It's hard to make great coffee. coffee reasons need to hit hot water for an optimal length of time. This water must also be in a precise temperature range. Only a handful of filter coffee machines can trigger this type of alchemy. And those who don't (which the vast majority are) serve pots that taste really awful.

We have found some notable exceptions in the market. Whether you're brewing perfect lattes, making iced coffee, or want to turn coffee beans into the ideal cup of fresh coffee, you don't have to spend any mint to get the best coffee maker. You can drop nearly $ 500 on a tricked out Ratio eight This is as nice as it can be or on a programmable commercial coffee maker. But all it takes is $ 15 to get Oxos Super Single serve pour over Funnel.

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And in between there are plenty of compelling options for a coffee lover's brew. One is the winner of our editorial team, the Oxo Brew 8 cup, our choice for the best all-round brewer. Another is that KitchenAid Siphon Brewerwho used an ancient technique to produce outstanding and dramatic results. Regardless of your budget, there is a coffee maker on this list that will perfectly suit your drip needs and is the best coffee maker for you. We'll regularly update the list with new products as we test it. We promise you will never have to drink coffee from pods or an old coffee pot again.

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The Oxo Brew 8-cup coffee maker delivers SCA Golden Cup coffee that tastes just as good as our previous favorite, the Bonavita Connoisseur, but Oxo's new brewer is more thoughtful. This drip machine is also supplied with a special filter basket for Kalita Wave filters. The Oxo Brew is compact, elegant and also robust. It also comes with a thermal carafe that neither drips nor spills.

Read our Oxo 8 Cup Coffee Maker Review.

Those looking for lots of coffee in a hurry will love this coffee machine's fast brew cycle. The Bunn Velocity Brew BT drip coffee machine with its stainless steel-lined thermal carafe whips up an amazing Joe coffee pot at an amazing speed. In just 3 minutes and 33 seconds, the coffee machine can deliver full batches of delicious drops to drink.

Read our Bunn Velocity Brew BT review.

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It's hard to find a coffee maker that beats the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer's unique combination of spectacle and quality. It makes a coffee pot out of extremely rich, deep and seductively aromatic coffee. The vintage brewing process based on steam pressure and vacuum suction is also fascinating to watch. No paper filters are required as the Siphon Brewer comes with a reusable stainless steel filter.

Read our Kitchenaid Siphon Coffee Brewer review.

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Think of this kitchen appliance as the Swiss Army Knife in the world of filter coffee machines. The programmable ninja brewer (with nozzle, thermal carafe and reusable filter) offers an incredible amount of flexibility, making it the best coffee machine for those who don't want the same cup all the time. With its milk frother, everything from firm drops to perfect cold brewing to iced coffee and latte-style beverages can be created. The temperature is adjusted according to your wishes. The thermal carafe keeps tea or coffee hot for up to two hours. With this programmable coffee machine, you can even make iced coffee and hot coffee in different sizes, from small cups to full carafes.

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Cold brew coffee is delicious, but it can be painful to make. The cold brewed coffee machine from Oxo relieves the process considerably. This Oxo Brew coffee machine saturates the coffee grounds evenly and lets you drain cold brewed coffee relatively easily into the glass carafe.

Read our Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review.

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Delicious coffee and delicious drops from a product that costs only $ 15? It sounds unlikely, but that's exactly what the affordable Oxo Good Grips Pour-Over offers. Only one drink at a time is made and you have to provide the hot water. Nevertheless, the simple brewer transforms the otherwise complex task of pouring into a simple, clean and almost foolproof one.

Read our Oxo Good Grips review on the coffee maker.

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Judging by the Ratio Eight device, Ratio employees believe a coffee maker should be both beautiful and functional. Starting at $ 495, each brewer is made from a selection of high-quality materials such as walnut, mahogany, and glass. (Both the water container and the carafe are made of hand-blown glass.) Their robust aluminum bases are also available in numerous designs. And yes, the Ratio Eight with its glass carafe also makes an excellent drop.

Read our Ratio Eight test.

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The Dutch company Technivorm has been selling exceptionally good filter coffee machines for decades. The Moccamaster KBT 741 drip coffee machine has a design with clean lines and sharp angles that dates back to 1968, the year the first Moccamaster hit stores. Apart from the retro design, the Moccamaster KBT 741 always offers perfect, freshly brewed coffee that will satisfy coffee connoisseurs. The stainless steel thermal carafe keeps the contents hot for six hours.

Read our Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 review.

A note on testing coffee machines

Evaluating the performance of a coffee maker is more difficult than it sounds. The first step is to know what good filter coffee actually is. According to the Specialty Coffee Association, there are criteria that are critical to brewing quality java. Mainly these are the brewing time and the water temperature. Hot water should be in contact with the floor for at least four minutes and no more than eight minutes. In addition, the ideal water temperature range is between 92 ° C and 96 ° C.

To confirm how each coffee maker takes on this challenge, we log the length of their brew cycles. We also use thermocouple thermal sensors connected to industrial grade data loggers. This way we can record the temperature in the coffee grounds during brewing.

We measure the temperature in the brew chamber of every coffee machine that we test.

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After the coffee has been brewed, we take sample measurements of the coffee liquid produced with an optical refractometer. Since we take into account the amount of water and freshly ground coffee, we can use this data to calculate the percentage of total dissolved solids for each brew. From there we come to the extraction percentage. It is generally believed that the ideal range is between 18 and 20%.

We also back up the measured data with a good, old-fashioned taste test. If a cup of coffee tastes bitter, there's a good chance it was over-extracted during the drip. On the other end, an under-extracted cup of coffee usually tastes faint – it can even taste sour or have the taste of moist peanuts. To be sure, we brew identical test runs at least three times to get average results.

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