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Best drip coffee makers 2024: tried and tested by the experts

With the best drip coffee makers, you can brew quick and convenient coffee that still tastes good

One of the best drip coffee makers, the Moccamaster KGBV select in orange
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A Bodum Bistro Programmable Coffee Maker

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: OXO Brew 8 Cup
3. Best capacity: Breville Precision Thermal Brewer
4. Best for espresso: De'Longhi All-in-One
5. Best luxury: Technivorm Moccamaster
6. Best smart: Café Specialty 10 Cup
7. Best for beginners: KitchenAid Artisan
8. Best value: Bodum Programmable
9. Best classic: Smeg Drip
10. Best grinder: Breville Grind Control
12. How we test
13. Meet the team
14. FAQs

Not every coffee drinker has patience to grind their own beans and froth their own milk before they enjoy a morning brew. If you're tight on time and money, you might prefer one of the best drip coffee makers to an expensive machine with all the bells and whistles. 

There are customizable coffee makers that offer full temperature control, as well as simpler machines for less complicated brews. There are more premium products, which retail for a few hundred dollars, and more affordable options that sell for a fraction of the price. In fact, there are so many kinds of drip coffee makers that it can be difficult to know where to start.

That's where I come in. As a former barista, I've worked with some of the best coffee makers on the market. Now, as a jobbing journalist with a morning commute, I appreciate the convenience of a drip coffee maker. I've assembled eight of the best machines to suit every style of kitchen and size of budget. 

The whole point of drip coffee makers is that they're easy and quick to use, but the best should still produce quality coffee. I ranked each machine on the basis of depth of flavor, consistency of temperature, ease of cleaning, and the all-important price. I also tried and tested any special features to give you the fullest possible picture of what it might be like to use this product.

The quick list

We'll into the specifics further down. For now, these are the best drip coffee makers at a glance.

The best drip coffee makers we recommend in 2024

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The best drip coffee maker overall

Best overall drip coffee maker

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Brew a single cup or a full carafe
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Meets SCA Golden Cup Standard requirements
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Space-efficient 

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to clean
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Not programmable
Buy it if

✅ You want to make uncomplicated coffee: the OXO is easy to use and makes a great brew.
✅ You own a lot of stainless steel kitchen appliances: this metallic coffee maker should blend right in.
✅ You're on a budget: this is one of the more affordable coffee makers on the market. 

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want something quick and easy to clean: it's hard to reach down inside the non-removable water tank.
❌ You're shopping for a smart machine: there's no auto-start function or pre-set brewing modes.
❌ You want to brew a lot of coffee at once: this coffee maker has a limited 40-oz. capacity. 

The bottom line

🔎 OXO Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker includes everything you need in a coffee maker, from super-fine filters to capacious brew baskets, and gets rid of everything you don't. 

This little machine makes gold-standard coffee. We were impressed on test by the depth of flavor and smooth consistency of each cup. You don't have to take our word for it: the OXO Brew 8-Cup Coffee maker is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association for its smooth-sipping brews.

Less than fourteen inches tall, this coffee maker is compact enough to clear low cabinets and fit into narrow nooks. It might look small from the outside, but it's big on the inside, with the capacity to brew everything from a single shot of coffee to eight steaming mugs. 

In comparison to some of the other coffee makers on this list, the OXO Brew isn't a smart machine. You can't activate the machine through an app, or by the power of your voice, and you can't schedule your morning brew before you go to bed. However, this drip coffee maker does incorporate BetterBrew precision technology, so that you can control your machine's water temperature and brew cycles.  

The OXO Brew is easy to use, but it's much more difficult to clean. The water tank is not removable, so you'll have to reach right down inside the pitcher to give it a good scrub. Since you can't pop out the water tank and fill it up from the faucet, you'll have to collect water in a cup or a kettle and pour it in manually. This sort of inefficient design might not be a dealbreaker, but it does get pretty irritating. 

You can find more detail in our OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
FlavorDelicious brews, every time★★★★★
RangeEverything from a single shot to eight cups★★★★
Ease of cleaningWater tank is not removable★★
PriceReasonable RRP★★★★

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