Best Coffee Makers

We spent the time to track down the best coffee makers made in the USA for every type of preparation. No matter if you like drip, pour over, cold brew, or a French press – we found an option for you. Check out our top recommendations below along with the factors that we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found 6 coffee makers made in the USA that we thought were worthy of a mention. We were really impressed with the rich bold flavor offered by Chemex brewed coffee and the convenience of the BUNN Speed Brew. We can also see the appeal of the AeroPress and its affordable espresso. And these are just a few options! Everyone loves to make their coffee a little different, so we separated our top picks into various popular categories to help you choose the right option.

Top Recommendations

Best Coffee Makers Best for:
BUNN Speed Brew Fastest Drip Coffee Maker
Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker
AeroPress Affordable Coffee and Espresso Maker
Cuisinart CHW-12 Automatic Coffee Maker​ Standard Home Drip Coffee Maker
Filtron Cold Brew​ Cold Brew Coffee Maker
TAOindustry 34oz French Press Coffee Maker​ French Press

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are deeper details about each of our top picks, along with what we liked, didn’t like, and where to get each one.

Fastest Drip Coffee Maker

BUNN Speed Brew


For a quick-brewed cup of rich coffee, the BUNN Speed Brew stands out. This high-performance coffee pot makes a full carafe of coffee in just four minutes. It can make between four cups and ten cups of coffee in a single run, and is a fast solution when you don’t have much time in the morning. We love the drip-free glass carafe that comes with this coffee pot because it makes it easier to pour your coffee without the mess. The only downside to this coffee pot over more standard units is that it must keep water heated at 200 degrees Fahrenheit at all times in order to offer such quick brew times. That means the brewer will use more power than other more standard options.

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Things we like:

  • Brews coffee in around 4 minutes
  • Special engineered spray head
  • Lime tolerant sprayhead reduces mineral buildup
  • Drip-free carafe
  • 10 cup max capacity
  • 3 year warranty

Things we don’t like:

  • Heats water all the time

 

Best Pour Over Coffee Maker

Chemex


Chemex offers a simple and effective design for great pour-over coffee every single time. The entire unit is just a carafe with a funnel at the top and a funnel shape that’s designed to hold Chemex filters perfectly. It’s made from non-porous glass that won’t hold any flavors or smells, which means you’ll get great tasting coffee every single time. We love the simple design of the Chemex and how easy it is to maintain. It’s easy to clean, simple to brew with, and can fit into the refrigerator for storing coffee when you don’t drink it all in one sitting. With a 30 ounce capacity, the Chemex is designed for use by one or two people.

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Things we like:

  • Made from non-porous Borosilicate glass
  • Simple design
  • Can be refrigerated and consumed later

Things we don’t like:

  • Takes proprietary filters

 

Best Affordable Coffee and Espresso Maker

AeroPress


Good espresso is expensive, which can keep people from enjoying it on a daily basis. The AeroPress coffee maker made our top picks because it makes it easier to enjoy good espresso (and coffee) without the high cost. This simple coffee maker is very affordable, and produces top-quality coffee and espresso with a bit of practice. The unit itself is compact and produces between one and three cups of coffee at a time. By following the directions that come with the coffee maker you can enjoy rich coffee that’s less bitter and acidic than other coffee varieties with help from the AeroPress. We love that it comes with 350 disposable filters to keep you going for nearly a year after your first purchase, but wish that the unit came with a reusable filter.

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Things we like:

  • Brews one to three cups
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Comes with 350 filters, a filter cap, holder and stirrer
  • Easy to use

Things we don’t like:

  • Uses disposable filters

 

Best Standard Home Drip Coffee Maker

Cuisinart CHW-12 Automatic Coffee Maker​


The Cuisinart CHW-12 automatic coffee maker is a powerful tool for brewing coffee in the way most people are familiar with. This drip coffee maker offers a good blend of features, including a 12 cup maximum output and the ability to schedule your coffee every day! We love that the coffee maker features a charcoal water filter and that it has a self-cleaning function to help prevent calcium buildup over time. The coffee maker has a separate hot water dispenser that can be used for hot chocolate, soup, tea and other hot beverages. It comes with a convenient brew pause feature, making it easy to get a cup out of the pot before the entire brew cycle is complete. With a 3-year warranty and an excellent selection of features, this coffee pot has it all for brewing at home. It can be a bit complicated to use though and will take some practice to learn how to use optimally.

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Things we like:

  • 24 hour programmable
  • How water dispenser
  • Self-clean function
  • High, medium and lower heating plate settings
  • Brew pause feature
  • Charcoal water filter
  • Removable drip tray
  • 3 year warranty
  • BPA free

Things we don’t like:

  • Complicated features

 

Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Filtron Cold Brew


The Filtron cold brew system is one of the most effective ways to produce a top quality cup of coffee that’s lower in acids. The kit features a basic water bowl, coffee bowl and decanter, and when used properly creates a coffee concentrate that can be transformed into delicious coffee whenever you want it. The system is extremely durable and can last through decades of regular use if cared for properly. If you want a cold brew system that works well, is simple design, and built to last, this is the one.

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Things we like:

  • Includes decanter, water bowl and coffee bowl
  • Simple system
  • Long lasting durability

Things we don’t like:

  • A time-consuming process

 

Best French Press

TAOindustry 34oz French Press Coffee Maker


French press coffee is known for having a bold and rich flavor, and this TAOIndustry French Press maker is one of the best options made today. This coffee maker is crafted from durable materials and designed to hold up well over time. It’s made from tough 18/10 stainless steel and comes with a few reusable filters for long-term brewing. We love how insulated this coffee maker is, helping your coffee stay warm for your return trips to the coffee pot throughout the morning. The maker produces up to four cups of coffee at one time, and is simple to clean.

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Things we like:

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Makes 4 cups of coffee
  • Uses reusable filters
  • Comes with helpful measuring scoop
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • • Plastic piece on the lid is slightly fragile

Factors We Considered

Easy to Use

We looked for simple and easy to use coffee makers. When testing for ease of use, we looked at how difficult it is to set timers, what work is involved when filling the reservoir, what it takes to clean the machine, and how difficult any additional features are that are built into the coffee maker. Sometimes the more complicated coffee makers can perform worse on this test specifically because they are more difficult to use.

Easy to Clean

Your coffee maker needs to be easy to clean. Not only the carafe, but all of the smaller parts that are typically hard to clean. Good coffee makers will either have self-cleaning features or can be easily taken apart (and put back together) so that you can clean the parts that are harder to get to. If you don’t clean your coffee pot often, you increase the likelihood for calcium and mold buildup, especially for the older models.

Durability

Good coffee makers should last for years of regular use. When looking at durability, the first thing we looked at is the carafe that comes with the maker, if there is one at all. We tested the feel and overall construction of this container to see how breakable it is, because it’s going to be the part moving around the most. After looking at the carafe, we looked at all the other moving parts to determine possible weak points on the coffee maker. The machines with the fewest number of weak points were deemed the most durable during our testing period. We also focused on coffee makers that use thick plastics and metals for maximum strength.

Value

Of course, we want to make sure that you’re getting the best coffee maker for your money. After all, we’re consumers too! We eliminated 5 brands where we thought the quality of the coffee maker didn’t live up to the expensive price point.