Who says your soulmate can’t be a coffee machine? (Probably a therapist, but they don’t know your relationship like you do.) Your perfect drip coffee maker is out there—you just need to know what to look for! Here are some factors to consider when searching for the device of your dreams:
Features: Whether you prefer your coffee mild or strong, hot or iced, simple or sophisticated, there’s a machine out there for you. Many models offer a variety of functions that can elevate your experience, including adjustable strength, temperature, and even cup size options. If you like to change things up (or you’re trying to decide exactly how you like your brew), you can also consider a machine that can make different kinds of coffees.
Number of servings: On average, most drip coffee makers can yield about 10-14 cups, but this might be too many for smaller households. If you’re the only coffee drinker in your home or you have a small space, there are more compact options available that can make 4-5 cups at a time instead, or you can invest in a manual model that puts you in complete control of your brew times and amounts.
Glass vs. Thermal Carafe: Though they tend to be pricier, thermal carafe models offer the convenience of keeping your brew warmer for longer thanks to their self-insulating properties (as opposed to a hot plate, which can burn your coffee). However, if you prefer the look of glass, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also save yourself from worrying whether or not you remembered to turn off the hot plate before you left the house, as most modern coffee makers have an automatic shut-off feature.
Convenience: There’s no shame in wanting to make your life easier—we get it, you’re busy! Whether you hate clean-up or have no time to prep, plenty of machines can circumvent these obstacles. You can always consider a single-serve coffee maker to optimize your available time, but they can’t produce as much coffee at once. Meanwhile, drip coffee makers tend to take a bit longer because they produce a higher number of cups (unless you go for a mini option), but they also offer more variety by not limiting you to whatever pods or K-cups are available at the store. Regardless of your choice, we support you on your java journey!