Coffee Maker
Buying Guide

A person pouring a cup of coffee from a coffee maker carafe.
Coffee Maker Buying Guide

Finding The Perfect Coffee Maker

For many of us, the daily grind can't begin until we've had that first cup of piping hot coffee—so the right brewer is of utmost importance.

You can spend $200 or more for a coffee maker with interactive displays and the kind of stainless-steel detailing you'd find on pro-style ranges. But our most recent tests show that a consistently good cup can be had for half that.

Still, you might want more features than a simple on/off switch. A little more money buys conveniences such as programmability, a thermal carafe to keep coffee hot longer, settings that let you adjust brew strength, and more.

Note: Consumer Reports is currently updating its espresso maker ratings, so we are not including information about them in this buying guide.