Whether you're brand new to coffee or have been living off of its sweet, sweet buzz since high school, you've probably had a horrific cup of mud at some point or another. Avoid that nasty swill or the long lines at your local coffee shop with one of these excellent coffee makers that'll have you looking forward to your morning cup o' joe every day. While smart coffee makers are becoming increasingly popular, we're keeping things more analog with choices from capsule-based solutions. To filter your coffee favorites, we've got the perfect options to suit you.
If you're really into coffee, but would also rather have the ease and convenience of drip coffee instead of the science experiments involved in some brewing methods, then this is the filter coffee maker for you. It makes up to eight cups at a time at an excellent temperature, all in about six minutes. It has a "showerhead" design, which allows for even saturation of your grounds, and all it takes is one touch to start the process.
The OXO BREW makes up to nine cups of coffee at a time with a brewing process that replicates the pour-over method, offering full flavor and a great cup of coffee every time. The "showerhead" water dispenser ensures even ground saturation, and the LED screen gives you full control, as well as helpful indicators for freshness and brew status. There's a 24-hour start timer so you can ensure you have a hot cup of coffee ready for you in the morning.
Whether you just want a quick cup to take with you on the go, or you'd like to make up to 12 cups for all your guests, this Hamilton Beach coffee maker has you covered. The best part is that both sides work with the same grounds, so you don't need to buy different types of coffee. Make up a 14-ounce travel mug, and choose between regular or strong brews with fully programmable functionality.
Best Keurig machine
The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker brews all Keurig K-Cup pods, capable of making coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty flavors, and iced beverages. With a large 75-ounce water reservoir, this machine will let you brew eight cups before having to refill the removable reservoir. As well as mugs for drinking coffee at home, the K-Elite can fit travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall so you can brew and go.
Best Nespresso machine
We're fans of the Nespresso system. Using Nespresso's recyclable capsules, the Vertuo machine lets you have many different coffee styles depending on your preference. It brews regular coffee, espresso, and frothed milk-topped concoctions, thanks to the built-in frother. It can make 7.7-ounce cups of coffee or 1.35-ounce cups of espresso. The 54-ounce water tank means you have to fill up less frequently.
If you'd rather take the manual route but still want a quick coffee, then the Chemex pour-over carafe is perfect. It comes in three- to ten-cup iterations, all for around the same price. All you have to do is pop in the filter, your grounds of choice, pour, and brew. This is the best way to save leftover coffee for reheating or refrigerating to make delicious iced coffee at a time that suits you.
Best press method
The AeroPress method is a bit involved, but if you're a connoisseur, then it's more than worth your time. The micro-filters prevent any of the grounds from finding their way into your cup, and the "total immersion" brewing method helps prevent the bitterness you can get with other methods. Cleanup is also a lot more simple than a French press.
Best French press
A French press is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to brew excellent coffee, and the Espro P3 takes it even further with a double-filter design, which has rubber seals, so you get all of the delicious coffee with none of the nasty, bitter sludge. This press has thick glass to help insulate, and its plastic holder locks in place.
Best vacuum brewer
This veritable chemistry experiment comes to us from Japan, where vacuum brewing is the coffee house standard. Hario's maker is made of thick glass that doesn't feel cheap, has a soot-free alcohol burner, and it's very easy to clean. If you fancy a science experiment in the morning, this is the way to go (it also makes dynamite, clean-tasting coffee).
How you like your coffee can be a very personal thing for most people. If you prefer the manual method, it doesn't get better than the ever-popular AeroPress, beloved by coffee connoisseurs.
If you're looking for flexibility, then the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker has the ability to make just a single cup or brew up a full pot using the same grounds. It is a really clever and space-saving solution.
Our overall staff pick, the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker, nabs the tops lot thanks to its showerhead water distribution, simple operation, quick brewing time, and good looks.
Amy-Mae has been writing about consumer technology since before the iPhone was even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye. She started out in magazine publishing with the UK lads' mag 'Boy's Toys' then moved online with startup Pocket-lint.com as the first full-time member of staff, helping grow the site to one of the UK's largest gadget sites. Amy-Mae then moved to Mashable when it only had a staff of around 10 people. After working her way up to a senior role there, Amy-Mae left in 2014 to have her daughter. Since then Amy-Mae has continued to contribute to Mashable and The Daily Dot, keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer technology and social media trends. For iMore.com, Amy-Mae gets to her explore her love of home cooking, concentrating on all things kitchen tech.
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