Best coffee maker: 9 of the best options for your drip, single serve, or espresso

If you need a morning coffee, then you'll want the best coffee maker on the market...

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The best coffee maker is a must-have if a zombie-walk to the kitchen is part of your morning ritual. And with winter coming, who doesn't like holding a warm cup of their favourite brew to ready themselves for the day head? Not us that's for sure. Anything to help us get through lockdown, home schooling and the holidays is a welcomed bonus.

Despite being an initial investment, a quality coffee maker will save you money in the long run (especially if you've been shelling out at a coffee shop).  So whether you have big dreams of replicating the latte art from your favorite espresso joint down the street,  or you prefer the simplicity of a classic drip, we've got the best coffee maker for you. 

To keep it simple, we divided our list into two parts: You'll find the best drip coffee makers at the top of the list, and the best espresso and single-serve coffee makers toward the bottom. We evaluated each coffee machine on taste, brew time, extra features, price, and verified user reviews.

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Black Friday coffee maker deals

Ooh Black Friday has arrived, guys! If you're looking for Black Friday coffee maker deals then now is the time to buy. Deals of this sort were mega popular last year which saw a surge in demand and stock fly off the shelves, and we don't expect this year to be any different.

Black Friday is the time of year when we see some fab discounts across stock which brands and stores have been holding back for a time such as this. The models may be from last year, or this year, to follow on from new releases which means that you could get a bargain from top coffee machine brands. We've popped some of our faves below but if you want to see some more then head over to our coffee machines deals page. Whilst you're here (and since you like a bargain), you may as well bookmark our Black Friday home deals hub for more home and backyard buys.

Keurig K-Select Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker | $149.99 $67.99 at Kohl's
Available in a choice of eight colors, this coffee maker from Keurig can be bought to suit your home décor. It'll brew a cup of up to 12-oz with simple button controls to guide you through your desired cup sizes and strengths.

Use code THANKS to checkout with this coffee maker for $67.99.View Deal

OXX COFFEEBOXX Black Single Serve Coffee Maker | $199.99 $92.99 (save $107) at The Home Depot
A current best seller on The Home Depot, this heavy-duty coffee maker is perfect for jobsites and work crews. It has a crush-proof and impact resistant-design with a carrying handle, and will brew a fresh strong coffee for the crew in minutes. Available in black, high vis green and desert tan.View Deal

Keurig® K-Duo Plus™ Coffee Maker | $229.99 $199.99 (save $30) at Bed, Bath & Beyond
This brewer uses both K-Cup pods AND ground coffee to brew a cup and a carafe of your favorite varieties so you have the best of both worlds. It can brew up to 12 cups and can be set to make you a carafe of coffee in 24 hours time.View Deal

The best coffee maker reviews

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1. Cuisinart Grind & Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker

Best grind and brew coffee maker: for fresh coffee, and lots of it

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground coffee
Water filter: Y
Warming plate: Y
Programmable: Y
Cups: 12
Reasons to buy
+Makes great coffee+Grinds beans+Option to use ground coffee also
Reasons to avoid
-Grind feature requires regular clean outs

If you're looking for fresh coffee and lots of it, without spending a fortune on a fancy machine, then you'll want the Cuisinart Grind & Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker. Why? It does it all: grinds fresh coffee beans, and makes great coffee whether you want one cup or 12.

What we like about it
When it comes to coffee, our motto is "the fresher, the better," so we're drawn to this machine's built-in grinder. That said, there's the option, as with most models of this type, to use pre-ground coffee, too. The 12-cup capacity is another obvious plus.

We also like that both the grind and brew features can be programmed, so you can have your fresh cup of coffee ready for you as soon as you open your eyes. Rise and grind, indeed.

Good to know
The coffee maker grinds the beans and then automatically uses them for your coffee, so you don't need to transfer the grounds. However, reviewers say the grinder needs to be cleaned out after each use for the best results. 

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2. Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker plus Hot Water System

Best coffee maker for tea lovers, too: a sturdy machine with a hot water system

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground coffee
Water filter: Y
Warming plate: Y
Programmable: Y
Cups: 12
Reasons to buy
+Keeps coffee warm+Additional hot water feature for tea and soups+Budget-friendly price
Reasons to avoid
-No brew strength settings

If you're looking for a reliable, no-frills filter coffee maker then we can highly recommend this one from Cuisinart, (and so can the more than 700 reviewers on Wayfair who gave it either four or five stars). It's also a great value: while the list price on this machine is $119, we've seen it for as low as $66.99.

What we like about it
Put simply, this coffee maker is everything you need, nothing you don't. Program it to make your coffee any time of the day, or simply fill up the water tank, add coffee to the filter, and hit start for a spontaneous brew.

The machine can make up to 12 cups of coffee (perfect for entertaining or for those who need a few cups to get going in the morning), but also has a 1-4 cup setting for when you're enjoying a solo cup of Joe. It also features a separate hot-water dispenser which is great for making tea or hot chocolate. 

One of the features reviewers loved most about this coffee maker is its carafe temperature setting, which keeps the coffee the exact temperature you like it until the pot is gone. Choose from low, medium, or high settings. The machine also has an auto-off function so you don't have to worry about forgetting to shut it off.

Finally, we love the no-drip carafe which pours coffee mess-free.

Good to know
In addition to the auto-clean feature, all of the removable parts of this coffee maker can go in the dishwasher. 

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3. Ninja Specialty 10 Cup Coffee Maker

Best drip coffee maker for specialty drinks: brew every tasty coffee drink you can imagine

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground coffee
Water filter: N
Warming plate: Y
Programmable: Y
Cups: 10
Reasons to buy
+Makes every coffee you can think of+Iced coffee setting is a highlight+Makes a pot of coffee or single-serve
Reasons to avoid
-No water filter-Not compatible with pods

This is the best coffee maker if you want a) a quality machine; b) the ability to make a vast range of coffees, from espressos, to flat whites and lattes, to iced coffee c) a price that is really reasonable.

What we like about it
As we mentioned, the biggest selling point is that this coffee maker can do it all. It comes with a glass carafe for brewing a pot of drip coffee. Or, change the brew strength and make a single-serve espresso-style drink. It's even got a built-in milk frother and iced coffee setting. Before you start worrying about lacking the skills of a barista, it's an easy to use machine, in our opinion.

It also doesn't take pods, which is nice because you can use whatever coffee you have on hand without having to place a special order.

Good to know
While you can use the machine to make lattes and cappuccinos, we'd stop short of calling it an espresso maker. The product details call the espresso-style coffee "coffee concentrate," which could certainly be enjoyed on its own, but is best-used for creating coffee drinks. 

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4. Zojirushi Zutto 5-Cup Coffee Maker

Best compact coffee maker: big taste, small footprint

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground
Water filter: Y
Warming plate: Y
Programmable: N
Cups: Five
Reasons to buy
+Simple design+Small footprint ideal for studio apartments, small kitchens, dorm rooms+Doesn't sacrifice quality for size
Reasons to avoid
-No options or settings-No auto shut-off

This coffee maker may be small, but it's pretty mighty and is our pick of the best small coffee makers – perfect for small kitchens.

Simple & smart
Everything about this coffee maker is straightforward. It's got one setting: on. Just plug it in, fill it up, and turn it on, and a couple minutes later you've got a hot pot of coffee.

The design isn't just simple, but thoughtful. To save space, the cone filter basket is inside the coffee carafe, which also adds a bit of design oomph.

What do we like about it?
It's small, but it doesn't skimp on quality. Its stainless steel and plastic construction feels sturdy, the maker comes with a charcoal water filter that lasts up to two years, and the water tank is removable for easy cleaning. 

Good to know
It has a five cup capacity, but if you use a big mug, it's more like two-to-three. 

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5. BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Coffee Maker

Best coffee maker for a quick fix: Brews 10 cups in four minutes

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground
Water filter: N
Warming plate: No, thermal carafe
Programmable: No
Cups: 10
Reasons to buy
+Makes a pot of coffee in minutes+Large water reservoir
Reasons to avoid
-Not programmable

If you always find yourself forgetting to program your coffee maker, but you also feel like the 10 minutes you wait for your coffee in the morning are the longest 10 minutes of your day (because of course they are), this is the machine for you. As its name implies, the Bunn CSB3T Speed Brew Coffee Maker will get you your caffeine fix and fast. It can brew 10 cups of coffee in just four minutes.

What we like about it
Besides its speed, this coffee maker comes with an insulated carafe instead of a warming plate, which is great for those who tend to worry about whether they shut the coffee pot off after they've left the house. 

Good to know
The coffee brews quickly because water in the reservoir is constantly kept warm. Great for a quick cup of Joe, but not great if you're worried about reducing energy consumption.

best coffee maker: Sage Nespresso Creatista Uno

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6. Nespresso Creatista Uno

The best ristretto coffee maker: it's easy to use and clean, too

Specifications
Best for: Ristretto-style coffee
Type: Pod
Pressure: 19 bar
Cups: One (1.5 ltr water reservoir)
Reasons to buy
+Really quick coffee+Easy to clean+Makes great coffee
Reasons to avoid
-Cost of pods

This Nespresso machine takes a top spot in our Best Nespresso coffee machines so you know you're onto a winner. It makes really great coffee, it's super-easy to use and clean, and it looks good on the counter.

What we like about it
If you prefer the ease and speed of a capsule machine and enjoy a strong cup of coffee, you'll appreciate all the Creatista Uno has to offer. The machine uses Nespresso's original line of pods (as opposed to the VertuoLine) which make a ristretto-style coffee (read: strong and short). However, you can control the volume of the cup you make, as well as the crema levels. Also: This machine is fast. It takes just 25 seconds to make a cup of coffee, ideal if you get twitchy waiting for that first fix of the day.

While this won't be your machine if you prefer a large, drip-style cup of coffee, you'll love it if you enjoy making espresso drinks like lattes, flat whites, or cappucinos, since the Creatista Uno comes with a built-in milk frother. The automatic steam wand has three milk temperatures to choose from, plus the steam wand purges itself after use so cleaning it isn't an issue.

Despite the high pressure (19 bar) pump, this coffee machine is quiet. And, there's an energy-saving auto shut-off feature (after nine minutes).

Cleaning the machine is also super simple. The water tank is easy to remove and the metal milk jug can go in the dishwasher. There's also an indicator so you'll know when the coffee machine should be descaled (answer: not too often, and another easy, quick job). 

Good to know:
The one thing to keep in mind with any pod machine is the ongoing cost and waste of the capsules.That said, Nespresso does run a capsule recycling program  that's advertised on their website. Or, look out for the compostable pods that are compatible with Nespresso machines. You can even find refillable pods on Amazon that can be used time and time again, filled with your own choice of ground coffee.

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7. De'Longhi Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Best coffee machine for espresso fans: espresso at the ready

Specifications
Best for: Espresso
Type: Ground coffee
Cups: Two
Reasons to buy
+Lots of features+Good tasting coffee+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Luxury price-point: it's the most expensive model on our list

This De'Longhi coffee machine has a lot going for it: it makes delish espresso and ristretto-style coffee, it has a built-in bean grinder, and it fancies-up the counterop. It is, however, more expensive than our other picks. 

What we like about it
Well, the espresso it makes, for one. The machine starts by grinding the beans of your choice with its near-instantaneous, easy-to-clean "Direct-to-Brew" system which features 13 different grinder settings. Prefer to use pre-ground coffee? That works, too.

The machine also has a built-in cappuccino system that makes a barista-quality foam, with adjustable settings so you can make a latte, flat white, or macchiato. The rapid cappuccino system also maintains the machine's temperature so you can make cup-after-cup without having to wait for it to reheat, and the adjustable-height coffee spigot accommodates various cup sizes.

If you've had trouble finessing an espresso machine before, you'll be happy to know that this espresso machine is automatic, which makes it easier to use than a standard espresso machine. It is also quiet and simple to get the hang of – right down to the removable water tank, which makes refilling easy (and spill-free). 

Cleaning a coffee machine is a must, but it can be a pain. Not with this model. The De'Longhi Magnifica features a removable brewing system for quick cleaning without the use of harsh detergents or descaling agents.

Good to know
If you do have questions, the brand has a call-center on standby to offer advice and trouble-shooting.

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8. illy® X9 iperEspresso Home Machine in Chrome

Best coffee machine for saving space: perfect for compact (tiny) spaces if you need an espresso in a hurry

Specifications
Best for: space saving
Type: Espresso
Pressure: 15 bar
Cups: 23 oz.
Reasons to buy
+Space saver+Simple to use+Great result
Reasons to avoid
-Limited to just Espresso and tiny cups

If you like an espresso in the morning to kick things off then you'll enjoy a shot of this coffee machine from illy.

Easy to use
If you're eager to start the day then the illy® X9 iperEspresso Home Machine is on hand to help. All you'll need to do in the morning is remove the pod tray and pop in your illy iperEspresso capsules in, then you’re ready to click the on/off/go button.

Handy features
The coffee machine features a removable reservoir which makes for easy filling, as well as a convenient auto shut-off feature.

How it looks
This coffee machine is compact (tiny) at under 5" wide, with a pleasing streamlined design which will work well on a kitchen counter or in your home office space. It could also make the perfect gift for a college student stuck in a tiny room but in need of a lot of caffeine. 

Good to know
This machine makes two sizes of espresso, but that's about the extent of its options. It's ideal for espresso-lovers looking for simplicity and reliability, but if you want to get creative with your coffee drinks, this might not be the best machine for you. It also takes Illy pods only.

Best portable coffee machine: Wacaco Minipresso NS

9. Wacaco Minipresso NS Coffee Machine

Best coffee machine for travelling: for making coffee ANYWHERE in the world

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground or Nespresso capsules
Tank capacity: 0.7ltrs
Power: None
Cups: One
Reasons to buy
+Completely portable +Quality espresso on the go+Hand-operated so can even be used off-grid
Reasons to avoid
-Not an all-in-one – you have to boil water separately-Just makes espresso

Find yourself craving an espresso in the middle of a stroll across the countryside? Here's a coffee machine which you can take with you on your travels.

What's it good at?
It is easy to use and does not need to be plugged in – you could even take it camping. 

What do we like about it?
It's soooo easy to use. Simply fill the base up with hot water, use the scoop to pop your favorite blend of ground coffee in its container, snap it together and pump until the pressure starts pushing the water through the coffee – and you're done: a creamy, luxurious espresso. 

You can then add frothed milk or more water for your desired Americano, or cappuccino. It is the perfect portable pal for the coffee aficionado.

If you are particularly fussy about your coffee but you’re struggling to find a large enough space in your kitchen for a full-sized coffee machine, this clever little portable espresso maker can be tucked neatly in a drawer until you’re ready to use it. 

What else?
It does require hand-pumping, which is good to note for those with limited mobility. It doesn't deliver lots of coffee in one go, but be mindful that this is intended to make one espresso that you then customize to taste. 

How to buy the best coffee maker

We've looked at bean to cup, pod and ground filter coffee machines. We've also included our top pick of the best small coffee machines. These are all our top picks, but if you need a little jargon-busting first, here's what to consider when buying the best coffee machine:

Pod and capsule machines are very popular as they are quick and easy to use and are normally pretty good value for money. However, purchasing one of these means you are committed to buying the right pods on a regular basis which could quickly add up if you drink a lot of coffee. 

Bean to cup machines tend to work out cheaper in the long run, and are much more likely to please the coffee aficionado with their fresh-tasting results. They normally come with a range of settings so you can make anything from an espresso to a cappuccino, and have added features such as a milk frother so that you can have your very own latte or flat white from the comfort of your own home. 

Filter coffee machines are a more classic option, and better when catering to more people than just yourself. If you like your coffee strong and black, then a filter machine will most likely cater to your taste a little better than a pod or bean to cup machine, although they take a little longer to prepare your drink, so you’ll need to have patience when making filter coffee. 

Milk frothers – are they a must-have or a luxury? Well, it depends whether you like a coffee with the perfect crema on top or not, and how much effort you're prepared to make. An integrated or automatic milk frother will undoubtedly drive up your coffee machine's price, but it will heat and froth milk for creamy coffees fast. Manual frothers may come with your coffee machine, but you have to do the frothing yourself. It doesn't mean you can't have great crema, but it will mean you have to
allow for a bigger budget.

We’ve picked out the top coffee machines above that cater to all coffee drinkers and picked out ones to suit all different styles of kitchen and budget. 

What is the best coffee machine?

Coffee machines can be divided into two categories: espresso or filter. What's the difference? Espresso coffee machines are going to please coffee addicts who like the choice of everything from classic espresso to milky cappuccinos. Their pressurized hot water extracts rich flavor from coffee grounds, but they can really only handle single or double shots at any one time. Filter machines, on the other hand, are crowd-pleasers. The hot water is dripped through the coffee grounds quickly – and while you won't get the choice or the richer taste, you will get quantity, fast. If you like a no-fuss cuppa (or ten) then a filter machine is for you.

If you're looking for a coffee machine which is easy to use, easy to clean and – yes – makes an amazing cup of coffee, we can highly recommend you buy the Nespresso by Breville Creatista Uno. It has more versatility than coffee snobs might expect from a pod machine, with milk jug and frother included, so you can make the widest range of drinks without having to worry about grinders or measuring.

Should you have more money to spend, we recommend the De'Longhi Magnifica  Automated Espresso & Cappuccino machine. This delightful bean-to-cup model  offers plenty of flexibility for people who really want to customize their cuppa. And if you're looking for a classic drip coffee machine at a mid-range price point, we recommend the Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker plus Hot Water System.

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