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 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.

Top pick: Bonavita Connoisseur (BV1901TS)

If you're really into coffee, but would also rather have the convenience of drip coffee instead of the science experiments involved in some brewing methods, then this is the 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.

$145 at Amazon

High-end pick: OXO On Barista Brain

The OXO On 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.

$200 at Amazon

Best value: Hamilton Beach Single Serve/Pot Maker (49980A)

Whether you just want a quick cup 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 too, and choose between regular or strong brews.

$60 at Amazon

Best Keurig machine: Keurig K575

The K575 is a powerhouse Keurig machine, with a color LED display, an 80-ounce removable reservoir, and the ability to brew 4- to 12-ounce cups of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, as well as 22- to 30-ounce carafes (with the K-Carafe pods). There's also a strength control setting and you can get hot water any time you like.

$160 at Amazon

Best Nespresso machine: De'Longhi Nespresso Vertuo

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. Brews 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.

$170 at Amazon

Best pour-over: Chemex 6-cup pour-over maker

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 3- to 10-cup iterations, all for around the same price ($40). All you have to do is pop in the filter, your grounds, pour, and brew. This is the best way to save leftover coffee for refrigerating or reheating.

$40 at Amazon

Best press method: AeroPress

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.

$34 at Amazon

Best French press: Espro P3 glass 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.

$65 at Amazon

Best vacuum brewer: Hario Next Siphon coffee maker

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).

$80 at Amazon

Best smart coffee maker: Behmor Connected

This Alexa-enabled coffee maker lets you control the temperature of your brew, set timers, schedules, and more, all in its app, which you can control from your phone or with your Amazon Echo device. You can also set brewing profiles and save settings so that you get the brew you want every single time.

$160 at Amazon

How you like your coffee can be a very personal thing for most people, but for my money, the Hamilton Beach maker is the best on this list, with the ability to make a single cup or a full pot using the same grounds. If you prefer the manual method, then it doesn't get better than AeroPress.

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