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Coffeemakers

What's behind our coffeemaker Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 117 models in coffeemakers 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 brew-and-dispense models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.

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Recommended coffeemakers

Recommended coffeemakers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
  • Buying Guide
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The most basic coffeemakers make at least a decent cup. In fact, our top-rated multicup drip coffeemaker beat out many higher-priced models. But more money buys more features. If you're looking for information about coffeemakers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ coffeemaker reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our coffeemaker buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and coffeemaker reviews to help you choose the best coffeemaker for your needs.

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This Flavia single-serve coffeemaker has:
  • a removable reservoir.
  • a built-in water filter.
  • height adjustability.
  • auto-off.
  • It requires Flavia Fresh Packs.

Coffeemaker buying guide

You can spend $200 or more for a coffeemaker with interactive displays and the stainless construction you'd find on a pro-style range. But our latest tests of almost 90 models show that a consistently good cup of joe starts at as little as $40.

The most basic coffeemakers make at least a decent cup. But you might want more features than a simple on/off switch. A little more money buys you conveniences such as an automatic timer, a thermal carafe to keep coffee hot longer, and settings that allow you to adjust brew strength.

Our top conventional drip machines reached 195 degrees F to 205 degrees F for about five minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing. If you're into self-serve, brew-and-dispense models let you fill your cup right from the machine, which keeps the coffee hot. When you're on the go, single-serve models, also known as pod machines, brew a cup at a time from sealed beverage packets--no fuss, no muss.

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