Drip Coffee Makers
Drip coffee makers make multiple cups of coffee, usually in a fairly short period of time. Coffee grounds are placed into a filter, water is added to a separate reservoir, the water heats up, is poured over the grounds, and the brewed coffee drips into an included glass carafe. The carafe sits on a heating element that keeps the coffee hot, usually for several hours. Drip coffee machines can be very simple -- just an on/off switch -- or highly programmable with clocks, delayed start and brew strength settings. Most have some sort of automatic shut-off just in case you forget.Grind and Brew Coffee Makers
Most people are fine with buying pre-ground coffee, which is available in a vast array of flavors and blends, but there are plenty who instead prefer to buy the whole beans and grind them at home. The idea is that the fresher the ground coffee, the more flavorful the coffee will be. In addition, grinding your own beans lets you tweak the size of the grind, thus more specifically customizing the final flavor. Most people who grind their own beans use a separate coffee grinder (which are covered in their own report), but many love being able to put the coffee beans into one container, water in the other, program the machine, and walk away. Expert reviews often pan grind and brew coffee makers, but users give them a lot of love, and that's what's most important.Thermal Coffee Makers
While these are also drip coffee makers, they do not have a hot plate. Rather, they have a thermal carafe instead of the heated pad that a glass carafe sets on that keeps coffee hot. Thermal carafes can usually keep coffee hot for up to two hours, but sometimes for much longer. A lot of people prefer this type of coffee maker because they say keeping coffee hot in a container, rather than on a hot plate, better maintains the original flavor.Coffee Percolators
Remember these? They were probably a fixture on your grandparents' (or parents') counter and they're still wildly popular with people who want to brew a hot, strong pot of coffee as quickly as possible. They couldn't be simpler to use and, although they lack features, many people hook them up to a separate programmable timer so they can wake up to a ready pot.