Having a programmable coffee maker makes it more convenient to make coffee. People who drink coffee first thing in the morning love programmable machines because they are able to set them the night before and have a fresh, hot coffee when they awaken. It also makes mornings more convenient and can allow you to get a few minutes extra sleep or take care of another chore before having to leave for work.
Knowing that you want a programmable machine makes it a little easier to choose the right coffee machine for you because you’ve already narrowed your choices. You know you want a set-it-and-forget-it option so the most basic machines that don’t offer this feature are off the table. There are several benefits offered by nearly all coffee makers that are programmable. Obviously, the best benefit is you don’t need to wait for coffee.
Most brew a pot within a few minutes, but you won’t even need to wait that long if you schedule your pot to begin brewing a few minutes before you are ready to drink. Programmable coffeemakers are also available in varying sizes, so you’re able to brew anywhere from 1-12 cups of coffee.
Larger models are great for pre-brewing coffee for special events or just regular mornings when you know a lot of people will be drinking coffee. Choosing the right coffee maker for you depends on a few things. There are many great options, so you’ll want to consider your preferences before making your final decision.
Our Favorite Programmable Coffee Makers Include:
This programmable coffeemaker features a programmable digital timer clock. It has strength control for the brewing process and a warming heater, so if you happen to program it a little too early, your pot won’t get cold. It features an automatic one-hand dispenser instead of a glass carafe, so you’re able to pour your coffee right into a cup.
The auto shut off ensures your pot won’t stay on if you forget to turn it off manually. You’re able to brew up to 12 cups in this coffee maker. It has a shorter power cord and a non-detachable water tank, but if you’re OK with it lacking those features, this is a great option.
There’s a reason why many consider Mr. Coffee the king of coffee brewing and this model is another reason why. It has a number of programmable options and is simple to use. You can brew up to 12 cups of coffee at a time and it has a pause and serve feature, similar to pause and brew. This means you don’t need to wait if you wake up early and your coffee is still in the brewing process.
Another feature we love is the thermal carafe, which keeps your coffee hot for hours without having it sit on a hot plate and risk scorching it. It’s also easy to use, even for those who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy. It features a sleek, modern design that looks great in any kitchen and is easy to clean.
It also comes with a charcoal filter, which many coffee drinkers believe makes for a better tasting cup. Consumer Reports ranked this the “Best Buy” in programmable coffee makers in 2011 and it’s still considered one of the best. It’s simple but practical and gives you everything you need in a programmable coffee maker.
Black & Decker makes a programmable machine that has a 24-hour Auto Brew feature, QuickTouch programming that’s really easy to use and a “Sneak a Cup” feature, which is similar to the pause and brew feature on other models. This machine also has a two-hour shut off and a viewable water window. We love its sleek design and the fact it can brew up to 12 cups at once. It also has a hot carafe plate, which can keep the extra cups of coffee in the carafe warm for up to two hours after you brew it.
Like all Cuisinart coffee makers, this features a sleek design and gives you high-quality and delicious coffee. You’re able to brew as many as 14 cups at a time and set it to a specific brew strength with its Brew Strength Control settings. It’s also possible to set the burner temperature and the length of brew.
This machine has a non-disposable filter which cuts down on waste and we’re really happy with its performance. It’s a charcoal filter, which enhances taste and also tends to reduce bitterness. One of the things we love the most about this model is the self-cleaning feature. All you need to do is remove the filter and add water and with the press of a button, it cleans itself.
This tiny dynamo brews just four cups of coffee at a time and will keep it hot for up to 24 hours. It’s perfect for families with light coffee drinkers or for people who know they’re going to drink four cups throughout the day. This machine also features pause-and-brew, so you’re able to pour your first cup even if the coffee is still brewing without spillage. It has an automatic switch off and you can remove the filter for easy cleaning.
Whether you want a programmable drip coffee maker for the home or office, or if you’re looking for an automatic coffee maker that is easy to use and looks great in your kitchen, there are plenty of options on this list. We’ve tried to include coffee makers in a variety of price ranges, but most of these are among the more budget-friendly.
There are coffee makers out there that do fancier things or offer more elaborate options, but if your main goal is to just have a piping hot, fresh cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning, you’re sure to find something you’ll love on this list! If you want your coffee hot without much effort, the above programmable stainless steel or glass carafe and cup coffee makers are ideal!