Consumer Report: Top-Rated Coffeemakers

People are cutting back on all sorts of things these days, but coffee doesn't appear to be one of them. In the past year, we spent more than $3 billion on ground coffee and beans. But in order to really enjoy your home brew, you need a good coffeemaker.

In its latest tests, Consumer Reports rounded up more than 50 coffeemakers to see which can give you a delicious cup of coffee at home. The coffeemakers cost anywhere from about $20 all the way up to $265. Even the most expensive coffeemaker is going to save you money instead of buying your coffee every day.

First, testers looked at brew performance. Ideally, you want the coffeemaker to get the water hot enough so that it's going to extract the most flavors from your coffee. All of the coffeemakers rated at least good, but that might not cut it for some. Good brew performance is fine if you're not that fussy about your coffee. But if you're a coffee connoisseur, you really want to stick with a machine that rated excellent for brewing in our tests.

Features are another consideration, and coffeemakers are offering more than ever, such as one from Hamilton Beach. It has voice-activated programming. But it proved frustrating for some. Some more expensive coffeemakers even have removable reservoirs that let you add water right at the sink, so there are fewer spills.

In the end, testers recommended more than a dozen coffeemakers, including the $40 Cooks coffeemaker model CM4221 from JCPenney. It rated excellent in brew tests.

Consumer Reports says that no matter which coffeemaker you buy, remember it's only as good as the coffee you put in it. A great one to try is the Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Coffee. It rated excellent in previous Consumer Reports tests and costs about $6 per pound.


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