Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker review – one of the sleekest models on the market

The Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker is a simple, streamlined coffee maker that looks great and makes a delicious coffee

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker
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Homes & Gardens Verdict

This stylish drip coffee maker is easy to use and well-designed to make delicious coffee. Find our more in our Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker review

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

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Zwilling, whilst new to the drip coffee maker scene, has been around for decades. The German Giant is best known for making quality kitchenware, especially knives. Their coffee maker certainly embodies their signature sleek design, but is it any good?

I’ve heard and read a lot about the Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker, mostly because the style stands out against many of the other best drip coffee makers. It’s made quite an impact among many reviewers, so I was keen to see whether this comes through in the quality and flavor of the coffee.

I took Zwilling’s drip coffee maker to our test kitchen where I used it to brew everything from a single-serving to a full, 12-cup carafe. Whilst I loved the product and my cup of coffee, some functional quirks could be quite divisive.


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Dimensions13.7 x 12.8 x 6.02 inches
Weight6 lbs
Capacity12 cups
Water tank capacity48 oz
MaterialsStainless-steel boiler, plastic body, glass coffee pot


Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker

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The Zwilling Enfinigy Coffee Maker comes in a compact box, neatly protected by recyclable cardboard inserts and thankfully there’s minimal plastic. As I lifted it out of the box, I was surprised by how compact and lightweight it felt.

It doesn’t take up much space on the counter and I must say, in comparison to so many other drip coffee makers, it looks great. That said, on closer inspection, I was surprised that some of the parts appeared to be a bit plasticky and more flimsy than I expected for a coffee maker in this price range.

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker

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There’s not really any setup required, the coffee maker comes out of the box pretty much ready to go. But there were a few things I felt were missing. It would have been nice if Zwilling included some filter papers in the box to get you started. I didn’t have any and my local grocery store was out, so I had to wait for an Amazon delivery before I could start using it. It doesn’t come with a coffee scoop either, though this isn’t essential.

Who would it suit?

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The minimalist aesthetics puts this in top spot for modern kitchens. It’s smaller than most drip coffee makers, which is perfect for narrow countertops too. 

The pared-back design reflects some pretty simple controls, so this is better suited to those who don’t want to get technical, adjusting every setting. However, I wouldn’t caution that the dial controls take some learning (I had to consult the instruction manual), so if you’re not very techy, you could get exasperated with the first few uses of the Zwilling. 

It’s also worth noting that this only has a 30-minute timer on the hot plate. This is for the sake of your coffee flavors, but it’s nevertheless frustrating if you want a carafe that all the family can sip from when it suits them. 

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker

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Once switched on, the backlit display shows a clock, which you’ll need to set to the correct time if you want to use the timer, it’s simple to adjust though. Five symbols illuminate around the central control dial, these are descaling, water hardness, blooming, timer, and brewing/cup selection. That’s it, there are no other functions, which makes it very uncomplicated to get to grips with. But at the same time, it means you don’t get many options to influence the final result.

Before you can get your first taste of a coffee, there are a couple of things to do. First up, the machine has to be filled up to the MAX mark and run through a brewing cycle with just water, this cleans all the components and removes any dust from the packaging and transportation process.

Next up you’ll need to set the water hardness, a simple process that involves turning the dial to the applicable icon and selecting one of three water hardness options. The thing is, there’s not a water hardness test strip included in the box, so this relies on you knowing the water hardness in your local area. And though many of us roughly know what type of water comes out of our faucets, if you’ve recently moved house you might not.

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker with the lid open

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The glass carafe and the water tank have corresponding cup marks at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 cup intervals. The carafe sits on a hotplate which stays hot for 30 minutes after brewing but then switches off automatically and this can’t be adjusted or extended.

There’s a blooming function that can be switched on or off. Blooming allows for better flavor and aroma extraction by pre-infusing the coffee grounds with water to release carbon dioxide before brewing. If blooming is activated, you’ll need to select the number of cups you’re brewing too, which means the brewing process is optimized for the number of cups. I always used the coffee maker with blooming switched on, it’s important if you’re using freshly ground coffee. And although my coffee was out of a bag from the store, I still used the blooming function anyway, since it’s designed to improve the taste.

What is it like to use?

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker on a kitchen counter

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My overriding experience of using this coffee maker was one of ease and simplicity. The lack of adjustable settings means you’re not standing in front of it at 6 am scratching your head, trying to figure out what temperature you want to brew at or which strength to select.

I would, however, have liked a little more guidance in the manual. It doesn’t tell you exactly which coffee filters you need and since they come in several sizes, this meant I had to guess. So you know, cone filters in size 4 work great. I also had to guess how much coffee to use, I went with what it said on the coffee pack, which is one dessert spoon per cup, then tweaked it to my preference. But it would have been nice to have some guidance from Zwilling, especially for people grinding their own beans.

After brewing, it doesn’t beep to alert you that it's finished, but the cup symbol stays illuminated. Coffee comes out at roughly 185 degrees, though I did notice it was cooler when I only brewed the minimum amount. It’s also quiet in use, averaging a gentle 55dB on my noise meter.

Test 1: two cups

Adding ground coffee to the filter

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Two cups is the minimum amount this coffee maker can brew. The process is simple, fill the water tank to the two-cup mark, and add your filter paper and coffee. Turn the dial to the start brewing icon, if you activated blooming you’ll need to select the two-cup option here, then hit start.

Finished two cups in the Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker

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Brewing took around 3 minutes from start to finish and the temperature of the coffee was a pleasant 162.5 degrees. The carafe was filled to just below the two-cup mark. This barely gave me enough to fill one average size mug, which is fine if you’re topping it up with milk, but if you like it black your mug won’t be full. In my experience though, it’s pretty common for coffee maker cup markings not to translate into everyday mug sizes. 

Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker finished making 2 cups next to a bag of coffee

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Test 2: six cups

The process for making six cups is the same as two cups, but obviously, the water tank is filled to the six-cup line and you add the appropriate amount of ground coffee. I added four heaped dessert spoons.

It made enough for two decent-sized mugs of black coffee or if you’re adding milk, it’s enough for around three smaller mugs and the brewing took just five minutes from start to finish.

Pouring hot coffee into a mug

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Test 3: twelve cups

Twelve cups is the maximum amount it can brew in one go and the process is the same as above. It took around seven minutes to complete the brewing cycle, which is pretty speedy. I poured out two mugs and left the rest on the hotplate to see how it fared. It stayed hot for the first 30 minutes since the hotplate was on during this time, but after an hour the temperature dropped by 68 degrees to a much cooler 151 degrees.

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Test 4: timer

Like all the other settings, using the delay timer was easy. Just select the timer function and adjust the time to the time you want it to start brewing. The timer symbol stays illuminated so you can see at a glance that it’s set. Just don’t forget to add your coffee and water too. 

The flavors

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Obviously, as with any coffee machine, you’ll get the best possible flavor by using freshly ground beans, but for most of us that’s not a convenient weekday option. So to ensure it could still produce good coffee, even if you don’t grind your own beans, I used store-bought ground coffee.

Considering I was using regular pre-ground coffee from the grocery store, the flavor was good. I chose an organic Columbian 100% arabica medium roast ground coffee, that’s supposed to taste sweet, nutty, and aromatic. It was brewed with a deliciously nutty flavor and wasn’t bitter or burnt and in my opinion, this coffee maker makes it easy to produce a tasty and enjoyable cup of drip coffee.

The design

This coffee maker has been awarded the SCA’s Golden Cup Standard, which is the Speciality Coffee Association’s seal of approval that means this machine meets its standard and can produce a high-quality cup of coffee.

It’s clear that Zwilling has put a lot of focus on the design, shape and style of this coffee maker and it certainly does look good on the counter. Inside, it features a corrosion resistant stainless-steel boiler, plus the wide stainless steel shower head allows for even coffee moistening during blooming.

A bloomed coffee filter pre-infused in the Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker

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The central dial and button, coupled with the backlit display means that when it’s switched off it looks neat and streamlined. That said, in bright sunny rooms, the display struggles to be bright enough to be seen clearly.

It’s effortlessly simple to use, but for some, it might just be too simple. If you want to extend the time the hotplate is on for or adjust coffee temperature or strength, you’re out of luck.

I think it’s slightly let down by the plasticky feel of the water tank lid and the way the carafe lid falls open as you pour out the last of the coffee. Furthermore, the glass carafe feels thin and I was constantly in fear of knocking it against something and cracking it.

The water tank lid

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Zwilling drip coffee maker in black on the countertop

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The good thing about using filter papers is that you can easily lift the coffee grounds out of the appliance and it makes cleaning mess-free. I then rinsed the filter funnel and carafe after each use and wiped the hotplate if any drips had fallen onto it. A quick wipe over the rest of the machine keeps it looking great, fortunately, the matte finish doesn’t mark easily.

The carafe lid and aroma hopper (which is part of the lid) can go in the dishwasher along with the filter funnel, but this certainly isn’t necessary after every use. The glass carafe is not dishwasher safe though.

As with all coffee makers, you’ll need to describe the appliance periodically. It’ll alert you when it requires descaling, by illuminating the descale light. Once you’ve added water and a descaler, the process is automatic, so you can walk away and leave it. Then it just requires another run-through with water to rinse away any residues.

How does it rate online?

KitchenAid Drip Coffee Maker next to the Zwilling Enfinigy drip coffee maker

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The Zwilling is a popular drip coffee maker. You'll find it in plenty of buying guides for the best filter coffee makers on the market, thanks to its minimalist design and simple range of functions. All reviewers didn't fault the taste of the coffee either. In fact 'perfect', 'aromatic', and 'light' came up for almost every review. Lots of people said that the carafe was nice to pour from. Add in the easy pre-sets and programmable timer and this got full marks for ease of use. 

The only criticisms I can find for the Zwilling are that it's expensive. Some other people say that a 30 minute timer for the hotplate it too short, but it's deliberate. If coffee is left on a hotplate for too long it ends up tasting stale and burnt. Whilst an insulated carafe would fix that problem, I don't see it as a big drawback of the Zwilling.

How does it compare?

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This high-end European coffee maker is one of the top drip coffee makers I’ve seen looks-wise, but it’s not as robust as many on the market. If, like me, you’re prone to a bleary-eyed and somewhat clumsy approach to your morning coffee routine, you might want to consider a machine with a solid stainless steel carafe.

With its glass carafe and limited 30-minute hotplate time, the Zwilling Enfingy isn’t the best option if you want a carafe of hot coffee that’ll last for hours. In this case, the equally simple and similarly priced  OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker with its thermal carafe might just be what you’re looking for. It lacks the handy programmable timer though.

The beauty of this coffee maker is in its simplicity. But if you want a drip coffee maker with different brewing modes and adjustable settings, I’d recommend you look at the Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker.

This coffee maker requires single-use paper filters and arguably it would be more eco-friendly to have included a reusable metal mesh filter. But this becomes less of a concern if you buy compostable filters and add them to your home compost with the coffee grounds.

One notable point is that replacement parts are not readily available. So if you break the carafe or filter funnel, that’s the end of the machine (unless you can source a suitable alternative from another brand). Ideally, I’d like to see replacement parts and accessories that are easily replaceable to prolong the life of the appliance and reduce the environmental impact.

Should you buy it?

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There’s no denying that this is a pricey coffee maker, but for the money, you’ll get a good-looking machine that’s easy to use. And if you want something that looks great on the counter whilst also being able to produce delicious drip coffee, without having to memorize the instruction manual, then I’d say it’s worth the money.

If you want lots of adjustable settings and brewing options, however, this isn’t the machine for you. Likewise, the quality of some of the parts lets it down and if you need a super robust coffee maker that can stand up to knocks and busy family life, you might be better looking at other options. Plus, the 30-minute limit on the hotplate might be a deal breaker for those who want a pot of coffee that stays hot all morning.

Having said all that, it’ll look great in a contemporary, minimal kitchen and it’s not an appliance you’ll want to hide away after use.

Helen McCue
Contributing Editor

Helen McCue is a freelance contributor who trained as a Home Economist. After starting her career in the food industry, she moved into home appliance reviews, utilising her cooking skills and experience to put all kinds of products to the test, and over the years has reviewed hundreds of home and kitchen appliances for a variety of publications.

Having completely renovated her current house, Helen reviews kitchen appliances from her open plan kitchen at home in a beautiful Berkshire village. When she’s not working, Helen can be found enjoying the local countryside or dreaming about her next house renovation project.