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The 7 Best Smart Coffee Makers according to the People

We have narrowed down some of the best smart coffee makers that aren’t too hard on your pocket, while also giving you the quality taste you’d want.

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.

For most people the ultimate luxury in life is to wake up and get a cup of steaming, hot coffee right away.

Unfortunately, there are only two ways two achieve that:

  1. Get married to a caring barista
  2. Invest in a smart coffee maker

Since we still haven’t published a guide to dating baristas, here’s a bit of help with the latter.

A quick overview

The 7 Best Smart Coffee Makers

Here we have collected some smart coffee makers that come highly recommended. We hope that you’re able to find some inspiration.

Pro tip: If you really care about the flavor of your cuppa Joe, you should also check out our guide to the best SCAA certified drip coffee makers.

While they might not have as many smart, programmable features as the ones in this article, they tend to create a more uniform extraction of the coffee grounds.

1. Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker,...

Coming with a bonus variety of 6 K Cup Pods, this coffee maker gives you a brewed cup of coffee within a minute. It allows you to brew up to 8 cups of coffee before having to refill and has an easy cleanup for all the convenience you need. It is also reasonably priced. 

A valued reviewer praised the different options for multiple cup sizes and the easy to understand instruction of the machine, while adding a special mention of the iced coffee function.

On the other hand, some users have claimed that the water keeps pouring out and the coffee maker sometimes starts on its own if left plugged. 

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2. Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Classic and Rich Brews

Ninja 12-Cup Programmable...

This one doesn’t just give you coffee that tastes like it’s made by a professional; it also gives you the option to keep it warm and flavorful for up to 4 hours. The gold tone permanent filter frees you from the hassle of having to buy new paper filters almost forever. 

Users have praised the ease of access of this coffee maker, and how everything is measured for you with a coffee scoop and the labeled water tank.  

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3. Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew...

What’s unique about this coffee maker is that it gives you a 24-hour advance brew start, and programmable auto shut off from zero to four hours. It also includes a charcoal filter and a permanent gold filter.

A reviewer said that it takes some time to get used to, but it is worth the effort. 

Most users have only had good things to say about this product, but when something does go wrong, the customer service of this brand has been criticized a lot.

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4. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed...

This coffee maker gives you the option for hot brews as well as cold ones. It also has a built in frother that turns milk into smooth froth in a jiffy. It also has auto IQ one touch intelligence.

Besides coffee, the coffee maker can also brew tea whether it comes in teabags or loose leafs. 

Although most people only have good things to say about this coffee maker, a few flaws that have been pointed out include its lack of options for different styles of coffee and that the coffee isn’t always piping hot. 

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Cuisinart DCC-3200P1...

A fully automatic coffee maker that has 24-hour programmability, can self-cleanup and has an adjustable temperature control.

A few issues that have been pointed out in this coffee maker are that the first few batches of coffee have a plastic taste and that it is very difficult to see the bottom of the pot when you want to fill the water reservoir. 

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6. Hamilton Beach 49976 FlexBrew Coffee Maker, Single Serve & Full Pot

Hamilton Beach 49976 FlexBrew...

This 2 in 1 coffee maker allows you to either use your favorite ground coffee to brew a single cup, or use the K cup pods. This takes about 3 minutes to brew a cup of coffee, and is energy efficient as it only heats the water when you’re ready to brew. 

A user reviewed this product in detail, calling it the best coffee maker they have owned. Saying that although it is bigger and heavier than usual, it makes up for the size by offering a wide variety of options. It is easy to use, and is quite affordable as well.

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7. Mr. Coffee 10 Cup Coffee Maker | Optimal Brew Thermal System

Mr. Coffee 10 Cup Coffee Maker...

This one has an advanced brew options, and has thermal carafe that holds the temperate and fresh flavors. It brews up to 20% faster, and has a gold tone permanent filter. It also has a removable water reservoir for easy use. 

This coffee maker has been criticized for its lack of clear details, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to work with. The removable water reservoir feature, however, is unanimously praised. 

In a more critical review, a user said that the coffee tastes like hot water but that’s probably down to lack of brewing skills of said user.

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Buying Guide

Since there are so many options for smart coffee makers around you, you should consider these things before deciding what suits your needs the best.

Brew Size

How many cups of coffee do you need? Will you be making coffee only for yourself, or the entire family? Make your decision accordingly. 


How much can you afford to pay? Maybe you should take a look at some of the best coffee makers under 50? These days great coffee doesn’t have to cost crazy money.

Make Ahead Option

Do you need your coffee as soon as you wake up, without getting into the process of starting the coffee maker? Well then you may want to consider spending on a coffee maker that allows you to start brewing ahead of hours. 

Types of Coffee

Do you want a coffee maker or an espresso machine? Or maybe a hybrid? Since it is a long-term investment, it is better to think about these options beforehand. 


Is it a big or small coffee maker? Take measurement of the area where you’re planning to put the device before buying so that it doesn’t turn out too big for the area.

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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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