SharkNinja 12-Cup Coffee Maker With Classic & Rich Brew

Last updated date: December 30, 2020

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SharkNinja 12-Cup Coffee Maker With Classic & Rich Brew

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We looked at the top Coffee and Espresso Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee and Espresso Machine you should buy.

Update as December 30, 2020:
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Overall Take

Taste is likely your top priority in choosing a coffemaker, and the SharkNinja Ninja 12-Cup Coffee Maker With Classic and Rich Brews excels in that area. The built-in XL Showerhead Thermal Flavor Extraction technology preserves the flavor in your coffee during the brewing process. This model is also easy to clean, thanks to a removable reservoir. During our testing, we liked the "stay warm" function, as well as the option to choose between "small batch," "classic" or "rich." The coffee tasted smooth and delicious.

In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the SharkNinja 12-Cup Coffee Maker With Classic & Rich Brew placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Ninja Coffee Brewer is a 12-cup programmable coffee maker with Custom Brew Technology to ensure your coffee is hot, flavorful, and never bitter. From a Small Batch to a full carafe, Classic or Rich strength, you can expect the same great taste. Our removable water reservoir allows for easy filling without the mess. The brew basket lid ensures no coffee grounds end up in the reservoir. Ninja’s Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology allows you to unlock the full flavor potential of your favorite ground coffee and enjoy a great-tasting brew. With the Ninja XL Showerhead, rest assured your coffee grounds will be evenly saturated for uniform flavor extraction.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,181 user reviews

What experts liked

Features include a removable water reservoir, an XL Showerhead for even brewing, and a number of brew settings. Heater pad temperature is adjustable. Mid-brew pause. Easy to program. Uses Thermal Flavor Extraction to enhance brewing.
- BestReviews
My favorite feature on this coffee makers is the 60 oz removable reservoir design. Ninja made it so you can pull it off the machine to fill it and clean it.
- Daily Caller
June 13, 2019 | Full review
In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as some consumers might. In this test, this model did not overflow.
- Consumer Reports
If you’re planning to keep your carafe on the hot plate for hours, you’ll love that the agitator keeps the coffee from getting burned, or getting cold at the top of the carafe.
- Coffee Channel
July 2, 2019 | Full review
You’ll get a huge carafe capable of holding fully 12 cups of coffee and if you don’t have such heavy needs, you can easily brew in smaller batches.
- Prince La
Pause feature lets users grab a cup before brewing cycle is complete
- Quiddity
February 21, 2019 | Full review
The Ninja CE201 is undoubtedly one of the best budget-friendly coffee makers around today. In terms of overall performance, this unit is a fantastic deal for coffee lovers. The construction feels durable; it also comes with a 60oz water tank that can be removed easily from the machine.
- Full Moon Cafe
July 29, 2019 | Full review
The Ninja CE210 is one coffee maker that serves amazingly flavored coffees that aren’t any bitter. The thing that you would mostly be proud of is the quality of extraction you get with the machine. And it doesn’t skip any of those handy advanced features. Definitely worth a shot!
- Espresso Machine Picks
The precision temp warming plate keeps your coffee piping up to 4 hours without burning it. The auto shut-off feature turns off the machine after 2 hours.
- Coffee Roaster Help
The coffee maker has a removable reservoir that it easy to refill under the tap. It boasts Thermal Flavor Extraction technology which delivers consistent temperature. Mentioned technology allows the coffee to bloom and evenly saturate the coffee grinds to extract full flavors.
- Solid Guides
July 13, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Carafe breaks easily and is difficult to replace. This option is taller than similar machines, which could present space issues.
- BestReviews
Very hot coffee
- Coffee Channel
July 2, 2019 | Full review
Some complaints about a taste of plastic even after running water-only cycles but we did not encounter this issue when testing
- Prince La
Provided filter can let fine grounds through
- Quiddity
February 21, 2019 | Full review
Make sure you wash before your first brew.
- Full Moon Cafe
July 29, 2019 | Full review
A bit pricey
- Espresso Machine Picks
Cumbersome to move around
- Coffee Roaster Help
Also, the glass carafe is not of borosilicate glass, which means the moment it’s off the plate, it starts losing heat.
- Solid Guides
July 13, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

An Overview On Coffee And Espresso Machines

If you’re like many people, your day doesn’t start without a good kick of caffeine. For those who stumble to the kitchen, barely awake, only to have to struggle to get the coffeepot going, a programmable coffeemaker may be the best purchase you’ll ever make. Simply get everything set up and tell your brewer when to start the next morning. If you wake up at 6 a.m., set it so that by the time you walk into the kitchen at 6:05, all you have to do is grab a coffee cup and pour.

“In addition to the general consistency, reliability, and speed of an electric coffee maker, smart machines go one step further: they allow you to control your coffee maker with your smartphone,” says culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “Start your coffee brewing from the comfort of your bed on a cold winter morning or have it ready when you get home. Working from home? No need to leave your desk to start it brewing.”

But programmability isn’t the only advanced feature available on today’s smart coffee machines. There are brewers that will give you the option of switching to carafe or single-cup mode. This can come in handy for those who prefer to grab a single cup to go during the week, then enjoy a full carafe on weekends.

If you’re buying a carafe-based coffeemaker, make sure it has a pause and fill feature. This means once your coffee starts filling the carafe, the unit will pause if you pull it out to pour yourself a cup. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the entire brewing process to complete to even get your first cup.

In addition to programmability, automatic shut-off is a handy feature to have in your coffeemaker. This is especially helpful when using a carafe-based coffeemaker, as accidentally leaving it on can damage the bottom of your carafe and even create a fire hazard. Most coffeepots with auto shut-off power down within an hour or two. If you like to leave your coffee on the warmer for longer than that, make sure you can disable this feature.

While searching for a coffeemaker, check carefully into compatibility. If it’s a single-cup brewer, make sure you can easily find the pods you’ll need. Keurig’s pods are the most widely available, but they don’t work with all single-cup brewers. For carafe-based coffeepots, you’ll need to buy paper filters, but some come with mesh baskets that serve as eco-friendly alternatives. Simply wash and reuse.

Also, check about compatibility in terms of operating systems before you buy! Is the smart coffee machine you’re looking at enabled for Alexa or Siri? Does it work with iOS or Android? Also check to see if it requires a Bluetooth smart outlet or other smart plug in order to operate with peak functionality when it comes to setting timers, controlling temperature, and other tasks.

If you’re on a budget or prefer to control the process mechanically yourself, recognize that a smart coffee maker may have appeal because it’s a cool new luxury item with fun features — but it might not be for you, and that’s okay too.

“This may be one one-note gadget too many,” says Chernoff.

The Coffee And Espresso Machine Buying Guide

  • If you haven’t seen the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, it’s worth a look. The number of brewing options far exceeds most of the competition. You’ll have the option of making an entire carafe, a single cup, or a pod. That means you can use it for your single cups most of the time, then use the carafe future when you have company. You can even fill your carafe, then make your own personal cup using the type of coffee you prefer.
  • Programmable coffeemakers are nothing new. If you’re operating outside the single-cup model, which tends to heat up and brew quickly, it’s important to consider a brewer with programmability. The carafe function of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker will let you program your coffee up to 24 hours in advance. Other models have a “delay brew” function that lets you set brewing up 24 hours ahead of time. Some also lets you program as much as 24 hours in advance.
  • Auto shut-off can help save energy and protect your home. The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker shuts off after two hours.
  • Look for a coffee and espresso machine that beeps when your coffee is ready, as this may come in handy if you start brewing and walk away.
  • No matter what convenient features your brewer has, it all comes down to how the coffee itself tastes. The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker lets you choose between either regular or bold, and you’ll find the carafe side brews a delicious, rich cup of coffee. The single-serve side isn’t quite as impressive, but still good. The Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle uses Centrifusion technology to spin the capsule at an exceptionally fast rate to make your coffee thick and smooth.
  • Coffee makers can be especially tough to clean. If this is a concern for you, steer toward a model that offers the convenience of a self-cleaning feature. A water reservoir that can be removed for cleaning and refilling is also ideal.
  • Your coffeemaker becomes part of your kitchen aesthetic, so it’s important to consider design in your choice. The Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle has a unique contemporary look that will enhance your décor.
  • Ease of use is also important. The simplicity of the Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle puts it ahead of competitors in this area. You’ll only deal with one button that controls all the functions you’ll need.
  • When brewing an entire carafe, you’ll probably want to be able to pour while it’s brewing. The pause-and-serve feature on the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker lets you pull the carafe out to pour a cup, pausing the brewing until the carafe is back in place again.