Everything you need to know before buying a Coffee Maker

Coffee – a magical beverage that has been around for centuries. Whether we are celebrating something, or we are having a tough day, coffee is always there for us. For us, coffee lovers, there is nothing more enjoyable than having little “me” time while drinking our favorite cup of coffee. Espresso, cappuccino, frappe, ice coffee, mocha, latte – everyone has their favorite type of coffee-based beverage.

But, to enjoy them we need to go to Starbucks or some other local café. Now, there are two problems that come with going to the café in order to drink your favorite coffee. The first one is spending lots of money. And the second is wasting your precious time. Add to that that sometimes you just can’t go to the café, due to your work.

However, there is one way to enjoy the perfect coffee every time, every day. We are referring to coffee makers. Now, before you start saying that you don’t want to buy it, stop for a moment and listen to us. Gone are the days when coffee makers were such a pain to use. Thanks to all those types and modern designs, using a coffee maker is much simpler and faster. Yep, we know that investing in a coffee maker may seem like a big investment, which it is, but, you will use it for years, so it certainly pays off in the long run.

Are you still having second thoughts on buying a coffee maker? Very well. Then this is the perfect article for you. In here, you will learn all you need to in order to realize that you just have to have your own coffee maker. You will also learn how to choose THE ONE for your home. So, without further ado, let us dive into the coffee world.

Why should you own a coffee maker?

To get to the point right away, here are the benefits of owning a coffee maker.

You’ll save your money and time


The first and most obvious benefit of owning a coffee maker is saving your money and time. You won’t have to go to the café every time to have a cup of coffee. Instead, you can do that in the comfort of your home, anytime you like.

Versatility


Some coffee makers are versatile so that you can do both - brew your coffee and prepare tea. This is a great thing if you have a big family or your friends love to drink tea.

You can drink your favorite coffee


The best part about coffee makers is that you are not limited to only one type of coffee. Instead, most coffee makers are capable of making different coffee, whether it is frappe, cappuccino, latte, espresso, etc. So, the possibilities are endless. You can experiment with coffee recipes, and get as creative as you want. If you want to have espresso in the morning, latte in the afternoon and tea in the evening, well, no one can stop you. Also, you can make the best coffee and impress your loved ones, bringing a tasty note to family gatherings.

Types of Coffee Makers

Naturally, there are different coffee machines on the market, each one having its pros and cons. So, opting for a certain type makes all the difference, due to its performance, brewing method and versatility. In order to get the best coffee maker for you, first, you need to know what each type offers. That being said, here are descriptions of different coffee makers.

Coffee Brewer


This is the most popular type of a coffee maker, with a good reason. You’ve probably heard your friends saying that they want to make a pot of coffee. Well, they were talking about this coffee machine. This coffee maker is a breeze to use, allowing you to enjoy tasty coffee in a blink of an eye (okay, it might take a bit longer than that but you get the point). You only need to put ground coffee in the coffee filter and place it in the selected spot. Then, add water and turn on the unit. That's it.

Not only that, but this coffee maker is among most affordable options for coffee lovers. Of course, it only makes basic coffee (what did you expect for this price point for God’s sake?). So, espresso and cappuccino lovers, this coffee maker is not for you. But, for those who only drink regular coffee, this unit is a must-have.

Best of all, this unit is affordable to use. Meaning, you need to buy filters and ground coffee of your choice. In case you want to save even more money, you could buy a bag of whole bean coffee and grind it on your own.

Pros:
  • Simple to use
  • Affordable to use
  • Convenient
  • Comes at a low price
Cons:
  • Only for making regular coffee

French Press

French Press is a traditional way of making coffee, thus this coffee maker is easy to use. You only need to pour in coffee grounds and boiling water and close the lid, forcing the coffee grounds to the bottom.

There is no electricity involved when using this machine, making it one of the cheapest coffee makers on the market. In addition, you don’t have to use coffee filters. Therefore, cheapest French Press models cost about $10.

However, the catch with this coffee maker is that it doesn’t make as flavorful coffee as other coffee makers, especially if you don’t brew it for as long as you should.

Pros:
  • Traditional way of making coffee
  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Works without electricity

Cons:
  • The taste of the coffee is easy to ruin

Single-serve coffee maker

Also known as a pod coffee maker, this coffee machine is the newest type of coffee machines. It allows you to make coffee of different flavors, while won't leave any mess behind. You simply need to buy pods of your choice and put them into the coffee maker. Then add water, and start the unit. Your great-tasting coffee will be ready in a short time.

You don’t have to deal with filters or ground coffee, but you do have to deal with empty plastic K-cups (which is definitely not eco-friendly). In addition, buying all those pods will cost you more than buying filters and ground coffee. But, it is well worth it.

What is great about these coffee makers is that some models offer extra features for making tea or loading your favorite coffee grounds (though they are more expensive). Thanks to that, they are great for both home and office use.

Pros:
  • Reasonably priced
  • Very simple to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Economical  
  • Great for office
Cons:
  • Buying pods may be expensive
  • Not eco-friendly option

Espresso makers

Coffee connoisseurs understand the perfection of espresso, which is why this beverage is their favorite one.  That being said, espresso makers bring the joy and perfect flavor to any coffee-lover’s home. Espresso makers deliver stronger coffee, in a smaller quantity. However, better quality models don’t only produce espresso. They also make cappuccino, latte, and macchiato, allowing you to enjoy the perfect taste over and over again.

Espresso makers are expensive models, due to the fact that they come with lots of features and settings, so as to give you the coffee of your dream. Plus, they do tend to create a mess from time to time.

Pros:
  • Deliver highest coffee quality
  • Simple to use
  • Nicely-looking design
  • Lots of options for making coffee
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Create mess
How to choose a coffee maker?

Regardless of the type you want to buy; there are some factors to consider before opting for a particular coffee maker. So, let's see what those factors are.
Capacity

The first thing to think about is the capacity of a coffee maker. Meaning, how many people will be using the coffee maker? Plus, how much coffee do all of you drink?

In case you live alone and don’t drink lots of coffee, then you will be fine with a single-serve coffee machine. However, if you drink lots of coffee, this option will probably be too expensive for you, since you will need to buy many pads.

On the other hand, maybe your whole family drink coffee and you need a coffee maker that will produce up to 10 cups of coffee in one go.

Design

The next thing to consider is how well the coffee maker is built. Is it sturdy? Does it come with good quality parts that will not break after some time?

What about the control panel? Is it well-organized and intuitive, allowing you to quickly choose what you want. In case you want to buy a French press coffee maker, it should come with a good quality lid.

Ease of use

Most people hate to deal with complicated machines the first thing in the morning, which is why simple-to-use coffee makers exist. Therefore, the ease of use is one more factor to take into account when choosing a coffee maker.

Convenience

Is there anything better than having a cup of coffee waiting for you the second you jump out of bed? Well, you can have that pleasure every day, if you opt for the right coffee maker. While some coffee makers automatically brew coffee, others can be programmed so that a cup of steaming coffee waits for you, anytime you want.  

Additional features

As already mentioned, higher-end coffee makers come with additional features, so as to give you the perfect coffee or tea each time. If you want to enjoy different types of coffee and different coffee flavors, well, you need to buy a coffee maker that will give you that.

Cleaning

One more thing that you should not overlook is how easy the coffee maker is to clean. Some models may leave such a mess that you will regret buying it. On the other hand, some coffee makers can be such a breeze to clean and use, making it a worthy investment.

Size

Since some models are bulky and will take up a significant amount of space on your countertop, thinking about the unit’s dimensions would not be a bad thing. Let’s say that you don’t have a room for a coffee maker on your countertop. This means that you will have to put it in a cabinet after every use, which is a pain. This also means that over time, you will stop using the coffee maker, which means that you only wasted your money.

So, to avoid that happen, be sure to find the place for your coffee maker before you bring it home.

Price

Of course, your budget will have a big role in choosing the coffee maker. It is important to have realistic expectations in order to stay within your budget. This means that you need to take both upfront and long-standing costs into account. Perhaps you will need to spend more money than expected on a certain model, but it will pay off in the long run, due to low costs of use. But, what you definitely should not do is buy a cheap coffee maker that you will rarely use.

Final Thoughts

Well, that is all there is to say about coffee makers. We are pretty sure that our article answered all your questions related to coffee makers so that you are now 100% ready to buy one of these handy kitchen appliances and make the most out of every sip.  

When choosing a coffee maker, it is important that you opt for a good quality one, even if that means spending more money than you wanted to. Trust us, investing in a good coffee maker is the smartest thing one coffee lover can do. Not only you will enjoy different types of coffee-based beverages, but you will also do that for years to come. Now, go and get the best coffee maker you possibly can!