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9 Best Automatic Drip Coffee Makers, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts

There are tons of trendy ways to brew coffee at home, from espresso makers to cold brew makers to single-serve brewers and French presses, but coffee drinkers know that an automatic drip coffee maker is a classic type of coffee maker for a reason: It can brew strong, full-flavored coffee in great quantities. But not all coffee makers are created equally. That's why we put over 30 drip coffee makers to the test in the Good Housekeeping Institute's Kitchen Appliances Lab and brewed over 400 cups of coffee: To find the best models out there.

How we test coffee makers

We test coffee makers for the water temperature during the brew cycle and the brewing time as well as the temperature of the coffee at the end of brewing and during the keep warm cycle. In addition, we evaluate each brewer’s ease of use, including how easy it is to read and use the controls, access the water tank and brew basket, read the markings on the tank and carafe, whether or not it has automatic keep warm and shut off cycles, and the ease of cleaning the carafe. Of the many models we've tested, these are the best drip coffee machines to buy in 2021

When shopping for a drip coffee maker, there are many styles to consider, including those with a glass carafe, thermal carafe, and even a built-in grinder. Each come with a set of unique pros and cons to consider before buying.


1. BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker

        BEST OVERALL DRIP COFFEE MAKER 


BRAUNBRAUN$79.95

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The well-designed Braun BrewSense came closer to the gold standard for water brewing temperature than almost any other drip coffee maker in our testing, and delivered a rich, bold, hot cup of coffee. It has settings to program the coffee to brew ahead of time and you can adjust the brew strength and the temperature of the warming plate. It's also available in black.  


  • 12-cup capacity
  • 2-hour auto shut-off
  • Settings to program brew time, strength, and temperature
2BEST VALUE DRIP COFFEE MAKERCoffee MakerBLACK + DECKERBLACK + DECKERamazon.com$34.99SHOP NOW

This Black & Decker coffee maker proves you don't need to spend a fortune to make an excellent cup of coffee at home. It was one of the few in our test that brewed coffee hot and kept it that way for a full two hours. It was also was one of the most user-friendly models we tested.  


  • 12-cup capacity
  • 2-hour auto shut-off; keeps coffee hot the entire time
  • Budget-friendly
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