8 Best Coffeemakers, Tested by Food Network Kitchen
We put them to the test (and drank a ton of coffee) to find our favorites.
Our Top Coffeemakers
- Best Overall: Brim 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
- Best Basic: Black + Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
- Good for a Crowd: Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
- For Pour-Over Lovers: Cuisinart PurePrecision 8-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe
- Best for the Aspiring Barista: Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker
- Made for the Coffee Craftsman: Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
- For Tinkerers: Breville Precision Brewer 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker in Stainless Steel
- Best for the All-Day Coffee Drinker: BUNN 10-Cup Velocity Brew BX Coffee Brewer
What makes a great coffeemaker? It depends on the person. Some love the convenience of auto brew and permanent filters. Others like compactness and value, while some people care about style, color or craftsmanship alone. However, one thing all coffee drinkers can agree on: your coffeemaker of choice should make coffee you crave. Automatic drip coffeemakers come with a variety of features, designs and at many price points. Whether you typically brew for a crowd, are rushing out the door or make time to grind your own beans, we've got an automatic drip coffeemaker just for you.
We updated this guide in February 2021 with three new picks, including a new best overall. We still love many picks from our original test. Read on for our list of current favorites.
Don’t let the classically simple design of this coffee maker deceive you: It’s a workhorse and designed to retain all the natural flavors you love about coffee. A large shower head makes sure that coffee grounds are evenly saturated, the sustainable and reusable gold tone filter preserves your coffee’s essential oils and the specially designed flavor infusion lid ensures that coffee is evenly mixed throughout brewing, making coffee that’s hotter and more balanced. It can make a giant 14-cup pot or as small as 1 cup at a time. And the pause-and-serve feature lets you sneak a cup before the brew is done. With a nice mid-range price point we think this Brim model will make most coffee lovers very happy.
Don't need any bells and whistles on your machine? This super affordable model is simple all around: from programming to brewing and cleaning. But it’s not too bare bones! Thanks to the auto brew feature you can sneak a cup before the pot is full and rely on the automatic 2-hour shut off for peace of mind.
At 14 cups, this model made our biggest brew and with the Brew Pause feature the caffeine-deprived can sneak a quick cup before the pot is full. Coffee stays hot for up to 2 hours (perfect for big brunches) and the auto brew feature means the machine will be up and brewing before you. Choose between model colors and regular or bold brews depending on your crowd's taste. There's a charcoal water filter that needs replacing every 60 days, so set yourself a reminder. You can register your model with a simple photo text, the only one we tested with this special customer service feature.
If you (or someone you know) appreciates the time and technique that goes into making a pot of pour-over coffee but also wants some automated convenience then this is the coffee maker for you. Cuisinart’s PurePrecision has a unique stainless steel side profile and boasts a carafe that looks like it came straight from a coffeehouse. But it’s not all about looks: the pour-over technique makes a great cup of coffee (thanks to the prewetting of coffee grounds, which allows them to bloom for optimum flavor) and it’s received the approval of the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America). Unlike traditional pour-over coffee you can grab a cup before the pot is done thanks to Cusinart’s Brew Pause. Choose from mild, medium and bold brews.
Put on your barista apron and get ready for some caffeinated fun. Perfect for those who have family and friends with very different coffee orders. The different 5-brew and 6-size settings (and the built-in milk froth wand) will ensure that everyone sips happy. Use the recipe booklet and online videos to make everything from black coffee to cappuccinos and to help troubleshoot (which is important since this stealthy machine only comes with a 1-year warranty).
The box is fun and mysterious (like opening a present), and inside you'll find a serious and solid machine handmade in the Netherlands. For the pour-over coffee lover who still wants the convenience of automatic drip, this sustainably developed machine brewed our favorite tasting coffee by far. The hefty price reflects the craftsmanship and comes in many colors, so you can be sure you get exactly what you want.
We’ll get right down to it, this Breville model makes an exceptional cup of coffee: It was balanced, smooth with pleasantly bitter notes (and the cold brew was great too). But it also carries a heavy price tag and is really meant for coffee enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade their coffee bar. The inner scientist in you will appreciate adjusting variables like water temperature, the coffee ground’s bloom time and water delivery speed, all in the pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee for you. And we’re not the only ones who are impressed, the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) has awarded the Precision Brewer its Gold rating for meeting all their rigorous standards.
Stop microwaving that same cup of coffee, because this machine is always ready (thanks to the heated stainless-steel water tank) and will brew a fresh and full pot in just three minutes (it's true, we timed it). Perfect for people who drink coffee all day or a small business owner who treats customers to a cup of joe. With a three-year warranty, it's a safe investment if you need a real workhorse.
How We Tested
We got nerdy. After careful research from reputable consumer buying guides, we purchased 12 coffeemakers. Each was assigned a testing letter ID (so our taste tests were blind) and then we took copious notes — about everything. We noted how much trash each machine left behind after it was unpacked, read every instruction manual and set up all the machines according to manufacturers' specifications.
Then we began to brew (about 20 pots total) with the same coffee across the board, following the recommended coffee-to-water ratio for each machine. We took the temperature three times: while brewing, right when the pot was done and two hours later. And then our tasting panel of six spent two days tasting coffee. (What we learned about taste: It's super subjective. Some people love weaker coffee while others prefer bold. Perhaps there is no such thing as a bad cup of coffee?) We tested every feature claimed by the manufacturer and then we cleaned them all.