The clean look of white appliances helps to give your kitchen a classic vibe. White is a popular color for coffee makers, and you’ll find options in just about every brewing method and price point. Let’s check out some of our favorites (we think you’ll find a favorite on the list, too!).
Stovetop espresso is a classic way to make rich coffee at home, and the Grosche Milano has a look to match its flavor. Its handle and lid knob have an elegant wood grain finish and stay cool while you’re brewing for easier pouring.
The Grosche Milano is a convenient choice for both home kitchens and traveling. Its aluminum build is lightweight and durable and it can be used on any heat source, even induction burners.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 has a powerful heating element, brewing coffee hot and keeping it at that perfect temperature on the built-in warming plate for up to 4 hours.
This Cuisinart drip brewer is a convenient choice, too. It’s fully-programmable, has an automatic cleaning function, and comes with a gold-tone filter so there’s no need to mess with paper filters.
If you’re looking for a straightforward automatic drip machine, this Mr. Coffee coffee maker is simple and affordable without sacrificing taste or quality. Its simple on/off operation, removable filter basket, and dual water windows all make it an easy coffee maker to use.
The OXO Brew Pour-Over system lets you make flavorful pour-over without specialized equipment or techniques. Its innovative water tank distributes the water evenly over the grounds, consistently delivering the ideal water flow and brew time.
Like other pour-over drippers, the OXO Brew sits right on your mug for simple single-cup brewing. The included lid keeps the temperature consistent throughout the brew and doubles as a tray for the dripper when you’re done.
For 1-2 person households, the Mr. Coffee DR4-RB brews the ideal amount of coffee, cutting down on waste and saving space compared to larger automatic drip machines.
You’ll find the same convenience features on this compact Mr. Coffee brewer that come on their larger models, like a stain-resistant keep-warm plate and removable filter basket.
The BUNN Velocity Brew makes a full carafe in about 3 minutes—two times faster than most drip machines. Its stainless steel hot water tank maintains a consistently hot brew, with a hanging filter basket and showerhead distributor for maximum flavor extraction.
The carafe included with the BUNN Velocity Brew is as innovative as the brewer. Its unique spout guides the coffee into your cup for drip-free serving.
The Mixpresso Espresso Machine has a small counter space footprint and an eye-catching design, so it’ll fit in your kitchen both size-wise and aesthetically.
The 1,400-watt heater on the Mixpresso Espresso Machine reaches optimal brewing temperature quickly, with a 19-bar pump that extracts all the flavor from coffee capsules. Programmable espresso and lungo settings let you customize your drink to match your tastes.
The Toddy Cold Brew system comes with everything you need to make a smooth, low-acid coffee concentrate. It’s delicious over ice, or can be diluted with hot water for a cup of joe that won’t upset sensitive stomachs.
While cold brewing takes longer than other methods, you don’t have to do it every day. Brew up a batch every week or two and you’ll always have coffee ready to go in the fridge.
The Staresso Portable Espresso Maker can brew bold shots with thick crema anywhere you have access to hot water. It’s compatible with Nespresso pods as well as ground coffee, brewing up to 80ml (2 shots) in each batch.
The stable base of this Staresso coffee maker means it’s easier to use without spilling than hand-held portable espresso makers. It’s also nicely self-contained, with a rugged, road-worthy build.
A lot of factors in choosing a coffee maker are personal. Your lifestyle, kitchen layout, and taste in coffee are all important things to think about when you’re deciding which brewer to buy.
Here are some of the key factors you should consider to help you buy the best coffee maker for your home:
With manual brewers, it’s up to you to get the right water temperature. Automatic machines do this on your own, so you want to get one that will brew coffee in the ideal range.
The optimal temperature range for hot brewing methods is between 195°F and 205°F. Too cool and it won’t extract all of the flavors; too hot and it can scorch or boil the coffee, making it taste bitter and burnt.
If you’re buying an automatic drip machine or pod brewer, double-check to make sure it gets hot enough. Some high-end machines even let you adjust the temperature, giving you more control over the final flavor.
Bigger isn’t always better. If you’re the only coffee drinker in your household, a single-serve brewer will make the ideal amount without taking up a ton of space.
Automatic drip brewers typically offer the widest variety in brew size. Many 12-cup brewers have a small batch function and can make anywhere from 1 to 12 cups in a batch. That’s perfect if you mostly drink single cups but want the option of full carafes when you have friends over.
Hot brewing methods can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes to finish brewing. Ten minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but you might feel differently when you’re trying to run out the door in the morning.
Some automatic drip brewers have a programmable timer and can be set to automatically start brewing at a certain time. This serves the same function as a fast brewing time, sparing you the need to wait for your coffee to finish.
Single-serve brewers are the fastest home brewing method, Pour-over is fairly quick, too (2-3 minutes) though you’ll need to babysit it more during the process.
Electronic brewers have a lot of moving parts, and that means more that can wear out and break over time. This gives them an average lifespan of around 5-10 years.
Manual brewers like pour-over drippers and stovetop espresso makers have a simpler design. Barring damage from drops, impacts, or poor maintenance, they can theoretically last you a lifetime.
Stainless steel and aluminum are the best materials if you’re looking for durability, though high-quality plastic comes in at a close third.
It does. Coffee is a complex beverage. The flavor we think of as “coffee” is a combination of oils, acids, and other compounds.
How the coffee is ground and brewed changes which of those flavor notes get extracted, so you’ll definitely taste the difference in your cup.
Pressure-based brewers like espresso makers force hot water through the ground coffee, speeding up the extraction. The result is a thick, concentrated brew with a strong flavor. Many people find espresso too intense on its own and dilute it with milk or water before drinking.
Filtered brewing methods, such as drip and pour-over, produce a smoother, more nuanced cup of coffee. These are the best brewers for those who like a balanced cup that’s ready to drink straight from the carafe.
The cold brewing method takes the longest—you’ll need to let the coffee soak for 18-24 hours to get full flavor extraction. It’s also the smoothest and least acidic brewing method, though.
Some of the acidic compounds in coffee won’t extract below a certain temperature. These are also the acids that turn bitter when hot-brewed coffee is re-heated, so cold brew maintains its flavor better in the long-term, along with being easier on your stomach.
There are tons of brewing methods out there, and each one has its strengths and ideal uses. No one coffee maker is perfect for everyone. Experiment with different styles if you’re not sure which one you like the best.
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