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If you love your daily cup of Joe, you’re not alone. According to a study by the National Coffee Association, it’s America’s favorite beverage – and 63% of us drink it every day – making it more popular than water. Fortunately, coffee is good for you as well. “Coffee makers have been around since basically the dawn of (my) time, and when I was growing up, they were as familiar as a microwave in everybody’s house,” says Alejandro Martinez, production roaster at Atlas Coffee Club.

“We used to think of coffee simply as a commodity – as disposable fuel to get us through our day – but it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day.” And now, he tells me our expectations of a cup of brewed coffee have changed. “We expect flavor, body, and depth, and luckily, we now have so many more options to choose from; the question, the omnivore’s dilemma as cited by the great Michael Pollan (best-selling author of “Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World”) is which one?

Let’s take a look at some of the best coffee makers you can get with a budget of $200. There are even some choices that have you spending well under $100 on this list too!

The List: Best Coffee Makers Under $200

OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker

OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker
OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker

Martinez and I agree that the OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Maker is the best coffee maker you can purchase under $200. It’s one of only a handful of coffee brewers that are Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Golden Cup certified, based on specific water temperature, brewing time, and other factors. The coffee maker has a rainmaker shower head, which is designed to evenly distribute water over the coffee grounds. The stainless-steel material results in a high-quality machine that also looks elegant on your countertop. In addition, the stainless steel, double-wall thermal carafe can keep coffee hot for hours.

The machine has simple buttons and it’s easy to use. “Its design is conscientious and subtle, it looks good but aesthetically blends in on your countertop wherever you place it,” Martinez says.  “Plus, it not only brews a full pot of coffee but can also make a single cup of coffee,” he notes. And Martinez likes the stainless-steel carafe for other reasons as well. “That means it’s strong, so whether I drop it on the floor or have to use it to fend off the Wet Bandits, it can take the heat and then some.  

Keurig K-Duo Single Serve K-Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Duo Single Serve K-Cup Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Duo Single Serve K-Cup Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker

Keurig is always making new models, but Martinez and I are in agreement again – this time, that the best Keurig is the Keurig-K-Duo Single Serve K-Pod & Carafe Coffee Maker. “There are much more expensive and better-looking machines, but I don’t believe in wasting time and money,” he says. “Keurig took the market by storm and paved the way for the pod coffee boom; and it wasn’t just the marketing, it wasn’t just the timing, it was a great product.” Martinez says the ability to brew a standard pot of coffee using coffee grounds and brew a single cup and use ground coffee and use K-cup pods is game-changing. “This machine is utilitive and unpretentious, while being everything you need.” 

 On the left side of the machine, using coffee grounds, you can brew up to 12 cups of coffee into the glass carafe, which sits on a heating plate to keep coffee hot. There’s also a pause and pour feature to allow you to stop brewing for up to 20 seconds so you can pour a cup of coffee before the brew cycle has finished. In addition, the machine is programmable up to 24 hours in advance. On the right side, you can use K-Cup pods to brew directly into a coffee mug or travel mug. Brew sizes are 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces.

Cuisinart Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew
Cuisinart DGB-800 Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew

A coffee maker under $200 that also has a built-in grinder? Yes, please! Read our full review on the Cuisinart Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Coffee Maker, but we’ll summarize it as follows. Most coffee makers don’t include a burr grinder – not even most models that cost two or three times as much. The sealed bean grinder can hold half a pound of beans while keeping them fresh, and the built-in grinder dispenses beans right into the filter basket. You can select grind strength, and also decide if you want a regular, bold, or extra-bold flavor of coffee.

However, if you don’t want to grind coffee beans, you can also press the Grind-Off button, and insert pre-ground coffee filters into the filter basket instead. The programmable coffee maker, which uses a glass carafe and hot plate, can hold up to 12 cups of coffee, and it also has a brew-pause feature.  

Bonativa Connoisseur Coffee Maker

Bonavita 8 Cup Drip Coffee Maker Machine
Bonavita 8 Cup Drip Coffee Maker Machine

The Bonavita Connoisseur Coffee Maker is another one of the rare SCA Golden Cup-certified brewers. It’s a bit smaller than most coffee makers with this design, which makes it a great choice if you don’t have a lot of countertop space. However, the Bonavita Connoisseur doesn’t skimp on features. Made of stainless steel, the coffee maker also has a stainless-steel carafe to keep coffee hot without the need for a hot plate.

The coffee maker has a large rainmaker shower head (and integrated bloom feature) to evenly distribute water over the coffee grounds and hold the temperature (195 degrees F to 205 degrees F) for optimal extraction. The drip coffee maker does a great job of mimicking pour over style brewing. There’s only one button on the 8-cup machine, so you don’t have to fuss with controls, and an audible alert lets you know when the brewing cycle is complete.

Ninja CM401 Specialty Coffee Maker

Ninja CM401 Specialty 10-Cup Coffee Maker
Ninja CM401 Specialty 10-Cup Coffee Maker

If you like to make a variety of coffee types, the Ninja CM401 Specialty Coffee Maker can turn your kitchen into a coffee house. For starters, it’s another SCA certified home brewer, and has a 10-cup glass carafe and an intelligent warming plate. The plate turns on automatically when there’s a full or half carafe of coffee and automatically adjusts the amount of heat so it won’t burn the coffee.

There’s also a pause-and-serve feature so you can cheat and grab a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle is over. You can choose from classic or rich brews – and also remove the carafe to make single cups sizes (12-, 14-, 16-, and 20-ounce sizes). There’s also an option to make Over Ice coffee. The Specialty Brew produces 4 ounces of coffee for espresso drinks, and the machine can also froth milk to make lattes and macchiatos.

Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker
Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker

Depending on your budget, you may want to spend significantly less than $200 on a coffee maker. If so, the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker has all of the basics you need to brew coffee. It doesn’t take up much space, and efficiently makes 12 cups of coffee. The easy-to-use machine has one button for easy operating, as well as a pause and brew feature. It uses a glass carafe, and the warming plate can keep coffee hot for two hours.

It doesn’t have a clock and isn’t programmable, but the coffee maker is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple way to make great coffee.

Black+Decker 12-Cup Coffee Maker

BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker
BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker

Another choice that certainly won’t break your budget is the Black+Decker 12 Cup Digital Coffee Maker. It’s distinguished from the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker on our list due to the fact that it provides more features. For example, the Black+Decker has a clock and is programmable. This allows you to fill the machine with water, and set it to start brewing up to 24 hours in advance – so you can set it to automatically start brewing at a particular time.

However, the coffee maker is also simple enough that you don’t have to worry about pressing a lot of buttons, and the display is large enough to be easily read. The brew pause feature lets you grab a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle is over. 

What Features To Look For In The Best Coffee Makers

➡️ Convenience and Simplicity

If there’s one thing that remains universal about brewing coffee, Martinez says that convenience remains king. “We want it quickly and we want it to taste good if not great.” At the same time, he points to simplicity as a key feature when he considers coffee makers. “Too many buttons are a turn off for me, because I don’t want to squint down at an interface and remind myself which buttons to press, in what order and how many times – it reminds me of having 3 remote controls and just wondering which one turns on the TV so I can just watch.”

➡️ Pods vs Grounds

Some people prefer the convenience of pods, while others consider pods expensive and wasteful. This is a personal preference; however, Martinez points to the Keurig K-Duo as an option for people who want both pods and grounds.

➡️ Other Features

A programmable coffee maker is a definite plus for those who want their coffee to be ready when they walk into the kitchen. However, some people don’t mind waiting approximately six minutes for a pot of coffee to brew, so this may not be a make-or-break feature to them.

Pause and brew is another feature that depends on the user’s preferences. Again, some people don’t want to wait six minutes for a full carafe of coffee to brew, while others don’t consider it a long time to wait. Also, keep in mind that when you grab your cup of coffee early, it may end up being too strong, and the rest of the coffee may be too weak.

Have your own suggestion to add to our list of best coffee makers under $200? Leave your tips in the comments section below.

About Terri Williams

Terri Williams is a freelance writer.

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1 Comment

  1. H. Drennan says:

    I have bought two Kerrigan coffee makers both were over two hundred dollars. One I had to return because it was not making the selected number of cups chosen. The second one is not much better. They both required too many steps just to make a single cup of coffee. There are at least 3 pieces needed to make one cup of coffee using the keurig coffee pod. Also you cannot use any other pods in this machine. Just the keurig pods. Now you have to empty the pod and clean the three pieces before you can use them again because they are covered with liquids coffee and coffee grains. I will never,ever,buy another Keurig product. It also took five phone calls and several emails before my original coffee pot was replaced.