If you’re like many coffee drinkers, you grab a ready-to-drink cup of joe on your way to work. You barely taste it, slugging it down during your commute. Or maybe you have a Keurig, so you can brew a lightning-fast cup of brown water for your travel mug. So gross.
If you’re a regular Roasty reader, you already appreciate a delicious, intentionally prepared coffee. Maybe you make yours with your trusty French press, or spend precious morning moments watching your coffee come to life in your glass pour over brewer. Whatever you use to brew your coffee, you take your time and do it right.
Whether you start your day with a plastic cup from a drive-thru or you grind your own beans at five every morning, sometimes your morning would flow much more smoothly if you could just count on a great cup of coffee from a drip coffee maker. Just supply the beans and water, then let it do all the work for you. But can a drip machine really brew great coffee?
Today’s best drip coffee makers filter water, grind beans, control water temperature, generate the coffee bloom, and keep your coffee hot while you blow through your morning routine.
We scoured the internet and found 13 drip coffee makers that deliver java to rival your favorite cup of French press coffee, and they’re all right here. All you have to do is choose the one you like best!
1. Bonavita BV1900TS
Fans of pour over brewing rejoice! This drip coffee maker features a pre-infusion setting, which allows your coffee to bloom before brewing, mimicking the pour over method. It maintains perfect water temperature—between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit—for optimal brewing.
The hot plate stays on for 40 minutes. And with the eight-cup, stainless steel carafe, your coffee will stay hot without burning for a good, long time.
Created by Dutch industry leader Technivorm and backed by a five-year warranty, this drip coffee maker is built to last. The aluminum body and ten-cup glass carafe even have an industrial look to them. If you ever need stateside repairs, you can even get it serviced in their U.S. service center.
The Moccamaster features a copper boiling element that keeps water at the perfect temperature and shuts off automatically after brewing. Manual drip stop control lets you stop flow to pour a quick cup, or restrict flow to slow brewing time. The separate hot plate element stays between 175 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your coffee piping without burning for 100 minutes.
Need your cup of go juice on the double, but don’t want to lose flavor? The Velocity is the perfect drip coffee maker for the person who sprints out the front door in the morning. All you need to do is add grounds, water, and touch one button, then just three minutes later you’ll have a fresh, ten-cup pot of coffee.
The commercial-style, multi-stream spray head fully soaks grounds for better taste. It even has an always-hot stainless steel water tank, so it’s always ready to brew, but you can flip the vacation switch when you won’t need it standing by.
If you’re looking for a capable drip coffee maker with a more accessible price tag, the PerfecTemp should be on your short list. It’s an improvement over previous models that gets coffee hotter without burning it. The stainless steel machine boasts a 14-cup glass carafe, but you can set it to brew one to four cups.
The charcoal water filter and bold brew option enhance taste, while a scale indicator light lets you know when to clean your coffee maker. If you like your coffee ready and waiting for you when you wake up, you’re in luck. The PerfecTemp lets you program brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
Imagine never again spilling water all over your counters at the crack of dawn. Purchase this drip coffee maker that will never run out of water, and say goodbye to spills. That’s right. The Brew Express is hooked up to your water line, so it refills on command. An infrared sensor even prevents overflows and allows pours mid-brew, but you won’t be able to use glass mugs or carafes.
It’s a sturdy machine, certified for both residential and commercial use. You can brew a half or full carafe, or single cup. It keeps water at a consistent brewing temperature, so you won’t have to wait between cycles. For the best brew, use an inline water filter like the ones for refrigerator ice makers.
Wish you could control your coffee maker’s water temperature? You can on the compact, stylish Brazen Plus. It even offers a temperature range wider than standard so you can choose the optimal brewing temperature even at high altitudes. This Behmor model lets you customize presoak time, as well, from 15 seconds to four minutes.
It has a large shower-style head, pulsed water flow, and a flat filter basket so grounds get thoroughly saturated. It’s also fully programmable for those mornings you want to wake up to fresh brew. A heavy-duty stainless steel carafe keeps coffee warm without a bottom burner scorching the flavor.
Like its sister model, this drip coffee maker boasts a pre-infusion setting. Combined with a wide shower head and flat bottom filter basket, hot water evenly penetrates your grounds for the best possible extraction. The BV1901GW maintains water temperature in the ideal zone between 198 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
The transparent, easily accessible water tank makes refilling a breeze. This model brews eight cups with one touch and automatically shuts off after 40 minutes. The tempered glass carafe with its unique, narrow neck helps keep your coffee hot. And an audible signal lets you know when your coffee’s ready to drink.
second-most popular after multi-cup drip coffee makers for home use. The Grind Control™ has a seven-and-a-half-inch clearance, so you can choose to brew a whole carafe, or a single serving straight into a mug or travel mug. You can even choose between seven size options in single-cup mode to accommodate creamer. This amazing little machine lets you choose from 8 brew strength settings and grind fresh beans right before you brew them.
Switch to the pre-ground setting to use grounds from a bag. The liquid crystal display (LCD) screen shows real-time information, such as water level, grind size and time, strength selection, and brewing time. Wake up to fresh coffee with a programmable auto-start that will grind beans to your liking and heat your water to optimal temperature for brewing.
If you want a drip coffee maker that looks sleek, but is still easy on your wallet, get yourself the CJX31. With brushed chrome accents, a digital display, and function lights, this machine looks like its much more expensive competition. More importantly, features such as brew strength selection and a water filtration system ensure a rich-tasting cup of coffee from this little contender.
Other notable features include brewing up to 24 hours in advance with Delay Brew setting, two-hour automatic shut off, Fresh Brew™ Timer, which displays how long your finished coffee has been on the warming plate, and Pause ‘n’ Serve.
The robust features in this nine-cup drip coffee maker will surprise and delight. The Barista Brain is designed with a microprocessor that brews in timed cycles, replicating the pour over brewing method. Water temperature is controlled between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit throughout brewing.
A shower-style head evenly soaks coffee grounds. The backlit light-emitting diode (LED) display shows status and coffee freshness. A dial on the front lets you set an up to 24-hour timer and the number of cups you wish to brew.
Are you a fan of retro kitchen style? Do matching appliances bring you inner peace? Well, if you’re in love with your classic KitchenAid stand mixer, you’re sure to fall for the KitchenAid KCM1204 drip coffee maker. It’s designed to look just like the iconic mixer, and you can even buy it in black or white.
You can brew the full 12 cups, or choose two or four. Inconspicuous buttons allow you to choose regular or bold brew strength and program automatic brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
The minimalist, stainless steel design of this 10-cup coffee maker will blend in nicely with almost any kitchen. It lets you make enough for a crowd, brewing a full carafe in eight minutes, or you can brew just three to five cups. The charcoal water filter removes chlorine, odors, and other chemicals from your water before brewing. You can remove the drip-free stainless steel carafe to pour a cup at any time during the brewing process without making a mess.
The MT600 also has a small backlit LCD clock with timer, and 24-hour programmable automatic brewing. It will shut itself off in two hours, so you won’t have a fire hazard on your kitchen counter.
Maybe you’re not rushing through your house every morning, but you still want to be able to brew a decent pot of coffee at home. And maybe you want to make lattes, espressos, and cappuccino too. The DeLonghi BCO 430 is a single machine that does it all. One side is a full cappuccino system with swivel jet frother. It has a 40-ounce water reservoir, so even if you’re entertaining a crowd, everyone can have a cappuccino without stopping to refill the water. It even has a cup warmer on top.
The other side is a ten-cup drip coffee maker. It shuts off after 30 minutes, but has a warming function that keeps coffee hot for two hours without scorching. An exceptionally convenient feature is the front access to refill water and coffee grounds, so you won’t have to move the machine at all.
Even though we love the craft of slow brewing with intention and patience, these machines are must-haves in a household or office full of coffee drinkers. We think you’ll find the right machine for your needs in our list, but even if you choose another model, you’ll get the best brew if you look for a few important features.
Temperature controls that keep water between 195 and 205 degrees during brewing.
Widely distributed water jets so your grounds are soaked evenly while brewing. Pre-soak features are even better.
Automatic shutoff of the hot plate, or no hot plate at all, to prevent your coffee from burning after brewing.
Brew strength selector that allows you to slow down the brewing time. This is especially useful when you make half a pot or less in a multi-cup machine.
Water filters ensure clean water for pure-tasting coffee. Machines with built-in filter systems are especially useful if you don’t have access to filtered water.
Once you buy a drip coffee maker with those important features, avoid making the most
common mistakes when brewing your coffee, and you’re sure to get the best possible java your drip coffee maker can brew.