10 of the Best Drip Coffee Makers for a Starbucks-Worthy Cup of Joe

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While single-cup coffee makers are all the rage these days, a drip coffee maker is still one of the best ways to make coffee at home. It's simple, easy to use and makes a reliably consistent brew every time. Just add your grounds and the right water ratio, and after a few minutes, voila! You'll have a fresh cup of coffee.

So whether you're just looking for your morning caffeine fix or want to make the best-tasting brew possible, we're rounding up some of the best drip coffee makers on the market.

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The Best Drip Coffee Makers At A Glance


Best Overall

Keurig K-Duo Single Serve K-Cup Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker

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Best High-Tech Option

Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

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Best Compact Option

Krups Simply Brew Drip Coffee Maker

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Best Thermal Option

Black+Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker

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Best Grinder and Maker Combo

Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker

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How We Chose the Best Drip Coffee Makers

We choose our drip coffee maker options for this list based on overall reviews (both in-house and online), vetting for quality, durability, what features it has (such as a variety of pot sizes, dishwasher-safe parts or a timer) and brand reputation, as well as price point and overall value. We also included a mix of standard drip coffee makers as well as interesting ones with useful twists. In our selections, we also considered models that are labeled as being Specialty Coffee Association, or SCA-certified (more on that in the FAQ's at the bottom of this story).

Best Overall

1. Keurig K-Duo Single Serve K-Cup Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • drip coffee brewer and pod coffee maker
  • easy to set up
  • good for beginners

What We Don't Like

  • drips a little after brewing


Get the best of both worlds with this coffee maker, which combines a drip coffee brewer with a single-serving coffee maker you can use with Keurig-compatible pods. The large carafe is easy to clean and can brew from 6 to 12 cups using either paper filters or Keurig's own gold tone mesh reusable filter accessory (sold separately). We love that it's easy to clean, has a hot plate underneath to keep coffee warm and provides two ways to make your morning java.

"We make a pot on the weekends and use the Keurig side on the weekdays," says one reviewer, who also refutes a major con we'd heard about this model: "For all the reviews saying the spout on the pot spills everywhere, it does not."

Best High-Tech Option

2. Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • Wi-Fi and smart home-enabled
  • 10-cup capacity
  • auto-brew function

What We Don't Like

  • expensive


Go high-tech with this 10-cup machine that is Wi-Fi enabled and smart home-compatible so you can simply use a voice command to get a brew going when combined with the Smart HQ app, Alexa, or Google Home. The sleek design will look amazing on any kitchen countertop. Brew from one to 12 cups, customizing each to your personal tastes, including not only temperature but also choose among four different brew strengths. Plus, it has an auto-brew function so you can make your coffee almost entirely hands-free.

"Well I am happy to say, this machine makes one delicious cup of coffee!" says one review. "My first reaction to my first brewed sip was WOW, this cup is smooth! It was super smooth, sweet and delicious!" 

Best Compact Option

3. Krups Simply Brew Drip Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • compact size
  • keeps warm function
  • pot is dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like

  • only 5 cups max


If you don't need to brew a dozen cups at a time, or have limited counter space in the kitchen, this coffee maker from KRUPS is an ideal choice. It's compact in design and makes up to five cups—just enough for two people to have early and late morning cups. "This is really a personal-size coffee maker," says one review. "Its footprint is about half a sheet of notebook paper. It’s well made and has nice-looking stainless steel and black decor."

Bonus: The pot is dishwasher-safe and the filter is permanent and reusable to help reduce waste (it also works with paper filters if you prefer 'em).

Best Thermal Option

4. Black+Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • customized brewing options
  • double-walled carafe
  • no-drip spout

What We Don't Like

  • only lasts a few years


Thermal coffee makers—which keep a pot of coffee warm longer—can sometimes be tough to clean, but with a handy cleaning brush, it's simple enough. And this model from Black+Decker is among the best, with a large-capacity thermal carafe that is double-walled and vacuum-sealed so you'll get fresh coffee that will stay hot for much longer than with a glass carafe. It has customized and small-batch brewing options. The Evenstream Showerhead, meanwhile, evenly dispenses the water over the coffee grounds so you get maximum flavor extraction. Topping off the features is a no-drip spout, making this machine a welcome addition to any kitchen.

"Pleasantly surprised by the quality and ease of use," reads one review. "The coffee tastes smoother and less bitter than my fancy Cuisinart with its paper-thin glass carafe. I LOVE this heavy duty thermal carafe!"

Best Grinder and Maker Combo

5. Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • 2-in-1 coffee grinder and brewer
  • 24-hour programming
  • insulated carafe

What We Don't Like

  • expensive


There aren't many machines that can both drip-brew coffee and grind the beans, but this one from Cuisinart is among the best you can buy. It has a built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper so you can pop in up to half a pound of your favorite fresh coffee beans and select the strength, intensity and volume of the brew so it grinds them to perfection. With a permanent filter and charcoal water filte—along with auto shut-off, brew pause and 24-hour programming, not to mention the double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe—this machine is a dream for someone who wants coffee at home that rivals a local café, at a fraction of the price.

"If you want a coffee maker with all the bells and whistles, just buy this one," says one review. "It's expensive but totally worth it for something I use so often. (I brew at least two pots of coffee a day.) This is my second one of these coffee makers. My first lasted 5 years before it just wouldn't pump the water."

Best for Customization

6. Breville Precision Brewer Drip Coffee Machine

What We Like

  • 6 preset modes and customizable setting
  • auto adjusts water temperature
  • makes up to 12 cups of coffee

What We Don't Like

  • water can get trapped in carafe's lid and drip, some say


Get a cup of coffee as personalized to you as you could order from the barista at Starbucks with this machine, which lets you use either preset modes (a total of six, including iced and cold brew) and My Brew setting for customizing everything from bloom time to temperature and flow rate. Using the Gold Cup Standard model, the machine will auto-adjust water temperature and brew time to meet SCA standards.

Reviewers particularly love the "Gold" mode preset: "In truth, I've had it for a month and haven't messed with all the settings. I just set it to 'Gold' mode and [it] brews an amazing pot of coffee every time. Setup is not as difficult as some would have you believe, and once you've decided on the right coffee-water ratio, the Gold brew mode is really all you need."

Best for Variety

7. Ninja CFP301 DualBrew Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • dual-brewing capabilities
  • independent hot water system
  • frother included

What We Don't Like

  • coffee grounds can end up in K-cup brews


Another versatile pick, this coffee maker lets you use a filter and the included glass carafe to brew up to 12 cups of coffee at a time, or you can insert K-Cups (or compatible alternatives) to prepare a single-serve cup. But those are far from the only options: The machine includes a fold-away frother when you want to serve fancier drinks like cappuccinos and lattes, and the independent hot water system can be used to heat water for tea, soups and hot cocoa. We love the multi-position reservoir as well, which allows you to position the coffee maker in the way it fits best on your counter.

"I really liked how you could set so many brew sizes and the ability to brew 1/4 carafe if I wanted a few cups without having to make two individual cups," says one review.

Best High End

8. Moccamaster KBGV Select Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • quick
  • copper boiling element
  • delicious brew

What We Don't Like

  • expensive


If you're really serious about getting barista-caliber brews at home, consider a machine like this one that works for brewing either full or half carafes, and automatically stops the brew when the carafe is removed. It uses a natural pulse action and pre-immersion drip-style system to make sure you're squeezing every last bit of goodness out of your coffee grounds. The copper boiling element, meanwhile, heats the water in a jiffy so you get a full carafe in six minutes or less, with little noise. Plus, you can control the temperature so it's exactly as you like it, from 196°F to 205°F. The hot plate, meanwhile, will keep the coffee warm so you can go for a second cup that has the same temperature and aroma as the first.

"This is the best coffee maker I have bought by far," declares on review. "It's insanely quick (no waiting forever and ever for the drip, drip, drip of that first cup), and it makes me feel much less horrible no longer using the landfill-bound K-Cups. It doesn't hurt that the copper color gives it the appearance of some fabulous Italian cappuccino science lab kit."

Most Affordable

9. Hamilton Beach Programmable Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • budget-friendly
  • extra features
  • easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • not super durable

Hamilton Beach

For something simple that will give you a decent cup of coffee to rival Starbucks' basic blends, this Hamilton Beach coffee maker will do the trick nicely. Even though it may not have as many bells and whistles as many of the others on this list, it still has the most crucial features covered, like three brew options, a timer, auto-pause and serve, and a non-stick hot plate. If you're on a tight budget, this is a great option.

"We were almost about to purchase a new Mr. Coffee machine until I came across this one," says one review. "It had the same features as the Mr. Coffee but was $10 cheaper. I was hesitant at first, but I'm glad I gave this machine a shot. For the price I paid, I can't complain. It makes good coffee and has a few nice features that you won't find on [a] cheaper machine, or even others in this price range!"

Best Value

10. Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker

What We Like

  • pre-infusion mode
  • one touch operation
  • insulated carafe

What We Don't Like

  • not the largest capacity


A good Goldilocks option, the Bonavita coffee maker sits firmly in between many of the others. It can brew up to 8 cups and has a double-walled thermal carafe to keep a pot warmer, longer. SCA-certified, many of the removable components are dishwasher-safe, allowing for easier clean-up. It even has a neat feature called pre-infusion mode that wets the roasted ground coffee first to degas it before brewing, which allows for optimal flavor. And it's priced right in the middle of the pack.

"My husband and I researched to find the least expensive mid- to upper-priced coffee pot that had good reviews and could do what I want, and finally settled on this one," says one reviewer, who lauds it for making "a nice, smooth cup of coffee" and "the carafe keeps the coffee pretty warm for a while"—even without a hot plate under it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Makes A Drip Coffee Maker "Good?"

There are several pros to a drip coffee maker, though namely, they're valued for how easy they are to operate and because they allow you to brew up to 10 to 12 cups at a time. They also require minimal clean-up and attention: Add the grounds and water, press a button and let it do its thing. Some people love to prep the machine the night before so they can simply tap the button before getting ready in the morning and have piping hot coffee ready for them. (You can also seek out a drip coffee maker with a timer so you don't even need to tap the button: The machine will start brewing automatically at a specified time.)

Drip coffee makers with thermal carafes keep coffee hot for longer, so you can enjoy one cup in the morning and still have a second cup later in the day without having to run a second brew. (You shouldn't keep coffee in the carafe, however, for more than a few hours.)

Drip coffee makers are more eco-friendly than single-cup coffee makers, especially if you opt to use a permanent and reusable filter, since you aren't throwing away pods (though there are recyclable pods). They are also more affordable in the long run: ground coffee, especially when purchased in bulk, and paper filters are nominal in price versus single-cup coffee pods. If there are multiple people in the home who drink coffee, they are also more efficient since you can have a full pot brewed in minutes versus each person having to brew their own cup.

What Is SCA Certification?

An SCA-certified coffee maker is one that has been certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This confirms that the machine has met the Association's rigorous testing for factors like proper water temperature, brewing time and the ability to brew within recommendations.

Coffee brewers that meet all the qualifications can include the SCA certification label, which recognizes is as an "exemplary home brewer." If you're looking for additional confirmation of the machine's performance, SCA certification is a good visual to provide added peace of mind.

How Do You Clean a Drip Coffee Maker?

It's very important to keep your drip coffee maker clean to prevent mold and mildew growth, as well as a build-up of mineral deposits from the water. This involves not only cleaning but also descaling it.
Thankfully, periodically cleaning the machine is really simple. To remove mineral build-up, fill the reservoir with a combination of distilled water and white vinegar, then run a few cycles without coffee grounds to clean it out.
Some machines also work with specially branded descaling kits or solutions designed for cleaning. It's recommended to do this at least every few months to keep the machine working like new. Essentially, whenever you need to buy a new box of filters, it's time to clean and descale the machine.
In terms of standard exterior cleaning, take off any removable parts, which will likely include the carafe, brew basket and brew chamber, and scrub them with a gentle sponge, dishwashing soap and warm water. Then, leave them to air dry or dry them off on your own and put them back in place. Some drip coffee maker parts may be top-rack dishwasher safe, but check the owner's manual to be sure.

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