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Let's face it: mornings can be a slog. At least, until we've spent some quality time with a cup of coffee. For a lot of us, coffee is the key ingredient that gets us excited to start a robust, productive day. And excluding those who get their caffeine fix from a coffee shop, that means a good home coffee maker is crucial.
That said, there's no one home coffee maker that's perfect for everyone. Plenty of people are happy with a standard drip coffee machine. Other people only want Nespresso coffee machines. And some need something a little fancier.
Luckily, we're living in a heyday of at-home coffee brewing. So we scoured the marketplace and asked our coffee-enthusiast friends for their favorite at-home brewers and the items they have sitting in their carts, waiting for a sale. The result? A list of 15 of the top-rated coffee makers, with an option for everyone, whether you want a plain mug of Folgers every morning or a barista-scale cappuccino.
Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System ($180)
This coffee maker is not only convenient; it's versatile too. As my personal choice as the best overall multi-tasker, the Ninja DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee System works with both coffee pods and classic percolating methods, offering a variety of volume and grounds sizes to ensure the perfect amount and strength. Additionally, this machine comes with a handy frother to create delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
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Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker with Auto Pause and Glass Carafe ($32)
No fuss, no frills — just a good ol' cuppa joe. This Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker is a classic percolator. But it has one cool feature you'll be grateful for every morning: the Grab-A-Cup Auto Pause, which allows you to grab a lifesaving cup before the brew cycle is complete sans spillage (who doesn't need that?). This machine is easy to use and easy on the wallet, making it the go-to choice for coffee lovers on a budget.
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Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker ($319)
Perhaps you're in the market for a little more pizazz and precision when it comes to your perfect brew. With Breville's Prevision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker, you can make up to 60 ounces of "Gold Cup Standard" coffee. When utilizing the maker in this mode, the brewer automatically adjusts water temperature and brew time to ensure that you are receiving the most aromatic and tasteful cup possible. Additionally, this brewer comes with a drip adapter to enable pour overs.
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer ($70)
The Keurig K-Mini coffee maker is perfect for that college student or coffee lover that simply doesn't have space for another kitchen appliance. The slim and portable design of the K-Mini brewer allows for quick and easy K-cup brews within minutes without the fuss or flare of traditional K-Cup coffee makers. What better way to satisfy that before-class craving?
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OXO Brew Single Serve Pour-Over Coffee Maker ($18)
Pour Over is not only a great option for those experimenting with different coffee strengths and flavors, but is a lifesaver when it comes to portability and — from my own experience — when the power goes out during those pesky summer storms. This OXO option has measurement markings on it to make it easier to create a perfect cup of coffee, and a lid to trap heat while your cup is brewing.
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Chemex Pour-Over Glass 6-ounce Coffee Maker ($47)
You really can't go wrong with CHEMEX coffeemakers. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, "I have written over 350 reviews on products for Amazon, and this is, by far, my most enthusiastic euphoria with a product." CHEMEX products are made from the same high-quality glass used in labware, and this specific carafe can hold up to 6 cups - perfect for sharing (but of course, if you drink it all, we won't judge).
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Bruvi Single Serve Coffee System ($398)
While single-serve coffee pods are convenient, they aren't the most earth-friendly option, as using them creates a significant amount of waste. According to the Bruvi website, their system uses proprietary bio-enzyme infused pods that break down in landfills faster than other pod options through an organic process that leaves no microplastics behind.
This system allows coffee-lovers to make seven different beverages, including filter coffee, true espresso and Americanos, and cold brew.
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KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker ($95)
With hot summer days approaching, our cravings for cold brew are only growing stronger. This KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes it easy to satisfy that craving. Simply fill with your choice of coffee and cold water, let it steep, and enjoy. This machine fits perfectly on any counter or in any refrigerator, and with the added steel tap, it's easy to dispense cold brew whenever you get the craving. As a bonus, cold brew can last for up to two weeks in the fridge, so go ahead and make one big batch to save you time.
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Bodum "Chambord" French Press Coffee Maker ($30)
With Bodum's Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, you can really feel like you're in a classic French café (someone pass the croissants!). With its classic style originally designed in the 1950s in honor of the iconic Château de Chambord and still produced in Europe today, you can bring a little bit of Paris into your home kitchen — for about what you'd spend on a week's worth of Starbies runs.
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Le Creuset Stoneware French Press ($75 to $88)
There are a few advantages to a stoneware French press, like this beautiful option from Le Creuset. For one, it's more durable than glass French presses, which is good news for klutzes. It may also help trap heat for longer, so you can linger over your coffee. It also comes in gorgeous color options. But it's just as easy to use to make the perfect cup of coffee or espresso.
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BELLA Personal Espresso Maker with Steam Wand ($45)
For those espresso fiends on a budget, the BELLA Personal Espresso Maker allows for personalized brews without the hustle and bustle of traditional espresso makers. With the turn of a knob, you can make delicious lattes, Americanos, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. And with smaller brew sizes, this is an ideal option for the solo espresso aficionado who needs that morning - or afternoon - lift.
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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine ($600)
I think we all look at the Breville Barista Express Espresso machine and swoon. This machine allows users to grind the beans directly before extraction, and with interchangeable filters and an option of either automatic or manual operation, you can cater your espresso brews to your specific tastes. You have lots of control over your cup of espresso, and can choose from various grind sizes and temperatures, and with the added steam wand, you can create the oh-so-delectable milk texturing found at your favorite coffee shop.
Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Maker + Coffee Grinder ($131, originally $150)
This coffee maker gives you the option of using pods when you're out of coffee beans or short on time. But it also lets you pour in your own coffee beans, which the machine then grinds directly into the filter cup, simplifying your morning routine and letting you brew a more custom cup.
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Smeg '50s Retro Style 10-Cup Drip Coffeemaker ($200)
Like all Smeg products, the retro-style coffee maker will add nostalgic flair to your kitchen. But there's nothing retro about its performance. It offers two intensity settings that let you customize the aroma and flavor of your morning cup, and comes with an earth-friendly reusable filter.
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