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Coffee Makers

High-end drip coffeemakers for brewing right at home

From the almost robotic to sublime unions of form and function, there's sure to be a coffeemaker here with your name on it.

Modern coffeemakers have really upped their game in terms of design and performance. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Modern drip coffeemakers have gone far beyond your old Mr. Coffee machine. The personal coffee appliances you can buy today range greatly in terms of features and abilities. Some are built with a laser-like focus on providing outstanding brew quality and not much else. Others are packed with electronic smarts, all in the name of tailoring coffee to your tastes.

Still more coffee contraptions claim to automate the artisanal pour-over process offered by skilled baristas. You'll find coffeemakers here as well which come in some truly striking styles and make quite a fashion statement.

While it's certainly true these gadgets are much more expensive than basic coffeemakers, if you care about the taste of your coffee, you'll find some here that truly justify the added cost. Here's a rundown of recent coffee brewers we've reviewed to help you find a product that best fits your personal java needs.

The Behmor Brazen Plus offers tons of brewing control. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Behmor Brazen Plus

If you're the kind of person who loves to play with as many aspects of the coffee brewing process as possible then the $229 Behmor Brazen Plus is right up your alley. This compelling machine lets you tweak variables such as water temperature, pre-soak time for your grounds, and even adjust for your current altitude. Be aware that the Brazen does have a few drawbacks namely it takes a relatively long create slightly smaller pots of Joe. The coffeemaker's thermal carafe cools quickly as well, dropping below 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.6 Celsius) in 2 hours. Read CNET's full review of the Behmor Brazen Plus .

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Bonavita BV1900TS

Currently our favorite drip coffeemaker, the $190 Bonavita BV1900TS has brewing performance to match even the most expensive Technivorm Moccamaster machines yet costs two-thirds the price. For that it earned a CNET Editors' Choice award. The impressive appliance is also compact, it has few parts that you need to clean, and it's a breeze to operate. In fact its only detractor is the BV1900TS' rather safe aesthetic design which pales in comparison with hand-built coffeemakers from rival Technivorm. Read CNET's full review of the Bonavita BV1900TS .

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Bunn Velocity Brew BT

Big, blocky, and devoid of buttons, the $170 Velocity Brew BT from Bunn may not look like much. Under its monolithic surface, however, beats the heart of a true coffee brewing champion. Like its name suggests the machine whips up hot pots of coffee in an amazingly swift 3 minutes and 33 seconds. It also treats grounds well, and consistently transformed our challenging test beans into a beverage that was quite delicious. If you're into high home appliance style, however, the Bunn will be a let down. Its flexible plastic parts don't convey luxury plus the machine's lack of controls and even a water-level indicator are very bare bones. Read CNET's full review of the Bunn Velocity Brew BT.

KitchenAid's new Siphon Brewer uses an old technique. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

Here's a contraption which looks more like ancient lab gear than a modern coffeemaker but rest assured the $250 KitchenAid is a potent coffee machine. Harkening back to the dawn of the industrial age, the Siphon harnesses the power of steam and vapor pressure to brew excellent pots of java. Part immersion brewer, part percolator, the Siphon quickly exposes its grounds to scaldingly hot water.The result of this violent and entertaining process is a heady brew bright, delicious, yet complex. Read CNET's full review of the KitchenAid Siphon Brewer .

The Ratio Eight has high style but a price to match. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Ratio Eight

If there's ever a drip coffeemaker which deserves to be described as over the top, the $580 Ratio Eight fits the bill. With a price tag approaching $600, $640 if you count its optional Kone filter, this machine is staggeringly expensive. That said it's design also goes above and beyond using premium materials such as black walnut wood, nickel ceramic, aluminium, and hand-blown glass. Attractiveness aside, the Eight brews extremely tasty coffee too and does its darndest to replicate fancy pour-over technique complete with a built-in preinfusion mode. Read CNET's full review of the Ratio Eight.

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Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 AO

In serious coffee enthusiast circles the Moccamaster brand is a bit of a hallowed name. With the $330 Moccamaster KBG 741 AO, however, Technivorm takes a more playful and lighthearted tack, flaunting a retro pink paint job, with numerous other pastel hues available as options. Despite its throwback color scheme, this is a coffeemaker worthy of the Moccamaster moniker in more than high price alone. Indeed the device has the chops to brew delicious pots of coffee time after time. Our only issues we had with this snazzy coffeemaker were its slightly rougher brew compared with the manual drip controlled Moccamaster. We also prefer that appliance's thermal carafe as opposed to the KGB 741 AO's thin glass pot. Read CNET's full review of the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 AO.

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Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741

The $300 Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 is one of the best coffeemakers money can buy for many reasons. More a work of art than a kitchen appliance, this machine not only is constructed with eye-catching metal, geometric lines, and lots of negative space, it bubbles away gleefully while brewing. Oh, and yes, it makes truly incredible pots of coffee plus keeps them hot for up to 6 hours thanks to an excellent thermal carafe. Admittedly this Moccamaster's high price is its primary detractor though Technivorm backs the machine up with a long 5-year warranty to help take a little of the sting out. Read CNET's full review of the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741.