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Best Drip Coffee Maker 2016

Updated on November 7, 2015

To help you find a good coffee maker, I have shortly reviewed 4 of the top coffee makers in best drip coffee makers 2016. The coffee machines I picked have different features and are spread out across different price ranges.

What to look for in a coffee maker:

  • Pause feature: Many coffee makers allow you to remove the pot without waiting for the cycle to stop. The flow is blocked so the coffee doesn't drip on the heat plate.
  • Water filter: You will generally only find a water filter on the top end models. I have found that filtering can seriously improve the coffee's taste.
  • Permanent coffee filter: Some models have a permanent filter. You save because you don't need to buy filters, but you will need to clean the permanent filter. Some coffee drinkers claim the taste is better with a permanent filter.

Stylish drip coffee maker 2016
Stylish drip coffee maker 2016

Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker

For those who like retro kitchen appliances this unit is worth considering. With a brushed stainless steel finish it will brew up to 12 5 oz. in one go. Other options are 1-4 or 5-12.

There is a wake up timer for scheduling your coffee breaks. Pause and programmable shut off are included. The DCC-1200 has a charcoal water filter and an useful decalcification indicator. The warming plate is temperature adjustable. The unit is quite compact, 141/4 X 8 X103/4’’ and comes with a 3 year defect warranty.

The Cuisine DCC 1200 allows you to filter the water you choose to brew with and keep the brew at your preferred temperature. It’s also possible to get a cup before brewing or setup the DCC-1200 so your coffee is ready when you wake up. The unit also has an auto shut off in case you forget to do it. This Cuisinart does all the basics of making coffee really well.

Zojirushi EC-BD15BAFresh Brew Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker

The Zojirushi EC-BD15BA 1.5 Liter, is mid priced coffee maker with a stainless steel carafe. I consider it to be both attractive and functional. It's good looks will complement the overall appearance of any countertop. As well as looking good it has many useful features for instance a smart brew and serve lid. An easy to read water gauge allows easy water level control. The attractive stainless steel carafe will keep your coffee hot for hours. The stylish automatic brewer has a convenient 1.5 liter carafe. The electronic clock and timer has a preset function and for safety an auto shut off capability. It has average but unobtrusive measurements at 15 x 12 x 9’’. The 12 months warranty however is shorter than what you get with some similar models.

One 'tasteful feature' is the use of stainless steel to avoid the ‘burnt’ taste, that some complain of with the more standard coffee makers. The Zojirushi EC-BD15BA is very stylish and modern looking, which makes it much more than just another coffee maker. It adds to the overall appearance of your kitchen.

I consider this unit to be very good value for money.

Top premium drip coffee maker 2016
Top premium drip coffee maker 2016

Technivorm KBT-741 Moccamaster Polished Silver Coffee Maker

This is a Dutch Handmade coffeemaker. It’s a very elegant electric drip brewer. To avoid the ‘burnt’ flavour more people are moving from retro style to elegant stainless steel or silver. This machine fills this requirement. The simplicity of the Moccamaster belies its ability to consistently make a very good cup of coffee. The unit brews up to 1.25 liters which is less than some but adequate for most of us.

Built to avoid temperature issues, suffered by most machines the end result is perfect cups of coffee every time. Perfect coffee has to be brewed nice and hot, every time. Technivorm KBT 741’s handmade simplicity assures this, every time. This is further ensured by using the built in thermal carafe and consistent brewing throughout the whole process. Dimensions are 11.5 x 15.5 x 7 inches.

The Technivorm KBT-741 Moccamaster Polished Silver Coffee Maker gives elegant and tasteful value for money at the quality end of the market.

Best budget drip coffee maker 2016
Best budget drip coffee maker 2016

Black & Decker DCM675BF 5-Cup Drip Coffee Maker

The Black and Decker –DCM675BF Programmable Unit takes us to the basic end of coffee makers which comes with a lower price tag. This must be considered when comparing with other models with more features, capacity and better looks.

The DCM675BF hassle free with an easy to fill tank and a hot plate to keep it warm. Brew time is programmable; a useful feature in a low cost product. Touch pad control helps in automatic shut down. The DCM675BF is small enough to offer convenience and has a permanent filter. The water level indicator is clearly visible.

There have been some bad user reviews for this unit, but having looked at some it appears most are due to some purchasers expecting more than available, at this price level. The unit has a 5 cup capacity with a glass carafe and does not claim to offer the versatility of a 12 cup stainless steel alternative. If you buy the DCM675BF you will get what you pay for. A simple basic reliable coffee maker.

I hope you enjoyed best drip coffee maker 2016. You might also like to check out best milk frothers.


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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Nice coffee makers, they look good from the pictures. Anyway thanks for that detailed explanation of each coffee maker. I hope this will help new buyers.

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      RandomLife 6 years ago from Nashville TN

      I have the Cuisinart DCC-1200 and I love it!