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For friends or family members who are, shall we say, particular about their coffee, these thoughtful gifts will fit the bill, whether your loved ones prefer sipping foamy lattes, cold brew, or rich espresso.

The coffee makers, appliances, and accessories below earn top marks in our lab tests. As a bonus, you don’t have to spend top dollar. The burr grinders below, 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.

Best-in-Class Drip Brewers

Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1

    CR’s take: The Calphalon Special Brew BVCLDCG1 is a terrific drip brewer from a brand known for cookware. It 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. 

    Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

      CR’s take: 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 stainless steel model earns a great rating for carafe handling. Cuisinart brewers also receive an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction.

      Ninja Specialty CM401

        CR’s take: A more affordable take on Ninja’s Coffee Bar brewers, 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. It’s one of the most versatile coffee makers we’ve tested. 

        Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer

          CR’s take: For the discerning coffee drinker who needs only one or two cups each morning, consider the Technivorm Moccamaster Cup-One Brewer. Compact and streamlined, it has a profile that makes some sense of its relatively high price, 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. In our lab tests, it earns 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.

          Buzzworthy Cold-Brewers

          Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker DCB-10

            CR’s take: In our cold-brew tests, the Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker DCB-10 performed better than automatic models that cost nearly twice as much. It does well across 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. 

            Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101

              CR’s take: The Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker PBPBK-5101 is the most inexpensive cold-brew coffee maker in our ratings—and it’s 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

              Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

                CR’s take: The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder earns solid scores in all 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 two 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.

                Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

                  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 find 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

                  AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

                    CR’s take: Great for fans of pour-over coffee, this AmazonBasics kettle is made of stainless steel and it’s one of the least expensive kettles 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.

                    Secura Original Stainless Steel Electric Kettle SWK-1701DB

                      CR’s take: The 7-cup Secura Original electric kettle is plastic on the outside, stainless steel on the inside, and nearly 11 inches high. It’s the only model to snag an Excellent rating in our time-to-cool tests: It also keeps 4 cups of boiled water warm for 75 minutes, longer than any of the other kettles in our tests.