This Sunday is International Coffee Day, and to celebrate we decided to look back at all the coffee makers we’ve covered here at Kitchn. We’re talking about the tried-and-true, can’t-live-without-them coffee makers our editors and writers feel passionate about.
Honestly, if there’s one thing that people take very personally and seriously, it’s their coffee routine — but that just means there are endless tips and recommendations to sift through. Brew a cup of Joe, get cozy, and check out our roundup of all the best coffee makers we’ve personally reviewed.
1. Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
Our Lifestyle Director, Lisa, thinks the Technivorm Moccamaster is the best drip coffee maker, contrary to Wirecutter’s opinion. The main draw is that it doesn’t drip coffee onto the counter once the carafe is pulled out, and is easy to clean — two complaints Lisa had with her old drip coffee maker. It’s expensive, but totally worth the investment if you can’t survive without your daily coffee.
Buy: Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer, $319 from Amazon
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2. Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Maker
If you’re a fan of the pour-over method, our writer Sharon Franke recommends the super budget-friendly Melitta. Simple and unfussy, the Melitta brews 10 cups and can be perched over a carafe or a mug depending on your needs. Sharon has perfected her own pour-over strategy through the years, and swears by this little workhorse for the ideal brew every time.
Buy: Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Maker, $14 from Walmart
3. Ovalware RJ3 Cold Brew Maker
Our Lifestyle Director, Lisa, recently tested this ultra-popular cold brew maker and loved the results (it does have over 1,500 5-star reviews, after all). After letting it sit overnight in the fridge, the coffee tasted great, and was free of errant grounds. Lisa remarked that she appreciated the glass design, as well as the reusable metal filter — and cleanup was super easy, too.
Buy: Ovalware RJ3 Cold Brew Maker, $29.99 from Amazon
4. Nespresso by De’Longhi Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aerocinno Frother
After spending 25 days in French Airbnbs and seeing them everywhere, our writer Dana McMahan just had to get her own Nespresso machine. She loves the reliably strong, creamy coffee this machine makes, and, thanks to the pods, appreciates the range of flavor options. (And the fact that the pods can be recycled once you’re done with them.)
Buy: Nespresso by De’Longhi Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aerocinno Frother, $146 from Macy’s (normally $313)
5. Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Sharon is a real coffee aficionado — she tested dozens of French press coffee makers, and ultimately selected this one from Bodum as the best for everyday use. With a chrome-plated steel frame and an elegant glass carafe, this is what you imagine when you think of a classic French press. They’re also editor approved: Our News & Culture Editor, Ariel Knutson, has two in her own home.
Buy: Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, $50 from Amazon
6. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
Our writer Sharon has another favorite, if you’re looking for a total upgrade: the Ninja Hot and Cold system. This beast can make both hot and cold coffee, as well as tea, and can brew everything from a single cup to a full 40-ounce carafe. It even includes a coffee scoop (with included storage spot!) and frother if you want to get fancy. Plus it’s a pretty compact size, considering all that it does.
Buy: Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, $229.99 from Amazon
7. Mr. Coffee Advanced Brew Coffee Maker
Close your eyes and picture the coffee maker of your dreams. It’s probably shiny, eye-catching, beautiful — unless you’re our writer Geraldine Campbell. The coffee maker of Geraldine’s dreams is, in fact, the unassuming, under-$20 Mr. Coffee machine. It’s simple, programmable, and brews five cups, plus it’s totally unoffensive sitting on a counter. Don’t judge a book by its cover, indeed.
Buy: Mr. Coffee Advanced Brew Coffee Maker, $18 from Target
8. Bialetti Fiammetta Espresso Maker
A seasoned traveler, our Commerce Director, Mark Marino, picked up this little espresso maker on a recent trip to Italy. Easy to use and even easier to store, the Fiammetta makes strong, piping-hot espresso in no time — and looks good doing it. Bialetti is a popular heritage brand, and really any of their espresso makers are a good bet.
Buy: Bialetti Fiammetta Espresso Maker, $37 from Amazon
9. KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Kitchn editors unanimously agree that KitchenAid’s Cold Brew machine is one of the best of the best. It’s reliable, easy to clean, and small enough to fit on a shelf in the fridge — plus the spigot allows you to dispense right out of the machine, no handling required.
Buy: KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $80 from Amazon
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