5 of the Best Budget Coffee Makers

Whether it’s a concentrated shot of espresso, a light and frothy cappuccino, or just a regular americano, there’s probably no better way to wake up in the morning than with a cup of hot coffee. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get yourself a decent home coffeemaker. Here are five budget coffeemakers that will brew you an excellent cup of joe without breaking the bank.

1. Mr. Coffee SJX23 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black

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If you want your coffee quickly and with as little fuss as possible in the morning, then you definitely want an automatic drip coffeemaker. Despite its economical price, this 12-cup machine from Mr. Coffee offers many of the features seen on more expensive machines, including a programmable timer,  a pause feature (for grabbing a cup while it’s still brewing), a brew strength selector, and an automatic shutoff. On top of all that, it has an attractive black and chrome design that looks great in any kitchen. You can find the Mr. Coffee SJX23 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker here.

2. Black & Decker CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, Black/Silver

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Like the Mr. Coffee machine above, this 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker from Black & Decker uses the automatic drip brewing method. However, this machine has a few additional premium features that serious coffee aficionados will appreciate. First, as its name suggests, one of the biggest advantages that the Black & Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker offers is its thermal carafe. This vacuum-sealed stainless steel carafe keeps coffee hot for hours and features a specially designed spout that is supposed to eliminate the spills and drips you typically get from regular carafes. It also has an automatic shutoff, Quick Touch Programming, a timer that lets you know how fresh the coffee is, and a pause and serve feature.

However, perhaps this machine’s most impressive feature for coffee lovers is its “Evenstream” showerhead that distributes hot water evenly over the entire bed of grinds. This eliminates the problem that many other drip coffeemakers have with over extracting the grinds in the center of the bed. You can find the Black & Decker CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker here.

3. SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press, 1 Liter

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Automatic drip coffeemakers may be the most convenient method of brewing coffee (especially when you’re still groggy in the morning), but there are also budget options for those who prefer to prepare their coffee in more traditional ways. This attractive coffeemaker from SterlingPro is an easy-to-use device that brews coffee via the French Press method — by steeping the grinds in hot water and then “pressing” the grinds out with a screen.  A double screen system prevents the grinds from leaking into your coffee, while the double walls of the carafe keeps the coffee hot on the inside and the surface cool on the outside. Finally, this coffeemaker also features a sleek industrial design that is both functional and beautiful. You can find the SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Coffee Press here.

4. Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, White

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When it comes to coffeemakers, this pour-over coffee dripper is about as basic a device as you can get. Consisting of only one component – a ceramic funnel – this pour-over coffee dripper can be placed on top of a cup or a carafe. After inserting a paper cone filter, hot water is then poured over the grinds and coffee drips out of the bottom. The grooves inside the ceramic funnel help the coffee flow smoothly out of the hole in the bottom.

While there are even cheaper plastic versions of this coffee dripper available, we recommend sticking with the ceramic one – it will last longer than plastic. The one pictured above only brews up to four cups, but Hario also offers versions that can brew up to six cups. Although it requires a little more effort than an automatic drip machine, a ceramic coffee dripper is the perfect solution for coffee drinkers on a budget. You can find the Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper here.

5. Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

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Last, but certainly not least, is this classic stovetop expresso maker from respected Italian company Bialetti. We’ve recommended a smaller version of this espresso maker before, but this is the larger 6-cup model. That means that it can make up to six two-ounce cups of espresso at a time, or enough to fill up a standard 12-ounce coffee mug. And while we’re big fans of espresso, folks who prefer their coffee a little less intense can simply mix a few ounces of espresso with hot water in order to create regular-strength Americano.  Either way, this 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is a great option for anyone who wants to make a delicious cup of joe at home, but doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on an expensive automatic expresso machine. As an added bonus, this model also comes with an extra replacement gasket and filter. You can find the Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker here.

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