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Tips for Choosing a Coffee Maker

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Choosing a coffee maker for some is simply a matter of going to the local retailer and buying one. But upon arrival they find that there are many options and choices that have not been considered. It is best to take your time and research exactly what you would require from a coffee maker before you even start looking for your new coffee maker. Below are a few tips to assist you in deciding which coffee machine is the perfect type of machine for you.

Essential Features

Most new models of coffee brewers come with standard features that most consumers find beneficial. These features include digital timers with auto-start capability. This is actually a very ideal feature because it will make your morning run a little smoother, knowing that you have a fresh cup of coffee waiting for you as soon as you wake up. Stop-and-pour brewing lets you remove the pot from the coffee maker while it is brewing to pour yourself a cup without it continuing to brew onto the heating element. Permanent coffee filters are often optional but can be purchased for most machines if they are not provided with purchase.

Look and Style

The coffee machine that you buy should not only be able to brew great coffee but should also be something that matches your personal décor as well. When choosing, choose a style that goes with everything in your kitchen.

Consider the functionality of some of its design points as well. If the coffee pot features a screw-on lid for ease of transport, make sure that you will actually need to transport it before you choose that coffee maker over one with similar features that does not cost quite as much.

A coffee maker’s capacity is an important factor as well. A coffee maker that brews two pots of coffee at once, as many commercial coffee makers do, is not going to make much sense if you only have one cup per day, and a two-cup coffee maker, like some residential coffee makers, is going to be nothing but a hassle if it takes you three cups to really get your morning started. Try your best to match the size and capacity of the coffee maker to your estimated usage, keeping in mind any friends, relatives, or co-workers who might regularly drink coffee.


Taking the time to shop around and compare the prices of different models, different stores and even different websites that sell coffee machines could save you quite a bit of money. Shop online to get an idea of the different types of coffee makers that are on the market, the sort of features that may be available, and the price of different models.

Other Tips

Performing routine maintenance on your coffee maker from time to time is something that will keep your machine working properly for years to come. Make sure that you do not choose one that has a lot of extra features and will be difficult to maintain. Some coffee makers feature built-in coffee grinders that may seem like an excellent idea at first but in the long run would work better as a separate component for you. Once you have selected the coffee maker that is right for you, take the time to read through the instruction manual. A well-chosen and well-maintained coffee maker should give you years of service.