What Amazon Reviewers Say: “The ‘classic’ vs ‘rich’ brew options make it easy to choose how strong you’d like your coffee without having to use more beans (although I do double the amount recommended by the instructions).”
The Best Extra-Large Coffee Maker: Cuisinart 14-Cup Coffee Maker
Maybe you like having guest. Maybe you just need two Yeti tumbler’s worth of java before 8 a.m.—and a third at noon—to be functional. This Cuisinart has virtually all of the same settings and features as the Ninja model featured above, but with the ability to brew a slightly bigger pot of coffee.
We also like its easy-to-clean permanent filter, so you won’t have to use paper filters ever again (unless you want to). On top of that, the brewer has a built-in charcoal water filter, kind of like a Brita for your coffee water.
What Amazon Reviewers Say: “It is easy to use, and makes a great cup of hot coffee. I love that it has a ‘pause’ so you can pour a cup before it has finished brewing.”
The Best Pour-Over Setup: Clever Drip Coffee Tool + Cosori Electric Kettle
Our top choice for pour-over isn’t one product, but a combination of two. As much as we all love the gorgeous Fellow Stagg electric kettle, we prefer Cosori’s cheaper, more versatile electric gooseneck for making pour-over (or tea, or French press coffee). This electric kettle has preset temperature controls for white tea, green tea, oolong tea, coffee, and boiling water, and it can hold these temperatures as needed. Being able to heat up water to the right temp coffee with the push of a single button is a neat trick, and the kettle only needs a few minutes.
For the perfect pour-over, combining the Cosori with the Clever coffee dripper. This immersion brewer is easy to use with your favorite mug, a glass carafe, or a tumbler. Normally, we wouldn’t recommend a plastic brewing tool, but Clever uses BPA-free materials, keeping chemicals out of your java.
What Amazon Reviewers Say: “The Clever Dripper is a simple way to make a great cup of coffee. If you struggle getting consistent cups of coffee from pour-overs, this will be great for you. I do use the technique of pouring in the water first and then the adding the coffee grounds and it’s been great!”
The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker: OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Maker
Cold-brew coffee isn’t hard to make, it just requires some delayed gratification. The java needs to steep for between 12 to 24 hours, depending on how much flavor and caffeine you’re looking to extract. OXO makes getting to the black gold you’ve brewed that much easier: fill the top with ground coffee, pour in cold water, and let the “rainfall” filter saturate the grounds evenly. Then wait.
When you come back, you’ll get coffee without the acidity or bitter bite. Just flip the switch and let the brew drain into the carafe.
What Amazon Reviewers Say: “Wow is the first word that comes to mind. Personally let it steep at room temperature for 16 hours and found it to be the perfect balance of strength and smoothness.”
The Best French Press Coffee Maker: Fellow Clara French Press
We couldn’t write a coffee guide without including at least one Fellow product. For lovers of the French press, Fellow makes a beautiful coffee maker with thoughtful details we appreciate. On the outside, the matte-black finish and cool handle feel like a modernized version of the old-school glass-and-chrome presses. (Though over time, and lots of coffee, our Fellow’s handle has come loose.) But the Clara isn’t just a pretty face.
The French press mechanism inside evenly distributes the grounds while the insulated steel body locks in heat. And if you can never remember how much coffee and water to use, there are markings on the inner walls to help you out. The only downside is the size: the Clara can only hold 24 ounces at a time.