another great option if you’re looking for a stainless steel automatic drip brewer. Its main advantage is that it provides a reliable, consistent brew, regardless of the batch size. You’ll get the same great flavor pouring mid-cycle as you will waiting until the brew is finished, and that flavor won’t change after brewing, either.
This Primula stovetop espresso maker uses stainless steel for all the components that come in contact with the coffee, with a silicon knob and handle that stay cool throughout the brewing process. It can be used with any heat source, and it’s also a durable and portable option. That makes it a great choice for RVs and campers along with home users looking for an excellent stovetop espresso maker.
The design of the carafe of this Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker prevents drips while pouring better than most, and keeps the heat trapped inside for hours after brewing. We also appreciate the filter design, which minimizes dry patches for a more even flavor extraction. Its customization options include 3 strength levels from regular to robust, along with a timer to set the brew time up to a day in advance.
The stainless steel housing of this Bosenkitchen Coffee Maker will look great in any modern kitchen. It wipes off easily and resists fingerprints, too, so it’s easy to keep it looking nice. Cleaning the inside is easy, too, thanks to the automatic self-cleaning.
If you want to brew true espresso at home, this one-group espresso maker from Gevi is our top option. It reaches the same 15 bars of pressure you’d get from professional machines, so you’ll get rich espresso with full crema. The intelligent temperature control has separate thermostats for the group head and steam wand, ensuring the best taste from all the drinks you make.
The Hamilton Beach Scoop is our top choice for a stainless steel single-serve brewer. It uses a unique scoop filter design that’s easier to fill and helps you get the perfect coffee to water ratio. You can brew quickly with it, too, producing a 14-ounce brew in less than 3 minutes (or an 8-ounce cup in only 90 seconds).
As we said in the intro, stainless steel is one of the best materials you can use for a coffee maker from both a flavor and a durability standpoint. The main benefits are:
Not every coffee maker is the right choice for every user. There are two main factors to consider when you’re choosing which one to buy: the brewing method and the machine’s capacity.
You have a few options to choose from on the list above. Drip machines are the general standard in most homes because they’re easy to use and often have convenient programming features.
If you want a slightly bolder brew, French press can be a great choice. It’s the simplest of the manual brewing methods, requiring only a bit more time and attention than automatic drip but producing a richer, stronger cup.
Espresso machines require the most labor and also take up more counter space. A percolator or stovetop espresso machine can be a great alternative in both regards. They take a bit longer to brew than pump-driven espresso machines but produce a similarly thick, strong brew, and are both more compact and easier to use.
A large 12-cup coffee maker is great if you’re brewing a pot for a large group. On the other hand, smaller single-serve makers are more compact and convenient for those who only need to brew one cup at a time.
If you want the versatility to brew single cups or large batches, look for a 10- or 12-cup coffee maker with a small batch setting. While these will be larger than single-serve brewers, they’ll ensure the flavor of the coffee is the same regardless of how much you’re brewing.
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