Best Drip Coffee Maker ReviewFFOL Editor 1
Best Drip Coffee Maker Review
After over 50 hours of research and testing, our pick for the Best Coffee Maker is the
OXO Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker.
This coffee maker encompasses two things important to us before our morning dose of caffeine,
simplicity and speed, and of course, great taste.
We’d like to note that we restricted our research to drip coffee makers since they‘re
the most common for home and office use.
Here is our top five list of the Best Coffee Makers:
#1 OXO – Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker
#2 Bonavita – 8-Cup Carafe Coffee Brewer
#3 Cuisinart – Perfect Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
#4 Moccamaster – 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe
#5 Hamilton Beach – Single-Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker
So, how did we test these coffee makers?
Well, we began by enlisting the help of colleagues to volunteer for numerous taste tests.
After all, taste was one of the determining factors in customer reviews. The size of the carafe was also noted.
Think about whether you plan to brew coffee for yourself and a partner or for an entire office.
The general size and height of the coffee maker was also key. Not everyone has a massive countertop at their disposal.
Finally, overall usability.
No one wants to deal with a complicated machine bright and early. Other features we made sure to note were brew time, aesthetics and overall value. Before going over our top picks, you can check out links in the description below for more detail on each coffee maker.
Our #1 pick: OXO – Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker
You would be surprised at the variation in taste, smell and brewing speed of these coffee
makers and the OXO ranked highly in every category. Plus, it is extremely user-friendly.
There is only one button slash knob, which allows the initial set-up to be a piece of cake.
And it’s extremely quiet, easy to fill and aesthetically pleasing.
Any weakness? Well, yes.
It only brews nine cups so if you are brewing for more than four people, we recommend a
larger coffee maker.
If we were ranking purely on coolness, the Bonavita – BV1900TS would definitely be our top choice. It makes coffee just as good as the OXO, looks like something from a trendy coffee shop and
would impress any coffee connoisseur.
In fact, it was recommended by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which is how it landed on our radar in the first place. However, this level of trendy will cost you around double the other coffee makers we tested and it’s also on the small side with a capacity of only eight cups.
For the coffee addicts and the office brewers, our number three pick is for you.
With a massive 14-cup carafe, low price tag and solid taste testing results, the Cuisinart – DCC-3200 was our third place and budget pick. The Cuisinart has a solid handle, which you begin to appreciate after your third cup, and it is quiet and compact.
We would also like to give a shout out to the Moccamaster which is a solid unit, but had the highest price tag. For those looking for an elegant design and a strong, bitter cup of joe, this could be the coffee maker for you, as long as you are willing to swallow the cost.
Finally, for versatility, the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot CoffeeMaker should be noted. It was the cheapest coffee maker on our list and has a single-serve option which while eye-catching, was unpopular with our judges. If you consider yourself a coffee snob, you will want to pass on this one. It was built for practicality, not the refined palette.
Overall, we were quite impressed with the OXO – Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker. Its futuristic design only has one button slash knob removing any confusion in your early morning routine. The maker was admired by all of our participants both for its appearance and the quality of coffee it brews quickly.