Features to consider when choosing a coffee maker made in the US
There are several brands of American coffee makers like Bunn and Chemex. Some of the models suit residential use while others blend with commercial purposes.
You don’t have to splurge on an expensive model to enjoy homemade coffee or thrill your guests.
You will save lots of bucks if you look into the right features like water reservoir capacity, brewing time, brewing temperature, and brewing strength that we will cover in this section.
Type of coffee maker
The most common types of coffee makers are drip, single-serve, French press, and Espresso coffee makers.
Drip coffee makers like BUNN GRB come in several sizes and shapes. They’re simple to operate and commonly used in most households.
You only have to select your desired coffee filters, add your beans, water, and start brewing.
Single-serve coffee makers made in the USA use pods or k-cups which you place into your machine, add water and brew to get your coffee. They are affordable but costly to use over the long-term.
A French press is a traditional coffee maker that is super-easy to use and requires zero electricity and filters. You simply add coffee grounds, boiling water, and press your device to push the grounds to the bottom and make your coffee.
Water reservoir capacity
The capacity of your water tanks affects the amount of coffee you can make per session.
Models with large water tanks like Toddy 1EA reduce the water refill time if you make large amounts of coffee daily.
You can opt for CHEMEX CM-1C Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker that holds 0.44 L if you brew one or two cups of coffee daily.
Overall, target a coffe maker with 1.5 tank capacity or more if you’re making coffee for several people.
Timing is a great factor to consider when selecting a coffee maker. You don’t have to spend hours waiting for it to brew your coffee.
Coffee makers that heat the water to high-temperature results burn your coffee beans and spoil the flavors.
Experts recommend BUNN BT Velocity Brew Home Coffee Brewer and BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Platinum Coffee Maker does not exceed the standard recommended 200ºF temperature.
The perfect brewing temperature that CHEMEX CM-1C Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker offers is 200°F
Brew strength is determined by the duration that your water and coffee ground stay in contact.
Your coffee flavor will be yummy if the water and coffee ground interact for a long duration. It will taste bitter if they interact longer than the recommended duration.
The seller mentions that BUNN GRB Velocity Brew Home Coffee Brewer comes with a funnel and filter that enhances your coffee flavor.
You can also try Toddy 1EA Cold Brew System coffee concentrate that stays fresh more than two weeks without losing its flavor.
The coffee maker filter is another key feature to consider when purchasing coffee makers online. Your flavor will come out perfectly if you’re using high-end filters.
Experts say Toddy 1EA Cold Brew System has a fine, sediment-free filter that takes less than ten minutes to filter.
BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Platinum Thermal Coffee Maker does not have a gold-tone filter though users recommend using standard filters
You can use Melitta Coffee Filter #4 if you buy BUNN BT Velocity Brew Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer.
The carafe plays a key role in keeping your drink hot for hours in between your coffee making sessions. You can get target models with a stainless-steel carafe like BUNN CSB3T to keep your coffee warm for extra hours.
We also have models like BUNN BX with glass carafes.
Other coffee makers like BUNN GRB Velocity Brew Home Coffee Brewer have a drip-free carafe. You can also look at the BUNN CSB3T Coffee Maker with a double-walled thermal carafe to keep your coffee hot for more than 2 hours.
Remember, regardless of the number of times you make your coffee, it will taste bitter or burnt if your carafe sits on the heating plate for long.
Ease of use
Everyone hates struggling with machines that compel you to tweak several settings to brew your coffee.
Our coffee makers like CHEMEX CM-1C and Toddy 1EA have simple settings that are easy to master.
You can check Toddy 1EA Cold Brew System to make both iced and hot coffee. It’s simple to use. Add coarsely ground coffee and water in the container, steep it for 12 to 24 hours, and filter your concentrate in the glass container.
The Bunn models we reviewed require users to heat water, pass it through coffee grounds and filter.
Ease of cleaning
Everyone prefers coffee makers that are easy to clean to prepare for the next brewing sessions or safeguard your family against bacterial infections.
Our coffee makers like BUNN CSB3T and CHEMEX CM-1C are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
The size of the coffee maker
Though the size of your coffee maker does not affect your coffee quality, it’s a key factor to consider if you have limited space in your home.
Small-sized ones like CHEMEX CM-1C fit in compact spaces.
You also need to consider if your coffee maker matches the size of your cups. Large-size mugs don’t fit easily in compact machines like Toddy 1EA .
There are coffee makers of all sizes, from lightweight to heavyweight ones. Our top coffee makers weigh between 0.9 to 9.63 pounds.
CHEMEX CM-1C Coffeemaker and Toddy 1EA Cold Brew System are the lightest models.
We noted that BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Coffee Maker and BUNN BT Velocity Brew Coffee Brewer are the heaviest models weighing 9.63 and 9.15 pounds respectively.
The best way to ensure that manufacturers or sellers do prompt repairs or replacement on your defective coffee maker is to select a model with a three- or four-year warranty.
Our top picks like BUNN CSB3T Speed Brew Coffee Maker, BUNN BT Velocity Brew Coffee Brewer, and BUNN GRB Velocity Brew Coffee Brewer have a three-year warranty.
Other picks like BUNN BX Speed Brew Classic Coffee Brewer and Toddy 1EA Cold Brew System have a 1-year warranty.
How to maintain your coffee maker
Maintaining your coffee makers ensures that it serves you for several years while delivering a consistent coffee flavor.
Start by cleaning it after every use. You can use hot water mixed with vinegar to remove stains. You should also empty the carafe and use freshwater. We recommend using long brushes to clean your glass carafe.
Most sellers say you should keep it away from the edges of tables and replace any broken parts like the filter baskets.
Always turn off your coffee maker when you’re not using it.