Mornings can be a hard time until you get the first sip of that glorious brown elixir. What you certainly don’t need is your coffee machine making a massive clanging racket just to brew your java. After all, coffee brewing should be a peaceful ritual.
It’s not always clear why a coffee machine ends up making a ruckus to rival a demon being summoned. The issues can range from your machine needing some maintenance, it could be on its last legs, or it might just simply be a noisy machine.
However, when a coffee maker is quiet, you’ll certainly know about it. Well, maybe you won’t simply because it’s quiet enough to blend into the background.
Your first daily mug of java doesn’t need to be accompanied by a procession of percussion and there’s no room for extra decibels on those bleary-eyed mornings. If you’re well and truly fed up with the noise pollution from your coffee maker then consider one of these options to bring that peace and tranquility back to your kitchen.
Top 5 Best Quiet Coffee Makers
- Top Choice – Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 Perfectemp Coffee Maker
- Runner Up – Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker
- Best Commerical Grade – BUNN CSB2G Speed Brew Elite Coffee Maker
- QuietestSingle Serve – Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
- Luxury Choice – Technivorm Moccamaster
1. Top Choice – Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 Perfectemp Coffee Maker
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 14 Cups
- Reusable Gold-Tone Filter
- Temperature Settings
- Warming Plate Issues
The top choice today for a quiet brew has to be Cuisinart with their 3200 drip coffee machine. It’s a classic stainless steel design that looks at home in any kitchen and it can brew 14 cups of coffee in one go.
It’s highly programmable and here are a few of the settings I love. The machine can be set to pre-heat the glass carafe to low, medium, or high which means your coffee is hot just the way you like it. It is 24-hour fully programmable and can be set to shut itself off after 0-4 hours. The brew strength control ensures perfect tasting coffee for you and the self-clean keeps the machine in good working order for you.
The reusable gold-tone coffee filter is perfect if you like a fuller-bodied, french-press type brew and helps reduce waste. Of course, you can always use paper filters if you prefer the coffee this way.
Some people have issues with the warming plate corroding after heavy use. It’s important to keep it clean and dry and don’t remove the carafe mid-brew as the dripping coffee causes this issue.
2. Runner Up – Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker
Brand: Hamilton Beach
Type: Single Serve & Drip Coffee Maker
Water Tank Capacity: 2 Separate Tanks (12 cups)
- Auto Pause
- Brew Strength Selector
- 3 Ways To Brew
- Auto shutoff
If you like to get a bit more from your coffee maker then this Hamilton Beach, 12 cup coffee maker is ideal. It can brew single serve as well as the traditional drip coffee and because it’s nice and quiet, it doesn’t steal center stage. The single-serve options can be further broken down as you can brew using k-cup pods or simply using ground coffee. The cup rest helps avoid splashes but this can also be easily removed to accommodate travel mugs.
With a brew strength selector, you’ll end up with the best coffee to suit your taste preferences. Auto pause means you can grab a quick cup before the brewing time is up. The two separate water reservoirs are easy to fill and have a level indicator so you can see how much water you need. The drip coffee side can manage up to 12 cups and the single-serve will manage a 10-14 ounce cup.
This machine is really easy to use and makes delicious coffee. One downside is that the auto shut off is set to 2 hours and can’t be adjusted. This can prove annoying if you like your coffee to remain hot all day.
3. Best Commerical Grade – BUNN CSB2G Speed Brew Elite Coffee Maker
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 1.47 Litres
- Drip-Free Carafe
- Unique Spray Head
- Commercial Grade Hot Water Tank
- Hot Plate is very hot
A commercial-grade coffee maker balances functionality with durability. Bunn is renowned for its commercial quality coffee makers and this model is no exception. A stainless steel hot water tank ensures a hygienic and safe pot of coffee every time.
The drip-free carafe will keep your countertops clean as you pour your coffee and this machine will brew a full pot of coffee in less than half the time that other models manage. It produces coffee very quickly and the machine holds the water temperature around 195F, so you’ll never get a bitter brew.
It doesn’t work as a standard coffee maker, with an on/off button to brew coffee. Instead, it holds water at the correct temperature in the tank so it has a button that keeps this working. It also has a switch that controls the hot plate but to brew coffee, all you need to do is top up the water tank and close the lid.
It’s simple and effective and can give you a full carafe in around 4 minutes which is pretty impressive. It does make a bit of noise whilst it’s heating the water but you would have to be very quiet to hear this.
The only issue with this machine is that if you leave the hot plate on for too long it does end up getting very hot. This can end up burning the brewed coffee and may turn it bitter if left for an hour or more.
4. Quietest Single Serve – Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker
Type: K-Pod Single Cup Brewer
Water Tank Capacity: 1.53 Litres
- Multiple Cup Sizes
- Quiet Brew Technology
- Travel Mug Friendly
- Pods are not Eco Friendly
Single-serve coffee makers can save a lot of time and hassle on those busy work mornings. This Keurig features quiet brew technology so it won’t interrupt your morning meditation, podcast, or anything that brings you peace and a clear mind.
This machine has a large capacity water tank and can brew multiple cup sizes so you end up with the perfect amount of coffee without having to constantly refill it. The drip tray is removable so it can easily accommodate a travel mug up to 7.4 inches tall as well.
It has a strong brew setting and an energy-saving auto-shutoff that you can program to suit your needs.
This coffee maker is small, compact, and comes in a variety of colors which is a nice design feature. As with all pod machines, the pods themselves are not the best for the environment. This issue can be overcome by buying reusable or compostable pods.
5. Luxury Choice – Technivorm Moccamaster
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 1.18 Litres
- Pump-Free Brewing
- Copper Heating Element
- Automatic Brew Basket
Our high-end choice for a quiet cup of java is the Moccamaster. Recognized by the specialty coffee association, this coffee maker will exceed all your expectations. The pump-free brewing action is quiet as a mouse and the copper heating element efficiently heats the water to the perfect coffee brewing temperature.
This machine produces the perfect cup every time with the simple switch of a button and it won’t make a mess thanks to the automatic brew basket. It is designed to not drip coffee, even if you pull the carafe away mid-brew.
The water outlet is a clever design that evenly coats the coffee, ensuring perfect extraction. The hot plate holds your brew at the perfect temperature so that it never burns and the machine automatically turns itself off after 100 minutes to save power.
This coffee maker is really second to none when it comes to luxury coffee brewing but as with most high-end products, it doesn’t come cheap. It’s well worth the investment in the long run however and comes with a 5-year warranty for added peace of mind.
Quiet Coffee Maker Buying Guide
The first thing to consider when choosing a quiet coffee maker is how the machine moves the water. The water pump can be the loudest portion of the machine. Models like the Moccamaster uses pump-less technology and the Bunn machine never drains the tanks so avoids gurgling and bubbling. If you find the brewing stage to be very noisy, consider choosing a machine with a more advanced water moving system.
The water heater should always heat to around 195-205F. This is the temperature that perfectly extracts coffee flavor without burning or under extracting it. Make sure your machine isn’t boiling the water and if in doubt, choose one that is registered by the SCA (specialty coffee association) as these machines are certified for this.
The carafe should fit snugly under the filter basket and not slide around. It shouldn’t drip as you pour the coffee and when removed from its holder the filter basket shouldn’t drip coffee. A thermal carafe can be quieter as it’s insulated and is a portable way to keep your coffee warm. They do need pre-heated however and won’t work with a hotplate. The glass carafes are better for enjoying coffee straight away and the hotplate helps keep them warm. Consider the style of carafe you want to use and make sure you choose one best suited to your needs.
Single Serve Vs Coffee Pot
Single serve coffee makers are convenient if you’re the only coffee lover in your home or work environment. They can be quite loud and wasteful if they use pods but these issues can be remedied. The ones listed here are a lot quieter than other models and using compostable or re-usable pods is a good idea.
If you need larger servings of coffee then a drip machine is ideal. They take up a bit more space but are worthwhile if you simply need more coffee.
Programmable Noise Indicator
Some coffee makers will beep when the brew cycle is finished. This can be very annoying and doesn’t help if you’re trying to find a quiet machine. If the machine does have a noise indicator then make sure it has the option to switch this off and you’ll thank yourself later.
Why does my coffee maker make so much noise?
Usually, the cause of excess noise in a coffee maker is the water tank running low. It could also be due to the machine needing de-scaled so once you check the water levels, this is the next best thing to check for.
Which coffee maker has a water filter?
Cuisinart, Hamilton Beach, Keurig, Mr. Coffee, and many more coffee makers have water filters to improve the coffee taste. Most machines have the option to buy water filters that either fit in the machine or can be attached to the water inlet.
Which coffee grinder should I use?
Always use a burr grinder to ensure an even coffee grind leading to good flavor extraction.
More Quiet Coffee Makers Reviewed
6. Budget Option – Mr. Coffee Simple Brew Coffee Maker
Brand: Mr. Coffee
Water Tank Capacity: 0.53 Litres
- Stain-Resistant Warming Plate
- Removable Filter Basket
- Coffee Grounds Sometimes Escape into Carafe
If you’re looking to make great coffee at a fraction of the price then Mr. Coffee is the machine for you. The price may appear too good to be true but this coffee maker will not disappoint. It’s a really attractive design so will look right at home in your kitchen.
Features like the auto pause are really useful in enabling you to grab a quick cup before the brew cycle has finished. The warming plate resists stains and spills so is easy to keep clean and the filter basket comes away to allow you to thoroughly wash it.
It’s quiet and unassuming and effortlessly brews delicious coffee at the touch of a button.
The only minor issue is the spring toggle in the filter basket that controls the flow of coffee can sometimes push the filter paper up as you’re trying to fill it with coffee. This makes the filter sit unevenly and can cause coffee grounds to spill out into the carafe. The best way to remedy this is to set up the filter and fill it with coffee first and then clip the jug into place.
7. Best Fast Brew Option – Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine
Brand: Nestle Nespresso
Type: Single Serve
Water Tank Capacity: 1.8 Litres
- Smart Coffee Maker
- Barista Grade
- Moveable Water Tank
- Pods are expensive
If you need your morning cup of joe in a hurry then Nespresso has got you covered with the VertuoPlus. This smart coffee maker uses technology to create the perfect espresso no matter what the brew size. Team it with a milk frother and you can have a latte or cappuccino as well.
This barista-grade espresso maker can brew 5 different cup sizes to suit any mood. I love the fact that it has a moveable water tank. This can sit to the side so that it fits on a narrow countertop or it can tuck in behind to give a slimline effect.
It heats up in 20-25 seconds so you’ll have steaming hot coffee in no time at all. It’s compact and quiet and a really good option for a busy home. The pods are recyclable through the Nespresso recycling program which makes this option a bit more eco-friendly. The only issue is that the Nespresso pods do tend to cost a bit more and that can make this machine more expensive to run longer-term.
8. Best Programmable Option – Ninja CE251 Programmable Brewer
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 1.7 Litres
- Custom Brew Strengths
- Removable Water Reservoir
- Dishwasher Safe
- No brew-pause feature
For full control over your morning java, a fully programmable coffee maker is a must. This model by Ninja gives you a whole lot more for your money. The advanced boiler makes a hotter cup of joe which is ideal if you take milk or creamer in your coffee.
It has a brew strength setting and the rich setting pulses the water to give a pour-over type coffee. The showerhead gives a lovely even coating of the coffee grounds which improves the flavor.
The 24-hour timer means you can wake up to the smell of fresh coffee. The water tank is removable which makes filling it really simple. It comes with a permanent filter which reduces waste and the control panel buttons make it super simple to use.
The scoop has its own storage space on the side of the machine so you’ll not lose it and some parts of this coffee maker are dishwasher safe making cleaning it a breeze.
Just about the only issue, I could find is that it doesn’t have a brew-pause feature so not ideal if you love to sneak a mug of coffee before the brew cycle is up.
9. Best For Pour-Over Style Coffee – Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 1.3 Litres
- Precision Water Heater
- Pre-Infusion Mode
- One-Touch Brewing
- Need To Pre-Heat The Carafe
If you’re after delicious, artisan coffee just automated then this Bonavita is the perfect choice. Certified by the specialty coffee association, this machine has a powerful water heater that ensures the water reaches the perfect coffee brewing temperature every time. The showerhead evenly coats the coffee grounds and this plus the flat-bottom filter basket helps aid the even saturation of the coffee beans.
One touch brewing makes coffee effortlessly and the optional pre-infusion mode mimics a pour-over set-up with ease. The showerhead, carafe lid, and filter basket are dishwasher safe so you can keep them clean and all plastic used in this machine is BPA free making it a safe and healthy choice.
This coffee maker makes high-quality, delicious coffee, and the thermal carafe keeps it hot for hours. The only issue with this option is that you do need to preheat the carafe before you start the coffee brewing so you can maximize the heat retention.
10. Gold Cup Standard Option – Breville Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker
Type: Drip Machine
Water Tank Capacity: 1.8 Litres
- Gold Cup Standard
- Thermocoil Heating System
- Steep & Release Valve
- Non-removable water tank
Last, but certainly not least is the gold cup standard option by Breville. This machine always ensures it heats the water to the SCA recommended 197-204F so it never, ever burns your coffee. This is achieved using the advanced thermocoil heating system that has precise digital temperature control.
There are six customizable brew control settings so you can program the machine to brew the perfect cup for you. The coffee flavor is further optimized by the steep and release technology which maximizes water to coffee contact to extract full flavor.
You can customize everything from the bloom time to flow rate and brew temperature so you can set it to suit any coffee you like. The dual filter basket also gives you control over this aspect so you can brew any volume of coffee, exactly how you like it.
This coffee maker does just about everything you could ever wish for and is nice and quiet to boot. Just about the only downside I could find is that the water tank is not removable. Your placement of the machine may be slightly limited to avoid cupboards blocking the filling of it.
Coffee makers don’t have to steal the show when it comes to noise levels and these options give testament to this. No matter how you like your coffee brewed, you don’t have to suffer a noisy coffee maker. I hope this review has given you some food for thought when choosing a nice quiet coffee maker and I wish you the best of luck with your next purchase.