If you’re looking for a filter coffee machine to help you entertain guests over the Christmas holidays, you’ll want to make sure you choose one of our new Best Buys. We’ve tested fifteen models, with four making brews that’ll impress the staunchest of coffee connoisseurs.
Filter coffee machines are an easy way to rustle up coffee for a crowd, and they don’t need to cost the earth either. We’ve found some cheaper machines that brew better coffee than models that cost more than twice as much.
Find out which coffee machines came out on top – and which to avoid – by heading to our brand new filter coffee machine reviews.
Filter coffee machine features
Filter coffee machines have traditionally been simple affairs, but some of the products we’ve tested have upped their game with new brewing methods and extra features. Both KitchenAid and Bodum claim that the pour-over brewing technique used in their filter machines results in a better-tasting drink, while Russell Hobbs says its ‘advanced showerhead’ technology helps to make a richer, fuller coffee.
We’ve also tested Cuisinart models which grind coffee beans before brewing, for freshly ground filter coffee, and a Lakeland coffee maker which has a travel mug accessory as well as the standard jug, for when you want a drink on the go.
You can find out more about the different types of filter coffee machine – and which features our experts rate – in our guide to how to buy the best filter coffee machine.
Our filter coffee machine reviews
Whatever the marketing speak says, you need to know the end result is a great cup of coffee on your kitchen table. As well as testing each machine to ensure that its easy to use, quiet, quick, and makes piping hot coffee, we conduct a blind taste test with our coffee expert, Giles Hilton.
Giles tastes the coffee made by each machine and rates how good it is – taking into account taste, aroma, appearance and how well it holds its flavour when you add milk. Our four Best Buys made top-notch coffee, but other models we tested churned out a disappointing brew that lacked flavour.
All the filter coffee machines we tested are listed below. Head to our filter coffee machine reviews to see the full test results – including our verdict – and find the best model for you.
- AEG KF7800 – £90
- Argos Cookworks 909/8312 – £15
- Bodum Bistro b.over 11001-565 – £104
- Cuisinart Grind & Brew DGB625BCU – £95
- Cuisinart Grind & Brew Plus DGB900BCU – £150
- DeLonghi Distinta ICMI211.CP – £100
- DeLonghi ICM15210 – £20
- i-Café I13001W – £28
- KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer 5KCM0802 – £152
- Lakeland Gravity 19700 – £100
- Lakeland Switch 19686 – £90
- Logik LC10 DCR12 – £20
- Melitta Enjoy Glass – £38
- Russell Hobbs Buckingham 20680 – £40
- Russell Hobbs Chester Grind & Brew 22000 – £69
Prices correct as of 18 November 2015.