The Best Coffee Makers

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NerdWallet’s scoring of the best coffee makers is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

Whether you prefer decaf or regular, single-serve or 12-cup, you need a coffee maker that will brew just right. That’s where we come in. We analyzed the most popular coffee makers on the market to help you get that ideal cup of joe.

To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. We then analyzed user reviews to get their opinions on each coffee maker’s high and low points.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in coffee makers, so we created scores based on these user observations of a handful of features, including ease of use, coffee quality, cleaning and more.

Our analysis

Our final coffee maker scores run from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we came up with the numbers:

Overall score: This score shows reviewers’ overall satisfaction level with the coffee maker as a whole across 11 criteria, including ease of use, coffee quality, coffee maker design, size and durability.

Coffee quality: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the quality of coffee the maker produces. This includes coffee taste, temperature and brewing. Coffee quality is a contributor to each coffee maker’s overall score, but we also called it out separately because it’s important to many consumers.

Ease of use: This score indicates reviewers’ satisfaction with how easy the maker is to use. This includes aspects such as cleaning, set up, design and features. Ease of use is a contributor to each coffee maker’s overall score, but we also highlighted it separately because many consumers seek an easy-to-use machine.

These coffee makers are our top picks, ranked in order of overall score.

The coffee makers


1. Hamilton Beach 49970 Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer

Make just enough coffee for yourself with the compact Hamilton Beach 49970 Personal Cup One Cup Pod Brewer. Using this coffee maker is as simple as inserting a coffee pod, adding water and pushing the start button.

Overall score Coffee quality Ease of use
8.79 7.5 7.8

Buyers Like

  • Compact size
  • Perfect for a single cup of coffee

Buyers Dislike

  • Can’t fit a travel mug
  • Coffee flavor can be weak

2. Cuisinart DCC-3200

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a 14-cup programmable coffee maker with an adjustable temperature control feature to keep coffee warm and a brew-strength control function so users can make their coffee just the way they like it.

Overall score Coffee quality Ease of use
8.73 8.9 8.1

Buyers Like

  • Makes great-tasting coffee
  • Brews and keeps coffee hot

Buyers Dislike

  • Some reviewers report that brewing process is slow
  • Maker is tall
  • Reservoir can be difficult to fill without spilling

3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Stainless Steel

The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker in stainless steel offers convenient coffee-making, thanks to its programmable clock, adjustable brewing function and easy-to-fill design.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.47 8.2 8.9

Buyers Like

  • Easy to fill
  • Produces great-tasting coffee
  • Doesn’t drip and easy to clean
  • Programmable and has bold flavor feature

Buyers Dislike

  • Some reviewers report that brew time is lengthy
  • Carafe can be difficult to empty completely

4. DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio

Designed to make everything from iced drinks to cappuccinos, the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio is a compact coffee maker that appeals to users with a sleek, compact design and efficient brewing cycle.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.46 9.1 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Fast brew time
  • Compact size
  • Great-tasting coffee

Buyers Dislike

  • Noisy while in use
  • Coffee pods can be messy

5. Cuisinart DCC-2600

A 14-cup programmable coffee maker, the Cuisinart DCC-2600 has a heater plate and flavor-strength settings that help deliver hot coffee fast.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.43 9.2 8.1

Buyers Like

  • Makes hot coffee fast
  • Consistently delivers tasty coffee

Buyers Dislike

  • Takes up a lot of counter space
  • Water reservoir can be difficult to fill

6. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer

The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is all about the features. Pick this coffee maker and you’ll enjoy a dial to choose your desired brew size, milk frother and an easy-fill brew basket.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.43 7.4 8.2

Buyers Like

  • Easy to operate
  • Users can choose to make multiple serving sizes, including single cup or carafe
  • Slim and compact

Buyers Dislike

  • Some reviewers report that coffee temperature is lukewarm
  • Filter sometimes drips liquid coffee after brewing is complete

7. Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System

Designed to brew a perfect beverage in under one minute, the Keurig K40 Elite Brewing System boasts a fast brewing cycle and an auto-off feature. Plus, the maker can accommodate a variety of cup sizes.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.34 8.7 8.8

Buyers Like

  • Fast brew cycle
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Fits a wide variety of cup and mug sizes

Buyers Dislike

  • Tall
  • Sometimes produces lukewarm coffee

8. Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit Ultra

For flavorful coffee and an easy-to-use interface, choose the Hamilton Beach BrewStation Summit Ultra 12-cup coffee maker. The device includes an adjustable auto-off feature, a gentle warming heater and a programmable timer.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.33 9.1 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Flavorful coffee
  • Easy to use and program
  • Users can select to keep coffee hot for hours

Buyers Dislike

  • Nooks and crannies can be difficult to clean
  • Design makes it easy to spill

9. Bunn BT Velocity Brew

Distinguished by fast and reliable brewing, the Bunn BT Velocity Brew is a 10-cup thermal carafe home coffee maker with an internal thermostat and stainless steel water tank.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.32 9.1 5.9

Buyers Like

  • Fast and reliable brewing
  • Great-tasting coffee

Buyers Dislike

  • Tall
  • Has tendency to overflow the filter
  • Carafe can leak

10. Bunn BXB Velocity Brew

The Bunn BXB Velocity Brew is a coffee maker that can make four to 10 cups in just three minutes. Aside from efficiency, reviewers appreciate this device for its easy operation and great-tasting coffee.

Overall score coffee quality Ease of use
8.32 9.1 5.6

Buyers Like

  • Makes fresh, great-tasting coffee
  • Quick brew cycle
  • Easy to set up and operate

Buyers Dislike

  • Carafe can be difficult to pour
  • Lacks automatic shutoff and other more advanced features
  • Tendency to spill

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.


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