If you’re like many coffee drinkers, you grab a ready-to-drink cup of joe on your way to work. You barely taste it, slugging it down during your commute. Or maybe you have a Keurig, so you can brew a lightning-fast cup of brown water for your travel mug. So gross.
If you’re a regular Roasty reader, you already appreciate a delicious, intentionally prepared coffee. Maybe you make yours with your trusty French press, or spend precious morning moments watching your coffee come to life in your glass pour over brewer. Whatever you use to brew your coffee, you take your time and do it right.
Settle in, because we’re about to break down how to buy the best coffee maker for your kitchen.
Whether you start your day with a plastic cup from a drive-thru or you grind your own beans at five every morning, sometimes your morning would flow much more smoothly if you could just count on a great cup of coffee from a drip coffee maker. Just supply the beans and water, then let it do all the work for you. But can a drip machine really brew great coffee?
Today’s best drip coffee makers filter water, grind beans, control water temperature, generate the coffee bloom, and keep your coffee hot while you blow through your morning routine.
We scoured the internet and found the best drip coffee makers that deliver java to rival your favorite cup of French press coffee, and they’re all right here. All you have to do is choose the one you like best!
Ninja Hot & Cold Brew System
Sitting on my home counter right now is an amazing pseudo dual coffee machine from Ninja. Full disclosure – we received this item for free so we could test it out – and it has performed beautifully.
Versatility is the word that comes to mind, as this thing can make just about any drink you can think of with a built in milk frother, 6 different brew sizes, and 5 different brew styles that do completely different things based on whether you’re making a standard pot of coffee or a flat white.
In fact, lately I’ve been on a Bulletproof Coffee kick where I’m adding butter and coconut oil to my coffee. I’ve discovered that the frother on this Ninja eliminates the need for using a blender. I just put the butter and oil in my mug, fill it half full with coffee and then froth it with the built in wand. Finally, I top it off with more coffee and I’m ready to go.
So if you’re a Bulletproof Coffee maker, this is the coffee maker you want.
I’m telling you – this thing can do it all and it makes an excellent cup of coffee (which is all I use it for 90% of the time).
Breville Precision Brewer
Breville sent us one of these to try first-hand, and it’s another drip coffee maker you simply can’t go wrong with. If you like to keep things simple, there are a number of preset modes including Gold (uses temperature and brew time from SCA), Fast, Strong, Iced and Cold Brew. Just pick one and press a button.
If you’re a bit of a control freak, go nuts with controlling bloom time, water temperature, flow rate and even your local weather forecast! Ok, you still can’t control the weather, but for a drip coffee maker this thing has a ton of options while remaining simple to use.
Fans of pour over brewing rejoice! This drip coffee maker features a pre-infusion setting, which allows your coffee to bloom before brewing, mimicking the pour over method. It maintains perfect water temperature—between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit—for optimal brewing.
The hot plate stays on for 40 minutes. And with the eight-cup, stainless steel carafe, your coffee will stay hot without burning for a good, long time.
Technivorm Moccamaster KB 741
Created by Dutch industry leader Technivorm and backed by a five-year warranty, this drip coffee maker is built to last. The aluminum body and ten-cup glass carafe even have an industrial look to them. If you ever need stateside repairs, you can even get it serviced in their U.S. service center.
The Technivorm Moccamaster features a copper boiling element that keeps water at the perfect temperature and shuts off automatically after brewing. Manual drip stop control lets you stop flow to pour a quick cup, or restrict flow to slow brewing time. The separate hot plate element stays between 175 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your coffee piping without burning for 100 minutes.
Bunn Speed Brew Elite
Need your cup of go juice on the double, but don’t want to lose flavor? The Speed Brew Elite by BUNN is the perfect drip coffee maker for the person who sprints out the front door in the morning. All you need to do is add grounds, water, and touch one button, then just three minutes later you’ll have a fresh, ten-cup pot of coffee.
The commercial-style, multi-stream spray head fully soaks grounds for better taste. It even has an always-hot stainless steel water tank, so it’s always ready to brew, but you can flip the vacation switch when you won’t need it standing by.
Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp
If you’re looking for a capable drip coffee maker with a more accessible price tag, the PerfecTemp should be on your short list. It’s an improvement over previous models that gets coffee hotter without burning it. The stainless steel machine boasts a 14-cup glass carafe, but you can set it to brew one to four cups.
The charcoal water filter and bold brew option enhance taste, while a scale indicator light lets you know when to clean your coffee maker. If you like your coffee ready and waiting for you when you wake up, you’re in luck. The PerfecTemp lets you program brewing up to 24 hours in advance.