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Best drip coffee makers 2023: tested by our experts

If you love coffee as much as I do, the best drip coffee makers will become a fixture in your kitchen. Here are my top picks

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Some of us require copious amounts of coffee to function, while others can get their days started with just a single cup. The common link: the best drip coffee maker is a must-have.

I, along with a number of our product testers, trialed a wide range of drip coffee makers to ensure that only the best ones made this list, and earned a spot on your kitchen counter. The parameters? Drip coffee makers should be easy to use, so we tested all the functions and settings over a few weeks, examined special features, plus checked how easy each appliance was to clean. 

Of course, the most important part of our testing process included ensuring consistent, dependable flavor and temperature. After all, who doesn't love to want to wake up to a glorious and fragrant cup of coffee?

The best coffee makers of all types need to be well-priced, too, and this also affects each drip coffee maker's rating. Keep reading to see our best buys. 

The best drip coffee makers of 2023, as tested by our team

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OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee MakerH&G gold badge

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1. OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Best drip coffee maker, overall

Specifications

Cups: 8
Dimensions: 13.5" x 10.5" x 7"
Warranty: 2 years
RRP: $199.95

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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Space efficient 

Reasons to avoid

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The water tank isn't removable
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Not programmable

The OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker is one of a handful of home drip coffee makers that meet the Specialty Coffee Association's Golden Cup Standard – though we should note several of these brewers have made our list or were considered. This certification means that the brewer reached the association's standards for water quality, coffee-to-water ratio, grind/particle size distribution with a temperature between 195 and 205 degrees, and a brewing time of fewer than eight minutes for the best cup. The OXO brews a whole pot in less than six.

Why we love it
Amazing coffee doesn't have to be fussy, and sometimes, we think it's necessary to skip bells and whistles to get to the good stuff. OXO's 8-Cup Coffee Maker makes a great cup of coffee each time, it's reliable and attractive. Plus, the fact that it has the ability to brew a single cup is very nice. 

Key features
OXO forgoes complicated settings, and instead focuses solely on the drip coffee. Brewing is a breeze with just two buttons: a switch to toggle between the full-carafe or 1-4 cups and power. OXO's BetterBrew precision brewing system controls water temperature, volume, and brewing time, all of which contributed to its Golden Cup Standard rating. to get the right cup every time, I'll use the included measuring scoop for the perfect cup every time. OXO recommends using 2 Tbsp per 1- cup, but we found that 3:4 ratio of coffee to cups was just as rich, and slowed down how much coffee we were going through.  

 A rainmaker showerhead evenly distributes water over the grounds. The OXO uses a leak-proof double-wall, vacuum-insulated thermal carafe that keeps your coffee's temperature without the need for a hot plate, which could burn the coffee. 

Also, should you want just to brew a single cup of drip coffee (i.e., the 1-4 cup option) sans coffee pods, the OXO brew includes an optional single-serve accessory to enhance the flavor for one-mug brewing. 

Good to know
Now, what the coffee maker does not have: is programmability or timers to fuss with. We thought we'd miss being able to program, but if you're really keen on having the best coffee, you're more likely to ground fresh beans every morning than let grounds sit overnight. 

We also love its slim profile that can tuck into small spaces. The water tank, however, is not removable and does not include a filter. 

Breville Precision thermal brewerH&G gold badge

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Best drip coffee maker for coffee perfectionists

Specifications

Cups: 12
Dimensions: 12.4” x 6.7” x 15.7”
Warranty: 2 years
RRP: $329.95

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design and slim shape
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6 preset brewing modes
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2 filter baskets
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Temperature control
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3 flow rates
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LCD screen
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Stainless steel carafe

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Water tank is not removable

Now, if you're the type who loves to experiment with their drip coffee specifications and tailor-make their coffee down to bloom time, well, the Breville Precision Thermal Brewer will have your coffee routine transformed.

Why we love it
Not many coffee makers offer the level of customization that Breville's various presets and customization features give, and it brews consistently delicious coffee every time. Our tester Terri says 'The coffee maker’s small footprint makes it ideal for those without a lot of space, and the beautiful design appeals to people who believe aesthetics is as important as performance.' 

Key features 
The coffee maker has six pre-set brewing modes, including Strong, Gold (meets SCA requirements for a Golden Cup Standard), Fast, Over Ice, and Cold Brew, but the real magic is you can even customize (and save) settings for temperature, bloom speed, and flow rate. Everything is precisely down to your desired specifications, and it's easy to operate with the LCD screen and control dial.  It’s programmable too, so you can set it to start brewing before you wake up, but if you do sleep through the smell of fresh coffee, the thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for a longer time without the risk of burning the coffee as a hot plate can. Depending on the amount of coffee you choose to brew (up to 12 cups), there are also two filter baskets: a cone-shape and a flat-bottom filter, which is recommended to use when brewing more than 8 cups. 

Good to know
The coffee maker itself is not cheap, but the price reflects the materials (stainless steel parts), advanced technology (Thermo Coil Heating System), and customization features. We never felt limited by our options.

Our Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker review has more details.

Ninja Dual Brew ProH&G gold badge

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3. Ninja DualBrew Pro

Best drip coffee maker for variety

Specifications

Cups: 12 cups/ 60 oz.
Dimensions: 11.39" L X 9.13" W X 15.54" H
Warranty: 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Slim design
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Touch-screen feels high end 
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Brews a variety of sizes from 2 to 55 oz. to minimize waste
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Built-in measuring scoop and whisk-style milk frother
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Hot water option
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Option to go pod-free, use K-cups, or brew 12-cups

Reasons to avoid

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Not intuitive to use out of the box
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K-Cup Adapter has to be removed to brew a carafe
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Specialty coffee concentrate is not a true espresso and requires clean up to brew specialty-serve consecutively

There's no shortage of coffee combinations that you can make with the Ninja DualBrew Pro: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Specialty (sort of like a super-concentrated espresso), various cup sizes ranging, a built-in milk frother, and even a hot water dispenser. But the real selling point is the opportunity to alternate between a k-cup compatible machine to a 12-cup coffee maker. 

Why we love it
There are really many reasons to love the Ninja DualBrew Pro, and it's the machine my family uses daily for its caffeine needs with the ability to choose to use K-cups or coffee grounds or have a quick hot water source. The fold-away milk frother means lattes have never been easier, and the built-in coffee scoop takes out any measuring guesswork.

Key features
The Ninja DualBrew Pro is one of the most feature-laden coffee makers we've seen in some time with numerous brewing options and cup customizations. The removable Ninja Adapter Pod works with K-cups and is removed to make single-cups up to carafe sizes. It arrives inserted into the filter basket, and though it took some time for me to figure out, once you know how to use the DualBrew Pro and its many features, switching between grounds, k-cups or the hot water dispenser becomes muscle memory. 

Good to know
The latest update feels high-tech with a digital touch screen that automatically knows which setting to use, and we're very into the boxy retro design. It doesn't take up much space on your countertop either, which is nice, though you'll want to find a space to store the K-cup adapter when brewing with grounds... but it's a small price to pay for not needing two coffee units out.  The DualBrew Pro Specialty Coffee Maker is like having your own coffeehouse on your kitchen counter.

best coffee maker All-in-One Coffee & Espresso MakerH&G gold badge

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Best drip coffee maker for coffee, and espresso too

Specifications

Tank size: 32oz.
Pressure: 15 bar
Dimensions: 17.5in x 14in x 12.25in
Warranty: 1-year
RRP: $299.95

Reasons to buy

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Variety of coffee and espresso options
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Run both drip coffee and espresso maker at the same time
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Superb value
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24-hour programmable timer

Reasons to avoid

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Wider than a standard coffee machine
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No built-in grinder, and espresso side is loud

The DeLonghi All in One Combination Coffee Maker is your perfect machine if you like to switch up your coffee routine by the day, or even the time of day, for when you crave either a classic cup of coffee or espresso for a caffeine boost.

Why we love it
Two machines in the footprint of one, of course. Our tester Terri says, "Most of the De’Longhi All-in-One Combination Coffee Maker’s features can be summed up in its title. A machine that does everything – and does it well – can’t be overstated." While the Ninja DualBrew Pro is great for the coffee lover going between single or multiple servings, the Delonghi All-in-One is built for those who want coffee and espresso at home.

Key features
The De'Longhi All-in-One Combination Coffee Maker conveniently replaces the need for you to invest in both an espresso maker with an advanced milk frothing steam wand and a drip coffee machine. It has a digital touchscreen control, a Bold brew setting, an updated front-loading water tank, and a spillproof glass carafe. 

It comes with attachments that allow you to brew up to 10 cups of filter coffee, as well as a portafilter for single and double shots of espresso, and can work both sides of the machine at the same time. And it functions with ESE pods. 

Good to know
The espresso side has a 15-bar pressure pump for authentic espressos brewed at the optimal pressure and a steam wand to prepare your favorite lattes. Depending on how familiar you are with the espresso brewing process, it may require a learning curve, but it's so worth it! 

Our De'Longhi All-in-One Combination Coffee Maker review has more details.

Moccamaster KBGV Select Rose GoldH&G gold badge

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Best drip coffee maker to splurge on

Specifications

Filter type: Paper
Water filter: Yes
Warming plate: Yes
Programmable: No
Cups: 10
Dimensions: 6.5 x 12.75 x 14 in.
Warranty: 5 years
RRP: $359- $379

Reasons to buy

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Tons of color options from metallics to neons 
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Quiet operation and fast brewing
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Meets SCA and ECBC qualifications for the perfect cup of coffee
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Drip coffee maker that resembles the pour-over experience

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for minimal functions
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Set up and installing takes a little getting used to

When we see someone with a Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select in their kitchen, we know they're someone who is very serious about their coffee. So, if you're looking to invest in your coffee machine, or perhaps you're swayed by the striking, boxy design... either way, you're in for a caffeine-fueled treat. 

Why we love it
Moccamaster coffee makers are simply built differently. We're enamored with its extremely quiet operation and can speedily brew a whole 10-cup pot in as little as six minutes. Together, the Moccamaster meets the qualifications set by the Specialty Coffee Association and the European Coffee Brewing Center as the perfect cup of coffee, and it makes a pretty tasty brew. Plus, the fact that they're available in a ton of colors from chromatic neutrals to even neons and bold primary hues is a reason for anyone looking for a machine that goes against the norm.

Moccamaster also offers a lengthy five-year warranty, and should any part start to deteriorate, the machines are made modularly to make it easy and sustainable to replace parts without having to replace the entire machine. 

Key Features
The Moccamaster is another machine that meets the rigorous qualifications set by the Specialty Coffee Association and the European Coffee Brewing Center for making the perfect cup of coffee.  It most closely resembles the experience you get from the best pour-over coffee makers, with its exclusive 9-hole drip arm that ensures even extraction and a smooth flavorful cup of coffee.  The KBGV Select offers the additional functionality to choose between brewing a half or full carafe to optimize brewing. 

Good to know
The Moccamaster is entirely handcrafted in the Netherlands, including the unique copper heating element that maintains that your coffee always heats between 196 and 206 degrees Fahrenheit, while the separate hot plate will maintain the glass carafe at temperatures between 175 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 100 minutes before shutting off. 

Our Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Coffee Maker review has more details.

Braun BrewSense

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6. Braun Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker

Best value coffee maker

Specifications

Cups: 12
Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 11.25 inches
Warranty: 1 year
RRP: $109.95

Reasons to buy

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Frequently available for under $100
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Programmable
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Pure flavor technology ensures your coffee comes out just right

Reasons to avoid

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No strength or temperature control

The sleek-looking Brew Sense Drip Coffee Maker will look great on your countertop, makes a great cup of coffee, and can consistently be found for under $100.

Why we love it
It makes great-tasting coffee, for one, and has a design that makes it look a lot more expensive than it is. If you're after a basic coffee machine that has everything you need, and nothing you don't, the Braun Brew Sense is a great option. It ticks the boxes for those looking for programmability, water filters, a permanent gold-filter option, and a hot plate that shuts off automatically... and sometimes that's all you really need.

Key Features
You'll find a lot of flexibility with the Braun BrewSense, with the ability to brew as little as 11 oz. or a full 12-cup carafe. Braun uses pure flavor technology to ensure your coffee is made at the right temperature and brewing time to extract the best coffee flavor and aroma. 

Good to know
The machine includes standard features like a brew-pause functionality, a charcoal filter, and a cleaning feature that can be customized to different water hardness levels.  It does not however offer any ability to adjust machine temperature or brew strength. You have the option to use its included gold-tone filter, or your paper filters.

Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew, 12-Cup Glass

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7. Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew

Best drip coffee maker with a built-in grinder

Specifications

Cups: 12
Dimensions: 8.74" x 11.96" x 16.34"
Warranty: 3-years
RRP: $199.99

Reasons to buy

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The built-in stainless steel burr grinder
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Adjustable grind size and coffee strength
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Programmable 
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Available with thermal or glass carafe
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Hopper holds a half-pound of whole beans

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to clean
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It's large
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Grinder is loud

It's true that the best-tasting coffee comes from freshly ground beans, and the Cuisinart Grind & Brew perfectly grinds the beans for you and then delivers piping hot coffee straight into your carafe.

Why we love it
Grinding is an essential part of getting delicious coffee, but it sure is nice when a coffee maker can do it for you, and take out a step, and perhaps another small appliance in your kitchen. Coffee will never have tasted fresher.

Key Features
The hopper can hold up to 1/2 lb. of whole beans and has a completely sealed design to keep your beans from connecting with air. When brewing,  you'll select a strength option, and the number of cups, and the machine automatically doses the correct amount of beans to use with a stainless steel burr grinder.  Once brewing is complete, the hot plate stays on for four hours. If you can find the Thermal version in stock, the thermal carafe fits up to 10 glasses, compared to the glass version's 12, and promises to keep coffee hot for hours, but does not offer up a specific length of time. It's also fully programmable and comes with a charcoal water filter. You can also turn off the grinding feature if you want to use pre-ground coffee.

Good to know
As this Cuisinart Grind & Brew includes some more complicated components than a standard coffee maker, it does have a more involved cleaning schedule and users report that the grinder is really loud. One Amazon reviewer compared it to 'a mini jetliner on take off.'

vertuo next best nespressoH&G silver badge

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Best single-serve drip coffee maker

Specifications

Tank size: 37oz.
Dimensions: 16.97in. x 5.5in. x 12.52in.
Warranty: 1 year

Reasons to buy

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Makes coffee and espresso
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Made with sustainable materials
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Can brew five different cup sizes, plus an 18 oz. carafe
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Can be purchased with or without milk frother
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Many color options

Reasons to avoid

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Pods create waste
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Smaller pod capacity

Nespresso remains one of the most popular pod coffee brands, and Nespresso's Vertuo Next brews up both delicious coffee and espresso at the touch of a button.

Why we love it
Who wouldn't love delicious coffee just popping in a pod? With 16 standard coffee blends and dozens of specialty recipes, we've yet to grow bored with the numerous flavors available to try. And when paired with the Nespresso Aeroccinno, we have lattes at home within minutes. Our reviewer Louise says, 'The fast heat-up, single-use-button and automatic brewing adaption, means there’s little to no effort needed to get a great cup of coffee. No panicked rush figuring out which temperature you’d like or accidentally pushing the wrong symbol when you’re in a rush for work. Rather, all you need to do is grab a mug, choose your pod and you’re good to go. Oh, and make sure the water tank isnt empty.' So easy. 

Key Features
At 5.5 inches, the Nespresso Vertuo Next can easily fit into tight spaces... it's also made of a 54 percent recycled plastic body that doesn't skimp on color options. The 37oz. water tank capacity is enough to get you through a few espressos before having to refill.  

The Vertuo system is not quite a drip brewing method. Rather, the machine uses a Centrifusion brewing system to extract its flavor, which results in a beautiful crema layer. Vertuo also uses technology to deliver the optimal cup, taking into account cup size, pressure, brewing time, and temperature by scanning a barcode on each capsule.

Good to know
Unlike other Nespresso models, the Next can also brew an 18oz. carafe for when one cup isn't enough, as well as the standard 5oz., 8oz., and 14oz. options and single and double espresso shots.   

Our full Nespresso Vertuo Next review has more details.

Café Specialty Drip Coffee MakerH&G gold badge

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Best smart drip coffee maker

Specifications

Tank size: 45 oz.
Dimensions: 14” H x 7.3” W x 12.5” D
Warranty: 1 year
RRP: $329

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design
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Temperature and brew-strength control
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Wi-Fi enabled
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Choice of thermal or glass carafe

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

With a name like Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker, you would think this smart design would be complicated to use. Well, as feature-laden as this wifi-equipped and SCA-ranked drip coffee maker is, we've found it incredibly easy to use. 

Why we love it
Beyond looking absolutely stunning on your counter — it comes in a choice of three colors, finished with a rose gold trim — Cafe has delivered us a hardworking coffee machine. If the idea of controlling your coffee maker from bed or tinkering with settings down to the single digits appeal to you, well, this is drip coffee maker gets you one step closer to automating your kitchen into a smart kitchen. Our tester Terri says, 'It’s aesthetically appealing (to the nth degree), while also functional, providing precise temperatures and a variety of brew strengths.' 

Key Features
Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the ability to control the Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker via Wifi. It works in conjunction with the SmartHQ app, Alexa, and Google Home, meaning you can brew and adjust settings with either your phone or voice. But what's most important: the quality of the brew. The Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker has four core coffee settings: auto brew, precision brew to get coffee to a specific temperature, Gold Brew, which brews according to the SCA's Golden Cub Standard, and custom brew that lets you control your coffee's strength. It can brew up to 10 cups at a time, and is available as a glass or a thermal carafe, according to your preferences.

Our full Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker review has more details.

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee MakerH&G silver badge

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Best looking drip coffee maker

Specifications

Cups: 12
Dimensions: 13.7" x 12.8" x 6.02"
Warranty: 1 year
RRP: $270

Reasons to buy

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Programmable timer
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Blooming function
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Simple to use
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Stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Hotplate only stays on for 30 minutes

We hold to the belief that your kitchen appliances need to contribute to the design of your kitchen as much as it functions for you. Zwilling's first drip coffee maker is sure to be a standout, with its stunning ridged design on the water tank.  

Why we love it
This drip coffee maker does exactly what is intended: makes smooth drip coffee. It's also easy to clean and maintain. And looks pretty attractive on your counter. 

Key Features
Beyond good looks, Zwillings Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker can make up to 12 cups of coffee, offers a unique Blooming function for increased flavor and aroma, and can be programmed.

What sets it apart from others is its unique ridged water tank and a streamlined backlit display with a single knob that gives it an elevated look. Our discerning reviewer thought the plasticky part of the water tank did deter from what she was expecting but that's also a common feature of most of the machines on the market. Internally, the coffee maker has a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel boiler, plus the wide stainless steel shower head allows for even coffee moistening during blooming.

Good to know
An interesting design choice, the hot plate only stays on for 30 minutes following brewing, so if you want to let your coffee sit for long periods of time, this may not be the machine for you. 

Our full Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker review has more details.

How we review the best drip coffee makers

The Homes & Gardens' review process is editorially independent, and all of our reviews are based on real-life experiences of using them at home. 

Our coffee experts test out all the functions and settings over a period of time and examine special features and design, ease of use (including brewing and cleaning), and value for the money. Alongside our hands-on testing, we also research online user reviews and ask experts to see what wins them a spot in our guide. 

The products are given to us free of charge. Often times we are able to keep the coffee makers, which gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it's fared over a period of time.

If we have reviewed a coffee maker in our guide, it will have a rating out of five stars and we will clearly state this in the summary of each product, as well as mention if it has an accompanying full product review. Some of the drip coffee makers in our guide have been fully reviewed on other Future Homes websites, and we've carried their ratings over, where necessary. 

For more insight into our hands-on review process, refer to our Homes & Gardens review guidelines.

Our testing team includes: