Welcome to CoffeeMakerCenter.com, the No.1 resource for all things coffee. If your here then like us your are passionate about your coffee and when it comes to your brew only the best will do! Maybe your looking to make the ultimate espresso to kick start your day or a nice latte when putting your feet up, we have all the information you’ll need to choose the best coffee maker for you.
The Ultimate Coffee Maker Guide
|Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System||Single Cup Brewer||$$||4.5|
|DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System||Single Cup Brewer||$$$||4.3|
|Brew Express BEC-110BS||Drip Coffee Maker||$$$||4.7|
|Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker||Coffee Percolator||$||4.5|
|Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker||Drip Coffee Maker||$$||4.3|
|BUNN BXBD Velocity Brew High Altitude 10-Cup Home Brewer||Drip Coffee Maker||$$||4.5|
|Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker||Drip Coffee Maker||$$||4.4|
|BUNN ST Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer||Drip Coffee Maker||$$||4.2|
|Mr. Coffee BVMC-FM1 20-Ounce Frappe Maker||Frappuccino Maker||$||4.4|
|Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital Coffeemaker||Drip Coffee Maker||$||4.4|
Types of Coffee Makers
When it comes to coffee makers you might be surprised just how many different types there are to choose from. We not going to tell you which one is best as they all have there pro’s and con’s, but here an overview of the main types to help you decide which one is best suits your needs.
Vacuum Coffee Makers
Also known as Vacuum Brewers these large contraptions invented in the 1840’s are mainly bought as collectors items, although die hard fans insist it brews coffee like no other. Ranging from $30 to over $3,000, this brewer works by heating water to the lower compartment until the gases expand and force through a narrow tube to the above compartment where the ground coffee is brewed, which is later decanted.
The Moka Pot is another traditional coffee maker from 1933, usually made from aluminium or stainless steel and is a stove-top brewer. The maker has a lower-chamber, which is filled with water and when boiled the steam passes through a metal filter to upper chamber where is finely ground coffee is brewed. The moka pot is prone to residue build-up inside the pot, but many claim this improves the coffee and can remove any unwanted metallic taste.
Aesthetically the Percolator looks very similar to kettle, but it has a number of internal chambers to separate the ground and brewed coffee. Although traditionally a stove-top coffee maker, electric versions of this maker are also available. Since the introduction of drip coffee makers, there has been a decline in popularity of the Percolator and as a result there are very few on the market today.
Electric Drip Coffee Makers
Introduced in the 1970’s the electric drip coffee maker (or dripolator) is probably the most popular maker both in the home, office and coffee shops. The machine works by moving cold water from its reservoir to a heating chamber where the hot water is sprayed onto the ground coffee. The coffee then drips through its filter into the lower chamber. These machines range from $35 to over $2,000 for industrial machines used in coffee shops.
The French Press or “Coffee Press” was originally patented in 1929, but has undergone several transformations in its lifetime to accommodate modern living. Fine grain coffee should not be used with the press as this can result in the granules passing through the filter during “pressing”. The press works by adding ground coffee an empty beaker and adding boiling water and letting it brew for 3-4 minutes. A plunger is used to separate the brewed coffee from the granules whilst pouring.
Why Are Coffee Makers So Much Better Than Instant Coffee?
- Taste – You cannot argue that an authentic brew taste so much better than any instant coffee.
- Fulfilment – While instant coffee is quick and easy for the, nothing beat the satisfaction of bewing your own quality coffee in your favourite style.
- Smell – For most, even coffee naysayers, the smell of freshly brewed coffee can bring any kitchen to life.
- Variety – Although instant coffee comes in many varieties, there are literally hundreds of type of ground coffee to choose from.
- Its Good For You – Drinking filter coffee has health benefits too, so no need to feel guilty about your caffeine fix.
Reviews Of The 5 Best Coffee Makers
The Keurig K45 is a fantastic all round brewer and we consider it to be the best single cup coffee maker for around $100. We love the Keurig K45 because you can use choose from hundreds of K-cup coffee flavours or your own freshly ground beans if you desire. For the non-coffee drinkers in the family you can also brew tea or hot cocoa with the machine.
With 3 cup size options (6oz, 8oz, and 10oz) and a 48oz resovoir you can make the perfect cup for you. With a brew time of just 2-3 minutes, the Keurig K45 is the ideal coffee maker for the man or women always on the go, and using the K-Cups delivers predictable delicious coffee every time.
If your more of an espresso kind of person that you cannot beat the the quality and capsule variety that Nespresso offer and we think the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System is the best espresso maker you can find. This maker is a little on the pricey side, but as we always say, you get what you pay for.
The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus is packed full of features too, with an energy saving auto-off timer, very quiet and foam level control to mention just a few. We love the simple control panel that lets you customise your espresso to your favourite setting. If your interested in the best Nespresso capsules then read our review here.
Aimed at the higher end of the home brewing market the Brew Express BEC-110BS certanly looks the part with its brushed-metal body and sleek look. This counter top brewer is designed to be plumbed in to the water supply, which means all you have to do is load your favourite coffee and hit the “Brew” button. We really like the digital control panel on this maker with four simple buttons: Brew, Cup Selector, Timer and Light.
Although this maker does need to be plumbed in its definitely worth the effort and nearly every review of this product praises it ease of use, just throw in some coffee and hit go. With a well insulted pot, customer have claimed their coffee stays warm for upto 12 hours after brewing (which takes around 6 minutes).
This is one of the best percolator coffee makers on the market, and usually priced between $45 – $60, we think its a steal! With its classic look and chrome finish the Presto 02611 12-Cup looks the part in any modern kitchen. Whilst you don’t get as many settings and features as some of the drip coffee makers the Presto still brews great coffee at a rate of one cup per minute and keeps it hot automatically.
The only downside of the Presto is that it needs to be cleaned fairly regularly to maintain strong coffee. We recommend using a small brush with plastic bristles to clean the filter, which only take a few seconds and brings your percolator back to life.
The Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker is another great all round coffee maker for the mid-range budget, usually between $150 – $170. As the name suggest this maker is capable of brewing up to 8 cups (40oz) a go, which should be more than sufficient for any home requirements.
Bonavita prides themselfs on simplicity and the BV1800 is not exception with time saving feature such as an easy to fill water tank, simple filter basket design, stainless steel finish and one-button operation. With the use of a shower head this means coffee brewed with this machine is fully saturated as give a great taste, some say better than drip coffee makers. Could this be the best coffee maker?