10 Best Drip Coffee makers 2017
That undulating aroma wafting through the home is nostalgic. It is motivational.
It is often the first sign that it is time to rise and face the world and a better one at that than the dreaded alarm.
What would we do without our morning cup of coffee?
Irrespective of whether you like it with milk or you like it black, espresso or Americano, the morning cup of decaf kick starts the dopamine production that we need to get out of our zombie-like stupor.
But off late, with all the talk about the finesse and the intricacies of making coffee, people seem to have forgotten that it’s all about relaxing and absorbing the flavors of that first sip.
We don’t know about you, but we certainly hate walking half sleepy into the kitchen, sourcing coffee beans from an airtight container, grinding them, boiling water at a precise temperature, soaking the beans and then waiting for the coffee to be ready.
Whatever happened to good old fashioned American coffee makers that were supposed to give you your java on autopilot as your semi-dozed your way into the kitchen and pressed a button?
When or where did the alchemy come from?
Today, we pay an ode to coffee the way it was and the way it must be, drip style. Move over manual French press coffee makers; we have the best drip coffee makers right here.
And contrary to what a lot of people believe, we have lined up some very good models in this list that can give your neighborhood barista some serious competition.
#1 – Cuisinart DCC-3200 Programmable Coffeemaker
Our #1 pick in the list of the best drip coffee makers is the Cuisinart DCC-3200 which outperforms some of the top brands in the business with this ingeniously designed package.
But before we venture into the features, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful design. This is a coffee maker that you’d be proud to display on your countertop. It is svelte, sleek and compact. Standing about 14 inches tall, it fits into a corner and the all silver casing gives it a commercial-grade appearance.
This is a completely automated, programmable coffee maker that lets you select everything from the time at which you want your coffee in the morning to the strength of the brew.
There are only a handful of buttons on the casing which let you choose the brew strength (bold), activate the cleaning cycle, switch on and off the brew function, enter the programming menu and choose between 1 to 4 cups per brew. There are individual buttons for the hour and the minute setting which makes it easier to set the time.
The coffee is brewed in a thermal glass carafe that keeps it steaming hot for a long time. It has a lid with a pour spout that is easy to remove and close while the stainless steel handle makes it effortless to remove it from the machine and pour.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 also boasts of a permanent charcoal filter that removes any residual odor or taste from the water giving you 100% pure and flavorful coffee every single time.
The features that make it the best drip coffee maker according to us are the 14 cup capacity, ability to pause the brew and get your first cup right away, small brew time (approximately 5 minutes to brew 14 cups), 24-hour programmability and auto-shut off.
You can just take it all apart and scrub it clean. The filter and the brew head does not clog or leak either.
The game wouldn’t be worth the candle if the coffee tastes too watered down or charred. Thankfully, the DCC-3200 churns out one of the best tasting coffee in the world. You can make it stronger at the touch of a button too. All in all, this is the perfect example of a drip coffee machine.
#2 – Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer
There’s a lot of stainless steel on the casing of the Bonavita BV1900TS which gives it a beefy appearance on the counter. But that’s not the sole reason why it climbs its way to the #2 position on this list of best drip coffee makers.
It has a bunch of very useful Barista styled features that let you extract every coffee granule to the fullest giving you a rich and oily brew just the way coffee must be.
For starters, it is one of the few drip coffee makers that boasts of a pre-infusion cycle. That’s espresso turf folks.
For those who are unaware, this soaks your coffee grounds in hot water making it easier to extract the flavors during the brew.
Then, the 1500-Watt heating system in the Bonavita BV1900TS kicks in and releases boiling water at a precise temperature every single time. The water temperature is maintained at 198° to 205° F which ensures that you have consistently good coffee in each cup.
There is no disparity in taste in the first and the final cup. It can brew 8 cups at a time with the option to brew only 4 cups too. The coffee pours into a stainless steel carafe which keeps it warm for up to three hours.
We were so impressed with the taste of the coffee that we almost forgot to speak about the simple but elegant design of the Bonavita.
There’s a non-removable water reservoir, a plastic basket, a filter and the metal carafe which rests on a base plate. The base plate is purely added for aesthetics and does not have a heating element. Also, the carafe bottom is cool to the touch which allows you to rest it on a plastic or wooden table if need be.
To clean, you just have to rinse the carafe and the coffee basket under water.
Overall, this is your ticket to great tasting coffee even if you snubbed the drip coffee machines of yore. This caters to the savant in you by ensuring that the coffee is never burnt or even over heated. It is consistently good!
#3 – ZUTTO Coffee Maker EC-DAC50
Priced under $70, there are few models that can rival the value that the Zutto Coffee Maker brings to the table.
This pocket sized drip coffee maker that is just about perfect for a small household can give you five cups of deliciously rich coffee for the price of a few espresso shots at any Barista or Starbucks.
When we say pocket sized, we really mean it. Zojirushi (the manufacturer) has designed this to perfection, eliminating unwanted parts or attachments. There’s a glass carafe with an integrated conical coffee basket and a sturdy plastic handle.
This will fit right below your kitchen cabinets saving some much-valued space on the main counter.
There are minimal settings on the unit. There’s a sight gauge that lets you select the number of cups you wish to brew and a keep hot button that keeps the coffee steaming hot in the carafe for up to four hours.
The rest is open to experimentation. You can tinker with the coffee grounds and alter the size to suit your palate. The Zutto Coffee Maker brews the most wonderful coffee with rich and complex flavors. It is not too bitter or acidic either. The water is heated to perfection and the extraction is immaculate.
The only possible downside is that the casing is entirely made of plastic. But it’s a very durable plastic and it would be a tad stretched to expect an all-metal casing at this price point. Also, it does not have an auto-shut off feature. So, you’d have to remember to shut it off before you leave home.
The lack of multiple and tedious moving parts makes this a very easy unit to clean.
If you guzzle coffee by the mug, then you’d want to fill the reservoir to the brim. That should give you at least two 13 oz sized mugs of Java.
#4 – Black & Decker DCM600B 5-Cup Coffeemaker
A lot of people find it unbelievable that a drip coffee maker could be priced under $12. How does Black and Decker manage to do it? Well, it is no wonder that the DCM600B is the bestselling drip coffee maker on several online retail portals.
And surprisingly, that has very little to do with the throwaway price tag.
This is as simple a coffee maker as any. If you are hung up over gizmos that make a beeping sound and alert you that its time to lift your lazy ass off the couch and clean it, then this is not it.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a super compact unit that can give you coffee at the touch of a button with a price tag that makes you glee when you sip that coffee, you’ve just found it.
The Black & Decker DCM600B stands approximately 10 inches tall and is more compact than any other drip coffee maker in this list. The casing is all black and is made of BPA-free plastic. There’s a glass carafe with a handle that remains cool to the touch, a removable filter basket and a keep hot plate that keeps the coffee warm for an hour.
With integrated cord storage, you don’t have to worry about the cord dangling around looking ungainly either. It can brew up to 5 cups of coffee at a time.
Not surprisingly, it is very easy to clean.
A lot of people fuss over the optimum water temperature and the right amount of bitterness of the coffee. We put the Black & Decker DCM600B to the ‘taste test’ as they called it and gave the coffee to a professional barista. He just swooned at the first sip.
That’s the best testimony that we need.
There are a few minor niggles, like the coffee sometimes continues to drip after you remove the carafe. But those are not deal breakers. At the price point or even otherwise, this is a brilliant coffee maker from Black & Decker.
#5 – Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
Believe it or not, there are people who find the 5-8 minute brew time in most drip coffee makers painstakingly slow and rely on the brew pause function to grab a cup and be on their way. Well, if you are one of them, then here’s a coffee maker just for you. As the name suggests, the NHS Velocity coffee maker brews fast.
In fact, it is the fastest home coffee maker in the market.
Would you like to know the brew speed? 3 minutes for 10 cups!
Oh yes, in just about the time that it takes to brew your first cup, you get 10 cups of perfectly brewed, steaming hot, oily, rich and flavorful coffee.
The NHS Velocity has an internal tank made of stainless steel that keeps a reservoir of hot water (200 degrees) ready for use. This allows you to add your ground coffee and get a cup in 3 minutes flat. And if you are done for the day, then there’s a small vacation button which deactivates this function and conserves energy.
The extraction is top notch too thanks to the multi-stream spray head that sprays water evenly over the ground coffee allowing complete extraction of every single granule. The temperature is even and never chars the coffee.
NHS Velocity also features a drip-free carafe. That might sound like a marketing gimmick but it’s true. It has a proprietary lid and spout design that prevents even a single drop of coffee from dripping after you pour it into the cup. That translates into less time spent in cleaning the table.
With one touch operation, a reasonably compact design and blazing fast brew times, the Bunn NHS Velocity is one of the best drip coffee makers for your home.
#6 – Braun Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker
The Braun Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker is very similar to our #1 pick the Cuisinart DCC-3200 in its design and features.
It has a fully enclosed design that is approximately 14 inches tall. The casing is a mix of durable BPA-Free plastic and a hint of metal. It even borrows the silver and black color tone.
Braun has thrown in a bunch of proprietary features to make the Brew Sense more effective and easy to clean.
For example, the PureFlavor brewing system is another name for Braun’s proprietary tech that automates the brewing temperature and time to ensure that you get the perfect aroma and taste every time. Both these factors are subjective. But we are glad to say that the coffee tastes delicious.
Then, there’s the FlavorCarafe, which is another term that describes their all-enclosed design with the carafe limiting air contact with the coffee. Does this affect the flavor of the final brew? We are not sure about it. But it certainly does keep the coffee hot.
One of the best features is the anti-drip system that allows you to pause the brew and pour a cup midway. Not a single drop of coffee dripped after the brew was paused.
Controlling and programming the Braun Brew Sense is extremely easy. The buttons are large, labeled and self-explanatory. There’s a brew button, auto on, off, clock, set function, clean cycle, coffee quantity, strength and temperature button on the casing.
The most notable amongst these is the temperature feature which lets you choose from warm to boiling water for your coffee. Also, the strength button lets you go from normal to bold (strong coffee) at the finger touch. You can save the settings too, and Braun throws in a 60 second back up time to save them in the case of loss of power.
The buttons are flanked by a large LED display that shows you what function is being selected or activated now. Keep an eye on this for the indicator that shows when its time to descale the unit.
Overall, there’s very little to choose between the Braun Brew Sense and the Cuisinart DCC-3200. It boils down to brand preference.
#7 – Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffeemaker
If Mr. Coffee lovers were waiting with bated breath, then here you have it. This is the SK13 drip coffee maker from America’s favorite bean-to-cup coffee machine brand. As always, it is compact, super easy to use and Mr. Coffee manages to sneak in a neat bunch of extras that can easily be considered premium for the price.
Mr. Coffee retains its signature all-black plastic casing in the SK13 and we have no reason to complain. It does not look like a professional grade machine. But you’d not be disappointed with the design. It is about 12 inches tall and would fit right under the cabinets. A cord storage chamber hides the messy cord when the unit is stored and not in use.
There are no buttons to tinker with, you can just add your water, the coffee and brew. It is simple but very effective at what it does.
When you pour the water into the carafe, the dual water window shows you exactly how much you have poured reducing the chances of a spillover. The carafe locks into place with a very audible click sound and if you wish to remove it in the middle of a brew, it will auto pause the brew cycle.
The Mr. Coffee SK13 has a lift and clean filter basket that allows you to remove and clean the basket easily.
Now for the possible downsides of the SK13! It does not have an integrated timer function which means that you cannot waltz into the kitchen and have your coffee waiting for you. You’d still have to make the excruciating effort of switching on the power button and brewing the coffee. The brew time is approximately 5-6 minutes.
There is no hot plate either. But the carafe does a reasonable job at keeping your coffee warm for an hour.
For a drip coffee maker priced under $25, the Mr. Coffee SK13 is as good as they come. You get consistently great tasting coffee and that’s pretty much what it claims to do.
#8 – Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker
If you absolutely cannot do without your espresso shot to give you that dopamine boost in the morning, then you’d love our next pick in this list of the best drip coffee makers. This is the VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker from Nespresso and it gives you the best of both worlds, regular coffee and espresso at the touch of a single button.
The Nespresso VertuoLine is a refreshing change from the norm and if you were plain bored of the mundane looking coffee makers in this list, then take a look at this one.
It has a crimson plastic and metal casing with curved edges and a futuristic looking shape. And if you prefer some other colors then there’s no dearth of choice either.
It features a 40 oz removable water reservoir and there are slots to insert both large (coffee) and small (espresso) sized capsules. On the front of the machine, there’s a drip spout with ample room to place both cups and even a large sized mug.
The heat up time is approximately 15 seconds and a single button click gives you your coffee/espresso. This is only compatible with the Vertuoline capsules according to the manufacturer. But take a look at YouTube, and there are ample hacks to use just about any brand of the coffee capsule with this. The package includes 12 Nespresso VertuoLine capsules with different aromas.
The used capsules are disposed into a container that can hold up to 20 capsules at a time.
Thankfully, the Nespresso switches off after about 9 minutes of inactivity.
As always, the espresso quality is top notch thanks to Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology which ensures perfect extraction. The espresso is rich and oily with a perfect crema.
It would almost be impossible to curate a list of the best drip coffee makers without a Nespresso machine. And the Nespresso Vertuoline is the perfect addition to it.
#9 – Brew Express Programmable Recessed Coffee Maker BE-110
It’s not every day that you’d think of spending more than $350 for a drip coffee maker. But you’d be surprised at the efficiency of the Brew Express be-110 coffee maker. This is a workhorse and you can run this incessantly for months without even a single glitch.
It brews up to 10 cups of coffee at the touch of a button and is programmable to the T. But the standout feature is that it connects directly to your water supply eliminating the need to refill the water reservoir or check the water level.
Just hook it up and enjoy your coffee on autopilot.
And not to mention that it looks stunning. The casing is silver and made of durable stainless steel which makes it look stunning on the counter. To top it off, the casing has soft blue accent lighting which will accentuate your backsplash. You can choose to switch it off when not required.
Despite the capacity, it is only 13 inches tall and has a recessed design which accommodates the carafe saving valuable counter space. This makes it perfect for smaller sized apartments and RVs.
There are a bunch of integrated features that make this completely worth the extra dollar. You can choose the amount of coffee you need to brew. The options are an 8 oz cup, half a carafe (25 oz) or a full carafe (50 oz).
Coffee extraction is perfect thanks to the even spreading of the water at a precise temperature over the coffee grounds. The brewing process is fast and effortless, and there is a pause and brew function that lets you remove the carafe to get a cup of coffee midway.
The Brew Express is one of the only drip coffee makers that boast of multiple integrated safety features. An infrared sensor detects the presence of a carafe or a cup and without it, the machine will not run. There’s also a carafe lock which locks the carafe into place which is an excellent feature if you have children at home.
With the beautiful design and an impressive feature bundle, the Brew Express is a long term solution for the serious coffee lover.
#10 – OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
We know what you are thinking. How could you even think of adding a cold brew coffee maker to this list? Relax. It may not be your favorite but there are tons of people who like the low-acid brew and the OXO is one of the easiest ways to make it.
This is a very compact sized cold brew coffee maker like the rest of the ones in this list and it is ridiculously easy to operate. All that you need to do is add your coffee grounds and some cold water and let the extraction complete for 12-24 hours.
At the flip of a switch, you get deliciously rich and thick coffee concentrate that you can refrigerate and use for days.
By the way, you can even add hot water to the concentrate if you were unaware of it.
OXO delivers a rich and aromatic concentrate thanks to the rainmaker spout which evenly sprays cold water on the coffee ground. An integrated filter prevents the tiniest of grounds from sneaking into the concentrate and gives you delicious coffee on demand.
The OXO Good Grips is also designed to last. There’s a borosilicate glass carafe, a stopper with a silicone seal to keep the coffee fresh even when refrigerated and a stainless steel mesh filter. The parts are easy to clean as well.
When not in use, you can disassemble it for easy storage.
There are tons of ways in which you can customize your beverage with the OXO good grips. You can add cinnamon or other aromatic spices to your brew or just use it to brew cold iced tea.
The best part about it is that it is priced under $50. That’s the price of about five cups of cold coffee at Starbucks.
How we picked the best drip coffee makers
Having spoken to coffee savants as well as people who prefer their coffee at their fingertips, we decided to create this list of the best drip coffee makers based on the quality of the brew, the brew time, automation, programmability, the price tag and ease of maintenance.
Those are pretty much the most important features that you should be looking at too when picking a drip coffee maker.
Can you program it?
There’s nothing more convenient than knowing that a steaming hot cup of coffee is waiting for you in the kitchen when you wake up each morning. And if you prefer your coffee hands off, then you should look for a unit that can be programmed for 24 hours at least.
Can you alter the strength?
Some people like their coffee stronger than what any machine produces. That’s completely normal. If you have a penchant for brain ratting Java, then look for a machine that lets you choose the strength of the brew. We have quite a few models in this list that let you do just that.
Does it brew fast?
If it does not automate your coffee, you’d at least want a minimum wait time. As a rule of thumb, we consider anything more than 8 minutes as painstakingly slow brew time.
Is it easy to clean?
Coffee makers are designed for easy usage and low upkeep. However, there are a few models that cannot be dismantled which make it impossible to clean them in a dishwasher. Look for models that have minimal moving parts and are easy to clean.
That’s it coffee lovers. We hope that you can find your personal favorite drip coffee machine on this list and don’t forget to thank us when you take that invigorating first sip each morning from your automated coffee maker.