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Coffee Maker Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new coffee maker.

Getting Started

There are many different types of coffee machines available on the market today, and most will provide great tasting, quality coffee. Which one you choose will depend solely on the type of coffee you prefer, how often and for how many people you are likely to be making it and, of course, how much your budget will allow you to spend. Also, if you purchase whole coffee beans and prefer grinding them yourself, stop by our Coffee Grinder Buying Guide to make sure you have the proper grinder at hand.

Interested in Espresso Makers? Check out our Espresso Maker Buying Guide for information on the different types of Espresso Makers available at Abt!


Drip Coffee Makers

A Drip coffee makers is considered to be one of the most popular styles throughout the world. They are commonly found in many households, due to their ease of use, reliability, and efficiency. They are also going to be the most affordable and inexpensive coffee makers when it comes to upkeep. In a drip coffee maker, water is heated in a reservoir and then poured over coffee grounds via a filter into a carafe. Typically drip coffee makers can brew between 10 to 12 cups of coffee at a time.


Stemming from the verb percolate, which means "to filter", percolators are either electric or made for a stovetop. By continuously filtering and reheating the brew through grounds, percolators extract more oils to produce robust flavors with irresistible aromas. If you like your coffee hot, then the percolator is the perfect coffee machine for you. It pushes boiling water through coffee grounds, using higher temperatures than other coffee makers. It's just the small appliance to make a hot cup of coffee, pretty quickly.

Single-Serve Brewers

Single-Serve Brewers
The single-serve brewers are great for those who drink minimal amounts of coffee, or simply want one cup of coffee at a time. Its smaller size is perfect for a quick and easy cleanup, and because it only brews one cup at a time, you'll have coffee in mere seconds.

Single-serve brewers are designed to work with a coffee pod or prepackaged cup, which contains everything you need to brew a single cup of coffee. The coffee pods or cups are only designed to fit inside these particular machines. Once the pod is in, hot water it is filtered through the pod or cup and coffee starts brewing with the simple push of a button.

Due to the ease of use and low maintenance these coffee makers are perfect for office environments, or dorm rooms. The wide selection if coffee flavors and styles ensures that everyone can make exactly the type of coffee they prefer.

French Press Coffee Makers

The easiest of all brewing systems, the French press combines coarsely ground beans and fresh boiling water, while keeping essential oils in the brew for the purest flavor. It operates with a plunger, which is used to press the filter down to properly separate the grounds from the actual coffee extract. It's extremely easy to use and requires absolutely no electricity. So for all of the coffee aficionados who enjoy a powerful flavor, the French press is a must.

Coffee Maker Capacity

When it comes to capacity it all really boils down to how much coffee you like to drink and if you like to brew fresh coffee for just yourself or others as well. How big is your family? Do you prefer a single pod coffee maker, or would a drip coffee maker better suit you? These are some questions to consider when thinking of the perfect capacity for your coffee making needs. However, with all of that being said one would benefit from a bit of wiggle room and have enough brewing capacity to be able to cater for guests.

Features to Consider

We've listed out some features to look for when choosing coffee makers that will help with providing utmost convenience.

Power Options

Consider a machine with an auto shut-off feature if you tend to forget to turn off the coffee maker. There are also machines available for purchase that stay hot from one to three hours, which is great to have when hosting a party.


Schedule when you'd like a cup of coffee to brew at the touch of a button. A timer will ensure that your coffee will be hot and fresh when you need it to be.


Some machines offer a place to store the cord on the inside to keep your counter looking neat. To add a modern style, consider a coffee maker in a chrome or stainless-steel finish.

Water Filtration

Remember that the quality of the water is just as important as the quality of the coffee. Purchase a machine with a water filter, and it will remove chlorine, strange odors and other bad tastes so you can enjoy great coffee in every cup.


Certain models can now tell you when it is time to clean your coffee maker. Some even have self-cleaning cycles that remove built-up calcification from the carafe to help extend the life of your coffee maker.
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