The 9 Best Programmable Coffee Makers of 2020

Program your pot to brew on a schedule

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Our Top Picks
"Has a number of sought-after features like an auto-off setting."
"This sleek machine produces consistently delicious cups of joe."
"This inexpensive model can make up to 12 cups of coffee."
"The grinder has five settings from fine to coarse that you can tailor."
Best with Reusable Filter:
Ninja Programmable Coffee Maker at Amazon
"This machine comes with a permanent filter that you can rinse."
"This is the ideal solution for those who live alone."
"Most programmable machines make 12 cups of coffee, but this extra-large one can brew up to 14 cups at a time."
"Packed with features including a double-wall coffee reservoir."
"Choose between regular and bold flavor profiles."

Mornings begin with coffee, from the first rejuvenating sips before work to cozy book-in-hand weekends. Now, imagine the waft of a fresh pot before you even get up, stretch your arms, and slog to the kitchen to make it. That’s the luxury of programmable coffee makers. With the touch of a button, they let users pre-set a brew time, usually up to 24 hours in advance. In this round-up, we list our favorite devices and sort them into a number of convenient categories, like best budget, best single serve (yes, those can be programmable too!), and more. To start the day a little brighter, here are the best programmable coffee makers.

Best Overall: Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

What We Like
  • Strong, consistent coffee

  • Adjustable brew strength

  • Temperature control keeps coffee hot

What We Don't Like
  • Slightly expensive

  • Difficult to fill the water reservoir

For the perfect cup of coffee every morning, get the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker. This modern, stainless steel appliance will look great on your kitchen counter, and it has a number of sought-after features that make a delicious brew every time. 

This coffee maker can whip up anywhere from one to 14 cups of coffee, so it’s perfect for those who live alone, large families, and avid hosts alike. You can set a brew time up to 24 hours in advance, and you can also choose between a regular or bold flavor profile.

After testing the product, our reviewer especially praised the the 1-4 cup setting. "We usually don't make more than four cups of coffee in the morning," she wrote, "so we found this feature really helpful. The strength was exactly what we expected."

The Cuisinart machine also has an auto-off setting, a temperature-adjustable hot plate, as well as a permanent filter that you can use again and again. There’s even a self-cleaning mode to decalcify the interior of the machine.

"An investment in this product will transform your morning cup of coffee routine forever." — Lambeth Hochwald, Product Tester

Best Splurge: OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker

What We Like
  • Brews at optimal temperature

  • Sleek dial and LED interface

  • Thermal carafe retains heat well

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

  • Takes up counter space

  • Does not include permanent filter

If you rely on coffee to get you through the day, you might want to splurge on a high-end coffee pot such as the OXO Brew Coffee Maker. This sleek machine is an absolutely stunning centerpiece for your kitchen, and you’ll love the delicious pot of coffee it makes. 

This coffee maker uses a microprocessor-controlled brew cycle to replicate the pour-over coffee-making method, and it can make between two and nine cups of delicious java. Water is heated and held at the ideal temperature, and the rainmaker shower head evenly disperses the liquid over your favorite coffee grounds to maximize flavor. It comes with a double-wall stainless steel carafe that will keep your coffee warm for hours, and the OXO Brew Coffee Maker is even certified by the Specialty Coffee Association!

According to reviewers, this high-end coffee maker produces consistently delicious cups of joe at the perfect temperature. Many enjoy that the controls are easy to use, allowing you to program it to start brewing at any time of day.

"This is one of the few coffee makers certified by the Specialty Coffee Association. To achieve that standard, the OXO 9-Cup is guaranteed to brew at the optimal temperature and extraction percentage, all under six minutes."Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats

Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup QuickTouch Programmable Coffeemaker

What We Like
  • Removable filter basket

  • Automatic shutoff

  • Large capacity considering the price

What We Don't Like
  • Some users say clock is inaccurate

  • Grounds can spill, end up in coffee

Certain budget coffee makers, such as the BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, come with an auto-brew option. This inexpensive model can make up to 12 cups of coffee in its glass carafe, and it boasts many of the same features as high-end models. 

This coffee maker has QuickTouch programming that lets you set a time for your coffee to brew. It also includes a two-hour auto shutoff, nonstick hot plate, and “sneak-a-cup” technology for those times you just can’t wait for it to finish brewing. Reviewers love the simple, easy-to-use design, saying that it makes a nice, hot cup of joe for a truly affordable price. While it's never easy to choose a coffee maker, this is the perfect option for those on a budget, college kids, or even an office space.

Best with Grinder: KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Coffee Maker with Burr Coffee Grinder

What We Like
  • Five-setting burr grinder

  • Multiple strength settings

  • Adjustable cup size

What We Don't Like
  • Durability concerns

  • Loud grinder

Like to grind your own beans? Then you need a product like the KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start Coffee Maker with Burr Coffee Grinder, which has a conical burr grinder built into the machine. It can make anywhere from two to 10 cups of coffee, and the grinder has five settings from fine to coarse that you can tailor depending on your beans and coffee preferences.

You can schedule this coffee maker to start at any time, and it will keep the brew warm for two hours. You can choose between three brew strengths, and the machine has a pause-and-serve option that lets you pour a cup while it’s still working. Plus, the glass carafe has a curved spout to prevent drips, and the coffee maker has a reusable grounds basket, too.

Reviewers say this grind-and-brew coffee maker takes a little practice to get used to, but most agree it makes a great cup of coffee. You can’t beat the taste of freshly ground beans!

Best with Reusable Filter: Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker CE200

What We Like
  • Automatic shutoff

  • GoldTone filter included

  • Two coffee strength options

What We Don't Like
  • Fairly expensive

  • Too tall for some cabinets

If you want to do away with paper coffee filters forever, pick up the Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. This programmable machine comes with a permanent filter that you can simply rinse and reuse each morning. It even has a coffee scoop that snaps onto the side of the machine—how’s that for convenience?

This coffee maker has a 60-ounce reservoir and can make up to 12 cups of coffee, and if you want to make a small batch, it has a special 1-4 cup setting. The machine uses thermal flavor extraction to give you a rich, delicious cup of coffee, as well as a bold flavor option, delay brew setting, and mid-brew pause feature. Reviewers love how easy to use this Ninja Coffee Maker is, and many say it makes delicious and hot coffee.

Best Single Serve: Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker in Matte Black

What We Like
  • Compatible with K-Cups and ground coffee

  • Large, removable water reservoir

  • Fast brewing

What We Don't Like
  • Prone to leaking

  • Grounds often spill into cup

  • Durability concerns

Making coffee for one? The Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker is the ideal solution for those who live alone, as it makes single cups of coffee in minutes. This machine boasts a 72-ounce reservoir, and you can make five different beverage sizes, ranging from 4 to 12 ounces. It’s fully programmable, and it comes with a reusable filter cup so you don’t have to rely on K-cups (though you can use those in it, as well!).

According to reviewers, this single-serve coffee maker is an unbeatable value and more versatile than a Keurig. Many say it’s fast and makes a great cup of coffee, and you can’t beat the auto on/off feature, which can save you precious time in the morning. 

Best for Large Quantities: Hamilton Beach Programmable FrontFill Coffee Maker

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Option for glass or thermal carafe

  • Convenient front fill

What We Don't Like
  • Carafe drips

  • Doesn't brew at optimal temperature

Caffeine addicts will love this extra-large coffee maker from Hamilton Beach. Most programmable machines make 12 cups of coffee, but this one can brew up to 14 cups at a time.

It's not all brawn and no brain, however. The item is equipped with a litany of features and customers give it high marks in ease of use, easiness to clean, and, most importantly, flavor. You can program your coffee to brew 24 hours in advance and adjust the strength to either regular or bold. The automatic pause-and-serve feature is handy when you need to grab a cup and go before the whole pot is finished brewing. There's also an automatic shut-off feature, which you can program in 10 minute intervals up to 4 hours total. Customers also have the choice between a glass carafe and a slightly more expensive thermal carafe. All in all, this is a reliable and highly reviewed coffee maker that comes with the added bonus of extra coffee each time you brew.

Best Dispenser: Cuisinart DCC-3000 Programmable Coffeemaker

What We Like
  • Removable water reservoir

  • Unique dispensing lever

  • Automatic shutoff up to four hours

What We Don't Like
  • Mixed reviews on coffee temperature

  • Coffee gauge is sometimes inaccurate

  • Must remove drip tray for travel mugs

One of the latest trends in coffee makers is to have a dispenser-style pouring mechanism instead of a carafe. If you like this feature, you’ll love the Cuisinart Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, which lets you pour out one cup at a time using the dispensing lever.

This coffee maker is packed with features, including a double-wall coffee reservoir that can hold up to 12 cups of java, a gauge to let you know how much brew is left, as well as cleaning and 1-4 cup settings. It comes with a coffee scoop, water filter, and commercial-style permanent filter, and all its materials are BPA-free

Most Versatile: Cuisinart CHW-14 10-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker

What We Like
  • Great for tea drinkers

  • Automatic shutoff up to four hours

  • Thermal carafe retains heat well

What We Don't Like
  • Faint coffee taste on hot water side

  • A little noisy

  • Not the easiest to fill

Want a coffee pot that can do it all? Then look no further than the Cuisinart 10-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker, which has a 10-cup carafe, as well as a separate hot water system that’s perfect for making tea, hot chocolate, or even oatmeal. 

This coffee maker is fully automatic, thanks to its auto on/off, self-clean option, and 1-4 cup setting. It comes with a water filter and permanent filter, and when you’re making coffee, you can choose between regular and bold flavor profiles, as well as set the brew-time up to a day in advance. It includes a 56-ounce reservoir, and with the push of a lever, you can dispense hot water—even if there’s coffee brewing!

Final Verdict

There's a lot to like with the Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker—consistent flavor, a large carafe, versatile settings—which is why it lands in our top spot. At a higher price point, the OXO Brew 9-Cup Coffee Maker is also worth consideration, especially for the coffee fanatic. The SCA-certified brewer takes up a decent amount of counter space but produces a nearly unparalleled cup of joe.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Camryn Rabideau is a full-time freelance writer living in Rhode Island. She covers all topics related to the home, contributing to popular sites like Martha Stewart, InStyle, and Food52.

This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He uses the Bialetti Moka Express to shake up his everyday coffee routine and make café-style drinks, like lattes and Americanos, right from home. It’s the perfect partner to his primary coffee maker, the Bodum BRAZIL French Press.

What to Look for in a Programmable Coffee Maker

Features: If you're interested in a programmable coffee maker, there's a good chance you'll enjoy a variety of other features. Think about your ideal coffee maker. Does it have automatic shutoff? Multiple strength settings? While programmable coffee makers tend to be more advanced, some might lack features you simply can't live without—just be prepared for a higher price tag with more features included.

Size: If space is limited, you might have to rule out a few options. Fortunately, programmable coffee makers aren't any larger than standard machines. Remember to check height, depth, and width to ensure an item will fit properly. And if the machine has a compartment that lifts, keep that in mind when taking your measurements.

Capacity: While larger capacity coffee makers generally sound more appealing, a 14-cup carafe might not always be best for your coffee needs, especially if you only drink one or two cups a day. Consider the number of coffee drinkers in your home, as well as your own coffee intake. If you're primarily purchasing a drip machine for personal use, keep an eye out for items with a 1-4 cup setting.

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