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Last updated: 22 June 2018


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Coffee isn't all about espresso. Alternative methods like electric drip filter coffee machines, vacuums brew makers and pour-over coffee makers are back in the spotlight and may be preferable to classic espresso.

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We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best coffee brew maker for you. Our review covers siphon (also known as syphon or vacuum) coffee brewers, electric drip filter coffee machines and pour-over coffee filter maker methods.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you filter coffee makers by type and see how they score for both professional and layperson taste tests.

Our expert tester gives every coffee maker a thorough workout. For each category we rate the models that:

  • deliver the best-tasting coffee with good body and flavour clarity
  • are easiest to prepare and clean.

To avoid unfair comparison to espresso, expert consultant Anee Sampath prepares the filter and drip coffee himself according to his taste (for example, he often adds more coffee than prescribed for some models). He then rates the coffee produced based on his expected characteristics of the brew profile. We also get a lay panel to taste the coffee brewed according to the instructions provided with the product.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you compare the filter coffee makers by type and see how they score for both professional and layperson taste tests. Our Recommended models will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    The type of coffee maker tested. This could be either an electric drip filter machine, pour over (manual drip filter) or vacuum (also known as siphon/syphon). For more on how all of these work, see our buying guide.

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      • Time for coffee to go through the filter (min:s)
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      • Brand
      • Model
      • Price
      • Status
      • Type
      • Capacity (cups)
      • Type of heater
      • Recommended coffee quantity per cup (g)
      • Warranty (yrs)
      • Origin
      • Contact
      • Coffee making process


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