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The Best Drip Coffee Makers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best coffee makers on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity). Note that we’ve already talked to coffee snobs to find out their favorites and picked out the best espresso makers, too. And if you’re curious about coffee grinders, pour-over coffee set-ups, and French presses, we’ve got those as well.

Best automatic coffee maker

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Black

“We love this coffee maker. First of all, it is inexpensive, and you don’t have to spend a fortune for a nice, hot cup of coffee. The window viewer to see how much water you are placing in the unit is large and conveniently placed on both sides. I love that I don’t have to put my glasses on to see how many cups of water I need in the unit or even to move the unit due to the viewer only being on one side. It is not programmable, but my last coffee maker was and not once did I use that feature. It does not turn on or off by itself, but again, I truly don’t need help with pushing one little button. I see the green light when it is on. Quite simple. We are avid coffee drinkers, and the coffee is good, hot, and fresh. No risk here.”

Best programmable coffee maker

Hamilton Beach 46310 Programmable Coffee Maker Black

“This is a total game changer. I was spending so much money and time on daily coffees at the shop. I needed an alternative to my routine. The programmable feature was a game changer for me. If I prep the night before, I wake up to freshly brewed coffee and I save so much time — not to mention money. This thing pays for itself in no time. … Does the job, and I love it!”

Best coffee maker with timer

Cuisinart DCC-1200BKS 12 Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker

“I bought this coffeepot for my husband for Christmas, and he loves it. He’s able to brew smaller pots of coffee when it’s just him drinking it, and then he’s able to brew a full pot when we have company over. He also likes that it automatically shuts off, and has a timer so that his coffee is hot and ready for him when he wakes up in the morning. He will actually take this with him on trips just so he doesn’t have to do the hotel coffee or individual bags they provide in hotel rooms.”

Best compact coffee maker

Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffeemaker

“The machine is compact and doesn’t take up a lot of space on a counter. The water is extremely hot and captures the exact flavor of your coffee grind. The warming plate also stays hot so that if you go back for a top-off, it is still piping hot. The water reservoir lines mark how many 5-ounce cups of coffee you are making. I have found that a slightly finer grind on the coffee beans produces the fullest flavor. It says it is a drip coffee maker, but you could make the argument that it is a pour-over machine, so it makes sense that a finer grind is better. That’s it. There are lots of fancier systems and makers out there, but I would put a cup of this coffee up against those any day.”

Best coffee maker with thermal carafe

Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Thermal Coffeemaker, 12 Cup Carafe

“Best coffee maker we’ve ever owned! Love the look of the stainless steel and the fact that there is no glass carafe to accidentally break. Coffee stays so hot inside the thermal pot. No heating element on the bottom means that your coffee stays hot and fresh but doesn’t begin to taste burned. Would definitely purchase again.”

Best coffee maker with water reservoir

Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Classic and Rich Brews, 60 oz. Water Reservoir

“This is the first Ninja product I have purchased. I did a lot of research on coffee makers before deciding on this one. The delayed brew feature is very easy to program. I like that you can set the warmer plate to stay on for two to four hours, especially on the weekend. The removable water reservoir is very convenient. It is also very environmentally friendly with a reusable filter. I have only used the classic brew setting, and the coffee has a great flavor. The coffee is very hot, though. That is very helpful when I am using a travel mug on the go. At home, I just have to let it cool off for a bit longer before I can drink it. I would definitely recommend this coffee maker.”

Best commercial-style coffee maker

BUNN 44900.0000 BX-B Coffee Maker, Black

“The Bunn is an excellent coffee maker. It is comparable to those used commercially. The one thing that many don’t understand is that it does not work like a run of the mill coffee maker. Instead of having a pump that activates when you turn it on, this coffee maker works on displacement. After the holding tank is full, whenever you want to make coffee, just add the amount to the machine that you want made. As soon as you close the lid, coffee is almost instantly being poured into the carafe. If you are using a good coffee, then you will find that it is restaurant quality. I recommend this coffee maker for anyone.”

Best professional-grade coffee maker

Technivorm Moccamaster 59636 KBG Coffee Brewer

“We are loving this coffee pot. It is a simple and logical design that makes a great cup of coffee. This design makes it easy to access the water tank to fill and easy to replace the filter and grounds. In all ways, just a big improvement over several other brands and designs that we have tried through the years. We are really glad that we decided to spend the money for this product this time around. We have gladly traded all the ‘bells and whistles’ — which are the features that always seem to malfunction — for this really dependable coffee pot that produces great-tasting coffee. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, it also looks pretty cool on the counter!”

Best coffee maker with adjustable water temperature

Breville BDC400 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe

“We received our machine about two weeks ago now and have been using it daily. As with all my other Breville products, this one maintains the level of quality I have come to enjoy. We have made coffee on the Gold setting and on my own personal settings. I will say, this makes an amazing cup of coffee. It takes about eight to nine minutes to brew a full carafe, which is pretty good. I love the carafe, the coffee stays hot for hours and warm for the rest of the day. I’ve made coffee at 8 a.m. and dumped it at 8 p.m. to only discover the coffee was still warm and drinkable (I didn’t drink it).

“It automatically knows how much coffee to brew based on the amount of water. I love the label telling me which filter type to use and also how many scopes of coffee to put with the amount of water. It’s on the reservoir itself. … Bottom line: If you’re looking for a great coffee maker and alternative to the Moccamaster, this is it.”

Fastest coffee maker

BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Black

“I love good coffee, and this thing definitely makes it! No bitter taste, very fast, reliable, and easy to use. Its keeps water boiling in the tank at all times so when you add water to it to make coffee, the hot water comes out immediately and the new water you added replaces the hot water and begins heating for later. Genius move by BUNN! They have not updated this model in ten-plus years because there is no reason to.”

Best stainless-steel coffee maker

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker, Chrome

“After many years of using automatic drip coffee makers, I decided to return to the way coffee was made when I was growing up: an electric percolator! I love the simplicity and the nice, sleek look. Takes up a lot less space on my counter, too. It makes great coffee. I don’t use a filter, and have no problem with grounds in my coffee cup, no matter what type of grind I use. I am still experimenting with different coffee brands/flavors and grinds (I have heard that coarse grind is best for percolators), but so far I am satisfied with this coffeepot.”

Best iced coffee maker

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe

“I’ve been using this multiple times per day for a month now and I really like this coffee maker. I had a Cuisinart previously and the coffee always tasted bitter due to being overheated. This machine produces excellent flavor. I also love being able to quickly set it up to brew a single cup if I want more after the carafe is empty. I like being able to select a richer brew depending on the coffee I’m using. I love being able to select different cup sizes so I can brew a travel mug size when needed. And I’ve used it to brew ice tea over ice directly in a glass, and it does a super job. It is intuitive to use and easy to clean. Love this thing.”

Best dual coffee maker

Hamilton Beach 49980A Coffee Maker, Single Serve, Black/Stainless Steel

“Last night was a perfect test of the single-cup concept. I had already programmed and prepped my 3 a.m. standard coffee brew, but I still wanted a cup of coffee. I switched over to the single cup and brewed my cup, then switched back and pressed the program button to ensure it would still brew the main pot at 3 a.m. Worked like a charm!! Before, I would have had to brew the entire eight cups that were ready, toss out most of it, and set up my morning brew all over again.”

Best one-cup coffee maker with travel mug

Black & Decker DCM18S Coffeemaker 1 Black/Stainless Steel

“This is the same coffee maker that I bought years ago. And it’s even the same price. Yep, they do still make things like they used to. And they last forever. It’s super simple, super reliable, compact, and cheap. There are a lot of places where we can spend money, but a simple cup of coffee doesn’t have to be one of them. Once you get the amount of water and coffee figured out to your taste — simply do that. No K-cup, nothing to recycle, fits the car cup holder. And the coffee stays hot in the mug.”

Best single-serve brewer

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

“I love this machine. I was concerned by some of the reviews, but so far it has been perfect for us. It holds so much water, so we don’t have to refill it as often. The temperature options are great, and you can set the water to be cooler for immediate drinking ability. The best part? YOU CAN FINALLY HAVE A SET WAKE-UP TIME FOR IT! No more waiting for it to turn on and warm up in the morning. Coffee first thing is so amazing. Just press and go. The night light settings and water lights are a nice added touch, as well. There are more size options, and you can select for a bolder coffee flavor or an option for drinks other than coffee. Each of these settings have worked perfectly and we’ve noticed a difference in the flavors whenever we tweak settings. I could not be happier with this purchase.”

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The Best Drip Coffee Makers on Amazon, According to Reviews