For many of us, starting the day with one or more cups of delicious hot coffee isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. The flavor and aroma of coffee play a big role in getting us ready for the day. The caffeine energizes and awakens us. Even the process of brewing coffee can be energizing.
The key to brewing a quality cup of coffee is having the right method to make it. Drip coffee makers are widely available, easy to use, and they work. With that in mind, here are our picks for the top 10 best drip coffee makers in 2021.
Best Drip Coffee Makers in 2021
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10. Pour-Over Coffee Maker 3-Cup Hand Drip Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Filter by Coffee Gator
Our first pick is the Pour-Over Coffee Maker 3-Cup Hand Drip Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Filter by Coffee Gator. This is a low-tech machine that delivers fantastic coffee flavor in every cup using a simple set-up that anybody can use. Here’s what we like about it:
- Easy-pour glass pitcher turns from coffee maker into serving carafe in seconds
- Reusable stainless steel filter means you never have to buy paper filters again
- Simply add coffee to the filter, heat water, and pour
- Tempered glass is sturdy and easy to clean
For the best results, you’ll want to heat the carafe by pouring hot water into it before brewing. That way, you’ll get a piping hot cup of coffee every time.
9. Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091)
If you want the option of brewing anything from a single cup of coffee to a whole carafe for a crowd, the Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091) has what you need. This is a versatile machine that you lets you tailor each cup of coffee to your particular taste.
- Pod-free brewing is environmentally friendly and easy to use
- Brew directly into your favorite mug, travel cup, or the included carafe – there are six brew sizes in all
- Create hot or iced coffee drinks at the touch of a button
- Flavor-enhancing technology ensures a delicious cup every time
This machine has a built-in frother to create cappuccinos and lattes. The varied settings make it easy to get the exact strength you want in every brew.
8. BUNN NHS Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
For people who want a traditional drip coffee maker that’s fast and efficient, we recommend the BUNN NHS Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer. This is what we like about it:
- Brews 3 to 10 cups of coffee on demand – brews a full pot in just three minutes
- Internal water chamber keeps water hot and ready to go at all times
- Multi-stream spray head distributes water evenly over the coffee grounds for maximum flavor
- Included drip-free carafe ensures that coffee makes it into your cup without spilling
This brewer is a bit more expensive than the average drip coffee maker, but the quality and speed more than make up for the additional cost.
7. KitchenAid KCM1402CU 14-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker – Contour Silver
KitchenAid is one of the most respected names in small appliances, and that’s part of we decided to include the KitchenAid KCM1402CU 14-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker on our list. This machine has some nice features that separate it from other coffee makers on the market.
- 14-cup carafe is larger than most, making it easy to brew for a crowd
- Variable strength selector makes it easy to brew coffee to your precise specifications
- LED display shows the time and brewing options in easy-to-read format
- Water tank slides out for easy filling
- 24-hour programming means you can have coffee ready for you exactly when you want it.
This machine uses traditional paper filters. It’s also backed by KitchenAid’s excellent customer service.
6. Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker
When it comes to making affordable and reliable kitchen appliances, Cuisinart knows that to do. That’s why the Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker makes our list of the top 10 best drip coffee makers in 2021. Here’s what we like about it:
- Choose between regular and bold brewing to suit your tastes
- Comes with reusable gold-tone filter so you don’t have to buy paper filters
- Programmable machine allows you to have coffee ready when you want it
- Automatic shut-off ensures that your carafe won’t burn
- Warming feature keeps your coffee hot even if you can’t get to it right away
This machine can brew up to 14 cups of coffee at a time and it has a sleek, modern appearance that we love.
5. Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control, Silver
For people who prefer to grind their own coffee each morning, the convenience of a combination grinder and brewer is undeniable. We like the Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control because it offers the best of both worlds. Here are some of its great features:
- Choose from a total of eight grinds to control the strength of your coffee
- Offers pre-ground feature if you prefer
- Fully programmable – it can grind and brew to your specifications and have coffee ready when you want it
- Removable drip try so you can brew directly into your travel mug
- Temperature control ensures that every cup is piping hot
All of the programming options show up on the easy-to-read LED display.
4. Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Polished Silver
If you entertain a lot, you might want a Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe to help you out. Here what we like about it:
- Pulse action makes for perfect coffee flavor every time
- Precise temperature control keeps coffee between 196 and 205 degrees
- Brews a half or full carafe in four to six minutes
- Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot so you can brew in advance if you need to
- Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
This coffee maker doesn’t have a lot of frills, but we think the price is justified by the quality of the brew. You’ll learn to appreciate coffee in a whole new way.
3. OXO 9 Cup Coffee Maker (with 4 oz Silver Canyon Coffee)
Coffee technology allows for consistent brewing with the OXO 9 Cup Coffee Maker (with 4 oz Silver Canyon Coffee). This machine is fully programmable and reliable, allowing for a perfect cup of coffee every time you turn it on. Here’s why it made our list:
- Replicates the pour-over method with a microprocessor-controlled brew cycle
- Water stays hot – and at the perfect temperature — so it’s always ready to brew
- LCD display and 24-hour programming mean that coffee is ready when you want it
- Comes with 140 grams of Silver Canyon Organic Honduras Dark Roast Coffee – enough to make two full pots of gourmet coffee
This machine guarantees that you’ll get barista-quality coffee even when you’re at home.
2. Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Brew Strength Selector, JPX37
We would be remiss if we didn’t include at least one product from Mr. Coffee on our list. They’re a leading name in affordable coffee makers, and the Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Brew Strength Selector is our pick. Here’s why it made the cut:
- Built-in water filter removes impurities for great-tasting coffee
- Fully programmable machine allows you to choose your brew strength and set a timer so coffee is ready when you are
- Pause-and-serve brewing makes it easy to take a cup of coffee when you’re in a hurry
- Brews up to 12 cups at a time
- Auto-cleaning system keeps your machine in great shape
This machine is affordable and offers several features – such as selecting brew strength – that are normally available only in higher-priced machines.
1. BLACK+DECKER CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/Silver
Our final machine is also an affordable one. The BLACK+DECKER CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker is programmable and easy to use, and offers the reliable features you would normally associate with Black + Decker.
- Removable water reservoir is easy to fill
- Vacuum-sealed thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours
- Choose between regular, strong, and bold brews
- Timer indicates how long it has been since coffee was brewed
- Self-cleaning pot offers easy maintenance
This pot is great if you want to make coffee once and be able to enjoy a hot cup hours later. You can take it with you because the vacuum seal keeps your coffee safe.
The morning cup of coffee is a ritual that we all enjoy. The ten drip coffee makers on our list are the best available in 2021, and there’s something for every budget. All of them offer a degree of control over your coffee’s strength and temperature that results in a perfectly brewed cup, every single time.