Best Drip Coffee Maker – Top 16 Picks

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Best Auto Drip Coffee Makers

Coffee is now a necessity for most of the Americans and it’s an eye opener, especially when you wake up. At Friedcoffee, we’ve always praised the classic brewing methods like French Press and Pour Over, but sometimes, we don’t want to go through the long process. The shorter method is to get an Automatic Drip Coffee Maker, now!

If you’ve no clue about where to begin and how to get the best coffee maker, don’t worry. We have done the home work for you and have compiled the best picks. The collection includes different brewers varying in size, price and water capacity, so there is something for everyone. Every coffee machine is top notch here and you can just match your needs to pick the perfect one.

Let’s Begin!

The BestSellers

Bestseller No. 1
BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black, CM1160B
  • QuickTouch Programming - Easily program the 24-hour auto brew feature so you can...
  • Digital Controls with Rubberized Feel - Large, rubberized buttons give you full...
  • Sneak-a-Cup - This feature temporarily stops the flow of coffee so you can pour...
Bestseller No. 2
Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 DCC-3200 Glass Carafe Handle Programmable Coffeemaker, 14 Cup Stainless Steel
  • State-of-the-art technology to ensure hotter coffee without sacrificing flavor...
  • Brew strength control allows you to select regular or bold coffee flavor
  • Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Cuisinart DCC-1100BKP1 DCC-1100BK Coffeemaker, 12-Cup, Black
  • Fully automatic coffeemaker with 24-hour Programmability
  • 12-Cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout, and knuckle guard
  • 1- to 4-cup setting; brew Pause; self cleaning; 60-second reset
Bestseller No. 4
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Black
  • On/off indicator light lets you know when your coffee maker is on or off
  • Grab a cup auto pause stops cycle if you need a cup before brewing is finished
  • Dual water window allows visibility as you fill no more overflows
SaleBestseller No. 5
Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Brewer CE251 Coffee Maker, 60 oz, Black/Stainless Steel
  • Classic or Rich, each brew is flavorful and never bitter with custom brew...
  • Hotter brewing technology: Advanced boiler for a perfectly hot cup of coffee
  • Wake upto hot coffee 24-hour programmable delay brew allows you to prepare your...

The Best Drip Coffee Makers

#1 OXO On 9 Cup

Do you have that one coffee connoisseur friend who insists that only pour-over coffee is worth drinking? If you are a coffee snob but prefer the convenience of an auto drip, this machine has it all. A microprocessor-controlled brew cycle imitates the stop-and-start of manual pour-over brewing. It’s also a beautifully designed piece of equipment that will look great in your kitchen. The OXO On has been neglected by many reviewers, but it brews the tastiest coffee with all the looks of a beautiful machine. You won’t be disappointed by Oxo at any point and that’s why we have considered this machine at the top of our Automatic Drip Coffee Makers.

Oxo On Drip Coffee Maker

Features and Specifications:

  • Microprocessor controlled brew cycle ensures perfect extraction from 2-9 cups of coffee
  • SCAA certified brewer
  • Thermal Carafe to retain heat for longer span
  • Brew temperature is between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees
  • Fully programmable up to 24 brewing delay
  • Beautiful Back-lit LED interface
  • Single Dial Controller
  • Shower head spray evenly distributes water on grounded coffee
  • Settings for making smaller amounts of coffee
  • Cone-shaped filter basket
OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
  • Microprocessor controlled brew cycle replicates the pour over method to produce...
  • Water is heated and held at the perfect temperature for Coffee (197.6 to 204.8...
  • Rainmaker shower head evenly disperses water over Coffee grounds for uniform...


  • Only a few customers complained about leaks which were replaced then by the Service centers

OXO On 9 Cup can be easily sad as the best home coffee brewer above all. Though it’s the second most costly in our list, for sure it does all the precise work with perfection. Also, it has the least negative reviews among others and that is what actually says all. Hence, buy this one for complete peace of mind and awesome technology that brews consistent coffee every time.

#2 Breville Precision Drip Brewer

Breville Precision Brewer

Breville, with a lot of fame in high end espresso machines has recently launched its Precision brewer. It’s a rival to many of the old competitors like Technivorm Moccamaster and Oxo. The Breville brewer is tad fresh and modern in looks. It also has fine tuning options that controls many parameters of brewing.

Features and Specifications

  • Dimensions – 13.5 x 9 x 16 inches
  • Weight – 13 Lbs
  • 8 Liter/ 60 Oz capacity
  • 6 Unique brewing modes
  • My Brew option – customized parameters for brewing
  • Intuitive Display
  • Gold cup option – brews coffee with SCA parameters
  • Over Ice and Cold brew option
  • Adjustable contact time of coffee and water
  • Makes 12 cup of coffee in 7 minutes
  • Cone filter basket for 2-8 cups
  • Brew basket for 8-12 cups
  • Auto on and off
  • Thermal Carafe

If you are really a fan of regular coffee, and can spare this much amount, then Breville Precision brewer is waiting for you. For sure, you will be amazed after trying coffee with the Gold brew setting. This smart companion even adjusts water temperature and brew time accordingly for the set quantity.

We can even change the filter with a Chemex coffee maker or a Pour over (Hario V60) with the already provided adapter to make coffee our way. All in all, it’s a great brewer to add to your kitchen.

Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
  • Breville's patent pending steep & release valve holds the water in contact with...
  • In gold cup preset mode, The Breville Precision Brewer automatically adjusts the...
  • Brew any volume of coffee exactly how you like it with the flat bottom & cone...


  • Smart preset modes
  • Customization of water temperature and brew time
  • Gold cup option
  • Ability to attach a pour over
  • Everything precise


  • Not priced for beginners
  • Little noisy
  • Thermal Carafe doesn’t retains the coffee hot for long

#3 Bonavita BV1900TS

Bonavita 1900TS

Here we have a beautiful creation by Bonavita and it’s been serving for long as former model BV1800. The brand has recently updated the product and it’s now known as BV1900TS. The whole focus of this product is to optimize the brew quality of coffee without introducing much of functionality. Bonavita is among the very reputed names in making quality coffee makers and BV1900TS is one of the best in the whole compilation.

Features and Specifications:

  • 1500W thermal block heater
  • One-touch brewing with auto power-off
  • Optional pre-infusion system wets the grounds allowing degassing
  • Flat bottomed filter basket
  • Showerhead spreads hot water evenly on grounds
  • Brew time is just 5-6 minutes for 8 cups of coffee
  • Wide Opening water reservoir for easy filling
  • SCAA certified
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • Choice of glass or stainless steel thermal carafe
Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe, Stainless Steel
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher safe
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of...


  • Not programmable
  • No Strength option

Its powerful heating system maintains a stable water temperature between 195 – 205 Fahrenheit allowing proper extraction of flavors. Many other units claim to have this temperature band, but it’s not consistent in most. The unique showerhead design evenly spreads hot water over the coffee grounds and is one of the unique features of this coffee machine.

Bonavita is one of the best tasting coffee maker available in the market with a feasible price tag. If you don’t have the budget of Moccamaster or the OXO, this one can be the best pick for you.

[Read Complete Bonavita BV1900TS Review]

#4 Technivorm Moccamaster 79112 KBT

Moccamaster, hope you might already have heard this name. We simply can’t miss Technivorm Moccamaster, when we are talking about the top coffee makers. These machines might be a costly affair but the word ‘Perfection’, is embossed here.

Moccamaster’s are the product of Netherlands and are solely built for the quality brewing of coffee, that is perfect for all attributes. Every aspect that matters for the perfect tasting coffee cup ( like temperature, speed, and pressure) are all controlled in a precise manner. Technivorm is SCAA certified and you might not find anyone disappointed with it.

Techniworm Moccamaster KBT-741

Features and Specifications

  • Copper heating element
  • 40-ounce thermal carafe
  • Cone filter basket takes #4 paper or goldtone filter
  • Sturdy metal brewing housing comes in black or polished silver
  • Brew basket manually adjusts to stop drip, half-flow and full flow
  • Brew-through cover
  • Brewing shuts off automatically when finished
  • Brews between 196 and 205 Fahrenheit for Optimal Brewing
  • 5-year warranty
  • Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCA)
  • Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE)
  • It Does One Job
Technivorm 79112 KBT Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
  • Manual-adjust drip-stop brew-basket with stainless steel thermal carafe
  • Simple to operate and quiet brewing process that brews a full carafe in just 4...
  • Unique, copper boiling element rapidly heats water to control brewing...


  • Priced on the higher side
  • No Timer
  • No Brew temperature control

Moccamasters by Technivorm are specially made to do one thing, that is ‘brew perfect coffee’. Rather than fancy controls, this piece is just made with 2 controls: the on/off switch and the manual slider on the brew basket to adjust the drip rate. There is one more control for brew speed where one can choose full drip, half drip or no drip. The brew time is merely 4-5 minutes for optimum taste.

Moreover, this piece of perfection comes with a thermal insulated pot to keep your perfect coffee hot for a longer span. If you have some spare money to spend and desire to owe among the top rated coffee makers, this might be the one you are looking for. Along with SCAA, it is also SCAE certified. One of it’s other model is available in vivid colors like pink, green blue and more.

#5 BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup With Thermal Carafe

This machine is even more minimalist in design than the Bonavita. The name says it all, ‘Velocity’ means it brews coffee too fast. Bunn has been making commercial coffee makers for decades, and their experience is reflected in the robustness of this model. It has no programmable features (not even a button to start brewing!) but brews very rapidly at a perfect temperature every time.

The spray head turbulence guarantees optimal coverage for a great tasting brew. Anyone who has used this machine before won’t be going anywhere else and that’s why it’s included in our best of drip coffee brewers list.

Bunn BT Velocity 10 Cup

Features and Specifications:

  • Can brew from 4 to 10 cups of coffee in 3 minutes
  • Double wall thermal carafe, dishwasher safe
  • Stainless Steel Water Reservoir
  • 800W of heater with internal thermostat
  • Sprayhead mechanism does optimal brewing
  • Internal tank heats water to optimal 200 degrees
  • Hot water available for other uses
  • 3 Years of limited warranty
BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer, Black
  • Double wall, vacuum insulated thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for up to 2 hours
  • Unique spray head ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
  • Stainless steel internal hot water tank keeps water heated to optimal brewing...


  • No Warmer plate
  • Not programmable nor auto shut

Last but not least is a machine that uses cutting-edge technology in an innovative way to imitate a very low-tech brewing style.

Coffee Makers Under $100

#6 Braun KF7170SI BrewSense

Braun BrewSense

Braun has recently launched an amazingly crafted brewer that looks both elegant and modern, with its intuitive controls. The operation is easy and is understandable in one go. It’s PureFlavor system brews just at right temperature. Below are some of the features you must know before buying one.

Features and Specifications

  • Dimensions – 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Weight – 7.4 lbs
  • 12- cup capacity
  • PureFlavor system brews at precise temperature
  • Unique carafe design retains flavor for longer
  • Anti-drip system allows to pour in mid of brew cycle
  • Large display
  • 1-4 cup button for brewing smaller quantities
  • Hot Plate with controls – Low, Med and High
  • Strength control – Regular or Bold
  • On Timer – Just to wake up with coffee in the morning
  • Auto shut off
  • Auto clean

This coffee maker is priced for every budget. It’s neither too low and nor much expensive, and fits well if someone is serious about coffee. It has simpler controls and is made to give just great cup of coffee – nothing fancy about it.

Braun KF7170SI BrewSense Drip Coffeemaker, 12 cup, Stainless Steel
  • SATISFACTION IN EVERY CUP With Braun’s innovative PureFlavor system, your...
  • KEEP THE FLAVOR INSIDE The unique carafe lid seals in the fresh flavor by...
  • EASY OPERATION The digital control panel buttons are displayed in the same way...


  • Coffee brewed at right temperature
  • Unique carafe that doesn’t lets flavors escape easily
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy interface


  • No thermal carafe option
  • Water filling at back side

#7 BUNN BXB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer

BUNN BXB Velocity Brew Coffee Maker

This American-made coffee maker just squeaks in under $100, making it the most expensive model reviewed here. As its name suggests, this is the perfect coffee maker for people who don’t like waiting for their morning coffee fix. A reservoir keeps water hot and ready for brewing all the time, which allows the fast brewing time as well as ensuring an optimal brewing temperature.
The Velocity Brew uses a flat-bottom basket filter for better filtration. The model is long lasting and is considered as the reputed one from Bunn.

BUNN BX Speed Brew Classic 10-Cup Coffee Brewer, Black
  • The first commercial style brewer for the home
  • Classic design with stainless steel accents
  • Convenient close-and-brew lid

#8 Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto Coffee Maker

If you don’t care about bells and whistles, but just want a solid, reliable machine that makes great-tasting coffee, than this model by Zojirushi is for you. Note that 5 cups is about the same as 2 mugs, so this isn’t a good choice for a family of coffee-drinkers. This machine uses cone filters, which many people feel is best for maximizing flavor.

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker
  • 650-watt drip coffeemaker brews up to 5 cups of coffee
  • Filter cone sits inside decanter making it more compact and easier to use
  • Concealed, removable water reservoir; automatic keep-warm function

The Zutto has no timers or automatic shut-off. One nice feature is the detachable reservoir that you can carry to the sink for filling. Otherwise, this coffee maker is all about the end product. The price of this model has gone up in with time and is one of the most successful model in brewing list.

#9 Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-2650

The Brew Central has enough bells and whistles to keep most people happy. You can program everything from the automatic shut-off to the brew start time. It has a 1-4 cup option, adjustable brew strength, a self-clean setting and adjustable temperature for the carafe warmer. Oh, and it makes great coffee too!

Cuisinart DCC2650 Coffee Maker

Features and Specifications:

  • 12-cup glass carafe with ergonomic design
  • Brews Regular or Bold Strength coffee
  • Brew Pause allows you to pour a cup before the pot finishes brewing
  • Adjustable carafe warming plate temperature, low medium or high
  • Extreme Brew function brews coffee 25% faster
  • Adjustable automatic shut-off from 0 to 4 hours
  • Programmable brew delay up to 24 hours
  • Comes with gold-tone reusable cone filter
  • Limited 3-year warranty
Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
  • 12-cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard
  • Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and...
  • Adjustable carafe temperature control with high, medium & low settings;BPA...


  • Weak LCD Display, hard to read without backlit
  • A bit complicated programming
  • Stainless Steel looking front is plastic

This coffee maker can be found in many households due to its feasible price range and a host of features. Cuisinart has a good reputation for making many household appliances and also few of the very best coffee machines.

#10 Cuisinart Perfect Temp DCC-3200

This model is a great choice if you’re tired of your coffee maker serving up a lukewarm brew that requires having microwave before drinking. The piping hot brew temperature and cone filter ensure that your coffee will always taste great. This machine is fully programmable, so you can wake up to freshly brewed coffee.

The model is more practical as it arrived after the older model Cuisinart 1200: more flavorful coffee, optimal brewing process, large capacity and a bigger water inlet for water filling. Cuisinart DCC3200 is one among the top rated drip coffee machines for its combination of price tag and features.

Cuisinart DCC3200 Auto Drip

Features and Specifications:

  • Brews up to 14 5-ounce cups
  • Allows you to choose brew strength
  • 1-4 cup brew setting
  • 24-hour programmability and automatic shut-off
  • Comes with reusable gold tone filter
  • Self-cleaning function
  • Glass carafe
  • Adjustable keep warm setting
  • Limited 3-year warranty
Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 DCC-3200 Glass Carafe Handle Programmable Coffeemaker, 14 Cup Stainless Steel
  • State-of-the-art technology to ensure hotter coffee without sacrificing flavor...
  • Brew strength control allows you to select regular or bold coffee flavor
  • Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and...


  • The lid of the carafe is a little annoying
  • The Pause ‘N’ Serve function sometimes drips coffee on the warming plate

The next coffeemaker combines programmability with the option of grinding your own coffee right before you brew it.

#11 Hamilton Beach Single 2-Way Brewer, 49980A

Nine times out of ten you might only want to brew a single cup of Joe, but you may also want to have the option of brewing a full pot while having guests. For these situations, the Hamilton Beach 49980A is the best 2 way coffee maker as it makes perfect cups all the time and is economic too.

It brews into a 12-cup glass carafe like a regular coffee machine but also allows you to brew directly into a single serve insulated travel mug keeping in mind of your travel habits. So, it’s a regular coffee maker as well as a one cup coffeemaker too. Though it costs on the higher side than the above coffee makers but ensures to last long with its great features. If you are a big mug drinker, then just don’t worry, it brews up to 14 ounces in the travel mug and can adjust shorter if you want.

Hamilton Beach 49980z

Features and Specifications:

  • 12 cup glass carafe
  • Single cup brewer takes soft pods or reusable gold tone filter
  • Fully programmable
  • Unique scoop to measure perfect amount of coffee
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Single-serve side brew basket comes with a mesh filter to hold ground coffee or pre-packaged soft pods.
  • Adjustable Regular or bold brew strength
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, Single-Serve and 12-Cup Pot, Stainless Steel (49980A),...
  • BREW 2 WAYS: Enjoy either a single serve cup (travel mug not included) or full...
  • FULLY PROGRAMMABLE: Wake up to a hot cup of coffee with fully programmable...
  • ADJUSTS TO YOUR CUP: Can brew directly into the carafe, a travel mug (not...


  • Lid attached permanently so cleaning is difficult sometimes
  • No battery to keep the clock going

One point to note here is that the Travel Mug is not provided in the package and it has to be bought separately. But still, the machine is worth the package.

#12 Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus Coffeemaker with Hot Water System
Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus Coffee Maker

The next in our list is a coffee brewer by Cuisinart under range $100. This is another model that uses a hot-water reservoir to ensures the perfect temperature for brewing which is an essential aspect to look for before buying a coffee maker. The Cuisinart Coffee Plus has a lot of great features, including a 24-hour timer that lets you wake up to fresh coffee. At a capacity of 12 cups, this coffee maker is suitable for a household of coffee lovers or in the small sized office staff room.

Cuisinart CHW-12 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Plus Hot Water System Coffee Maker, Black/Stainless
  • 12-Cup Carafe with a drip-free pour spout and a comfortable handle. Cord length...
  • Fully Automatic with auto-on and auto shutoff, self-clean function and 1-4 cup...
  • Carafe Temperature Control offers a heater plate with High, Medium and Low...

As an added bonus, the hot water in the reservoir can also be used to make tea and other hot beverages. A charcoal filter purifies your water before brewing so that is again a good addon with this price tag.

#13 Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew DGB-650BC

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to freshly ground and brewed coffee? The grinder takes the guesswork out of grinding, as it is set to the optimal grind to brew with this machine. You can also bypass this function if you want to use your own pre-ground coffee. Unlike some grind-and-brew machines, this model is easy to keep and clean. The DGB-650BC is the improved version of the older DGB-600 and hence has many flaws covered up.

Cuisinart DGB 650BC-best coffee maker

Features and Specifications:

  • 10 cup thermal stainless steel carafe
  • Completely programmable, including 1-4 cup setting and automatic shut-off
  • Grind-off option for using pre-ground coffee
  • Grind preset to medium grind optimal for this coffeemaker’s extraction
  • Purchase includes reusable gold tone basket filter
  • Showerhead distributes water evenly over the grounded coffee
  • Inbuilt Charcoal water filter
  • Limited 3-year warranty
Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Metal
  • 12-Cup automatic coffeemaker with built-in automatic bean grinder
  • Fully programmable with adjustable auto-shutoff from 0 to 4 hours, Brew Pause,...
  • Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter ensures only the freshest...


  • Design of the thermal carafe doesn’t let you pour the last cup easily
  • Grinder makes a lot of noise and takes much time
  • The grinder needs to be cleaned after every use to prevent clogging

If you are looking for these type, then we would suggest you to read more about Coffee maker with grinder. There are more models to compare as per your needs.

Cuisinart has been doing wonderful jobs by providing great drip coffee makers under feasible prices. Pick any from this brand and you won’t be disappointed for your basic coffee needs.

 [Read Complete Cuisinart DGB650BC Review]

Coffee Makers Under $50

#14 Hamilton Beach Brewstation, 48464

No more worrying about replacing a broken carafe – this machine dispenses with the carafe altogether. Instead, it brews into an internal tank which gently heats the coffee and keeps it warm for hours without scorching. Dispense it directly into serving mugs at the press of a button.

This coffee maker also has a function for making iced coffee. It has all BPA parts which come in contact with water and coffee. The parts of this coffee maker are dishwasher safe making it easier to clean. Hamilton 48464 is one of the highest selling drip coffee brewers in the market and comes with a very feasible price tag.

Hamilton Beach 48464

Features and Specifications:

  • Internal insulated tank holds 12 cups; no carafe required
  • Programmable with digital display
  • Dispensing bar allows you to serve yourself one-handed
  • Settings for 1-4 cups as well as regular or bold brewing
  • Heating function, just press the power button for 2-3 seconds to bypass brewing
  • Gentle Heating system maintains optimal temperature without scorching the coffee making even the last cup taste like freshly brewed
  • Customizable automatic shut-off
  • Limited 1-year warranty
Hamilton Beach (48464) Coffee Maker with 12 Cup Capacity & Internal Storage Coffee Pot, Brewstation,...
  • Enclosed brewing system with internal heater keeps coffee hot and fresh for up...
  • Maintains fresh brewed flavor
  • Brews up to 12 cups like a traditional drip coffee maker


  • Coffee Tank is not dishwasher safe
  • Coffee tastes like burnt when kept for 30 minutes after brew

#15 Black & Decker Brew ‘N’ Go DCM18S

This machine works well if you’re the only coffee drinker at your house. It’s a Single Cup Coffee Maker in which you can easily brew a serving into the included travel mug on your way out the door every morning. With its easy-to-clean reusable filter, this model is an affordable and environmentally friendly option for brewing single servings. It almost offers many of the benefits of pod brewing systems without any of the drawbacks.

Black-N-Decker DCM18S

Features and Specifications:

  • Includes permanent reusable filter
  • Tapered 15-ounce travel mug fits most cup holders
  • Mug, filter, filter basket and mug lid are dishwasher-safe
  • Automatic shut-off
  • One-touch operation
  • Automatic Optimal Temperature
  • 1 Year Warranty
BLACK+DECKER Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug, Black/Beige, DCM18
  • Personal Coffeemaker - The fast, no-hassle way to get your morning coffee! This...
  • Permanent Grounds Filter - No need to buy wasteful paper filters, the mesh metal...
  • Automatic Shutoff - The coffeemaker turns off immediately after brewing, giving...


  • Thorough cleaning required every time as coffee grounds seep at water reservoir and overhead

Finally, this one is basically for those who are in rush every morning. Just brew in the provided thermal mug and move away with it. Drink your coffee on the way!

#16 Hamilton Beach 12-Cup 46205

Maybe this is not the fastest machine out there, but if you’re looking for something affordable, attractive and programmable that makes excellent coffee at the right temperature, it’s a good choice. The model comes with under $60 price tag. It is designed to be easy to use and clean, and it gives you a plenty of options. You can set it to brew 1-4 cups if you don’t want a full pot, and you can choose between two brewing strengths.

The reviews of this model simply point that this model brews an excellent cup of coffee. The reason for including this coffee maker in this list is the combination of affordable price with great tasting coffee.

Hamilton Beach 46201

Features and Specifications:

  • 12-cup glass carafe
  • Programmable clock
  • 2-hour automatic shut-off
  • Removable Water Reservoir for easy cleaning
  • Automatic Pause and serve option
  • 1-4 cup brewing option; choice of regular or bold brew
  • Wheeled base for better access to water tank
Hamilton Beach 46205 Programmable, Coffee Maker, Standard
  • FAST, EASY FILLING Rotating base lets you easily access the rear water reservoir...
  • PROGRAMMABLE CLOCK Set it up the night before with the programmable clock and...
  • ADJUSTABLE BREWING OPTIONS 12 cup capacity with bold, regular, and 1 to 4 cup...


  • People have sometimes complained about the weaker coffee
  • The coffee is also not very hot as it should be.

Things To Consider Before Buying An Auto Drip

Whether you consider making coffee a daily chore or a gratifying ritual, there is no denying that drinking a hot cup of coffee is a pleasurable experience that prepares us for a hectic day ahead. If you want to enjoy a great everyday cup of coffee with a bold flavor, there is no better option than a drip coffee maker.

Drip coffee makers offer some of the simplest approaches to brewing. So, if you are looking to buy a drip coffee maker, here is a comprehensive buying guide for you. Let’s get started:

If you want to leave mediocre coffee behind and start drinking superb drip coffee, first you must find the right brand that fits your needs. That being said, you must also know about types of drip coffee makers before buying one for yourself.

Even though there is the use of same brewing technique in all drip coffee makers, it is important for you to buy the one that comes with some extra features, settings and precision.

Precise Temperature

It is recommended to buy a drip coffee maker that comes with the feature of precise temperature control. This feature ensures the water is heat up to optimum temperatures as it helps roast the coffee to its flavorful potential.

There are many coffee makers that face the issue of temperature fluctuations that can affect the aroma, acidity,and flavor of the coffee. Therefore, it is best to invest in a coffee maker with no temperature fluctuations.

Hot Plate or Thermal Carafe

Thermal Carafe – These are highly recommended to people who do not like making coffee every now and then. A thermal carafe not only brews a big pot of coffee but also keeps it hot and flavorful for several hours. And the pot is sturdy and portable – making it perfect for families and offices.

Given that the carafe is insulated, there is no need to place your coffee on a hotplate to keep it warm. This helps in averting the coffee from overcooking or burning and ensuring that there is no compromise on taste.

Hot Plate – The glass carafe drip coffee maker cannot stay warm for too long because it is not insulated. Since the coffee remains only warm when the carafe sits on a hotplate, it is best for people who do not consume too much coffee. It is because the flavor and taste are compromised as a result of keeping the coffee on a hotplate for too long.

If you really want to go with this, it is best to choose a glass carafe machine that is equipped with the feature of temperature or timing mechanism that enables the user to control the temperature of the hotplate or set timing for the hotplate to turn off. However, with a glass carafe, you can actually see the whole brewing process.

Serving Size

While choosing a drip coffee maker, one of the most important factors to consider is the serving size. It is because if everyone in your house loves to kick-start their day with coffee then it is not the best choice to buy a drip coffee maker with a serving size of 4. Depending on the daily consumption of coffee in your house, you can buy the one with a serving size of 14 or more.

Unit Size

If you are the only person in your house that is addicted to coffee and cannot live without it, then it is best to purchase a drip coffee maker that is specifically designed to brew small pots. And also make sure that the coffee maker enables you to regulate the speed of water flow over the coffee grounds.

A coffee maker that enables the user to adjust the flow is definitelythe best choice. It is because if the flow is not adjusted, the extraction time is limited and the flavor gets damaged. So, make sure you consider this important point before investing in a drip coffee maker.

Temperature Control

There are machines that do not come with temperature control feature. Make sure you buy a drip coffee maker that boasts a steady temperature control of 195°F to 205°F. A machine with steady temperature control makes sure your coffee isn’t too cold or too hot.

Ease of Cleaning

If you are in the league of those people who loves coffee but absolutely hates cleaning the coffee makers, you are still going to experience some trouble here. From washing removable parts of daily use to decalcifying your machine every month, the whole cleaning process is not something to be afraid of.

Programmable Features

There are machines that enable the user to pre-set the time for the brewing process to commence. It provides the convenience to the user as the machine does all the work and coffee is prepared at the set time.

It is best to look for a machine that comes with more features. Machines with more features tend to be expensive but then again, you’ll get convenience and quality. For instance, there are machines with built-in coffee grinders that make a great, freshly brewed coffee that is unquestionably more divine than pre-ground coffee.

Auto Shut Off

Look for a brewer that can be automatically shut off after a certain amount of time. This feature can become handy if you’re a type of person who forgets to turn the coffee maker off every now and then. In addition, this feature saves the electricity bill as well.


Drip coffee makers with glass carafes are not even close to thermal carafes when it comes to durability. If you are not good with breakable objects, you need to invest in a drip coffee maker with a thermal carafe. Simply look for a brand that is reliable, affordable, and covers all the basics.


You can get a drip coffee maker under the price of $100 and you can also get one that is over $500. However, with the extra price, it is guaranteed that you will get to enjoy more features and quality.


Which drip coffee maker makes the hottest coffee

Though every coffee maker brands claims about perfect temperature, the few we found making hottest coffee were Technivorm Moccamaster, Oxo On and Bonavita 1900TS.

Which drip coffee machine makes the best tasting coffee

If you are looking for the best tasting drip coffee, we would suggest to go with Breville Precision brewer, Technivorm, Oxo or Braun Brewsense. They are the leaders in the market for great coffee experience.

How much coffee do you put in a drip coffee maker

It depends on how you want your coffee. But as a general rule of thumb, 1 tbsp of coffee for each 6 oz cup of coffee. So if you are brewing 4 cups, put 4 tbsp of coffee.

Are all drip coffee makers the same

The brewing method is all same in drip coffee machines, only optimization differs. The quality of brewed coffee largely varies if the temperature is consistent, the water spreads evenly on the coffee and the extraction cycle.

How long does a drip brewer takes to brew

A typical coffee maker takes anywhere from 5 to 12 minutes depending upon the brewer and the quantity of coffee.

How do you use a drip brewer

1. Fill the water reservoir with adequate amount
2. Put the filter in the coffee basket and then fill it with 1 tbsp of coffee grounds per 6 oz cup
3. Set to your preferred settings like how strong you want and then press the brew button
4. Put the carafe in place and wait for your coffee

Wrap Up

A drip coffee maker is just perfect for families, offices, and people who like to invite friends and colleagues to their home. Finding the best one is not a difficult process if you look for features rather than price.

Depending on your needs, you can buy it in different brew sizes that range from 4 to 20 cups. However, if you are the only person in your home that drinks coffee, it is best to buy a drip coffee maker that has a capacity of brewing 10-14 cups of heavenly coffee. While buying a drip coffee maker, look for programmable features such as temperature control and auto shut off.

Now that you’ve read about the best coffee makers in the auto drip category, it’s time to decide which one is suitable for you. Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart and Mr Coffee are straight to use machines that don’t require much know how whereas if you are a passionate coffee drinker and want to bring brew quality to perfection – Oxo, Bonavita, Technivorm, Breville and Braun might be your best companions.

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