#1 Melitta 10 Cup Thermal Coffee Maker
- Great coffee for the price!
- Open filter cone so no chance of forgetting to discard old grounds and discovering a fungus farm a week later.
- Filter is plastic but at least BPA free
- Manual brewing takes time to learn
If you’re a bit of a purist (or control freak) then this pour-over coffee maker from Melitta may be a good bet for you.
It combines the great results you get from a pour-over brew with a stylish stainless steel coffee carafe that keeps the coffee warm for a few hours without burning it.
It’s a completely manual system so you need to know your stuff if you want a good result. That being said, once you get your timing and process sorted it will reward you with a better cup than you’ll get from something with a lot of dials and buttons.
The carafe has a glass lining so you need to treat in gently when washing or transporting it. As long as you don’t pour boiling water into the carafe, or drop it, it’ll last ages.
Pros: cheap, great coffee for the price (full control over grind, temperature, brew duration, etc),Filter cone is open so there’s no chance of forgetting old grounds in there and discovering a fungus farm a week later.
Cons: pour-over filter is plastic but at least it’s BPA free.Completely manual. Grind, water temperature and brewing time is all up to you. It’s not going to turn out well if you don’t know what you’re doing.
#2 Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup PSTX95 With Stainless Steel Coffee Carafe
- Removable water reservoir
- included water filtration disk filters
- Gasket between carafe and dripper to reduce cooling-down of brewed coffee
- Produces considerable steam from vent (not recommended under wooden cabinets
- Water reservoir and filter on two different sides - needs clearance on both sides.
They say that all good things come to those who wait.
The guys at Mr. Coffee obviously share my dim view of being patient and have made a coffee machine that brews a full pot in just 7 minutes. They claim it’s as much as 26% faster than most other machines.
If you really can’t wait then just hit pause and pour a cup mid-brew before letting it get back to brewing the rest. I really liked the fully automatic experience with the ability to set the timer to get a brew going just before you wake up.
#3 Cuisinart Thermal Coffee Maker CHW-14 + Hot Water System
- Hot Water On Demand
- Auto-on Timer for fresh coffee without pressing a button
- Safety lock too easy to unlock, even for kids (who can reach it)
- Less than 4 inches space for hot water dispenser
If you often find all of your guests want coffee except that one cretin that insists on tea then you’ll love this coffee machine.
Besides making great coffee it also provides you with hot water on demand for tea or hot cocoa. I really loved the flexibility of being able to either use the 1-4 cup option for a quick cup or brewing a full pot.
The charcoal water filter is a nice touch too. Normally I filter my water separately to get rid of any odors and chlorine taste but this coffee maker will do all of that for you. You need to replace the filter after 60 uses but they’re readily available from Cuisinart.
The hot water used for brewing is heated to around 200 degrees which is perfect for getting a decent brew. The carafe will keep coffee hot for hours after it has been brewed.
#4 Zojirushi Fresh Brew 10 Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker EC-YSC100
- Convenient pouring via thumb button
- Removable water tank makes refilling easy
- Brewing process is a little loud
- Doesn’t switch off automatically after brewing
A lot of coffee carafes are great at keeping coffee hot but terrible when it comes to pouring.
This 10-cup coffee maker does a great job of making coffee but it’s the carafe that was the standout feature for me. The thumb-activated pouring and well-designed spout means your coffee goes in the cup and not around it.
I really liked that the water reservoir was removable. It removes all of the hassle and risks of pouring water over your coffee machine when refilling the tank.
The coffee in the carafe stays hot for hours for two reasons:
1 - The coffee is brewed with water at 200 degrees, and
2 - the carafe is double volume and vacuum sealed stainless steel.
Getting that water temperature up to 200 degrees is also one of the reasons this machine makes such a good cup.
#5 Bonavita 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe BV1900TS
- Very simple to operate
- Optional pre-infusion mode for wetting grounds before brewing
- Carafe needs to be turned almost upside down to get last of the coffee out
- No auto-on timer
If you want a simple coffee machine that gives you consistently good coffee then the Bonavita BV1900 Coffee Maker is a great option.
No gauges, no dials, no menus, just one button. Push button, brew coffee. Perfect. I’m a big fan of the pour-over method so I liked that this machine gives you the option to wet the grounds for degassing first before starting the brewing stage.
Pressing the power button for a few seconds switches between this option and the brew only function. The flat-bottomed filter basket means you get better saturation and extraction than you would from a traditional cone-shaped basket.
The quality of coffee that this machine produces makes it unsurprising that it has been listed on the Certified Home Brewer Program of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
#6 Cuisinart Grind And Brew With Thermal Carafe DGB-900
- Built-in automatic burr grinder
- Programmable auto-on timer
- Brew strength selector
- No auto-stop if you want a cup before the brew is done.
- Carafe keeps coffee warm but doesn’t pour nicely
- Wow, that grinder is loud!
If you like being able to vary the strength of your coffee from day to day then the level of control this unit gives you is great.
You get the simplicity of pressing one button and getting coffee while being able to tweak your grind and brew strength when you want to. While it has a built-in grinder there is an option to turn the grinder off so that you can use ground coffee instead of beans.
Even though it has plenty of buttons and settings, it’s fairly easy to use after a quick flip through the user manual. The all-in-one operation of this machine is a good feature but cleaning the individual bits does get a bit fiddly.
#7 Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer With Thermal Pot CF085Z
- Carafe warming plate
- Mid-brew pause
- Auto-on programmable timer
- Milk frother
- Brew strength control
- Removable water reservoir
- Carafe doesn’t keep coffee warm for very long
- Water reservoir leaks a little when removing it for refilling
This was one of the more expensive coffee makers I reviewed but I think that the higher price tag of the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is completely justified.
The manufacturer calls it their patent pending Flavour Extraction Technology. Essentially it means that they’ve nailed the temperature, brew time and bean quantity for each of the 3 brew types.
For the amount of features it has you’d be hard pressed to find a similar machine at this price. The warming plate, for example, is a feature that many other machines don’t have. It will regulate the temperature of the coffee in the carafe without burning the coffee into bitter oblivion.
The milk frother is also a great feature which saves you from having yet another appliance in your kitchen.
#8 Behmor Brazen Plus 8-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker
- SCAA Certified
- Pre-Infusion for coffee beans to release CO2
- Flat bottomed filter basket for optimum saturation
- Water temperature control
- Small opening in carafe makes it difficult to clean
- Separate, instead of integrated, carafe lid
- Condensation and periodic overflow means you’ll probably need to do some cleaning each time
This was probably the closest you’ll get to a proper automated pour-over coffee maker.
The programmable pre-soak option allows the coffee to bloom for anywhere between 15 seconds and 4 minutes before brewing. It takes a little tweaking to get the settings just right, though. The pulsed water flow and oversized shower head ensure great saturation of the coffee and maximizes extraction.
The space age appearance might make you a little nervous to push a button but it turns out that operating it is pretty simple. I really liked that you can set the brewing temperature to exactly what you wanted.
Th Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker isn’t just a pretty face. The simple way it produces great coffee and the quality of construction were, no doubt, big contributors to the SCAA certification.
#9 OXO On Barista Brain 12 Cup Coffee Maker With Electric Water Kettle
- SCAA Certified
- Water reservoir also serves as water kettle.
- Pour-over brew method emulation
- Consistent brewing temperature
- Fresh water chamber fogs up with condensate during brew
- Drip-stop on filter basket doesn’t work 100% when removing carafe
When they use the word “Barista” in the name these guys aren’t overselling it.
The amount of finesse in the brewing process is about as good as you’ll get with a trained hand. Press one button and hey presto, a perfect pour-over brew cycle. The shower head does a great job of saturating the coffee so there’s no need to give the coffee grounds a stir halfway through.
It’s like having a barista in your kitchen who gets the consistency right every time. This unit is capable of brewing 9 cups but also has a single serving option that’ll fill a 10 oz mug.
I would have preferred it if the steam from the brew didn’t fill the fresh water tank with condensate but that’s just about all I can complain about with OXO On Barista Brain coffee machine.
If 12 cups are too much, yo can also check out my review of the OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker.
#10 Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe
- SCAA Certified
- Pre-infusion stage for blooming
- Pulsed water release
- 5-year warranty
- Fast brew cycle
- Carafe has separate brew cycles and after-brew screw in caps
- Drip-stop isn’t automatic so you need to remember to flip the lever when removing the carafe
I love the fact that the only thing that Technivorm make is coffee machines.
Their focus has obviously paid off because this is one mean coffee maker. It’s not exactly small so you’ll need a decent space on your counter but that’s a small price to pay for the great coffee it keeps producing. The brewing cycle is carefully controlled to allow for pre-infusion and then pulsed water release at consistent 196-205 degrees.
It does it really fast too. It’ll give you a ½ carafe in 4 minutes and takes only 6 minutes to give you the full 10 cups. The high-quality metal construction also sets it apart. If the 5-year warranty is anything to go by then you’ll probably be leaving this to your kids in your will.