Best Drip Coffee Makers, According to Our Test Kitchen
For a lot of us, coffee is what helps us start the day. Not everyone takes their coffee the same way—and some people are more particular than others. Getting that first sip right shouldn't be hard, but in the world of coffee makers, there's a lot to choose from. To make it easy for you, we tested a lot of coffee makers (and tasted a lot of coffee) to find the machine that can make a great cup of joe. Here are our picks for the best drip coffee makers so you can start your morning off right.
What to Look for When Buying a Drip Coffee Maker
Everyone has different ideas of what makes a great cup of coffee. Some like a light roast served black while others prefer a dark roast with heavy cream and sugar. Coffee makers are as varied as taste preferences, but there are a few things to consider when buying a drip coffee maker.
Size of the Pot
Whether you drink a few cups of coffee a day or you serve your family a big pot every morning, consider the size of the carafe and whether or not the brewer can adjust its output. Some coffee makers are designed to brew a single cup at a time while others can brew a big pot as well as make a single serving.
Old-school coffee makers have one button, one filter basket and one size pot to make coffee. If you like to keep it simple, those basic coffee makers are still available and reasonably priced, but modern coffee makers can be much more sophisticated. Many coffee makers now offer a setting that allows you to increase the strength of a cup or pot of coffee. If there's more than one coffee drinker in your household, a brew strength button is something to look for to accommodate all tastes.
Water quality, including how hard or soft your water is, can affect the taste of coffee. In particular, very hard water can make your coffee taste off. If you live in an area with hard water and you don't filter your water yourself, look for coffee makers with a charcoal filter.
Some people like having coffee ready as soon as they wake up. If you need your caffeine ASAP, look for a coffee maker with an automatic start option, which allows you to set a timer for when the coffee maker starts brewing.
Best Drip Coffee Makers
This is our list for the best drip coffee makers.
- Best Automatic Drip Coffee Maker: Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker
- Best-Tasting Drip Coffee Maker: Moccamaster KBGV Select
- Best Affordable Drip Coffee Maker: Black & Decker
- Best Dual Coffee Maker: Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker
- Best Single-Cup Drip Coffee Maker: Bella One Scoop, One Cup Coffee and Tea Maker
Read on for what makes these coffee makers the best, as well as the ones that deserve an honorable mention.