10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers
CR's top-rated brewers, grinders, and kettles
Whether your loved ones prefer sipping foamy lattes, cold brew, or rich espresso, these thoughtful gifts will fit the bill.
The coffee makers, appliances, and accessories below earn top marks in our extensive lab tests, making them perfect for friends and family members who are, shall we say, particular about their coffee. As a bonus, you don’t have to spend top dollar. The burr grinders listed here, for instance, outperform a model that costs twice as much.
“You can find great coffee-related gifts ranging from $20 to $250 any time of year,” says Claudette Ennis, a market analyst covering coffee makers at Consumer Reports. And most retailers stock a wide variety of products year-round.
Read on for standouts in our tests of drip coffee makers, cold-brew machines, and electric kettles. Within each category, models are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of CR rank. CR members can click on each model name for detailed ratings.
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Best-in-Class Drip Brewers
CR’s take: The Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 is a terrific drip brewer from a brand known for its cookware. It earns strong scores in CR’s performance tests, and Calphalon brewers in general earn a rating of Good for predicted reliability based on data from our member survey. This model is a bit bulky, but it offers brew-strength control, programming, an LED display, and a 10-cup glass carafe. It comes in a stainless steel finish that should match other stainless steel appliances nicely.
CR’s take: If you or a loved one just have to use freshly ground coffee beans for every brew, check out the Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B, which features a built-in grinder. This 12-cup brewer performs well in our tests, with a rating of Very Good for carafe handling, and it's very easy to use and clean. In addition to its grinder, this Black+Decker features a permanent filter, auto-shutoff, brew-strength control, and programming, making it a great countertop companion for your daily grind.
CR’s take: One of the most versatile coffee makers we’ve tested, the Ninja Specialty CM401 is a terrific all-in-one machine, capable of brewing hot and iced coffee, lattes, macchiatos, and other specialty brews. In our tests, it receives an Excellent rating for brew performance, and its glass carafe handles with ease. This model is also packed with features, including an over-ice brew mode for iced coffee, a built-in milk frother, brew-strength control, and brew-size adjustment for everything from travel mugs to full carafes.
CR’s take: Have a college student on your gift list this year? The inexpensive Kitchen Selectives CM-688 single-serve machine brews a decent 12-ounce cup of coffee. But it scores only Fair for convenience, and CR testers found it particularly difficult to clean. But it could be a fine choice for a small apartment, or anywhere else you want a very compact, simple model built to serve just one.
CR’s take: In our cold-brew tests, the Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker DCB-10 performs better than automatic models that cost nearly twice as much. It does well in all our tests, and it’s the only model to receive a Very Good rating for ease of cleaning. Most parts are dishwasher-safe, unlike the other models in its class. This Cuisinart comes with a glass carafe (not plastic, like some competing models) and brews in 25 to 45 minutes.
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. It receives an Excellent rating for convenience. This Primula comes with a glass carafe, and most of its parts are dishwasher-safe. It’s the only model that calls for a full 24-hour brew time, but you might find the results worth the wait.
Great Burr Coffee Grinders
CR’s take: The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder earns solid scores in all of our grind-performance tests, including an Excellent rating for coarse grind performance (great for cold-brew and French-press coffee). This model is easy to clean but not as convenient to use as other top-performing models because of unclear markings on its controls. The Bodum is also one of the two noisiest grinders in our tests—we’re talking loud enough that constant exposure over a long period of time could cause hearing loss. But because you’re using your coffee grinder only for a minute or 2 at a time, it’s more of an annoyance than a health concern. This model features 12 grind settings, an auto-stop feature, and a timer.
CR’s take: The Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is a fantastic grinder and one of the more affordable models that does well in our tests. It receives strong scores in our grind-performance tests, making it a good choice for any brew method you want to use. It also earns a Very Good rating for convenience, thanks to its clearly marked and easy-to-use controls. Our testers found it extremely easy to clean, too, because it has a removable hopper. This Oxo is a bit noisy, but nothing like the Bodum above. It features 15 grind settings, a 12-ounce bean hopper (one of the largest), an auto-stop feature, and a timer.
Excellent Electric Kettles
CR’s take: Great for fans of pour-over coffee, this AmazonBasics kettle is made of stainless steel and is one of the least expensive in our tests. It’s small, though, holding just 4 cups of water—the least of the kettles we test. It’s among the fastest to bring our testing standard of 4 cups of water to a boil, clocking in at just under 4 minutes and earning a Very Good rating in our time-to-boil tests. This kettle is harder to clean than some other models, however.
CR’s take: The 7-cup Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 boils about as fast as the other kettles in our ratings. It costs more than most of the models we've tested, but it has six preset temperature settings for making different types of tea or French-press coffee, and it boasts a three-year warranty. This stainless kettle garners a Very Good rating in our convenience tests. You’ll have no trouble reading the markings of the kettle.