Buying a Coffee Maker Guide

Drinking a smooth cup of coffee can make an ordinary morning feel exceptional. With the right coffee or espresso machine, you can enjoy delicious java from the comfort of your home. This guide will take you through the features and styles of coffee makers, including espresso, pour over, cold brew and automatic drip to help you find the right option for the way you make coffee.

KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker next to two glasses of cold brew KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker next to two glasses of cold brew

Is Having a Coffee Maker Worth It?

At-home coffee makers allow you to customize your morning cup of joe. They also come in handy when hosting a Sunday brunch or serving after-dinner espresso to your guests from your coffee station at home. You can choose the flavor, brew strength, add-ins and toppings to create the best cup of coffee whenever you get a craving. 

With the help of a KitchenAid® coffee grinder, you can tailor your coffee to your taste even further by grinding the coffee beans at home. This allows you to choose the proper grind of your coffee beans for French press, drip, pour over, cold brew and espresso beverages.

Coffee makers and coffee grinders also make great gifts for new parents who are spending more time at home and could use a caffeine boost.

Person making coffee with a KitchenAid® Drip Coffee Maker Person making coffee with a KitchenAid® Drip Coffee Maker

What Should I Look for When Buying a Coffee Maker? 

To find the right coffee machine for you, look for options that best suit the way you prefer to make coffee. When shopping for a new machine, consider factors like brewing method, batch size, appliance size and extra features like milk frothers or “keep warm” settings.

Before you begin shopping for a new coffee machine, consider the following features to find the right option for your needs.

Coffee Experience

When browsing coffee maker options, consider whether you want an immersive, hands-on experience when brewing. Some coffee makers provide a hands-off brewing experience and can make coffee in minutes with just the push of a button. However, other options can turn your brew into a morning ritual and allow you to have more control over the end result.

Brew Batch Size

Consider how much coffee your household enjoys whenever you brew. If you typically have one to two cups a day, you may want a coffee maker that brews in smaller batches. For families that go through at least a pot a day or homes that frequently host other coffee lovers, a machine with a large carafe may be the best fit.

KitchenAid® electric goose-necked kettle next to a coffee and pastries KitchenAid® electric goose-necked kettle next to a coffee and pastries

Hot or Cold Coffee

If you prefer iced coffee over a hot cup of joe, you may want to look for a coffee maker that specifically brews iced coffee. For iced coffee enthusiasts, an at-home cold brew maker can keep your chilled coffee on tap in your refrigerator or on your counter. Some hot coffee machines have a “brew over ice” setting to combine both hot and iced coffee options into one appliance.

Coffee Maker Size 

When choosing a coffee machine, you also have to factor in the size of the appliance and whether it will fit on your countertops. Before buying a new machine, measure carefully to account for whether you’ll need to lift or slide open a lid to add beans and water. Select KitchenAid® drip coffee machines include two brew buttons so you can start brewing from any angle.

Coffee bar with a white KitchenAid® Espresso Maker, Milk Frother Attachment and Burr Grinder Coffee bar with a white KitchenAid® Espresso Maker, Milk Frother Attachment and Burr Grinder

Types of Coffee Makers

Each type of coffee machine brews coffee differently and offers a different taste experience. For example, espresso machines utilize high-pressure extraction to yield a bold flavor, while cold brew makers steep coffee grounds over a long period of time for a smooth and mellow taste. Compare popular types of coffee makers to find the right fit for your taste and style.

Black KitchenAid® drip coffee maker pouring coffee into a mug



Drip coffee makers are the most commonly found machines in a kitchen. Depending on the model, they can brew single servings or 12–14 cup pots of coffee with just the press of a button. These machines are familiar, easy to use and brew your coffee in a short amount of time.


Other benefits of drip coffee machines are:

  • Some models offer 24-hour programmability so you can wake up to freshly brewed coffee.

  • “Keep warm” setting helps to keep the coffee pot heated so you can enjoy your coffee over longer periods of time.

  • Large batch options help to make more coffee in one brewing cycle.

  • Easy to use and accessible for both coffee novices and enthusiasts.

Shop KITCHENAID® Drip Coffee Makers

You can brew an exceptionally flavored batch of coffee with a KitchenAid® drip coffee maker. Browse drip coffee maker options with features like the Variable Brew Strength Selector, 24-hour programmability and Pause and Pour to find the right machine for the way you make.

French press coffee maker next to two mugs

French Press Coffee Makers


If you enjoy a more robust brew, a French press may be your perfect match. French presses brew coffee by pouring hot water over coffee grounds, then “plunging” the grounds to filter them out. These coffee makers are simple to use and don’t require a lot of skill to get a great result. 


Benefits include: 

  • Doesn’t require electricity to brew so you can make coffee anywhere with hot water.

  • Brewing method yields a rich and delicious tasting batch of coffee.

  • Compact and portable, making it easy to travel with.

  • Easy to use.

Stainless steel KitchenAid® espresso maker on a gray countertop



While there are different types of espresso machines, a semi-automatic espresso maker is a popular choice for java lovers looking for a traditionally brewed espresso shot at home. You can enjoy a bold yet complex shot of straightforward espresso, or create your favorite cafe drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos. These machines typically control the pressure of the brew but allow you to control the amount of water you brew with, among a few other factors depending on the model. 


More benefits of semi-automatic espresso machines include:

  • Strong, bold flavored coffee perfect for single espresso shots and Americanos.

  • Cup Warmer on the top of the machine preheats your cup while espresso brews.

  • Semi-automatic programming offers a more hands-off brewing experience compared to manual espresso makers.

Shop KITCHENAID®Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines

Create handcrafted espresso beverages with a KitchenAid® semi-automatic espresso machine. With dual smart temperature sensors and fast-heating thermocoil technology, your espresso can be brewed at the perfect temperature shot after shot. Add on the Milk Frother Attachment to steam and froth milk for the perfect latte or cappuccino.

KitchenAid® Cold Brew Maker next to cold brew ingredients



Cold brew coffee utilizes a slow-brewing method to create a high-caffeine coffee concentrate that can be enjoyed over ice, mixed with milk or blended into a homemade frappe. The brewing process itself is very simple so you can enjoy rich cold brew with ease, just add coffee grounds to a filter and submerge in water for 12–24 hours.


Some benefits of cold brew coffee makers are:

  • A steeping process that allows for hands-off brewing.

  • Creates a smooth, rich and nutty taste for coffee drinkers who enjoy a flavorful iced coffee.

  • Can keep large amounts of cold brew on tap in your refrigerator or on your counter.

Shop KITCHENAID®Cold Brew Coffee Makers & Accessories

With a KitchenAid® cold brew coffee maker, you can treat yourself to a smooth and balanced iced coffee beverage with ease. You can brew up to 19 servings1 of cold brew and serve directly from your refrigerator with the stainless steel tap that easily dispenses your coffee.

1. Servings may vary based on coffee or tea type.

Stainless steel KitchenAid® goose-necked kettle brewing pour-over coffee



The pour-over method of brewing coffee is a controlled process that yields a full-bodied cup of coffee. This hand-brewed method uses a goose-neck kettle to slowly pour hot water over coffee grounds and allows the flavor and aroma of high quality beans to stand out, making it a great choice for anyone who wants to fine tune the perfect cup of coffee. 


Benefits of pour-over coffee makers include:

  • Goose-neck spouts allow for consistent and precise water flow for even extraction.

  • KitchenAid® kettles include integrated thermometers and temperature settings allow you to achieve the ideal brew temperature.

  • Pour-over method can also be used for brewing tea and hot cocoa.

Shop KITCHENAID® Pour-Over Coffee Kettles & Accessories

Enjoy precision with KitchenAid® goose-neck kettles. The spout and three unique flow rate settings deliver consistent pour control for a pour over, tea or beverage of your choice, allowing you to refine your beverage to your taste.

Shop Popular KitchenAid® Coffee & Espresso Makers

Whether you prefer cappuccinos or cold brew, KitchenAid brand has the coffee maker options for your favorite brewing method. You can create café-inspired coffee every morning with this premium line of coffee appliances that can transform your kitchen into your own café. Explore the collection to find what you need for your perfect cup of coffee.


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