Whats The Best Coffee Maker of 2019? (Drip Coffee Makers)

Finding the best drip coffee maker is a difficult process, mostly because the “best” is different depending on what you need.

Below we'll show you exactly how to spot a great coffee machine from a bad one, and then we show you how to find the best coffee makers available right now. Then, all you have to do is brew coffee, knowing it will be amazing.

Note: The best coffee maker for you will depend on your preferences, so don't skip our buying guide.

TOP PICK: Technivorm Moccamaster (10-Cup Brewer with Thermal Carafe)

Technivorm Moccamaster

Makes the best tasting drip/filter coffee that a machine can possibly make (#1 choice of Baristas and its SCAA certified!). It's a bit of an investment but when you break down the price per cup over the long term it pays for itself. AND...it comes with a 5-year warranty. There is no reason to NOT love this drip brewer.

5 Tips for Choosing a Great Drip Brewer

Keep these tips in mind when looking for the best coffee maker for your home. It leaves with you the best chance of making the right choice.

Carafe Capacity

Do you only want a single cup of coffee in the morning, or do you need multiple? Is it just you drinking the coffee, or do you have a family in need? Figure out how much coffee you need to make at one time, then factor that in to your decision.

Don't overlook carafe capacity as it can be annoying to be under/over 'carafe-d'. You will find either 4, 10, or 14 cup carafes; 12, being the most popular.

In case you didn’t know, the “carafe” is the pot or container the coffee drips down in to. It is better to have a machine with a larger carafe capacity as you don't HAVE to fill it up. Some will brew into a glass carafe, but ideally yours will be brewing into a thermal carafe. We explain this a little more below.

Programming Features

Some drip brewers can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times, remain hot for so long before shutting off, and more. These functions can be handy if you’re the kind of person who likes to wake up to the smell of coffee, or who doesn’t want to be bothered to brew a cup in the morning. You just want the coffee to happen. We get it. We are not all morning people.

Most coffee makers can be programmed to turn on at a certain time. However, some of them brew extremely quickly and don’t need this feature. Determine whether or not you’d like this feature, and put it on your list of wants.

Ability to Pause Mid-Brew (to steal a quick cup)

Some brewers are able to be paused mid-brew, allowing you to pour a cup before it’s finished. If you’re the kind of person who needs their coffee ASAP, you may want to add this to your wish list. We’ve looked at a few that do this.

Me no worky without coffee? You'll need this feature.

If you’re the kind of person who rushes out the door in the morning, it can be easy to forget to turn the coffee machine off. That’s where this feature comes in handy.

Water Filters

Do you have a filter in your kitchen sink? If not, you’re probably making your coffee with less-than-stellar water, which takes away from the flavor. Fear not – some coffee brewers come with a built in water filter that makes your cup of joe taste even better. (1)

Keep in mind this comes with the added effort and expense of replacing the filters, so you may or may not want them. And if you already use a water filtration system, you don't need this.

Common Overlooked (yet important) Factors to Consider.

coffee maker on a benchtop

Now lots look at some of the jargon terms that are easy to skip over but are important in making the right choice. Again - let me remind you that we are only looking at drip brewers here - not manual coffee brewers (e.g. the French press) or Keurig machines.

Hot Plate vs Thermal Carafe

The question here is whether you want energy efficiency/better flavor or a more affordable price tag. 

Glass carafes tend to be cheaper but the hot plate heats the coffee further which over-extracts the oils and makes it taste bitterAdditionally, ​the warming plate has to be continually turned on to stay hot, which uses more energy.

A thermal carafe (which is a steel carafe) keeps the coffee at an optimum brewing temperature of 195-205 degrees for 1-2 hours, which some believe to keep a better flavor. It also saves some energy in the process. However, they tend to be more expensive.

Gold standard = thermal carafe. If you're serious about brewing amazing tasting drip coffee every day, you need a coffee maker with one of these.

Do you have a coffee grinder already?

ground coffee

You'll need a medium-coarse grind for a drip brewer

If you prefer freshly ground coffee (and you should) you have two options: Choose a machine with a built in grinder (like one of these) or buy a separate grinder. While coffee makers with in-built grinders are generally more expensive than brewers without grinders, it might still save you money over buying a separate grinder. Additionally, having both machines in one will save counter space.

But standalone coffee grinders are generally do a better job of grinding, and you can grind for other brew styles. Some people claim having a separate grinder is a must for the best flavor and the best size coffee grounds.

If you’re a stickler for the absolute best, or you want to experiment with other brew styles: buy a separate grinder.

SCAA Certification

Yes: the Speciality Coffee Association Of America is reviewing and certifying coffee gear now, including drip coffee machines (2). When a body like the SCAA has given something the stamp of approval; you know it's going to make great coffee.

"Developed by coffee science experts and professional coffee tasters, this program reviews brewers designed for in-home use to determine if they meet the rigorous requirements of brewed coffee quality as determined by the SCA" - Speciality Coffee Association Of America

Here's a video explaining a little more:

Oh, would you look at that? We've included a few of them on this list.

The 11 Best Drip Coffee Makers (2019 Picks)

With all these points in mind, here are the best drip brewers based on different needs.

Keep in mind however, we have NOT included:

IMAGEPRODUCTFEATURES
hg-table__imageMr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker
  • Glass carafe
  • 4 cup capacity
  • Reliable, simple, affordable brand that covers the basics
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hg-table__imageThe Cuisinart Perfect Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
  • Glass carafe<
  • 14 cup capacity
  • Fully automatic 24-hour programmability
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hg-table__imageZojirushi Fresh Brew (Plus Thermal Carafe) Coffee Maker
  • Thermal carafe
  • 10 cup capacity
  • Thermal carafe offers hot coffee for hours after being brewed
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hg-table__imageCuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker
  • Thermal carafe
  • 12 cup capacity
  • Built-in grinder allows for freshly ground coffee beans every time
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hg-table__imageBonavita 8-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Brewer
  • Thermal Carafe
  • 8 cup capacity
  • SCAA approved. One button means easy operation
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hg-table__imageTechnivorm Moccamaster 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe
  • Thermal carafe
  • 10 cup capacity
  • SCAA approved. Favoured among baristas and coffee experts
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hg-table__imageNinja Coffee Bar Brewer With Thermal Carafe
  • Thermal carafe
  • 8 cup capacity
  • Double insulated thermal carafe. Also makes cold drinks.
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hg-table__imageOXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Brewer
  • Thermal carafe
  • 9 cup capacity
  • SCAA approved. Imitates the pour over process
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hg-table__imageMr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup Thermal Coffee System
  • Thermal carafe
  • 10 cup capacity
  • Affordable thermal carafe option
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hg-table__imageHamilton Beach 49980A Brewer
  • Thermal carafe
  • 12 cups capacity
  • You can schedule it to brew up to 24 hours in advance
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hg-table__imageBUNN Velocity Brew Coffee Maker
  • Glass carafe
  • 10 cup capacith
  • Can brew a pot of coffee in under 3 minutes
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Best Budget Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee Switch Coffeemaker

Simple, cheap and effective. Mr. Coffee has always been a reliable and affordable brand that covers the basics. While it is very simple with next to no features, it gets the job done. However, with a mid-brew pause, it might have enough to keep you happy at its price.

It won't brew coffee quite like the other picks on this list, but if you're not a coffee snob it is a great option. Ideal for those who simply want a decent cup of joe at a great price, without the fancy stuff.

PROS

  • Small size won’t take up a lot of counter space.
  • Reusable basket filter means (don't need to buy tons of paper filters)
  • Pause feature lets you sneak a cup mid-brew.

CONS

  • You can’t program it to start in the morning.
  • It doesn’t brew using hot water at the ideal 195-205 degree temperature.
  • It makes 4 *5 ounce* cups (not 8 ounces) It only makes 2 normal sized cups.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 6.37” x 7.16” x 9.64”
  • Weight: 4.63 pounds
  • Materials: Plastic, with glass carafe
  • Capacity: 4-cups

Cuisinart Perfect Temp Coffeemaker

This 14 cup coffee maker has almost all the features you could want (without breaking the bank). It's one of the few that has a 14-cup steel carafe capacity within this price range. Plus, it has a sweet feature of temperature control, which customers love because it stops you scolding your coffee (and your tongue.)

Another 'wow' feature is the fully automatic 24-hour programmability. It has a self-cleaning feature, a 1-4 cup setting and auto-shutoff. Unfortunately, some people find that making 10+ cups of coffee pushes the coffee grounds in to your brew. That makes the 14-cup capacity really a 10-cup capacity if it does that to you.

If you’re looking for a simple, all-around good coffee drip maker to brew large batches of coffee, this is the one for you.

PROS

  • Tons of programmable features.
  • Includes a pause feature to allow sneaking a cup mid-brew.
  • Between the water filter and the optimum brewing temperature of ~200 degrees, the coffee tastes excellent.

CONS

  • Reusable filter means you’ll have to clean it often and may get some residue in your coffee.
  • There is no sensor to tell the machine whether the carafe is present for automatic brewing.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.75” x 9” x 14”
  • Weight: 4.63 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with glass carafe
  • Capacity: 14-cup capacity, (but lets call it 10-cup)

Best Value Thermal Coffee Brewer

Zojirushi Perfect Brew Coffee Maker

As mentioned earlier, thermal carafe’s offer fresher, hotter coffee that lasts longer than glass carafe’s. You’ll want a thermal brewer if you like to brew one pot and drink from it throughout the day. You'll save so much time NOT having to re-brew again and again (it adds up)

Thermal carafes tend to be expensive; but not the Zojirushi fresh brew! And it has many useful features; automated cleaning, a reusable basket filter and a removable water canister (a simple yet surprisingly handy feature). Many users DO report however: it IS large and takes up a lot of counter space. It also doesn’t have an aut-off feature which may or may not be a deal breaker.

Overall if you’re looking for an affordable thermal brewer, this option is for you. (as you're about to see; thermal brewers get quite expensive).

PROS

  • Thermal carafe offers hot coffee for hours after being brewed.
  • Reusable basket filter.
  • Automated cleaning (with indicator when cleaning is recommended) and all the programmability you need.

CONS

  • Rather large design takes up a lot of counter space.
  • Some users find the carafe doesn’t keep the coffee as hot as they would like.
  • The directions say you need to unplug it after every use.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 8” x 10.62” x 14.88”
  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 10-cup

Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffeemaker

This gorgeous 12 cup coffee maker has plenty of programmable features that will get you excited. The main one being; it grinds your beans automatically right before it brews (super fresh coffee).

However this is a double edged sword; you'll need to follow the directions and clean it often to keep it in tip top shape and tasting fresh (although many users say its easy to clean). The grind-and-brew might be your go-to if you want to save money and counter space on two machines in one.

PROS

  • Built-in grinder allows for freshly ground coffee beans every time.
  • All the programmability you need, including automatic shutoff after brewing.
  • Lets you control the strength of your coffee at the press of a button.

CONS

  • You have to clean and dry it often.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 7.86” x 12.7” x 15.86”
  • Weight: 14.99 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe​
  • Capacity: 12-cups

Bonavita Steel Coffee Brewer

The Bonavita BV1900TS is one of the most popular brewers on the market among serious drip coffee enthusiasts. It's SCAA APPROVED.

Why? The features; first of all, there is the thermal carafe that keeps your brew hot for hours (without burning it). Holes in the basket allow steam to escape from the grounds, and a pre-infusion setting allows your coffee to bloom before brewing (mimicking the pour over method). All this leads to friggen' amazing tasting coffee.

The one-touch button design makes it extremely simple to use, however this means no programmable features for those who like tweaking (although it makes amazing coffee. What else do you want?)

The Bonavita BV1900TS is for you if you want a mind-blowing pot of coffee that stays hot for hours and is simple to use. You'll see hundreds of great reviews for this online, so you know you're choosing something with a great track record

PROS

  • Large shower head for evenly wet grounds and better extraction.
  • Shower head, brew basket, and carafe all dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.
  • SCAA approved

CONS

  • With one button comes no programmability.
  • Does not automatically shut off.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 12.4” x 6.8” x 12.2”
  • Weight: 6.13 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe ​
  • Capacity: 8-cup

Best Overall Drip Coffee Maker

Technivorm Moccamaster

The Moccamaster is a beautifully designed drip brewer that you've most likely seen in high-quality 3rd wave coffee shops. Thats a statement itself (and this is my personal favorite drip brewer). It's at the higher end of the price spectrum; but it makes the best damn cup of coffee a drip brewer can possibly make. Again - this bad boy has been SCAA approved.

It uses all metal parts where it comes in contact with your coffee, and it’s easy to take apart to clean. It also has a 5 year warranty, so you won’t have to worry about it breaking down on you.

If you just want the best of the best: this is the brewer for you. Both this Moccamaster and the Bonavita (above) are my favorites.

"When you see a Technivorm Moccamaster in someone’s home, you know they’re serious about good coffee" - Whole Latte Love

PROS

  • Amazing coffee: SCAA approved.
  • All metal parts (in the brewing process) that come apart for easy cleaning.
  • Heating element shuts off automatically when water reservoir is empty.

CONS

  • You can’t program it to do anything automatically.
  • Not a small investment

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 15.25” x 11.5” x 6.75”
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 10-cup capacity

Ninja Coffee Bar

The ninja bar brewer gives you options. Maybe you feel like brewing a quick cup today, rather than waiting for a whole pot of 8 cups? Or maybe you want to tinker with the water amount to come up with a more or less rich brew? Or maybe you're bored with a standard black coffee and want to sip on a latter or a vanilla iced mocha for a change?

"You wish is my command" ... is what this brewer would say in response. (if coffee makers could talk)

This is not your standard hot and cold brewed coffee maker; it's a ninja that can do anything for you when it comes to coffee (almost anything; but not espresso). In terms of versatility - the Ninja bar brewer wins. Now go off and make a new exciting coffee with a few touches of a button - because you can.

PROS

  • Can brew a single cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe (8 cups) at the touch of a button
  • Double insulated carafe - your coffee WILL stay hot.
  • Smart flavor brew extraction technology - choose light or bold coffee flavor.

CONS

  • This machine may overwhelm you if you just want a cup of coffee.
  • Not the highest quality drip coffee.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 10.8” x 10.5” x 14.9”
  • Weight: 10.98 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel/plastic, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 8-cup capacity

OXO on Barista Brain Coffee Brewer

The OXO Barista Brain imitates the manual pour over coffee process for you to deliver you one clean, tasty and full bodied carafe of coffee. It brews coffee so good that it has been SCAA quality approved - this is not some made up rating; it's the real deal.

Think of it like this: you have a personal pour-over barista on call to brew you a Chemex on demand. But he won't charge you $8 per cup or give you attitude for your lack hipster-ness. Minimalistic style and quality coffee at the touch of a button.

Besides all that good stuff, this OXO is one of the best BPA-free coffee makers, a BIG plus in our opinion. 

PROS

  • Brews SCAA quality coffee (certified)
  • Super stylish 9 cup coffee maker
  • Works hard to maintain an optimal brewing temperature for great coffee

CONS

  • Slower than most brewers

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 8.3” x 15” x 17.2”
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 9-cups

Mr Coffee Optimal Brew Thermal Coffee System

This machine represents amazing value for money (but It won't come with all of the handy features that others on this list have). But it will do what you want it to do: make decent drip coffee, and keep your coffee warm at the right brew temperature.

It DOES have a few extra features that will make you smile: A delay start function, a 'grab-and-go' (allows you to pause mid brew and grab a cup) and an inbuilt water reservoir filter (improves the taste of your brew).

PROS

  • Grab a cup feature lets you be impatient while brewing and pull one cup out
  • Carafe keeps your coffee hot without burning it
  • Built-in filter in water tank

CONS

  • Other brewers on this list will brew a better quality coffee
  • Seems to create lot of steam as it brews. Don't use it under a kitchen cabinet or it may cause damage

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 14.12” x 11” x 9”
  • Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 10-cups

Hamilton Beach Brewer

The Hamilton Beach gives two options to brew: The 12 cup glass carafe or a travel mug. The carafe side is fitted with your standard coffee filter for drip brewing, and the cup side allows you to brew with pods - however its not compatible with K-cups.

It has a few notable functions that customers won't stop talking about (in a good way)

The pre-program function allows you to set your brew time up to 24 hours in advance so you can wake up to the smell of coffee. You can also adjust the extraction level to alter the taste of your brew whether you like it strong or weak tasting (all via the handy LED digital display). The Hamilton beach is a great 12 cup coffee maker for an affordable price. A favorite all rounder; It's just a shame it's missing a good Carafe.

PROS

  • Schedule it to brew up to 24 hours in advance
  • Brew a carafe or a travel mug
  • Great price

CONS

  • No thermal carafe
  • No permanent mesh filter for carafe brewing. You'll need to use paper filters, or buy your own mesh filter.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 13.69” x 11.44” x 15.44”
  • Weight: 11.85 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with thermal carafe
  • Capacity: 12-cups

Bunn Velocity Brew

The Bunn Velocity Brew coffee maker is one of the fastest coffee makers available (as the name suggests). It will brew a full pot of coffee in under 3 minutes. Just add your coffee and water, press a button, check your social media and your coffee is ready.

Is the quality of coffee sacrificed for speed? Probably, but not as badly as you'd think. Bunn is known for making great coffee machines (like these) so they have no cut corners with the velocity brew.

Features such as the commercial multi-spray head work hard to soak your grounds and improve the taste. It won't brew coffee like some of the others on the list, but it's the fastest option by minutes. If you are busy and rushed in the mornings, this may save you precious minutes...to drink more coffee. 

PROS

  • 3 minutes brewing time.
  • Still brews a decent cup

CONS

  • No thermal carafe.
  • Quality of coffee is slightly sacrificed.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 11.6" x 13.7" x 9.1 inches"
  • Weight: 8 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless steel, with glass carafe
  • Capacity: 10-cup capacity

FAQs

What is the best 12 cup coffee maker?

The best 12 cup coffee maker is the Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker. It has a built in grinder, and a high quality thermal carafe. This means your 12 cup of coffee will taste great, and stay hotter for longer. Great for large batch brews, or very caffeine addicted individuals.

Can a coffee maker make bad coffee?

Yes, a coffee maker can make bad coffee. If you use a cheap coffee maker, the resulting brew may be hard to improve. But always start with the coffee grinds. If you coffee tastes bitter, try using coarser grinds (because you've over extracted your coffee). You should also try using better quality water, or giving your coffee machine a good clean

Which drip coffee maker makes the hottest coffee?

All drip coffee makers should brew coffee at the optimal temperature which is between 195 F and 205 F. Any hotter than this and you will burn your coffee and thus, ruin it. If you want hot coffee, choose a machine with a thermal carafe. It will keep your coffee at the right temperature for longer.

Which drip coffee maker makes the best tasting coffee?

Drip coffee makers that have been SCAA certified make the best tasting coffee. There are 3 of these in the above list: The OXO Barista on Brain, The Bonavita BV1900TS, and the Technivorm Moccamaster. These have been certified by the Speciality Coffee Association of America and brew coffee at very high standards. 

What is the best single serve coffee maker?

Hamilton Beach 'The Scoop' Single Serve Coffee Maker is the best single cup brewer according to an overwhelming number of positive customer reviews online. You can find out more about single serve brewers here.


THE VERDICT: Whats the Best Coffee Maker?

With coffee - you get what you pay for. Therefore, when choosing something as crucial as your daily coffee maker, it pays to invest. You’ll be using it daily, right? Based on an overwhelming number of votes from coffee shops, customers and the SCAA, the award for best drip maker goes to the Technivorm Moccamaster.

Technivorm Moccamaster

Yes, it’s not as cheap as a Mr coffee machine, but if you break the price down to a per cup cost – you’re paying peanuts for a great quality coffee experience. Handmade in the Netherlands (3). SCAA approved. Its QUALITY. Enough said.

It’s designed to deliver the best-possible cup of coffee, it includes a high-tech carafe to keep your coffee at the ideal temp for longer, and it has a solid 5 year warranty – what’s not to love?


REFERENCES:

  1. MÄKELÄ, K. (n.d.). Coffee and Water – How to Use High Quality Water to Brew the Best Coffee. Retrieved from https://www.baristainstitute.com/inspiration/coffee-and-water-how-use-high-quality-water-brew-best-coffee
  2. SCAA Certified Home Brewers. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2019, from https://sca.coffee/certified-home-brewer
  3. About Technivorm. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2019, from https://technivorm.com/about/
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Alex is the Founder and Editor of Homegrounds.co. He is passionate about brewing amazing coffee at home, and teaching others to do the same.