There are loads of different coffee makers on the market. The sheer amount of options you can buy can be overwhelming. In this post we will be helping you decide on the best coffee maker to buy.
What to Look for in Coffee Maker
Many of us can’t even start our day without a decent cup of coffee. Making a coffee in the morning becomes a necessary ritual in order feel human or to make sure you don’t say the wrong thing to the wrong person at work.
With your own coffee maker at home, you can have your favourite type of coffee with or without flavourings at the touch of a button. No matter what type of coffee maker you buy, the principal is the same:
- Water meets coffee
- The flavour is extracted from the coffee
- Water drains or is forced through the coffee
- Your hot steaming drink is collected in your cup or a pot
However, different coffee machines give you different results
- Water temperature has an affect on the flavour of the coffee
- The amount of time the machine takes to brew the coffee has an affect on the strength of your drink. This comes down to the length of time the water is in contact with the coffee
- Certain coffee makers agitate or stir the granules
- Some coffee makers shower the granules with water rather than letting it flow over them in a stream
When choosing the best coffee maker to buy, there is actually quite a lot to look in to. Here is our guide in what to look for when you are looking for the best coffee machine to buy. Alternatively, you can just scroll further down the page to check out our recommendations.
When it comes to convenience, a coffee maker is brilliant, but there are different levels of convenience. You need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I want my coffee ready for when I wake up, or am I OK with making coffee as part of my morning ritual?
- Do I want to press a button and walk away to do something else, or am I OK with standing there waiting for it to fill my cup?
- Do I want to give my morning coffee my undivided attention, barista style?
There are programmable coffee makers that will make your coffee for a specific time of day. Therefore, you can wake up and go straight for your morning cup.
Automatic coffee makers that use pods will allow you to put the pod in, place your cup under the nozzle, press a button and walk away. While manual coffee makers require you to switch them off when your cup is full.
You can buy your own espresso machine, similar to what you find in coffee shops. These require your full attention and more work.
Choice of Coffee
Coffee makers and espresso machines are pretty much two different type of machine. But, there are hybrid coffee makers that will make a huge variety of coffees, chocolates, teas and even cold drinks. If a proper espresso is your choice of coffee, these machines make good ones. However, the quality isn’t quite as good as a machine that is specifically designed for espresso.
Some coffee makers are capable of making different sized drinks. There are some coffee makers that are not built to fit tall cups in to them. Therefore, if you like a tall drink, make sure the platform/drip tray is adjustable. so you can fit your cup under the nozzle.
If you are making coffee for lots of people, maybe a coffee maker that fills up a pot would be better. These are generally for large households or offices. These are also good, if you are drinking coffee all day, as they keep the coffee hot, ready for your next caffeine fix.
If your coffee maker takes up too much space in your kitchen, it is going to be really annoying. Therefore, check the dimensions of the coffee maker that takes your fancy, to make sure it fits under cupboards or in a convenient corner.
Some coffee makers do more than put hot water on some coffee granules. You will find features such as:
- Keep warm
- Auto switch off
- Audible alerts
- Ready lights
- Self clean mode
- Milk frother
- Bean grinder
Our Top Coffee Makers
Below, you will surly find the best coffee maker to buy for you. These are very popular and some are best sellers in their category.
Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2
The Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 is a compact coffee maker. In fact it is one of the most compact coffee makers you can buy right now. It makes it very easy to make great tasting coffee.
This coffee maker has been well thought out and has a nice simple look to it. The various capsules needed for the Vivy 2, have barcodes printed on them. The machine reads the barcode, so it knows how much water, what temperature etc to use for each type of drink. For an in-depth look at this coffee maker, click on the button below.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto range is quite large. There are basic coffee makers and super stylish technical ones, like the one above. This variety of coffee makers means there is something to suit all budgets too. Click on the button below to check out our break down of these fantastic coffee makers to help you choose the best one for you.
Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup
The Mr. Coffee Optimal Are 10 cup is the best selling coffee maker in the Mr. Coffee range. It has lots of features and is a great machine. We think it would be perfect in a small office, a busy household or for someone that is a serious coffee addict. Click on the button below to see our review.
Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Now you know what to look for when choosing the best coffee maker to buy. You also have some great examples to choose from. But as a coffee lover, you may want to check out our gifts for coffee lovers. Even if it is just for a little treat for yourself.
What do you think?
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