If you’re a coffee drinker, then you likely aren’t fit for human interaction until you’ve had your first cup of the day. Or maybe that’s just us. Either way, for many people, coffee is the difference between functioning and not functioning, but that doesn’t mean any cup of Joe will do. With more options for coffee shops, brewing processes, beans, and added flavors than ever before, the world of coffee is rich with possibilities. That’s also the case for coffee makers. So, which one is right for you? No need to down two cups and spend hours researching online. We’ve already done that for you.
The type of coffee maker you need may not be the same one that your neighbor swears by. Do you live alone or need a carafe that can caffeinate five people every morning? Do you like to take your time making coffee, or do you want something that is programmed to start brewing as soon as you wake up? Is coffee your only vice, or do you want a machine that can also make espressos and cappuccinos? On that note, do you already have a coffee maker and are looking to add a dedicated espresso maker to your kitchen counter?
Whether you need a coffee maker that can stand up to daily use or something inexpensive that only gets pulled out from the pantry when you have guests, we’ve got the machine that’s right for you. Check out the ultimate list of the best coffee makers below. Happy sipping!
1. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
Brew hot or cold coffee or tea, espresso, cappuccinos and more with the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, the ultimate machine for those who don’t want to buy one appliance for every drink. The Ninja allows users to choose from multiple sizes of cups, starting with a single serving, all the way up to a travel mug and even a full-sized carafe. Plus, no more putting a jug of coffee in the fridge and waiting overnight, with the Ninja making cold brew in only 10 minutes. Featuring a smart basket, the Ninja will recognize the difference between ground coffee beans and loose leaf tea, while also including buttons that allow users to choose between Rich, Over Ice, Cold Brew, Herbal, Black Tea, Oolong, Green Tea and more.
Pros: No need to spend money on an expensive frother. Make lattes and cappuccinos at home with the Ninja, which has a built-in frother that produces silky and smooth foam in only seconds using either hot or cold milk.
Cons: The Ninja comes with a 50-ounce (10-cup) carafe, but it’s not dishwasher safe.
2. Nespresso by De’Longhi Lattissima Plus
For a Barista-grade coffee maker in your own home that doesn’t require hours of training, we recommend the high-end Nespresso Lattissima Plus. Using a patented espresso extraction system that creates a unique flow of water combined with a sturdy 19 bars of pressure, the Nespresso makes professional-quality espresso and coffee with every cup. With four preset beverage sizes and an automatic cappuccino system, the Nespresso is ideal for people who want espresso and cappuccinos quickly and without much effort. We like that the Nespresso has a milk tank that produces smooth foam for delicious cappuccinos (the milk tank should be cleaned after each use). Each Nespresso comes with a welcome pack of pods that allows users to try a variety of flavors.
Pros: The Nespresso features a 30-ounce water tank, which is large enough that you won’t need to refill the machine every time you want a cup of espresso or coffee.
Cons: The Nespresso is the most expensive coffee maker on our list and only accepts Nespresso pods, which can be pricey. The Nespresso has an energy-saving mode and adjustable auto-off timer that can be set between 9 minutes and 8 hours but can’t be programmed to turn on at a specified time each day.
3. Bialetti Moka Stove Top Coffee Maker
Bring the taste of Italy into your kitchen with the Bialetti Moka Stove Top Coffee Maker, which set the standard for making authentic Italian espresso. Users must first add cold water to the bottom chamber and ground coffee to the middle chamber, then place the Bialetti on the stove top. Once the water heats to a boil, it’s pushed up and through the coffee grounds and into the top chamber for rich and bold espresso or coffee.
Pros: Made with aluminum in the classic Bialetti octagon shape, the Moka features the patented Bialetti safety valve and takes less than one minute to brew.
Cons: The Bialetti makes 9.2 ounces of coffee, which is enough for six espressos, but only one cup of regular coffee and therefore isn’t ideal for use as a standard coffee maker for more than one person. The Bialetti is also more time consuming than electric drip coffee makers and is not dishwasher safe.
4. Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker
For better control of heat and coffee strength than electric drip coffee makers, try a coffee percolator with the Bellemain 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker. Designed for espressos or single cups of coffee, the Bellemain works similar to the Bialetti to make Italian-style espresso and coffees. The Bellemain is easy and safe to use thanks to its safety valve and stay-cool handle and lid knob. Use Moka-style or finely ground coffee to get a hot drink in less than five minutes.
Pros: With a 12-ounce capacity, the Bellemain is slightly larger than the 9.2-ounce Bialetti.
Cons: Like the Bialetti, the Bellemain must be cleaned and thoroughly dried after each use and is not safe for use in the dishwasher.
5. OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
Do you love pour-over coffee but not the long wait time and labor-intensive process? Same. That’s why we like the OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Maker, which takes the pour-over coffee method and simplifies it for users. Combining a microprocessor-controlled brew cycle that is a replica of the pour-over process, coffee is dispersed through the OXOs rainmaker shower head into a carafe filled with evenly flavored coffee. The double-walled carafe can hold nine cups of coffee and can be placed on a counter or tabletop, making it great for large gatherings or meetings. The OXO comes with an intuitive LED face that lets users know the freshness of the coffee, indicating when its time to make a new pot.
Pros: The OXO is centrally controlled with one knob, which allows users to easily set the time they want their coffeemaker to begin brewing and the number of cups of coffee they want to be brewed.
Cons: The OXO requires disposable paper filters. It also comes with a high price tag and is designed only to make coffee as opposed to other machines on our list that can make espresso, teas and more.
6. EspressoWorks 7 Pc All-In-One Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker
Feel like a barista in your own home with the EspressoWorks 7 Pc All-In-One Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker. The EspressoWorks has everything you need to make the perfect espresso or cappuccino. Get the freshest espresso possible and grind your own beans using the electric coffee grinder included in the set. Select the strength of your espresso with the single or double-shot baskets and the 15-bar pump system. Measure your grinds correctly using the spoon and tamper. Make a cappuccino using the built-in frother and stainless steel frothing mug. We also like that the EspressoWorks comes with conveniences, like two porcelain mugs, a one-touch on and off button and a removable water tank that makes it easy to keep the EspressoWorks filled.
Pros: Using a Thermoblock heating system, the EspressoWorks is ready to make espresso or cappuccino in less than 45 seconds. LED indicators also make it easy for users to know when the EspressoWorks is ready to brew and steam.
Cons: The EspressoWorks requires some know-how from users, is labor-intensive and does not make a traditional cup of coffee.
7. Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Keep your coffee hot and fresh for up to four hours with the Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, which features a 24-hour programmable delay that makes it easy to set the time and amount of coffee you want to be brewed ahead of time. The Ninja features a 60-ounce water reservoir, one of the largest tanks for electric coffee makers, which makes for a convenient way to keep the coffee maker filled and ready to brew. The Ninja also includes an advanced boiler that makes coffee at the ideal heat to get the best flavor from the beans. Users can choose between making a small batch or full carafe and a classic or rich brewing style.
Pros: Unlike the OXO that uses paper filters, the Ninja has a reusable filter that should be rinsed between uses. The Ninja also features a BPA-free plastic carafe.
Cons: The Ninja makes a beeping noise when the coffee is ready, which cannot be turned off.
8. Cuisinart Brew Central
For large groups, we recommend the Cuisinart Brew Central. With a large capacity carafe that can brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once, the Cuisinart quickly brews rich and robust coffee in minutes, while also featuring a Brew Pause that lets users remove the carafe and pour a cup of coffee while the Cuisinart is still brewing. The Cuisinart has taken into consideration the weight of pouring hot coffee from a 12-cup carafe and designed the carafe with an ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard. The Cuisinart includes a charcoal water filter to help remove impurities from water and cord storage. The Cuisinart has a reusable filter that also fits paper filters and an indicator light that lets users know when it’s time to clean the machine.
Pros: The Cuisinart has a programmable auto shut-off between 0 to 4 hours, unlike the Ninja which only offers an auto-shutoff after two hours of inactivity.
Cons: The Cuisinart does not make espresso or espresso-based drinks.
9. Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker
For a coffee maker that is easy to use, affordable, and doesn’t take up much counter space, we recommend the Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker. Perfect for a single or double family household or for personal use in an office, the Mr. Coffee features a stain-resistant warming plate and a removable and reusable filter basket. Mr. Coffee has dual water windows that make it easy to see how much water you’re pouring in, ensuring the reservoir does not overflow. We also like that the Mr. Coffee includes a Grab-A-Cup auto-pause that will stop dripping coffee when the carafe is removed even if it’s not done brewing.
Pros: The glass carafe, filter basket and lid can all be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Cons: The water filter disc is not dishwasher safe. Mr. Coffee is also the smallest electrical drip coffee maker on our list and not ideal for large groups.
10. AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Portable Electric Hot Water Kettle
Is the AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Portable Electric Hot Water Kettle a coffee maker? Technically no. So, why is it on our list? Because it’s the perfect partner for French Press or instant coffee lovers. The 1L kettle is powered by 1,500 watts for a fast heating time. The cordless carafe makes it easy to remove from the base, which is an added convenience when mugs or the French Press carafe is not within arms’ reach.
Pros: The kettle features several safety built-ins, including an automatic shutoff with boil-dry protection, BPA-free food-contact materials, and a water window that makes it easy to not overfill.
Cons: Like we said, the AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Portable Electric Hot Water Kettle isn’t technically a coffee maker, but it’s great for quickly heating water for coffee, tea, dry soup, hot chocolate and more.