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Best Coffee Makers of 2018

Consumer Reports’ experts round up this year’s top drip and pod brewers, from Cuisinart, Nespresso, Technivorm, and more

Today’s coffee makers do far more than brew a pot of joe. Some grind beans, others froth milk for specialty drinks such as lattes and macchiatos, and a few even brew iced coffee. CR’s extensive lab tests—and our reviews of top models, here—can help you zero in on the machine that’s right for your kitchen.

And new features aren’t the only improvements we’ve seen lately. “Over the past few years, coffee makers have also gotten faster at brewing,” says Ginny Lui, the CR test engineer who oversees the coffee maker lab.

How We Test Coffee Makers
For drip coffee makers, we conduct a brew-performance test and measure contact time (how long water stays within the sweet spot of 195° F to 205° F for brewing). For single-serve (pod) coffee makers, our engineers evaluate temperature consistency and size consistency of individual cups of coffee. Then our expert coffee taste tester weighs in.

Both types of coffee makers also undergo convenience tests to evaluate how easy it is to set timers, fill the reservoir, clean the machine, and more.

Below are reviews of eight of the best coffee makers currently on the market, arranged in alphabetical (not rank) order. They include models in drip, pod, grind-and-brew, self-serve, one-mug, and combination coffee/espresso configurations. 

Learn more—and explore more than 100 options—in our coffee maker buying guide and complete coffee maker ratings.

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Bella Single Serve with Water Tank BLA14585
Bella Single Serve with Water Tank...

    Bella Single Serve with Water Tank...

    CR’s take: The Bella Single Serve With Water Tank BLA14585 is one of the best Keurig K-Cup brewers you can buy, but it also gives you the option of using loose grounds. It does well in most of our tests, earning an Excellent rating for convenience, but doesn’t offer the best brewing range (that’s the ability to vary the strength of coffee). Not a problem, though, if you always like your cuppa joe the same way each day. As for other features, this model comes with a removable reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, and auto-shutoff.

    2
    Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso 35019
    Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso...

      Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso...

      CR’s take: If you like to switch up your morning coffee now and then with an espresso, you might prefer the Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso 35019. It receives strong ratings in our performance tests across the board, with a Very Good rating for carafe handling. This Bialetti also offers a few good features, including a permanent filter and auto-shutoff. The coffee carafe is a bit small, though, so don’t look to this machine to brew a pot for a crowd.

      3
      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC
      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

        Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

        CR’s take: If you want a coffee maker that freshly grinds beans right before brewing, check out the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC. In addition to its built-in grinder, you’ll get a permanent filter, a water filter, auto-shutoff, programming, a small-batch setting, and brew-strength control. This model earns superb scores in our tests—and, as a group, Cuisinart grind-and-brew machines receive a Very Good rating for predicted reliability in CR’s survey.

        4
        Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000
        Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000

          Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000

          CR’s take: The Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000 is a self-serve coffee maker, meaning it forgoes a carafe and has you fill a mug straight from its heated reservoir. This model does well in our tests, and Cuisinart self-serve machines receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction. The feature set includes a removable reservoir, a permanent filter, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting.

          5
          Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200
          Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

            Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

            CR’s take: A traditional drip coffee maker, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200 makes plenty of java for a full house, thanks to its 14-cup glass carafe. It features programming, auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, a permanent filter, a water filter, brew-strength control, and a small-batch setting. This model receives an Excellent rating for brew performance and does well in our other tests, too. It’s a bit pricey, but for the investment you can count on an all-around great machine dependable for dinner parties and crazy mornings alike.

            6
            Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S
            Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in...

              Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in...

              CR’s take: For those who prefer Nespresso capsules over Keurig K-cups, the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S is worth a look. It comes in a sleek, metallic finish and can make espresso and coffee. It features a removable reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, auto-shutoff, and adjustable brew temperature. Our testers give it solid ratings across the board, including a Very Good rating for temperature consistency.

              7
              Ninja Bar Brewer CF085
              Ninja Bar Brewer CF085

                Ninja Bar Brewer CF085

                CR’s take: The Ninja Bar Brewer CF085 does well in our tests and is jam-packed with features. It comes with a thermal carafe, a removable reservoir, auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, programming, a small-batch setting, brew-strength control, the ability to brew over ice (for making iced coffee), and the option to make specialty brews. It does well in our tests but could be better when it comes to carafe handling. Ninja brewers receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction. If you like to change it up—enjoy a hot macchiato one morning and an iced coffee the next—this model shouldn’t disappoint.

                8
                Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer
                Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer

                  Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer

                  CR’s take: The Technivorm Moccamaster brand is usually associated with high-end carafe machines, but the Cup-One Brewer is a basic, one-mug drip machine. Technivorm one-mug machines do well in our surveys for reliability and satisfaction, but this model doesn’t do well in our convenience tests, receiving only a Fair rating. It’s the most expensive model on this list, yet it offers only one feature (auto-shutoff), so what you’re really paying for is the brand, its looks, and its performance. If you like simple coffee makers, or are a Technivorm fan, this may be the machine for you.

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