Best coffee maker: 9 of our favorite coffee and espresso makers to fuel your mornings

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

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Struggling to wake up in the mornings? We hear you. 

Thank goodness for the best coffee makers out there to come to our aid to kickstart our days just when we need it. Yep. One of these guys will have you well poised to brew up your favorite coffeehouse coffee – think cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos – and some can even master the art of making you a refreshing tea or delicious hot chocolate. All in one of your favorite mugs. Lovely.

Despite being an initial investment, a quality coffee maker will save you money in the long run (especially if you're keen on breaking your daily coffee run) and will be on tap for when you need that caffeine fix.  Where to start on this new venture? We've rounded up what we think are the best coffee makers which are all available to buy and be delivered to you right now. Oh and to keep it simple, we've 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. Each one has been evaluated on taste, brew time, extra features, price, and verified user reviews (some are even our own).

Keep scrolling to see our top nine then, then, make sure you have the best coffee grinder to start your brew process with the freshest ground coffee possible.

The best coffee maker reviews: in order

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

Best bean to cup 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. Ninja Specialty 10 Cup Coffee Maker

Best 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. The whisk-style milk frother excellently froths milk into a fluffy consistency. However, you'll need to warm milk in the microwave, as it has no heated element,  unless you choose to froth with cold milk. 

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3. 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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4. Krups Simply Brew Compact Filter Drip Coffee Maker, 5-Cup

Best compact coffee maker: big taste, small footprint

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground
Water filter: N
Warming plate: Y
Programmable: N
Cups: 5
Reasons to buy
+Dishwasher safe coffee pot+Automatic keep-warm function+Compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Not programmable

This Krups coffee maker may be small, but it's pretty mighty and is our pick of the best small coffee makers – perfect for small kitchens, or those who limit their caffeine intake.

Simple and smart
It's a simple machine that makes an effective cup of coffee.  It's got one setting: on. Fill it up, and turn it on, and a couple of minutes later you've got a hot pot of coffee. Core features include an easy-to-fill water tank with a fill indicator, a hot plate to keep your pot hot long after it's finished brewing, dishwasher safe parts, and a pause-and-serve function. 

What do we like about it?
Those who have used it remark on its ease of use, quiet operation, and that it brews a decent cup of coffee. 

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

Also, keep in mind that the hot plate does not shut off automatically, so coffee will stay hot for as long as you need, but you won't want to forget to switch it off when you're finished. 

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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.

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6. Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker

Best single-serve coffee maker: coffee for one

Specifications
Water Filter: Yes
Warming Plate: No
Programmable: No
Reasons to buy
+Outfitted with Keurig's latest Multi-Stream technology+Brews iced coffee, too, and hot water on demand+Strong brew button option for bolder coffee+Make up to 5 beverages before needing to fill the 66 oz. water tank+Works with reusable k-cup pod (purchased separately) 
Reasons to avoid
-Pods can be wasteful-No hot water on demand function

This upgraded Keurig offers a fool-proof brew for the coffee novice in need of a caffeine boost. 

What we like about it
The K-Supreme incorporates new MultiStream technology that extracts more flavor and aroma in every brew. Rather than the singular puncture in the center of the k-cup, the MultiStream uses 5 entrance needles instead of one to saturate the grounds more evenly throughout with water. Your coffee experience gets further upgraded with variable brew strength, temperature and cup-size buttons, and an iced setting for when the mood for iced coffee strikes. 

The K-Supreme can automatically measure out how much water you selected from one of 5 cup sizes, and the roomy water tank can make up to five 12 ounce coffees in one fill.

Finally, the K-Supreme alerts you when it is time to descale your coffee maker (after 250 cycles).

Good to know
The iced coffee is not a cold brew but brews hot over ice. However, selecting the iced coffee button ensures that it will be the right strength and not get too diluted by the ice cubes. 

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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

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 that 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.

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9. Wacaco Minipresso NS Coffee Machine

Best coffee machine for traveling: take coffee on the go

Specifications
Coffee type: Ground or Nespresso capsules
Tank capacity: 0.7ltrs
Power: None
Cups: 1
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:

Single-serve makers (pod coffee makers) 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. 

Drip coffee makers 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 drip machine will most likely cater to your taste a little better than a single-serve 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. Want to know you're getting a good deal? We regularly update our cheap coffee machine deals page so be sure to check it out.

What is the best coffee machine?

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.

And 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 coffee experience.

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