There are so many different methods and specialty machines for brewing coffee these days, from cold brew to French press, single-serve coffee makers to espresso machines. Traditional drip coffee makers, however, have stood the test of time for their convenience and ability to brew large quantities of classic American-style coffee. Drip coffee makers are different from pour over and other types of coffee machines in that they’re automated — they’ll heat the water and brew the coffee in a very hands-off manner. Plus, with today’s rising coffee prices, even the most expensive drip coffee makers can ultimately save you money in the long-run.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab, we’ve been hands-on testing coffee makers for decades, testing hundreds of coffee machines from brands like Breville, Cuisinart, Ninja, Hamilton Beach and more. Over the years, our professional analysts have made more than 1,000 cups of coffee using traditional drip coffee makers as well as cold brew coffee makers, espresso machines, Nespresso machines and everything in between. We’ve also tested accessories like coffee grinders, so you can always get the freshest brew. One could say we’re obsessed with making coffee at home and in our Labs! So when we recently put drip coffee makers to the test, we spent over 40 hours testing and brewing over 200 cups of coffee. Overall, popular newer models that could make multiple types of brews — such as cold brews, concentrates for latte-like drinks and iced coffees — impressed us the most.

Best Drip Coffee Makers:

1. BREVILLE Precision Brewer Thermal Drip Coffee Maker

Coffee devotees will love the Breville Precision Brew not only for its excellent performance but also for its many brew options. It can make traditional drip coffee, strong, fast and over ice. It can also make cold brew and pour over coffee (attachment sold separately), which are two unique features most coffee makers can’t do. The bloom time and brew temperature can also be adjusted for the most personalized cup. In our test, coffee brewed from this machine quickly in well under a minute per cup – it took 8 1/2 minutes to brew a full, 12-cup pot, which was impressive compared to most others that took 10-12 minutes.

This coffee maker comes with both the option to use cone or flat-basket filters, ideal for coffee aficionados who know that the two styles can bring out different notes in coffee. The brew basket has a large, comfortable handle and pulls out for easy filling, one of our favorite features. This model has a thermal carafe that kept coffee warm for the tested two hours.

Pros:

  • Multiple options for ways to make coffee
  • Fast brew time
  • Includes both cone and flat bottom filter baskets
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • Carafe requires hand washing

2. BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

This coffee maker pays for itself in just a few brews when compared with buying coffee out. It scored high in our drip coffee maker test for both performance and ease of use. It brewed a hot coffee pot that stayed warm for the duration of the keep warm cycle. It was also quick: it brewed coffee in about a minute per cup. Results were pleasant with a smooth finish.

It doesn’t have any bells and whistles (like an alert that lets you know when it’s done brewing), but it’s easy to use with a one-touch start. Buttons are soft, flat and responsive; they’re not flush, however, which makes the control panel a little harder to clean than those that are completely smooth. The measurement markings on both the carafe and water reservoir are easy to read, and the carafe is comfortable to hold.

Pros:

  • Highly competitive pricepoint
  • Scored high for performance and ease of use

Cons:

  • No bells and whistles

3. WOLF Gourmet Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

If you know and love Wolf appliances there’s no mistaking who makes this red-knobbed coffee maker. The high-end brand, is known for its top-performing ranges, so it’s no surprise its coffee maker earned high marks for brewing temperature and time. Not to mention it produced a pleasantly steaming cup of coffee and the thermal carafe kept it warm for two hours.

This machine also has Accubrew mode which allows the user to select the coffee strength and number of cups. You’ll never have to wonder how much coffee to add either since it has a built-in scale which shows when you’ve added enough. The water tank is removable making it easy to fill and the LCD panel displays how long since it’s finished brewing. It has a beautiful stainless steel design, and, if the signature red knobs are your preference, there’s also black or brushed silver available.

Pros:

  • Brews very hot coffee
  • Has built-in scale to measure coffee
  • LCD panel tells how long it’s been since coffee was brewed
  • Choose from different knob colors

Cons:

  • Expensive

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