The Best Cheap Coffee Maker

The Best Cheap Coffee Maker

Our pick

Mr. Coffee Easy Measure

Mr. Coffee Easy Measure

The best cheap coffee maker

This straightforward, compact machine makes a very smooth, agreeable cup of coffee.

Buying Options

$40 from Target

The Mr. Coffee Easy Measure is as simple as it gets without sacrificing reliability and flavor, and was the sole model we tested to brew a decent 12-cup pot with the recommended 12 tablespoons of coffee. An indicator on the base tells you, in half-hour increments, how long it’s been since your coffee was brewed. And it’s easy to program it to brew at a later time, even without looking at the instructions. Whether using pre-ground or freshly ground beans, we thought that overall the Easy Measure brewed the most balanced, relatable cup of everyday coffee.

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Runner-up

Hamilton Beach 46320

Hamilton Beach 46320

For hotter coffee

This Hamilton Beach made hotter coffee than most models we tested and yielded some more-complex flavor notes. But it’s a little tricky to program.

Buying Options

$44* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

If the Easy Measure is unavailable, or if you’re aiming for flavors that go a bit beyond the basic essence of most drip coffee, the Hamilton Beach 46320 is a close runner-up. It made coffee that tasted fairly distinctive compared with the others we tried and was on the hotter side—186 degrees Farenheit––without being acrid or scalding our taste buds when sipped black. Like the Easy Measure, the Hamilton Beach indicates how long it’s been since your coffee brewed, but does so more precisely down to the minute. However, the Hamilton Beach is a bit bulkier and less intuitive to program.

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Our pick

Mr. Coffee Easy Measure

Mr. Coffee Easy Measure

The best cheap coffee maker

This straightforward, compact machine makes a very smooth, agreeable cup of coffee.

Buying Options

$40 from Target

Runner-up

Hamilton Beach 46320

Hamilton Beach 46320

For hotter coffee

This Hamilton Beach made hotter coffee than most models we tested and yielded some more-complex flavor notes. But it’s a little tricky to program.

Buying Options

$44* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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