The Best Coffee Makers for the Money (2018)

For many of us, the humble coffee maker is something that we just can’t live without, so it’s vitally important to choose the perfect model for the type of brew you adore, so here is our rundown of the best coffee makers for the money for 2018.

Best coffee makers for the money

Whether you are on a budget, have some cash to splash, only use coffee pods, or are just looking for a great pour-over, there’s a coffee maker for everyone in this article.

We have selected the 7 best coffee makers for the money for 7 different reasons but if you are in a rush, our best overall coffee maker is the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central. This awesome coffee maker provides restaurant quality coffee at a price nearly everyone can afford.

Best overall coffee maker – Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Coffeemaker

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Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver

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$64.99 $70.85

Top of the Ape’s list for the best coffee maker for the money is the best-selling Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central. This hugely popular coffee maker features Cuisinart’s best brewing technology with premium features and a striking retro design.

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 has a host of functions including a brew – pause setting, programmable shut-off, a heat adjustable warming plate, and a self-cleaning function. It is fitted with a charcoal filter and a permanent gold tone filter to ensure that only the freshest coffee flavor gets through.

With a brushed metal design, a 12-cup carafe, and an ergonomic handle (for easy, drip-free pouring), the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central offers the best combination of price and coffee quality.

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Best budget coffee maker – VonShef Programmable Digital Coffee Maker

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VonShef Programmable Digital Coffee Maker with Measuring Spoon- 12 Cup Capacity

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If the purse strings are a little tight this year but you still need to make that perfect “cup of Joe” on a budget, the VonShef Programmable Digital Coffee Maker could be just what you’re looking for.

The machine has an easy-to-read backlit LCD display and a handy programmable timer so you can get your caffeine fix whenever you like.

The VonShef has a removable funnel and filter which saves you from buying expensive paper filters. With a 1.8-liter glass jug, you can make up to 12 cups of delicious coffee, so it’s perfect for the home, office, or even social events.

The VonShef Programmable Digital Coffee Maker comes with a water-gauge marker and for people on a budget, this “cheapy-but-goody” coffee machine is the Ape’s pick for best budget machine

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Best mid-range coffee maker – Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System

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Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System with Glass Carafe (CF091)

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$145.00 $199.99

The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System will bring out the barista in you! You’ll be able to make coffee just as tasty as any coffeehouse with five different brewing styles; classic, rich, over-ice, specialty, and café forte.

This baby really is the next generation of coffee makers with a built-in “frother” and a cold frothing capability.

Ninjas advanced thermal flavor extraction technology brings out of the lively and complex flavors of your favorite coffee.

Custom Brew Sizes are Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe.

Included with this awesome mid-range coffee maker are a measuring scoop, a built-in frother, and a coffee maker’s recipe handbook.

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Best top end coffee maker – Technivorm Moccamaster 59163

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Technivorm Moccamaster 59163 Moccamaster Coffee Maker, Brushed Brass

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$349.00 $379.00

If you have a few more bucks to invest one of the best coffee makers for the money is the Technivorm Moccamaster 59163. Made from the highest quality materials, this coffee maker is reliable, energy-efficient, and makes incredible coffee.

If you grab yourself a Technivorm Moccamaster, it will be the last coffee maker you ever buy! If cleaned and descaled properly, this machine will last you a lifetime.

Moccamaster brewers are handmade in the Netherlands and come with a 5-year warranty. There is also a service center based in the USA.

This model features a glass carafe and a cool automatic “drip-stop” function which kicks in every time the carafe is removed.

The Technivorm Moccamaster has some awesome features which include a brewing-pulse action (to extract your coffee perfectly), a cone-shaped auto-drip-stop brew basket (designed for optimal coffee/water time), and a clear reservoir (so you can watch the brewing process.)

Good for 1.25 liters or 10 cups (40 oz.), the Technivorm Moccamaster can be trusted to maintain the quality, integrity, and taste of your favorite coffee with every single cup.

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Best pod coffee maker – NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio 2 – Pod Machine

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio 2 Coffee, Espresso and Cappuccino Pod Machine, made...

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Whether you’re into hot mochas, icy cappuccinos, or steaming mugs of artisanal coffee, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto uses state-of-the-art Nescafe capsules to prepare full-bodied and delicious cups of coffee.

This single serve pod coffee maker uses a 15-bar automatic pressure regulator to produce artisanal coffee with steamed milk.

Features you’re going to love are the “toggle stick/joystick” interface (which allows you to have full control over your beverage strength), an energy-saving automatic shut-off system, and a thermal block heating system (that controls the coffees balance & temperature so that it retains that freshly-brewed taste.

Nescafe are committed to improving the lives of their coffee farmers and have gone to great lengths to train more farmers, create jobs, and maintain sustainability.

With the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, you can enjoy over 20 Roadhouse coffee drinks including; premium roast coffees, espressos, macchiatos, lattes, and iced coffees to name but a few. This coffee machine is definitely the easiest way to enjoy gourmet coffee.

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Best single serve coffee maker – Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (CF112)

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Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System with Built-In Frother (CF112)

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The next generation Ninja Coffee Bar is a single serve system with a built-in hot & cold frother and is one of the best single serve coffee makers for the money.

Pod-free single-serve brews give you the choice to use any brand of coffee and to adjust the amount of grounds that you use so that you can make all kinds of different tasting coffee drinks.

The integrated frother allows you to brew, froth, and drink in your favorite cup or mug and in seconds, you can froth hot or cold milk into foam which you can then put on top of your coffee.

The Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System uses Auto-IQ-One-Touch intelligence technology which draws exactly the right volume of water from the reservoir. This is based on the size and brew type chosen.

Custom brews available with this machine are; classic, rich, over-ice, specialty, and café forte.

The Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System is the Ape’s pick in the very hotly-contested “best single serve coffee maker.”

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Best professional coffee maker – DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Coffee Machine

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DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

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DeLonghi is a world leader in household appliances and has a presence in more than 123 countries. They are leaders in Innovation, design, and product performance, and the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Coffee Machine is no exception.

Although you could spend thousands of dollars on a top-of-the-range commercial machine, we wanted to “keep it real” in this article, so have chosen the DeLonghi Magnifica as the best professional coffee maker for the money.

Perfect for your home or a small restaurant / café, the Magnifica is super easy to use and comes with manual controls, a cup warmer, and a removable drip tray.

There is no machine easier to use when making cappuccinos! Just fluff up the milk, select whole beans or ground coffee (this machine does both), and then just sit back while this fabulous coffee maker “does its thing!”

Every cup of coffee is automatically brewed at the perfect temperature, density, and richness but you can also customize the settings, to get your brew just the way you like it!

If coffee doesn’t happen to be your beverage of choice and you are more partial to a beer or two, you might be interested in our new article “Perfect for your man-cave – The best kegerators for your home!” or you can read all of our latest “MEN ONLY” blogs!