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Top 12 Coffee Maker Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on October 11, 2017

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Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org tests dozens 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. Some models are "Recommended," others earn "Best Buy" status. There are also a fair number of customer reviews.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, January 2016

Editors of Cook's Illustrated tested eight coffee makers in May 2013, then updated the report in January 2016 to reflect revisions to a couple of their top picks. Two are Highly Recommended, with a winner and a Best Buy, one is Recommended, and five are Not Recommended. The results are reached after a blind tasting panel evaluates coffee produced by each machine in terms of taste, aroma, body and bitterness. Brew temperature and brewing speeds are also measured. Most of the models tested remain current, but one has very recently been discontinued.

Cale Guthrie Weissman, Feb. 8, 2016

Cale Guthrie Weissman enlists a 10-person tasting panel for this roundup of the best coffee makers. She also conducts interviews and research to narrow down her picks to the final few. Ultimately, the OXO On takes the top spot, with the Bonavita 1900TS, their former top pick, a close runner up. Elsewhere on this site cheap drip coffee makers are reviewed and recommended.

Bryan Vu, Sept. 11, 2017

YourBestDigs.com spent more than 50 hours researching coffee makers to narrow the field down to six popular options, which were then extensively tested. Those finalists are rated and ranked against each other based upon factors such as taste, features and ease of use. Discussion is thorough and includes lifestyle issues like "will it fit on your counter?" The finalists we see here are well-reviewed elsewhere as well.

Editors of CNET, Sept. 8, 2017

CNET editors round up coffee maker reviews found elsewhere on this site to name these top recommendations for 2017. While CNET doesn't rate and rank coffee makers against each other, they have some of the most detailed reviews we found of individual coffee makers. Each is evaluated for performance usability and maintenance, design and features. Pros and cons are detailed and each coffee maker is ultimately assigned an overall rating on a 10-point scale. The top coffee makers earn editor's choice awards.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, Dec. 20, 2016

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Institute have extensively tested coffee makers of all types for many years, and the results of those tests are available elsewhere on this site. This recent roundup details the best of the most recently tested models in the automatic drip category; all are still available at retail unlike some older coffee makers. As is to be expected from the Good Housekeeping institute, testing is thorough and well-detailed, with pros and cons noted.

Michael Zelenko, June 18, 2015

Michael Zelenko tests a variety of popular drip coffee makers in an attempt to find one that is space efficient while quickly and consistently producing a great cup of coffee. In addition to his research, he recruits knowledgeable taste testers to help narrow down the finalists. Ultimately, the Bonavita 1900 takes the top spot.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

Amazon.com carries thousands of coffee makers in all types and price ranges. It is an excellent source for real world reviews of coffee makers over the long-term because they often note durability issues that professional testers don't have the time to track. It's also a great way to learn how well the coffee maker performs in real-world use. Ratings are all over the place in this category, with some machines that are highly-rated by experts getting raspberries from users, but some cheaper machines scoring much higher.

Contributors to PrimaCoffee.com, As of October 2017

Unlike Amazon.com PrimaCoffee.com is devoted only to coffee makers and other products that are related to making coffee. There are not as many reviews in total here as at Amazon, and PrimaCoffee.com primarily deals in higher-end coffee makers. Often, those leaving the reviews are extremely knowledgeable about all things coffee and many older reviews have been updated by owners weighing in to provide updates on long-term performance and durability. The site itself has a lot of useful information, specs and photos of each of the products it sells -- more so than most retail sites.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2017

You won't find a lot of high-end coffee makers here, but Walmart.com is a great resource for finding a plethora of reviews on some of the most popular, best-selling coffee makers on the market, like Mr. Coffee and Hamilton Beach. Reviews tend to be thorough and somewhat more glowing than we find for comparable products at Amazon.com; reviewers can also say if they would recommend the product.

Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2017

Macys.com is a popular destination for high-end coffee makers like Cuisinart. While they have fewer reviews overall than at other sites, reviews tend to be very detailed and reviewers can say if they would recommend the product. Customers also have the option to give demographic information that gives an overview of their level of expertise on the topic.

Contributors to Target.com, As of October 2017

There are significantly fewer total reviews for coffee makers at Target.com than at either Amazon.com or Walmart.com. For the products that do attract reviews, feedback tends to be more negative with lower overall ratings as well. Drip coffee makers don't score as high in general; single serve models do better.

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