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Best Coffee Maker 2020 – Buying Guide and Coffee Maker Reviews

Coffee is not so much a drink as it is a way of life. Coffee drinkers and lovers spend thousands of dollars a year on the habit, and one way to seriously save some money is to invest in a homebrew coffeemaker.

Coffee lovers can easily taste the difference between good and bad coffee, but more often than not they blame the coffee beans, and not the coffeemaker!

In reality a good coffeemaker can make all the difference, and if you are a lover of coffee, or even if you just want a reliable, functional coffeemaker, this guide is for you!

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Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker

About the Keurig K-Classic

Keurig shook up the coffee drinking world with the “K-Cup”. The ability to slide a capsule of coffee into a machine and to swiftly get a cup back met the needs of millions of coffee drinkers who needed their fix quick.

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For many, drinking coffee isn’t seen as some enjoyable experience but rather a quick means of waking up in order to get through their days.

The Keurig K-Classic meets that need perfectly.

It can brew multiple cup sizes (6, 8, 10oz). It comes equipped with a reasonably large 6+ cup water reservoir, meaning it won’t need refilling every morning as you rush to get out the door. The reservoir is also easily removable, making the task even simpler.

The actual machine is very simple and not over-complicated to use at all. Insert a K-Cup and click the brew button. That’s it.

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It will also turn off on its own after two hours.

Ultimately, there aren’t many features to brag about here. But hey, that’s kind of Keurig’s thing.

Our Input

If the first thing you look for in a coffee maker is convenience, then a Keurig will probably meet all of your needs. There is very little cleaning intervention necessary, and the actual machine only has a few buttons to begin with.

That being said, the quality of the coffee will be well below average, and if you’re looking for a coffee machine for the whole family the Keurig might actually slow things down when you’re in a rush.

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The Keurig K-Classic is a simple, single-cup coffee maker. It will be more expensive in the long-run (as the capsule costs easily add up), and you won’t be drinking quality coffee, but it will be convenient.

The Pros

  • Convenient and simple to use
  • Fast brew time
  • Disposable K-Cups

The Cons

  • Very few features
  • One cup at a time
  • Expensive K-Cup costs
  • Below average coffee

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker

About the Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach provides different lines of appliances for your home and kitchen at reasonable prices.

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker provides all the convenience of the Keurig K-Classic, with traditional coffee pot brewing functionality as well.

The FlexBrew Coffee Maker allows for the use of single-serve K-Cups as well as up to 12 cups using coffee grounds in the carafe.

It has two separate water reservoirs for the different functions and has other useful features that the Keurig K-Classic does not.

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Some of those features include:

The ability to set the brew strength (bold or regular). Though this feature seems more for appearance than anything, very few will actually notice a difference.

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Ability to set a schedule for your brew times up to 24 hours in advance.

As well as, auto pause and serve functionality allowing you to pour a cup from the carafe mid-brew without spills or drips, and an auto shutoff after two hours.

Additionally, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is quite easy to clean, as all the parts prone to blockage and gathering are removable.

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The quality of the coffee is about average from the carafe, and equal to the Keurig K-Classic when using the single-serve function.

Our Input

What impresses about the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is the convenience and functionality it offers at a very affordable price point. For a similar price to the Keurig K-Classic you are getting many more features, as well as the same convenience and similar speed that the K-Classic offers.

You cannot expect an exceptional coffee from the machine, and the need to fill two separate water reservoirs can be a bit of a pain.

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If you are in the market for a reliable, feature packed coffee machine, that also caters to those times when you need your caffeine fix quickly (though a little slower than the Keurig), then the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is the better alternative to the Keurig K-Classic.

The Pros

  • K-Cup and carafe functionality (1-12 cups)
  • Scheduled brew times
  • Pause and serve
  • Set brew strength
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable

The Cons

  • Below average to average coffee
  • Single cup brew time slower than Keurif
  • Two water reservoirs to fill

Black+Decker Thermal Coffeemaker

About the Black+Decker

Black+Decker, similar to Hamilton Beach, is a brand that specializes in appliances for your home and kitchen.

Their Thermal Coffeemaker is our favourite Black+Decker coffee brewing product. It doesn’t do anything too unique, but it does provide a few features not yet seen on this list.

For those that like to have a pot of coffee hot and ready for hours, the Thermal Carafe is a huge plus.

The 12-Cup carafe is double walled and vacuum sealed, meaning your coffee will remain at perfect drinking temperature even hours after brewing.

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Additionally, the Black+Decker Thermal Coffeemaker provides different customizable brewing options, such as: Brewing Strength (Strong or regular), Small-Batch (1-4 cups), as well as programmable brewing times, auto-shutoff, and pause and pour.

Some other features we liked were the Evenstream showerhead which more evenly dispenses water over the coffee, and the no-spill pouring spout on the carafe. There is also a useful timer that displays the time elapsed since the pot was brewed.

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The carafe also has a large opening, meaning it is quite easy to hand wash.

The quality of the coffee is about average, though the thermal carafe does mean the coffee will remain at a warmer temperature for longer. This results in a better coffee drinking experience than a traditional glass carafe, such as the one seen on the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew.

Our Input

We like the Black+Decker Thermal Coffeemaker. If you are the kind of person who puts a pot of coffee on and comes back many times over a few hours, then this coffeemaker will save you the burden of having to brew a fresh pot.

The features are useful, and the price is even more affordable than earlier coffeemakers on this list.

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Some online reviewers warn about the coffeemaker’s longevity, so that is something to keep in mind.

We still haven’t gotten to a coffeemaker that brews an above-average pot of coffee, but at this price point the Black+Decker Thermal Coffeemaker is definitely not bad value.

The Pros

  • Affordable
  • Many useful features
  • Coffee stays warm for hours

The Cons

  • Average coffee
  • Coffeemaker lifespan can be short

Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95

About the Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee is the first coffee maker on our list where we can comfortably upgrade the actual coffee taste quality to a good quality cup.

It brews the coffee at a higher-than-average 205 degrees Celsius, allowing for a faster, better tasting brew.

It also has a thermal carafe similar to the Black+Decker coffeemaker, meaning the coffee will stay warm for longer.

Now, many people underestimate how important the water they fill a coffeemaker’s reservoir with can be. Coffee is mostly water, so it only makes sense that a cleaner water results in a better tasting coffee.

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If you don’t look at coffee as just an energy booster, then the Mr. Coffee is the first coffeemaker on this list that you should consider, coming equipped with a water filter that removes chlorine and other minerals that may affect the coffee’s taste.

The Mr. Coffee has most of the same, great features that the prior machines had, such as: Auto-shutoff, programmable brew time, freshness timer, and pause and poor.

It also has a timer that tells you when the machine needs a deep-cleaning and is just as easy to clean as other machines due to the removable individual pieces.

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Our Input

If you really care about the way your coffee tastes, then the quality of the water you are using matters. The Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95 comes with a filter that makes an immediate and noticeable difference in the quality of your coffee.

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It also has many of the features that you would want from a coffee machine, and the same thermal carafe as the Black+Decker Coffeemaker, meaning your coffee will stay warm.

Some buyers warned about the machine breaking after a few months, leaking, or brewing a weak or “not hot enough” pot of coffee, but these reviews are few and far between. Generally, most buyers were very happy with their purchase and found the machine brewed a great pot of coffee.

At a very affordable price, you will get a better tasting cup of coffee, as well as many of those same useful features as other coffeemakers. You can’t go wrong with the Mr. Coffee.

The Pros

  • Good coffee taste
  • Fast brewing
  • Many useful features

The Cons

  • Potential for a dysfunctional unit

Cuisinart CHW-12

About the Cuisinart CHW-12

Cuisinart has become a staple brand in the kitchen. They are known for their reliable, quality-built products, and the Cuisinart CHW-12 is no exception.

The CHW-12 is the first coffeemaker on this list that provides functionality beyond just brewing coffee.

Coming equipped with a separate hot water system, the Cuisinart CHW-12 is also useful for tea drinkers and oatmeal lovers (or any other use for hot water). Simply click a button to quickly warm up the water from the separate hot water tank and hold down the lever to dispense.

This can be done at the same time as a coffee is brewing, pleasing the tea and coffee drinkers in your family.

Now, multi-functionality aside, the Cuisinart also brews a quality cup of coffee thanks to a charcoal water filter and gold tone filter that cleans the water used.

The machine also comes equipped with programmable brewing, auto-shutoff, small-batch brewing, pause and poor, adjustable heat plate temperatures, replaceable filters, auto-clean functions, and more.

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Cuisinart is known as a reliable brand and the CHW-12 comes packed with useful features and functions, as well as brewing a quality cup of coffee.

Our Input

For just a slightly higher price, the Cuisinart CHW-12 can be the solution to your entire family’s caffeine needs. You can simultaneously brew up to 12 good tasting cups of coffee and pour hot water into a tea or morning oatmeal.

That kind of convenience cannot be understated, not to mention that Cuisinart’s warranty and customer support is better than most of the other brands listed.

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We did find ourselves wishing for a thermal carafe as seen in other products on this list, as coffee that keeps warm via a heat plate can often have a burnt taste.

But if you are looking for true reliability and a good taste from your coffeemaker, the Cuisinart CHW-12 offers both of those things at a reasonable price.

The Pros

  • Good coffee taste
  • Separate hot water dispenser
  • Many useful features
  • Reliable brand and warranty

The Cons

  • Non-thermal carafe (but adjustable heat plate)

Cuisinart DGB-900BC

About the Cuisinart DGB-900BC

If the Cuisinart CHW-12 caught your interest, and if you’re a true coffee lover, then the Cuisinart DGB-900BC is an even better coffeemaker by the same, reliable brand.

Coffee lovers everywhere understand that while there are some great pre-ground coffee options out there, nothing will beat the aromas, flavours, and depth that a freshly-ground coffee bean offers. The DGB-900BC makes all that possible.

With most of the same features and options as the CHW-12 (minus the separate water heater), the DGB-900BC really is an all-in-one solution for those looking for a great cup of coffee every day.

You simply pour the beans into the sealed, moisture-free 8oz bean hopper, and the built-in Burr Grinder will automatically grind the beans for roasting.

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We mentioned that the quality of the water is equally as important as the coffee bean, and the DGB-900BC has the same charcoal water and gold tone filter options available.

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It also has programmable brewing, auto-shutoff, pause and pour, brew strength selector, grind control to choose between brewing 2-12 cups, and even a thermal carafe to keep your coffee warm.

Needless to say, the Cuisinart DGB-900BC is a great option for any coffee lover.

Check out this video for a more in-depth walkthrough of the Cuisinart DGB-900BC:

Our Input

The Cuisinart DGB-900BC is a great coffee machine that provides a superior cup of coffee to any other machine listed so far, thanks in large part to freshly-ground beans, and the two different kinds of filters available.

The only downsides to this machine are the increased cost relative to the other machines listed, and the increased difficulty when it comes to cleaning. While the machine is very well built, the water reservoir and grinder can be a pain to clean.

The downside to a built-in grinder, as opposed to a separate manual grinder, is in the potential for clogs and residue build-up.

However, for those that take their coffee seriously, this machine produces a great cup of coffee, and with proper maintenance the machine should not cause any issues. And even if it does, Cuisinart’s warranties and customer support are among the best to deal with.

The Pros

  • Good to great coffee taste
  • Many useful features including built-in grinder and thermal carafe
  • Reliable brand and warranty

The Cons

  • Difficult to clean
  • Constant cleaning to avoid clogs

Bonavita BV1900TS

About the Bonavita

If there is one thing that most coffee lovers have in common, it is a willingness and desire to invest their time and money into getting a better cup of coffee.

Some don’t want all the frills and functions, they just want a better cup of coffee.

The Bonavita BV1900TS brews a better cup of coffee.

It does not have many of the fancy features of the machines listed above, and if you are looking for utility, or a great price, it probably is not the machine for you.

What the Bonavita BV1900TS does well, is to brew a cup of coffee the way a high-end café might. The machine has one, simple on-off button, which when held down for a second can pre-rinse your coffee grounds for optimized flavour in your brew.

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The machine does not have a built-in water filter, so it is important that you fill the machine with a pre-filtered water. However, the machine heats the water to the optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F.

It also has a flat-bottom coffee basket, and larger showerhead, meaning that your grounds will be more evenly saturated, and your coffee more uniformly extracted.

These features may seem insignificant, but it does result in a much higher quality cup of coffee.

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An additional nice feature is the ease to clean the machine. Most of the pieces are easily detached and dishwasher-friendly, a feature that is surprisingly absent from most coffeemakers.

The lack of a built-in grinder means that you must either buy pre-ground coffee or grind it in a separate appliance. (Cuisinart makes a great grinder, see here.)

Our Input

The Bonavita BV1900TS is by no means a flashy “does-it-all” coffeemaker. But it does brew a great cup of coffee as far as countertop coffeemakers go, and for most coffee lovers that is enough.

Some consumers complain about the thermal carafe having issues spilling while pouring or being difficult to get the last few drops out, but we recommend going with the glass carafe. It may not keep the coffee as warm, for as long, but it looks amazing, and functions better than most the carafes on this list.

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If you are willing to invest a little more time into brewing your morning coffee, and don’t care for all the different features and functions that most high-end coffeemakers include, then the Bonavita BV1900TS is without a doubt the correct coffeemaker for you.

Additionally, Bonavita has recently introduced newer options such as the BV1900TD or BV1901TS for those looking for a few more features.

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One final note: this coffeemaker (especially with the glass carafe) is a great appliance to display in your kitchen and will definitely catch the eye of any house guests.

The Pros

  • Great coffee taste
  • Reliable, well built, unlikely to have any issues
  • Multiple Bonavita coffeemakers for different looks and features
  • Easiest to clean

The Cons

  • Not many features
  • No water filter or built-in grinder

Technivorm Moccamaster

About the Technivorm Moccamaster

Speaking of having a coffeemaker that will catch any guest’s eyes, say hello to the Technivorm Moccamaster.

Now, you may look at the price tag of the Technivorm Moccamaster and laugh, but I promise you the Moccamaster is no laughing matter.

The term coffee lover can be used lightly, and it often is, but the Technivorm Moccamaster isn’t for the average coffee lover.

If you are the type to search out the best coffee beans, and to delicately filter your water and grounds to produce the best cup of coffee, then the Moccamaster is a worthwhile investment.

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To begin with, it is an absolutely beautiful machine, and it comes with a variety of different options, though our personal favourite was the brushed copper.

This machine can immediately add a touch of class to any kitchen.

But what is more important than the looks, is the taste, and this coffeemaker brews an extraordinary coffee.

At this price tag you would expect a great cup of coffee, and the Moccamaster does not disappoint.

Using the same recommended temperature range as listed above with the Bonavita, the Moccamaster consistently brews a perfect café-quality coffee, right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Features include: Pause and poor, a 9-hole showerhead which pulses water over the coffee, and separate switches for the machine and the hot plate.

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Additionally, the machine is wonderfully simplistic. Every piece is hand crafted and an absolute pleasure to use, and the visual effect of the water bubbling up as it boils is nothing short of mesmerizing.

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The machine also comes with a fantastic 5-year warranty that provides peace-of-mind for such a large purchase.

If you are a true coffee lover, someone that has to start their day off by perfecting their morning coffee, then the Technivorm Moccamaster is the only machine for you.

Our Input

It is a surprising thing that when it comes to coffeemakers, less is usually more, and most of the more expensive machines on the market have less features than the low-mid range options. However, this is because the technology and build quality of these machines is far superior, and they brew a cup of coffee so great that switching back to an average machine is unthinkable.

We would not recommend this machine to any but the most enthusiastic coffee lovers. This machine is more for those that love coffee and appreciate craftsmanship in their appliances.

This is a conversation piece, a labor of love, and one fantastic coffeemaker.

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The Moccamaster is a great looking machine for the lover of all thing’s coffee, and though it may be expensive, if you buy one you can guarantee yourself a true mocha master.

The Pros

  • Near-perfect coffee, every time
  • Beautiful design
  •  5-year warranty
  • Well-built

The Cons

  • Not many features
  • Very expensive

How To Pick The Right Coffee Maker For You

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In this list, we have spanned many different price ranges, and many different kinds of coffee makers, but along the way, we found a few favorites.

When compiling the list, we also realized that different coffeemakers exist to serve different kinds of coffee drinkers.

Ultimately, we came up with a few different profiles of coffee drinkers, that might aid in your search to find the right coffee maker for you.

The Convenient Coffee Drinker

Some drink coffee just to get their day started. They don’t really care how it tastes, and some actually dislike the taste of coffee, but they see it as a necessary evil in order to function throughout their day.

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For those people we recommend the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker. It provides the quick convenience of a Keurig, with the option to brew more cups for those especially tired mornings, or long days.

The Developing Coffee Drinker

Some people begin to drink coffee out of necessity, as detailed above, but then eventually start looking to broaden their horizons as they develop a love of the drink.

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For those, we recommend the Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX95. At a great price point it brews a good cup of coffee and has many of the features that the average coffee drinker might want.

The Coffee Enthusiast

At a certain point, some coffee drinkers start looking for ways to even further improve the coffee they’re drinking.

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The Cuisinart DGB-900BC is the first, and only, on the list that grinds fresh coffee beans. For someone looking for even more flavour from their cup of joe, that is a great place to start. The machine also still has many great features and comes with a good warranty.

The Artisan Coffee Lover

As one develops a true, deep love for coffee, they start to realize that time spent manually grinding beans, filtering water, and working their coffeemaker no longer feels like an annoyance. Instead, one starts to look at that time as a worthwhile investment into getting even more taste and quality out of their coffee.

For those artisan coffee lovers, we have offered two options.

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The Bonavita BV1900TS is a very affordable option that brews exceptional coffee. But for the truly obsessed, the Technivorm Moccamaster is a beautiful piece of art, that also happens to brew a truly incredible cup of coffee.

Though the latter is much more expensive, you cannot go wrong with either. After all, this is your coffee we’re talking about, and we all know how seriously some people take their coffee.

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