You already know that coffee makers are important, no matter if you prefer a morning cup of coffee or a afternoon cup of coffee. There are now more choices than ever because of the increased availability of specialty coffee drinks like cold-brew and lattes.
We brew two pots of coffee in each machine to determine which one is the best. Then we record the brew time, temperature, and how long the coffee stays warm for. Consistency is also important, just like we do with single-serve coffee machines. We also conduct a sensory testing as part of our brew test. This allows us to get as many people to taste the coffee and give their notes.
We score a variety of factors, including ease-of-use and performance. This includes how easy it is for users to access the controls, use the water tank, read the markings, clean the carafe, and access the water tank. These are the top coffee machines that you can purchase in 2021, out of many we tested:
Breville Precision Brew is a coffee maker that brews coffee at the perfect temperature and brew time. The Breville Precision Brew’s outstanding performance is only part of what makes it stand out. It also offers many options, including the ability to brew single cups, over ice, cold-brew, and pour-over coffee.
You can adjust the coffee maker to set the brewing temperature, bloom time, and flow rate for a perfect cup of coffee. For those who have sensitive taste buds or prefer flat-bottom filter baskets, it also comes with both cone and flat-bottom filters. The brew time is fast, allowing it to make 12 cups of coffee in just eight and a quarter minutes. It also produced a more hot and delicious cup of coffee, with one of our highest taste scores.
This thermal carafe kept your coffee hot throughout the two hour period, unlike other thermal cafes. The extra-large opening of the water tank made it easy to fill and prevent spillage. Breville didn’t skimp on details. The plug has a loop that makes it easy to pull from the wall. And the sleek stainless steel design won’t be an eyesore.
- Brews at different temperatures and times
- Both flat-bottom and cone filter baskets available
- Sleek design
- Small footprint
- Hand washing is required for Carafe
- There are not many features
The Best Value Coffee Maker
This coffee maker was a top performer due to its temperature and brew time. It’s also one the most affordable on the list. It can be programmed, makes up to 12 cups of coffee hot and keeps it warm for two hours. Although it is simpler than other coffee makers, it is one of the most intuitive. It measures just over 6 inches in width and 13.5 inches in length.
The digital display is accompanied by a 24-hour automatic brew feature that will make your mornings hot with steaming coffee. It also has a sneak-a-cup function that allows you to quickly grab a cup of coffee. This feature temporarily stops the flow of coffee so you can pour your coffee in a cup.
- Great value
- Keeps coffee hot for up to two hours
Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker
You will love appliances that are simple and straightforward. The Bonavita One Touch is a great choice if you like appliances that are minimalistic and uncomplicated. It brewed eight cups in seven minutes according to our Lab tests. This makes it easy to grab a cup and get going for those mornings when you are in a hurry. The stainless steel thermal carafe is included, but it doesn’t keep the coffee hot for two hours. It’s best to not leave it there.
- It is simple to use
- Brew time: Fast
- Coffee should not be kept hot for more than two hours
CoffeeTeam TS Coffeemaker
The coffee maker grinds whole beans with a steel conical burr grinder. Once the coffee is ready, it automatically begins brewing. You can choose from five grind settings. You can also brew pre-ground coffee if you run out of whole beans.
The machine was rated as one of the best-tasting coffee makers we tested. It makes a delicious and hot cup of coffee, with a quick brewing time. The machine has a large opening in the water tank, and clear-tiered measures that mark two to ten cups. It is important to remember that the thermal carafe does not keep coffee hot for more than an hour.
- Built-in grinder for fresh coffee
- Adjustable brew strength
- Pre-ground coffee is an option
- The thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for one hour
Mini Drip Coffee Maker 5-Cup
This great coffee maker is for those who only need to make a few cups at a time and don’t want to use a single-serve. The Capresso 5-cup Mini is simple to use compared to other coffee machines. It has tons of features, making it very easy to use. The key features include being programmeable, keeping coffee warm for up to two hours, and automatic shut-off so that you don’t have to worry about it turning off when you leave the house.
Although it brewed the coffee hotter than other coffee makers, small coffee makers are more prone to brewing at high temperatures. The tradeoff is that the coffee maker is small and doesn’t take up much counter space. Also, if you are in a hurry, the whole pot can be ready in less than 10 minutes. The carafe can be washed in the dishwasher and the lid flips open for easy cleaning.
- It is easy to use and very clean
- Automatic shut-off and two hour warm-up
- It does not brew coffee as hot as other coffeemakers
Easy Measure 12-Cup Coffeemaker
This Mr. Coffee model is a simple, easy-to-use coffee maker. It was simple to prepare and easy to use in our testing. The color-coded measuring spoon ensured that the correct amount of coffee grounds were poured into the filter, based on the water level. You won’t have to wonder how long your coffee has been kept warm. The coffee was hot.
- Fillable and easy to use
- Digital display allows you to keep warm
- Measurement system that is foolproof
- There is no automatic shut off
Specialty coffee maker
This Ninja is a great choice for espresso-based drinks. The concentrated coffee function and attached milk frother allow it to make macchiatos, lattes, and cappuccinos. It also has the ability to brew rich, classic, and iced coffees in many sizes, including single-serve, full-size, half-carafe, and full-size. The water was able to heat up quickly and brew at the right temperature. It can keep your coffee hot for up to two hours, so there’s no reason to worry about it getting cold.
Although the machine uses images rather than traditional markings to identify different cup sizes and carafe sizes for each cup, we found that the control panel was easy to use. The machine has a removable water tank that can be attached to it so it doesn’t get lost and it comes with a measuring spoon. We also liked the small details such as side grips for easier handling. Although the glass carafe was very easy to use, it is not dishwasher safe. You can also get it with a thermal cup.
- Macchiatos, macchiatos, and cappuccinos made with lattes.
- Includes a milk frother, which attaches to your machine
- Coffee that is rich, creamy and iced
- Hand washing is recommended
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
This cold-brew coffee maker is a best seller. It produces excellent java with a balanced and smooth flavor. Simply add the coarsely ground coffee to the “rainmaker lid” and then let it sit for 12-24 hours. Push the lever to dispense the coffee into the glass carafe. It was easy to clean, according to test results. The parts can be stacked together for compact storage.
- It is easy to use and very clean
- Water evenly distributed over the grounds
- It does not include a lid for the brewing reservoir
K-Elite Coffee Maker
The single-serve Keurig single-serve espresso maker performed well in our single-serve test. It also brewed the most delicious single-serve of coffee, which was rich and creamy. You can also pre-heat it in less than one and a half minutes, or use the auto-feature to set a timer so that it turns on exactly when you want.
The owner’s manual was clear and easy to follow, according to test results. You can choose from regular, strong, or iced beverages in five sizes. Although the cups are not numbered, the images of them were easy to understand. The large water reservoir holds 75 ounces, so you don’t need to refill as often. The K-Supreme Plus Smart Single-Serve from Keurig connects to WiFi and features BrewID technology for a more personalized experience.
- Preheats quickly
- It is simple to use
- Full-bodied, smooth coffee
This espresso and coffee machine produces a delicious and balanced brew. The Nespresso coffee was praised by our taste testers. It had a creamy yet smooth crema that made the coffee feel silky smooth. One tester even didn’t need milk, even though they usually drink their coffee this way.
The machine can brew regular, lungo, and double espresso coffees that weigh up to 14 ounces. It brews coffee in one press of the button. The machine scans the barcode on the coffee pod and adjusts accordingly. The design was simple to use and sleek, according to test results. You can use large Nespresso capsules, but you have nearly 30 flavors to choose from so you won’t get bored.
- Coffee that is silky smooth
- You can also make lungo and espresso
- It is simple to use
- Sleek design
- Nespresso capsules in large quantities are best.
Eileen French Press Coffee Maker
The Bodum Eileen French Press is the perfect French press for bolder coffee. It has the same formula as the Bodum Chambord French Press that we tried and recommended, but it also features a modern, stylish design that will look great on any countertop.
The metal frame looks great and prevents the glass carafe breaking, which is a common problem with glass French presses. You can wash the carafe as well as all its parts in the dishwasher, making cleanup easy.
- A smooth, full-bodied cup of coffee is brewed
- Metal casings are beautiful and functional
- Drip coffee makers don’t keep coffee as hot as a regular drip coffee maker.
The Best Portable Coffee Maker
The coffee maker is about the same size as a travel mug. It’s extremely light and compact, making it easy to bring with youon road trips or camping. Aeropress claims that it produces a low-alcohol espresso-like coffee, so you can enjoy barista-style drinks such as lattes and americanos while on the road.
Although this unique coffee maker looks intimidating, our testers found that it took only a few minutes to make great tasting coffee. Simply place a filter into the Aeropress cap, twist the chamber and add the coffee grounds. Next, add the hot water and stir for 10 seconds. Finally, press down gently until all of the water has been extracted. The machine can make up to three cups of strong, smooth coffee in just a few minutes. It only has three parts, so cleanup is quick and easy. They can also be washed in a top-rack dishwasher.
- Compact and small
- This makes a rich cup coffee
- Multiple parts
- Hot water is required separately