The Best Coffee Makers in 2017

The 10 Best Coffee Makers in 2017

1. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741
2. Oxo On Barista Brain
3. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741
4. Zojirushi EC-YSC100
5. Bonavita BV1900TS
6. Keurig K155
7. Keurig K575
8. BUNN Velocity Brew BT
9. Cuisinart DCC-3750
10. Keurig K55

A coffee maker can be your daily companion that will get you on your feet and energize your body. But buying the wrong model can cost you money and mostly frustration that will ruin your whole day. You don’t have to pay huge amounts of money to get the best coffee maker. On the other hand a very cheap coffee maker can be a disaster. So you should choose wisely. Fortunately we bear the burden and provide you an extensive list of reviews among the Best Coffee Makers in 2017.

1. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741

silver metal glass carafe black plastic filter basket coffee maker
Quality Build 95%
Functions 70%
Ease of Use 100%
Coffee Taste 95%
Advantages:
  • Robust
  • Fast
  • Perfect Temperature
  • Carafe Heater

Disadvantages:
  • Less than Expected 10 US Cups

Overview

Technivorm is one of the few companies left, that manufactures their coffee makers in house as a means to keep their quality standards at the highest possible level. Produced exclusively in Netherlands for more than half a century have tied their name with the definition of coffee making excellence. Their highly loved Moccamaster KBG 741 is absolutely not an exception on this rule. In fact it is so popular, that the company produces it in a whopping 16 colors for any kind of taste.

Backed up by ECBC, SCAA and SCAE approval features a simple but stylish design. Equipped with a 10 cup glass carafe and the company’s standard 9 hole shower arm which sprays evenly the grounds. Only two switches are enough to drive this masterpiece. A basic On/Off type plus one more that controls the carafe’s heating plate. The latter can be set at full or 3/4 heating strength that will keep your carafe hot from 176°F to 185°F. 

Additionally there is a safety mechanism that will interrupt the dripping, in case of premature withdrawal of the carafe from base. Its boiler is made of copper and will provide a proper temperature of 196°F to 205°F consistently. Finally there is an automatic power off function that will switch off the machine after 100 minutes, in case that you forget to do it manually.

Testing

After filling the reservoir with 40 oz. of water it was the time for coffee loading. According to the manual, for a full 10 cup carafe you will need 7 level scoops of coffee. So using the supplied scoop, which equals about 2 tablespoons size, we added the ground in the paper filter. The water heated up really quick and started soaking the ground and the whole process lasted only 6 minutes. Uniformly sprayed coffee provided the optimum result with a fantastic taste full of aroma.

Notably the carafe features a sophisticated system of dispersing the freshly brewed coffee. Instead of letting it just dripping on top, it routes the coffee at the bottom, achieving a natural mixing. This destratification method avoids the creation of layers in the coffee carafe and creates an even distribution of its strength. So you will always get the same taste, regardless the level of the carafe’s remainder.

The only downside that we found is the design of the carafe. Although beautiful it takes practice to pour coffee without spilling due to the narrow pouring spout. Furthermore the definition of 10 cups may be a bit of misleading for American market. Since it is Europe made one cup equals 4 oz. which is half of the typical US cup, which is often 8-10 oz.

Verdict

Outstanding build quality as expected from a highly respected company. Truly robust heating element that will heat up rapidly and will keep properly functioning for years. Remarkably simple to use but fully capable of what a real coffee machine is made for: To produce a thrilling cup of coffee! For optimum results match this up with a solid grinder such as the superior Baratza Sette 270W or the more economical Rancilio Rocky.

2. Oxo On Barista Brain

silver metal thermo carafe and filter basket one touch control panel transparent water tank coffee maker
Quality Build 85%
Functions 90%
Ease of Use 90%
Coffee Taste 90%
Advantages:
  • Truly Innovative
  • 2 in 1 Design
  • Selectable Water Volume Brewing
  • Large 12 Cup Size

Disadvantages:
  • Tight Carafe Lid
  • Filter Basket Dripping

Overview

Oxo is a company with a huge product inventory targeted for home and kitchen use. As a popular home equipment they could not neglect including a coffee maker. Although they are not specialized for this type of appliances they have developed the innovative Barista Brain, as an alternative coffee dripper. The machine has met successfully the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) requirements, which includes the optimum coffee temperature at around 200°F (±2°F).

Very stylish with the right mix of metal and plastic features high adjustability in terms of time, temperature and volume. Its water tank has a borosilicate glass kettle and has 60 oz. capacity while it can produce up to 12 cups of coffee. The carafe is made of double wall stainless steel for thermal insulation and durability. Everything is controlled through a microprocessor and the selections are displayed on a flashy LED display at the bottom. The adjustments are performed with a single illuminated button.

What stands out is a built in scale, where the water tank sits , that enables the machine to detect the water volume and brew accordingly. But this is also adjustable and you can select brewing the whole water content or less if needed. The water in the reservoir can remain warm for up to 30 minutes and you can use it for tea making also. A large filter basket with flat bottom sits on top, equipped with a plastic shower head, which also serves as a lid. Finally a safety valve at the bottom prevents dripping in case of premature withdrawal of the metal carafe.

Testing

The water tank which is simultaneously a water carafe has an elegant design and is huge, as the rest of the machine. However it has a nice grip with a button on top that opens smoothly the lid. After filling the carafe with water the machine shows the measured volume and there is a capability of brewing the whole content or part of it. You can brew from 4 to 12 cups and leave the rest in the reservoir. For instance if you select to brew 4 cups, 8 cups will remain in the water tank. If you select to brew 6 cups, then 6 more cups will remain inside.

The machine takes a whopping 10 minutes to heat up the whole 12 cup carafe which is one of the slowest ever recorded. If you add up the brewing cycle, that takes about 5 minutes, you end up with a sum of 15 minutes. Not fast but keep in mind that it has to heat up 60 oz. of water, that is almost double than the average water volume. Pulling the carafe after the completion of brewing cycle we noticed excessive dripping for several seconds. It seems that the valve was not working properly. Furthermore it seems that the carafe is not capable of handling the full 12 cup amount and tends to overfill.

Regarding the coffee we got a tasty cup which was hotter than the average and honestly backs up its SCAA certification. The design of flat bottom basket didn’t have similar results for lower volume of coffee though. When we tried to make just 2 cups the coffee turned out bitter and stronger. Concerning the lid of the carafe, it has to be tightly screwed into if you want to prevent spilling when pouring coffee. Not that suitable for weak hand users indeed.

Verdict

A really creative coffee maker, which unfortunately will not satisfy impatient individuals that need their coffee right away. As a large volume coffee maker has an equally big foot print, that will steal significant space from your counter. In fact you get two appliances in one that looks more like a space age coffee lab, that will amuse the tech geeks. Overlooking some minor flaws such as the tight lid or the filter basket dripping it can certainly justify its high price tag.

3. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741

silver metal thermo carafe black plastic filter basket coffee maker
Quality Build 95%
Functions 60%
Ease of Use 100%
Coffee Taste 95%
Advantages:
  • Hand Made
  • Metal Parts
  • Official Certifications
  • Optimum Water Temperature

Disadvantages:
  • Not Transparent Carafe
  • Not Many Automatization
  • Uneven Water Dispension

Overview

Technivorm is considered by lot of experts as top of the line drip coffee makers. Their products are hand made in Netherlands and certified by the Specialty Coffee Associations (SCAA) of America and Europe (SCAE). As a bonus they also have the seal of approval of European Coffee Brewing Center (ECBC). All of these and many more are entitled to Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741.

The Moccamaster KBT 741 comes with a 10 cup thermo carafe made of double wall stainless steel. After brewing you can add the screwing thermo insulated cap to hold heat for a long time. Equipped with an exclusive copper thermal element will shut off after the completion of brewing cycle. Another innovation is the 9 hole shower head which disperses the water evenly on the coffee grounds. The filter basket is ripped to allow coffee flow away from the grounds.

The latter has a slider on the side with 3 positions ranging from full, half and close. So you can adjust the flow of the coffee or close it completely to avoid dripping when you pull your carafe from base. A funnel that is placed on top of the carafe directs brewed coffee to the bottom. So the heat is distributed evenly by convection.

Testing

The Moccamaster KBT 741 does 2 important things well. It gets the water hot enough for proper brewing and brews in a very short time. The temperature in the coffee filter is well over 200°F and the brewing time is about 5-6 minutes. A lot of other home coffee makers can do one or another but not both.

So we filled up the reservoir with 1 liter of water and added 60 grams of coffee beans in our grinder. That is the ratio for an optimum result. An accurate kitchen scale is highly recommended for this procedure. Alternatively you can use the supplied scoop. You should simply add 1 level scoops of grounded coffee per 2 cups.

After the grinding was over we added the grounded coffee in the filter container. The carafe was placed on the base which has a switch that is automatically pressed in. So you don’t have to worry that the coffee will drip if the carafe is not properly placed. There are not any kind of flashy screens and a bunch of redundant buttons here. You will find only an essential switch at the bottom of the left side paired with a light indicator. So just power up and let the magic begin!

At first it is better to keep the filter basket slider closed for a while to pre wet the coffee grounds. So they can get saturated and you can fully extract all the taste and aroma. Afterwards you can set it to full. The procedure runs smoothly and lasts less than 6 minutes. When everything is ready you should close the slider to avoid dripping and remove the carafe from base. The heating element will shut off automatically but it is better to switch off the machine manually also. Lastly you should remove the brew through lid and screw the top on tightly for maximum temperature retention.

Some drawbacks about it. The metal carafe will prevent you of seeing the actual content of it so you never know the amount left. We also found the thermal insulation not adequate. Compared to typical thermos the coffee cools down much faster. Additionally we noticed that the water shower head had a tension to drip water mostly at the center. So the coffee sitting around the edge was dry at first. It would get moisturised slowly after the center part. So the center part would soak for more time compared to outer. Maybe closing the filter slider at the beginning would help here. The final product was satisfying enough though!

Verdict

Apart from some minor flaws the KBT 741 is clean, stylish and works! When you see a Moccamaster in someone’s home you know they are serious about coffee. If you are coffee drinker who is satisfied with common pre ground coffee, don’t waste your money. If you prefer all in one machines and are not willing to spend that much, maybe the Keurig K55 or Keurig K575 would suit you better. But if you are into micro roasters and enjoy a wine like coffee experience the Moccamaster KBT 741 is the one you definitely need.

4. Zojirushi EC-YSC100

tall silver metal carafe transparent water tank multi touch panel LCD screen coffee maker
Quality Build 85%
Functions 75%
Ease of Use 90%
Coffee Taste 85%
Advantages:
  • Durable
  • Simple Use
  • Proper Brewing Temperature
  • Superior Heat Preservance

Disadvantages:
  • Hard to Clean Carafe
  • Slightly Bitter Coffee Taste

Overview

Admittedly Zojirushi is not a brand targeting solely coffee makers but has built a good reputation in general. Their product line consists of several household models but one of their coffee makers stands out. The EC-YSC100 model is a 10 cup coffee maker built out of stainless steel and plastic parts. It features a metal thermal carafe with thumb activated pouring system and a removable water reservoir. A simple touch panel matched with an LCD screen at front controls the whole unit. It is worth to mention that all surfaces which come in contact with coffee are PBA free.

Testing

Pouring water into the reservoir is mess free as you can remove it and avoid spilling over. Its clearly marked levels enable to accurately fill up to the desirable amount. The filter basket makes use of flat bottom coffee filters which allow for even brewing of ground. Operating is straightforward by simply pressing the start button. Brewing process is performed at 200°F which is the ideal temperature for optimum coffee extraction, but takes too long.

After the completion of brewing and removal of carafe from the base, a spring mechanism prevents dripping from filter basket. Notably, the latter is fully removable which allows for an efortless cleaning. Pouring coffee is very convenient thanks to its thumb activated lid. You just press the button and coffee pours out smoothly. Regarding coffee taste is kind of bitter and it seems that the long brewing has a lot tot do with this.

Heat preservance is successfully achieved by means of the thermo carafe’s vacuum insulated double wall. High temperatures of around 150°F can be maintained for almost 12 hours, which is truly phenomenal. Something that may disturb you though is the loud noise signal that lets you know when the brewing is complete. Cleaning the carafe may also be troublesome as its steep angles prevent of reaching the bottom.

Verdict

Clearly not the most expensive but not the cheapest coffee maker too, definitely justifies its price tag. Certainly a durable coffee maker with enormous coffee capacity and impressive heat preservance properties. Simple and unambiguous control panel will keep your sanity in place and let you enjoy the outcome. A delightful cup of coffee!

5. Bonavita BV1900TS

silver black metal opaque thermo carafe coffee maker
Quality Build 85%
Functions 70%
Ease of Use 85%
Coffee Taste 90%
Advantages:
  • Good Build Quality
  • Quick
  • Proper Water Temperature
  • Compact

Disadvantages:
  • Frustrating Filter Basket/Lid Change
  • Hard Cleaning
  • Coffee Residue in Carafe
  • Metallic Taste (After Long Storage Time)

Overview

Tested and approved by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as part of its Certified Home Brewer program, Bonavita displays a higher level of quality. Their new BV1900TS comes as an improved version of their already successful predecessor BV1800TS. They both have a similar design with a thermo carafe, based on a stainless steel, but with a more shiny finish for the new version. The water tank keeps the same 8 cup capacity, which corresponds to 40 oz., as 1 cup is considered to contain 5 oz. But the similarities end there.

The Bonavita BV1900TS has a newly designed filter basket that has a flat bottom. It is also worth to note that the old basket had the dripping hole slightly higher than the bottom, so always a small amount of water remained in it. The new has this at the lowest level so you get all of it out. In addition it features an 11 hole shower head compared to the previous 7. Both of these innovations contribute to a more uniform soaking of the ground. Regarding the switch, it remains at the same spot but the function is a little different.

As opposed to the previous simple On/Off function, the new one has a push switch that will return to the original position by simply releasing it. It also has a double kind of action. When pressed for 5 seconds it will perform the so called ‘pre infusion’ and when pressed instantaneously will execute a completely brewing cycle. Finally it is noteworthy that the internal lining of the thermo carafe is now durable stainless steel vs the old’s fragile mirrored glass.

Testing

After filling up with about 40 oz. of water you are ready to add your ground into the filter basket. Differently from other drip coffee makers, the basket is not in a fixed position. You have to attach it on top of the carafe for brewing and remove it for pouring into your mug. A plastic cap also has to be screwed on top of the carafe. Brewing temperature is guaranteed between 195°F-205°F which is optimum for a perfect extraction of coffee characteristics.

Thanks to its 1500 watts heater, we managed to raise up the required temperature quite rapidly. The nicely designed spray head distributes water over the grounds between 197°F-200°F according to our precise digital thermometer. In about 6 minutes the coffee brewing was complete. After replacing the filter basket with the cap we filled our cups smoothly. Its properly designed pouring system didn’t allow spilling over. Our coffee had the right temperature and a fine aroma. Matched with a delicious taste resulted for an excellent beverage.

Replacing every time the filter basket with the screw lid is kind of frustrating though. On top of that if you let the coffee sitting inside for more than an hour you may notice a strange metallic taste, that was not present in the old glass lining version.  We also noticed that, due to poor design, a small amount of coffee tends to trap inside every time. Finally cleaning can be also troublesome as the sharp round plastic edges in the inside can scratch your hands.

Verdict

Overall the BV1900TS has a good built quality for its price range with lot of metal parts and strong heater. Definitely an upgrade of its predecessor with a controversial lining type, favoring carafe durability over coffee taste. For the money it is a choice that is hard to beat. For the crispest possible ground you should always match it with a proper coffee grinder such as the economical Capresso Infinity.

6. Keurig K155

large silver black plastic commercial cup coffee maker
Quality Build 80%
Functions 75%
Ease of Use 90%
Coffee Taste 80%
Advantages:
  • Ease of Use
  • Proper Brewing Temperature
  • Auto On/Off
  • Large Water Tank

Disadvantages:
  • Plastic Domination
  • K-cups Constriction
  • Annoying Screen Images
  • Lack of 12 oz. Size Selection

Overview

Almost identical with the old model B155 the new Keurig K155 comes with some improvements on internals that meet the NSF certification. It is still housed in a not so attractive fully plastic silver case and the only metal part that stands out is the drip tray’s top panel. A massive 90 oz. water tank lies at the right side which is also removable. A nice addition is the colorful touchscreen interface which controls the whole unit.

You can adjust the time, brewing temperature from 188F° to 198F° and size from 4 oz. to 8 oz. Furthermore you can enable the auto turn off function which will shut off the device after 2 hours of the last activity. If you also like your coffee prepared right after awaking, there is a programmable timer for this. Finally the language can also be set to English, Spanish or French.

Promoted as a commercial product, oddly makes solely use of the company’s K-cups, which can get pricey for repeated production. That is usually a big turn off for many people as they want to brew their own ground or use different brand of pods. Lastly a faster brewing speed is promised, presumably compared to their lower level machines.

Testing

Using a Keurig seems like an unconscious process on behalf of the user. Simply open the lid, put your K-cup inside, close back and choose your brewing cup size. The only button on the machine is a large illuminated brew one, below the touch screen. During brewing you will notice several informative images about coffee harvesting, brewing and related material. At the end you see Keurig’s logo as a final brainwash tactic, like you didn’t know which machine was that. It may be interesting for the first time but truly disturbing after a while.

Although there are 4 different options of brewing size there is no 12 oz. option which is quite unusual from competition. So in case that you need 12 oz. cup you have to make double 6 oz. brewing, which can get irritating. It seems that the machine is made to promote its K-cup sales requiring repeated use to fill a larger mug. But if your coffee mugs don’t have to be more than 10 oz. it can be adequate and efficient.

The operation is virtually noiseless as there isn’t any kind of grinding present. Relatively quickly, depending on your cup size, you get your first coffee cup at proper temperature. Initially we got a plastic taste that fortunately subsided after some runs, but took a lot of vinegar to clear. At the end the result was forgiving though, providing a robust coffee with rich taste but missing the aroma of fresh ground.

Verdict

Very convenient to use, due to Keurig’s K-cups but could get pricey in the long term. It seems that it is made mostly for people who are lazy enough to grind their own beans or they are just obsessed with the company’s ready coffee pods. It certainly doesn’t offer the pleasure of brewing fresh ground and you lose all of its uplifting aroma. On top of that if you want to have enough coffee to get through the week, you have to keep a storage full of these industrialized pods. The flashy screen with the ‘cheesy’ images doesn’t help as well. Undoubtedly it is an upgrade of its home line machines but still lacks the finesse of authentic coffee brewers such as the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741.

7. Keurig K575

mat black silver white cup k-pod coffee maker with touch screen
Quality Build 75%
Functions 75%
Ease of Use 90%
Coffee Taste 75%
Advantages:
  • Touch Screen
  • Large Reservoir
  • Multiple K-Pod Sizes
  • Flexible

Disadvantages:
  • Low Temperature Water
  • Permanently Illuminated Screen
  • Noisy

Overview

As the flagship of the premium Plus series, Keurig K575 offers a lot of innovations compared to classic ones such as Keurig K55. You get a larger 80 oz. reservoir, integrated touch screen and multiple options for brewing. The colorful panel sits conveniently on top of the machine and can be adjusted according to your exact needs.

Temperature and strength of desired coffee output is customizable as well the size of brewed pods covering the complete line that consists of K-Cup, K-Mug,and K-Carafe. Each of them targeted for a specific volume range of output at 4-12, 12-18 and 22-30 oz. respectively. Fortunately for users that don’t like the original Keurig pods can buy as an extra option the reusable coffee filter which allows brewing your own coffee ground.

However functionality is not the only intention of this model. The transparent reservoir for example can be lighted from the bottom choosing one of the 4 provided colors of white, green, red and blue creating a cosy atmosphere at night.

Testing

At first glance looks like a solid machine with high quality parts such as the metal drip tray. Its jumbo size could sacrifice some area of your kitchen counter but not that considerable. The plastics used have proper alignment and feel solid. The chrome colored part on top is giving a cheap look though. In fact it was loose and would not stay down flush with the top of the machine as it should.

The removable reservoir can be easily cleaned and replaced on its sturdy base. The illuminated button at the top center makes a nice addition as a complementary minimalistic edition. But the screen doesn’t ever completely turn off. So there is always light emitted no matter if night light option is disabled. It may not be a big deal if you are in a kitchen indeed. But in a small apartment like a studio it can light up the whole room and be distracting.

If you don’t have filtered water you can use the machine’s one which comes with the box. After putting the filter in water for five minutes and rinse it off we placed it in the holder and both in the reservoir. The holder at the bottom has a practical date labeling system which you should adjust correctly to not forget when was your last filter replacement, as it will not last forever. After the parts setup we were ready for our first brewing.

At first attempt after the water preheating you will be prompted to brew hot water to rinse the machine. Next you can place in your desired K-Cup and from there adjust the strength and size of coffee. Just press the main button and fresh coffee starts pouring out!

We found the whole process straightforward but a bit noisy. Additionally when the strong option was chosen the machine was significantly slower. Furthermore the heated water output was not as promised. According to Keurig it should be 192 degrees but we measured it at 179. And this was without the K-Cup installed. With the latter it was even lower at 168. Assuming that the optimum brewing temperature is around 200 degrees this is not the perfect candidate.

Hot water on demand was kind of dissappointing too as the only way to utilize this function is to let the device open continuously. Otherwise it turns into pre heat mode and you have to wait until the water heats up again. On top of that the drip tray has a poor design and it doesn’t clip into place but not considered a major flaw.

Verdict

As the leading product of the Plus series we were kind of dissappointed with Keurig K575. Its quality is acceptable but could improve in many aspects. Programming is easy with many options but the function is not satisfying. Lengthy brewing duration for strong coffee option is not ideal for people in a hurry or short tempered. Water temperature is not optimum also but sufficient for a smooth result. If you like versatility you may be hooked with this one and for that price it is worth looking.

8. BUNN Velocity Brew BT

black silver compact metal thermo carafe coffee maker
Quality Build 70%
Functions 50%
Ease of Use 100%
Coffee Taste 65%
Advantages:
  • Quick (If Switched On Permanently)
  • Innovative
  • Simplistic
  • Very Compact

Disadvantages:
  • Plastic Smell
  • Low Build Quality
  • Nontransparent Carafe

Overview

A well established US company since mid 50’s, specialised in dispensed beverage equipment offers a wide range of coffee makers for home or commercial use. As the originator of the paper coffee filter, is always offering innovative solutions for any occasion. This time we review the BUNN Velocity Brew BT, a medium priced home coffee maker with lots of features.

The look of the product is very industrial and not what you have been used to see from other coffee makers. Very minimalistic design without a bunch of switches and timers. What makes it stand out though is its 50 oz heated stainless steel metal water tank. This one can keep inside hot water at a temperature of 200°F for as long it is on. So you always have hot water ready and you can have your coffee made in less than 3 minutes.

A plastic container on top front, comprising of a sophisticated system of distribution, receives the water. The preheated water is sprayed over the ground by means of BUNN’s exclusive sprayhead which ensures even dispension. Below sits a plastic cup that is also specially made to hold the company’s filters. A double wall thermal carafe, made of stainless steel as well, sits at the bottom which can keep your coffee warm for almost  2 hours.

Testing

Preparing a coffee works a bit backwards with this one. As a rule with the majority of other coffee makers, you just pour water into the tank and power up the machine. Then you have to wait several minutes until reaching a proper temperature and get ready for brewing the ground. With this coffee maker you put water only for the first time into the container and after is heated you can have hot water immediately. At first time the water may take around 15 minutes to heat up though.

You just open the lid of the plastic container on top and pour cold water into. Inside there are clearly marked water volume steps to ensure proper amount inserted. After closing the lid a plastic lever is pushed down. This way cold water gets into the heater and hot water of equal quantity moves to the high velocity sprayhead. One drawback here is that the heater should be permanently set to on. But it will not draw constantly electricity thanks to its built in thermostat.

In less than 3 minutes we had our fresh hot coffee that is amazingly fast. The carafe was equipped with a plastic nozzle that pours coffee into the cups precisely. But the coffee taste was not that exceptional to say the least. Just a watery brown type that could not be fixed no matter the amount of coffee put into the filter. Placing more quantity in the filter actually made a mess as ground was blowing out of the filter making a big mess. Maybe fitting for people who like ‘tea coffee’ but not suitable for strong drinkers.

Furthermore the fact that the carafe is not transparent makes it impossible to know the actual content inside. But this can be counterbalanced by the automatic heating system. So in case you have run out of coffee and you immediately need one more round you just pour some water into the plastic container. Preheated water will come out directly and you will be ready to go shortly. As far as the built quality the whole machine apart of the metal tray and carafe is full of plastic and feels flimsy. Besides there was a noticeable plastic odor emitted after heating that made the coffee smell weird.

Verdict

Overall the Velocity Brew BT is a very different coffee maker, that attracts attention mainly due to rapid coffee preparation. Assuming that you don’t mind consuming electricity 24/7 to have quickly brewed coffee it is a fine solution. But you still have to wait almost 3 minutes. Of course you can turn off the machine when absent for long periods, but when you get back powering up again would need almost 15 minutes to reheat. So at the end would get frustrating.

If you are a light drinker or premium coffee is not your first priority, you can give it a shot. We would rather invest some more and buy a higher level machine as the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741which can complete the full cycle in less than 6 minutes. At the end it will cost you much less assuming you will power it up only when needed.

9. Cuisinart DCC-3750

black plastic silver touch panel blue LCD screen metal thermo carafe coffee maker
Quality Build 65%
Functions 50%
Ease of Use 90%
Coffee Taste 70%
Advantages:
  • Good Looking
  • Small Footprint
  • High Volume
  • Decent Coffee Taste

Disadvantages:
  • Narrow Reservoir Opening
  • Flimsy Buttons
  • Tendency to Fold Paper Filter

Overview

Cuisinart is a vendor that offers several different household products at very affordable prices. One of their best sellers is the Cuisinart DCC-3750 coffee maker. It is technically a programmable 10 cup coffee machine with a metal thermal carafe. The whole structure is enclosed in a beautiful stainless steel finish while a control touch panel sits at front, over the LCD timer. Brewing temperature can be adjusted in 3 different levels while a newly incorporated system improves its speed by 25%. Furthermore the coffee strength can be adjusted for a more or less powerful output. Finally, self clean and auto shutt off are added for convenience and safety as well.

Testing

Handling of the machine is very convenient thanks to its touch control panel.  A standard On/Off button simply initiates or aborts the operation while the brew strength control adjusts the output. The output volume also can be regulated for lower amount of 1 to 4 cups of coffee. This way the brewing cycle adjusts accordingly and you get a great cup of coffee.

Inside the reservoir you will find a water filter holder with a convenient slider. This helps to mark the exact period that you placed the filter inside. The water level can be clearly seen through the transparent level marked window. Regarding the supplied gold tone coffee filter, although conveniently reusable, lets some sediment into your coffee. So in case you want a cleaner output better use a paper filter. Unfortunately there was a tendency for the filter to fold during brewing, which in turn let some amount of coffee to override it.

The nice spout of the thermo carafe allows for easy and non messy coffee dispensing. An innovative lid facilitates pouring even more with an integrated ball inside. When you place the carafe into the machine the ball naturally seals the top and blocks any air loss. However, when you grab the carafe and start pouring coffee the ball rolls back and allows unobstructed flow.

While it brewes a decent coffee there are some downsides. Its thermo carafe can’t keep the content hot for too long. The base plate turns off after brewing and the coffee soon starts to cool down. In addition pouring water through the reservoir’s narrow opening can get messy if you are not careful. Last but not least, the buttons and dials have a very flimsy toy feeling and definitely devalue the product.

Verdict

Overall looks nice on the counter but the long term reliability is questionable. On top of that some functioning issues make it hard to use and can get messy. Spilling water during dispensing and coffee filter folding during brewing can be irritating. We always advise you to spend some more and purchase a product from a specialised coffee company such as the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741. 

10. Keurig K55

mat black white cup transparent water tank k-pod coffee maker
Quality Build 65%
Functions 70%
Ease of Use 75%
Coffee Taste 60%
Advantages:
  • Reasonable Price
  • Auto Turn Off
  • Easy Programming
  • Removable Reservoir

Disadvantages:
  • Noisy
  • Cheap Feeling
  • Hard Cleaning
  • Mediocre Coffee Taste

Overview

The Keurig K55 is a new model of the entry line Classic available in black and red color. It comes equipped with a medium sized removable 48 oz. reservoir and drip tray. Also it is programmed simply with buttons and clear indicators and can be adjusted for brewing 3 sizes of cups of 6, 8 or 10 oz respectively. Additionally it is compatible with company’s popular K-Cup reusable coffee filters that brew a quick, delicious cup of coffee. This way you don’t need to measure coffee from a bag and make a mess.

The Auto Off timer comes in handy and shuts off the machine 2 hours after the last brewed cup of coffee. So you don’t have to worry if you have left your coffee maker on when you are away. The removable drip tray makes a nice addition as it helps the user for easy cleaning or just insert larger cups and travel mugs. The built in charcoal water filter can help avoid clogging. But you should better use prefiltered water if you want trouble free operation and higher quality coffee.

Testing

Its medium size will not steal considerable space of your counter and looks very elegant at first sight. But as a budget model the cuts on quality are inevitable and plastic dominates here. For example the handle of the K-Cup container lid is thin and brittle and the buttons have a cheap feeling when pressed. The same goes for the drip tray and the logo. Cord length was also part of the cutting cost program of this model. It would require you to have a nearby socket at less than arm’s length to power it up

According to the manufacturer it can prepare your fresh brewed coffee in less than a minute which we didn’t find it to be so accurate. The water temperature produced is not so hot and the coffee taste is mediocre. Maybe the water temperature has something to do with it. The end result also was not consistent. Noticeable fluctuations in taste were present and a strange synthetic flavor.

It is obvious that K55 favors its manufacturer’s K-Cups as any other solution doesn’t produce a decent result. We tested several other quality cups such as Lavazzo but the taste of coffee was never that satisfying. Presumably the high rate of water passing through is not suitable for other replacements and you should stick with K-Cups. If you don’t feel uncomfortable paying more for having a proper result then you should definitely shoot for the latter.

Respecting the water reservoir’s size it was adequate for our needs. It can serve 2-3 large cups of coffee which is usually enough for one person. If you share it with your roommate or you are a coffee junkie, then it could get frustrating adding water repeatedly. Furthermore there is no option for auto turn on, so you have to wake up earlier and prepare everything by yourself.

Finally regarding the noise production would not be considered as a peaceful player. It can get really noisy and is not your best friend if you enjoy a quiet environment.

Verdict

As an entry level model its price tag is appealing. It is suitable for solo coffee drinkers who don’t need more than three cups of coffee per day. On the other hand the initial low cost of the device could turn around by the use of the higher priced K-Cups in the long term. If you are not fond of automation or you don’t mind that much about a bit more noise Keurig K55 could be a nice ally for your daily kick. However if you are willing to spend some extra cash you should definitely consider the higher quality Keurig K575.

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