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Best Coffee Makers of 2019

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

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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.

For cold-brew coffee makers, our engineers judge ease of cleaning, and our expert taste tester judges the taste of each brew.

All three types of coffee maker also undergo convenience tests to evaluate how easy it is to set timers, fill the reservoir, and generally use the machine. For the drip and pod models, the Overall Score also incorporates brand-level data on predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our annual survey of CR members. You can see all of the results in our comprehensive coffee maker ratings.

Below are reviews of 10 of the best coffee makers currently on the market, in alphabetical order (not by rank). They include models in drip, pod, grind-and-brew, self-serve, and one-mug configurations. CR members can click on each model name for more detailed ratings and reviews.

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

1

Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1
Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1

    Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1

    CR’s Take: The Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 is a terrific drip brewer from a brand known for cookware. This drip coffee maker earns strong scores in CR’s performance tests, and Calphalon brewers, in general, earn a Good rating for predicted reliability. This model offers brew-strength control, programming, an LED display, and a 10-cup glass carafe. It's a bit bulky, but it comes in a stainless steel finish that should match other stainless steel appliances nicely.

    2

    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 an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction in CR’s survey.

      3

      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 a Good rating for predicted reliability. The feature set includes a removable reservoir, a permanent filter, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, auto-shutoff, programming, and a small-batch setting.

        4

        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 you can rely on for both dinner parties and chaotic mornings.

          5

          Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Brewer SS-10
          Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve...

            Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve...

            CR’s Take: One of the best Keurig K-Cup brewers isn't made by Keurig at all. The Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Brewer SS-10 receives a convenience rating of Excellent and offers great cup-size and temperature consistency. This machine also packs a ton of features, including an auto-shutoff function, a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, a built-in water filter, and programming.

            6

            Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R
            Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable...

              Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable...

              CR’s Take: The unassuming, inexpensive Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R might be easy to miss, but it can brew a mean cup of joe at a fantastic price. In a basic black-plastic finish, it has the essentials—it’s programmable, as its name suggests, and offers auto-shutoff—and it offers solid brew performance and can make a fresh pot in just 10 minutes. This model even earns a Very Good rating for convenience. At around $25, this simple model will get the job done.

              7

              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 both 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.

                8

                Ninja Specialty CM401
                Ninja Specialty CM401

                  Ninja Specialty CM401

                  CR's Take: A more affordable take on Ninja's Coffee Bar brewers, the Ninja Specialty CM401 is a terrific all-in-one machine, capable of brewing hot and iced coffee, lattes, macchiatos, and other specialty brews. In our tests, it receives an Excellent rating for brew performance and its glass carafe handles with ease. This model is also packed with features, including an over-ice brew mode for iced coffee, a built-in milk frother, brew-strength control, and brew-size adjustment for everything from travel mugs to full carafes. It's one of the most versatile coffee makers we’ve tested.

                  9

                  Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101
                  Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee...

                    Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee...

                    CR’s Take: The Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101 is the most inexpensive cold-brew coffee maker in our ratings—and it’s one of the best. It receives an Excellent rating for convenience. This Primula comes with a glass carafe, and most of its parts are dishwasher-safe. It’s the only model we tested that calls for a full 24-hour brew time, but you might find the results worth the wait. 

                    10

                    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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