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Coffee Makers Prices, Reviews and Specifications

     
 


Although there are other brewing methods (such as traditional percolators or French press coffeemakers), there are primarily three main types of coffeemakers on the market. Brew coffeemakers (also called drip coffeemakers) use a tank of water which is heated and then drips through ground coffee into a pot. Pod coffeemakers use convenient prepackaged pods, typically to brew one cup at a time. Espresso machines use steam or pump pressure to push water through compressed ground coffee into a cup.

 
 

Pod Coffee Makers

Cuisinart Single-Serve Brewing System SS-700
$175-$270
The Cuisinart SS-700 is a single-serve pod coffee maker that can brew cups of coffee in five sizes. It has an 80 oz. built-in water container so multiple cups can be brewed consecutively. The system uses Keurig's K-cups, which come in a variety of flavors of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and even soup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Keurig Elite Brewer B40
$107-$120
The Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System is a pod coffee maker that serves single cups of coffee in either 8oz or 10oz sizes. Like its larger-size cousin, the B60 Special Edition Brewer, the B40 comes with a 48oz. removable water reservoir, which is easy to fill and to clean. With the pod technology, consumers can pop in a K-cup (Keurig-patented pod) and have a cup of coffee brewed in less than a minute (although a few minutes of pre-brewing setup are required). While the K-cups are proprietary, customers are not restricted to Keurig brands. Individual, refillable K-cups are sold for customers to make their own blend of K-cup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Keurig Mini Brewer B31
$99-$100
The Keurig B31 Mini Brewer is the compact version of the best-selling line of Keurig single-serve coffee makers. The Mini Brewer has some of the features of the larger, more expensive B60 Special Edition Brewer, including the ability to brew three cup sizes -- 6oz, 8oz and 10oz. Despite the smaller stature of the B31 Mini Brewer, it has a removable drip tray that allows for small travel mugs to fit, something not available on all single-serve pod coffee makers. While Keurig uses proprietary K-cups (pods of coffee), consumers are not limited to Keurig-only offerings. Reusable K-cups are available that can be filled with a consumer's favorite coffee blend instead of using the prepackaged variety. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Keurig Platinum Brewing System B78
$180-$180
The Keurig B78 is a best-selling single-serve pod coffee maker that brews cups in five sizes. The Keurig B78 can accommodate brewing 4 oz. demitasse cups as easily as it can fill a 12 oz. travel mug. It has a 72 oz. water reservoir, so each cup brewed does not require additional trips to the faucet. It also has a backlit screen for programming water temperature and an auto-off. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Keurig Special Edition B60
$149-$150
The Keurig Special Edition B60 is a best-selling single-cup pod coffee maker. With a programmable LED screen, it creates single-serve cups of coffee in three sizes (6oz-10oz) and can also accommodate a travel mug. The pre-filled K-cups that the machine uses are sold in varying quantities, but generally cost less than $1 per cup and come filled with coffee, cocoa, tea or cider. Customers are not restricted to pre-filled K-cup selections, reusable K-cups can be filled with personal blends. The model also has a removable water tank for easy filling and cleaning; with a 48oz capacity it can make up to eight cups before needing a refill. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1
$70-$100

Update: This product was discontinued at the end of 2012, but is still available from select retailers until ramaining inventory is sold.

While Mr. Coffee's brand name is on the exterior of this pod coffee maker, its inner workings are made by best-selling pod maker Keurig. The machine also uses Keurig's proprietary coffee pods (called K-cups) for brewing 8-ounce coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate drinks; a variety pack is included in the box. The unit has a removable drip tray to make cleaning easier. An auto shut-off activates 90 seconds after a drink is brewed, an energy-saving feature.

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo
$94-$180
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo is a unique-looking single serve coffeemaker that can make both hot and cold drinks, as well as espresso. The coffee maker's design won an International Forum Design award and a Red Dot Design honorable mention. The coffeemaker uses prepackaged pods of coffee or tea to make a variety of drinks -- but a single pod does not always make a single drink, some drinks require multiple pods. For example, a pack of 16 macchiato mixes includes 8 coffee pods and 8 milk pods which combine to make the drink. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Brew Coffee Makers

Black & Decker Brew-n-Go DCM18S
$14-$25
The Black & Decker Brew-N-Go DCM18S is a personal coffee maker that many people say is ideal for a work desk or individuals who are the sole coffee drinkers in a household. It quickly brews a 15-ounce cup of coffee into a thermal to-go mug and the mug fits in most car cup holders. The Brew-n-Go also comes with a reusable coffee filter, and a removable filter basket for easier cleaning. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Black & Decker SmartBrew Plus DCM2000
$20-$31
The Black and Decker SmartBrew Plus DCM2000 is a best-selling no-frills coffee maker. It offers limited features other than brewing the morning cup (or 12) of Joe. The machine uses paper filters and has a removable filter basket to improve the ease of cleaning. In addition, it has a water level indicator so the tank is not over-filled. The machine is considered ideal for offices. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Bunn Velocity Brew NHBX
$100-$113
For the most part, the Bunn Velocity Brew is a basic, no-frills coffee maker. What Bunn offers in the Velocity Brew is speed and consistent coffee flavor. The company's unique brewing system uses water pressure to brew a 10-cup pot of coffee in about three minutes. An internal thermostat keeps the water temperature at a consistent 200 degrees F. Users note that while most machines can be set up rather quickly, the Bunn takes 20-30 minutes of setup with precise directions (included). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Cuisinart 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffee Maker DTC-975BKN
$98-$117
The Cuisinart Programmable Thermal Coffee Maker is a drip brewing machine that can be set to brew coffee up to 24 hours in advance. It has a 12-cup insulated carafe that keeps air out and coffee hot and fresh longer than glass carafes. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Cuisinart Brew Control DCC-1200
$82-$90
The Cuisinart Brew Control DCC-1200 is a highly recommended programmable 12-cup coffeemaker that can be set to turn on in the morning and automatically shuts off after a pre-programmed number of hours. The coffeemaker uses a charcoal filter to remove water impurities, and replacement filters can be ordered through Cuisinart. The coffee maker comes with a handful of #4 paper filters as well as a gold-tone reusable filter. Other features include an LCD clock and a brew pause feature that allows for pouring of cups while the machine is still brewing. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Cuisinart CHW-12
$80-$100
The Cuisinart CHW-12 is a best-selling programmable 12-cup coffee maker that also includes a hot water dispenser. The coffeemaker has a 54-ounce hot water reservoir that can be used for both brewing a pot of coffee or for adding hot water to tea or hot cocoa. Indicator lights on the coffeemaker show whether the hot water is empty, heating or ready to dispense. The coffee maker also has a 24-hour programmable auto on timer, an auto shut-off, an included gold-tone mesh reusable filter and carafe temperature control settings. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind and Brew Thermal 12-cup Automatic Coffeemaker
$165-$280
The Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal coffee maker is a self-contained all-in-one machine that will grind the beans and brew a full pot of coffee. It has a 24-hour programmable timer and an auto shut-off. Between the brew strength selector and the grind control, users can find their preferred cup of coffee. The machine comes with a gold-tone permanent coffee filter, and charcoal filters purify the water. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Hamilton Beach Scoop Two-Way Brewer 49980
$79-$90
The Hamilton Beach Two-Way Brewer is a versatile mid-priced drip coffee brewing machine. One side can brew directly into a 14 oz travel mug (or any other mug); the other brews into a 12-cup carafe. There is a pod holder that snaps into the single-serve side and allows for use of pre-packaged coffee pods. The model has an LED panel for preprogramming brew times up to 24 hours in advance. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kalorik CM-25282
$70-$100
The Kalorik CM-25282 is a programmable 12-cup drip coffee maker that comes in a variety of colors. The digital clock and timer can be programmed to turn on any time of day and the panel is back lit so it is easy to read in reduced light. The Kalorik CM-25282 automatically shuts off after two hours for those who may forget to turn it off. A transparent tank makes it easy to fill and a removable filter holder improves ease of cleaning. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Kenmore Elite 06906
$80-$100
The Kenmore Elite 06906 is a Consumer Reports-recommended model that is also best-selling at Sears and Kmart. (Kmart and Sears are the only retail outlets that sell the Kenmore brand.) The 12-cup coffee maker comes with a mesh gold-tone reusable filter and offers a variety of sought-after features including a charcoal water filter, a 24-hour programmable timer and automatic shut-off. It has adjustable brew strength with regular and bold settings. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Mr. Coffee DRX5
$20-$28
The Mr. Coffee DRX5 is a pint-size coffee maker with full-size features, making it a best-selling item at retailers including Best Buy and Target (week of Nov. 14, 2011). While it only brews four cups at a time, it offers features such as a 24-hour programmable timer and auto shut-off. It has windows on both sides of the water tank so consumers can view and measure the water level. It also offers brew-strength options. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Mr. Coffee DW12 and DW13
$15-$25
The Mr. Coffee DW12 and DW13 are 12-cup basic coffee makers with limited function, but are popular for use in both homes and offices. The DW12 and DW13 are identical models in opposing colors -- DW12 is white and DW13 is black. There are no other differences between the models. The no-frills model has a removable filter basket for easier cleaning and an on/off indicator light. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Zojirushi Fresh Brew Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker EC-BD15
$87-$90
The Zojirushi Fresh Brew is a 10-cup coffee maker with a thermal carafe that can keep coffee hot for hours after it is brewed. The midpriced coffee maker includes a range of features including an auto shut-off, a pause-and-serve function, and a timer to preset functions. The Fresh Brew is designed to be used with No. 4 paper filters only, not reusable wire mesh filters. Its detachable filter is dishwasher safe. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 

Espresso Machines

Breville Barista Express BES860XL
$525-$600
The Breville Barista Express BES860XL is a top-of-the-line espresso machine that both grinds and brews. A conical burr grinder with an 8 oz. capacity is built into the top of the machine and has a variety of grind settings. There is a built-in espresso tamper and the machine comes with both single- and double-shot portafilters. Breville advertises this as a machine that is good for beginners and is able to make a good cup of espresso right out of the box. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Capresso 303.01 4-Cup Espresso & Cappuccino Machine
$49-$60
The Capresso 303.01 espresso and cappuccino machine is a basic steam-powered machine with few frills. It is capable of brewing up to four cups of espresso simultaneously, which is about twice the capacity of most espresso machines. From start to finish, it takes about five minutes to brew coffee and froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos. The espresso maker also allows users to select brew strength. The machine has a removable drip tray to facilitate an easy clean-up and the glass carafe is dishwasher-safe. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
DeLonghi EC5 Steam Espresso Maker
$37-$46
The DeLonghi EC5 Steam Espresso Maker is a basic model that can brew espresso directly into one or two cups or into a 4-cup carafe that is included. It also has a short frothing wand for streaming milk for lattes and cappuccinos. It has an on/off indicator light and DeLonghi touts the easy cleaning with a removable drip tray. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
DeLonghi EC702 Pump Espresso Maker
$167-$250
The DeLonghi EC702 Pump Espresso Maker is a stainless steel espresso maker that can use either ground coffee or espresso pods for brewing. It also has a built-in frother and steamer for warming milk. It uses 15 bar pump pressure to brew the drinks, relatively standard for espresso machines. DeLonghi advertises a self-priming function that handles all the start-up functions, getting coffee ready to brew faster. The top panel of the machine works as a warming tray for cups. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
DeLonghi Lattissima EN680
$424-$600
The DeLonghi Lattissima EN680 is a pump espresso maker with an integrated frothing system. The machine engages a high pressure pump system to brew the espresso and create a frothy crema layer. Instead of using ground coffee, Nespresso coffee capsules are used to brew drinks; the capsules cost about $1 each but are sold in bulk quantities. When the brewing process is completed, the capsule is sent to a used capsule collection bin which can be easily emptied. An integrated frothing system shoots foamy milk into cappuccinos; the milk container can be removed when not in use to keep milk fresh in the refrigerator. The Lattissima EN680 is packaged with a "welcome kit" that includes a latte mug, an espresso demitasse cup, a saucer and a sample pack of Nespresso capsules. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500
$1,800-$1,800
The DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5500 is a high-end automatic espresso maker packed with features. From the 13-setting coffee grinder to the cup warmer mounted atop the espresso maker, the Perfecta ESAM 5500 offers features that other espresso makers do not. A digital panel allows control of size of cup brewed (from 3oz to 12 oz), strength of coffee(5 settings) and brewing temperature. A statistical tracker shows the user how many cups of coffee have been brewed over the lifetime of the machine and how many ounces of water have been used. A decalcification indicator light shows when the machine needs to be cleaned. The milk frothing system is integrated within the machine, including a 25-ounce removable milk container. It also has a hot water spout. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
DeLonghi Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker EC155
$85-$108
The DeLonghi EC155 is a well-rated pump espresso maker. With a dual function filter holder, it is capable of brewing either coffee pods or ground coffee. It is capable of up to 15-bar pump pressure (higher bar numbers mean higher pressure level), so it is capable of producing a frothy crema on top of the shot of espresso. The high pressure also works to power the jet frothing wand for steaming milk for lattes and cappuccinos. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Gaggia Classic
$399-$669
The Gaggia Classic is a stainless steel pump espresso maker that offers versatility. The espresso machine comes with two filter holders -- one for a single shot and one for a double shot, as well as a tamper for packing both. The filters accept ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods or ground coffee. The machine also has a hot water dispenser for tea and a frothing wand for milk. The water reservoir on the Gaggia Classic can hold more than 70 ounces of water, capable of brewing more than a dozen cups before needing a refill. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Krups XP5240FR
$194-$285
The Krups XP5340 is a pump pressure espresso maker capable of making single and double shot drinks in a matter of minutes. Krups says its Precise Tamp system as engineered to tamp down espresso grounds the ideal amount for single and double shots. The Krups XP5240 is simple to use with a rotating knob to select brewing, frothing or coffee grounds extraction. The Krups espresso maker comes with a two-year limited warranty, twice as long as most other models. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Mr. Coffee ECM160
$40-$60
The Mr. Coffee ECM160 is a best-selling basic steam espresso maker that sells for about $50. It is capable of brewing up to four shots at once, which is dispensed into a small glass carafe. It has a frothing wand for steaming milk that comes with a detachable nozzle. The unit comes with a coffee measuring cup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso and Cappuccino Maker BVMC-ECM260
$40-$62
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-ESM260 is a no-frills steam espresso maker at a very affordable price -- usually less than $50. The best-selling machine can brew up to four cups of espresso at once, which is brewed into a glass carafe. It has a frothing wand for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
 
Rancilio Silvia
$629-$800
The Rancilio Silvia is a top-rated espresso machine with plenty of features and simple controls. The components of the machine are made of brass and housed in stainless steel exterior. Cups can be warmed atop the Rancilio Silvia. The machine brews espresso with ground coffee, but an adaptor kit is sold separately, to allow uses of ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods. After brewing coffee, use the built-up pressure to steam to make frothy milk for lattes and cappuccinos; the wand can also be used to dispense hot water for tea or Americanos. Single and double shot portafilters come included with the machine, as well as a coffee tamper and a scoop. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]