Top Coffee Makers
We drink a lot of coffee at Viewpoints. And we know that you do too. The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the top coffee makers on the market, based solely on the product reviews we collect and publish daily on Viewpoints. Our reviews are written by ordinary consumers, not professional testers. These coffee makers all meet Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award eligibility and represent the top 7 percent of 359+ coffee makers reviewed on Viewpoints.
Viewpoints recommends these five coffee makers as top choices:
Best Overall: Coffee Makers – Drip
Cuisinart Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Hot Water System CHW-12 ($100)
Rated 96 | 46+ reviews
The Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is a crowd-pleaser, largely because of its dual purpose. It not only brews fantastic coffee but dispenses hot water. This stand-out coffee maker combines a sleek form with function.
“… great coffee, cleans up easily and I love the hot water feature. My kids also like it for making hot chocolate and oatmeal- better than worrying about them trying to heat water in the microwave!”--crystalleah, Lakeville, MN, Reviewer since 2007
Best Value: Coffee Makers – Drip
Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker DRX5 ($25)
Rated 90 | 100+ reviews
Sized for small kitchens, the Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is a basic, budget coffee maker that reviewers love. Programmable, with auto-shut-off, reviewers agree that this economical coffee maker is a “durable little workhorse.”
“If you make coffee in small batches, this is one of the very best values … My little Mr. Coffee is fast, and it consistently delivers a great batch of brew to start my day.”–RobertBerdine, Reviewer since 2013
Best Overall and Best Value: Coffee Makers – French Press
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker 80R08 ($30)
Rated 95 | 48+ reviews
The only small appliance to win both top awards, the Aerobie AeroPress is wildly popular with fans of the French press method of steeping coffee. One reviewer calls it a “brilliant little gadget.” But it doesn’t win on looks alone. The Aerobie Aeropress “cleans in under 30 seconds.”
“We had to switch to basic coffee instead of the gourmet types to simplify our budget and found that it tastes so much better with the press! Easy to use + better tasting coffee = happy mornings ” –ekv5, Reviewer since 2013
Best Overall: Coffee Makers – Single Cup
Keurig Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Brewing System ($150)
Rated 93 | 906+ reviews
Without question, Keurig has perfected single-serve coffee. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System offers 3 cup sizes and accommodates travel mugs. Reviewers talk about being “spoiled.” With so many positive reviews, the people have spoken!
“This machine has literally changed my entire morning routine. I find myself spending more time picking out coffee flavors than actually making the coffee itself.”–Piperjason, Reviewer since 2013
Best Value: Coffee Makers – Single Cup
Black & Decker Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffee Maker DCM18 ($23)
Rated 88 | 55+ reviews
The Black & Decker Brew ‘n Go is a no-frills, no-mess, no-waste option for coffee lovers who want their brew to-go. One reviewer remarks that the Brew ‘n Go is a “great invention for the only person in the family who drinks coffee.”
“I had been drinking instant coffee, because I only need one cup of coffee a day … I love that this came with a travel cup, that even fits in my car cup holder.” –ethanzachemma, Marion, WI, Reviewer since 2009
Looking for other good deals? You’ll like this page.
More Top Coffee Makers
These 19 coffee makers are award winners too! They meet the tough criteria for a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award and are also highly recommended:
With the touch of one button, you can brew a hot or iced beverage in under a minute! The machine offers three cup sizes and has an energy saving mode for your convenience. Viewpoints-rated at 94 based on 89+ reviews, reviews consider this “easy and hardworking” machine perfect for making a cup of coffee under 60 seconds.
The popular Keurig single serve coffee machine uses K-Cups to make your drink of choice in under 60 seconds. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 71+ reviews, The OfficePRO is perfect for conference rooms and offices with reviewers saying it is “efficient, solid and amazing!”
This affordable alternative to most single-serve coffee makers uses ground coffee to brew a fresh cup in under 90 seconds. The easy-to-use machine is Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 19+ reviews and considered a “simple, attractive, green single-serve coffeemaker”
This Bunn coffee maker promises you a fresh cup in about 3 minutes with a 10-cup capacity. The machine comes with an internal heating system and unique spray feature to ensure the most flavorful coffee. Viewpoints-rated at 92 based on 175+ reviews, it’s “the last coffee maker you will ever need.”
The V700 is considered by Keurig to be the next generation of its brewing systems. The machine comes with a touchscreen, temperature and coffee control as well as eight cup sizes so you can ensure you get an ideal cup each time. Viewpoints-rated at 92 with 121+ reviews, this machine is “a great way to avoid the expense of the coffee shop!”
This press is made using the same craftsmanship as was used in the fifties. The sleek device is ideal for any coffee connoisseur. This “great alternative to drip coffee” is Viewpoints-rated at 92 with 85+ reviews and is considered “the best way to make coffee.”
This spill-proof French Press coffee maker has double walls and silicon that act as insulation, to help maintain the temperature of the coffee. The “king of french press coffee makers,” the Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker is Viewpoints-rated at 92 based on 69+ reviews.
This coffee maker offers the option of regular and bold flavor strengths, 24-hour programmability and a self-clean setting. This “stylish and sleek” coffee maker is Viewpoints-rated at 92 based on 18+ reviews, and is considered an “outstanding coffee maker from Cuisinart.”
This industrial-design coffee maker has adjustable temperature control, 24-hour brew programming and the option to pause your brew before it has finished. It’s Viewpoints-rated at 91 with 370+ reviews.
This single-serve home brewing system uses Keurig compatible K-cups to brew your beverage in an instant. This Cuisinart model has 5 cup sizes with the option to use ‘My K-Cups’ too. Viewpoints-rated at 91 with 77+ reviews, this single cup brewing system is “brewing made easy.”
This coffee maker brews your drink of choice in under two minutes and is ideal for small households or personal offices. Viewpoints-rated at 89 with 186+ reviews, this small but powerful machine has reviewers wondering “Why did I wait so long to get a Keurig?”
This unique machine scans the barcode on the compatible T discs and adjusts temperature, pressure, water and time duration to ensure your specific drink is made perfectly. Viewpoints-rated at 89 with 71+ reviews, reviewers are calling this machine “perfection.”
This coffee maker is convenient and easy to use with one-hand dispensing, 4 brew modes and an insulated tank to ensure you always have a fresh hot cup. Viewpoints-rated at 88 with 59+ reviews, this machine “has everything you could want in a coffee maker.”
This machine delivers fresh blended drinks with the touch of a button. Add coffee and additional ingredients and moments later your frappe drink is ready to consume. This unique machine is “just as good as the coffee shop” and Viewpoints-rated at 88 with 33+ reviews.
This single cup coffee maker uses Keurig technology using K-Cups to prepare your drink under two minutes, at an affordable price point. Reviewers say there’s “no need to buy a name brand Keurig with this machine which is Viewpoints-rated at 88 with 19+ reviews.
This 12-cup machine can be programmed to brew a fresh pot up to 24 hours in advance. With a Pause ‘N Serve feature, you can pour yourself a cup without waiting for the whole pot to finish. This “dependable” and “stylish” coffee machine is Viewpoints-rated at 87 with 16+ reviews.
This classic coffee maker is fully automatic with a 1 to 4 cup setting for days you do not want a full pot. This “reliable, stylish” 12-cup machine is Viewpoints-rated at 86 with 47+ reviews that makes for a good value with “consistently brewed” pot of coffee each time.
This 12-cup coffee maker with Italian design does everything for you as it grinds and brews coffee for you. Viewpoints-rated at 85 with 60+ reviews this machine has reviewers saying “there is nothing better than coffee made from fresh beans that are ground just before brewing.”
Bodum’s first French press, designed in the early 80′s, is now iconic of the brand. The press features shatterproof BPA-free beaker and an aroma seal to keep coffee warm and fresh. Viewpoints-rated at 85 with 38+ reviews, reviewers say it is a “good value and long lasting.”
Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.