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Best Drip Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports' Tests

10 top brewers for a great cup of joe every day

A person pouring a cup of coffee made in a drip coffee maker

It can take a little while to get to know the ins and outs of a new coffee maker. In CR’s labs, each drip coffee maker we test brews roughly 65 cups by the time our engineers are through with it. And brewing is just one of many aspects we evaluate. We test for handling and convenience, too, so you can choose a model that helps you sail through morning madness. 

Our ratings for drip coffee makers range from models that offer simple programming to elaborate options with built-in coffee grinders and self-clean cycles.

“Consider what features are important to you,” says CR test engineer Ginny Lui. “In general, for a higher price, you can get add-ons like a water filter, clean cycle, clean indicator, permanent filter, or thermal carafe.” 

At CR, we test different types of coffee makers. (We even rate coffee itself.) So whether you’re trying to determine which type of machine suits your lifestyle, replacing a favorite that has seen better days, or looking for a great gift for a coffee connoisseur, we’ve got you covered.

How We Rate Drip Coffee Makers
Our brew-performance tests measure the brew temperature and contact time (how long water stays within a sweet spot of 195° to 205° F for brewing). We measure concentration using a refractometer, a device that measures the amount of coffee dissolved in each brew. Our convenience tests look at how easy it is to set timers, fill the reservoir, clean the machine, and more. And we incorporate predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings into the Overall Score for each model using survey data collected from thousands of CR members.

Below you’ll find reviews for 10 top-performing drip coffee makers, with prices ranging from about $25 to $220. The picks are listed in alphabetical order, not by performance, and options run from simple classic drip coffee makers to versatile brewers that make lattes and ice coffee. 

CR members can click on each model name for more detailed ratings. To see even more options, check out our full coffee maker ratings.

1

Bella Ultimate Elite Collection 12-Cup 14623
Bella Ultimate Elite Collection...

    Bella Ultimate Elite Collection...

    CR’s take: If you like the look of black stainless steel, you can add a hit of the trendy finish to your kitchen with the Bella Ultimate Elite Collection coffee maker. Appearance aside, this model brews a fresh pot in just 9 minutes and is graceful in action, earning strong ratings in our carafe-handling tests. It offers programming, brew-strength control, a pause-and-serve feature, and auto-shutoff. Bella drip machines also receive a Very Good rating for predicted reliability. At about $50, this affordable, attractive option won’t disappoint.

    2

    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B
    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      CR’s take: If you’re an aficionado of fresh ground coffee, this Black+Decker is the brewer to buy. As the name suggests, the Mill & Brew goes that extra mile, grinding whole coffee beans just before brewing. As a result, the machine is capable of making a great pot of coffee. Made of plastic with stainless steel accents, this model is easy to use and to clean, earning a Very Good rating in our convenience tests. It allows you to adjust brew strength, and it’s programmable, so you can set it to grind and brew just before you wake up.

      3

      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. 

        4

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

          Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

          CR’s take: Like the Black+Decker, the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew takes whole coffee beans and grinds them fresh for each pot. It features programming, brew-strength control, a water filter, a permanent coffee filter, and auto-shutoff. This model earns a great rating for carafe handling. The stainless steel finish and glass carafe certainly elevate the experience of using it. Cuisinart brewers also receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction. But the performance and finish come at a premium—this machine costs significantly more than the Black+Decker Mill & Brew.

          5

          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 is a self-serve model. It stores 12 cups of brewed coffee in a reservoir and has a dispenser instead of a carafe. It makes sense in homes where people are drinking coffee at different times; it keeps coffee hot and ready, so family and guests can fill their own cups. This model is programmable and features a water filter and a cleaning indicator. The reservoir can be removed for washing. In our tests, the Coffee on Demand performs quite well, receiving a Very Good rating for convenience. At less than $100, it can be a terrific choice for entertaining.

            6

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

              Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

              CR’s take: This Cuisinart drip coffee maker with a stainless steel finish and glass carafe earns an Excellent rating for brew performance. It’s programmable and features a water filter, a permanent coffee filter, cleaning mode, a cleaning indicator, and auto-shutoff. The machine also allows you to adjust the strength of your brew. For the money, this model offers style and features that are hard to beat. If you can live without the built-in grinder of the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew above, you can save yourself some money and still enjoy Cuisinart quality for a lot less.

              7

              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.

                8

                Ninja Bar Brewer CF085
                Ninja Bar Brewer CF085

                  Ninja Bar Brewer CF085

                  CR’s take: The Ninja Bar Brewer CF085 is a highly versatile and stylish brewer. CR’s testers find that it offers superb brew performance and is very easy to use. In our member surveys, Ninja drip coffee makers receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction. This model has a full suite of features, including an unusual over-ice brew mode for making iced coffee. Ninja claims its thermal carafe will keep coffee hot for 2 hours, and the machine comes with a milk frother and a standalone French-press brewer. These features come at a price, of course; the Ninja Bar Brewer is the second-most expensive model on this list behind the Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200.

                  9

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

                    Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer

                    CR’s take: If you need only one or two cups of coffee each morning and you don’t want a pod coffee maker, consider the Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer. Compact and clean-lined, it has a profile that makes some sense of its high price (it retails for more than $200), and it’s a superstar when it comes to reliability. In fact, Technivorm is the only drip machine brand with an Excellent rating for predicted reliability in our member survey. Our testers also give this machine a strong score for brew performance. This model has only one simple feature (auto-shutoff) and it’s not the easiest machine to use, but you can count on it to last.

                    10

                    Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus EC-YSC100
                    Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus EC-YSC100

                      Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus EC-YSC100

                      CR’s take: The Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus EC-YSC100 does well in our tests and offers all the features you expect of a modern brewer. It comes with a thermal carafe, a removable reservoir, auto-shutoff, a cleaning indicator, and programming. It does well in our tests but could be better when it comes to carafe handling. Zojirushi brewers receive a Very Good rating for predicted reliability. If you want a traditional machine that will brew great coffee for years to come, this model will probably be your best bet.

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