If you’re sitting there googling “what to look for in a coffee maker,” I’m guessing you’re just kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices that are out there. Consumer drip coffee makers can range from single cup models to up to 14 cups, and there are a LOT of them.
There are also pod coffee makers. And “grind ‘n’ brew” coffee makers. And under-cabinet coffee makers. And SCA certified coffee makers. Some drip coffee makers even try to offer a 2-in-1 solution that combines a single cup machine with a separate coffee pot next to it.
So how do you pick the right one?
In this article, we’ll take a look at 8 things to consider before you buy your new coffee maker (the links skip down this page to each section):
- What Size or Configuration Works Best In Your Kitchen?
- Is the Water Reservoir Plastic or Stainless Steel?
- How Much Coffee Do You Drink?
- How Long Does It Take to Brew a Full Pot?
- Does The Coffee Maker Have a Drip-Free Carafe?
- How Important Are “Extra Features”?
- Is There an Option to Get a Thermal Carafe?
- What Price Range Are You Comfortable With?
At the end of this odyssey, I’ll offer some final words of advice, and then we’ll look at 9 different coffee makers that serve different needs (click here to skip down there).
Naturally, it’s probably next to impossible to find a coffee maker that checks ALL the boxes on your wish list. This means you need to prioritize! If you leave some wiggle room in certain areas and focus on the things that matter most, you’re sure to find a coffee maker that you’ll be happy with.
First, a Quick Lesson in Coffee Maker Lingo
If you’re already intimately familiar with coffee makers, you’re not a beginner. Skip this part! But if you’re new to coffeeing (I made up that verb), here are a few part names you should know.
The picture below shows coffee filters (the paper things) and filter baskets (the black plastic things)! Pretty basic stuff, right?
The reason there are two pictures of each is that some coffee makers use the “flat-bottom” coffee filters on the left. Some use the cone filters on the right. Melitta is known for selling cone coffee filters, so naturally that’s what their coffee makers use. Cuisinart coffee makers also typically use cone filters.
So what’s the difference between flat and cone? Really, not much. I may write a thing about that later, but for now let’s just say there’s really not a huge difference, but there is a difference. Generally speaking, most people feel that cone filters result in stronger coffee. Or, depending on your taste buds, that might translate to bitter coffee.
There are a bunch of factors that can affect how coffee tastes … water temperature, pre-soak (a.k.a. “bloom” time), contact time with the coffee grounds, uniformity of saturation … and the shape of the filter is only part of that equation.
Now let’s talk filter baskets!
Are you excited yet? I know. Try to contain yourself!
You’ll see a few different names thrown around when referring to this part of the coffee maker. Depending on the manufacturer, it might be called a filter basket, a brew basket, or in BUNN’s case, a brew funnel.
All of these names refer to the same thing. The filter basket’s job is to hold the coffee filter and direct coffee into the carafe. Nearly all filter baskets are made of plastic, but the BUNN VP-17 has an optional stainless steel filter basket. You can read my VP-17 review here, and I also wrote a whole thing about how the VP-17 is as plastic-free as a coffee maker can get.
Anyway, once the coffee starts dripping, it’s going to drip into a carafe. Or a decanter. Or a coffee pot. Call it whatever you want! Aside from the size of that carafe (to be discussed down below), there are two things that matter: (a) do you want glass or stainless steel, and (b) how drip-free is that carafe?
As we’ll discuss below, the choice between glass and stainless steel is really a choice of how you want your coffee to stay hot after brewing. Glass carafes are the norm, and some coffee makers are available in a slightly different model that comes with a stainless steel (thermal) carafe.
Drippiness is a big issue with a lot of drip coffee makers. Not all carafes are made equal. When you’re shopping for a coffee maker, be sure to check out what people are saying about the drip factor.
What to look for in a coffee maker depends on a lot of things, including what kind of coffee drinker you are, your morning routine, and how much money you want to spend.
1. What Size or Configuration Works Best In Your Kitchen?
Some coffee makers are really tall. And on top of that, they may have a flip-up lid for the water reservoir (that’s where you pour water in), and this will require extra clearance space. Generally speaking, this shouldn’t be a big deal.
But, before you start shopping, it’s wise to know (a) if you’re going to be putting your new coffee maker under a kitchen cabinet, and (b) how much vertical space is available.
It would be pretty disappointing to get your new coffee maker and then find out that it’s too tall! Time to get out that tape measure.
Some coffee makers are configured so that you can’t see the clock unless the coffee maker is turned a certain way. Is your kitchen counter space limited? If so, there are certain models you should avoid.
If you have to position a coffee maker in a way that makes the clock hard to access, that means you’ll also have trouble programming it for morning brewing.
If you find a coffee maker you really like, but overhead cabinets might be a problem, consider this sliding tray thingy below. You put your coffee maker (or some other appliance) on it, and the tray lets you easily pull the unit forward. It’s pretty inexpensive, and you can also get them in sets of two (Amazon link).
2. Is the Water Reservoir Plastic or Stainless Steel?
The water reservoir in a coffee maker is a part that most people don’t think to look at, and therefore, usually don’t give any thought to.
I have already written about water reservoirs more times than I care to admit! It’s because of “plastic taste.” This isn’t an issue for every single coffee drinker, but for some it’s a major problem.
If you want to avoid plastic taste forever and ever, you need a coffee maker that has a stainless steel water reservoir. The reservoir is where water heats up when your coffee maker is preparing to brew. When water is sitting inside a plastic receptacle that is being heated, plastic taste is highly likely for people who are especially susceptible.
The reason I say “people who are especially susceptible” is because there is wide disagreement over whether certain coffee makers produce coffee that tastes like plastic.
A coffee maker, especially a low-cost one, might have thousands of reviews that say the coffee tastes great. Meanwhile, for the very same product, there is a small but significant minority that says the plastic taste is overpowering. Case in point: this extremely popular Mr. Coffee model shown below.
In fact, plastic taste is such a huge issue in drip coffee makers that I wrote an entire article about how to get rid of it.
My personal theory is that some people are just very sensitive to certain, um, “flavors.” If you’ve tasted coffee from a lot of different coffee makers without incident, then don’t sweat it. But if you have those sensitive taste buds, the stainless steel reservoir is what you want.
Nearly all coffee makers have plastic reservoirs, but some do offer stainless steel and I wrote all about them here. One coffee maker, the very expensive OXO On Barista Brain 12-cup, actually has a glass reservoir. Cool, right? Too bad that coffee maker sucks (turns out it has a durability issue).
3. How Much Coffee Do You Drink?
Something you should know about coffee makers is that “10 cups” does not equal 10 mugs of coffee! This is because coffee maker manufacturers typically go by the “cupping standard” set by the SCA (we’ll talk about the SCA further down on this page). That cupping standard defines 1 “cup” of coffee as about 5 ounces. Your coffee mug is probably closer to 11 ounces or more, so your “10 cup” carafe will probably only fill about 4-5 mugs at most.
Likewise, if you go with a small 4-cup coffee maker, it will only fill your mug twice.
4. How Long Does It Take to Brew a Full Pot?
If a coffee maker is programmable, you can set it to start brewing automatically at the time you specify. If that’s your plan, then brewing speed may not be a big concern.
But what if you’re just not into programming things? Or maybe you drink a LOT of coffee? Or maybe one pot in the morning isn’t enough for all of the coffee drinkers in the house?
BUNN has sort of carved itself a nice little niche in the fast-brewing coffee maker market. Their Velocity Brew coffee makers (Amazon link), which are built with stainless steel water reservoirs, keep water hot at all times so they’re always ready to brew.
These coffee makers brew so fast that BUNN didn’t even build a programmability function into them. Just drop your coffee into the filter basket and you’ve got a full pot of coffee about 3 minutes later.
5. Does The Coffee Maker Have a Drip-Free Carafe?
Some coffee maker manufacturers tout this as a selling point because it’s a pretty huge problem for a lot of people.
If a coffee maker doesn’t brag about its carafe being drip-free, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to be an issue. But when you see “drip-free” listed as a feature, that probably means they’ve engineered and tested the carafe to ensure that it’s not going to make a huge mess.
A drip-free carafe is something that every coffee maker should come with! Unfortunately, that’s just not the world we live in.
The BUNN carafe pictured below is a drip-free model that comes with the BUNN Heat N Brew (read review). You can also buy it separately (Amazon link). It apparently fits all BUNN coffee makers.
6. How Important Are “Extra Features”?
We’ve already mentioned programmability. Of course, it’s a really popular feature, and it’s offered on a lot of coffee makers. Basically any coffee maker that has a clock built into it is going to be programmable.
There are some other extra features that have become fairly common. They’re mainly just frills, meaning they’re far from necessary, but they can be found on a lot of fairly inexpensive coffee makers.
But do you really want or need them?
In no particular order, these features include:
- Brew pause: This feature, which may go by various other names such as “Grab-a-Cup,” lets you pour yourself a cup in the middle of brewing. The coffee maker will stop brewing until you put the coffee pot back under the filter basket.
- Built-in water filter: Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee are known for this feature. A charcoal filter removes impurities (e.g., chlorine and calcium) from your water for a better-tasting cup of coffee.
- Variable brew strength settings: Some coffee makers offer a brew mode called “Bold” or something to that effect. You might even have up to three brew options. A “bold” brewing option will cause the water flow a bit more slowly and result in stronger coffee.
- Adjustable warming plate: Just about all coffee makers that have a glass carafe also have a warming plate. This is the metal plate that the coffee pot sits on, and it keeps the coffee hot for usually 1 to 2 hours. Adjustable warming plates let you set different warming plate temperatures. Some can also be set to stay on for different lengths of time.
- 1-4 cup setting: This allows you to tell the coffee maker to brew a smaller amount of coffee if you don’t want a full pot.
In all honestly, most of these features are either meaningless or deeply flawed in practice.
Coffee makers that offer “brew pause” rarely do it without dripping at least a little coffee onto the hot warming plate. In the long term, that’s going to be a problem.
Also, interrupting the brew process isn’t really a great idea. For the best-tasting coffee, water flow should be constant and even, and that doesn’t happen when you pause the brew.
The built-in water filter that Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee usually include might be good if the water in your house is gross. If your water is already nice ‘n’ clean, a charcoal filter is just one more thing to replace on a regular basis.
Variable brew strength sounds like a good idea and a lot of people seem to like it. Depending on the coffee maker, you might just wind up using that brew setting permanently if the non-bold coffee isn’t strong enough. Or it could be that you should just start buying a darker roast.
Adjustable warming plate? Butch, please. Some people may like it, but few need it.
A 1-4 cup setting could also be a good idea depending on your habits. If you think you’ll be needing 1-4 cups frequently, perhaps you should just buy a smaller coffee maker or even a single-cup model.
It’s worth noting that these features are largely absent on certain high-end coffee makers. When you look at the feature list on coffee makers by Bonavita, Technivorm, and all but one BUNN model, you’ll see that they don’t offer any of this stuff! For some, simplicity is more of a benefit than a curse.
Bonavita does offer one model that is programmable (Amazon link), but that’s its only luxury … aside from making amazing coffee.
However, if you like programmability and some extra functions AND want a quality piece of hardware, there are plenty of SCA certified coffee makers that you might want to take a look at.
The features offered aren’t exactly the same as the ones listed here, but some of them are pretty nice. Check out this roundup of 10 SCA certified coffee makers as well as my reviews of the Breville Precision Brewer and the BUNN Heat N Brew.
Oh, and btw, DO NOT BUY A COFFEE MAKER WITH A BUILT-IN GRINDER! That is one “extra feature” you absolutely do not want, and I can all but guarantee that you will come to regret it.
If you’re grinding your own beans, you need a high-quality burr grinder (here are 9 great ones). The coffee grinders that are built into “grind-and-brew” coffee makers are passable at best, and some of them are just garbage. Buy that grinder separately.
Buying a separate grinder so also makes your life easier if either the coffee maker or grinder breaks down. You can still use one while you go about repairing or replacing the other.
7. Is There an Option to Get a Thermal Carafe?
This was discussed briefly way up above, under “coffee maker lingo.” To recap …
As you browse coffee makers, you’ll notice that some of them come with a glass carafe and others have a very handsome stainless steel carafe. What’s the difference?
The glass carafe is standard. If you get a coffee maker that has a glass carafe, the coffee maker will also have a warming plate to keep the coffee hot.
A stainless steel carafe will keep your coffee hot without a warming plate.
The benefit of keeping your coffee hot in a thermal carafe is that you’re not “cooking” your coffee on a warming plate. The longer the coffee gets cooked, the worse it tastes. A thermal carafe keeps your coffee hot inside (usually) two layers of steel, so heat is retained without the flavor changing.
Also, be suspicious of thermal carafes that are lined with glass. That glass can shatter if you subject it to rapid temperature swings, like if you rinse it with cold water and then immediately start filling it with hot coffee.
I highly recommend going with a thermal carafe, but it’s not a necessity for everyone. Thermal carafes cost more, but if you tend to enjoy your coffee slowly, it’s a good investment.
8. What Price Range Are You Comfortable With?
This is where you really need to think about what kind of coffee drinker you are and how important good coffee is to you.
If your budget is limited and you plan to spend less than $75 to $100 on a coffee maker, there’s a good chance that you’ll be buying another new coffee maker sometime within the next 1 to 2 years, or possibly much sooner.
This is especially true if you’re planning to buy something in the $50-or-less range such as Hamilton Beach (read review), Mr. Coffee (read review), Melitta (read review), and even some more expensive Cuisinart models (this model is especially disappointing).
The typical pattern that I’ve seen with buyers of these particular name brands is basically love-at-first-sight and then deep, soul-crushing regret.
Ok maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s how far your satisfaction can swing when it comes to certain coffee makers. You might love it at first, but then problems arise. Sometimes these problems are due to lack of maintenance, sometimes not.
The good news is that, if you go cheap, you can go really cheap. And in terms of taste, you may not even notice the difference between a $20 coffee maker and one that costs $50 or more. Both of those coffee makers will do the same basic task in pretty much the exact same way.
If you’re in the market for a very low-cost coffee maker, I wrote about a bunch that are under $25. They may not last forever, and they may not produce award-winning coffee, but they’ll get the job done.
If you plan on brewing a pot of coffee every morning, I strongly advise that you invest in a high quality coffee maker. You may miss out on certain features like brew pause and that fancy warming plate, but you’ll have great coffee.
And, if you take care of the coffee maker by cleaning it regularly, it should last you a very long time.
My personal pick for the longest-lasting coffee maker (as well as plastic-free brewing) is the BUNN VP17 (read review | Amazon link). I’ve written about it many, many times. I think I have a crush on it. It’s not cheap, but it’s a quality piece of equipment.
A Few Final Bits of Advice
Avoid Coffee Pods and Save Money!
Keurig popularized coffee pods, much to the detriment of the environment, so I suppose it’s something that warrants discussion.
If you’ve never bought coffee pods before, lemme tell you … THEY’RE EXPENSIVE. Compared to “regular” coffee that’s sold in bags, the per-pound price you pay for the convenience of coffee pods is much, much higher.
Depending on what you’re buying, you might effectively be paying up to $40-$50 per pound. Outrageous, you say? Yes, it is. Even gourmet coffee is probably no more than half that cost.
But convenience is a powerful aphrodisiac, and I actually think the pod concept is pretty cool.
The good news is that reusable coffee pods are readily available! With a reusable pod, you get the best of both worlds. You get to use your own coffee, you don’t have to pay exorbitant pod prices, and you’re not contributing to the billions of coffee pods that are already piling up in landfills.
Clean Your Coffee Maker if You Want It to Last
You MUST clean your coffee maker periodically! If you don’t, your coffee maker will croak much sooner than you’d expect it to. And it won’t matter how cheap or expensive your coffee maker is. Grime doesn’t discriminate.
Vinegar works, but there are also other options. Read this article to learn how to clean your coffee maker.
Take a Look at SCA Certified Home Brewers
The SCA is the Specialty Coffee Association, a trade group for the coffee industry. One of the things they do is they put coffee makers through a series of quality tests. This helps them judge whether a coffee maker can consistently produce great coffee that’s within certain temperature guidelines.
The SCA only tests coffee makers that are submitted for consideration. They don’t just go around testing every coffee maker in existence. This is part of why the pool of SCA certified coffee makers is relatively small. The other part is that most coffee makers can’t live up to their rigorous standards.
The SCA used to be called the SCAA, and I wrote a blurb about their name change, but all you really need to know is that SCA certified coffee makers are better than most.
It’s true that SCA certified coffee makers are more expensive, but most (not all) are worth it. I wrote about a bunch of them here, and I also reviewed two others that earned their certification more recently. Those would be the BUNN Heat N Brew (read review) and the Breville Precision Brewer (read review).
Now that you’re basically an expert in coffee makers and what to look out for, let’s take a look at a few units that fit certain needs.
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You drink coffee on the way to work
– You don’t have a lot of counter space
– You’re the only coffee drinker in your household
– You just want your damn coffee
I wrote a review of this Black and Decker single cup coffee maker a while ago (Amazon link).
It’s not fancy by any means, but considering the low cost and its longevity, it’s a solid buy.
It comes with the travel mug in the picture, and some say the mug isn’t all that great. No big deal! You can use your own mug, travel or otherwise. If you already have a travel mug that is under 6 inches tall, you’re in business.
Black+Decker 5-cup Coffee Maker DCM600B
This is basically the 5-cup equivalent of the Black+Decker DCM18S above. Like its single-cup cousin, the Black+Decker DCM600B (Amazon link) is very inexpensive and it gets the job done.
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You just need a couple of quick cups in the morning
– You’re always in rush before you leave the house
– Space is limited
There’s really not much to talk about in terms of features, but Black+Decker has gotten pretty good at building simple, low-cost coffee makers.
Coffee makers in this price range are often plagued by quality issues, but most buyers are quite happy with this unit. Many owners report that it still works just fine after 1-2 years and beyond.
Capresso 426.05 5-cup Mini Coffee Maker
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You need something small and programmable
– You want something a little fancier than the Black+Decker above
This Capresso 5-cup coffee maker (Amazon link) hasn’t accrued a lot of Amazon feedback yet, but the 69 Amazon reviews that have been posted are very promising.
This unit comes with a permanent filter, so you don’t need to buy paper filters. The carafe is also billed as drip-free, and so far there aren’t any reports to the contrary.
It’s interesting to note that a few reviewers have specifically stated that this Capresso is waaayyyy better than Mr. Coffee. Capresso is mostly known for making high-quality burr grinders, and they also sell a bunch of so-so coffee makers in the $100-$200 range.
Hamilton Beach 46205 Programmable Coffee Maker (12 cup)
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You want lots of features
– You want to spend as little as possible
This Hamilton Beach coffee maker (Amazon link) is programmable and it comes with brew pause, three brewing options, an adjustable nonstick warming plate, and a “mess-free” carafe. Its best feature is probably the removable water reservoir. That’s hard to find.
Had they made that removable reservoir with stainless steel instead of plastic, this coffee maker would probably be more of a winner. But that would cost more money, and then this coffee maker wouldn’t be so cheap.
Speaking of “cheap,” I’m just gonna come right out and say it: “Low cost” and “lots of features” is not a great combo.
7 out of 10 Amazon reviewers give this coffee maker a positive rating of 4-5 stars, but it seems that an awful lot of those people rated it the same day they got it. Early breakdown is a complaint that has been echoed by many of the more vocal critics.
I wrote a review of this coffee maker a long time ago. My recommendation was “BUY IT with lowered expectations,” and I still stand by that.
The thing is, if you’re shopping for this type of coffee maker at this price range, ALL of them are going to be risky in terms of durability. If you don’t mind rolling the dice, this is the best you’re going to do for this type of coffee maker.
BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You want a coffee maker that brews FAST (~3 minutes)
– You have had problems with plastic taste in the past
– You drink coffee regularly, not just in the mornings
I asked BUNN directly about the water reservoir on all of their Velocity Brew coffee makers, and they confirmed that the water reservoirs are all made with stainless steel. This means no plastic taste!
You might, however, get a plastic smell. A small minority of Velocity Brew owners have complained about this. The smell is reportedly temporary, and so far, BUNN has not replied to my question about this issue.
The good news is that, once the plastic smell stops (if you get it at all, that is), all is right with the world. BUNN’s Velocity Brew line is incredibly popular because these coffee makers produce great coffee, and they do it fast.
All Velocity Brew coffee makers (Amazon link) work in the same basic way, so if you’d like to learn more here’s my review of the BUNN BX-D Velocity Brew.
Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe, BV1900TS
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You want something that’s simple to operate
– You want an SCA certified coffee maker without spending a ton of $$$
Bonavita (read review | Amazon link) is a name that has really entrenched itself in coffee culture as a superb coffee maker brand. It’s the coffee maker of choice for a lot of coffee snobs, so that’s a pretty strong vote of confidence.
Unlike most modern drip coffee makers, this Bonavita has ONE button on it. That’s the on/off button. If you press-and-hold the button, you can activate the pre-infusion mode. That causes the coffee maker to “bloom” the coffee with a short pre-soak.
There are more negative Amazon reviews than you would expect for a machine like this, but very few of them complain about the taste of the coffee. In fact, even people who gave their Bonavita a low rating say the coffee is amazing.
A lot of the complaints on this Bonavita are due to early breakdowns. 3 months, 6 months, 18 months. The longevity of this coffee maker is all over the place.
Why would such a high-quality coffee maker die prematurely? There are lots of possible answers, so it’s impossible to know what’s really going on.
The most obvious possibility is lack of cleaning. Most of the Amazon reviewers who say their Bonavita died prematurely also neglect to talk about how often (or seldom) they cleaned it. Coincidence? Things that make you go hmm.
As SCA certified coffee makers go, Bonavita’s is fairly low on the price scale. If you take care of it, you should get at least a couple of years of great coffee out of it. And if you want a programmable version, Bonavita does make one (Amazon link).
Behmor Connected Customizable Temperature Control Coffee Maker, Compatible with Alexa
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You’re a fan of “connected” appliances
– You’ve had problems with plastic taste in the past
– You want a coffee maker that is SCA certified
– You have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot
– You use Amazon Dash to reorder coffee
Behmor made a name for itself with the Behmor Brazen Plus (read review), which they seem to have phased out in favor of the Behmor Connected Brewer.
The Brazen Plus was a great coffee maker. The new Connected Brewer is mostly the same great coffee maker, but now it’s all “intelligent” and whatnot.
The features that remain are precise temperature control, stainless steel reservoir (no plastic taste!), altitude calibration, and pre-soak (to “bloom” your coffee).
Manual release is gone, which is a shame. But you can use your smartphone (with the free Behmor app) to set the temperature, pre-soak time, and monitor brewing progress.
You also get Alexa compatibility. This allows you to tell your Echo that you want coffee, and your Behmor Connected Brewer will snap to it! Ok, that’s pretty cool. Amazon Dash users can also tell it to reorder coffee if you’re running low.
Technophobes can also skip the smartphone and Wifi entirely. To start brewing manually, just push a button on the coffee maker.
A lot of the critical Amazon reviews are, surprise surprise, about technical issues with Wifi and such. Behmor’s customer service is reportedly pretty good, so if you have problems, they should hopefully be able to help you resolve issues that come up.
BUNN 13300.0001 VP17-1SS Pourover Coffee Brewer with 1 Warmer, Stainless Steel
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You want a coffee maker that’s simple
– You want FAST brewing (it works just like a Velocity Brew)
– You have suffered from plastic taste in the past
– You want a stainless steel filter basket (sold separately)
– You want a coffee maker that you can pass down to your grandchildren
I feel like I’ve mentioned the BUNN VP17 (Amazon link) several times already in this article. Have I? I write about this coffee maker so often that I lose track.
Let’s just sum it up with a bullet list:
- tons of stainless steel
- no plastic taste
- brews fast
- amazing, hot coffee
- built to survive a nuclear blast
It’s not cheap, but I predict that you will end up saving money in the long run. Think of all the future coffee makers you WON’T have to buy.
In case you missed it, read this thing about how stainless it is!
The photo below shows a vintage Bunn Omatic on the left, flanked by its “2 younger brothers”: two commercial-model VP17s.
Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer, 40 oz, Polished Silver
Buy this coffee maker if:
– You want the coffee maker that is almost universally hailed as “THE BEST”
– You want a coffee maker that is SCA certified
– You have had problems with plastic taste in the past
– You want your coffee maker to match your decor
– You want to impress the hell out of houseguests
“THE BEST” is a very subjective title to confer on any product! But the Technivorm Moccamaster (Amazon link) is widely considered to be the Rolls Royce of coffee makers. Or the Bentley. Or the Ferrari. Etcetera, etcetera.
Car-related metaphors aside, it’s a great coffee maker. The water reservoir may be plastic, but it drains into a stainless steel heating tank, so plastic taste will not be issue. For what this coffee maker costs, it better not be, right?!
In my “buy this if” list above, I mention matching this coffee maker to your decor. Technivorm offers the Moccamaster in 20 different colors! That’s positively insane.
The majority of coffee makers on this planet are black, silver, or some combination of black and silver. That’s awesome if you’re a rabid Oakland Raiders fan, but not if your kitchen is overwhelmingly decked out in turquoise or pistachio green.
What you may not like about the Moccamaster is the amount of plastic that adorns the exterior. A lot of buyers seem to feel that they should get more steel and less plastic at this price, and maybe they’re right. If that’s going to bother you, then this is not the coffee maker for you!
If all you care about is amazing, SCA certified coffee from a premium-level piece of engineering, buy it.