Choosing Your Ideal Coffee Maker

Multi-Cup Coffee Machine Options

A drip coffee maker is a quick way to make large quantities of coffee. There are a variety of modern drip coffee makers packed with features that make the process even more convenient.

Most drip coffee makers brew at least 8–12 cups per carafe, so they're perfect for dinner parties, households with multiple coffee drinkers, or anyone who wants to enjoy more than one cup of coffee. You'll find options with a multi-function feature that can dispense a cup of hot water for your tea, or a fresh cup of coffee directly into your cup. Other features you'll find include the ability to program when brewing starts, strength and temperature selections, a built-in coffee grinder, automatic shutoff and a pause function.

Percolators have been around since the early part of the twentieth century. Available in electric or stove top models, a modern electric percolator eliminates the risk of boiling since it switches to a warming function once coffee is brewed.

Single-Serving Coffee Makers

If you're really in a hurry, a single-serve coffee maker might be your best option, with its ability to brew a personalized cup, even espresso, very quickly. Offering minimal clean up with the use of self-contained coffee pods, you can easily change your morning routine by choosing a coffee, tea, hot chocolate or apple cider pod.

With an espresso maker you'll get rich, full-flavored coffee, and you can create a variety of drinks like cappuccinos, mochas and macchiatos. The machine works by forcing a small amount of water through tightly-packed coffee grounds to create a shot of espresso. Most espresso machines also have a wand to steam and froth milk.

A French press coffee maker or coffee press is an affordable way to get rich coffee. With a press, you'll steep coarsely ground coffee beans in hot water for several minutes, then plunge to separate the grounds from the finished coffee. You'll find French press machines that can make 1–4 cups at a time.

A multi-use coffee maker offers the ultimate in flexible coffee brewing. This one machine can brew an entire carafe or single serving at a time, depending on what you want.