We are a nation of coffee drinkers. For some of us, we just love the flavor and aroma and for others, caffeine is a full-blown addiction. No matter what it is that drives your desire for coffee, if you’re reading this right now you’re probably looking for a few pointers on what you should look at before you decide to buy a coffee maker. We put together this brief coffee maker buyers guide to help you find a machine that will be best for you. If you have spent any time at all shopping online for coffee makers you will quickly learn that there is an almost endless number of options so we will give you some tips to help make your decision a little bit easier.
The first thing you should think about is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a coffee maker? You can find a very cheap coffee maker for as little as $10 or you can pay over $200 for a high-end, gourmet machine. There are even commercial quality machines available that are even more expensive. Figure out how much you are willing to spend before you start shopping.
Another very important thing to think about is what types of features you are looking for. Some coffee makers have built-in coffee grinders. Others have permanent filters so you don’t have to mess with paper replacement filters. A lot of people won’t buy a machine unless it has a programmable timer so that they can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee every morning. An automatic shutoff is a practical feature to have.
This allows you to keep your coffee warm for a while but when the machine shuts off you won’t be wasting electricity or creating a potential fire hazard by leaving an appliance running all day. Different coffee makers have different features that you may or may not be interested in but if you can come up with a few features that you absolutely must have you can start looking for a machine that has those features that also falls within your budget.
When you have your budget figured out and you know what kind of features you need to have you can start shopping around and comparing different makes and models to see which machine has the features you want for the best price. When you’re doing your comparison shopping you will also want to look for the highest quality machine you can find in your budget.
How do you know if a machine is high quality or not? You look at user reviews online to see what other people have to say. Sure, you could buy a machine and try it out for yourself but it’s a lot easier to let other people do that for you. Look for a machine with your “must have” features, look for the best price on that machine, and make sure that machine is also getting good reviews from customers and you are virtually guaranteed to pick the best machine for you.