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Best coffee makers 2024: tested by a barista

Find the best coffee makers which can master effortless espressos to gourmet pours. These are our barista and expert testers' top picks.

One of the best coffee makers, the KitchenAid Drip coffee maker
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: OXO Brew 8 Cup
3. Best drip: Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select
4. Best for beginners: KitchenAid Drip Coffee
5. Best value: De'Longhi All In One
6. Best automatic: Philips 3200 Series
7. Best French press: Espro P7
8. Best espresso machine: Breville Bambino Plus
9. Best range of coffees: De'Longhi Eletta Explore
10. Best programmable: Breville Precision
11. Best single serve: Cuisinart Grind and Brew
12. Best cold brew: OXO Good Grips
13. Best iced coffee: Ninja Dual Brew
14. Best moka pot: Bialetti Classic
15. Just missed the list
16. How we test
17. How to choose

There are just two factors which will ensure you’re brewing cafe-quality coffee at home: owning one of the best coffee makers and using good beans. The beans are easy to shop, but the machines can be a little trickier. 

That's because there's a huge range of options on the market, and they all promise you the world. Some of them deliver a better cup of coffee than you'll find in a café. Others will make little more than hot bean water. Luckily for you, I’ve tested dozens of coffee makers. From French presses to bean-to-cup machines, you name it, I've brewed in it.

As a former barista, I’ve had years of experience in the industry, and know first-hand the technicalities behind what makes the best coffee maker. In the past eight months alone, I’ve worked my way through testing more than fifty of the best coffee makers on the market. I’ve tasted the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the bitter, so that I can filter out the very best that the market has to offer you. 

If you're looking for an artisanal approach to your coffee, I've covered the best pour-overs and French presses. However, if you want quicker coffee which is still delicious, our team have tested the best drip coffee makers, bean-to-cup machines as well as the best single serve coffee makers on the market.

The quick list

Here's a quick tour of our tried-and-tested favorites. We'll give you the headlines here and if you want to know more, we have detailed reviews further down the page.

The best coffee makers 2024

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The best coffee maker overall

1. OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Capable, compact and top-quality - perfect for drip coffee drinkers

Specifications

Coffee Type: Drip
Dimensions: 13.5" x 10.5" x 7"
Cups: 8
Warranty: 2 years

Reasons to buy

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Brew a single cup or a full carafe
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BetterBrew precision brewing meets SCA Golden Cup Standard requirements
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Simple to use

Reasons to avoid

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The water tank isn't removable
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Not programmable
Buy it if

✅ You love drip coffee: this makes the best drip coffee out of all our tests It's faultless.

✅ You live in a large household: whilst this can brew a single cup of coffee, it can also make up to eight servings, perfect for busy homes 

✅ Simplicity is your priority: this isn't complex to use, so if you're after a straightforward machine, look no further

Don't buy it if:

❌ Customization is important: there are no programmable features, so you will have to manually adjust coffee strength

❌ You like milky coffees: this is a specialist in drip coffee, but can't manage anything else. If you need variety, there are plenty of other options

❌ You need easy cleaning: the water tank isn't removable, so when you're doing a deep clean, you'll struggle

The bottom line

🔎 OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker: quality and simplicity are at the heart of this drip coffee maker. It's the best on the market and doesn't come with a huge price tag, and it meets the Golden Cup Standard for coffee

With its 8-cup coffee maker, OXO forgoes complicated settings, and instead focuses solely on the coffee. It still is one of a handful of home coffee makers that meet the Specialty Coffee Association's Golden Cup Standard and can brew a whole pot in less than six minutes. 

The brewing process is extraordinarily simple. Just indicate brew size and power on, and you'll have one of the best cups of drip coffee you've ever tasted. And if you want just a single cup, OXO incorporates an attachment that makes it simple to make single-serve coffee without pods. Once brewing is complete, OXO nixes the hot plate for a leak-proof double-wall, vacuum-insulated thermal carafe that keeps your coffee's temperature for hours. 

However, unlike other drip coffee makers, the OXO isn't programmable or customizable, so you'll have to manually adjust your coffee strength and keep an eye on the machine. The water tank isn't removable either, so it's tricky to clean. Finally, it's worth bearing in mind that this is just a drip coffee coffee maker. It's delicious, but can only make one style of coffee, so you need to look elsewhere for espressos and flat whites. 

There's more detail in our full OXO Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
FlavorThis is the fullest flavored drip coffee we've tasted★★★★★
ValueReasonably priced, especially for the quality★★★★★
RangeOnly variety is amount of coffee, not coffee type★★
CleaningA fixed water tank makes it really hard to deep clean★★