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Over the years, we’ve tried nearly every method of making coffee, from cold-brew coffee makers and the Chemex to moka pots and Moccamasters. For people who want pour-over-quality coffee as well as the convenience of an automated machine, we recommend the Bonavita Enthusiast 8-Cup Drip Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe. Of all the methods we’ve tested, we think the Enthusiast offers the best ratio of flavor to effort. But if you’re looking for an espresso machine, a coffee grinder, pour-over gear, and more, we have other recommendations, too. Green Sand Moulding Machine

The 7 Best Coffee Makers of 2024 | Reviews by Wirecutter

Our pick Bonavita Enthusiast 8-Cup Drip Coffee Brewer with Thermal CarafeThe best drip coffee maker This stylish brewer consistently makes delicious coffee. It’s fast, easy to use and maintain, and has a compact and attractive design.Buying Options$250 from Sur La Table

This stylish brewer consistently makes delicious coffee. It’s fast, easy to use and maintain, and has a compact and attractive design.

This stylish brewer consistently makes delicious coffee. It’s fast, easy to use and maintain, and has a compact and attractive design.

Who this is for: Anyone who wants a solid drip coffee maker to make a pot of great-tasting coffee that stays hot for hours. If you already own a good grinder (the most important part of any coffee setup), and you pay a premium for gourmet beans, this machine will get the most out of them.

Why we like it: The Bonavita Enthusiast 8-Cup Drip Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe is fast and convenient, with features like a removable water tank and an optional bloom function (which pre-wets your coffee, for more-even brewing and smoother flavor). In our tests to determine the best drip coffee maker, we found that this brewer made some of the best coffee of all the ones we tried, producing a nuanced, well-balanced pot. The coffee maker has a handsome and nicely compact design, with a well-made thermal stainless steel carafe that pours easily and keeps coffee hot for hours.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Enthusiast doesn’t have an auto-brew function that would allow you to program the machine to brew a pot before you wake up. (If that’s a priority, get the OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Maker, another pick in our guide to drip coffee makers).

There’s no drip stop on the filter basket, which means it will drip a bit when you remove the carafe after brewing.

The 45-minute descaling program is slow, taking over twice as long as other brewers we tested with similar functions.

While some other brewers in this price range are covered for two or more years, the Enthusiast has only a one-year limited warranty.

Brew time: less than 8 minutes

We’ve been testing coffee makers since 2014, and we think the Bonavita Enthusiast 8-Cup Drip Coffee Brewer offers the best combination of convenient features and delicious coffee.

This easy-to-use machine consistently brews hot coffee at the right strength.

Who this is for: Someone who wants a decent, low-fuss drip coffee maker for under $100. This machine will brew reliably good coffee whether you use freshly ground or pre-ground beans, so this an especially good choice if you typically buy the latter.

Why we like it: Among the budget drip models we tested, the Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker CE251 made the most balanced and the hottest cup of coffee. It has convenient, simple-to-use features, like different settings for a classic or richer taste, and its removable water tank is easy to read and fill. This model was also intuitive enough to program, so it’s suitable for shared kitchens.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: We had issues with the carafe’s lid: It screws on and off, and it’s not as easy to use as the flip-top lids on some of the other models we tested.

Of all the coffee makers under $100 that we’ve tested, the Ninja CE251 makes the best-tasting coffee, and it is easy to use.

Out of all the pour-over drippers we’ve tested, the Kalita Wave 185 made the best-tasting coffee most consistently.

Who this is for: People who want a manual, inexpensive method for making great-tasting coffee, and one that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Why we like it: The pour-over method is simple, and it produces delicious coffee. By having more control over the brewing process, you can hone each variable to get the most flavor out of the beans. Of all the drippers we tested in our guide to the best pour-over coffee makers, our favorite was the Kalita Wave 185, because it produced the most-consistent, even, and flavorful cup of coffee. Its flat bottom promotes more even drainage, which makes it easier for beginners to master.

In addition to the glass model shown here, you can also get a ceramic or stainless steel version of this dripper. All perform about the same.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: In comparison with an automatic drip coffee maker, a multistep, gear-intensive method of making coffee can be a bit complicated, especially if you’re groggy first thing in the morning. But the Kalita Wave 185 is more forgiving and easier to master than many drippers.

Also, the Kalita Wave uses proprietary filters that are more difficult to acquire than standard Melitta filters. They are, however, available on Amazon or in specialty coffee shops.

We’ve collectively tasted more than 350 cups of coffee over the years to find the best easy-to-use dripper for making pour-over coffee.

This inexpensive French press has an innovative filter that consistently makes cleaner, more-nuanced coffee than the competition.

Who this is for: People who want a super-simple, quick method of making coffee. This is great for coffee drinkers who want something that’s easy to learn and master.

Why we like it: The Espro P3 French press produces consistently clean, bright, flavorful coffee. It has a bucket-shaped double filter, with finer mesh than that found in most French presses. This keeps coffee as close to grit-free as you get with a pour-over (and noticeably more so than coffee made in our runner-up pick, the Bodum Chambord). Once the Espro is plunged, it keeps the grounds away from the coffee, so your java doesn’t take on bitterness from oversteeping. In our tests, the last cup we poured tasted as good as the first—even a full hour later.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Glass presses will never be as sturdy as their stainless steel counterparts. All glass beakers are delicate and will break if you drop them or knock them too hard. In the event that the Espro P3 does break, you can buy replacement parts, including beakers and filters.

The Espro P3 is not as visually appealing as some other French presses, like the Bodum Chambord, with its classic stylings. And the double filter makes it a little tricky to clean. But we didn’t find the Espro to be that much harder to clean than any other French press, and we think the results are worth any of these tradeoffs.

After brewing and drinking over 75 pots of coffee, we think the cleverly designed Espro P3 is the best French press for making a bold yet balanced brew.

OXO’s cold-brew maker has the best-looking design, plus some clever aspects that make it easier to pour from and to store. The brew it makes was often a favorite of panelists.

Who this is for: For people who want to make better iced coffee. Compared with simply refrigerating hot-brewed coffee, cold-brewing with a slow exposure extracts fewer bitter flavors. So you’ll get a sweeter, milder-tasting coffee.

Why we like it: The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is our pick for the best cold-brew coffee maker because it’s well designed and easy to use, and in our tests it produced a more-consistent, flavorful cup of coffee than other models. It made cold coffee with balanced acidity, a stronger aroma, and a cleaner finish.

This brewer makes enough cold brew concentrate to yield about 12 to 14 servings of coffee, which should last all week. But if you’re short on space or prefer to make less at a time, OXO also makes a compact cold brew maker that’s just as easy to use.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Some of our testers thought the Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer (our runner-up) made a smoother, mellower cup of coffee. But others liked the stronger, bolder flavor of coffee from the OXO. Plus, we found our pick easier to use than the Filtron (which is a bit more cumbersome).

Capacity: 32 ounces (yielding 24 to 28 ounces of cold brew concentrate)

We’ve been testing cold-brew coffee makers since 2016. The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes the tastiest brew and is the easiest to use and clean.

This potent little machine is fast and easy to use, and it will impress beginners and experienced baristas with its consistent espresso shots and silky frothed milk.

This coffee grinder has the finer, more precise settings that are needed to make the best espresso.

Who this is for: People who like good coffee and want to make quality espresso (or espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, and Americanos) at home.

Why we like it: The Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine stood out in our tests for the best espresso machines for beginners, pulling consistently great-tasting espresso shots more easily than other machines. It was also the simplest to use, featuring the best documentation and most user-friendly design. The Bambino Plus’s steam wand was easily the best of those on the under-$1,000 machines we tested, and it has an automatic function that produces cafe-quality steamed milk at the press of a button. This model comes with a lot of accessories and a place to store them. And it’s available for a reasonable price.

When you’re making espresso, a good grinder is just as important as a good espresso machine. Our coffee-grinder picks, though great at grinding beans for drip or pour-over coffee, lack the finer, more-precise settings that are needed to make the best espresso. The Baratza Sette 30 accurately produced fine espresso grinds. In our tests, it performed the best in its price range.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: In our tests, the Bambino Plus made the most consistently good espresso, but it did not make the absolute best espresso (the pricier Breville Barista Touch won that crown). The preprogrammed double-shot setting on the Bambino Plus cut off the extraction too quickly during our initial attempts. But reprogramming the shot volume, using a phone timer, was easy. Finally, the Bambino Plus lacks the dedicated hot-water dispenser that’s included with other Breville models, but you can dispense hot water through the steam wand .

After spending more than 120 hours researching and testing espresso machines, we think the Breville Bambino Plus is the best option for beginners.

The Essenza Mini makes the same exact espresso as $400 Nespresso machines, but it has no unnecessary features.

Who this is for: People who are interested in convenience and speed. A Nespresso is the fastest, most effortless way to make an espresso-like drink—all you have to do is pop a capsule into the machine and press a button.

Why we like it: The Essenza Mini is our pick for the best Nespresso machine because it’s small and mighty, capable of making the same espressos and lungos as any other Nespresso machine in its line. We’ve determined that all of the machines make identical drinks, so the least expensive one is your best bet. Nespresso pods are expensive compared with a cup of drip coffee brewed at home, and they don’t all taste great. But the real appeal of Nespresso is its ease, speed, and consistency.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: In exchange for its compact size, the Essenza Mini has a 20.3-ounce water tank and a reusable tray that can accommodate just six capsules, the smallest of any Nespresso machine. But then again, both are easy to refill and empty. The Essenza Mini did struggle slightly in our testing after brewing dozens of back-to-back espressos. This may be a problem if you plan on churning out lungos from your Essenza Mini for a large dinner party. But if the machine sputters or stops, let it rest for a minute and it should be good to go again.

Water-tank capacity: 20.3 ounces (enough for eight espressos)

All Nespresso machines make identical drinks. We recommend the Essenza Mini because it does the job without taking up much space and without unnecessary extras.

This no-frills workhorse coffee grinder produces a super consistent grind.

Who this is for: If you want to take coffee seriously, the most important item in your brewing setup will be a good-quality burr grinder. Unlike blade grinders, which randomly chop coffee beans into smaller and smaller pieces, burr grinders pulverize coffee beans between two sets of burrs and deliver a much more uniform grind, resulting in better-tasting coffee.

Why we like it: The slim and trim Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder is priced lower than most of the competition—about $150, compared with about $200 for anything else in its echelon. In our testing for the best coffee grinders guide, the Encore performed as well as or better than any home grinder we tried. It grinds beans quickly and evenly and is simple to use and adjust. And because it’s easy enough to clean, maintain, and even repair, you’ll use it for years to come. The Encore makes it supremely easy to produce a great cup of coffee.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Encore is a very simple machine. It has an on/off switch only, so it doesn’t allow for a timed grind (whereas the Baratza Virtuoso+, our upgrade pick, does). It can take a long time to grind on a very fine, espresso-like setting. And like all of the machines we tested, the Baratza machines can be messy when grinding coffee, spreading dust and chaff over the counter.

We’ve been testing coffee grinders since 2015 and have yet to find a better value than the consistent, reliable, and repairable Baratza Encore .

This 1.7-liter stainless steel kettle quickly brings water to the temperatures needed for optimum flavor from tea or coffee.

We recommend this gooseneck kettle for anyone preparing pour-over coffee or for tea lovers who will geek out over its spot-on temperature accuracy.

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Who this is for: The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle is for anyone who needs to bring water to a boil to make French press coffee, pour-over coffee, or tea. The Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle is best for people preparing pour-over coffee (the gooseneck spout offers better aim) or for tea lovers who will geek out over its spot-on temperature accuracy.

Why we like it: The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle topped all of the competition in our tests for the best electric kettle guide (this model has been our pick since 2013). The PerfecTemp offers a winning combination of speed, accuracy, and ease of use. Its handle has buttons with preset temperature settings, which is pretty useful since different coffees and teas require different brewing temps. In addition, if pour-over coffee is your jam, you’ll appreciate the precise aim and smooth pour of the Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle’s gooseneck spout. It had the most accurate temperature controls among all of the models we tested.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although the Cuisinart CPK-17 had better accuracy than most of the other kettles we tested, we found that it wasn’t as accurate at hitting lower temperatures; when we set it to 160 °F, it measured 8 degrees over. Because this model has a slew of other noteworthy features, we’re willing to forgive its minor temperature variances at the lowest setting.

As with the lids of most gooseneck kettles we tested, the Cuisinart Gooseneck’s lid doesn’t open at the push of a button—you have to pull it off manually, which can be tricky when the kettle is hot. Also, like most gooseneck kettles we tested, the Cuisinart Gooseneck lacks a water-level window.

We’ve received feedback from some readers who said their CPK-17 broke down after about a year, and we heard from others who found the markings wore off the buttons. (The gooseneck kettle is newer, so we haven’t heard as much about its reliability). But many others report this kettle has lasted them for years, and the one we’ve been using in our office looks nearly new after years of use. When we analyzed Amazon reviews of a number of electric kettles, we found they all seemed to have similar rates of failure (small when compared with the number of kettles sold). Cuisinart, at least, covers its kettles with a three-year warranty, whereas most manufacturers cover theirs for just one year.

Cuisinart CPK-17  capacity: 1.7 liters; temperature settings: six preset heat settings

Cuisinart GK-1 capacity: 1 liter; temperature settings: adjustable in five-degree increments, from 140 °F to 212 °F

This article was edited by Anna Shults Held and Marilyn Ong.

Through multiple rounds of testing since 2013, the Cuisinart CPK-17 has remained our favorite electric kettle. It’s fast, accurate, and easy to use—all at a great price.

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Though getting the most out of your beans is important no matter how you drink your coffee, it’s especially important for those who drink their coffee black. We think pour-over methods make the best black coffee. They’re a simple, consistent way to brew coffee, with flavor dimensionality you might not get from a machine. And the paper filters used with our pour-over picks reduce residue, resulting in a cleaner-tasting cup, compared with coffee made in a French press. That said, our French press pick, the Espro P3, uses a mesh double-basket filter, which makes a cup that’s pretty close to pour over.

Buy whole beans in small batches. Coffee beans lose flavor over time. Keeping the beans whole and storing them at room temperature in an airtight container—we like the Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Storage Containers—will keep your coffee from turning bitter or absorbing ambient smells. Grinding them just prior to use with a burr grinder will ensure that the coffee is ground evenly, resulting in coffee that is flavorful and balanced.

For the most consistent cup, weigh your beans using a kitchen scale, rather than measuring by volume. Beans and grounds don’t settle the same way in a spoon every time, and the coffee-to-water ratio can make the critical difference between a good and bad brew. The American Weigh Scales LB-3000 Compact Digital Scale is the most accurate 0.1-gram scale we’ve tested.

Arguably, the best ways to make coffee are often the cheapest. You can get a quality pour-over dripper for about $25 and a French press for about $40. However, hand-pour methods can still require other gear, like grinders and kettles. The grinder especially is worth spending a little more money on. Our burr grinder pick, the Baratza Encore, costs nearly $150, compared with a budget blade-style grinder which runs about $25, but ensures a more consistent, flavorful cup.

For automated makers, they’re worth springing for up to a point. We tested espresso machines and learned that many machines under $500 aren’t worth buying—espresso requires durable hardware and precise temperature and pressure control, which are costly. For drip coffee makers, a $100 coffee maker will make better coffee than a $40 coffee maker. After a certain point, though, the price difference comes down to user interface and design, rather than coffee quality.

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We’ve been testing cold-brew coffee makers since 2016. The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes the tastiest brew and is the easiest to use and clean.

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