The 9 Best Budget Coffee Makers to Buy in 2018

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Bonavita 5-Cup One-Touch Featuring Thermal Carafe at Amazon

“A great coffee maker with a comfortable price tag, this brewer is simple to operate.”


Runner-Up Best Overall: AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker at Amazon

“Use it at home or take it on the road - this simple hand-pressed brewer can make either American coffee or espresso.”


Best Under $50: Mr. Coffee 12-Cup at Amazon

“If saving big on a coffee maker is the top priority when buying a new machine, you'll want to take a look at this bestseller.”


Best Pour Over: Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer at Amazon

“Pour-over coffee has become quite popular, and this simple brewer makes it easy.”


Best Large Capacity: Hamilton Beach Brew Station Coffee Urn at Amazon

“The perfect coffee urn for folks who like to host large gatherings.”


Best Cold Brew: OXO Good Grips at Amazon

“This brewer makes the process foolproof.”


Best French Press: Secura Stainless Steel French Press at Amazon

“Made from 18/10 stainless steel, this French press is nearly indestructible.”


Best Espresso: Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker at Amazon

“You can make a cup of traditional stovetop espresso with this classic pot.”


Best Single Cup: CHULUX Single Cup Coffee at Amazon

“Great for making one cup at a time, this compact brewer lets you use any type of K-cup, or you can use refillable cups.”



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    Best Overall: Bonavita 5-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker Featuring Thermal Carafe

    A great coffee maker with a comfortable price tag, this brewer is simple to operate with no chance of making a mistake. Just insert the filter and add your coffee. It’s easy to measure the amount of water since the water reservoir is marked for the proper amounts. Then just press the button to brew. Coffee is kept warm in the thermal carafe, so you can enjoy a second cup without the pot getting cold.

    This brewer has a showerhead feature that ensures that all the grounds are evenly covered, even when you’re brewing a small amount. A special pre-infusion feature can be set for wetting the grounds slightly before the brewing starts, to allow freshly roasted and ground coffee to degas properly before brewing.

    A digital version of this brewer is available, and there is an optional double-walled glass carafe that can be purchased separately, if you prefer glass over metal, or if you want a second carafe.

  • 02 of 09

    Runner-Up Best Overall: AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

    Use it at home or take it on the road in the included tote—this simple hand-pressed brewer can make either American coffee or espresso. It makes 1 to 3 cups of coffee and brews in a minute or less, so you won’t be tapping your toe waiting for that first cup of coffee in the morning. This works similar to a French press but it uses finely ground coffee, so you’ll extract more flavor.

    This coffee maker has a super-fine filter that keeps coffee grit out of your drink, so you don’t have to wait for it to settle before sipping. This comes with 350 paper filters in the included filter holder, and the filters can be rinsed and re-used several times. Additional filters come in packs of 350 and are very affordable. They can be purchased online or where AeroPress products are sold.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Under $50: Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

    If saving big on a coffee maker is the top priority when buying a new machine you'll want to take a look at this bestseller from Mr. Coffee. Although it comes in at a steal of a price, it has stellar reviews and can produce a 12-cup pot. It has some basic features that make brewing easy and simple, like water window so you don't have to worry about overfilling and a pause button that will let you fill up a cup of Joe before the whole pot is done brewing. You'll have to get paper filters for this but the lift and clean basket makes cleaning a breeze.

    Reviewers agree this makes a solid cup of coffee at a very reasonable price. A few have said this broke within a year of purchase but at the price it wasn't a major drawback for them.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Pour Over: Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer

    Pour-over coffee has become quite popular, and this simple brewer makes it easy. It includes a conical stainless steel mesh filter to hold the coffee, and a glass carafe to collect the brew and serve it. The filter is made from two layers of mesh, so to let the flavor through while keeping ground out of the finished coffee. The carafe has a large handle and a pouring spout, so you won’t make a mess when you’re serving.

    When you’re not making or serving coffee, the carafe will come in handy for serving other beverages as well.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Large Capacity: Hamilton Beach Brew Station Coffee Urn

    The perfect coffee urn for folks who like to host large gatherings, this holds a whopping 40 cups, so you won’t have to make pot after pot in your everyday coffee maker. A light indicates when brewing is done, so you’ll be able to see at a glance when it’s time to start serving. The tank is insulated, so it will keep the coffee warm, while the two heaters gently reheat it as the temperature drops, without overheating or burning the brew.

    Serving is simple. It dispenses with just one hand, so guests can serve themselves without having to find a place to put their plate down. Despite the large size, this is designed to be easy to clean when serving is done, and two side handles give you a comfortable grip when you need to move the brewer for serving or cleaning.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Cold Brew: OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

    Cold brew coffee has become quite popular, and with good reason. The coffee tastes smoother, with less acid and less bitterness than traditional brewing methods. This brewer makes the process foolproof. Just add coffee and water and let it steep for 12 to 24 hours. Then just flip the switch to drain the coffee concentrate into the carafe.

    That coffee concentrate can be used to make iced coffee, or add it to hot water to make a hot cup of coffee. Keep the carafe in the refrigerator so you can have coffee for several days with no effort. The strength of the cold brew can be adjusted simply by adding more or less coffee or water.

    This brewer has a permanent filter, or you can add a paper filter to collect every last bit of coffee dust from the cold brew. When brewing is done, all the pieces nest for more compact storage.

    Check out our other reviews of the best cold brew coffee makers available on the market today.

  • 07 of 09

    Best French Press: Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

    Made from 18/10 stainless steel, this French press is nearly indestructible, and you certainly won’t break it from normal kitchen use. It comes with an extra stainless steel screen, so you can stack them for finer filtering, or tuck one away as a spare, in case the first filter gets lost. The large handle and lid knob are designed to stay cool, even when the coffee is piping hot, so you can pour safely.

    This is a large French press that holds 34 ounces, so you can make coffee (or tea!) for guests, or make a smaller batch just for yourself. When coffee making is done, all parts are dishwasher safe, so cleaning is fast and easy. 

    Read more reviews of the best French presses available to purchase online.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Espresso: Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

    Electric espresso machines can be prohibitively expensive, but you can make a cup of traditional stovetop espresso with this classic pot. It holds up to 12-ounces of water, which is enough to make six 2-ounce shots of espresso.

    This is simple to use. Just fill the base with cold water, add the filter and coffee, and screw the top onto the base. Heat the pot on the stove until the water boils, and it will filter through the grounds and fill the top of the pot. When all of the water has passed from the bottom to the top, the coffee is done.

    This disassembles easily for cleaning and should be washed by hand and dried before storing.

    Check out our other reviews of the best espresso machines available on the market today.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Single Cup: CHULUX Single Cup Coffee

    Great for making one cup at a time, this compact brewer lets you use any type of K-cup, or you can use refillable cups (sold separately) along with your own favorite grounds for unlimited versatility.

    Operation is simple, too. Just insert the K-cup, add water, and press the button to start the brewing process. To make it easy to remember, instructions are illustrated on the side of the brewer, so you don’t have to leave coffee-making instructions for overnight guests.

    The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning, or to accommodate tall travel mugs. This is available in several different colors, so you can match your kitchen or add a pop of fun color to the coffee bar.

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular budget coffee makers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different coffee makers overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers and tested 4 of the coffee makers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.