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A stylish Mr. Coffee coffee maker

Most Stylish Coffee Makers From Consumer Reports' Tests

You won't mind leaving these on your kitchen counter

Coffee makers are one of a handful of appliances that are often on full display for friends and guests, so you probably want one to look good as well as brew a good cup of coffee. Of course, appearances can be deceiving. That’s why Consumer Reports puts coffee makers to the test.

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).

“We also measure the concentration of the brewed coffee to make sure it’s not too weak or too strong,” says Ginny Lui, CR’s test engineer for coffee makers.

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.

Both types of coffee maker also undergo convenience tests to evaluate how easy it is to set timers, fill the reservoir, and clean the machine, among other things.

To create each model’s Overall Score, the results of our exhaustive testing are combined with brand-level data on predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our CR member's survey. You'll find all of this in our coffee-maker ratings of about 150 models.

Below are five good-looking models grouped by type and in alphabetical order that, first and foremost, brew a great cup of joe.

1
Stylish Drip Brewers
Bella Ultimate Elite Collection 12-Cup 14623
Bella Ultimate Elite Collection...

    Bella Ultimate Elite Collection...

    CR’s take: The Bella Ultimate Elite Collection 12-Cup 14623 comes in a finish that’s unusual for its category—black stainless steel. Its elegant hourglass silhouette will complement your kitchen rather than clog up your counters. In our surveys, Bella machines earn a Very Good rating for predicted reliability, so you can be confident you’ll get staying power with this model. It does very well in CR’s performance tests as well, and comes with a few handy features, including an auto-shutoff and a cleaning indicator.

    2

    Mr. Coffee Programmable BVMC-FBX39
    Mr. Coffee Programmable BVMC-FBX39

      Mr. Coffee Programmable BVMC-FBX39

      CR’s take: With a similar design to the Bella above, the stainless steel Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable BVMC-FBX39 looks at once modern and retro. The glass carafe steals focus, and a seamless curved stainless steel backdrop brings a high-end feel. This Mr. Coffee also features an auto-shutoff and cleaning indicator, plus a permanent coffee filter. In our tests, it receives strong scores across the board, with a Very Good rating for brew performance.

      3

      Oxo Barista Brain 9-Cup 8710100
      Oxo Barista Brain 9-Cup 8710100

        Oxo Barista Brain 9-Cup 8710100

        CR’s take: The Oxo Barista Brain 9-Cup 8710100 features a more unusual design than its comrades. With an exposed water reservoir and heating element on one side and a thermal carafe on the other, it’s a veritable conversation piece for your kitchen. Stainless and black accents might sit nicely with your larger appliances. This Oxo does well in most of our tests (including brew performance), but receives only a middling Good rating for carafe handling, a common finding with thermal carafes, many of which have issues with dribbling during the pour. 

        4
        Stylish Pod Brewers
        DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima One Espresso Maker EN500BW/W
        DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima One...

          DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima One...

          CR’s take: For a brighter machine, consider the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima One Espresso Maker EN500BW/W. Unapologetically playful (it’s almost all plastic), this chunky coffee maker makes a decent cup for a pod brewer. (Most pod brewers receive middling scores for taste.) Using Nespresso capsules, it brews coffee and espresso, as well as cappuccinos and lattes, with the help of a built-in milk frother. DeLonghi brewers receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction in our surveys, so you can expect an enjoyable experience. This machine in particular does well in most of our tests, but it falls a bit short when it comes to brewing range, which judges a machine’s ability to brew coffee of varying strengths. With that said, it’s important to note that this machine is pricey; you’re paying for its ability to brew more than just a cup of coffee.

          5

          Starbucks Verismo V Brewer
          Starbucks Verismo V Brewer

            Starbucks Verismo V Brewer

            CR’s take: Those who spend more on their Starbucks habit than on utilities may want to check out the Starbucks Verismo V Brewer, which uses the company’s own Verismo coffee pods. Dark and monolithic, it has a bold look. This machine features an auto-shutoff, programming, and a removable reservoir for easy filling. It does well in our tests all-around, though it doesn't fare terribly well in our convenience test, receiving a middle-of-the-road Good rating.

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