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Coffee Maker Rating Sources

Total of 15 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
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Drip Coffeemaker Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests lots of coffee makers, including standard drip coffee makers with carafes, brew-and-dispense models, grind-and-brew coffee makers, mug to-go coffee makers and a few dual coffee/espresso makers. Each one is tested for brew temperature, convenience and carafe handling. They recommend several models, but only three earn "best buy" status.
2. Amazon.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt Amazon.com, dozens of coffee makers have accumulated hundreds of owner-written reviews, while some have garnered thousands. Owners offer valuable insight into a coffee maker's durability over time, functionality and ability to brew a great-tasting cup of joe. A handful of coffee makers stand out from the pack, earning ratings of 4 stars (out of 5) based on 500 or more reviews.
3. Good Housekeeping
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Great Coffeemakers
by Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Good Housekeeping magazine recommend the five best coffee makers in various categories, such as best brewer and best basic, based on feedback from a blind taste panel. Editors evaluate ease of use, critiquing how easy it is to fill the water tanks and coffee filters as well as whether the carafes are easy to handle without spilling. Feedback on brewing speed and ease of programming are also offered. Tested coffee makers that didn't make the cut are also listed.
4. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
September 2008
Coffee Makers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated magazine test eight coffee makers in this older review. However, because the magazine conducts rigorous evaluations and most of the models listed are still current, this remains a valuable comparison to consider. A blind tasting panel evaluates coffee produced by each machine in terms of taste, aroma, body and bitterness. Only one of the eight coffee makers evaluated earns "highly recommended" status. Brew temperature and brewing speeds are also measured.
5. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
April 2007
Coffee Makers (Inexpensive)
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentSimilar in design to Cook's Illustrated magazine's 2008 review of coffee makers, this article focuses solely on eight coffee makers costing $50 or less. In addition to flavor, brewing speed and temperature, editors consider filling area and accessibility of the filter basket. Three budget coffee makers earn a status of "recommended."
6. Good Housekeeping
Aug. 26, 2011
What's the Best Coffeemaker?
by Sharon Franke
Our AssessmentEditors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 48 coffee makers, although not much information is provided about their methodology, and tested models that didn't make the cut aren't listed. The Technivorm Moccamaster is deemed the best coffee maker, and the Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker is recommended as a budget buy alongside a now-discontinued Cuisinart coffee maker.
7. Real Simple
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The Best Coffeemakers
by Mieke Ten Have
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine rounds up the best coffee makers in several categories, including automatic drip coffee makers, grind-and-brew combination models, French presses and percolators. A panel of testers is used to evaluate each model, and a winner and runner up are selected in each category. However, no details are provided on the number of testers evaluating each model or what criteria is used to determine winners.
8. Cooking.com
As of September 2012
Top Rated Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com is a good place to find top-rated models based on consumer opinion, although coffee makers haven't received as many reviews here as on Amazon.com. Cooking.com offers a list of the top ten-rated models based on those with a minimum average rating of 4 stars (out of 5) in 20 or more owner-written reviews. Both the Cuisinart Grind and Brew DGB-550BK and Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 each earn a 4.5-star rating with more than 65 reviews.
9. Target.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentOf the more than 80 coffee makers available on Target.com, many have just a few reviews. There are a fair number of models that have accumulated 50 or more reviews, however, making this a good site to reference if you've already narrowed your options. Three coffee makers stand out from the competition: The Hamilton Beach Ensemble Automatic Drip Coffee Maker, Mr. Coffee DRX5 and the Zojirushi Fresh Brew EC-BD15. Each earns an average rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5) or better in 50 or more owner-written reviews.
10. Viewpoints.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com operates with a different rating system than most consumer-review sites; users give products a score between zero and 100. The Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is the top-rated multi-cup coffee maker, earning a rating of 91 based on nearly 290 owner-written reviews. Numerous other coffee makers have received considerable feedback as well.
11. BestBuy.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentAmong the few dozen coffee makers available on BestBuy.com, most receive just a handful of reviews. However, there are a number of coffee makers receiving two dozen owner-written reviews or more. Top-rated models include the Mr. Coffee DRX5, Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 and Mr. Coffee VBX23.
12. Gizmodo.com
Feb. 16, 2012
The Best Automatic Coffee Machine
by Matt Buchanan
Our AssessmentEditors at Gizmodo.com test the Bonavita Automatic Brewer against the Bodum Bistro Pourover using a coffee expert, three blind taste testers (who also work as baristas) and one "coffee novice." The results are close, but the Bodum Bistro Pourover is chosen as the winner, despite some sediment in the coffee, thanks to its easy-to-use design.
13. CoffeeGeek.com
As of September 2012
Filter Drip Coffee Makers
by Contributors to CoffeeGeek.com
Our AssessmentCoffeeGeek.com is a website and blog dedicated to coffee making. In the review section, several coffee makers have accumulated a few dozen reviews, including the Cuisinart Brew Central DC-1200 and Technivorm Moccamaster Thermal, each earning a rating of 7.8 or better (out of a possible 10) based on more than 50 owner-written reviews. Some other coffee makers have higher ratings, but those are based on far fewer reviews -- sometimes only one or two.
14. Walmart.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentA search for coffee makers on Walmart.com brings up nearly 300 products, the majority of which have just a handful of reviews. There are some exceptions, however. Seven products have earned ratings of 4 stars (out of 5) or better in 120 or more owner-written reviews. Coffee makers by Hamilton Beach and Bunn earn more favorable feedback than other brands.
15. Chowhound.com
As of September 2012
Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentChowhound.com is a forum for foodies, with threads related to coffee and coffee makers. Several threads provide recommendations for the best coffee makers; Moccamaster and Zojirushi Fresh Brew are mentioned most frequently. A few different Cuisinart models are also mentioned.
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