The Best Drip Coffeemakers

Sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsReal Simple’s food department cut through all the brewhaha to bring you the buzziest machines for every budget.

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Best Under $100

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Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker
This workhorse made stronger coffee than other bargain buys. Its stainless-steel vacuum-sealed carafe kept the beverage piping hot for two hours—far longer than glass containers did.

To buy: $60, target.com.

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Best Under $150

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Capresso MT600 Plus
It filters the water, then controls the temperature and the brew time (anything over eight minutes yields a bitter brew) for dependably well-balanced coffee.

To buy: $130, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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Best Under $200

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Zojirushi Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker
The most user-friendly machine we tested, this foolproof pick makes 10 smooth cups of joe, which neatly pour from the drip-free carafe.

To buy: $190, amazon.com.

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4

Best Splurge

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Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG-741 AO
It's hard to brew an at-home cup with no traces of bitterness or acidity. This sleek, compact appliance does just that. The machine is an investment, but the result is as close as you can get to a coffeehouse order.

To buy: From $290, amazon.com.

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5

Pour-over

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Kitchenaid Custom Pour Over Brewer
This unit can turn on before you wake up, thanks to the built-in timer, slowly wetting grounds for the ultimate good morning.

To buy: $180, amazon.com.

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Pour-over

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Chemex Ottomatic
The same sleek design from the company that popularized the manual pour-over, with a hands-free advantage.

To buy: $350, williams-sonoma.com.

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