At A Glance:
How to Choose the Best Smart Coffee Maker
When choosing the best smart coffee maker, think of the same factors you would when purchasing any other coffee maker. But, be sure also to evaluate how it connects with your existing devices and its app functionality. Our buyers’ guide below covers some essential criteria.
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- Large water tank
- FIlter coffee
- Bluetooth, Alexa, Amazon, Eho
- 12.6” x 9.64” x 16.7”
- Espresso, cafe drinks, hot water, milk froth
- 12.4” x 8.3” x 13.4”
- WiFi, Keurig app for Android and iOs
- Large water tank
- FIlter coffee
- Wifi, Alexa, Google Assistant/Home, Android, iOs
- 5.9” x 6.7” x 13.8”
- Pour over, immersion, cold drip
- Gina app for Android and iOs
- Medium-sized water tank
- Filter coffee
- Bluetooth/Alexa, IFTTT
How do you like your coffee?
When choosing the best smart coffee maker, a crucial question to ask yourself is, how do you like your coffee.
Do you want a shot of espresso, a carafe of filter coffee, or a cappuccino? Do you relish the convenience of coffee pods or the aroma of freshly ground beans? And don’t forget about the taste. If top-quality coffee is a priority for you, be it drip coffee or espresso, look for a coffee maker that uses fresh coffee beans, and offers more control over brewing temperature and strength.
Related: Best Drip Coffee Makers
How many people are you brewing for?
Some smart coffee machines brew large carafes, while others only deliver single servings, something to keep in mind if you plan to serve a crowd. The preferences of each coffee drinker should factor in as well. For example, maybe delivering an Americano followed by a latte is better than brewing a carafe of black coffee. The choice is yours, be smart about it.
Related: Best Single Serve Coffee Makers
What sort of connection works best for you?
These days, most of us have brand loyalty when it comes to technology. Be it Android or iOs, Alexa, or Google Assistant/Home; it only makes sense to opt for a coffee maker that pairs with your existing devices.
Smart coffee makers have been around for a few years, and while they still haven’t eclipsed non-connected coffee makers in popularity, they offer much more control and convenience than conventional models.Will Greenwald, PCMag
Think about whether you want one that connects through Bluetooth or WiFi. Then, think if you prefer to use voice commands or a mobile app. Finally, consider whether you ever intend to use the machine manually, as many aren’t that user-friendly without app control.
How much money do you want to spend?
Smart coffee machines vary widely in the price: from below $100 to more than $2,000 on this list alone. To narrow down your options, decide which features you can’t live without and commit to a budget. For example, expect to spend more for espresso than drip coffee. Similarly, a thermal carafe costs more than a glass carafe but keeps coffee hot for hours.
Of course, don’t forget to factor in the extras. These are things like special coffee pods or paper filters. Additionally, if the machine comes with a built-in grinder or milk frother, it might be worth a higher upfront cost to avoid purchasing these separately.
The 6 Best Smart Coffee Makers in 2020
Although a trend in the rise, phone-operated coffee machines aren’t that many on the market. They can be a great way to make the best coffee makers smarter, but they can also ruin your perfect cup of coffee with their hi-tech brewing. Luckily, our following selection tells you about the best smart coffee machines out there.
Hamilton Beach gets our vote for the best coffee machine in the class, thanks to a bunch of features at an unbeatable price.
Not only does the Alexa feature make Hamilton Beach the most reliable option for voice control, but it also saves you from downloading yet another app to your smartphone. Again, be aware that Hamilton Beach doesn’t connect with Google Assistant/Home. Nevertheless, it is a member of Amazon’s new “Certified for Humans” program, which ensures that smart devices are easy to set up and link together. (1)
This Bluetooth coffee maker can make up to 12 cups of filter coffee at a time, with user-controlled brew strength. After a few mornings, Alexa will learn your preferences. Furthermore, it automatically shuts off, two hours after brewing, which is positive from both energy conservation and safety standpoints.
The Hamilton Beach is attractively built, with a sleek black exterior and stainless steel accents. Both ground coffee and water are added from the front of the machine, presenting a unique design that minimizes the mess. It’s primarily plastic, as would be expected at such a low price point.
This machine isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t accommodate coffee pods, nor does it brew single servings, and the slightly cool brewing temperature is not adjustable.
Adding smart features to a coffee maker can sometimes be a bit of a gimmick. But even without the connectivity, the K-Supreme Plus Smart has some nice features that will give you incredible control over your brew.
You are, of course, brewing within the limits of a K-Cup, but there’s still plenty of room to customize your coffee. Along with 5 different cup sizes, there are options for 5 brew strengths and 6 temperature settings, plus a setting for brewing over ice. Exclusive to this machine is Keurig’s BrewID, which suggests setting based on the flavor of K-Cup you’re using. Once you find your perfect brew setting you can save it as a favorite, with room for 10 different profiles.
The Keurig app allows you to adjust all of these settings, as well as start your brew from wherever you are. You can also schedule your machine to have a hot coffee waiting for you when you get home.
The K-Supreme Plus Smart doesn’t integrate directly with Alexa or Google devices, but you can connect via the app if you want to brew using voice commands.
Smart technology isn’t found in most espresso machines, simply because of the hands-on nature of how coffee is brewed. But with a bean-to-cup machine like the iRUNTECH Smart Espresso Machine, it becomes a possibility.
This coffee maker will do everything for you at the touch of a button. One-touch drinks include espresso, Americano, cappuccino, and latte, and there are also buttons for hot water and milk froth. A stand-out feature of the machine is that the milk reservoir has its own cooler, so you don’t need to empty or remove it between uses. It will stay as cold as it would in the fridge.
The one thing we can’t get excited about, however, is the blade grinder. At this price, you can’t really expect a good burr grinder, but you’re not going to get the grind quality here that your espresso deserves.
The connectivity here isn’t as user-friendly as with some of the other machines on this list. There’s no app and no direct connection to Alexa or Google devices, instead, it connects through wifi to open source networking. This might be a little tricky for the inexperienced, but if you already have an intelligent system set up for your home, this coffee maker will fit right in.
For smart brewing on a budget, it’s hard to go past the Atomi Smart Wifi Coffee Maker. In terms of coffee, there’s not much to it. You’re getting regular drip coffee, with your only options being regular or strong. But in terms of smart features, you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck.
Don’t let the cheap price tag fool you, though. This device comes with all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a smart appliance.HelloTech Blog
This smart coffee maker is operated through an easy-to-use app or by voice command, using Alexa or Google Assistant/Home. Using Alexa, you can switch the device on or off, check or adjust the brew strength, and ask the machine to brew you a coffee. Commands from Google Assistant are limited to turning the machine on or off.
Switch to the app on iOs or Android and you’ll get a few more features. Here you also have the option to set a brewing schedule so that you can wake up to a fresh cup of coffee, or keep your coffee warm for up to four hours.
A well-designed machine, the Atomi is mostly stainless steel, a welcome surprise at such a low price. Moreover, the included glass carafe holds up to 12 cups to easily serve a crowd.
Manual brewing methods and smart technology don’t seem like an obvious match, but that’s what the team at Goat Story has managed to combine here.
Unlike other smart coffee makers, the GINA is not going to make your coffee for you, but it will help you nail the perfect brew. The app connects via Bluetooth to the in-built digital scale, measuring the rate of water flow and brew time.
But before you go thinking this is just an overpriced pour over with a scale, let’s look at what else the GINA has to offer. With the ceramic cone, it does look like a standard pour over, but it also brews cold drip and immersion coffee.
The key is in the valve at the bottom of the filter. When you want to brew using the immersion method, you can close the valve completely, and put on the ceramic lid that will help retain the heat. For cold drip coffee, the app will help you set the valve to a very slow drip. The coffee grounds in this case are not held in the filter, but in a specially designed glass chamber that can be inserted below the valve.
If you want to experiment with ratios and timing across several brew methods, the GINA Smart Coffee Brewing Instrument is worth a look.
The Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation machine is the smartest coffee maker on the list. If you’re an avid adopter of technology, you won’t be disappointed by the array of intelligent features here. And, good news, the coffee’s great too!
The Smarter Coffee coffee maker operates with Bluetooth and Alexa. However, it also works with the popular app If This Then That (IFTTT), which gets your devices and apps talking to each other (2). Integrating with IFTTT allows connectivity to extend beyond the in-built Alexa to a host of programs. Furthermore, a smart geolocation mode means that your smart home coffee maker can tell when you’re on the way home and start the java brewing.
The hardware is no slouch, either. It features a lovely design with brushed aluminum and interchangeable plastic accents in different colors. A built-in adjustable grinder ensures freshly ground coffee beans for each new pot, and an adjustable brew strength means you always get exactly the coffee you want.
Each product in this review is the perfect one for someone. Still, our overall winner is the Hamilton Beach smart coffee maker. Hamilton Beach is intelligently designed and makes excellent coffee. Most importantly, with its Works with Alexa and Certified for Humans designations, the ease-of-use is guaranteed, and all at a bargain price. Pick one up today and let Alexa brew your coffee tomorrow.
A smart plug is a small adaptor that will turn your regular power outlet into a smart one. With a smart plug installed you can switch appliances on or off using an app or voice commands. This can be useful if your coffee machine needs a long warm-up time in the morning. However, a smart plug will not allow you to operate the appliance (3).
A programmable coffee maker is one that allows you to schedule brewing in advance. Depending on the machine, you can select the brew strength and the amount of coffee required. If you are only looking for the brew scheduling feature, a programmable coffee machine could be a good alternative to a smart coffee maker.
The key difference between WiFi and Bluetooth connections is that Bluetooth does not require the use of the internet. Bluetooth is designed to connect two compatible devices via short-range radio waves, so you can use it even if your phone has no cellular signal (4).
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- Martin, J. A., & Finnegan, M. (2019, January 31). What is IFTTT? How to use If This, Then That services. Retrieved from https://www.computerworld.com/article/3239304/what-is-ifttt-how-to-use-if-this-then-that-services.html
- Nguyen, A. (2021, June 8). What is a smart plug? Retrieved from https://www.howtogeek.com/730221/what-is-a-smart-plug/
- Still, J. (2020, May 28). No, Bluetooth doesn’t use cellular data. Business Insider. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/does-bluetooth-use-data