The Complete Guide to Buying a Coffee Maker: Everything to Know

Are you sipping a cup of coffee as you read this? Across America, people drink over 400 million cups of coffee each day. Out of that 400 million, 79% prepare their coffee at home. With these statistics in mind, buying a coffee maker requires a bit of research and planning to make sure you find the best coffee maker for your needs.

Read on to learn how to find and buy a great coffee maker.

Determine What You Need

Before you can find your perfect cup of coffee, you need to assess what you are looking to find. Consider your coffee needs of convenience, the type of brew, and the amount you need to brew. Knowing these details will help you narrow down your search.


Finding the right coffee maker brand for you will depend on your convenience level.

What do your mornings entail? If your mornings are short and you have time for one quick cup, your coffee maker may be different than someone who likes a slow morning and a manual pour cup.

Amount of Coffee

Another aspect to consider when buying a coffee maker is how much coffee you need.

Having a group of people over for breakfast would be tiring and only have a small coffee maker. You would constantly brew more coffee! On the flip side, if you have a large coffee maker and need only one or two cups, you may have coffee waste with each brew.

Coffee Maker Features

You’ll need to determine the features you need on your coffee maker before shopping.

Do you need a coffee maker that starts brewing for you in the morning? If you drink coffee throughout the morning, a keep warm button might be helpful for you.

Different types of coffee require unique features. For espresso, you need a specific coffee maker to brew espresso coffee. You could even find a hybrid model to brew regular coffee and espresso. Check out these 4 best espresso machines under $500.

Determine the extra bells and whistles you want your coffee maker to have before shopping.

Start Shopping

Once you’ve determined your needs, start sifting through the many coffee maker options. As you shop, you will want to read online customer reviews and take your time comparing coffee maker prices. Doing so will help you find the best machine that fits your needs and is high-quality.

Drip Coffee Maker

Using ground coffee beans, a drip coffee maker uses hot water to brew small or large batches of coffee. You can set these automatic coffee makers the night before to brew at a specific time and keep warm for a set amount of time.


For a single coffee on your way out the door in the morning, a single-serve option might be a good fit. A pod coffee maker uses plastic pods full of ground beans to brew single cups of coffee in just a minute or two.

Cold Brew

If iced coffee is more your speed, a cold brew coffee maker uses cold water and concentrated coffee to brew overnight. Add ice to the coffee in the morning, and you’re on your way with a delicious iced coffee.

Manual Coffee Maker

For signature coffee, you might want to try a manual coffee maker. These coffee makers use boiling water and manual energy to brew your perfect cup of coffee.

Manual coffee brewing helps develop rich coffee flavor profiles using a French press or a pour-over coffee maker.

Buying a Coffee Maker for Your Needs

Start your day well with a decadent cup of coffee that’s either quick to brew on your way out the door or a perfectly crafted espresso. Take the guesswork out of buying a coffee maker with this guide.

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Diana Muniz
Diana Muniz

With over 20+ years of experience in a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial environments, Diana has developed a great understanding of Marketing Strategy, Brand Development, Customer Success, Public Relations and Management. Her internal drive for developing others and external brands, has allowed her to work in some of the largest cities in the world including Milan, Paris, NY, Mexico, and the Middle East. This experience has been fundamental to Diana’s success and ability to communicate cross-culturally.