Different coffee makers are available in the market today, although few live up to the expectations of enthusiastic coffee connoisseurs. Your choice largely depends on what you want to accomplish with the coffee maker. For instance, do you want a machine that makes the perfect brew or one that can be programmed so that you have your daily wake-up juice ready by the time you roll out of bed?
Due to varying preferences, it is difficult to point out one model as the best of the coffee maker. However, categorizing them into groups while considering various features like programmability makes it easier for a consumer to pick out a model that can suit their needs. The content below reviews different coffee makers based on their features. We look at which machine has the best features overall, which one is ideal for making a single cup, and which one I ideal for making both regular coffee and espresso.
In this category, our pick was the Cuisinart 14-cup DC 3200. It is a significant improvement from its predecessor, the DC-2650, which also won a lot of favor with many coffee brewers who have programmability as their core determining factor for buying a coffee maker. These improvements include a permanent gold-tone filter and a water filter. The purpose of this is to make sure you will always get clean coffee. Additionally, the new model also allows you to stop it mid-brew when time is not on your side. Still, on this note, its programmability also comes in handy if you often prepare yourself hurriedly while going to work. You can set it to begin brewing coffee at 5.00 AM so that you will have your cup ready at 6.00 AM when you get out of bed.
Depending on preference, you can also change the settings of the DC 3200 to brew strong or weak coffee. This is a feature most people like, although it is not available on many coffee makers in the market today. Unlike its predecessor that had a glass carafe, the DC 3200 has a double insulated carafe that keeps your coffee warm. Also important to note is that the whole case is BPA free.
One coffee maker that has many appealing features is the Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew machine. It is ideal for people who would like a large reservoir and a carafe that keeps their coffee hot. This coffee maker is recommended by Homegrounds because it is cost-effective and reliable. Its water reservoir is removable, which makes it easy to refill. Similarly, you can store hot coffee in the carafe, whether you choose to leave it resting on your countertop or at its place in the coffee maker. Just like the Cuisinart DCC 3200, you can program this coffee maker to brew at a particular time every day. If you are in haste, there is a pause button that allows you to pour out your coffee before the machine is done brewing it.
Impatient brewers might be curious to know how long it takes for the maker to complete brewing a full pot. The first drop will come out of the spout after 30 seconds when brewing begins. You have to wait seven minutes for the maker to complete brewing, although you can interrupt it using the pause functionality. To get a full cup or 10 oz of coffee, wait for about 100 seconds.
If you are a fan of single-serve coffee makers, you will undoubtedly like the Keurig K-Elite. Its features include the ability to brew five cups of different sizes from a reservoir that has a capacity of 75 oz. This allows you to brew about eight cups before refilling it. The cup sizes that you can select from include 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz. Other features that make this model worthy of your attention are its simple controls and a removable drip tray. The essence of the drip tray is to accumulate coffee that is brewed accidentally. Additionally, it is large enough to hold travel mugs that are up to 7.2” tall. Its simple controls allow you to insert a pod, select a cup size of your own choice, and then brew in under one minute. This makes it perfect for impatient brewers or for use in a recreational vehicle.
The Delonghi BCO430 is perfect for people who do not have enough space on their countertops for either coffee or espresso machines. It combines the functionality of an espresso machine with that of a coffee maker, although there are two different reservoirs for each one of them. It also comes with a milk frother for those who prefer cappuccinos. The quality of coffee and espresso that comes from this machine is excellent. People who need a stronger taste of the coffee will appreciate the 1-4 feature that prepares your coffee in a slightly different technique where the device saturates the grounds in small intervals to extract the best flavor from your coffee beans. However, note that the 1-4 feature is only ideal for preparing a half pot of coffee. It takes about six minutes to brew.
One of the features that attract many people to the Bonavita Connoisseur is its compact design implying that it will take just a little space on your countertop. Apart from the beautiful design, this coffee maker produces what is probably, the best coffee you ever tasted. It utilizes a method called pre-infusion. With this technique, the coffee beans are wet just a few minutes before the brewing process begins. The essence of this process is to allow your coffee to extract evenly and therefore produce a brew that is more consistent compared to what you get from other coffee brewers. Like many other coffee makers in its ilk, the Bonavita Connoisseur comes with an insulated carafe that will keep your coffee steaming hot for hours on end.
Although we selected the Bonavita Connoisseur as our best coffee maker, your choice will largely depend on your preference for features. For instance, some people prefer a machine that brews faster or a combo coffee/espresso machine to save on counter space. We believe that you will get your pick from the five choices that are included in this review. However, do not limit yourself as more coffee machines precisely have the perfect set of features for your preference.
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia