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If you’re finding yourself splurging on coffee shop beverages more than a handful of times a month, it’s already worth your time and money to invest in a coffee machine for your home. At-home coffee makers generally cut down on waste (think no more paper or Styrofoam cups, lids, plastic stirrers, sugar packets…) and certainly save you time when you’re rushing to get to work in the morning. However, there are so many different types out there, that it can be overwhelming to decide which one to pull the trigger on. Today we’re reviewing our favorite coffee makers—from no-frill classics to barista-approved splurges.
When you’re not the only coffee lover in the house, a 12-cup machine helps to make everyone’s morning run a little bit smoother. While there are hundreds of them out there, our pick is this Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer, that offers two different ways to make your morning joe. You can program it in the evening to begin brewing in the large carafe around your wake-up time, or you can use the alternate side to make a single serving for an afternoon pick-me-up. There’s even enough space to fit a travel mug, so you can brew directly into your cup and head out the door to work. At around $50, this is a cost-effective option with a few extra features.
For those who like to add a personal touch to their morning beverage and don’t mind the few extra steps it takes to get there, a pour-over coffee maker may be the best option. This aesthetically-pleasing glass pour-over from Chemex is highly-rated and takes up about half the space on your counter as most drip coffee-makers. Plus, you can adjust taste and brew strength with the finesse of your pour.
If you welcome your coffee in any form and don’t care all that much about bells and whistles, there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there that get the job done for under $20. At just $15, this 4-cup option from Mr. Coffee is compact, brews quick, and includes a warming plate to keep your coffee hot for hours. You can also upgrade to the larger, 12-cup size for just a few extra bucks.
If you’re in the market for something a little extra-special, this coffee maker from Ninja may be the one for you. With several different settings and carafe sizes, this machine allows you to make hot, iced, and frozen coffee using Auto-IQ one-touch technology to deliver the perfect amount of water depending on the amount and type of coffee you’re looking for. Plus, you can brew a single-cup, travel mug, full or half-carafe for exactly the amount you need. Say goodbye to your overpriced morning coffee runs for good with this one.
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