Two months ago, my coffee maker stopped making coffee, and given I practically live on caffeine, this was a huge problem. In the short term, I have survived by using a French Press; the labor required, however, to make my coffee before I’ve actually had my coffee is infuriating and unsustainable. The time has come to buy a new coffee maker, but where to start? It seems the options are limitless. So I conducted some research, both first-hand and online, to determine the best ones. If you also find yourself looking to upgrade or replace your caffeine delivery system, you can’t go wrong with these three options.
Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Brewer
Make a full pot or a single cup. Amazon
While not the least expensive coffee maker available, the versatility of this machine earned it a spot on my list. Whether you’re home alone and looking to grab a cup on the go, or making coffee for a crowd, this two-way Brewer has you covered. A real plus with this coffee maker is the ability to make a single cup of coffee with loose grounds, avoiding the expense and ecological concerns associated with single use coffee pods. It is, of course, fully programmable, and includes both a Regular and Bold brewing function. The hot plate will keep your coffee warm in the 12-cup carafe for two hours and automatically shuts off for safety.
Black+Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Fully programmable with large rubberized buttons. Amazon
Black+Decker makes a classic workhorse of a coffee maker that keeps it simple. With 24-hour Quick Touch programming you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee every morning, and if you happen to be up a little early, the Sneak-a-Cup feature stops the brewing flow when you remove the carafe. The hot plate keeps your coffee warm for an hour, which may not be long enough for some users. An unexpected plus mentioned by several users is this coffee maker’s small counter-footprint, making it perfect for apartment dwellers or anyone else with limited counter space.
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew
The bean hopper holds and grinds up to half a pound of beans. Amazon
If you are serious about your coffee, you want to grind your beans immediately prior to brewing. But who has time for that extra step in the morning? The Cuisinart Grind & Brew solves that dilemma for you. Just set it the night before and it will grind your beans in its conical burr grinder and brew you the freshest pot of coffee possible. Looking to fully customize your cup? This all-in-one machine lets you control the grind and strength of your morning brew. There is also a charcoal water filter and included gold-tone coffee filter, meaning no adverse flavors will affect your cup. Another real bonus is the 12-cup double walled, stainless steel carafe that keeps your coffee hot for hours without a hot plate. Interestingly, this coffee maker has a Brew Pause feature that stops the flow of coffee if you want to pour a cup mid-brew, but Cuisinart recommends waiting until the brewing cycle is complete since the flavor profile of coffee made at the beginning of the cycle differs from that made at the end.