10 Best Tasting Coffee Makers of 2020

Last update: Nov 24, 2020

Most people drink coffee at least once a day, in the morning, as a way to waken their whole body and mind and to get ready for a long working day.

To make a good cup of coffee, it depends on two things – the coffee beans and the coffee maker.

Here are the best tasting coffee makers you can buy in 2020:

  • Best Overall (Multi-Cup): Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Best For Big Families (Multi-Cup): Cuisinart DCC-3200 Coffee Maker
  • Durable (Multi-Cup): Cuisinart DGB-800 Coffee Maker
  • Best For Busy People (Multi-Cup): Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS
  • Best For Rich Coffee (Multi-Cup): OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
  • Best Overall (Single-Serve): Hamilton Beach 49981A Coffee Maker
  • Best For Small Space (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
  • Best For Iced Coffee (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
  • Best For Latte & Cappuccino (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker
  • Best For Busy People (Single-Serve): Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve
10 Best Tasting Coffee Makers
Best Overall
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Multi-Cup Coffee Maker
Best For Big Families
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Coffee Maker
  • Multi-Cup Coffee Maker
Durable
Cuisinart DGB-800 Coffee Maker
  • Multi-Cup Coffee Maker
Best For Busy People
Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS
  • Multi-Cup Coffee Maker
Best For Rich Coffee
OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
  • Multi-Cup Coffee Maker
Best Overall
Hamilton Beach 49981A Coffee Maker
  • Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Best For Small Space
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
  • Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Best For Iced Coffee
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
  • Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Best For Latte & Cappuccino
Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker
  • Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Best For Busy People
Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve
  • Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Best Overall (Multi-Cup): Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
9.2Outstanding
Pros
  • Not burn coffee
  • Easy to use & cost-saving – simple design with an on/off switch
  • Able to track the amount of water inside - Dual water window
Cons
  • There is not an auto-off

Nothing worse than a coffee maker that fails on the electronics side and not the heater. But you can rest assured if using this model.

It brewed the coffee without burning it and our testers were pleasantly surprised at what a great cup of coffee this little unit can make. They also enjoyed the taste of a good old-fashioned Mr. Coffee cup of coffee.

Another notable thing is its simple design.

Unlike other coffee makers which are usually built with lots of bells and whistles, this comes in just a simple on/off switch. Very easy to use and cost-saving.

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker Specifications

Dimension

12.56 inches’ x Width:11.76 inches’ x Depth:8.43 inches.

Capacity

12-Cup

Temperature Range

brewing temperature: 196°F - 205°F

The final coffee temperature: 176°F - 185°F

Highlight Features

Simple design with an on/off switch
Dual water window

Verdict

Our Top Pick for best overall performance in the multi-cup coffee maker category will likely come as no surprise: The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker.

Best For Big Families (Multi-Cup): Cuisinart DCC-3200 Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Coffee Maker
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Coffee Maker
9Outstanding
Pros
  • Able to provide huge quantities of coffee at once – a 14-cup capacity
  • Various options and easy to program - ability to have a regular or bold brew and small quantity to large quantity
  • Keep coffee hot longer – well-insulated pot design
Cons
  • The pouring spout is a terrible design
  • The lid seems to leak

Wish to have perfect coffee waiting for your big family every morning? This is a feasible option!

It looks, feels, and works great with an emphasis on the 14-cup capacity. There are various options to choose from - the ability to have a regular or bold brew and small quantity to large quantity. But rest assured, the controls are all very logical and straightforward.

Pot stays hot longer. The automatic setting is wonderful.

A big bonus for the reservoir with an additional carbon filter, and it actually dries out by evaporation not long after brewing, so there is no concern about it getting moldy inside.

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Specifications

Dimension

12.2 x 10.4 x 9.2 inches

Capacity

14-Cup

Temperature Range

175-200 degrees F

Highlight Features

A 14-cup capacity; ability to have a regular or bold brew and small quantity to large quantity
Well-insulated pot design

Verdict

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is amazing for big family use. Not only is it large enough to afford huge needs of coffee at once, but it makes super-hot and delicious coffee.

Durable (Multi-Cup): Cuisinart DGB-800 Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DGB-800 Coffee Maker
Cuisinart DGB-800 Coffee Maker
8.6Great
Pros
  • Durable – a good concept, strong materials, and well-built body
  • Multifunctional – able to grind, Grind-off feature, adjustable auto shutoff, and 24-hour brew start
  • Visual and easy to use - intuitive operation & extra-large LCD display
Cons
  • The burr grinder is extremely noisy
  • Time-consuming to clean it

The durability of the coffee maker is really the best. Its concept is good, materials are strong, and the whole machine is very well-built to possibly last you a lifetime.

What’s more, the taste of the coffee is so much better than Folgers due in part to filtered water and fresh ground beans. This model even allows you to grind and control the amount of ground coffee – from four to twelve cups – depending on your needs.

We are also amazed that it can keep the coffee piping hot for about 5 hours.

Regardless of its multiple functions, the machine is very easy to use. All you need to do is add the water for the number of cups you want and set the grinder and brew strength.

Cuisinart DGB-800 Specifications

Dimension

10.88 x 14.38 x 20 inches

Capacity

12 Cups

Temperature Range

192 degrees

Highlight Features

Grind-off feature, adjustable auto shutoff, and 24-hour brew start
Intuitive operation & extra-large LCD display
Strong materials

Verdict

This model is an excellent coffee maker that can last you for years come with no problem and besides, it makes really tasteful coffee and is able to keep it warm very long.

Best For Busy People (Multi-Cup): Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS
Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS
8Good
Pros
  • Make 8 cups of coffee in just 6 minutes – feature a 1500-watt heater
  • Simple to maintain - dishwasher-safe components
  • Easy to use - one-touch brewing & audible signal
  • Able to mimic the artisan pour-over brewing method - the pre-infusion mode
Cons
  • If you want to store the covered carafe back on its base, it requires removing the basket
  • After the chime goes off, the brew basket will drip some extra drops
  • Lack of auto-brew

The Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS is very famous in the worker communities or whoever have limited free time in the morning.

The reason is it can make 8 cups of coffee in just 6 minutes and the maintenance is really effortless, all thanks to its dishwasher-safe components (including showerhead, filter basket, and carafe lid).

It doesn’t take you tons of time to begin, just one-touch brewing and once you hear an audible signal, it means the brewing cycle ends.

A very special function of this model is the pre-infusion mode which pauses the water flow to give the ground coffee time to bloom. This, in other words, mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method, giving a more delicious coffee taste.

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS Specifications

Dimension

12.4 x 6.8 x 12.2 inches

Capacity

8-Cup

Temperature Range

195°-205°F

Highlight Features

Feature a 1500-watt heater
Dishwasher-safe components
One-touch brewing & audible signal
The pre-infusion mode

Verdict

If you’re a busy person, the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup BV1901TS is very ideal to try because it helps you save time on not just the coffee-making process but also the maintenance afterward.

Best For Rich Coffee (Multi-Cup): OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker

OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker
8Good
Pros
  • Give full flavor extraction & uniform saturation - rainmaker showerhead design
  • Reliable - SCA certified
Cons
  • The 2-4 brewing cycle goes a little slow

The predecessor for this position is a Zojirushi coffee maker but now, it has been overtaken by the OXO BREW 9-Cup because this is so far better during the test quality.

We found this new replacement to be excellent at producing rich, bold coffee while the Zoji's taste is not that excellent.

The secret all lies in its rainmaker showerhead design which disperses water evenly over ground coffee and as the results, the flavor extraction is better along with uniform saturation.

One big plus is that this machine is SCA certified for the perfect coffee.

OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker Specifications

Dimension

15 x 8.3 x 17.2 inches

Capacity

2 to 9 cups

Temperature Range

197.6 to 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit

Highlight Features

Rainmaker showerhead design
SCA certified

Verdict

Stick with the OXO BREW 9-Cup if you prefer the earthy/grittier full flavor of a French.

Best Overall (Single-Serve): Hamilton Beach 49981A Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach 49981A Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach 49981A Coffee Maker
8Good
Pros
  • Make coffee very fast – an 8-ounce cup in 1-2 minutes
  • Space-saving – measured by 8.35 x 6.70 x 8.67 inches
  • Coffee comes out very smooth - the added filter
Cons
  • There is no reservoir

The Hamilton Beach 49981A becomes the best overall performer on our list for several good reasons.

Brewing time for an 8-ounce cup is fast. We would say 1-2 minutes so very little waiting and by allowing for making one cup at a time, our coffee is always fresh.

Another good thing is the water isn’t forced through the grounds like a Keurig and it is a pour-over method of brewing coffee. As the whole thing has a small footprint, it doesn't eat up counter space and additionally.

We also appreciate the added filter as it makes the coffee come out perfectly smooth. The cleanup isn’t a thing for this model, very easy.

Hamilton Beach 49981A Specifications

Dimension

8.35 x 6.70 x 8.67 inches

Capacity

14 ounces

Temperature Range

195 to 205 deg. F

Highlight Features

An 8-ounce cup in 1-2 minutes
Measured by 8.35 x 6.70 x 8.67 inches
A mesh scoop filter

Verdict

Overall, this is a very functional, durable, and easy-to-clean coffee maker that will be your best workhorse in the kitchen.

Best For Small Space (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
9.2Outstanding
Pros
  • Lightweight, easy to transport, and able to fit anywhere – measured by 12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
  • Make coffee very fast and hot – three minutes for an 8-ounce cup of coffee
  • Safe and convenient – auto-shutoff after brewing one cup
Cons
  • Not have the strong button feature as the K-Mini plus
  • No water reservoir

With less than 5 inches wide, the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker is perfect for small spaces and able to fit anywhere, whether a small apartment or a camper trailer. But that doesn’t compromise the machine’s performance and functionalities.

It still makes coffee very fast and hot with a strong flavor. An 8-ounce coffee cup will take around 2-3 minutes to finish.

Per the factory setting, the machine automatically shuts down itself after brewing 1 cup.

The pretty color and cute design are another big bonus for those who intend to place it permanently on their kitchen countertop.

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker Specifications

Dimension

12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D

Capacity

Add water each time

Temperature Range

170-190 degrees Fahrenheit

Highlight Features

Measured by 12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
Auto-shutoff after brewing one cup

Verdict

The Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker is a nice solution for those who people who are living in a small space. It is small yet functional and powerful, and able to make coffee in just 3 minutes.

Best For Iced Coffee (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
9.4Outstanding
Pros
  • Able to make iced coffee effortlessly and full of flavors – an iced setting
  • Give you various options - different finish options, hot water option, strong brew setting, and more cup sizes
  • Convenient - automatically turn on/shut off
Cons
  • The water container feels a little flimsy

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker is currently the most favorite machine for iced coffee making.

At a touch of a button, it will automatically brew hot over ice for delicious, fully flavored iced coffee.

Compared to the previous Keurig models, this is definitely a good upgrade due to the different finish options added, larger water reservoir, hot water option, strong brew setting, and more cup sizes.

Besides, it is able to automatically turn on/shut off while the brewing function works much better at large sizes.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker Specifications

Dimension

13.1” H x 9.9” W x 12.7” D

Capacity

75oz

Temperature Range

187° – 192°.

Highlight Features

An iced setting
Different finish options, hot water option, strong brew setting, and more cup sizes
Automatically turn on/shut off

Verdict

The upgraded Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker takes over for our Best Buy for iced coffee.

Best For Latte & Cappuccino (Single-Serve): Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker
9.2Outstanding
Pros
  • Easy to use - Simple button controls & smart start function
  • Time - and effort-saving – ultra-large 60-ounce water reservoir
  • Energy-efficient – auto-shutoff after 2 hours
Cons

So glad that finally, we’ve found out a really functional coffee maker that can make latte and cappuccino tasting as delicious as out of the shop. It is the Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker.

Very easy to use, if choosing the COLD button on the frothed base, the milk will only be frothed (not heated) that allows for making iced lattes and iced cappuccinos.

Conversely, if you choose only the CAPP or LATTE button, the milk will be frothed until it reaches between 155 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

The whole coffee-making process is not too long - Initial heating of the K-Café takes about 4 minutes and brewing a pod takes about 1 minute. The ultra-large water reservoir is a big bonus – up to 60 ounces, enough for 6 cups. You don’t have to refill it too regularly.

Another notable thing is you don’t have to wait for it to heat before choosing your cup size because this machine can heat then brews in one simple process.

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker Specifications

Dimension

12.5” H X 15.3” W X 11.7” D

Capacity

60 ounces

Temperature Range

6, 8, 10, or 12oz dispensed beverage: 170-190 degrees Fahrenheit

Cappuccino or Latte: 150-165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Highlight Features

Simple button controls & smart start function
Ultra-large 60-ounce water reservoir
Auto-shutoff after 2 hours

Verdict

During our tests to find the best coffee maker for latte and cappuccino, the Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker checks all the boxes of qualities listed so undoubtedly, it’s the most appropriate choice.

Best For Busy People (Single-Serve): Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve

Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve
Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve
8.6Great
Pros
  • Time- and effort-saving – feature self-cleaning and auto-off functions, & the coffee making time is 3 minutes
  • Easy to track the amount of coffee brewed as needed - measurements displayed from six to fourteen ounces in the water reservoir
  • Versatile – 2-in-1 design
Cons
  • Not built with a heating element

The Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve is particularly convenient for busy people.

Aside from the ability to brew hot coffee in just three minutes – also the key feature making it ideal for busy guys, it highlights the self-cleaning to save you extra time. It also has the auto-off feature for safety and energy efficiency.

The unit is full of control with measurements displayed from six to fourteen ounces in the water reservoir so that you can easily track the amount of coffee brewed as needed. As a result, it saves more.

Note that this is a 2-in-1 brewer design with two buttons – one for ground coffee and another for the fusion of K-cups.

Dnsly Coffee Maker Single Serve Specifications

Dimension

5.4" W * 7.3" D * 11.6" H

Capacity

20 ounces

Temperature Range

172℉ to 180℉.

Highlight Features

Self-cleaning and auto-off functions, & the coffee making time is 3 minutes
2-in-1 design;

Verdict

Our testers saved lots of time in making coffee with this machine and we think you will, too.

How To Choose The Best Tasting Coffee Maker?

Types

First of all, if you want to choose a coffee maker properly, you need to know all the options available out there.


Highlight features

Pros

Cons

Best for

Drip coffee maker/coffee brewer

Water temperature settings

Automatic power shutoff

Coffee grinder

Pre-programmed settings

Filter changes

Easy to use

Affordable

Makes a lot of coffee at one time

Various models, sizes, shapes, and brands to choose from

Makes basic coffee only

Too much coffee at one time may be a waste

Family or places with many people

Single-serve coffee maker/one cup coffee maker

Coffee strength settings

Better storage,

Various coffee pods

Choice of brewing size

Easy to use and clean

Affordable

Makes many flavors

Less coffee waste

Brews coffee precisely to the desired taste

Brews tea too

Individual pods get costlier over time

Not environment-friendly

Offices

French press

Inbuilt plunger

Glass construction

Lightweight

Most affordable of all

Little post-purchase cost

Simple to use

Requires no electricity or filters

May result in grounds in your coffee

Requires extra attention to timing

Those with a limited budget or who favor traditional coffee making

Espresso maker

Pressure pump

Portafilter

Coffee pod compatibility

Automatic settings

Water boiler

Makes the highest-quality coffee

Allows for making cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, and latte

Easy to use

Most expensive of all

Makes a small amount at a time

Coffee enthusiasts

Those valuing quality over quantity

Those with a bigger budget

Quantity

Now that you have got an overview of all the options, you should decide which machine fits the best in terms of quantity, which is the amount of coffee made at a time. Are you living alone or with your family or multiple roommates? How many cups of coffee do you need at a time?

As you can see from the table above, a drip coffee maker or a French press seems suitable for multiple uses. Meanwhile, a single-serve coffee maker is best if you live alone.

Other Features

When we spend money, we always want to get the best merits and as many benefits as possible. That’s why you should also look at the features that you’re buying.

  • Steamer/Frother: this feature lets you have steamed milk in coffee, coming with most espresso machines and lower-end ones.
  • Water Filter: it helps make sure you get the right flavor you want.
  • Multiple Warmers: this feature keeps your coffee hot for drinking later.
  • Auto Shutoff: this feature turns off the coffee maker automatically in case you forget.
  • Built-in Grinder: it lets you have the freshest coffee grounds.
  • Programmable Settings: you can preprogram how much coffee is brewed, when it’s brewed, etc.

Which Brands Make The Best Tasting Coffee Maker?

Mr. Coffee

Founded in the early 70s, this brand manufactures automatic-drip coffee makers among other products. It’s been referenced often in American popular culture and recently updated new technology for making coffee.

Cuisinart

This brand was born in 1971 as a home appliance manufacturer. Its first and most popular product in the food processor, but it has added coffee makers and coffee grinders to its product portfolio.

Hamilton Beach

Established in 1910, Hamilton has been a trusted brand for over a century. It offers commercial restaurant equipment as well as home appliances, including coffee makers and coffee grinders.

FAQs

Do coffee makers make a difference in taste?

The taste of coffee can vary among different types and brands of coffee makers. This also depends on the technology of each machine.

Why does my coffee maker taste bad?

There are several reasons why your coffee tastes bad:

  • Bad roast.

  • Not fresh coffee beans.

  • Low-quality coffee.

  • Too big or too small grind.

  • Wrong temperature.

  • Low-quality water.

  • Dirty equipment.

  • Old equipment.

  • Wrong equipment.

  • Wrong timing.

How can I make coffee taste better without sugar?

You can make coffee without sugar by adding one of the following ingredients: sweet health perks, cinnamon, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and half a banana.

Why does coffee taste burn?

If your coffee tastes burnt, it could be because it’s over-roasted, the roast profile gets hot too fast, or the coffee is stale.

How long does a coffee maker last?

A coffee maker can last for years, but a cheap model can die after a few months.

Conclusion

When it comes to choosing the best tasting coffee makers, there are many types of machines with countless brands and models for you to choose from. As long as you remember the key factors to consider, you will be able to make the right decision.

The right model is not the sole factor to a great cup of coffee, remember to use the machine properly, use good coffee beans, and maintain your machine. Good luck!


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