I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.
I have a love affair with my Coffee maker. It is more responsible for starting my morning off right than any other appliance in the house, even more important than the alarm clock. I cannot begin functioning until I have had my first coffee. I can’t get the children out of bed and start breakfast, I can’t even decide what to fix for breakfast until that first cup is down the hatch and coursing through my bloodstream.
If I have forgotten to pre-program my coffee maker the night before, I have a really tough time getting the coffee grounds and water into the machine, and then waiting the five brain-numbing minutes until the coffee is in my cup. It feels like torture!
Are you looking for one of the traditional best coffee makers, single serve coffee makers, or espresso machines and cappuccino makers?
Four of the best selling and top rated coffee makers on Amazon are listed below, and I do a full, in depth review of each.
Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
This is my all-time favorite coffee maker! I have owned one for 9 years, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
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Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer Single Serve and 12 cup Coffee Maker
If you are conflicted between the traditional machine and the single serve, this machine is the best of both worlds. You get a single serve, and 12 cup all in one stylish machine!
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Bodum Brazil 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker
This coffee maker is traditional in an old school way! The French press cannot be programmed, and doesn’t require electricity, but if you are a coffee connoisseur, you cannot beat coffee from a French press.
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Black & Decker CM1050B 12-cup Programmable Coffeemaker
The CM1050B is a good choice if you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money, and want a programmable machine. I have owned one of these for about a year, for when I am entertaining and want to serve decaf.
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Single Serve Coffee Makers
The Single Serve Coffee Makers are for the coffee aficionado who loves to experiment, doesn’t drink a ton of coffee each day, and likes to keep coffee making simple and straightforward.
Single serve coffee makers do an amazing job of simplifying the art of making coffee.
Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System
Super modern, and sleek! This is the hands down favorite with the single cup crowd.
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Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System
The B40 is the B60’s little sister with one less brewing size option. This is another great machine by Keurig with it’s own set of loyal followers.
Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function
The Breville single serve has an ultra modern, hip look! But you pay for that extra sleekness; the price tag is almost $100 more than the Keurigs
DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio Coffeemaker
The Nescafe is a highly versatile machine. You get the single serve regular coffee option, but you can also make lattes, iced coffee drinks, cappuccinos and more!
Espresso Machines & Cappuccino Makers
I wanted to represent a wide varieties of price ranges for the Espresso machines, no matter which model you choose, you will be saving a ton of money by the end of the year by not spending $4 a day (or more!) at Starbuck’s.
De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
The EC155 is both versatile and affordable! You can use either espresso pods or ground espresso in this machine. The De’Longhi is an affordable machine, and makes a great coffee drink. To learn more – Click Here
Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker
The Nespresso Espresso Maker comes in five flashy, modern colors. This machine only uses espresso pods, for an effortless and perfect espresso drink. This machine is moderately priced, and super stylish. Check it out Here
DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
The ESAM3300 is a professional quality espresso machine that grinds your espresso beans prior to brewing.
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Breville Barista Express BES860XL machine with grinder
The Breville BES860XL is a super popular espresso machine. The brushed chrome, retro styling, and Italian workmanship make this one of my favorite espresso makers.
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What are your needs?
Do you need the coffee totally ready when you roll out of bed? Go with a traditional coffee maker.
Do you have only one or two coffee drinkers in your home? Go with a single serve coffee maker.
Do you like specialty drinks including espresso, mochas, cappuccinos, etc.? Go with the espresso maker.
Can you throw back multiple cups of coffee in an hour? Go traditional.
Do you like to sample all different flavors and types of coffee, without the commitment to purchase a whole pound of each type? Go with the single serve coffee maker.
Do you like to freshly grind your coffee beans every morning? Go traditional, or go with one of the espresso machines.
So, now that you have a better idea of which type of coffeemaker will be the best fit for you, let’s take a look at the best coffee makers in each category.
Best Traditional Coffee Makers
If you are looking at a traditional coffee maker, then you need to consider the most important features for these machines.
Again, consider the features that will make the perfect coffee maker for your particular coffee habit. My priorities may be different from yours. I like lots of coffee and I like it ready when I wake up.
Top Coffee Maker Features To Consider:
- Size of Carafe
- Midstream Brew Pause (this is a MUST for me!)
- Adjustable Heater Plate
- Programmable Advanced Brew Start (another must for me)
- Auto Shut-Off (this isn’t as important for me, there is never any coffee left!)
- Smaller batch option
- Built In Water Filter
- Coffee Filter Basket (these are so nice to have when you run out of paper filters!)
- Adjustable Brew Strength
- Dishwasher Safe Carafe
Let’s delve a bit deeper into what makes each of these machines a good, better, or best choice. My best choice may not be the same as yours, but I’ll give you all the information you will need to make that decision.
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