Best Coffee Makers 2023 – Forbes Vetted
From traditional drip machines to pod-based brewers to artisan pour-overs, the best coffee makers come in a range of styles. So to help you brew your perfect cup, we narrowed our list to highlight top contenders in 12 categories. The automatic OXO Brew 9-Cup Coffee Maker is our favorite overall because of its solid, no-frills performance and ease of use. Meanwhile, we deemed the manual Chemex Classic the best pour-over coffee maker for the level of brewing control it offers, its elegant design and the clarity of its coffee.
Below, we delve into the best coffee makers that made the cut based on insights from several coffee experts, our team’s extensive research and, in many cases, hands-on testing. We considered each maker’s build quality, method of coffee extraction, heat retention and the varying needs of home coffee drinkers during our selection process. For more specifics on what to look for in each style of coffee maker, check out the full buying guide at the bottom of this story, as well as our style-specific articles on drip coffee makers, espresso machines, French presses and more.
Why Trust Forbes Vetted
The home and kitchen team at Forbes Vetted have researched and written a great variety of coffee articles over the years, including rigorously tested pieces like the best espresso machines and the best coffee subscriptions. In addition to using our combined breadth of coffee gear experience to determine the best coffee makers, we relied on insights from other Vetted staffers who brew their own coffee at home. We also enlisted the help of the following coffee experts to inform our selections and shopping guidance:
Finally, we regularly review this story to keep our guidance current and accurate. The original version of this story was written by executive strategy editor Lindsay Boyers, a functional nutritionist and cookbook author; it was last updated in December 2023 by writer Fran Sales, who has over two years under her belt testing and reviewing a variety of kitchen gadgets and appliances.
How We Chose The Best Coffee Makers
From automated drip and single-serve coffee makers to manual gadgets like French presses and pour-over devices, we cast a wide net when starting our search for the best coffee makers. From there, we prioritized models that Forbes Vetted staffers have tested (and loved) and scoped out top-rated models with high customer ratings. We also considered recommendations from the coffee experts and educators we spoke with.
When making our final selections, we honed in on coffee makers with a user-friendly design, particularly for more casual drinkers, as well as those that offer more customization and control for coffee brewing enthusiasts. Our team also focused on each maker’s water-dispensing method, temperature control, heat retention, its potential to impart flavors onto the brew, maintenance, durability and of course, the flavor and quality of the coffee itself. Lastly, we noted whether a machine has been certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), a group of coffee science and tasting professionals that employs rigorous standards; however, the coffee experts we spoke with say it’s not the only factor—nor the most important one—to consider when looking for a home coffee maker.
What Is The Best Coffee Maker For Home Use?
The right model for you depends on your preferences, but for true coffeehouse-quality brews at home, check out the high-tech and expert-backed Technivorm Moccamaster or our no-frills top pick, the OXO Brew 9-Cup. Alternatively, go the manual route with a pour-over carafe like the Chemex or a French press like the Bodum Chambord—both vouched for by our java-loving staffers. Bonus: Both of these devices are budget-friendly.
Do Coffee Makers Really Make A Difference In Flavor?
Yes. Whether it’s drip, pour-over, French press or espresso, each of these methods have a distinct way of extracting flavors from your coffee grounds, experts say. Phillips explains, “From getting the correct temperature, to having a pour that consistently saturates the bed of grounds evenly, to even the simple aspects of being easy to keep clean, the coffee maker you pick will definitely change the cup you get.” Bean & Bean Coffee’s Han adds, “Experimenting with various types [of coffee makers] can help you discover your preferred flavor profile.”
But it’s important to keep in mind that the quality and flavor of your brew also goes beyond the coffee maker you’re using. Easto explains, “There are numerous factors, including the quality of coffee you are putting into the machine and the grind size you are using. No machine can make poor-quality coffee taste great. And if you aren’t using the proper grind size, your end result will not be optimized for quality, either.”
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