The best coffee machines in 2024, featuring drip, espresso and craft coffee makers

Our guide to the best coffee machines includes models we've tested from Nespresso, Keurig, and Breville

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We've sought out and tested the best coffee machines for various price points and brew styles, from exceptional drip coffee makers to craft coffee machines that will give you a barista-quality brew.

A coffee machine should be easy and intuitive to use, made to last, and of course, produce excellent coffee. And let's not forget some of the fun extras you could get in addition, such as a milk frother, coffee grinder, and smart technology that'll allow you to craft your ideal brew from anywhere.

Keep reading to learn more about the best coffee machines, plus some advice on how to choose a suitable one for your preferences and budget. If you like to take your java on the go, make sure you're drinking from one of the best travel mugs. And level up your barista game with any of the best milk frothers to give your homebrew that coffee shop latte look.

The best coffee machines, at a glance

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Only have time for a short skim? Here's an abridged list of the best coffee machines, with quick links to buy...

  1. OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker: This drip coffee machine meets the rigorous standards of the Golden Cup — and it also tops our list.
  2. Nespresso's Vertuo Next: You won't have to choose between coffee or espresso because this Nespresso makes both.
  3. Technivorm Moccamaster Select KBGV: A 5-year warranty, fuss-free design, and Golden Cup approval make this worth the splurge.
  4. Breville Barista Express: This intuitive espresso machine always knows how much to grind and dose.

How we chose and evaluated the best coffee machines

We selected the following coffee machines in order to share products within a range of different prices, from budget to luxury options - and from well-known and more niche brands for a full representation of what's on the market. 

To evaluate the best coffee machines we looked at:

  • Price tag—and subsequent value-for-the-money.
  • Ease of use—is brewing a cup intuitive or do you need to pour through the manual?
  • Special functions—can you customize cup size? Adjust strength? Program? 
  • Design—coffee makers come in all shapes and sizes. Are you looking for something purely functional, or do you want something to match your personal interior taste?

Our pick of the best coffee machines to buy in 2024

Best drip coffee makers

OXO 9 cup

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1. OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker

Best coffee maker overall

Specifications

RRP: From $230 / £371
Capacity: 9 cups
Dimensions: 15" x 8.3" x 17.2"
Water filter: No
Hot plate: No
Programmable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Specialty Coffee Association approved
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Timer tells you how old the brewed coffee is
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Thermal carafe has excellent heat retention

Reasons to avoid

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Must use knob to see settings
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Thermal carafe hard to see to clean

Taking the crown for best drip coffee maker, and best coffee maker overall is the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker. That's no small feat. It's also approved by the Specialty Coffee Association for meeting its rigorous Golden Cup Standards, which means the machine meets its standards for water quality, coffee-to-water ratio, grind/particle size distribution with a temperature between 195 and 205 degrees, and a brewing time of fewer than eight minutes. 

The secret to OXO's perfect brew—BetterBrew Precision which controls water, temperature and optimizes brew cycles for rich, flavorful coffee. Then, a rainmaker head even disperses water over the grounds for better extraction. Following that, a silicone mixing tube in the lid helps blend the coffee when it's brewing to ensure the first cup is as good as the last. 

The OXO is speedy too, able to produce a full carafe in under eight minutes, but we can't blame you if you want to take advantage of the sneak-a-cup function. Beyond excellent coffee, the OXO has you choose cup size to optimize brewing between a 2-4 cup brew or a 5-9 cup brew, a timer function to program up to 24 hours in advance, and a count-up timer (up to 60 minutes) to let you know you how long the coffee has been completed. 

A thermal carafe is another one of our favorite features and helps retain the coffee's temperature without any chance to burn it. The handle has a good grip, so it should be comfortable to hold and is easy to pour, with no drips. It can be a little more difficult to clean since the mouth of the carafe is pretty narrow. Make sure you note that the carafe is not dishwasher safe, but the brew basket and other plastic parts are. 

Nespresso deals: Nespresso Next Machine

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Best coffee machine for espresso and coffee

Specifications

RRP: From $130 / £80 (without Aeroccino frother)
Cup capacity: 1.35oz., 2.7oz., 5oz; 8oz; 14oz; 18 oz. carafe
Water capacity: 37 oz.
Size: 5.5" x 16.9" x 12.4" inches
Pod type: Vertuo Line

Reasons to buy

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An affordable, space-saving option
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Made from partially recycled materials
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Only machine that can make an 18 oz. carafe

Reasons to avoid

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Lock and unlock mechanism takes effort to open
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Carafe is sold separately
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It can be a little noisey

The beauty of Nespresso's Vertuo coffee machine line is that there is never a compromise between choosing coffee or espresso. You can have both, in one compact machine. The Vertuo Next is particularly interesting as it is just  5.5" wide and also made with 54% recycled plastic. Nespresso is famous for its single-serve capsules, the Vertuo Next can brew five sizes: espresso (1.35 oz.), double espresso (2.7 oz.), gran lungo (5 oz.), coffee (7.7 oz.), and alto (14 oz.), plus, a new 18 oz. carafe size. 

The Vertuo machines brew through Centrifusion, a unique process that rotates the Vertuo capsules 7,000 times in a minute to extract the best brew. Each capsule also has a barcode that the machine reads and automatically adjusts according to the ideal temperature, cup size, brew speed, and more. All you have to do is open the machine, place it in the slot, and simply press the center button. It self-disposes in a separate tank that you won't have to bother with until the bin is full. From there, each aluminum capsule is fully recyclable, and Nespresso makes it even easier by providing each order with a mailer to send back used capsules. 

Better still, you'll often find the Nespresso machines bundled in with an Aeroccinno milk frother to expand the function of your coffee maker and to make cappuccinos at home. Browse the best Nespresso deals if you want to score a discount on this already-affordable machine. 

Read our full Nespresso Vertuo Next review

Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select Coffee Maker, Rose Gold

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3. Technivorm Moccamaster Select KBGV

Best coffee maker to splurge on

Specifications

RRP: From $349 / £200
Capacity: 10 cups/40 oz.
Dimensions: 12 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 14"
Water filter: No
Hot plate: Yes
Programmable: No

Reasons to buy

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Handmade in the Netherlands
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Brews both half and full carafes
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Long warranty and replacement parts readily available

Reasons to avoid

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Set up and installation takes a little getting used to
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Plastic parts feel flimsy

If you're all about the art of coffee, we think you'll want the best of the best. For the smoothest cup of coffee you've ever brewed, you'll want to divert your attention to the Technivorm Moccamaster. 

Available in tons of colors to suit your style or kitchen decor, the Moccamaster quickly and quietly brews some of the best-tasting coffee we've tried. In fact, it meets the rigorous qualifications set by the Specialty Coffee Association to meet the Golden Cup Standard. It's a design-forward machine—the body style hasn't changed since its introduction in the 1970s—with a fuss-free design that puts the coffee it brews center stage. It only has two switches for simplicity, the power button and the option to choose between a full or a half carafe. 

So, what makes the Moccamaster KBGV Select worthy of its hefty price tag? For one, it's assembled by hand in the Netherlands, making for a sleek and unique design. It also features first-rate materials, such as a copper-heating element. It also has one of the longest warranties around, with five years. But the real beauty of a Moccamaster is that you should still be able to use it a decade from now, maybe more. And if a part does wear down, such as the plastic brew basket or the glass carafe, these items are easily replaceable or repairable, which in turn prevents perfectly good machines from being discarded into landfills. 

BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker

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4. BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker

Best coffee maker for value

Specifications

RRP: From $70 (US only)
Capacity: 12 cups/60 oz.
Dimensions: 8" x 11" x 11.5"
Water filter: No
Hot plate: No
Programmable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Thermal carafe more durable than glass
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Programmable with easy-read controls
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Has adjustable Brew Strength

Reasons to avoid

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No water filter
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Lift up to fill, might not be great under cabinets

Black & Decker manages to squeeze in all the features you might seek from a high-end machine and keeps the price affordable. The roomy 12-cup thermal carafe is durable, keeps coffee warm for hours, is easy to handle, with a drip-free pour spout and an ultra-wide mouth for hassle-free cleanup. On most models, the thermal carafe is pricier than glass carafes with hot plates.

But seriously, this coffee maker is the real deal. It offers you the chance to adjust brew strength (very important to us since it seems like everyone takes their coffee a different way) and the rainfall showerhead, dubbed Evenstream Showerhead, dispenses water over coffee grounds evenly for better bloom, and flavor. 

It also features easy to read digital controls that display the time, brew a smaller batch of 1-4 cups, choose brew strength from regular, strong, and bold, and this pretty cool feature - a timer that indicates how much time has passed since the coffee was brewed, up to 120 minutes. Because we all know how a coffee that has been sitting for too long starts to taste. Each button is very easy to select, though we would say it's maybe too sensitive, as the large buttons can accidentally be pressed to advance the time when you're not intending to. 

Keurig k-supreme plus

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5. Keurig K-Supreme Plus Coffee Maker

Best single-serve coffee maker

Specifications

RRP: From $189.99 (US only)
Capacity: 78 oz.
Dimensions: 13.35” x 8.31” x 12.24”
Water filter: Yes
Hot plate: No
Programmable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Coffee-over-ice setting for cold drinks
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Adjustable temperature and strength settings
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Can make up to 9 beverages with a full water tank

Reasons to avoid

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No instructions for installing water filter
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Pods can be wasteful if not properly disposed of

Coffee for one? If you limit your coffee consumption to one serving at a time or love the idea of fresh coffee on demand in minutes, you'll want the Keurig K-Supreme Plus. Not only do you get the beauty of customizing cup size, coffee strength, and temperature, the introduction of Multi-Stream technology makes for a much more robust brew. And trust me, you will taste the difference. 

So, what is Multi-Stream Technology? Instead of the one needle in the center, five are punched in the K-cup, which creates better water saturation over coffee grounds, like a rainfall effect, for better-tasting coffee and even stronger aromas. 

The design is sleek and modern, with a small footprint, but a large water tank capacity, 78 oz. for up to nine 8 oz. cups of coffee. And it comes with a water filter if your water source is straight from the tap. However, our tester did have to take to YouTube to figure out the installation. It also offers an Over Ice setting, which brews the coffee at a slightly lower temperature over ice for perfectly chilled coffee. With so many setting options, you can program your favorites for up to three users. 

If waste is a reason you've steered clear of Keurig in the past, don't let that stop you from the convenience of single-cup coffee makers. All Keurig K-Cups are recyclable, just peel off the lid and empty the grounds, which make great compost.

Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker

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6. Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker

Best compact coffee machine

Specifications

RRP: From $39.95 (US only)
Capacity: 5 cups
Dimensions: 8" x 6.25" x 10"
Water filter: No
Hot plate: Yes
Programmable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Perfect size for 1-2 people
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Programmable and two-hour hot plate
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Permanent filter reduces waste

Reasons to avoid

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Coffee could be stronger

Don't skimp on the features you want in a coffee maker just because you're short on space. Capresso's Mini-Drip Coffee Maker is perfect for 1-2 people and takes up very little space on your countertop. It's only 10 inches tall, and 6.5 inches wide. It's compact and attractive, making this machine a great starter coffee maker. 

Let's talk about what this small but mighty coffee maker can do: it's programmable, uses a permanent gold-tone filter so you don't have to think about specialty-sized filters, and has a hot plate that automatically turns off after two hours. It could brew a stronger cup of coffee, but it does brew quite a smooth-tasting cup. It's a total workhorse, proof that good things do come in small packages. 

Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker

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7. Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker

Best coffee machine with a built-in grinder

Specifications

RRP: From $330 (US only)
Capacity: 12 cups/ 60 oz.
Dimensions: 12.5" x 8.5" x 16.3"
Water filter: No
Hot plate: No
Programmable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Travel cup option
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Interesting design
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5 grind options plus 8 strength settings

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be cleaned often
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Can't just grind beans

It's true, freshly ground beans make the best tasting coffee. It doesn't always have to add an extra step—or machine—to your coffee. The Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker offers five grind settings to help you brew the freshest coffee possible and calibrate according to the beans being used.  

In addition to the ability to choose your desired strength level, up to eight settings, you can choose from a single-serve portion from 8-20 oz. or the full 12-cup carafe. Once you spin the dial to indicate your selections, the machine automatically adjusts to the perfect water to bean ratio. The LED interface and control panel easily shows you your selections. It can also be programmed ahead of time, so you can wake up to a ready-made coffee. Should you want to use pre-ground coffee, that's an option too, as well as the ability to choose between paper and permanent filters. Though, one user did note, that if you wanted to just grind coffee for another use, say your French press, or to make cold brew, that was not an option. 

Before you go ahead and buy a grind and brew-style coffee maker, know that they typically require more care and attention to keep them a well-oiled machine, as beans stuck in the grinder can cause a big headache. The machine uses a flat burr grinder that needs to be regularly cleaned to prevent blockages. You'll therefore need to pay special attention to learning how to clean your coffee machine.

If you're in the UK, this exact model isn't on sale there. Check out the similar Sage Dose Control Pro instead.

Mr. Coffee 12 cup coffee maker

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8. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Best coffee machine from Amazon