Normally, there are 7 factors to consider before buying a coffee maker.
1. Type of coffee maker
The first consideration you must think about is the type of coffee machine. Basically, there are four types of Coffee Machines across the world. Let us took a closer look at what’s the difference between them.
Espresso Coffee Machines
If you’re a serious coffee aficionado, espresso is probably your favorite coffee maker. While it’s a wide range based on brands and features, espresso makers almost always fall on the higher end of the price range, but for those who really value their daily cup of joe, the price is absolutely worth it.
Espresso makers usually produce smaller quantities (Espresso Shot, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Latte, and Mocha, etc) that are stronger and more flavorful. However, it usually allows you to make a variety of drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. Most of them only allow you to make one shot of espresso at a time, but it’s becoming more common to make two shots at once.
There is a wide variety of features, brands, and designs of espresso machines available for you to choose from. Basically, there are two types of espresso machines: Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine and Super Automatic Espresso Machine. If you want to spend more time to create a highly customized taste espresso drink, Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine should be the better choice. Otherwise, you should choose a Super Automatic Espresso Machine.
- Make the highest quality of coffee on your personal taste
- Will save your money over buying cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and macchiatos, etc at coffee shops
- Easy and fun to own once you’re familiar with the operations
- The most expensive type
- Make more mess compared to auto-drip Machines
- Makes one or two shots at a time
Single-Serve Coffee Maker
Single-Serve Coffee Maker, also called single-cup coffee maker, has become more and more popular in recent years. Comparing the automatic drip coffee makers, single-serving models are even easier to use. No need to worry about messy coffee grounds or filters, and less clean-up. You can choose coffee pods in different flavors to make your personal expresso drinks, simply drop the pods into the machine, then add water to brew. In less than 30 seconds, you’ll get a decent cup of coffee. Single-Serve Coffee Maker saves your time while enjoying the wonderful coffee.
The only downside is that the coffee pods are more expensive than coffee ground or coffee beans. So it may cost you more money over time.
- Extremely easy to use and clean
- Affordable, cheaper than espresso makers
- Control of water temperature
- Make richer and fuller coffee flavor compared to Auto drip-maker
- Make only as much coffee needed, none wasted
- Get expensive over time
- Not the richest coffee for some espresso lovers
Drip Coffee Machine
The Auto Drip Coffee Machine is the most common type of coffee maker in the world. It usually uses a coffee brewer to make a pot of coffee and is very easy to use. Load up a coffee filter with the coffee ground, put it in the allotted spot, add some water, and press the power button, then it begins to brew your coffee. Generally speaking, one brew makes 4+ cups of coffee, the Auto Drip Coffee Machine is best suitable for the home.
- Easy to use
- Affordable to buy and keep
- Many options with different sizes and shapes
- Consistent brew quality
- Only makes basic coffee, not espresso drinks
- Need to purchase coffee filters and coffee ground
- Can’t regulate the water temperature
The French press is a very popular traditional method for making coffee, manual, low-tech, but simple to use. Pour in some coffee grounds, add some water, then press the lid of the device down to filter the grounds.
It is probably the cheapest type of coffee machine to make your own coffee at home. No need to buy any filter, even no electricity needed. The device price is usually around $20.
Without any programmable control, the coffee created by the French press isn’t always as good as that of some of the other coffee makers. And you’re more likely to get more mess manually.
- The most affordable type
- No filters and electricity required
- Simple to use
- Manually, Skills are required
- Timing is hard to control
- More grounds may be wasted
How many people drink coffee at your home and how much do they drink every day? Generally, both a single-serve coffee maker or espresso coffee machine can only make one cup at a time. They’re the right choice if you only want one cup to wake you up. But in other situations, making a pot of coffee that produces 3~10 cups is very necessary if you have a big family.
Usability means Convenience, which matters a lot to us. Most people want to make a great cup of coffee easily in the morning. So, what’s the Convenience? Normally they are 1. The control interface is clean and easy to figure out. 2. Brew a good coffee very fast 3.Easy to clean and easy to maintain. 4. It always produces a good taste coffee for you.
What’s the design of a coffee maker? Outlook, size, and construction. If a coffee maker’s outlook is outstanding, it will make your kitchen more attractive. The dimensions of the coffee maker should be considered when buying your coffee maker, make sure your kitchen has enough Counter Space for it. The construction is also important, it defines the age and durability. Some coffee makers are made of stainless steel, others might be made of plastic, normally stainless steel design is better but costs more.
How do you like your coffee? What do you usually order from a coffee shop?
Normally, you need to buy a coffee machine that produces the type of coffee you actually enjoy.
Most coffee drinkers seek to find the combination of the following factors that best suits their personal tastes: Bean Variety, Extraction, Strength, Brew Ratio, Coffee Machine. For more information, please read our other post: how to make a great coffee?
The bottom line is to not settle on something you don’t really want. You may need to take some time on Amaze.com and product reviews by yourself.
A few more things need to consider like below: long-term costs, Maintenance cost, Electrical usage, Accessories (Thermal Carafe, Pods, and Filters, etc)
7. Other Features to Consider
- Programmable Settings:
programmable settings are very important for a wide variety of situations. You can press pre-programmed setting buttons to easily make a cappuccino, ristretto, latte on some machines. And you can also adjust the water temperature or brew time to make a better coffee for yourself.
- Built-in Grinder:
No need to buy a coffee grinder separately, it grounds beans automatically for you and keeps the freshness of coffee to the utmost. But usually, these kinds of machines cost much more in price. This will be found on some espresso machines.
- Auto Shutoff:
You may forget to shut the coffee machines off in the morning while running out of the house. With the Auto Shutoff feature, no need to worry about that situation anymore. Most of the Electrical coffee makers integrated this feature nowadays, only some low-end ones don’t.
- Water Filter:
98% of a cup of coffee is actually water, so the quality of water is quite important. With a water filter, a high-end coffee maker can make sure the coffee flavor comes out just right.
- Temperature control
The perfect Coffee optimal temperature stays between 195°- 205°F, if coffee machines brew at a higher or lower temperature, the taste of the coffee may be too strong or bitter.