How do you like your coffee? Hopefully you know the answer to this important question. If one cup is enough to jumpstart your day, choose a oneor twocup drip model or a single-serve machine. Need more? Choose a larger automatic drip or one of the specialty machines. Most large models brew 10 to 12 cups.
If you space your coffee drinking throughout the day, consider a model with an insulated mug or carafe. These keep coffee hot and fresh-tasting for hours. (The warming plates that come with glass pots can cause coffee to taste stale and burnt from sitting around too long.)
For some people, filling the coffee machine and turning it on is too much to handle in the morning. If you are one of them, consider a unit with an automatic ‘on’ switch. For the forgetful who rush out of the house in the morning, an automatically timed ‘off’ feature is also important.
Through all this, remember that the basic mechanism of all automatic-drip coffee makers remains the same across brands. How they differ is in terms of the design, the compact structure, the glass carafe, the shape of the funnel, the time taken to brew, the water-filtration process, the flavour of the final brew, etc. All these factors together contribute to making one coffee machine different from, or better than, another one. Some also have added features such as timers for automatic start and inbuilt coffee-grinding mechanisms, but these are hard to find as compared to the basic ones. You can see a comparison of 15 brands of coffee makers (coffee machine) between 900 to 4K to choose the best option.
What you should be looking for:
- Design – whether the coffee maker is sleek and attractive, and how much space does it occupy
- Simplicity – the simplest machine is always the best machine, with no complicated features to make it irksome to use
- Safety – whether the machine is safe to use and backed by safety features
A Buying Checklist
Best in your budget
You should make a rough estimate of your requirements and then choose the appliance that is efficient as well as budget-friendly. You may find that two different appliances with same efficiency cost different. A little research can thereby help you to save money.
Ease and convenience
Be sure that there is no challenging procedure involved in the making of coffee. The appliance needs certain steps to be followed and the rest is done automatically. Some machines are automatic with a timer and these let you know when the coffee is ready by the beep noise, all you need to do is fill the machine with coffee beans, sugar, etc., beforehand.
This is an important factor and you should be clear whether you need a:
- single-cup coffee maker (this is capable of providing one single cup at a time and is just perfect for less requirements or requirement at different times by different people), or
- multi-cup coffee maker (this is capable of preparing about three to four cups of coffee at a time)
Easy to clean and maintain
Usually coffee makers have a coffee jar that can be detached and cleaned regularly. The filter inside the coffeemaker can be removed after some time of usage.
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