Coffeemaker reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent coffeemaker reviews. Need a jolt in the morning? Most homes have a coffeemaker for easy access to that morning cup of Joe. But should you get a drip coffeemaker or a pod coffeemaker? What about an espresso maker or an electric French-press coffeemaker?

Our reviews talk about the factors to consider when selecting the right coffeemaker for your needs. For example, you will need to consider how many cups a day you will be making in your coffeemaker and how long between cups. Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 100 current coffeemaker models at our on-site coffeemaker testing labs. Our reviews of coffeemakers will provide you with coffeemaker Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the three review criteria that make up our coffeemaker reviews: brew performance, convenience, and carafe handling.

We have tested such major coffeemaker brands as KitchenAid, Mr. Coffee, Kalorik, Cuisinart, Krups, Bella, DeLonghi, Black & Decker, and many others. Our coffeemaker review pages also include a coffeemaker selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right coffeemaker model for your needs.

After reading the reviews, you can compare coffeemaker models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our coffeemaker video buying guide.

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Also look at our coffeemaker buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each coffeemaker model.

Read the coffeemaker reviews below and compare the Ratings of each coffeemaker model before you shop.

Coffee maker reviews

Hamilton Beach Personal Cup 49970

Type: Single-serve coffee makers
Summary: This Hamilton Beach single-serve coffee maker has:
  • auto-off.
  • It uses Senseo-like pods.
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Capresso Triple Brew

Type: Specialty coffee makers
Summary: This Capresso 42 oz. electric french-press model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a permanent filter
  • a removable reservoir
  • a measured reservoir capacity of 53 oz.
  • a tea-maker filter basket
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Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49988

Type: Single-serve coffee makers
Summary: This Hamilton Beach single-serve coffee maker has:
  • a height-adjustable drip tray.
  • auto-off.
  • programmability.
  • Accepts loose grounds.
  • It uses K-Cup packs.
  • It has a separate hot water dispenser. It's also a 1- or 2-mug drip coffee maker.
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Hamilton Beach BrewStation 49150

Type: Drip coffee makers
Summary: This Hamilton Beach 12-cup self-serve model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a measured capacity of 59 oz.
  • a cupcake-type filter.
  • a detachable syrup pump.
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Krups XP5240FR

Type: Espresso makers
Summary: This model has been tested by our experts.
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What's behind our coffee maker Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 164 models in coffee makers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based on brew performance, convenience, and carafe handling. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Brew performance
    The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
  • Convenience
    Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
  • Carafe handling
    Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are self-serve models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
  • Brew time
    Our measurements of time, rounded to the nearest minute, to brew a pot of coffee in its regular cycle, using 40 oz. of water in those models that make 8- 14 cups of coffee. The one- or two-mug drip models are based on 10 oz. of water.


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