I love coffee, but you know what I hate?
Coffee that’s gone cold in the coffee pot.
I’ll make a pot of coffee in the morning, pour myself a cup and off I go to face the day and all the distractions it has. Which of course means forgotten coffee…
I get most of a cup down and realize that what’s left in my cup is cold. Bad news.
Then what’s worse is that I go to make a second cup and find out my coffee machine has turned off and the pot is only lukewarm!
Which brings me to this quest…
What are the best coffee makers for keeping coffee hot? I did a ton of research and have found the 10 best coffee makers that will have you enjoying hot coffee all morning, cup after cup. Let’s dive into the top 5.
Top 5 Best Coffee Makers For Keeping Coffee Hot
- Top Choice – Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG
- Runner Up – Cuisinart Stainless Steel Thermal Coffeemaker With 12 Cup Carafe
- Budget Choice – BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
- Best Insulated French Press – Mueller French Press Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
- Best Pour Over Choice – Asobu Insulated Pour Over Coffee Maker (32 oz.)
1. Top Choice – Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG
Brew style: Drip
- 40 oz capacity
- Always brews at the perfect temperature
- Keeps coffee hot while not burning for 100 minutes
- SCA Certified
- The Best Drip Coffee Maker
You want a hot coffee sure, but you also want an Above Average cup of coffee right?
Of course you do!
The Moccamaster is going to give you exactly that, I don’t think you can buy a better drip-coffee machine, it always brews at 196-204 degrees which is the optimum coffee brewing temperature and the hot plate has two settings to keep it at 175-185 which is the ideal temperature for hot but not burning coffee.
Some cheaper models have a hot plate that just keeps heating up coffee that then starts to “overcook” the flavors leaving you with a duller tasting coffee after an hour. Not with the Moccamaster, great-tasting coffee for the full 100-minute range of the hot plate.
Yes it is more expensive but you are getting quality for the price, a five-year warranty comes as standard but people report buying one of these 10, 15 even 18 years ago and it’s still working great by just replacing the odd part here and there.
And as much as I love a budget Mr. Coffee machine you just can’t beat the level of quality in a Moccamaster. That’s why the Specialty Coffee Association has given it such great reviews and their seal of approval.
I’ve shown the silver here but there is a wide range of colors available and there’s something about the retro design of it that I just love.
Brews it’s full 10 cup/40 oz capacity in 6 minutes so you’re not stuck waiting around and the coffee comes out piping hot and stays that way for 1 hour 40. The ideal choice of coffee maker for keeping coffee hot.
2. Runner Up – Cuisinart Stainless Steel Thermal Coffeemaker With 12 Cup Carafe
Brew Style: Drip
- Alerts when it needs to be cleaned
- Coffee stays hot for 2 hours and drinkably warm for a few hours more than that
- Designed to make hotter coffee
- Can make 1-4 cups as well as up to 12
- Permanent filter included
- Water filter included
This coffee maker brews at between 198 and 202 degrees which puts you right around the optimum coffee temperature and gives you a steaming hot cup of coffee.
This goes into the thermal carafe which keeps the coffee piping hot for about 2 hours, and drinkably hot for about 4 hours. Not that we’re here for warm coffee though right?
This is a programmable coffee maker so you can set the time and have your coffee auto pour in the morning if you’ve loaded it with water and coffee grounds. Which I like doing I’ll admit, there’s something about waking up to coffee already being made that’s just wonderful.
The only real downside to this coffee maker is it’s not got the best pouring spout. They’ve designed it so that you don’t have to mess around with the lid of the carafe between brewing and pouring but it does tend to dribble a little down the sides.
But at the lower price compared to the Moccamaster, it’s not a huge trade-off.
Finally, you’ve got a shower head to evenly disperse the water over the grounds for a more effective brew.
Overall a great way to keep make and keep your coffee hot. The coffee isn’t quite as good as made by the Moccamaster but it does a great job.
3. Budget Choice – BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
Brew style: Drip
- Displays time since brewing
- Well insulated carafe
- Lower brewing temperature
The budget choice always comes with compromises. The main compromise of this machine being that it doesn’t brew as hot as the other coffee makers on this list, it brews closer to 180 degrees which isn’t quite hot enough for a superb cup of coffee but hot enough for a nice cup.
That also means it’s not as hot in the carafe but that’s actually what I liked about this model.
Although the coffee isn’t as hot going in, the carafe is well insulated and it stays hot for a good couple hours.
If you want a coffee that’s as hot as possible then this isn’t going to be the machine for you. You need a more expensive drip machine or a kettle and a French press (see below).
But if you’re on a tight budget and want a nice cup of coffee, that’s kept as hot as it can be, the Black+Decker is going to be a great choice.
Programable, a 1-4 cup option, and it’s got a 120-minute timer that tells you how long it’s been since your coffee was brewed. Plus you can select whether or not you want a strong brew, and it’s a good-sized 12 cup coffee maker, with 5 oz as the cup size.
4. Best Insulated French Press – Mueller French Press Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
Brew Style: Immersion
- Triple-layered filter
- Requires a kettle
- Very well insulated
- Makes very hot coffee
If you’ve not used a French press before they are a little different than a drip, you need to use hot water from a kettle, pour it over the grounds (2 tablespoons per mug), and leave for 4 minutes.
But the result is that you get superbly hot coffee and because this is an insulated French press it stays hot too. The longer you leave coffee the coffee the stronger it’s going to get. So you want to drink it within about half an hour, but for that half-hour, you have very hot coffee so there is a trade-off.
But, you also get much more control over your coffee, and with a little practice adjusting the grind size and brewing process you’re going to be making coffee you never thought you’d be able to enjoy at home without a live-in barista.
Mueller Austria have a superb press here and are one of the trusted names in coffee so you know you’re getting a high-quality product. And as well as making excellent coffee you can use this to make tea too.
A good choice for people who don’t mind doing a little work to get a very delicious and very hot cup of coffee.
5. Best Pour Over Choice – Asobu Insulated Pour Over Coffee Maker (32 oz.)
Brew Type: Pour Over
- Stays hot for several hours
- Needs preheated
- BPA Free
- large Capacity
- Leak Proof lid
Insulated cups work excellent at keeping things hot, or cold. So if yours has been sat in a cupboard for an extended period it’s likely going to be very cold. And that chill will cool down your coffee on first pour resulting in hot coffee for about an hour.
This is why you need to pour hot water in it first, leave it for 30 seconds, then pour the water out and make coffee. I don’t know if you’ll get to the 12 hours as they claim but it will stay hot for several hours which is about as long as you want to still enjoy your fresh coffee.
Again you will need a kettle to make this, maybe even a gooseneck kettle but it’s worth it. You’ll find a new range of flavors compared to a drip machine and find a new love of coffee. You can control brew strength, brewing time, and enjoy your cup of joe several hours later.
The copper look is very stylish and the whole thing has a good quality feel to it. An excellent choice for coffee lovers who like their coffee hot and are interested in getting a coffee grinder to fine-tune their coffee and get the most from their coffee beans.
Thermal Carafe vs Hot Plate Coffee Makers
If you’re looking to keep coffee hot these are your two best options. But which is better? There isn’t much in it to be perfectly honest, both keep your coffee hot, but they do each have their own pros and cons so let’s take a look
Pros and cons of a Coffee Hot Plate
- No temperature loss as your coffee gets held at that correct temperature
- You can see how many cups of coffee are left
- Can reheat even a full carafe of coffee on the hot plate
- The consistent heat and slight evaporation happens changes the flavor of the coffee over time
- Glass carafes are more easily broken
- Uses more electricity
A lot of people talk about coffee getting burned on the warming plate. This can’t happen, the temperature isn’t nearly hot enough for anything like burning to occur. And as for it getting “cooked”, there isn’t anything to cook into it because there aren’t any grounds. Coffee does lose its freshness over time and while this happens slightly faster on a hot plate I think to say it’s getting cooked is a little dramatic.
I’ll also say that while you can reheat coffee on a hot plate it doesn’t taste as good. But do I do it? Yes, quite often when I forget about coffee and the 30-minute timer my current machine has run out, but it still tastes pretty good to me and I don’t like wasting it.
Pros and Cons of a Thermal Carafe
- The coffee doesn’t get “cooked”
- Uses zero power
- Usually made from tougher stainless steel
- If you forget about it it’s still kept your coffee warm rather than let it go cold.
- No temperature control
- Can’t see how many cups are left
- Often no way to tell how long the coffee has been in there
Thermal carafe coffee makers aren’t quite as popular, they hold the same amount of coffee, they’re often dishwasher safe. But what I don’t like is as soon as the coffee hits it, it starts cooling down. Slowly, of course, but once it’s cooled there’s nothing you can do. So a cup poured half an hour later will be colder than one poured fresh.
The trade-off is it will taste much fresher because no other heat has been added and you’ve likely got a sealed lid. So it depends what you’re after, if you want a truly hot coffee an hour later then you’re going to want a hot plate, but if you want a fresh coffee an hour later then a carafe is the better choice.
Your middle ground is a machine like the Moccamaster which can keep your brewed coffee at a very specific temperature 175 or 185 degrees which they’ve tested and is optimum for keeping coffee warm.
But once the auto-shutoff activates on any hot plate very soon you’re going to be left with cold coffee. Which you could always turn to iced coffee or reheat but it’s not really what we’re after here is it?
Other Ways To Keep Coffee Hot
This is the most over the top way to keep your coffee hot, which is more or less why I brought it up, I don’t even recommend getting it, but if you were feeling fancy you could get yourself the Ember Temperature Control mug to actively keep your coffee hot at a specific temperature in the mug.
And as much as I think it’s over the top it is nifty. You set it with your smartphone, it charges via the base plate that plugs into the wall and has 2 hours battery life.
So it could be everything you’re looking for but to me, the price is just too excessive.
This is much more my speed, a good ol’ fashioned thermos to keep your coffee warm. The only complaint I’ve heard from anyone is that sometimes your coffee gets kept too warm and it takes a solid hour before it gets too comfortable drinking temperature.
This is very valid, but, at a tenth of the price of getting a smart mug you can’t argue with it, if you want your coffee kept hot you can put it into a half-decent thermos like this one on Amazon. And if you get one that has a detachable cup then you’re rolling, just pour it piping hot into the cup and allow it to cool to drinking temperature from there.
This is your best solution for large gatherings, meetings, offices, a large coffee urn that works as a percolator is a good way to get large batches of hot coffee. And if you get a good one it should have some sort of temperature control built into it that keeps the coffee hot for hours at a time.
The coffee will be pretty good, not a lot of control in the brew but it’s hard to make very good coffee in such large amounts. The West Bend is an excellent choice of coffee urn.
How do I make my coffee maker hotter?
Coffee makers brew coffee at a lower temperature compared to coffee made by a kettle, if it’s lost temperature you might need to descale it as this lowers the temperature. Or you can pour some boiling water into the carafe to warm it before you make coffee.
If you’ve got a metal carafe then these can be very cold at first so getting them warmed up is your best bet. If you don’t have an electric kettle you can run the machine through with just a small amount of water first to take the sting out of the cold, then pour out the water and make coffee as normal. Otherwise, you might want to look into getting a kettle and a French press!
Why is my coffee maker not making hot coffee?
There are a few different reasons why this might be the case, first, you might need to descale your coffee machine, especially if you live somewhere with hard water. Scale build-up can cause your heating element to get blocked and not heat the water as high as it can or should.
Alternatively, it could be that you’ve gotten a cheap coffee maker, one that simply can’t make a hot cup of coffee. Because an excellent drip machine makes coffee at 190-200 maybe even 205 degrees, but a cheap coffee maker will only make coffee at 170-180 degrees. So if you’ve gone too cheap it might just be that you need to upgrade your kit.
What temperature do coffee makers brew at?
Drip coffee machines brew anywhere from 170-205 degrees, good ones brew at around 200 degrees while cheap ones brew at 170 degrees which is just hot enough to get water out of the water reservoir and through the coffee grounds.
Other Coffee Makers For Keeping Coffee Hot
BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Platinum Thermal Coffee Maker
Brew Type: Drip
- Fast brews 10 cups in 4 minutes
- Double-walled insulated carafe
- Stays turned on at all times ready to go
This is a clever drip machine, you have to leave it on all the time because it’s got two water tanks. One has the water already heated up and ready to go and the other you fill with cold water to replenish the hot tank once the pot is ready.
The result of that is you have a full pot of coffee ready to go after just a 4 minutes brew time. And the coffee is nice and hot and stays that way in the carafe.
An excellent coffee brewer if you’re going to be making a lot of coffee, possibly in an office. The coffee stays hot for a couple of hours and the machine is instantly ready to go again, you just need to clean out the old grounds in the filter basket and put the new grounds in.
It can make 20-50 oz brew sizes which aren’t quite small enough for a single cup but is for a large travel flask.
This is one of the first machines that doesn’t have a brew-pause so you need to wait until the whole pot is made before you sneak a cup. But I’ve never thought they work very well despite being on all drip brew coffee makers.
An excellent choice for large crowds of coffee drinkers who like hot coffee and want it kept hot.
Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Maker
Brew Type: Grind and Drip
- Adjustable grind size
- Pre grounds mode
- Thermal Carafe
- 12 cup capacity
If you want to take your home coffee up a notch but don’t want to deal with grinding your beans this is the way to go.
Automatically grind your beans, brew your coffee, and enjoy a great coffee all without hassle. Plus you can keep your coffee hot for hours in the thermal carafe.
A little more expensive than other drip machines on this list but with the built-in burr grinder it’s still excellent value.
You can use paper filters or a reusable filter in the brew basket.
I wish there was more to say but there isn’t, a superb choice of coffee maker for making great coffee and keeping it hot.
Hamilton Beach (48465) Coffee Maker with 12 Cup Capacity & Internal Storage Coffee Pot
Brew Type: Drip Coffee
- Internal coffee tank, no carafe
- Keeps coffee hot for 4 hours
- Programmable start timer
What you get with this coffee maker is a combo between a regular carafe drip machine and a coffee urn. Because the coffee brews internally in the machine and then gets dispensed with a button through a spigot straight into your cup.
There’s something I like about the coffee being stored inside the machine, I think because it’s completely sealed so in my mind any steam will turn to condensation and fall back into the coffee, keeping all the flavor in.
I could be completely wrong about that of course, but hey, it sounds good.
4 hours is a good long time to enjoy your coffee fresh, and if you’re ok with it not being so fresh then you can set it for another 4 hours!
An excellent coffee maker that keeps coffee hot for a long time.
Wacaco Pipamoka Insulated Portable Single Serve Coffee Maker
Brew Type: Portable Immersion
- Works similar to an Aeropress
- Makes coffee in 2 minutes
- Keeps coffee hot for 3-4 hours
- Completely portable
- Reusable Filter
This is the most unique coffee maker on the list, it works something similar to an Aeropress or a French press but it is certainly it’s own being.
The coffee is made by using pressure to pull water through the coffee grounds which results in a really tasty cup of coffee. Which in turn gets held inside the device and you just pop a lid on it and it’s ready to go!
Hot delicious coffee ready to go that stays warm for 3-4 hours, what’s not to like?
I will say that while the coffee brewing process takes 2 minutes, the setting up of the device is an easy 2-3 minutes on top of that. You’ve got a lot of different parts to organize and getting the grind size right can take a little time.
But once you’ve got the hang of it it’s completely worth it. Not to mention super nifty, as a piece of engineering I am completely fascinated I have to admit!
A great portable way to have hot coffee on the go.
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
Brew type: Drip Machine
- Makes tea and coffee
- Makes cold brew
- Hot and cold milk frother
- 6 brew sizes available
- 10 cup carafe size
I’ll admit it’s a strange one including a coffee maker that makes iced coffee as well as hot on a list of coffee makers for keeping coffee hot (say that 10 times faster).
But I like to mix things up and have a good range of choice so everybody can find what they need.
And this is an excellent drip machine, it’s got a range of size options which is unusual, a reasonably sized 10 cup thermal carafe and the hot plate which can stay on for up to 4 hours.
You can also make tea in it and there’s even a separate filter specifically for tea that stops cross-contamination of your coffee.
What is unusual is that it has a milk frother on it but doesn’t make espresso, so it will make a cappuccino similar to the way you can make a sort of latte or a faux-ccino with a French press.
What the milk frother is best used for in my opinion is for making velvety hot chocolates.
Keeps your coffee hot, allows you to easily make cold brew, and iced coffee, and it makes a great coffee.
I purposefully didn’t include any K-cup machines in this list, nor did I include any espresso machines, they have their place but if you want long-lasting hot coffee they aren’t what you need.
Any questions or problems in this article just let me know in the comments below.