Best Drip Coffee Makers for 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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If you are bored with the coffee on the street and want to taste your own coffee at home, a drip coffee maker will be your starting point. Getting a good coffee maker is not easy, because there are many models in the market. But we have grouped some of the best ones here, ranging from cheap to expensive. You can pick the right one with our rating, pros, and cons.

If you are not familiar with drip coffee maker, here is a guide for you. Read through it to get a basic understanding of the drip coffee maker. Besides, since you choose the drip coffee maker as the starting point, I guess you may not know that you will need a grinder. You can take a look at this article to know what kind of grinder you need for drip coffee maker. It is simple and easy.

Now let’s dive in.

Quick Overview of Our Favorites

ModelPriceSizeEditor Rating
Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer
Technivorm-Moccamaster-59616-KBG-Coffee-Brewer
Check Price40 oz4.80/5
AmazonBasics Coffee Maker
AmazonBasics-5-Cup-Coffee-Maker-with-Glass-Carafe-Black
Check Price27 oz4.20/5
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Programmable Coffeemaker
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Programmable Coffeemaker
Check Price14 cup4.70/5
Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 Optimal Brew Thermal Coffee Maker
Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 Optimal Brew Thermal Coffee Maker
Check Price10 cup4.80/5
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker
Check Price12 cup4.85/5
Braun KF7150BK BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker
Braun KF7150BK BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker
Check Price12 cup4.60/5
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Check Price12 cup4.70/5
KRUPS KM785D50 Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder
KRUPS KM785D50 Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder
Check Price10 cup4.90/5
Bonavita BV1900TS One-Touch Coffee Maker
Bonavita BV1900TS One-Touch Coffee Maker
Check Price8 cup4.80/5

9 Drip Coffee Makers -Reviews

Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer

Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer

The Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG Coffee Brewer is among many automated models of Moccamaster. The reason why we choose Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG is that it uses a glass carafe rather than a stainless steel one. It is easy for you to know much coffee is left. Due to its advanced copper heating system, the maker could heat the water in a very short time. As tested, it could brew 10 cups of coffee in just 6 minutes, saving lots of your time waiting.

This maker also features a 9-hole outlet. Recall what we have said in the drip coffee guide, coffee brewing includes 3 processes, i.e. wetting, dissolution, and diffusion. The 9-hole outlet will definitely help the wetting and dissolution process, making your coffee rich and strong. Besides, the Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG also has an automatic brew basket, you can pull the carafe safely without dripping from the brew basket.

It is also easy to disassemble the parts of the machine, making it easy to clean.

However, the only problem with this machine is its price. It is a little bit expensive. But if you want a one-stop drip coffee brewer, this one will be your best choice.

Pros
  • Easy to clean
  • Heating fast
  • Glass carafe, easy to know how much coffee is left
  • Good coffee taste and flavor
  • Many colors to choose from
Cons
  • A little bit expensive.

AmazonBasics Coffee Maker

AmazonBasics 5 Cup Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe - Black

The AmazonBasics Coffee Maker is just a simple coffee maker you can see in the market. But you can expect more from it, it features a mid-brewing pause system, you can just pause the dripping when you pull the carafe from it. Enjoy a cup of coffee in a hurry is possible. Besides, it also has a reusable filter, which saves you lots of money. It is also easy to clean due to its simple structure. However, the glass carafe could be hand-wash only. You can not take it to the dishwasher.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • You can pause the brewing in the middle to enjoy the coffee
  • Reusable filter
Cons
  • The carafe can’t be washed using dishwasher

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Programmable Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Glass Carafe Handle Programmable Coffeemaker, 14 Cup Stainless Steel

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a coffee maker that you can almost tune every part of it. Full brew-strength control, so you can choose the brew strength of the coffee, ranging from regular to bold flavor. It is programmable so that you can sleep and wake up with a cup of coffee in the kitchen. You can also control the temperature to keep warm the coffee. That will be usable if you don’t want a hot but warm coffee after you wake up. It is very easy to clean since it has a self-clean functionality.

Pros
  • Programmable. Easy to control time
  • Self-clean
  • Very good brew quality
  • Adjustable keep warm temperature
  • Reusable filter
Cons
  • The carafe has a poor design. It has to be tilted forward to get the coffee out.

Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 Optimal Brew Thermal Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 10-Cup Optimal Brew Thermal Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel

The Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 is a machine designed to be easy clean. It has a removable water reservoir and filter basket. You can simply lift it out to clean. It also has a special cleaning cycle. Why they take so much attention to the ability of cleaning? That’s because it will affect the taste of the coffee. The inner and out waste will be in your coffee if it is not clean completely.

This machine uses a stainless thermal carafe. It is double-walled, therefore unlike the glass one, it doesn’t have the heating plate to keep the coffee warm. With the special technology from Mr. Coffee, this machine brews very fast, 20% faster than a normal machine. Like most of the advanced drip coffee makers, it also has the drip auto pause functionality. You can stop the cycle of brewing if you need a cup of coffee badly.

Pros
  • Super easy to clean
  • Rich and strong flavor
  • Easy to use
  • Auto pause during the brewing cycle
Cons
  • May have leaking issue if not proper use due to design problem

Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach 49980Z 2-Way Brewer, 12-Cup

If you are looking for a coffee maker that can brew for a single cup into your thermos cup, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker will be on your list. This maker could work in two ways. At the time you want to drink cup after cup, you use the carafe mode. But when you want a cup to travel with you, the single-serve mode will be next to you waiting.

Like other makers, it also has the programmable feature, which can wake you up with hot coffee. You can also choose the brew strength. That would be nice if you are indeed a coffee lover.

Pros
  • Programmable
  • Two ways
  • Brew strength control
  • Keep warm plate
Cons
  • No travel mug, you need to buy one

Braun KF7150BK BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker

Braun KF7150BK Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker, Stainless steel and black finish.

Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Makers has a PureFlavor system that could make the drip coffee with consistent flavor. Some coffee makers fail to make the water flow with consistent speed and pressure. The coffee from those coffee makers will taste differently at different times.

This coffee maker also has a unique carafe lib which could minimize the air-exposure. Coffee will lose its aroma in a few hours if it is in the open air. While this maker could keep its freshness.

Like most advanced automatic drip coffee makers, the Braun BrewSense has features like brew-strength control, auto-pause drip system, keep-warm plate, and programmable timer. All in one and you don’t need to worry anymore.

Pros
  • Keep-warm plate
  • Brew strength control
  • Programmable
  • Rich flavor
  • Special lib for carafe
Cons
  • A little noisy when working

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Programmable BrewStation Dispensing Coffee Machine (47900)

Unlike other drip coffee makers, the Hamilton Programmable BrewStation has internal storage for warm coffee. So you don’t need a carafe to hold the coffee and heat them on a plate. You can just drip cup after cup by pressing the button on it without any break. Glass is fragile. Without the glass carafe, you don’t need to worry about the shatter of coffee glass on your kitchen floor.

It also embraces the brew-strength control and programmable timer features. Getting a rich taste coffee in time is possible with this coffee maker.

Pros
  • Internal storage to heat coffee inside
  • No glass carafe, save to use
  • Brew strength control with 4 options
  • Programmable
Cons
  • Use paper filter

KRUPS KM785D50 Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder

KRUPS KM785D50 Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black

If you are looking for an all automated drip coffee maker, then KRUPS KM785D50 Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker is the one for you. It is grinder included. You don’t need to take out a grind to make the ground coffee bean. What you need to do is just tune the fineness of the grind, the brew strength and the amount of coffee you want, and then just wait for a few minutes. It will do all the things for you.

With a burr grinder, you will get consistent and fine-tune ground coffee beans easily. If you grind right before brewing, the freshness of the coffee will maintain. You may grind more than you need if you use a third party grinder, but with the built-in one, this won’t happen.

It is expensive, but if you take the grinder into consideration, then it is not that expensive. A burr grinder will cost you around $50.

Pros
  • Built-in burr grinder
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple auto-mode
  • Keep-warm feature
  • Pause dripping
Cons
  • Expensive

Bonavita BV1900TS One-Touch Coffee Maker

Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe, Stainless Steel

The Bonavita BV1900TS One-Touch Coffee Maker features a consistent and rich flavor by having a unique system. It can pre-infuse the coffee to allow the degassing before brewing. Remember what we have said in the drip coffee guide? A longer time for wetting will make the water to touch the coffee cell better by pushing the CO2 out of the coffee cell. So that your coffee will taste better. Besides, this coffee maker also has a larger showerhead, which could make the diffusion process evenly, driving the solubles out of the coffee cell easily. If you are looking for a coffee maker to make a better taste, this one will be.

Pros
  • Consistent and rich flavor
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher-safe
Cons
  • Expensive

Buying Guide

Before you choose the one you need, we have prepared a buying guide for you as a reference. Why such a guide? Because you may not like the ones we recommend. But to choose the right one, you will need to take some aspect into consideration.

Size

The size of the drip coffee maker varies. Some have 54 oz and some may have only 10 oz. You need to pick the right one. If you have a big family, a 54 oz one will be your choice. If you have a small family or you leave with yourself only, a 10 oz one will be enough. However, if you like to drink cup after cup at a leisure afternoon, a 54 oz maybe your choice.

Some makers may also have two ways, you can choose the travel mug mode for a single cup. That’s great if you are always on the go.

Carafe Material

Carafe material matters, most of the glass material could go into the dishwasher. That means it is easy for you to clean it. Besides, you can read the amount left in the carafe easily. However, the glass carafe is fragile, you need to take much care of it.

If you happen to choose the stainless one, they are almost double-wall stainless. You can keep your coffee warm in it for several hours. If you are the one who drinks your coffee in the garden, the stainless one is perfect.

Heating Plate

If the glass carafe is your choice, you shall choose the one with a heating plate to keep your coffee warm. Most of the makers in the market could keep the coffee warm for 4 hours long and will be auto-off. A glass carafe with no heating plate in a cold morning will disappoint you with bitter coffee taste.

Additionally, you shall choose the one with a special lib for the carafe if the carafe is a glass one. The exposure to the air will drive the freshness of the coffee away. Heating for 4 hours will make the coffee taste bland.

Brew-Strength Control

Advanced models will have the brew control for drip coffee. Due to the brewing mechanism for drip coffee maker, the taste of it will not be as rich as other brewers, but having a special brewing system could change it by using pre-infusion and the unique showerhead. If you like the strong and rich taste, go get a brew-strength control one.

Programmable

Whether you shall choose the programmable timer one heavily depends on your needs. For someone like me, i.e. lazy in the morning, a timer will be far too better than without. Why? I don’t need to wake up to brew my coffee but let the coffee wake me up in the morning.

Easy to Clean

Most of the drip coffee makers are easy to clean. Some of them may also have an inner clean cycle to clean the water routing, making your coffee pure rather than mixing up some other materials.

Conclusion

If you are looking for an all in one system, we will recommend you to buy the KRUPS KM785D50 Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder. It is a one-station solution. Simple and easy but produce a good result. However, if you don’t have enough budget, you can choose Braun KF7150BK BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker.

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