Buying guide Charge up with the best coffee makers for home, including single cup coffee makers and large machines for busy households.
Kitchen The Nespresso Vertuo by Breville is more expensive than other single-cup coffee makers we reviewed; however, it brews both coffee and espresso.
Coffee makers The Cuisinart SS-10 single-cup coffee maker has five cup size settings, ranging from 4 to 12 ounces.
The Mr. Coffee Simple Brew 4-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker is one step up from a bare-bones coffee maker. You can program it the night before so you can wake up to already brewed java.
With only two exceptions, our taste test panelists liked the coffee brewed by the affordable and basic Black & Decker CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker.
The Braun BrewSense manages to pack a lot of convenient features into its compact size, and it got great reviews for coffee quality in our testing. The majority of our panelists said they liked its taste, strength and aroma. It also performed well in our temperature tests.
Mr. Coffee has been a staple in American households since the 1970s and has an extensive market of loyal customers, although coffee gourmets contend this lower-priced line makes weak coffee.
The Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker makes good coffee and offers convenient features to make your morning routine go smoothly. In general, our taste testers liked this brew, although a few panelists found it too weak for their palates and scored it a little below the best coffee makers.
You can make plenty of tasty coffee with this 12-cup machine, or you can adjust it to brew just one to four cups. During our testing, we discovered the coffee that emerged from the machine was a nicely heated 176 degrees Fahrenheit, making for an excellent first cup.
The BUNN Speed Brew Coffee Maker can produce delicious and piping-hot coffee in a mere three minutes once it is set up and initially programmed correctly, but getting to that point is a laborious bit of business.
The Cuisinart Programmable Espresso Maker has a programmable button that allows you to customize your brew to your specific tastes. It is relatively inexpensive, easy to use, has one of the largest water reservoirs and the longest warranty period of all the machines we tested.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer available.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.