If you’ve recently encountered some spare cash or you’ve been saving for one of the high-end coffee makers, you’re probably in search of some direction.
There is a seemingly-endless amount of high-end drip coffee makers on the market, and it’s hard to tell which is worth the money and which are talking a big game that they can’t back up.
In this article, we’ll look at the three best high-end coffee makers of this year and walk you through the pros and cons of each so that you’ll be able to make an intelligent buying decision.
Please note that we those to display a variety of high end drip coffee makers, where we focus on both function, and aesthetics. We would also like to advise you to take a look at our espresso machine section, where you'll find even more high end coffee makers.
In this article you will find the best high-end coffee makers for 2018, along with its pros & cons. You will also find an alternative, along with a comprehensive report of how it differs from the #1. We have also included a more pricier alternative, to show you what you can get if you raise your budget.
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By combining all of our findings in our reviews, each article should serve as your definite resource to base your decisions on. As the research can get quite extensive, our individual product reviews tend to be very long and detailed. However, when making a "Best Pick" article like this one we try to be as comprehensive as possible. We will break down the pros and cons of each product as clearly as possible, so you know what you're buying. If you want to learn more about a product you can read its longer and more detailed review.
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The feature set, build quality/durability and output quality. After we rate each finding, we have a look at its price. We want you to be able to afford the product you're interested. It's easy to get a maximum score with a product costing $5,000+. While this ultimately may be the best product you can get, its price tag will prevent most people from being able to afford it. Therefore, the price of a product is an important consideration before declaring a product the best.
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The high-end coffee makers share a few features which you should be aware of before continuing. First, the high-end coffee makers tend to solve the problem of your coffee getting cold after brewing using either an active heating element or superior quality heat insulation in the receptacle. No more worries about cold cups of coffee.
Next, two of these high-end coffee makers are automated. You won’t need to interact with it beyond setting the wheels in motion to get a delicious cup of coffee. Finally, these high-end coffee makers tend to be a bit difficult to clean and may be sensitive to any damage which they receive even if they’re durable.
By that, we mean that you should treat your high-end coffee maker carefully. Even though they’re made more solidly than their low-end brethren, the high-end coffee makers rely on precision components that won’t work well when damaged. Thankfully, all of the coffee makers which we’ll talk about today have great warranties and maintain a high standard of quality, so the ball will be in your court to take care of your unit.
The Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer is a powerful and well-engineered drip coffee maker that you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life if you decide to purchase it.
The Moccamaster has a huge capacity, perfectly consistent heating, and comes with an excellent thermos which will keep your coffee at your preferred temperature nearly indefinitely—if you’re willing to pay its hefty fee, of course.
Each of these features adds a lot to the Moccamaster and differentiates it from the others on the list. First off, the Moccamaster has the highest capacity of any high-end drip coffee maker. You’ll be able to make enough coffee for the entire dinner party and impress every single person with the Moccamaster’s perfectly consistent and smooth flavors.
The heating consistency of the Moccamaster is also a modern marvel with its internal thermometer and heating element brewing between 196 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. This means that your coffee will have its flavor extracted at the maximum efficiency without losing any of the more sensitive flavors to burning, as can happen with nearly every other coffee preparation method.
Even the most sensitive of the tannins will make it through to your cup—and hot—with the Moccamaster. The thermos that comes with the unit has a large capacity and stellar insulation, solving the rapid cooling problem that many other drip coffee makers suffer from. You’ll have to completely forget about the pot that you brewed to get a cold cup while using this machine.
The Moccamaster is the best overall high-end drip coffeemaker that we’ll review today, and has no obvious flaws. The only issue which users report is a mild frustration with the requirement of buying a reusable gold filter to accompany the unit, as it doesn’t come standard.
If you’re not interested in using the reusable filters, you can take your chances with ruining the flavor of your brew with paper filters.
Pros & Cons
If you’ve ever wanted a high-end coffee maker that you can control via your smartphone on command with an app, the Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker may be the right choice for you.
The Behmor offers fully automated and fully programmable brewing, all via Wi-Fi.
This isn’t a coffee maker that you can use to brew for an entire room’s worth of people, but if you’re looking for a drip coffee ready for your consumption when you get home, you’ll be very pleased.
The Behmor’s tiny form factor contains a heating element at the bottom, which keeps your brew as warm as you’d like until you’re ready to consume it.
If you’re interested in getting fancy with your brewing, you can tell the Behmor to brew at a specific temperature, to presoak the grounds, or to execute any other brewing protocol that you care to program. The iOS app for controlling the Behmor isn’t a work of art, but it’ll get the job done, and your coffee brewed.
You’ll only get the most out of the Behmor if you’re willing to invest in its software, however. If you’re not technologically inclined, it might be a bit much for you. The Behmor’s software comes with plenty of usable default options, but connecting it to your Wi-Fi might be more of a hassle than the company’s literature lets on.
The Behmor’s reusable filter guarantees that the excellent flavors will keep on coming time after time, and you’ll also be able to save on costs. Unfortunately, the filter is a bit sensitive, and you’ll need to be careful when you clean it lest you damage its pores.
On the bright side, the Behmor is very small and very light. You could easily stash this in a handbag on in your luggage to take it with you, although you’d have to reconfigure its Wi-Fi settings to use it again.
Pros & Cons
Unlike the other coffee makers on this list, the KitchenAid KCM0912OB brews via the siphon method. If you’re unfamiliar with the siphon method of brewing, the basic idea is that it uses boiling water and vacuum to separate the solids of the coffee grounds from the liquids—your deliciously brewed coffee.
With the KitchenAid, you’ll get an artful countertop unit that provides you with a free show every time you instruct it to brew you a cup of coffee. In the siphon method, the coffee boils in the bottom vessel, percolates upward into the vessel with the grounds, simmers, then drips back down.
Thanks to the KitchenAid’s transparent workings, you’ll get to see the entire process. You won’t need any filters or other parts for the siphon; it works via heat and physics alone.
The unit’s heating element is powerful and reliable, making it a rarity among the siphon class.
The KitchenAid Siphon Brewer also has a high capacity, stellar flavor, and makes a great conversation piece. You’ll find that the handles of the KitchenAid are comfortable to the touch, and the insulation makes it all but impossible to burn yourself while the coffee is brewing or being poured, unlike with less sophisticated siphon style coffee makers.
There are a lot of different parts of the KitchenAid siphon that need attending to, though. You’ll need to carefully wash all the different vessels, couplings, and gaskets. You’ll also need to be careful with each of these pieces. Because the siphon requires a vacuum seal to work its magic, tiny damages in any of the components can decrease the quality of the vacuum and thus render the entire unit useless.
KitchenAid has a four-year protection plan to cover these situations, and it’s very reasonably priced. If you’re going to spring for a siphon that’s this good, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t buy the protection plan and then treat it with care.
The KitchenAid is probably less fragile than other siphons because of its high built quality, but it’ll still require some care. If you’ve never used a siphon for coffee before, you may want to learn with a cheaper unit before approaching this super high-end coffee maker.
Pros & Cons
Thanks for dropping by and reading about the high-end coffee makers of 2018. We hope that now you’re equipped with the knowledge you need to make an intelligent buying decision.
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