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The Best Coffee Makers Under $50

Here is a roundup of the best coffee makers at an affordable price that you can purchase in 2020.

Here at The Coffee Chronicler, we’d love to test and try every single coffee gadget out there, but the fact is that there is only so much time available every day. 

For that reason, we have turned to the “wisdom of the crowds” for this article and handpicked the highest rated products from Amazon. We have looked at pros and cons from individual reviews, as well as the total rating to present the most accurate advice.

Some people assume that coffee makers have to be expensive to be any good. That’s simply not true.

If you have quality beans, soft water, and clean equipment, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make excellent coffee – even with a coffee maker under $50.

Here are some favorites among the reviewers online.

1: Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press...

The Bodum Chambord is the quintessential French Press coffee maker. It almost guarantees that intense flavor old-school coffee drinkers crave.

It has 3-part stainless steel plunger with a mesh filter that lets the coffee’s aromatic oils be extracted instead of being absorbed in a paper filter. It can make 8 cups of coffee at a time (however, both bigger and smaller models are available).

One user claimed that this coffee maker exceeded their expectations in all departments. They said that they’ve been using this product for weeks, and that it produces the best coffee they’ve ever had. They did advice to always buy good coffee beans to get the best results. 

Another reviewer praised the size and design, saying that it was sturdy and well-made and the filters are strong. They also added that the coffee tastes glorious. 

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2: Aeropress go Travel Coffee Maker

AeroPress Go Portable Travel...

This coffee maker is the new and updated version of the cult coffee maker, the Aeropress.

The new and upgraded version is smaller and more sleek, and comes with a cup that doubles both as a travel container and a mug to drink from.

The Aeropress Go might look simple, but don’t be deceived by its cute looks; it punches well above its weight.

Several reviewers on Amazon call it a ‘must-have’. Many users are especially enamored with the small size that lets you bring the Aeropress Go on trips or to work.

One reviewer even went as far as too call it the new king of travel coffee setups.

However, some reviewers were disappointed by the small size of the coffee maker.

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3: Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee...

This easy to use coffee maker by Mr. Coffee lets you brew a quick cup of coffee without any hassle. It has a simple interface with an on/off indicator that lets you know when the coffee maker is on. It also has an auto pause function, that pauses brewing if your grab the cup mid circle. 

One user, in a positive review, said that they were shocked that this coffee maker had any bad reviews at all.

They said that they loved the simplicity and ease of the product, and added that the dribble-free carafe was perfect for them.

Another user added that the coffee maker was so easy to use that everyone from a befuddled uncle to the mom who hates programming the computer could use it. 

Though a few people had issues with the durability, saying it did not last over a year.

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4: BLACK+DECKER Programmable Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe

Black & Decker DCM100B 12-Cup...

This coffee maker by Black+Decker has a programmable clock, that lets you auto brew your coffee in advance. It has an optimal brewing temperature for the perfect cup of Joe every time. 

A user praised it for its simplicity and ease of use. They stated that it produces good coffee, is easy to program, andsimple to operate. It’s also easy to deep clean. 

Other reviewers had similar things to say. The only bad review about this was about a faulty product, which was soon replaced by the seller.

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5: AmazonBasics Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe

AmazonBasics 5-Cup Coffeemaker...

This AmazonBasic Coffeemaker lets you brew up to 5 cups of coffee at a time, which is around 25 ounces or 740 ml. It has a removable filter basket and a reusable one that prevents the hassle of buying a paper filter every few weeks. 

Users have said that this is a simple coffee maker but does the job it is supposed to do.

One reviewer claimed that they bought it for an elderly woman, who praises it for its speed and simplicity.

Most people had similar things to say, as one reviewer said that the advertisement is accurate, and that it would be ideal for places like dorm rooms or people who don’t like much hassle with coffee makers. 

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6: Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup...

This coffee maker allows up to 4 cups of coffee to be brewed at a time.

It is made of stainless steel carafe, and has a dripless pour spout for added ease. It also has a brew-pause feature that lets you enjoy a cup before the brewing has finished. 

One user said that this product was sturdy, simple and reliable, and added that they’ve used it for over 10 years before it finally gave out. They ended up buying another one of the same make, and added that the new one worked just as well. 

Only issue people had was that you need to make sure that the top is pushed down completely, or else the coffee does not drain and spills over. Besides that, everyone praises the simplicity of the product and the taste of the coffee it produces. 

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Buying Guide

There is a wide variety of coffee makers that are available on the market. However, if we’re talking about a budget under $50 the market become a lot more narrow.

Here are a few things to consider before buying a coffee maker:

  • How many cups do you need? 

Do you need a family that drink coffee together, or are you living alone and one cup at a time would do? Invest in coffee makers accordingly. 

  • How much space do you have? 

Look at your counter, or wherever you want to keep your coffee maker, and determine the size and height of the product you want to buy. 

  • How often do you drink coffee?

If you drink multiple mugs throughout the day, you may want to invest in a model that has an insulated mug or carafe. These help keep you coffee stay warm and fresh tasting for longer periods of time. 

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I have been crazy about caffeine for almost as long as I can remember. Today, I'm a licensed Q Arabica Grader and full time coffee writer.

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