The 11 Best Coffee Makers for Every Household's Needs
To find the best coffee makers, we researched dozens of models and evaluated them based on type, size, ease of use, durability, and more. We also asked Jessica Rodriguez, certifications program manager at the Specialty Coffee Association, for expert advice on what to look for in a coffee machine and her recommendations for a home brewer. Cary Wong, a coffee educator at Partners Coffee, also weighed in with tips on how to clean your coffee maker to help it last as long as possible.
Based on our research, our best overall pick is the Oxo 9-Cup Coffee Maker. It's an easy-to-use programmable coffee machine that brews enough for multiple adults and keeps it warm for up to four hours.
Here are the best coffee makers for every household's needs.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Coffee Maker: Oxo 9-Cup Coffee Maker
- Best Budget Coffee Maker: Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
- Best Small Coffee Maker: Zojirushi Zutto 5-Cup Coffee Maker
- Best Drip Coffee Maker: Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
- Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker: Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
- Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker: Espro Bloom Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Kit
- Best French Press Coffee Maker: Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
- Most Versatile Coffee Maker: Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System
- Best Espresso Maker: Breville Barista Express Espresso Maker
- Best Stovetop Coffee Maker: Bialetti Moka Express
Best Overall Coffee Maker: Oxo 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Best Budget Coffee Maker: Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Best Small Coffee Maker: Zojirushi Zutto 5-Cup Coffee Maker
Best Drip Coffee Maker: Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker: Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Best Pour-Over Coffee Maker: Espro Bloom Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Kit
Best French Press Coffee Maker: Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Most Versatile Coffee Maker: Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System
Best Espresso Coffee Maker: Breville Barista Express Espresso Maker
Best Stovetop Coffee Maker: Bialetti Moka Express
We think Oxo's 9-Cup Coffee Maker is a great choice for most households because it's easy to use and makes a solid cup of drip coffee. It has a stainless steel carafe, which keeps the brew warm without messing with the taste, and the instructions are simple enough for coffee lovers who aren't technologically savvy. But if you'd rather drink iced coffee, then we recommend Takeya's Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker because it's much more affordable than buying cold brew concentrate at the store.
How to Shop for a Coffee Maker Like a Pro
Before you do anything else, consider how much coffee you typically make at once and how long you need it to stay hot. A household that goes through six cups throughout a regular morning will need a coffee maker that can handle brewing that volume and keeping it warm, whereas a single-serving coffee maker option will suffice if you live alone or rarely drink coffee. Plus, getting the right capacity brewer will also help reduce waste since you will only brew what you need, says Rodriguez.
There are so many different types of coffee makers on the market, so you'll need to think about which one you're looking for. Whether you're looking for a classic drip or high-end espresso machine (or something in between), there are coffee makers available for every need. Some of the fancier models have features like multiple brew options, programmable timers, and built-in frothers, while basic coffee makers have fewer settings to choose from.
You'll also want to think about how much time and energy you're willing to spend on making your coffee. Maybe you get immense satisfaction out of making professional-level lattes at home, or maybe you much prefer the pod-style options of a single-serve coffee maker. Be realistic about what will work for you, and go from there.
Water Quality and Machine Maintenance
Rodriguez highly recommends using filtered water to make coffee, since tap water often contains minerals that can build up in your equipment and add a less-than-ideal taste to your brew. A coffee machine with a built-in water filter can help with the taste, but it may require a little more maintenance in the form of regular descaling (more on that below). If you can commit to getting a separate water filter, like a Brita pitcher or the kind that attaches to your tap, then your machine might be easier to clean and maintain over time.
Questions You Might Ask
How often should you clean your coffee maker?
Regular cleaning will keep your coffee maker functional for as long as possible. Simple tasks, like washing the carafe and rinsing out the brew basket, should be done after each use. But to really prolong the life of your machine and keep your coffee tasting good, you'll occasionally need to give your machine a deeper clean. Wong suggests deep cleaning every month or two to "prevent any build-up of limescale, coffee oils, or worse—mildew or mold."
How do you clean your coffee maker?
In addition to the daily rinse of your carafe and filter, you'll also need to descale your coffee machine regularly. Regular coffee makers can typically be cleaned with equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. But as always, you should reference the manufacturer's instructions for your specific machine. (You can also check out our guide on how to clean a Keurig for additional tips.)
If you have a barista-style espresso machine that gets heavy use, Wong recommends a monthly cleaning to soak parts like the group heads, valves, and lines. He uses a coffee cleaning solution like Cafiza. "These solutions help remove buildup of coffee oils that I might have missed," he says. "You'll notice how much better your coffee is tasting once you've deep cleaned your machine."
How long should a coffee maker last?
This will vary depending on the type of coffee maker you have, what your machine is made of, and how often you use it. But generally, experts say that regular cleaning and maintenance will keep most coffee makers going for years—so it's a good idea to invest in a machine that you'll want to keep.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Nina Bahadur, a writer with almost 10 years of home and lifestyle experience. She spent hours researching the best coffee makers to fit different needs, considering factors like type, brew size, and ease of use. For expert tips, Nina consulted Jessica Rodriguez, certifications program manager at the Specialty Coffee Association, and Cary Wong, a coffee educator at Partners Coffee.