Gear Guide: The Best Coffee Makers For Your Home

Having to deal with a frustrating coffee maker each and every morning is the #1 cause of being bummed out. Don’t worry about fact checking that. We already did the research. But seriously, a nice coffee maker really can make your morning just a little bit better by optimizing your route from sad and coffeeless to buzzing and caffeinated.

What We Look For in a Coffee Maker

  1. Water distribution. Water should be evenly distributed amongst the grounds to ensure full and even extraction.

  2. Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe. The coffee should be brewed directly into a thermal carafe to ensure it holds its temperature over time both after and during brewing. Heating/warming plates should generally be avoided as they tend to burn coffee after some time.

  3. Aesthetics. It’s likely that a coffee maker will sit on your kitchen counter year round. It should look nice!

The Best Coffee Makers for Your Home

1. Technivorm Moccamaster 40oz Coffee Brewer

With a 5-year manufacturer warranty and durable metal housing all around, the Technivorm is made to last. The filter basket has a switch allowing no water flow, restricted water low, and full water flow allowing you to some manual control over bloom and brew time.

SCAA Certified? Yes.

2. Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker

The shower head on the Bonavita provides an even distribution of water amongst the grounds offering full extraction of those sweet sweet coffee solubles. It has a single button to turn on the brewer making operation a breeze. Oh, and did we mention the carafe lid, filter basket, and shower head are all dishwasher safe?

SCAA Certified? Yes.

4. OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker 

The OXO has the sleekest design of the bunch with a single dial used to program the number of cups and up to 24-hour start timer. Unlike our other brewers, this one replicates the pour-over method so you may find your coffee’s flavoring to be more complex and representative of its origin. Also, just in case your microwave, stove, cell phone, and watch are not enough the OXO comes equipped with a digital clock so you always know what time it is.

SCAA Certified? Yes.

4. Hamilton Beach 12 cup Programmable Coffee Brewer

As might be expected, the Hamilton Beach is our budget pick, but for around only $45 it does pack a punch. The base of the machine rotates so you don’t need to reach under an annoying cabinet to fill the water reservoir. If you can’t wait for the whole pot to finish brewing, it will also pause brewing to allow you to fill a cup direct from the machine.

SCAA Certified? No.

5. Breville Precision Coffee Brewer

If you love customizing your brew parameters, then we sure do have a treat for you. The Breville Precision Brewer has it all. It comes with both cone and flat bottom filter baskets. Don’t like their filter baskets? No problem, just use your own pour over dripper (Kalita Wave, Hario V60, whatever!). It even accepts custom brew settings to control bloom, temperature, and water flow rate.

SCAA Certified? Yes.

Which Coffee Maker To Get

Our favorite pick and priced in the middle of the pack is the Bonavita for its simple one-touch operation, consistent quality, and thermal carafe that stays hot for hours. If money isn’t an option and you’re a bit of a control freak, then the Breville may be your best choice. And naturally if you happen to be on a budget or just can’t justify spending a hundred dollars on a coffee maker, go for the Hamilton Beach which can put up a fight against the others while still leaving you with some cash for quality beans.

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