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What is the best coffee maker to buy for home use?

Updated: May 11, 2020

Nothing beats heading out to your favorite local café, but it's always nice to have a hot cup of joe readily available at home. We've looked through a variety of different coffee machines and narrowed it down to a handful of the best coffee makers to buy for your home. They also make great presents! Take a look.

Most affordable coffee maker

The Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffee Maker (48464) might get passed up because of it's inexpensive price tag of $40, but we think it's the best bang for your buck. It can brew a fresh pot of coffee pretty quickly, has auto-shutoff, and is programmable. This is our pick for most affordable coffee maker. If you want to tell Alexa to make your coffee try this Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker that works with Alexa and is "A Certified for Humans Device".

Our favorite Nespresso Machine

De'Longhi Nespresso EN560B Lattissima Touch looks professional, while still offering the easy-to-use push-buttons and Nespresso capsules. It can also make a variety of drinks including: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, and hot milk or water. When we tested it we had our espresso made in about 40 seconds. It works quick! You can also customize settings to change the volume or each drink, and the machine remembers it. It does have quite the hefty price tag, but we think it is well worth it. You can get it on Amazon for $335. Our runner up was the Nespresso Vertuo Next which you can pick up for $111. It's also made with recyclable plastic. If you want some pods to go along with this, we highly recommend these limited edition caramel flavor Nespresso capsules.

Our favorite Keurig Coffee Maker

K-Elite Coffee Maker won this battle. It is basically the same as their discontinued K-575, but offers a water filtering option to get you more pure water. One of the most user-friendly coffee makers on the market. You can brew five different sizes (4-12 oz). It has a big water reservoirs that allows you up to 75 oz. It also has an iced coffee option, which was somewhat confusing when we first looked at it. Don't get this confused with brewing your ice-cold coffee, it just makes the coffee more concentrated so when you add in ice the flavor doesn't dilute. It also has a 'strong brew' option for when you need that extra kick. It looks great too. You can get it in brushed silver, slate, or gold. You can pick this up for $169.99 on Amazon Prime with free shipping. If you are looking for something slightly cheaper the K-Classic is a good alternative, coming in at $79.99 on Amazon. Make sure to pick up our favorite K-Cups to drink, the Boker Breakfast Blend. Here is a Keurig Coffee Maker Comparison Chart.

Our favorite Espresso Machine

Breville Express Espresso

Breville the Barista Exspresso Machine, BES870XL. Is the Breville Barista Express worth it? You betcha! This is for our more dedicated coffee lovers who enjoy the creation processes of espresso, rather than the single serve pods, like Nespresso and Keurig. It's semi-automatic and brews better espresso than a lot of the more expensive machines. It's actually fairly easy to use and has a built-in grinder. It also has built in precise temperature technology (PID) that will get you the optimal temperature, which helps get you a balanced espresso with great flavor and taste. You can use the steam wand that adds in milk if you like the foamy and creamy addition. It has a price tag of ~$550, but we think it's worth every penny. We actually found it cheaper on La Cuisine Appliances and you can use code LCA50 to save $50

Best Inexpensive Coffee Maker

There are a lot of coffee machines on the market and sometimes you just want an inexpensive machine that will make you a pot of coffee. If that's the case we recommend the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker. $25 off of Amazon, which happens to be a #1 Best Seller. Just set it up, turn it on, and hit brew.


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