Coffee makers were never meant to be confusing, but when you look at some of the newer models there’s no denying this is the first thing that comes to mind. When looking at what we want out of a coffee maker the most important thing is the quality of the cup, but so many people get turned off with too many options. When looking at programmable coffee makers this can definitely become a problem, but when understanding what it really does these advanced small appliances can do much more than you think.
Programmable coffee makers are truly a set and forget appliance. Giving you the ability to set the time it brews, level of brew, and how many cups the maker brews are only some of the many features packed right-in. Depending on the options you’re looking for and the amount of money you’re willing to shell out, choosing the perfect programmable pot may be much harder than you thought.
This is where this review comes in as the following takes a closer look at the Top 5 Programmable Coffee Makers in 2021.
1. Cuisinart CHW-12P1 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Plus Hot Water System Coffee Maker, Black/Stainless
This Cuisinart best-seller takes the top spot in this review as the best programmable coffeemaker in 2017 scoring a 9.8 out of 10. Evidenced by well over 1500 positive reviews on the largest e-retailer we all know, and with a price that comes in around $70 with free shipping it’s a great buy also. The Cuisinart Perfect Temp coffeemaker sports s stainless steel surround which is just as durable as it’s stylish.
The Cuisinart CDD-3200 features state of the art technology which assures the best flavor with each cup of coffee while making sure it’s piping hot. With numerous programmable options which will give you an ease of setup as well as ongoing options which include brew strength, 24-hour programmability, self-cleaning system, automatic shut-off which can be set from 0-4 hours, and a ¼ setting for those not looking for a full cup.
Specs and Features
- Brew strength controls from regular to bold flavor
- Adjustable temperature control
- Durable stainless steel
- Commercial style filter
- 14” tall
- 8 pounds
2. Hamilton Beach (48464) Coffee Maker with 12 Cup Capacity & Internal Storage Coffee Pot, Brewstation, Black
This Hamilton Beach programmable coffee maker is a complete brewstation which gives you all of the top options. Highlighted by a 12-cup programmable setting which allows you to brew multiple cups of coffee at the same time while giving you a fresh cup anytime you want. The one hand dispensing means a mess free brewstation due to no pouring or carafe which means no spills. Choose from numerous brewing styles which include iced coffee, bold, regular, and small batch.
Some of the top features include an automatic shut-off which can be set from 0 – 4 hours, hotplate free which means no burning taste, and a programmable timer and clock. There are three models to choose from including a 10-cup and 12-cup model which all range in price from $30 to just over $40
Mr. Coffee hasn’t become one of the most reputable names in the kitchen for no reason as one of their more recent introductions is the Optimal Brew 10-cup thermal Coffeemaker. This advanced brewing station comes complete with everything you need to make not only some of the best tasting and freshest coffee, but the ability to customize the system your way. The ease of use of Mr. Coffee’s Optimal Brew helped make it so popular with consumers which rival any other brewstation.
Features included are a removable water reservoir for easy filling and no more mess. The thermal carafe holds the temperature right in which means a fresh flavor for longer periods of time. If you’re unsure as to how fresh the coffee really is, sit back and enjoy the Freshness Timer which keeps tabs on from the moment the current pot has been brewed.
Other features include a 2-hour automatic shut off, sensor which tells you when to start the Cleaning Cycle, Lift and Clean Filter Basket, and Grad A Cup Auto Pause which allows you to pause the current brew to grab a cup on the way out.
BUNN introduced the Velocity Brew which comes in at the higher end of the price spectrum, but as in most things in life if you want the best you just have to pay for it. This feature rich, easy to use, and intuitive home coffee brewer is the fastest brewer in town, literally. Brewing a full 10-cup of coffee takes less than 3-minutes, and if you’re thinking that quality will be sacrificed this fast then you’ve got another thing coming.
The BUNN NHS Velocity Brewer is able to do this thanks to the internal brewer which keeps the water hot all the time which gives you on-demand brewing. Your countertops will appreciate the Velocity Brewer as the drip carafe has a spout design and proprietary lid that offers the perfect arc from carafe to cup each and every time. Superior flavor is definitely the highlight with the large bottom filter which allows better interaction the coffee grounds and hot water.
5. Cuisinart CHW-12P1 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Plus Hot Water System Coffee Maker, Black & Stainless
The Coffee Plus from Cuisinart is a programmable coffee maker which can brew up to 12-cups at a time. The modern black and stainless steel finish looks sharp on any countertop, but the bread and butter is in the Hot Water System which gives you instant brewing of all of your favorites. This isn’t just a coffeemaker as this brewstation brews amazing tea, soups, hot cocoa and other favorites, instantly.
Available in a 10-cup and 12-cup model, the Coffee Plus can also be used fully automatic and features a 24-hour programming, self-clean setting, and can brew a ¼ cup if you choose. Other presets include a Brew Pause feature, adjustable auto shut off, and spout which provides drip free pouring every time.
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