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11 Best Drip Coffee Makers of 2022, According to Rigorous Lab Testing

Newer models can also make cold brews, iced coffees and concentrates for cold brews.

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There are so many different methods and specialty machines for brewing coffee these days, from cold brew to French press, single-serve coffee makers to espresso machines. Traditional drip coffee makers, however, have stood the test of time for their convenience and ability to brew large quantities of classic American-style coffee. Drip coffee makers are different from pour over and other types of coffee machines in that they're automated — they'll heat the water and brew the coffee in a very hands-off manner. Plus, with today's rising coffee prices, even the most expensive drip coffee makers can ultimately save you money in the long-run.

How we test drip coffee makers

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab, we've been hands-on testing coffee makers for decades, testing hundreds of coffee machines from brands like Breville, Cuisinart, Ninja, Hamilton Beach and more. Over the years, our professional analysts have made more than 1,000 cups of coffee using traditional drip coffee makers as well as cold brew coffee makers, espresso machines, Nespresso machines and everything in between. We’ve also tested accessories like coffee grinders, so you can always get the freshest brew. One could say we’re obsessed with making coffee at home and in our Labs! So when we recently put drip coffee makers to the test, we spent over 40 hours testing and brewing over 200 cups of coffee.

We first spent hours researching the best coffee makers on the market, as well as top competitors and new models from popular brands. We then tested a total of 14 new drip coffee makers and compared the data points to our previous coffee maker-testing data. Overall, popular newer models that could make multiple types of brews — such as cold brews, concentrates for latte-like drinks and iced coffees — impressed us the most.

When we evaluate coffee makers, we tested the brew cycle temperature using equipment that constantly measures the water temperature throughout the entire cycle. We also measured the temperature of freshly brewed coffee and recorded the temperature multiple times over a two-hour period to see if it can keep the coffee warm.

Along with performance, we also assessed the ease of use, which includes evaluating how easy it was to read and use the controls and looked at the clarity and thoroughness of the instruction manual. We also looked at other factors such as access to the water tank and brew baskets, if markings on the tank and carafe were readable, if it has a keep warm option, automatic shut-off and ease of cleaning the carafe. Finally, we have a group of taste testers try a fresh cup of coffee and score them on taste. All the scores are then tabulated to give overall scores.

According to our experts, these are the best drip coffee makers to buy in 2022:

Our top picks

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    Best Overall Drip Coffee Maker
    Precision Brewer Thermal Drip Coffee Maker

    • Multiple options for ways to make coffee
    • Fast brew time
    • Includes both cone and flat bottom filter baskets
    • Sleek design

    • Carafe requires hand washing

    Coffee devotees will love the Breville Precision Brew not only for its excellent performance but also for its many brew options. It can make traditional drip coffee, strong, fast and over ice. It can also make cold brew and pour over coffee (attachment sold separately), which are two unique features most coffee makers can't do. The bloom time and brew temperature can also be adjusted for the most personalized cup. In our test, coffee brewed from this machine quickly in well under a minute per cup – it took 8 1/2 minutes to brew a full, 12-cup pot, which was impressive compared to most others that took 10-12 minutes.

    This coffee maker comes with both the option to use cone or flat-basket filters, ideal for coffee aficionados who know that the two styles can bring out different notes in coffee. The brew basket has a large, comfortable handle and pulls out for easy filling, one of our favorite features. This model has a thermal carafe that kept coffee warm for the tested two hours.

    Best Value Drip Coffee Maker
    12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

    • Highly competitive pricepoint
    • Scored high for performance and ease of use

    • No bells and whistles

    This coffee maker pays for itself in just a few brews when compared with buying coffee out. It scored high in our drip coffee maker test for both performance and ease of use. It brewed a hot coffee pot that stayed warm for the duration of the keep warm cycle. It was also quick: it brewed coffee in about a minute per cup. Results were pleasant with a smooth finish.

    It doesn't have any bells and whistles (like an alert that lets you know when it's done brewing), but it's easy to use with a one-touch start. Buttons are soft, flat and responsive; they're not flush, however, which makes the control panel a little harder to clean than those that are completely smooth. The measurement markings on both the carafe and water reservoir are easy to read, and the carafe is comfortable to hold.

    Best High-End Drip Coffee Maker
    Gourmet Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

    • Brews very hot coffee
    • Has built-in scale to measure coffee
    • LCD panel tells how long it’s been since coffee was brewed
    • Choose from different knob colors

    • Expensive

    If you know and love Wolf appliances there’s no mistaking who makes this red-knobbed coffee maker. The high-end brand, is known for its top-performing ranges, so it’s no surprise its coffee maker earned high marks for brewing temperature and time. Not to mention it produced a pleasantly steaming cup of coffee and the thermal carafe kept it warm for two hours.

    This machine also has Accubrew mode which allows the user to select the coffee strength and number of cups. You’ll never have to wonder how much coffee to add either since it has a built-in scale which shows when you’ve added enough. The water tank is removable making it easy to fill and the LCD panel displays how long since it's finished brewing. It has a beautiful stainless steel design, and, if the signature red knobs are your preference, there’s also black or brushed silver available.

    Best Small Drip Coffee Maker
    5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker

    • Compact and saves counter space
    • Programmable
    • Two hour keep warm and automatic shut-off

    • Does not brew as hot as other coffee makers

    For those that don’t need a 12- or 14-cup coffee maker but still want more than a single-serve, this Capresso Mini serves five cups of coffee. It doesn’t have a ton of features like other coffee makers but that makes it easy to use and it’s programmable. It also has a hot plate to keep the coffee pot warm and automatic shut-off. As a bonus, it is also very compact and does not take up a lot of counter space. In our test, it brewed hot coffee and tasters said it had a smooth finish.

    Best Coffee Maker With Grinder
    CoffeeTeam TS Drip Coffeemaker

    • Built-in grinder or can use pre-ground coffee
    • Can choose coffee strength

    • Thermal carafe only kept coffee hot for one hour in our test

    This was one of the highest-scoring coffee makers in our taste test. It produced a hot, full-bodied cup that was pleasant to drink. It also had a fast brew time.

    While it has an option to brew pre-ground coffee, the best feature of this machine is the built-in conical burr grinder. It has five grind settings to choose the fineness of the coffee grounds and automatically grinds the coffee into the basket and starts brewing. The strength and number of cups can be chosen.

    Best Drip Coffee Maker for Iced Coffee
    Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

    • Concentrated coffee option to make lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos
    • Comes with a milk frother
    • Can make classic, rich and iced coffee
    • Water tank detaches from machine for easy filling

    • Hand wash recommended for carafe

    Not only does this Ninja machine make drip coffee but it comes with a milk frother and can make concentrated coffee (though not true espresso) to make drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos. It also brews classic, rich, and iced coffee in different size options ranging from single serve to a full carafe.

    In our test, the control panel was intuitive to use and the water tank is detachable with side grips to make it easy to hold while filling. One thing to note, the carafe is hand wash so it’s not recommended to put in the dishwasher like some other carafes we tested. There’s also an option available to purchase that comes with a thermal carafe.

    Best Coffee Maker for Extra Hot Coffee
    Perfectemp Drip Coffee Maker
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    • Initial temp of coffee is hotter compared to most
    • Brew pause feature to pour cup during brewing
    • Can be programmed to auto shut-off from 0-4 hours
    • Has option to brew 1-4 cups

    • Almost 22 inches in height, so not great for low cabinets
    • Snap-on carafe lid may fall off if not properly secured

    We found this machine performed well, was easy to use and had one of the highest scores in our taste test. The coffee also came out hotter compared to other coffee makers which is good for someone who likes their coffee extra hot. It has a brew and pause feature, so there's no waiting to pour that first cup as well as options to brew just 1-4 cups or “bold” coffee.

    The carafe is easy to wash with a wide opening and removable lid; it's also dishwasher safe.

    Take note if you store your coffee maker on the counter under a cupboard, the lid flips up to access the basket and water and in total measures about 22 inches tall, so you’ll want to be sure it fits underneath fully open.

    Best Coffee Maker for Flavor
    PureFlavor Drip Coffee Maker
    Now 13% off

    • Great taste
    • Brew over ice option
    • Keeps coffee warm for two hours

    • Almost 20 inches in height when fully open

    This machine was a favorite in our lab tests, making one of the best-tasting and flavorful cups of coffee. It makes both hot coffee and iced coffee with a brew over ice feature, so no matter the weather you can have cold or hot coffee. Our testing showed it brewed coffee at the correct temperature and kept it that way for two hours.

    It also has three keep warm settings low, medium and high as well as a pause and pour feature so you can snag a cup while it’s brewing. While overall a great coffee maker, the one downside is it’s nearly 20 inches tall when fully opened, so you’ll want to make sure there’s enough room under your cupboards if you’ll be putting it on the counter.

    Best Drip Coffee Maker With Espresso Machine
    All-in-One Coffee and Espresso Maker

    • Can make both drip coffee and espresso
    • Separate water tanks for espresso and drip coffee
    • Has a built-in milk steamer and frother to make cappuccinos or lattes
    • Can use espresso pods that conform to ESE standard (paper coffee pods)

    • Did not brew coffee as hot as others

    Why choose between coffee or espresso when you can have both with this machine from Delonghi. It also has a built-in milk steamer and frother and can use ESE standard espresso pods. With separate water tanks for each type, both coffee and espresso can be made at the same time or separately.

    Overall this machine did well in our testing, though one thing to note is that the pot did not brew as hot as other coffee makers. However, the hot plate did keep the coffee warm and it can be set to keep coffee warm up to 11 hours and 59 minutes.

    Best Drip Coffee Maker and Pod Combo
    FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker
    Hamilton Beach
    Hamilton Beach

    • Can make single serve coffee using k-cups or ground coffee
    • Can make a full carafe on regular or bold setting
    • Pause and pour feature so you can pour a cup of coffee before it’s finished brewing

    • Did not brew as hot as others
    • Bulky

    This coffee maker combo allows you to make a convenient single-serve coffee like a K-cup or brew a full pot for days when more coffee is required. With a single-serve, you also get the choice of using your own coffee in the reusable filter and the full carafe mode allows you to choose regular or bold drip coffee. While this didn’t brew piping hot coffee, it’s an excellent choice for someone who’s looking for both features of pods and drip coffee.

    Best Modern Coffee Maker
    10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker with WiFi

    • Sleek looking
    • App connectivity allows for easy programming
    • Many features can be customized, brew strength and temperature

    • Thermal carafe has a narrow opening which makes it a little hard to clean. (A glass carafe option is available.)

    This stunning coffee maker has a modern design that will stand out on any countertop. It comes in three colors, including brushed stainless steel, matte black and matte white. The control panel has sleek minimal buttons and a clock that's easy to read but not overbearing. It connects to the Smart HQ app through which you can adjust the brew strength, temperature (in one degree increments from 185ºF to 205ºF for a cup of coffee that's as hot as you'd like), as well as the brew size from 1-10 cups. It's also compatible with Alexa and Google Home, and can be programmed in advanced. 

    In our tests, this coffee machine brewed quickly at 6 1/2 min for 10 cups of coffee in accordance with the SCA's temperature recommendations for a "gold cup," toggling between 200ºF and 202ºF. It was amongst the highest scoring coffee makers in our sensory test, producing a cup that testers thought was full-bodied with a pleasant aroma and lack of bitterness. The thermal carafe kept coffee warm for the majority of the two-hour test period. A glass carafe option is available as well. 

    What to look for when buying a drip coffee maker

    ✔️Size: Most drip coffee makers can brew about 10 to 14 cups of coffee, with 12 cups being the most common, but smaller, typically less expensive, options are available for single-coffee drinker homes or small spaces.

    ✔️Carafe type: The two main types of carafes are glass and thermal. Glass carafes are common, lightweight and easy to clean thanks to wide openings and often being dishwasher safe. Thermal carafes are a little bulkier, not usually dishwasher safe, typically more expensive, but can keep coffee hot for hours without using a warming plate, which is a perk for many. Thermal carafes also have a smaller capacity than their glass counterparts because of their insulated walls.

    ✔️Customizable brew options: Many higher end drip coffee makers allow you to adjust the strength of y0ur brew and sometimes the temperature. Our top drip coffee maker pick even allows you to control the bloom time of your grounds for optimal extraction. If you like your coffee a particular way, invest in a coffee maker with these features.

    ✔️Built-in grinders: Grinding your coffee just before brewing allows for the freshest taste. Some coffee makers have built-in grinders that allow you to store the beans right in the coffee maker. They take up less space than having a separate grinder, but can make the overall coffee maker a little bulkier (usually on the top). Coffee makers with built-in grinders also tend to be more expensive than coffee makers without grinders.

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