Coffee Makers Review

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Drip Coffee Maker Considerations

There is nothing that can brighten your morning like the seductive aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The anticipation of that first delectable sip is enough to shake out the cobwebs and send you off smiling.

There are many ways to make coffee, from primitive toss-it-in-water-and-boil to delicate hands-on tending. For this review, we looked at the family sized automatic drip coffee makers that have been fixtures in kitchens for decades and are still popular.

We have given the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award to the Cuisinart Brew Center Central, with the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award going to the Mr. Coffee SJX Series and the Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award going to the Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker. To learn more about the subject of coffee in general, check our articles about coffee makers.

Drip Coffee Maker: A Buyer’s Guide

In this review, we did not examine espresso machines, single-serve coffee makers, percolators, French presses or coffee makers that also grind the beans. Instead, this site presents a diverse group of automatic drip coffee machines that present an 8-14 cup capacity.

To pick the best coffee maker for your household, it is smart to focus on the basic design features and capabilities that you are necessary for your palate and then consider the nice-to-have convenience features. As you consider which would be the best coffee maker for you, it would also be smart to examine at the length of warranty and the availability of customer service.

Basic Features
If you live alone and drink one cup of coffee every now and then, a 12-cup capacity coffee maker might be too large, that is, until you host a dinner party. After deciding on capacity, the next thing to decide is whether you want an insulated carafe or a glass coffee pot that rests on a hot plate. If you choose a product with a water filter, it will make better tasting coffee and reduce scale buildup.

Convenience Features
Once you have decided on the basic features you want, examine features of convenience next. You have many options to consider including such things as a brew pause function, which provides the ability to sneak a cup during the brewing process. Do you want the coffee maker to alert you when the brewing is done by a series of beeps? Do you want the machine to let you know when it needs to be cleaned?

Help & Support
Each vendor in our coffee makers review provides telephone support and email support. The warranty periods for various automatic drip coffee makers range from one year to five years, which is quite a range, so be aware of the warranty period as you make your selection.

Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or someone who just needs plenty of hot java and needs it fast, there is a coffee maker on the market for you. Check the different varieties in our review and you can end up with the best drip coffee maker you have ever owned.

 
 
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Cuisinart Brew Central Mr. Coffee SJX Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker BUNN Phase Brew Cuisinart Automatic Brew and Serve Mr. Coffee FTX DeLonghi 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker Zojirushi Fresh Brew Kalorik 12-Cup Coffee Maker Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker
Cuisinart Brew Central Mr. Coffee SJX Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker BUNN Phase Brew Cuisinart Automatic Brew and Serve Mr. Coffee FTX DeLonghi 12-Cup Drip Coffee Maker Zojirushi Fresh Brew Kalorik 12-Cup Coffee Maker Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker
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Basic Features
Maximum Cup Capacity 12 12 10 8 12 12 12 10 12 8
Adjustable for Fewer Cups
  
 
 
Coffee Strength Settings
  
   
Programmable Clock
 
 
Automatic Shut-Off
 
Water Filter
 
  
    
Permanent Coffee Filter
 
 
Paper Filter
Use Permanent or Paper Filter
 
Glass Carafe/Hot Plate
 
 
 
Adjustable Heater Plate
         
Thermal Carafe Standard   
    
 
Glass or Thermal Carafe Option   
       
Convenience Features
Water Level Indicator
Brew Pause
 
 
Brewing Done Audible Alert
 
 
   
Cleaning Alert/Cycle
 
 
    
Power Back-Up
         
Help & Support
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