The days of the basic coffee maker (we’re looking at you, Mr. Coffee) are long gone. Today’s coffee makers are stylish, even elegant. They promise pour-over, single-cup, and French press brews. They can make lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso. Some even sync up with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant—just say “brew” before you get in the shower and off it goes, a fresh cup of java in minutes.
We could go on.
As one of the few small appliances that consistently garner a place on the kitchen counter, your coffee maker should do more than just brew—it should make a statement. Want a glamorous conversation starter that will wow your guests? Try these nine options on for size.
1. A colorful wake-up
The Technivorm Moccamaster might just be the coffee maker you shouldn’t consider living without. The hand-built Dutch machine takes only four to six minutes to brew a full carafe, perfect for those who need coffee, like, right now.
We won’t ignore the $300-plus price tag, but reviewers say the innovative features (the copper heating element, for example) help brew coffee as good as any barista’s. Plus, a dozen wake-you-up colors—like red metallic, royal blue, and yellow pepper—will brighten your day and impress anyone stopping in for a cup.
What to buy: Technivorm Moccamaster, Amazon, $309
2. Get connected
Start your day the futuristic way with this certified smart brewer. Not only can you sync the Behmor coffee maker with Amazon Alexa and start brewing a pot with your voice, but Amazon Dash will automatically—or is that auto-magically?—order beans or ground coffee if you run low. The Behmor even lets you customize brewing temperature, presoak time, and altitude (yes, altitude). If only it could walk the dog.
What to buy: Behmor connected coffee maker, Amazon, $199
3. Classic midcentury style
Known for its cheery, colorful, ’50s-style appliances, large and small, SMEG is winning over midcentury design enthusiasts with its counter-worthy toasters, juicers, and coffee makers. Set it and forget it with this coffee maker: An “aroma-intensity” feature allows java lovers to preset the strength of their coffee so that the first sip makes it worth getting out of a warm bed on a cold morning. It also comes in fresh pastels, as well as bold, eye-catching colors like bright red.
What to buy: SMEG ’50s retro-style coffee maker, Nordstrom, $199.95
4. A speedier pour-over
Keep it simple yet stylish with a pour-over coffee maker like the elegant Chemex Ottomatic. This coffee maker takes the hourglass-shaped carafe and pairs it with automation, delivering an even, robust cup of joe every time. The best part? It takes all of six minutes—way less than the typical drip coffee maker.
What to buy: Chemex Ottomatic coffee maker, Sur La Table, $350
5. Seriously, so cute
Serious coffee enthusiasts are known for shunning coffee brewed from pods, but this sleek Keurig K-Mini pod coffee maker is soooo cute, it just might change their minds. It’s only 5 inches wide, so it fits on the counter of even the tiniest studio apartment. It brews just one cup at a time, but sometimes that’s all you need.
What to buy: Keurig K-Mini single-serve pod coffee maker, Target, $69.99
6. Strikingly refined
Your guests might admire this coffee maker from across your kitchen, if only to figure out what exactly it is. Well, it’s a Francis Francis for illy X1 iperEspresso Machine (I hope that cleared things up).
This strikingly beautiful machine makes deliciously authentic, full-bodied Italian espresso, adding more than a touch of sophistication to your countertop. The X1 can also make cappuccino, lattes, and coffee from capsules in medium or dark roast. At $545, it’s by far the most expensive device on our list, but think of all the money you’ll save at Starbucks.
What to buy: Francis Francis for illy X1 iperEspresso machine, Sur La Table, $544.96
7. A frothy beauty
The sleek Nespresso VertuoPlus by De’Longhi offers a simple and colorful way to make a bold cup of joe in the morning. Similar to the Francis Francis, this machine also brews delicious coffee using capsules, boasting two different cup sizes. The compact milk frother makes it a snap to prepare a perfect latte or cappuccino every time. Plus, it looks so exquisitely beautiful sitting atop the counter.
What to buy: Nespresso VertuoPlus by De’Longhi with Aeroccino3 frother, Sur La Table, $174.96
8. Eye-popping options
The colors of this appliance might just wake you up even before the coffee kicks in. The trendy Bella Linea programmable coffee maker has three different “brew strength” options, including regular, gourmet, and bold, helping you to better prepare for the day ahead. Need more pop in your life? Bella Linea also makes colorful toasters, canister sets, can openers, and slow cookers.
What to buy: Bella Linea programmable coffee maker, Amazon, $48.37
9. Stainless-steel sophistication
There’s more than meets the eye with this elegant Precision Press coffee maker from KitchenAid. Inside, this versatile metal French press has a built-in scale and timer to weigh ground coffee and water to properly set brew time, ensuring a delicious cup every time. The double-walled, stainless-steel carafe helps keep coffee hot, while the graceful design ensures a designated spot for this coffee maker on any kitchen counter or dining table.
What to buy: Precision Press coffee maker, KitchenAid, $99.99
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