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The 14-cup Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a very popular option in a line of well-reviewed coffee makers that get raves from experts and owners for producing hot, flavorful coffee. Owners love the variety of adjustments, which include brew strength settings as well as an adjustable keep warm feature. The DCC-3200 is fully programmable; you can set it for up to 24 hours in advance, and an alert tone sounds when the coffee is ready.
Experts and owners give the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 high praise for its simplicity and for its ability to brew an excellent cup of coffee. In spite of its tiny price, it has the features that are most popular on coffee makers -- programmable timer, pause and brew and auto shutoff. The carafe and filter basket are dishwasher safe, and an optional Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Filter (Est. $6) makes it even more affordable.
The Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind & Brew was made for those who love fresh ground coffee, but want a minimum of hassle. Just measure the beans into the hopper, pour the water in the reservoir, then set it and forget it. Reviewers say that the DGB-700BC brews an excellent cup of coffee and is easy to use and clean. Many add that it makes waking up in the morning an olfactory pleasure.
Coffee freaks and geeks agree: the best coffee makers are those that use "showerhead" technology, and among those the Bonavita BV 1900TS is a top choice for both price and performance. Experts say it makes a superior pot of coffee quickly and consistently -- taking about seven minutes to brew a full, 8-cup pot. It brews coffee at the ideal temperature range and then keeps it hot for hours in the thermal carafe.
If you want the perks of a thermal coffee maker, but don't want prices that kill your caffeine buzz, look no further than the Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX91. It gets raves for its unique, side-fill design that's easy to use, and for making an excellent cup of coffee every time. The thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours, users say, and they love the fact that this Mr. Coffee is programmable so they can wake to hot coffee.
If you love a strong cup of coffee and don't like a lot of fuss, you may want to go back to basics by using an electric percolator -- and coffee lovers say there's no better choice than the Presto 12-cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker. It makes from two to 12 cups of coffee is less than a minute, and the coffee is tasty and stays hot for hours. The Presto features a classic design and is very easy to use, too.