The best filter coffee machines for modern kitchens

We’ve brewed up a list of the best filter coffee machines on the market — get your morning caffeine fix from the likes of Morphy Richards, Russell Hobbs and DeLonghi

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If you’re in the market for a home coffee machine, and aren’t sure which type is right for you, allow us. Espresso machines have their charms for coffee aficionados, of course, but can be fiddly. Pod machines are super quick and make very little mess, but can be more expensive per use than other types, and don’t give you as customisable a cup. In the middle, there’s filter coffee machines.

A classic for a reason, they essentially offer the best of both worlds with a simple-to-use interface (no tricky pans to fill), self-contained removable filters and anti-drip trays (no potentially messy tamping to master) and just enough adjustable bits and bobs to keep things interesting. Of course, things have moved on a bit since the motel-lobby filters of ‘80s movies or the Teasmade at your Nan’s house — that’s why we’re here to help with our list of the best filter coffee machines 2017 has to offer.

The big thing to look for these days is whether a machine features its own permanent, washable, and thus reusable filter, or disposable paper filters. Reusable filters make less waste, so they’re better for the environment, and they cost less in the long run, as you don’t have to keep buying them, but the machines that use them are often cheaper, so consider the room in your budget right now before you buy.

The best thing about a filter machine is that it can make around 10 to 12 cups — although not in the case of one wildcard pick in our best-of list, which only makes one, but for good reason — which makes it great for dinner parties or coffee mornings. In short, if you like a big jug to wake you up in the morning, and want coffee-shop quality brews at home without the faff, look no further.

1. Morphy Richards 162010 Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker

For those who like their coffee strong, this is an adjustable, programmable marvel

Specifications
Best for: Quality coffee
Makes: 12 cups
Power: 900W
Attachments: Adjustable strength, permanent filter, timer
Reasons to buy
+Makes great, full-flavoured coffee+Programmable timer
Reasons to avoid
-Black-on-black markings are hard to read

Simple to use, but with enough functionality to make your life just a little bit easier, this Morphy Richards coffee machine is a wonderful investment for any coffee lover who wants a quality brew at home. The ‘shower head’ pour-over technology creates a full flavour, so it’s good for black coffee drinkers who like to really taste those notes in their favourite grind. A functional, usable, reasonably priced machine that’ll prove useful in all kitchens.
 

2. DeLonghi Distinta ICMI 211

The adage “good things come in small packages” is ably demonstrated by this sleek brewer

Specifications
Best for: Simple to use
Makes: 10 cups
Power: 1000W
Attachments: Permanent filter
Reasons to buy
+Compact, sleek and stylish+Sturdy, well-made parts
Reasons to avoid
-One colour; won't suit all kitchens

A solidly made and streamlined coffee machine for a quick cup in the morning or after dinner. If you’re after the basics, but in a sleek and stylish package to fit any modern worktop, go for this coffee maker from trusted brand DeLonghi. All of its removable parts can be popped into the dishwasher for easy clean-up, and the hotplate switches off automatically after 40 minutes for peace of mind. A thoroughly good all-rounder, especially if you’re short on space and would like a machine with a small footprint.

3. Smarter Coffee Machine (2nd Generation)

A connected coffee machine with personalisable modes and automation galore

Specifications
Best for: Gadget lovers
Makes: 12 cups
Power: 1025W
Attachments: 3 interchangeable colour panels
Reasons to buy
+Wifi-enabled and Alexa compatible +Personalisable modes
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey

For the tech lover who dreams of a fully automated Wallace and Gromit-style home, this smart coffee machine is a good first step in the right direction. You can choose between bean-to-cup and filter modes, and select strength, grind, and number of cups from the app. You can team it up with your phone to schedule brews and set rules, and if you’re desperate for a coffee, but don’t fancy going alllll the way downstairs, you can ask Alexa nicely to set it going. Of course, you will have to go downstairs anyway to get it, but it’s still fun.
 

4. Wilfa Precision

Precision is the name of the game with this ultra-scientific drip coffee maker

Specifications
Best for: Hardcore coffee lovers
Makes: 10 cups
Power: 1250W
Attachments: Flow control, adjustable modes
Reasons to buy
+Highly technical and customisable+Immersion or drip coffee
Reasons to avoid
-Hugely expensive and involved

This thoroughly modern drip coffee machine looks like something out of a chemistry lab, or a Brooklyn hipster haunt — and it makes a darn good brew. If you have an inkling what you’re doing, you can make a phenomenally tailored cup of coffee with this thing, with variable flow control for immersion or drip coffee, temperature stability, and coffee ratio and recipe indicators on the detachable water container offering incredible control. For the coffee obsessive, this makes an amazing gift.
 

5. Tower T13001 10 Cup Coffee Maker

A great basic buy, easy to use and easy to clean

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Makes: 10 cups
Power: 1000W
Attachments: Permanent filter
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive+Easy to use and clean
Reasons to avoid
-Quite tricky to get jug back into place

The classic filter machine gets a sleek modern makeover in this budget brewer from Tower, but keeps the simplicity of its forebears. If you just want a great cup of coffee for a reasonable price, this is the machine for you. It’s anti-drip, keeping surfaces mess-free; has a permanent nylon filter for less waste and easy cleaning; and comes equipped with a warming plate to keep your coffee at the ideal temperature.
 

6. Russell Hobbs Brew & Go 22630

For good coffee on the road, make this travel mug-meets-coffee machine your go-to

Specifications
Best for: On the go
Makes: 1 cup
Power: 650W
Attachments: Anti-drip tray, timer
Reasons to buy
+Makes good coffee in a travel cup+Set the timer for programmable brews
Reasons to avoid
-Only makes one cup, understandably
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If you’re always on the go and like a brew to get your day started, but resent spending a fortune on sub-standard service station or train station coffee, this is the machine for you. The Brew and Go makes real coffee from fresh grounds or filter pods and dispenses it straight into a portable stainless steel travel mug with drip tray to stop the splashes and spills so common with takeaway coffee cups. It also has a programmable timer, so you can schedule your coffee to be ready at a set time each morning. If you’re sick of shelling out for substandard coffee, get this — you won’t regret it. 

7. Philips HD 7546/20

This machine won’t overbrew, overflow, or crack from thermal shock; the definition of foolproof

Specifications
Best for: Absent-minded coffee-lovers
Makes: 9 cups
Power: 1000W
Attachments: Anti-drip function, automatic shutdown, unbreakable jug
Reasons to buy
+Doesn't go cold or overbrew+Automatic shutoff means it needn't be watched
Reasons to avoid
-Disposable filters

Never over-brew your morning joe again with this well-designed coffee maker. After making the perfect amount, it shuts off automatically, and then is kept hot by the insulating stainless steel jug rather than a hot plate, so it won’t burn if you leave it a little too long. The handy and sleek-looking jug will also come as a relief to heavy-handed users who’ve broken glass filter jugs in the past — no thermal shock, no cracks, and no smashing if you happen to drop it. Utterly foolproof, even if you’ve had poor luck with brewers in the past, and not a bad price.