The Best Coffee Maker

Last updated on December 12, 2018

We looked at the top 16 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 92 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, BestReviews, GQ, Digital Trends, CNET, Tech Gear Lab, Top Ten Reviews, Coffee Dorks, Good Housekeeping, The Coffee Concierge, The Verge, Reviews.com, Wired and more. The result is a ranking of the best Coffee Makers.

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We looked at the top 16 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 92 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, BestReviews, GQ, Digital Trends, CNET, Tech Gear Lab, Top Ten Reviews, Coffee Dorks, Good Housekeeping, The Coffee Concierge, The Verge, Reviews.com, Wired and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Coffee Makers.

The Top Coffee Makers

Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

OXO

On 9-Cup Coffee Maker

Overall Take

Experts Included
Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping, Reviews.com, CNET, Wired, Tech Gear Lab, The Coffee Concierge and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond and Home Depot.
Pros
"Highs: Met recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration. -Fairly convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter..."
Cons
"Drips when carafe is removed. Slow brew (at least 6 minutes). Carafe doesn't pour the last few ounces of coffee."

Cuisinart

DCC-3200 PerfecTemp

Overall Take

Experts Included
Top Ten Reviews, Tech Gear Lab, Digital Trends, BestReviews, Consumer Reports and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Pros
"The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable was the second highest scoring machine we tested. With a little bit of fiddling it can produce a great tasting cup of coffee. It lost out on our Editors' Choice Award because it isn't quite as..."
Cons
"Lows: After initial break-in, testers still noticed some plastic off-tastes in hot water cycled through the machine, though you might not detect in coffee you brew."
  The Best Value

Hamilton Beach

12-Cup Coffee Maker

Overall Take

Experts Included
New York Times Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, The Coffee Concierge and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart, Target and Google Express.
Pros
"This coffeemaker has a timer and clock that can start your coffee before you wake up in the morning, and also has an automatic shut-off after 2 hours to ensure your coffee doesn't burn. The burner temperature can be changed..."
Cons
"Low: Fell short of recommended guidelines for brew temperature and duration."

Ninja

Coffee Bar CF094

Overall Take

Experts Included
Consumer Reports, Digital Trends, CNET. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Target.
Pros
"The Ninja Coffee Bar offers multiple brewing modes designed to suit your personal tastes and the style of beverage you prefer. For instance hitting a "classic brew" button tells the machine to create a drink with, "smooth and balanced flavor"..."
Cons
"Lows: 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 sometimes overflowed."
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Expert Reviews & Ratings Included

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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Google Express.

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The Best Overall

OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
1,054 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
Highs: Met recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration. -Fairly convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - 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...
- Consumer Reports
The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is fast and convenient, with features like a programmable start time and an automatic pre-infusion cycle (which briefly wets the coffee before brewing, for better extraction). In our tests for the best drip coffee maker, we found that the coffee was pleasant and much...
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 24, 2018 | Full review
Quick brew time. Very thorough manual. Very easy-to-use controls. Easy-to-access water tank. Easy-to-read markings on tank. Easy-to-access basket. Automatic keep warm setting. Shuts off automatically.
- Good Housekeeping
The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker, looks and feels much the same: a single-button dial, programmable start times — even the timer that lets you know how old the coffee is after it’s been brewed is identical. On this version, the water reservoir isn’t detachable, but it brews coffee significantly...
- Reviews.com
The Oxo 9-Cup Coffee Maker brews consistent and drinkable pots of joe. It's attractive and easy to use.
- CNET
May 24, 2018 | Full review
The OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker has convenient features that our runner-up doesn’t, and compared to the majority of brewers that we tested, it makes better tasting coffee. It has a timer function which means it can be programmed to prepare coffee that’ll be ready before you wake up. The...
- Forbes
The grinder is excellent. Fill the hopper with beans and the integrated scale only releases precisely enough coffee beans for the number of cups you want to make. It measures out the whole beans at roughly eight grams per cup.
- Wired
The OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup is the perfect machine for those with discerning taste. It led our taste tests with a rich, complex flavor that was almost as good as a pour over brew. In fact, this machine is great for those that prefer the taste of manual brews...
- Tech Gear Lab
SCAA Certified. Available in 9-Cup and 12-Cup Carafe. Makes great coffee. Freshness counter. Easy, sleek interface. Clearly marked transparent reservoir. Brew pause. 7-hole showerhead for even saturation. Pulse brew to mimic pour over.
- The Coffee Concierge
What experts didn't like
Lows: After initial break-in, testers still noticed some plastic off-tastes in hot water cycled through the machine, though you might not detect in coffee you brew.
- Consumer Reports
he OXO’s unintuitive interface means that programming the timer without reading the manual can be difficult, but it’s pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 24, 2018 | Full review
Didn't brew at an optimal temperature in our test. Didn't keep coffee hot for two hours in our test. Brewed coffee was too cold. No markings on carafe. Carafe isn't dishwasher-safe.
- Good Housekeeping
It’s a great machine that didn’t earn our top spot simply because the coffee it makes didn’t perform quite as well as the other three top picks in our taste tests, and it doesn’t let you tinker with water temperature and extraction the way the larger machine does.
- Reviews.com
It's expensive and brews slowly. It makes coffee that's slightly bitter.
- CNET
May 24, 2018 | Full review
The OXO is over 17 inches tall, so you may not be able to fit it under low kitchen cabinets.
- Forbes
The only downside is that it's a bit pricey, but we doubt you'll regret the purchase after enjoying your first delicious pot.
- Tech Gear Lab
Drips when carafe is removed. Slow brew (at least 6 minutes). Carafe doesn't pour the last few ounces of coffee.
- The Coffee Concierge

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
1,240 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
After considering 17 cheap coffee makers and testing the six most promising candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) is the best. For a little more than the price of three bags of specialty coffee beans, you get a machine that reliably makes a solid cup...
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 28, 2017 | Full review
Highs: Especially convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - The carafe was fairly easy to use, hold, pour from and empty. - In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as...
- Consumer Reports
This coffeemaker has a timer and clock that can start your coffee before you wake up in the morning, and also has an automatic shut-off after 2 hours to ensure your coffee doesn't burn. The burner temperature can be changed with the push of a button, so you can cool...
- The Coffee Concierge
No need to stand by the machine till your cup gets ready. This product gives you automatic pause and serve option, considering your high comfort and ease. Removable water reservoir, filter baskets, and tank for ease of cleaning.
- Espresso Tune
Even though you forget to turn off the device, the machine shuts down after 2 hours.While you pour in your favorite coffee, the default setting of pause and serve is turned on. This keeps you safe after you have lifted the carafe from this place.
- Coffee Maker
August 31, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Low: Fell short of recommended guidelines for brew temperature and duration.
- Consumer Reports
Unfortunately the electronics often break down within a year. It still makes a great cup of coffee, but you'll wish they still worked.
- The Coffee Concierge
It may take a bit longer when it comes to brew a number of coffee mugs. Be careful with the steam it releases, as it may damage the upper surface if it’s too close.
- Espresso Tune

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 12

2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 12

3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 9

4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 7

5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Reviews Included: 6

7. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Reviews Included: 11

8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Reviews Included: 12

9. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 11

10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Reviews Included: 5

11. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Reviews Included: 10

12. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Reviews Included: 9

13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 8

14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Reviews Included: 9

15. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Reviews Included: 10

16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Reviews Included: 3

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