Be Your Own Barista: We Review the Best Drip Coffee Makers for Your Home
Coffee is the fuel that drives many of us in the mornings. Coffee lovers will tell you tim and again that without a cup of their favorite brew they would struggle to function. For those who cannot palate the cost of the price of a daily cup of coffee from the trendy coffee shop, though, what are the alternatives?
Drip coffee makers are often listed as one of the must-have appliances for large and small kitchens because they can provide you with barista-quality coffee at an affordable price and with the convenience that modern life demands. What are the best drip coffee makers available? In this article we put a handful of the best under the spotlight to give you the lowdown on the pros and cons and to help you decide which one is right for you.
- 12-cup capacity
- Single-serve facility
- 24-hour programmable timer
- Adjustable brew strength
- 1-year limited warranty
- QuickTouch programming
- 12-cup carafe
- Sneak-a-cup feature
- Digital controls
- 2-year limited warranty
- 60 oz water reservoir
- 12-cup carafe
- Thermal Flavor Extraction
- 24-hour programmable delay timer
- 1-year limited warranty
- Brew strength control
- 24-hour programmability
- 14-cup glass carafe
- 1 – 4 cup settings
- 3-year limited warranty
We all know Ninja’s reputation in the world of blenders and juicers, but their coffee makers are pretty awesome too. This model has a 12-cup carafe but also has the facility to brew small batches of just 1 to 4 cups, which means that you don’t have to wait until the whole carafe fills before enjoying a fresh cup of your favorite coffee. The water reservoir is a large (60 oz) and removable, making it easier to fill and clean.
When it comes to flavor, Ninja employs something called Thermal Flavor Extraction, using a combination of consistent temperature, blooming, and saturation to ensure that the taste of the coffee is at its fullest. When you couple that with the flavor straw technology developed by Ninja, the coffee in the carafe is continuously circulated to ensure that every cup is the correct temperature and flavor.
Unfortunately, the price of the Ninja is on the high side. The carafe also sometimes drips coffee when you pour, and a replacement carafe could set you back almost half the price of the entire coffee maker.
- Large water reservoir
- Large or small batch brewing
- Thermal Flavor Extraction
- Flavor straw technology
- Replacement parts, especially the carafe, can be expensive
- Carafe spout leaks when you pour the coffee.
This Cuisinart model has a large customer following and sells in the thousands on Amazon. What sets this coffee maker apart is the 14-cup carafe capacity, which makes it the largest of all the coffee makers in the review. It also has a Gold Tone permanent filter so you won’t be shelling out for replacement filters at extra expense.
It has a self-cleaning facility, an adjustable keep warm function, a 60-second reset to recall previously selected settings if there is a loss of power, and auto shut-off to save energy. It also has a brew pause function that allows you to interrupt the brewing process if you are impatient to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.
Cuisinart has produced these drip coffee makers in an array of different colors, from silver to stainless steel and black, and it has one of the best warranties of any coffee maker on the market, at 3-years. On the downside, this machine is similarly priced to the Ninja so is not cheap. In addition, the coating on the warming plate tends to come away, and the water reservoir is awkward to fill as the gap is relatively narrow.
- Large capacity
- Strong sales on Amazon
- Brew pause function
- Great warranty
- Self-cleaning facility
- Quite expensive
- Warming plate coating flakes off
- Awkward to fill the water reservoir
This Mr. Coffee model has a stainless steel carafe for that just brewed flavor. It also benefits from a faster brewing process, with Mr. Coffee claiming that their machine completes the process 20 percent quicker than rival manufacturers. This drip coffee maker also uses a Gold Tone permanent filter to remove 97 percent of the water’s impurities so that you get a better tasting cup of coffee, and you don’t contribute to the increased landfill with disposable filters.
What makes this coffee maker stand out is the Fresh Brew Timer, which tracks the time that the coffee was brewed and indicates how fresh it still is. It features the usual array of functions, like a removable water reservoir, a lift out filter for easy cleaning, a pause and serve function, a timer and delay setting, as well as a 2-hour automatic shut-off.
It’s too bad, though, that the pots tend to leak when you pour the coffee, and some have stated that size of this coffee maker is so substantial that it isn’t suitable for those whose kitchens struggle for space. In addition, the carafe has a tiny opening that makes it difficult to clean.
- Stainless steel carafe
- Removable water reservoir
- Fresh Brew Timer
- Permanent filter
- Faster brewing time
- The pot tends to leak
- Difficult to clean the carafe
|Hamilton Beach 49980A Coffee Maker||Black+Decker CM1160B||Ninja Coffee Maker||Cuisinart DCC-3200||Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker|
|Removable Water Reservoir||X||X||✓||X||✓|
|Dimensions||10.6 x 12.2 x 13.7||8.2 x 12.2 x 11||8.74 x 9.94 x 14.61||7.8 x 9 x 14||14.12 x 11 x 9|
|Warranty||1-year limited||2-year limited||1-year limited||3-year limited||1-year limited|
Drip Coffee Maker Basics
If you are the sort of person who looks at their bank statements and wonders how you managed to spend so much at the local coffee shop, you might be the ideal candidate to purchase a drip coffee maker for your home. Getting that authentic taste is so important to some coffee aficionados that they will spend a fortune to get their caffeine hit. Imagine, though, being able to achieve that taste without the expense with your own drip coffee maker in your kitchen.
Drip coffee machines are convenient, cost-effective, and, above all, they can produce great tasting coffee. If you don’t have the time to wait in the mornings while the carafe fills with steaming coffee, simply set the delay timer before bedtime so that the coffee is ready and waiting for you when you wake.
Owning a drip coffee maker is a great way to ease your bank balance by reducing the amount of coffee shop consumption. Okay, so maybe your home coffee maker won’t brew you a skinny latte or a cappuccino, but it will deliver a good cup of strong filtered coffee to get your day off to the right start.
By far the best selling model is the Hamilton Beach 49980A Coffee Maker, and it’s not hard to see why: it has an auto shut-off feature, a 12-cup carafe, and a unique 2 way serving system that enables the user to select either an entire pot of coffee or a single serve for a travel mug for coffee on the go.
For those with a restricted budget, however, the Black+Decker CM1160B is a strong choice. It does everything that the other models do, but at a fraction of the cost. If money is no object, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 offers all the bells and whistles and has the largest carafe of any featured, at 12 cups.
So instead of spending money needlessly, try switching to a drip coffee maker and see what a difference it makes to your life. Regardless of which of these machines you choose, you are sure to be happy to have fresh coffee when you want it at a more budget-friendly price.