Best Coffee Makers Under $100

Make room on your kitchen counter for one of these affordable brewers

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Want to wake up with a great cup of joe made in a coffee maker that cost less than $100? We’ve got a brewer for you. 

In fact, we’ve got seven coffee makers for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a single-serve coffee maker, a 12-cup drip coffee maker, or a cold-brew machine, they all turn out a consistently good cup of coffee—and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.  

The models below are seven of the best coffee makers under $100 from Consumer Reports’ tests, listed in alphabetical order. CR members can see our complete coffee maker ratings for even more options. And don’t forget to consult our free coffee maker buying guide as you shop for the right brewer for your kitchen.

CR’s take: The Chefman InstaCoffee earns a CR Best Buy designation thanks to its impressive performance and $50 price. This little K-Cup brewer outperforms $200 machines, with stellar ratings in all our tests, including an Excellent rating for first-cup speed. You won’t get many bells and whistles at this price, though. This Chefman model’s only features are an auto-shutoff and the ability to brew from K-Cups or loose grounds.

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—at the top of our price limit—is also loaded with features, including an auto-shutoff function, a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, a built-in water filter, and programming.

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. It has all the essentials in a basic black plastic finish. It’s programmable, as its name says, and has an auto-shutoff. And it delivers brew performance rated Excellent and can make a fresh pot in just 10 minutes. This model also earns Very Good ratings for convenience and carafe handling, but the unit did overflow in our spillover tests.

CR’s take: A built-in milk frother makes this single-serve, K-Cup-compatible Keurig a good fit for those who like latte- and cappuccino-style coffee drinks. The Keurig K-Latte Single Serve K-36 is very quick to brew both the first and subsequent cups and is admirably consistent in terms of brew size and temperature. One caveat: Owners surveyed by CR gave Keurig machines middling marks for reliability.

CR’s take: The Mr. Coffee BVMC-ABX39 is a drip coffee maker that performs very well across the board in our tests. This machine earns Excellent scores for brew performance and convenience in our lab tests, as well as a Very Good rating for carafe handling. The model has several nifty features, including a small-batch setting, brew-strength control, a cleaning indicator, and a permanent filter.

CR’s take: The Ninja 12-Cup Programmable CE201 aces our brewing performance test, meaning it hits and maintains optimal temperatures. CR testers also rate it Very Good for overall convenience and carafe handling. Its features include automatic shut-off, a permanent cone filter, and a removable water reservoir for easy filling without a mess.

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


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Daniel Bortz

Daniel Bortz is a freelance writer in Arlington, Va. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Money magazine, and Kiplinger's, among others.