Drip Coffee makers: 6 models compared

BEST OVERALL
Breville Precision Brewer Pid with Pour Over (BDC455BSS)

The 'Breville Precision Brewer Pid with Pour Over' is not just the best drip coffee maker on the market; it's also a thermal appliance and has pour over capabilities, making it one of the most extensive coffee makers you can buy.

The built quality is unbelievable, and the final product looks utterly beautiful. It's a high-end appliance that comes with a high-end price tag. But if it falls within your budget, it's worth every penny.

BEST VALUE
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker (49980A)

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is half 12-Cup drip coffee maker and half single serve appliance. Hence the name ‘2-Way’.

For the low price tag attached to this appliance, you get enormous versatility and a decent number of features. Yes, it's big and clumsy, and the brew time is a little slow; however, if you're on a tighter budget, this coffee maker offers the best value for money we can find.

Drip coffee makers are extremely popular small kitchen appliances because they can produce delicious coffee in the most convenient way. While coffee enthusiasts prefer a more manual method of brewing coffee for the ultimate experience, drip coffee makers are highly effective tools for making coffee and they can produce a tasty brew.

The sheer number of drip coffee makers on the market can be quite daunting, so we’re going to tell you our six favorite models to give you a head start. We base our opinions on affordability, build quality, versatility, appearance, functionality, and capacity.

Let’s get started.

1. Breville Precision Brewer Pid with Pour Over (BDC455BSS)

BEST DRIP coffee maker
Breville Precision Brewer Pid Temperature Control Thermal Coffee Maker w/ Pour Over Adapter Kit - BDC455BSS
  • Brushed stainless steel finished machine
  • Includes Pour Over Adapter; made from silicone shower head and plastic case
  • Thermo-coil heating and pump system with PID digital temperature control

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip / Thermal / Pour Over
  • Dimensions: 18.74 x 15.55 x 9.17 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 13.35lbs
  • Capacity:  12-Cup (60oz)
  • Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless-Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • It’s Beautiful: This coffee maker has been produced with high-quality materials. Its dials, control panel, and carafe have all been made to perfection to ensure this is one of the most stunning appliances you can buy.
  • Superior Build-Quality: The heavy-duty build quality of the Breville Precision Brewer gives you confidence that this coffee maker will last for many years.
  • Drip, Pour Over, Thermal: Not only is the Breville Precision Brewer a superb drip coffee maker, but it also triples as a thermal device and has pour over capabilities.
  • PID Control: Proportional-Integral-Derivative. Or to the layperson, a device that maintains a more consistent water temperature than does a regular thermostat, resulting in a better cup of coffee.
  • It Makes Cold Brew & Iced Coffee: If iced coffee and cold brew is your thing, this Breville coffee maker can cater to all your needs. Ice sold separately.
  • ‘Gold Cup’: The ‘Gold Cup’ feature will automatically give you the precise settings recommended by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) to deliver the most delicious coffee possible.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Expensive: It’s not just expensive; it has a price tag that’s almost double the cost of the second-most costly appliance we’re looking at today. However, if you have disposable income, it’s absolutely worth the outlay. 
  • It’s a Little Loud: The Breville Precision Brewer is a little louder than you would hope, not obnoxiously noisy, but loud enough that you’ll notice.

Final Remarks

Money can’t buy you happiness, but a lot of money can buy you the best home drip coffee maker, the Breville Precision Brewer. And that’s almost the same thing.

Its versatility is extensive, the build quality unrivaled, and its appearance is, subjectively, stunning. The Breville Precision Brewer Pid has an enormous number of functions and features to help you brew fantastic coffee.

Overall Score: 19/20

2. Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker (49980A)

Best VALUE Drip coffee maker
Hamilton Beach (49980A) Single Serve Coffee Maker and Coffee Pot Maker, Programmable, Black/Stainless Steel (Renewed)
  • Note: Travel mug not-included. Dimensions (inches): 13.9 H x 12.23 W x 11.08 D
  • Two ways to brew your coffee, single serve or full pot.
  • 12 cup glass carafe included or brew into a travel or regular sized mug using single serve function.

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip / Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 10.63 x 12.2 x 13.7 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10.06lbs
  • Capacity:  96oz (Total)
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • ‘2-Way’ Brewing: Brew large batches of coffee with the 12-cup drip coffee maker, or have yourself a single serve portion in a travel mug, to go.
  • Brew Strength Selector: Choose between a standard flavored coffee or a more robust strength if you prefer a potent brew with the ‘brew strength selector.’
  • Programmable Timer: The Hamilton Beach 2-Way drip coffee maker is entirely programmable, so you choose when your coffee is ready to drink.
  • Separate Reservoirs: Both drip and single serve sides of this appliance have their own reservoir, so the water for your single serve brew will always be fresh, though you will need to ensure it is full before brewing.
  • Scoop-Filter: Measure coffee directly into the brew basket with the handy ‘scoop-filter.’

What’s Not To Like?

  • No Permanent Filter: While the single serve function on the Hamilton Beach 2-Way comes with a permanent filter, you’ll have to buy your own filter to brew coffee into the carafe.
  • Slow(ish) Brew Time: This coffee maker is a little sluggish when it comes to brewing coffee, though you can get around that using the programmable timer.

Final Remarks

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is a whole lot of coffee maker for a relatively small price tag. It has tons of features and functions, making it perfect for on the go coffee drinkers or brewing a full carafe for family and friends.

It has a couple of minor issues but considering how little it costs compared to other brands and models, that’s to be expected.

Overall Score: 17/20

3. Ninja Hot & Cold Auto IQ Coffee Maker

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker with 6 Brew Sizes, 5 Brew Styles, Frother, Coffee & Tea Baskets with Glass Carafe (CP301)
  • Brew multiple brew sizes, ranging from a pod free single cup or travel mug, all the way up to a full Carafe
  • Hot brewing lets you enjoy a bold, flavorful cup of hot coffee or tea; Or brew over ice to create full flavored, refreshing iced beverages
  • Brew your favorite style of tea, whether you use tea bags or loose leaf, with the specially designed tea brew basket

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 11.81 x 10.01 x 15 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 11.09lbs
  • Capacity:  50oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel, Plastic, Rubber
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Highly Versatile: The Ninja Hot & Cold Auto IQ is much more than just a coffee maker; it also makes iced coffee, tea, and iced tea. These functions also have dedicated scoops, filters, brew-baskets, and settings.
  • Six Specific Brew Sizes: An easy-to-use dial allows you to select the brew size of your choice quickly. Standard mug (9.5oz), XL Mug (11.5oz), Travel Mug (14oz), XL Multi-Serve (18oz), a half carafe (25oz), and full carafe (50oz).
  • Built-in Milk Frother & Mug Shelf: Ninja loves attachments and have built-in a milk frother for mixing extra creamy milk, while the mug shelf elevates smaller cups to help prevent splash-back.
  • Programmable Timer: The programmable timer allows you to choose precisely when you want the Ninja Hot & Cold coffee maker to brew up some coffee or tea over 24 hours.
  • Drip Stop: Grab a coffee mid-cycle by using the drip stop to stem the liquid flow while you pour yourself a brew.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Daunting to Use: The sheer number of functions on this appliance can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not technologically inclined. Though once you’ve played with it for a while, it becomes second nature.
  • ‘Keep Warm’ Function Only Works on a Half / Full Carafe: You can’t keep your coffee warm if you brewed less than a half carafe.
  • The Carafe is a Challenge to Clean: The opening at the neck of the carafe is relatively small, too small for most human hands, and as it isn’t safe for the dishwasher, you’ll need a bottle brush to clean it.

Final Remarks

The Ninja Hot & Cold Auto IQ coffee maker is the Swiss Army Knife of small kitchen appliances. It has a wide variety of functions that allow you to experiment in the kitchen to perfect your hot and cold beverages.

This Ninja coffee maker isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth the money as it has so much to offer. The same unit is available with a thermal carafe; however, the price point is significantly increased compared to this one.

Overall Score: 18/20

4. Cuisinart Perfectemp 14-Cup Coffee Maker (DCC-3200P1)

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Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 Perfectemp Coffee Maker, 14 Cup Progammable with Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel
  • State-of-the-art technology to ensure hotter coffee without sacrificing flavor or quality
  • Brew strength control allows you to select regular or bold coffee flavor
  • Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and auto shutoff (0-4 hours)

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 9 x 14 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 8.75lbs
  • Capacity:  14-Cup (70oz)
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Silver – Graphite – Light Grey – Sky Blue – Stainless Steel – White/Gold – Copper – Matte Black – White
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Brew Size, Strength & Pause: Cuisinart gives you full control over your coffee with features that let you select the size and strength of your drink. It’s possible to grab a cup mid-cycle with the ‘brew pause’ function.
  • Adjustable ‘Keep Warm’ Temperature: If you don’t plan on drinking your entire carafe of coffee at once, you can keep it warm to the temperature of your choosing.
  • Multiple Color Choices: This Cuisinart coffee maker is currently available in nine striking colors, so you can choose the one which best matches your kitchen décor.
  • Programmable Timer. You can have your coffee ready and waiting over a rolling 24-hour period thanks to the programmable timer.
  • Dual Filters: To ensure the smoothest flavor possible, Cuisinart has fit the Perfectemp with a gold tone permanent filter for your coffee grounds and a charcoal filter to remove any impurities from the water.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Warming Plate Prone to Rusting: Consumer complaints suggest the warming plate has been known to rust after prolonged use, making the plate less efficient.
  • Poorly Designed Carafe: You might struggle to get the last cup of coffee out of the sizable 14-cup carafe. You’ll need to turn the whole thing almost upside down to liberate the last of the coffee.

Final Remarks

Having a large capacity appliance is crucial if you have more than one coffee drinker in your house. Cuisinart has produced a substantially sized coffee maker with a variety of features for a reasonable price point.

It doesn’t come without its issues, but if you can work your way around that troublesome carafe, the Perfectemp is a superb option for a drip coffee maker.

Overall Score: 16.5/20

5. Braun BrewSense KF7150BK Coffee Maker

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Braun Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker, 12 cup, Black
  • Pure Flavor Brewing System- Consistent great flavor from the first to last drop
  • Fully Programmable- 24-hour clock, auto-on/off and 1 - 4 cup functions
  • Bold Strength Selector- Allows you to enjoy your coffee regular or bold - just the way you like it

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 7.1lbs
  • Capacity:  12-Cup
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black – Black / Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Quirky Appearance: We’re not sure what it is that we love about the Braun BrewSense, but it has a unique appearance that’s quirky yet fun to look at.
  • 1-4 Cup Size Option: Choose to brew smaller coffee quantities with the 1-4 cup size option and cut down on wasting precious coffee supplies.
  • Regular or Bold Strength: Whether you prefer regular strength coffee or a bolder brew, the Braun BrewSense can produce your coffee of choice.
  • Programmable Timer & Large LCD: The BrewSense is entirely programmable, giving you full control over 24 hours. It also has a large LCD to make programming this appliance easier.
  • Self-Cleaning: This coffee maker has a self-cleaning feature that ensures your appliance’s internal workings are always maintained. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Water Reservoir is Difficult to Fill: As an exercise in space-saving, the water tank runs closely around the appliance’s top. Unfortunately, that makes it challenging to fill with water.
  • Button Text Fades Over Time: After a period of prolonged use, the text on the operational buttons either rubs off or fades away.

Final Remarks

The Braun BrewSense KF7150BK is a quirky looking, compact appliance that won’t take up much space in your kitchen. It’s full of helpful features that give you the capability to brew precisely the type of coffee you want, when you want it.

The water reservoir is unnecessarily tricky to fill, and the text on the buttons will fade over time, but that doesn’t negatively impact the taste of the coffee this machine makes.

Overall Score: 16/20

6. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Black
  • On/off indicator light lets you know when your coffee maker is on or off
  • Grab a cup auto pause stops cycle if you need a cup before brewing is finished
  • Dual water window allows visibility as you fill no more overflows

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 8.43 x 11.76 x 12.56 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.6lbs
  • Capacity:  12-Cup
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black 
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Great Budget Option: The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup coffee maker is ridiculously affordable and is easily the cheapest appliance we’ve looked at today. It’s probably the most inexpensive 12-Cup appliance on the market.
  • Dual Water Windows: This Mr. Coffee appliance has water level windows on both sides of the machine, so you can observe the fill lines no matter where you position your device.
  • Removable Filter Basket: It’s easy to fill and/or clean this appliance’s filter basket by simply removing it from the coffee maker.
  • Grab-A-Cup: This auto-pause feature allows you to pour yourself a cup of coffee before the brew cycle is finished.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Feels Cheap: The materials used in this coffee maker’s production have to be cheap to keep the price tag low, but you can tell how cheap they are by looking at them or touching the appliance.
  • Build Quality Issues: While the build quality issues with the Mr. Coffee brewer don’t negatively impact the coffee brewing process, you’ll notice that the moving parts don’t fit together as snugly as you’d hope.
  • Carafe Made from Thin Glass: The carafe which accompanies this appliance is fragile and made from very thin glass. You’ll need to be careful with it.

Final Remarks

Few coffee makers on the market offer so much for such a small price tag as does the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup coffee maker. This model allows you to experience drip coffee makers without spending hundreds of dollars.

Of course, there are some build quality issues with this appliance, as you’d expect with a low budget device, but there’s little risk in buying this coffee maker.

Overall Score: 14/20

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