An amazing cup of coffee in the morning can help you start the day like a boss. But only if you have the right equipment! There are four main types of coffee machines out there, and each one has different advantages depending on your tastes and needs. Use this guide to choose the one that’s right for you!
1.) Quick and easy
2.) Programmable models (so you can wake up to fresh coffee)
3.) Warming pot keeps coffee hot for hours
1.) Middle-of-the-road flavor
2.) Coffee filters are a hassle
Buy an automatic drip if: You value consistency and convenience over award-winning java.
We Recommend: Cuisinart Brew Central 1200
1.) Lightning-fast coffee prep
2.) No filters, no mess
3.) Perfect for single servings
1.) Limited variety (both in coffee brands and roasting strength)
2.) Coffee pods are more expensive than coffee grounds
3.) Your coffee will never technically be “fresh”
Buy a capsule-based machine if: Time is of the essence (or you’re the only coffee drinker at home).
We Recommend: Nespresso U Pure Black
1.) Strong shots of espresso
2.) Saves you money (if you currently buy espresso at coffee shops)
3.) Makes your kitchen look cooler
1.) Messy, more complicated brew process
2.) Higher upfront cost than alternatives
3.) Flavors may be too strong for some palates
Buy an Espresso Machine if: You’ve always wanted to play barista at home.
We Recommend: Capresso EC Pro
1.) Full, rich flavor
2.) No electricity required
3.) Total control of temperature and brewing time
1.) Manual brew process
2.) Coffee cools quickly (unless placed in a thermos)
3.) Generally, smaller brewing sizes (4-6 cups vs. 12+ on larger machines)
Buy a French Press if: You usually have time to spare in the morning.
We Recommend: CHAMBORD press by Bodum