With automatic-drip machines, the most popular type, you fill a chamber with water, load coffee into a filter basket, and flip a switch to heat the water and run it through the grounds and typically into the pot.
Our espresso maker ratings include scores for taste, frothing ability, weight, and convenience. We evaluate convenience by looking at what is involved to set up and brew a cup of espresso, the noise and vibration of the espresso maker, how easy it is to clean, and more.
For many of us, the daily grind can't begin until we've had that first cup of piping hot coffee—so the right brewer is at the top of the list. The most basic coffee makers make at least a decent cup, but a little more money buys conveniences such as programmability, a thermal carafe to keep coffee hot longer, settings that let you adjust brew strength, and more.