The best coffeemakers
Published Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:31PM PST
Many people still prefer to make their coffee at home -- but which coffee maker is best? Chris Olsen brews up the results of coffeemaker tests.
For many of us, grabbing a cup of coffee on the go is part of our daily routine. But that can add up!
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 everyday," the magazine's Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman said.
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 flavours from your coffee," Lehrman said.
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," she said.
Features are another consideration, and coffeemakers are offering more than ever. A Hamilton Beach coffeemaker has voice-activated programming, but some testers found it didn't recognize some commands as easily as they wanted.
Some more expensive coffeemakers even have removable reservoirs that let you add water right at the sink, so there are fewer spills.
Topping the ratings again this year was the Cuisinart Crew Central, model number DCC1200.
It rated "excellent" for brew performance, convenience, and it has an easy-to-handle carafe.
And if you want a machine without a carafe, the Hamilton Beach® Brewstation® 12-cup
Summit Ultra was rated even higher, scoring 93 points out of 100 in Consumer Reports testing.
Consumer Reports says no matter which coffeemaker you buy, remember that it's only as good as the coffee you put in it. And that means storing it properly in an airtight container.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen