These Are the Best Drip Coffee Makers

Whether you’re in search of optimum flavor or minimal counter space, we’ve got the right coffee maker for you

If you've ever set off on a mission to find a great drip coffee maker, you've likely discovered that the options available both in-store and online are, in short, overwhelming. Hundreds of brands use high-tech features to essentially yield mini coffee-brewing robots that can brew a strong cup while you come out of your daily REM cycle. And don't even get us started on alternative unplugged options.

When it comes down to it, there are a few things to consider: size, flavor, and functionality. Do you need a pot that brews more than eight cups at once? Is your main concern finding a machine that can mimic the flavor of a pour-over coffee? Below, we’ve highlighted four of the finest drip coffee makers available online. Each one has automatic brewing capabilities, but with varying capacities and special features.

Our top picks, below.

Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker
This stainless steel coffee maker brews four cups of coffee and takes up minimal space.Amazon

If you're in search of a quick, easy, and delicious cuppa in the morning, this should be your go-to pick. This stainless-steel coffee maker brews four cups, and at just 10 x 8 x 5.2 inches, it barely takes up any space on a countertop. This super-compact option also features a brew-pause feature, which is ideal for infusion and grabbing a cup before the whole pot is ready.

BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffeemaker

BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffeemaker
If you need more than a few cups in the morning, this drip coffee maker will do the trick.Amazon

Available in three colors, this coffee maker features a built-in coffee mill, so you can enjoy freshly ground coffee with a streamlined brew process. A custom brew strength selector allows users to choose strength depending on taste (regular, bold, or strong). Wake up to a hot pot of coffee, thanks to the QuickTouch Programming that allows for a 24-hour auto brew process.

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker

Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker
This one-touch drip coffee maker can make eight strong and flavorful cups of coffee.Amazon

This coffee maker features a nifty pre-infusion mode that effectively mimics the flavor that a pour-over coffee process yields. Because this mode pauses the waterflow, the coffee grounds have time to bloom, resulting in a more full-bodied and intense flavor. With an 8-cup capacity and a 6-minute brew time, this stainless-steel coffee maker starts up with just one touch.

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Zojirushi EC-YGC120 Fresh Brew Plus 12-Cup Coffee Maker
With a 12-cup brewing capacity, this drip coffee maker is easy to use, super quick, and yields a flavorful cup of coffee.Amazon

One of the coolest things about this 12-cup coffee maker from Japanese brand Zojirushi is the warming plate technology—you can choose from four settings to keep coffee at your preferred temperature. It also features a built-in ice basket, for those who preferred iced coffee. With a removable water tank and baskets, and a "clean" indicator, this machine is just as easy to maintain as it is to use.