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Fastest Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports' Tests

6 models that are great for hurried mornings and bustling gatherings

Three of the fastest coffee makers from CR's tests.
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When it’s time for coffee, it’s time for coffee.

The experts at Consumer Reports recognize the importance of speed when it comes to brewing a fresh pot. “We time how long it takes drip coffee makers to brew a pot of coffee with 40 ounces of water, which yields about eight cups of coffee,” says Ginny Lui, CR’s test engineer for coffee makers. (A coffee cup is typically 5 ounces instead of the usual 8 ounces of a standard measuring cup.) “And for pod machines, we time how long it takes to brew the first cup of coffee and subsequent cups.”

But we don’t stop at brew speed. For drip coffee makers, we conduct a brew-performance test to measure the brew temperature and contact time (how long water stays within the sweet spot of 195° F to 205° F for brewing).

For pod coffee makers, our engineers evaluate the consistency of temperature and size of each individual cup. 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. Finally, we factor brand-level data on predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our annual survey of CR members into each model’s Overall Score.

All this data means you can trust our coffee maker ratings to find a fast coffee maker that’s right for you. The quickest drip coffee makers brew a pot in 5 minutes. As a point of comparison, the slowest coffee maker in our ratings takes 14 minutes to brew a full pot. Here are six of the quickest that also earn top scores for brewing. CR members can click each model name for detailed ratings.

1
Fastest Drip Machine
Bodum Bistro Automatic Pour Over 11001-01TG
Bodum Bistro Automatic Pour Over...

    Bodum Bistro Automatic Pour Over...

    Brew time: 5 minutes
    CR’s take: One of the fastest drip coffee makers in our ratings is the Bodum Bistro Automatic Pour Over 11001-01TG. This machine features auto-shutoff, a permanent filter, a removable reservoir, and a thermal carafe. In our tests, it earns a Very Good rating for brew performance and is very convenient to use. Keep in mind that for this machine and the other drip models on this list, if you make fewer than eight cups of coffee, you’ll have a finished brew in even less time.

    2
    Fastest Self-Serve Machine
    Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit 4846[4]
    Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit...

      Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit...

      Brew time: 8 minutes
      CR’s take: If you prefer a self-serve reservoir over a carafe, the speediest machine you can get is the Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit 4846[4]. This brewer can hold 62 ounces (or just over 12 cups) of coffee in its reservoir and offers a dispenser to fill individual cups. The model has a programming feature, auto-shutoff, brew-strength control, a cleaning indicator, and more. It earns a Very Good rating for convenience, and has top-notch brew performance, too.

      3
      Fastest Grind-and-Brew Machine
      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC
      Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

        Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

        Brew time: 8 minutes
        CR’s take: For coffee aficionados who prefer grinding whole beans over buying coffee already ground, the Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC is the machine to buy. It earns an Excellent rating for carafe handling, with superb brew performance and convenience. This Cuisinart also features programming, brew-strength control, auto-shutoff, a water filter, a permanent coffee filter, and more.

        4
        Fastest Combination Machine
        Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System CP307
        Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System...

          Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System...

          Brew time: 6 minutes
          CR’s take: If you like being able to offer guests multiple options—such as hot coffee, iced coffee, lattes, cold brew, and tea—check out the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System CP307. (Keep in mind the 6-minute brew time applies only to traditional hot coffee.) This combination machine brews all those drinks and comes packed with features, including auto-shutoff, a permanent filter, a removable reservoir, programming, a thermal carafe, small-batch settings, and brew-strength control. In our tests, it earns high scores for brew performance and convenience, and a Very Good score for carafe handling. It performs well as an automatic cold-brew coffee maker in those ratings, too.

          5
          Fastest Pod Machine
          Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S
          Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in...

            Nespresso  Pixie Espresso Maker in...

            First-cup brew time: About 1 minute
            Repeat-cup brew time: About 30 seconds
            CR’s take: The speediest pod machine in our ratings is the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker in Aluminum EN125S. It earns high marks for first-cup speed, repeat-cup speed, and cup-size consistency. And it earns a rating of Very Good for brewing range, which means you have plenty of control over the strength of your brew. The Pixie has a removable water reservoir, a height-adjustable drip tray, and an adjustable brew temperature feature. It’s simple to use, and it can also brew three types of coffee—lungo (an Italian coffee), espresso, and ristretto (a more concentrated espresso)—depending on the capsules you buy.

            6
            Fastest K-Cup Machine
            Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15
            Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15

              Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15

              First-cup brew time: About 1 minute 30 seconds
              Repeat-cup brew time: About 1 minute 30 seconds
              CR’s take: For the Keurig K-Cup faithful, the Cuisinart Coffee Center SS-15 offers a zippy brew time. This K-Cup brewer also doubles as a 12-cup drip coffee maker and features auto-shutoff, a height-adjustable drip tray, a built-in water filter, and a removable reservoir. In terms of performance, it earns an Excellent rating for first-cup speed, with great temperature consistency and cup-size consistency, and has easy-to-use controls.

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