Which of our coffee maker recommendations should be your new go-to?
The Aeropress is our top recommendation to anyone who wants a manual press for solo coffee consumption. It’s an excellent hybrid design which takes elements of classic manual coffee makers and tweaks to work around their flaws. This is an excellent primary maker for one person, or a secondary travel press for anyone who’s often on the go.
The downside of the Aeropress is that it’s made completely of plastic. It’s also totally manual, so you’re still going to need access to a grinder or pre-ground beans, along with properly-heated water.
The Cuisinart is our pick for anyone who likes a good old-fashioned drip machine. It’s dead-simple, but it’s effective and efficient. The Cuisinart also has a lot of digital tricks up its sleeve to make your coffee routine easier. This is a good choice for folks who want plenty of flavor, but aren’t passionate or affluent enough to spring for a Moccamaster or Miele.
The Cuisinart has a few weak points, though. Although it’s the most reliable drip machine we’ve reviewed, it won’t last as long or as reliably as the Moccamaster or Miele. And while it’s the best in its category for flavor, its results simply don’t taste as good as our more expensive picks.
The De’Longhi is perfect for anyone who’s attached to the convenience of pod coffee systems. It’s miles more reliable than Keurig’s, and it’s made more sturdily to boot. For something that uses pre-ground coffee, the De’Longhi makes great-tasting cups.
Any pod system will be more expensive in the long haul, though. We only recommend one to folks who are super pressed for time, or who just don’t want to put the effort in to use a more traditional machine. As with the Cuisinart, the De’Longhi isn’t in the same league as the Moccamaster or Miele, either.
The Moccamaster is our top pick in the machine department, unless you’re prepared to spend a couple grand for the Miele. We think it’s far better than any traditional American drip models, and it’ll give you the best-tasting cuppa you can get on a machine (aside from the Miele). It’s super reliable, it’s simple to use, and it’s made extremely well.
Just be sure to get it from an authorized dealer. Otherwise, you could end up getting an iffy machine that’s not covered by warranty. If you want something that makes more elaborate drinks or grinds your beans for you, invest in the Miele.
The KitchenAid is the obvious choice for cold-brew lovers. It’s as simple as that! The KitchenAid is built better than any other home brewing system we’ve reviewed. It’s easy to use, produces excellent results, and looks flawless. The only caveat is that it won’t help you make hot drinks.
The Miele is our ultimate recommendation for the most passionate coffee drinkers. It’s a premium machine, and it commands a premium price tag. If you can afford it, though, we don’t think anything else compares to the results. You can make a whole range of coffee-based drinks exactly the way you want them, with hardly any effort on your part. It’s very well-designed, solidly-made, and will last for years with care. Don’t buy it if you won’t get your money’s worth out of it, though.