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» My Favorite Coffee Maker: Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker

Bonavita BV1800 Coffee Maker

Bonavita BV1800 Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

Drip coffee machines can be fickle. Sometimes, the coffee tastes watered-down. Other times, it tastes like you’re sipping on a cup of charred coal. But with the Bonavita BV1800, neither of these things happen. Engineered for precise water temperature control, you get a perfectly smooth and flavorful pot of coffee every time.

The BV1800 is my absolute favorite coffee maker. Here’s why:

  • Top Quality Construction: With a high quality stainless steel housing and glass-lined thermal café, this coffee maker looks sleek and is built to last.
  • Easy to Use: The water tank is clearly marked, so you put in exactly the right amount of water. The tank also has a wide opening, so it’s easy to fill. And when you’re ready to brew, just put a filter in the basket, add your grounds, fill the water tank and flip the switch to “On”.
  • Great Value: The Bonavita BV1800 is more than affordable.
  • Easy Cleaning: The filter basket allows for quick and easy cleaning, while the exterior can be wiped down with a simple damp towel.
  • The Best Brew Around: With precise heating & a unique drip design, the BV1800 brews the best coffee in town.

I really want to take a minute to talk about the design of this machine – because it’s really what makes this coffee maker so great. The BV1800 is SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) approved, which means it’s capable of brewing to SCAA’s standards. That’s pretty impressive considering only six machines – in the whole world – are approved by the organization. This German-engineered brewer uses a 1400-watt heater to heat up the water to the optimal brewing temperature (200-205 degrees F). And the water is heated up before it ever touches your coffee, which means you’ll never wind up with over- or under-extracted coffee.

Click here to get the price of the Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker

But here’s the feature I really love: the machine’s showerhead design. Rather than just pouring the water over the coffee, like a regular drip machine does, the BV1800’s showerhead distributes the water evenly over all of the coffee grounds. It’s that showerhead design that ensures your grounds are completely saturated. What you get is a rich, flavorful cup of coffee that’s never too bitter or watered-down.

Now the big question that’s probably on all of your minds: how long does it take to brew? If you’re like me, you probably don’t have 10 or 15 minutes in the morning to wait for your coffee to brew. The BV1800 can brew 8 cups (5 oz) in just 5 minutes. And if you’re not ready to drink your coffee right away, the 55W heater will keep your coffee just the right temperature for up to two whole hours before the automatic shut-off kicks on. I could go on and on about how much I love the Bonavita BV1800, but you really need to try it for yourself to see just how great the design and quality of the coffee is.

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» Runner Up: Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Maker

Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT Coffee Maker

Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

I talked a little bit about how the Bonavita BV1800 is SCA certified, and the Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT is another home brewer that gets the organization’s seal of approval. It’s also approved by the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) and ECBC (European Coffee Brewing Center).

Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT is a great alternative to the Bonavita BV1800, but it doesn’t come with the fantastic showerhead design. And it’s a bit pricier too. That being said, there are plenty of reasons to love this coffee maker.

  • Well-Made: Handmade in the Netherlands, the Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT features high quality stainless steel and BPA-free plastic accents.
  • Minimalistic Design: Compact, sleek and simple, this coffee maker won’t take up much space on your countertop.
  • Affordable: The KBT offers the same quality as a high-end machine, but is priced just under $300.
  • Dishwasher-Safe: The filter basket and top of the basket are both dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.

Maintaining this coffee maker is a breeze thanks to its minimalistic and compact design. There aren’t a whole lot of buttons (just one to be exact), which makes the exterior so easy to clean. Unfortunately, the KBT doesn’t have a showerhead, but the narrow filter basket does a great job of saturating the grounds. The copper heating element heats water to the optimal 205 F brewing temperature and shuts off automatically after the brewing cycle is complete. Now, I can’t say with complete certainty that the machine heats up the water before dispensing it (like the Bonavita does), but I can say that it brews consistently-good pots of coffee. And it even has a little extra “pulse” feature, so you can get the perfect coffee bloom during the brewing process.

Click here to get the price of the Technivorm-Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Maker

With the KBT, you can brew either a full 10-cup or half carafe in just four to six minutes. And guess what? This machine comes with a 5-year warranty. I’m pretty confident you’ll never need to use it, but it definitely gives you peace of mind.

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» Climbing My List: BUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Coffee Maker

BUNN GRB Velocity Coffee Maker

BUNN GRB Velocity Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

Most of you are probably familiar with the BUNN name. This is the coffee maker brand you see in diners, breakfast joints and restaurants all over the country. The BT Velocity Brew is a machine that’s climbing my list – and it’s similar to the Bonavita in many ways.

Let’s take a closer look at this brewer’s features:

  • Stainless-steel water tank and vacuum-insulated carafe
  • 800-watt heater
  • Internal thermostat
  • Showerhead design for complete saturation of the coffee grounds
  • Hot water available for brewing tea
  • Vacation switch
  • Close-and-brew lid
  • Affordable price at just under $130

BUNN is a well-known and respected brand in the coffee maker industry. One of the brand’s home brewers is SCA approved, so you know that you’re getting a high quality machine when you buy a BUNN. The Velocity brews up a smooth, delicious pot of coffee. And the only complaint I’ve seen is that the carafe leaks at times – although I’ve never personally experienced that.

One great thing about this brewer is that it uses that same showerhead (they call it a “spray head”) design that the Bonavita uses. This means your grounds will be completely saturated for optimal extraction. This is a reservoir-style machine and it can brew an entire 10-cup pot of coffee in just three minutes.

Click here to get the price of the BUNN BT Velocity 10-Cup Coffee Maker

Easy to clean and maintain, this BUNN coffee maker will provide you with years of use if you take good care of it. And if your machine breaks or malfunctions, it comes with a 4-year warranty.

The BUNN Velocity coffee maker is a strong contender for my first and second picks. It packs a lot of great features into an affordable machine that’s compact and sleek. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Bonavita or Technivorm-Moccamaster brewers listed above, the Velocity is an excellent choice.

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» Best Single-Serve Coffee Maker: Keurig K130 Coffee Maker

Keurig K130 Single-Serve

Keurig K130 Single-Serve Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

Single-serve coffee makers are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why. They’re convenient, quick and let you brew up a single cup of coffee with ease. And when it comes to single-serve brewers, Keurig is definitely the king of the castle. Known for their famous K-Cups, Keurig makes some of the finest single-brewing systems on the market. And the K130 is my favorite machine in the brand’s lineup.

At one time, Keurig coffee machines were pretty pricey. And some still are. But the K130 is an exception to the rule. You can snag this machine for a super price – which is a great price for even an entry-level coffee maker. But this machine is far from entry-level.

The K130 can only brew one 8oz. cup of coffee at a time. It has a small, single-use water reservoir, which is perfect for anyone who’s on the go.

And if you forget how to brew coffee in a morning stupor, the pictorial instructions on the side of the machine will guide you through the process.

As you may have guessed, you’ll only be able to brew K-Cup packs in this machine. Some people aren’t fans of K-Cups, but I’ve always loved the idea. They’re simple, convenient and so easy to use. Plus, they give you the option of brewing hot cocoa, tea and a host of other beverages right in your coffee maker.

Click here to get the price of the Keurig K130 Single-Serve Coffee Maker

There’s a lot to love about the K130.

  • It’s well-built, so it will last you years with good care.
  • It’s affordable!
  • It’s convenient with the K-Cup system and single-serve capacity.
  • It’s easy to clean.
  • It saves energy with the auto-off feature.

Now, the K130 is my favorite Keurig machine, but if you’re looking for an alternative, I would recommend the K45. It’s right there with the K130 as far as quality and performance goes, but it comes with a larger 48 oz removable water reservoir. You also have the option of choosing different cup sizes (6oz., 8oz. and 10oz.). The K45 may be slightly higher in price than the K130, but both top my list for the best single-serve coffee maker.

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» Most Affordable Coffee Maker: Mr. Coffee BVMC-CJX31-AM 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Brew Strength SelectorMr. Coffee is credited with producing the first automatic drip coffee maker back in 1972. The brand is not only one of the most recognizable, but also well-known for offering some of the most affordable coffee makers on the market. The BVMC-CJX31-AM is a testament to the affordability and quality of the Mr. Coffee name.

The BVMC-CJX31-AM was recognized by a leading consumer research magazine as one of the best products since 2011. This is a brewer that just about anyone can afford.

But don’t let the low price fool you. This brewer comes with plenty of great features, including:

  • A convenient pause n’ serve setting.
  • Brew strength selector.
  • Water filtration to remove 97% of chlorine from the water.
  • Removable filter basket.
  • Water window, so you can easily see how much water is left in the reservoir.
  • Cord storage.
  • Glass or thermal carafe compatibility.
  • Self-cleaning cycle and removable filter basket for easy cleanup.
  • 2-hour shut off will keep your coffee hot for up to 2 hours.
Click here to get the price of the Mr. Coffee BVMC-CJX31-AM 12-Cup Coffee Maker

What’s really great about this machine is its Delay Brew feature, which lets you schedule your brew up to 24 hours in advance. Now, you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee every morning.

While the Mr. Coffee BVMC-CJX31-AM is my favorite affordable coffee maker, the Hamilton Beach 46201 and Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Makers are strong contenders and almost on par with the BVMC-CJX31-AM.

» Hamilton Beach 46201 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach 46201

Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

The Hamilton Beach 46201 is a lot like the BVMC-SJX33GT in many ways. It offers:

  • Adjustable brewing strengths
  • Programmable clock
  • 2-hour automatic shutoff
  • Warmer plate
  • Pause ‘n serve feature
  • Removable reservoir for easy cleaning

But the 46201 also gives you the option of brewing just 1-4 cups instead of the full 12-cups. The only feature the 46201 is missing is the self-cleaning cycle. Don’t worry, though – cleanup is still a breeze. Click here to get the price and buy now!

» Melitta 10-Cup Coffee Maker

Melitta Coffee Maker

Melitta Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

Melitta is a brand some of you may not be familiar with – but you should be. The brand’s 10-cup coffee maker has thousands of positive reviews online. I’ve had the pleasure of testing this machine out myself, and it brewed a great pot of coffee. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and extremely affordable. It’s right on par with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT and Hamilton Beach 46201.

With this coffee maker, you get the following features:

  • Three brew strength settings: regular, bold and robust
  • Programmable feature
  • 2-hour automatic shutoff
  • High quality, durable stainless steel housing
  • Cone filter design for optimal extraction
  • Thumb-activated pouring – you never have to twist a lid
  • 10-cup brewing with a vacuum-sealed stainless steel carafe
  • Pause ‘n serve

The Melitta 10-cup brewer is a great alternative to my Hamilton Beach and Mr. Coffee picks, and it’s priced at just over $50. Click here to get the price and buy now!

» A Strong Contender: Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker (click to enlarge)

I’ve never had the pleasure of testing out the Cuisinart DCC-1200, but I’ve heard plenty of great things about this coffee maker. It’s got a ton of reviews (over 5,000 to be exact) and it’s rated high. While I haven’t had personal experience with this machine, it’s absolutely worth mentioning because so many of you out there love this coffee maker.

Let me give you a rundown of the Brew Central’s features:

  • Programmable brewing – up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Automatic shutoff between 0 and 4 hours, depending on your own personal preference.
  • 12-cup brewing capacity with the option to brew just 1-4 cups.
  • Brushed metal design for a sleek look and durability.
  • Permanent gold tone filter for a fresh coffee taste every time.
  • Charcoal water filter to remove water impurities.
  • Adjustable heater plate can be set to high, medium or low to keep your coffee your preferred temperature.
  • Brew pause, so you can serve a cup mid-brew.
  • LCD Digital clock.
  • Showerhead design distributes the water evenly over the grounds.
  • “Clean Me” setting lets you know when it’s time to clean your machine
Click here to get the price of the Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Coffee Maker

After poring over all the features this coffee maker offers, it’s easy to see why it has over 5,000 reviews. The Cuisinart DCC-1200 is clearly one of the most popular and affordable coffee makers you can buy.

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