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Best Drip Coffee Makers From CR's Tests

For a great everyday cup of joe, here are 8 top brewers

Every drip coffee maker that comes into CR's test lab brews roughly 65 cups of coffee by the time our engineers wrap up. And brewing is just one of many criteria we use to judge these machines. We test a variety of different coffee makers, as well as coffee itself. So whether you’re looking to replace a broken machine or trying to find the right gift for a coffee connoisseur, we’ve got you covered.

For a drip coffee maker—the kitchen’s unsung breakfast hero—we’ve tested models that offer simple programming, as well as more complex machines with built-in coffee grinders and self-clean cycles.

“Consider what features are important to you before you buy,” says CR test engineer Ginny Lui. “In general, the price is higher with add-on features or accessories like a water filter, clean cycle, clean indicator, permanent filter, or thermal carafe.”

How We Test Drip Coffee Makers
We rate drip coffee makers on brew performance, convenience, carafe handling, and more. 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 also 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.

Below you’ll find reviews for eight top-performing drip coffee makers, ranging from your classic drip coffee maker with a carafe to grind-and-brew machines to dual coffee/espresso makers. The picks listed below are in alphabetical order, not by CR rank. Prices vary from about $40 to $150. For more choices, see our full coffee maker ratings.

Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso 35019

Bialetti Combo Coffee & Espresso...

CR’s take: Though this Bialetti lacks typical drip-machine features like programming or brew-strength control, the machine makes up for it with good brew performance and a short 8-minute brew time. If you’re the kind of person who sometimes prefers a shot of espresso instead of (or in addition to) your morning coffee, this Bialetti offers the best of both worlds, thanks to a built-in espresso maker. In addition, the machine features a built-in milk frother, permanent filter, and auto-shutoff.

    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

    Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

    CR’s take: If you insist on coffee made with fresh grounds, this is the brewer to buy. As the name suggests, the Black+Decker Mill & Brew handles the extra step of grinding whole coffee beans right before brewing them. As a result, the machine is capable of brewing very good coffee. The machine is made of black plastic with stainless steel accents. You can program this model, and it allows you to adjust brew strength.

      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

      CR’s take: Like the model above, 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 filter, and auto-shutoff. The Cuisinart comes in a stainless steel finish with a glass carafe that offered great handling in our tests. But the performance and finishings of this machine come at a premium price—costing significantly more than the Black+Decker Mill & Brew.

        Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000

        Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000

        CR’s take: The Cuisinart Coffee on Demand looks and acts quite different than the PerfecTemp model below. This pick is a self-serve model, meaning it stores brewed coffee in a reservoir with a dispenser instead of a carafe, providing an easy way for family and guests to fill their own cups. The machine features a removable reservoir, programming, a water filter, a cleaning indicator, and more. For less than $100, the Coffee on Demand is a great alternative to brewers with carafes.

          Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200

          Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

          CR’s take: This programmable Cuisinart drip coffee maker, with a stainless steel finish and glass carafe, features a water filter, a permanent coffee filter, a cleaning mode, a cleaning indicator, and auto-shutoff. The machine allows you to adjust the strength of your brew. For the money, this machine offers style and features that are hard to beat. It’s only a few bucks more than the Cuisinart above and is significantly less than the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew, because it lacks the built-in grinder.

            DeLonghi BCO320T

            DeLonghi BCO320T

            CR’s take: The only other combination coffee/espresso maker on this list, the DeLonghi BCO320T one-ups the Bialetti (top) with the addition of programming, so you can have a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you in the morning. The DeLonghi also features brew-strength control, a water filter, auto-shutoff, and a built-in milk frother. The downside? This DeLonghi takes about 2 minutes longer than the Bialetti to brew a pot of coffee. But if you really want programming and a water filter, the DeLonghi might be a better choice.

              Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465R

              Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable...

              CR’s take: This unassuming Hamilton Beach coffee maker might look cheap, but it can brew a mean cup of joe. It comes in a black plastic finish and is fully programmable, featuring auto-shutoff. It can’t do much else, but it offers good brew performance and a decent 10-minute brew time. At less than $50, this simple machine gets the job done and is well worth the money.

                Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit 4846[4]

                Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit...

                CR’s take: Another self-serve model, this Hamilton Beach BrewStation is made of black plastic with stainless steel accents. It features a cleaning indicator, brew-strength control, and auto-shutoff, as well as programming. However, unlike the Cuisinart Coffee on Demand (above), it lacks a removable reservoir, making it more difficult to clean. But it costs considerably less than the Cuisinart, so this Hamilton Beach is still a solid option if you’re interested in a self-serve brewer.

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