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    10 Best Stylish Coffee Makers (Brewin’ Good, Lookin’ Good)

    by Scott Deans | Last Updated: April 29, 2021

    A coffee maker has one job.

    To make great coffee. Simple right?

    Well, in reality, most coffee makers are going to sit out on display in your kitchen so add to the interior design of the room. A well-constructed coffee-making station needs a brewing device that is both stylish as well as highly functional and not every coffee maker can tick both these boxes.

    To help you out, here are ten of the top stylish coffee makers out there reviewed so you can choose the one that best suits your home. I’ve compiled a diverse list that covers all brewing options so no matter how you like your coffee, there’s a perfect option here for you.

    Let’s dive straight in and check out the obvious top choice for a well-designed and highly functional coffee machine, the Technivorm Moccamaster.

    Top 10 Best Stylish Coffee Makers

    1. Top Choice – Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG

    Technivorm Moccamaster 59616 KBG

    Brand: Technivorm

    Brew Method: Drip Coffee Maker

    Pros

    • Quiet Pump-Free Brewing
    • Perfect Water Temperature
    • Built to Last

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Price & Reviews

    The best stylish coffee machine has to be the Moccamaster. This is due in two parts to its design and its ability to make the most delicious brewed coffee imaginable. The Moccamaster does this by achieving the perfect water temperature for brewing coffee as well as holding the glass carafe at this level so the coffee won’t burn post-brewing either.

    The copper heating element is one of a kind and transfers heat rapidly and efficiently. This, coupled with pumpless brewing means it’s quiet and energy-efficient. The main body of the machine is made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and this machine is built to last a lifetime.

    It’s easy to use, makes a perfect cup of coffee every time, and looks great on your kitchen countertop. It comes in loads of color options as well which is a nice touch. Just about the only downside is that this high-quality machine doesn’t come cheap. It is pretty pricey but well worth it if you use your coffee maker daily as this one will continue to perform well for years to come.

    2. Runner Up – Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

    Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Brushed Stainless Steel Large

    Brand: Breville

    Brew Method: Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

    Pros

    • Integrated Grinder and Steam Wand
    • Optimal Water Pressure
    • Hands-On Like a Barista

    Cons

    • Takes Practice

    Price & Reviews

    The runner-up for this best coffee maker’s review is Breville with their Barista Express. This semi-automatic espresso machine gives you the hands-on, barista experience but with everything integrated into the machine so you don’t need to go purchasing lots of add ons.

    The coffee grinder is built in so you can add your fresh beans straight into the hopper. It’s a conical burr grinder so this gives you full control of your grind size as well as the coffee dose required. It grinds straight into the portafilter so you don’t end up with a mess of coffee grounds everywhere.

    The machine is set up for low-pressure pre-infusion which removes the issue of channeling and achieves a beautifully balanced flavor. Digital temperature control precisely controls the water brewing temperature so you’ll never suffer a burnt coffee from this machine.

    The steam wand allows you to make thick creamy lattes from the comfort of your own kitchen and with some practice, you’ll have latte art mastered. The downside with this option is (as with all non fully automatic espresso machines) it does take practice to get the perfect espresso. It’s a skill to be mastered and not simple like a drip coffee maker or a pod machine. If you’re willing to put in the time, however, you will not be disappointed.

    3. Best Programmable Option – Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

    Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

    Brand: Cuisinart

    Brew Method: Drip-Coffee Maker

    Pros

    • 24 Hour Advanced Brew Start
    • Charcoal Water Filter
    • Adjustable Heater Plate

    Cons

    • A lot of Plastic

    Price & Reviews

    If you love your cup of joe to take care of itself then you need an automated brew coffee maker. This drip machine by Cuisinart has loads of handy features that take the load off you. The 24-hour advanced brew start allows you to set up the machine so that the coffee starts to brew exactly when you need it. This means you can wake up to the smell of fresh coffee without lifting a finger!

    Brew pause allows you to grab a quick cup before the brew cycle is complete which is great for busy mornings. The hotplate has different heat settings so you can choose low if you want your black coffee at drinking temperature up to high if you want the coffee scalding hot (better for if you add milk).

    The charcoal water filter ensures impurities are removed from the water so your coffee tastes the best it can. This machine comes with a permanent gold-tone coffee filter that is reusable so helps reduce waste and gives a very rich, bold tasting coffee. If you prefer a lighter brew you can always use paper filters instead.

    There is a programmable shutoff so you can adjust this to suit your needs and the carafe is dishwasher safe making cleaning it super easy. The downside with this coffee maker is that it does contain a lot of plastic but thankfully it’s all BPA free so safe to be in contact with your coffee.

    4. Best Pour-Over – CHEMEX Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker

    CHEMEX Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker

    Brand: Chemex

    Brew Method: Pour-Over

    Pros

    • High-Quality, Non-Porous Glass
    • Simple To Use
    • Makes Sublime Coffee

    Cons

    • Delicate

    Price & Reviews

    If you love the delicate yet full flavor that comes from pour-over coffee then nothing beats the Chemex for flavor and style. This glass coffee maker is a piece of art in itself and looks breathtaking in any coffee-making station.

    The glass used to make the Chemex is borosilicate and non-porous so doesn’t absorb any odors or any coffee oils. This means the coffee maker avoids stains and stale tastes from building up meaning you get the purest tasting coffee even after years of heavy use.

    Chemex has its own bonded filter papers that remove a lot of coffee oils leading to a lighter and fresher cup of coffee. The design of the funnel allows optimal water flow to give the perfect brew time for the coffee.

    This coffee maker is a show-stopper when it comes to pour-over coffee and is an investment piece that you won’t regret. The only downside is that it is made of glass so will break if dropped or knocked off something.

    5. Best Capsule Machine – Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker Bundle with Aeroccino Milk Frother by De’Longhi

    Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi

    Brand: Nespresso

    Brew Method: Capsule Coffee Maker

    Pros

    • 5 Brew Size Options
    • Self Setting
    • Customizable Water Reservoir Position

    Cons

    • Only Accepts Nespresso Vertuo Capsules

    Price & Reviews

    If a single cup of coffee is all you need and you want it quickly then a capsule machine is the ideal choice. With the press of a button, you get freshly brewed coffee straight into your favorite mug with the choice of five sizes to suit your tastes.

    You don’t have to mess around with settings on this machine as it reads the barcode on the capsule and adjusts the necessary parameters automatically. The design of this coffee maker is really versatile as you can rotate the water tank to allow the device to fit into any space.

    The machine heats up in 20-25 seconds so you won’t have to wait long for your coffee and it switches itself off after 9 minutes so it won’t waste power.

    This bundle on Amazon gives you the Aeroccino 3 milk frother included so you can make cappuccinos with ease.

    This is a really easy to use and simple machine that has a lovely sleek and stylish look to it. The only downside is that you can only use the special Nespresso capsules with this coffee maker and they are fairly pricey. Thankfully, Nespresso has its own recycling program for the waste produced by these so you don’t need to worry about the capsules adding to the landfill.

    Coffee Maker Buyers Guide

    Brew Method

    The brew method you choose is the first important consideration when buying a new coffee maker. If you prefer the bold french press brew then a mesh or metal filter is needed and if you prefer the lighter, smoother, filter paper coffee then a drip machine or pour over is best.

    If it’s espresso or another specialty coffee then you may wish to get a proper espresso machine or keep it simple with an Aeropress.

    Ease Of Use

    Some coffee makers require skill and practice whereas others just need you to push a button. What kind of coffee drinker are you?

    If you love an involved routine then choose a coffee maker that allows you some self-expression. If you need coffee quickly and fuss-free then a capsule or pod machine may be better suited.

    Size

    The size of the coffee machine should not be neglected when you’re considering the options available. Check the dimensions of the machine suit the area you have free including drip trays and water tanks.

    Coffee Grinder

    Does the machine take fresh coffee grounds or not? If it does then check whether it has a coffee grinder included. A conical burr grinder is the best choice as this allows you to get an even grind and doesn’t heat or damage the beans as a blade grinder can.

    Water Filter

    Some coffee makers have built-in water filters which can greatly influence the flavor of the coffee that they brew. If the machine doesn’t have this option consider using filtered water when brewing coffee. Another good reason for filtering water is that it avoids limescale damage to the machine.

    Best Stylish Coffee Makers

    F.A.Q.s

    What is the best coffee maker to buy for home use?

    All the coffee makers listed here are suitable for use in your home or workplace. The best one for you really comes down to how you like your coffee to taste and which brew process you prefer.

    What are the top 5 coffee makers?

    The top five options on our list are:

    1. Technivorm Moccamaster
    2. Breville Barista Express
    3. Cuisinart Brew Central
    4. The Chemex
    5. Nespresso VertuoPlus

    What other drip coffee makers are worth considering?

    Two brands that haven’t quite made the list today but still make great coffee machines are Kitchenaid and Ninja.

    Which are the best coffee beans in Walmart?

    Walmart has plenty of good-quality coffee beans to choose between. Lavazza uses arabica beans and is a really great option with the classic, medium roast being a perfect choice for most coffee makers.

    Who makes good quality conical burr grinders?

    To get the very best out of your coffee maker, a conical burr grinder is essential. Capresso and Oxo make really great grinders and if you’re trying to keep the cost down, Braun has a great option for less than $100.

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    6. Best Compact Option – Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer

    Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer

    Brand: Keurig

    Brew Method: Pod Machine

    Pros

    • Tiny Footprint
    • Travel Mug Friendly
    • Brews any Size from 6-12 Oz

    Cons

    • Can be Slow to Brew

    Price & Reviews

    If you don’t have a lot of counter space available or you’re simply a fan of the minimalist aesthetic then this mini coffee brewer by Keurig is ideal. It’s less than 5 inches wide and 11.3 inches deep so can squeeze into small spaces. Despite the small footprint, you don’t need to compromise on drink size. It can brew anywhere between 6 and 12 ounces of coffee and the drip tray comes away allowing you to fit a travel mug up to 7 inches in height under the dispenser.

    Auto shutoff turns the device off after 90 minutes to help save power. It can be a bit slow to brew a mug of coffee compared to other pod machines but this only really equates to a few minutes.

    The water tank holds enough for 1 cup of coffee so does need to be refilled a lot and it isn’t removable so could be awkward to top up if the machine is tucked away under a shelf or cupboard.

    Apart from this, it’s really easy to use, a lovely minimal design, and one of the most compact coffee brewers out there. Perfect for tiny living.

    7. Best Automatic Espresso Machine – Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker

    Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine

    Brand: Mr. Coffee

    Brew Method: Automatic Espresso Machine

    Pros

    • Easy 1 Button Interface
    • Milk Frother and Dispenser
    • Thermocouple Heating System

    Cons

    • No Water Level Indicator

    Price & Reviews

    If you’ve been searching for a stylish machine that can do specialty coffee without any skills required from you then here is the answer. Mr. Coffee has developed this one-touch CoffeeHouse that can make espresso, lattes, and cappuccino at the touch of a button.

    It’s really professionally designed with a 19 bar Italian pump which can achieve the high pressure necessary for optimal espresso extraction. The thermocouple heating system evenly and efficiently heats the water to the perfect temperature so every espresso from this machine will be bursting with flavor.

    All you need to do is add water, add milk, add coffee to the portafilter and tamp it down. Fix the filter basket in place, place your mug under it and then select the drink you want to brew. The machine brews your coffee, steams the milk for you, and dispenses them both into your mug without you having to manually carry out these tasks.

    This is a really convenient coffee maker and delivers really great coffee without any fuss. It’s a lovely stylish, stainless steel design and fits well into any home. I couldn’t find many issues at all with this machine except that it doesn’t tell you when the water is getting low so that’s something you have to keep an eye on before you start to brew coffee.

    8. Best Travel Option – AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

    AeroPress

    Brand: Aeropress

    Brew Method: Immersion Brew Process

    Pros

    • Lightweight and Compact
    • Can Make Espresso-Like Coffee
    • Low Bitterness and Acidity

    Cons

    • Needs Kettle/Hot Water Source

    Price & Reviews

    Brewing coffee on the go often means you have to compromise somewhere. That was before the Aeropress, thankfully now you can experience the most delicious, sweet coffee with just one small piece of equipment.

    Similar to a large syringe in design this is a coffee maker that makes a statement. It uses an immersion brew process plus a small amount of pressure to extract the fullest flavor from your coffee beans without using any power.

    The coffee it brews is espresso-like in quality and low in acidity and bitterness. Although the Aeropress is made from plastic it’s phthalate and BPA-free so very safe to brew coffee in. It uses tiny paper filters which don’t produce much waste (and can go in the compost) or you can get a metal filter if you prefer a bolder brew.

    This model comes with a travel tote bag so you can pack it away with your favorite coffee and travel mug ready to brew anywhere. The only caveat to this is that you do need hot water so you will also need a kettle or some way to heat up water.

    9. Best French Press – Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker

    Bodum 1928-16US4 Chambord French Press Coffee Maker 1 Litre 34 Ounce Chrome

    Brand: Bodum

    Brew Method: French Press

    Pros

    • Borosilicate Glass Shatterproof Beaker
    • Stainless Steel Filter
    • Dishwasher Safe

    Cons

    • Micro-sediment

    Price & Reviews

    A more classic or retro option, the French press will never go out of fashion. This Bodum design is everything you need from a well-designed coffee brewer. The glass beaker is borosilicate so heatproof and doesn’t absorb stains or odors. It’s also shatterproof so you have to work quite hard to break the thing.

    The fine mesh, stainless steel filter removes the rough sediment from the coffee to leave a thick and rich brew behind. This device is easy to keep clean as it’s dishwasher safe so that’s another great design perk. The french press is also a great option for making iced coffee or cold brew coffee so you’re not just limited to the hot stuff.

    As with all french press models they come with a lot of complaints about micro sediment in your cup of coffee. The main point here is that the French press is designed to leave some levels of sediment in the coffee and this is what contributes to the rich and intense flavor. If you don’t like coffee this way, try pour-over instead.

    There are ways to reduce excess sediment when you brew coffee. Make sure you use coarsely ground coffee or grind beans on the coarsest setting in your coffee grinder. Once you add the water to the french press you can stir the coffee to make sure it’s all submerged but don’t touch it again whilst it brews. Wait the full 4 minutes and this will allow most of the sediment to settle to the bottom. Press the plunger down gently and evenly and this will push any remaining grounds down to join the rest.

    10. Best Multi-Brew Option – Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker

    Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio Coffee Maker 2-Way Single Serve & Full 12c Pot Compatible with K-Cup Pods or Grounds

    Brand: Hamilton Beach

    Brew Method: Drip Coffee Maker and Pod Machine

    Pros

    • Versatile Brewing
    • Brew Strength Customizer
    • Travel Mug Friendly

    Cons

    • Lots of Plastic

    Price & Reviews

    If you can’t decide whether or not to get a drip coffee maker or a pod machine then you’ll be pleased to learn that you don’t have to. Hamilton Beach has a machine that does it all so you can choose the brew that best suits you on any given day.

    You can brew a full pot of coffee (that’s 12 cups) into the carafe with the added bonuses of a 24-hour timer, brew pause, and 2-hour auto shut off. The other side of the machine can take K cup pods to brew an effortless cup of joe or you can use the single-serve coffee brew basket to make a single cup of fresh coffee.

    There’s a brew strength customization setting so you can have your coffee exactly the way you like it and 2 separate easy-fill water reservoirs with a level indicator window are a nice touch.

    You can fit your travel mug under the single-serve dispenser and if you prefer, Hamilton Beach also makes this model with a 10 cup, thermal carafe.

    The machine does have a lot of plastic parts which can be offputting for some. Thankfully, it’s all certified as food safe and BPA free so no safety concerns here.

    Take-Home

    There’s no hard or fast rule for what makes the perfect stylish coffee maker for your home. The look and feel of the machine have to suit your style and needs. Whether it’s a simple, one-touch brew method or a complex coffee routine you’re after then there is a perfect choice out there once you know what you’re looking for. I hope this review has helped narrow down some of the many options out there so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

    Happy Brewing!

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