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Programmable Coffee Makers: Buying for 2020

Rosie from the Jetsons isn’t found in every home throughout the world the way we promised she would be back in the 1960’s, and this is a disappointment to us who thought we would be waking up to freshly brewed coffee brought right to our bedside table each morning.

If Rosie can’t bring us coffee in bed, then we should at least be able to program a coffee maker to brew coffee at a certain time each morning.

Therefore, we have had to settle for the next best thing: the programmable coffee maker.

Why Do I Need a Programmable Coffee Maker?

No one wants to stumble to the kitchen, half-awake, hoping to successfully prepare a pot of coffee. Not only do you have to prepare the coffee halfway among the living, but you now have to wait for the coffee to brew before you can enjoy a cup. The horror!

The programmable coffee maker alleviates all of those issues. All you have to do is go to the kitchen each night, prepare your coffee as you would on any given morning, and set the programmable timer on the coffee pot to begin brewing at the time you have set.

This means that you can set your alarm for 6:00am and smell a full pot of freshly brewed coffee waiting on you.

Sure, Rosie may not bring you the cup of coffee to your bedside table, but at least your coffee has been prepared while you were sleeping; thanks, programmable coffee maker!

Best Programmable Coffee Makers for 2020

This brings us to the best programmable coffee makers to consider buying in 2020.

1. Cuisinart Coffee Maker – 14 Cup Glass Carafe Programmable Coffee Maker

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This Cuisinart coffee maker is the best for the money when it comes to programmable coffee makers. This programmable coffee maker has a 14 cup glass carafe, self cleaning feature, automatic shutoff, and an adjustable temperature control. On top of these features, this Cuisinart coffee maker also comes in a variety of colors to choose from: stainless steel, copper, rust, light gray, silver, sky blue, umber, white, gold, and black stainless steel.

Users have given this Cuisinart coffee maker a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The most prominent feature that users agree to be the best is the ease of cleaning and using this programmable coffee maker. Additionally, users agree that this coffee maker brews a flavorful cup of coffee when brewed.

2. Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

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The Ninja 12-cup programmable coffee maker features a removable 60 ounce reservoir for easy filling and cleaning. In addition to the reservoir, this Ninja coffee maker also gives users the option of adjusting the strength of their brew, as well as the size of their brew. For example, the “small batch” feature brews the perfect pot of coffee at 4 cups or less. You can also select to brew a classic or rich brew to adjust the intensity of the coffee you are brewing.

Users have given this Ninja programmable coffee maker a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Users are most satisfied with the temperature control feature of this programmable coffee maker. Other features that are highly favorable are the flavor of the coffee that is produced when brewed, as well as how easy this coffee maker is to use.

3. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

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Mr. Coffee was the pioneer of the automatic drip coffee maker, and this programmable coffee maker is one of the best. You can program your coffee up to 24 hours in advance to schedule the perfect pot to brew right on time. Other features include the dishwasher safe 12-cup glass carafe and grab-a-cup auto pause feature that allows you to pour a cup of coffee before the pot has finished brewing.

Users have given this Mr. Coffee programmable coffee maker 3.7 stars out of 5. Users agree that this basic programmable coffee maker is one of the best for the money, coming in at less than $30. If full flavor and an easy-to-use coffee maker is what you’re after, this Mr. Coffee programmable coffee maker is what you’re looking for.

4. Black + Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

black + decker 12 cup programmable coffee maker

The last programmable coffee maker on the list is the Black + Decker 12-cup coffee maker. For about $20, you can have a coffee maker to program your morning pot of coffee up to 24 hours in advance. Other features of this coffee maker include a 2-hour automatic shutoff and a sneak-a-cup feature that allows you to pour a cup of coffee before the pot has finished fully brewing.

Users have rated this programmable coffee maker with 3.8 stars out of 5. The best selling point of this programmable coffee maker is the affordability, coming in around $20 for the coffee maker. Users also agree that the temperature control and how easy the coffee maker is to use are additional prominent features of this programmable coffee maker.


Programmable coffee makers are an inexpensive alternative to buying your own personal robot to prepare and bring you freshly brewed coffee each morning. While a programmable coffee maker cannot walk the coffee to your bedside, it will be ready to be enjoyed as soon as you wake up the next morning.

To enjoy waking up to freshly brewed coffee, you will want to prepare your coffee exactly as you would if you were making a pot to immediately enjoy. Instead of selecting to brew the coffee now, you will set the delayed timer to brew according to the time you select. Therefore, if you choose for your coffee to begin brewing at 6:00am, you will wake up at 6:00am to fresh coffee beginning to brew.

Just make sure that you remember to set the delay start timer before you go to bed. Otherwise, you will be waking up to coffee that is halfway prepared. (Hey, the good news is that all the hard work will be done and all you will have to do is just press the brew now button!)