Amazon Shoppers Say They Actually Prefer This $25 Coffee Maker to Cuisinart, Keurig, and Ninja Models
My love of coffee started when I was a junior in high school with an overwhelming number of tests to study for and only so many hours in a day. From the beginning, my relationship with coffee was utilitarian: While I enjoyed the taste, I mostly drank it to power through SAT prep and demanding AP classes. I didn't need any bells and whistles, just a consistently good cup of coffee every morning. Shelling out $2,000 for a luxury espresso machine made no sense for my use case; a $25 coffee maker from Amazon would serve me just fine.
That's how I discovered the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker, an automatic drip machine for those who value simple but tasty coffee. This coffee maker doesn't create artisanal oat milk lattes or macchiatos, and that's why I like it so much. It has everything I need and nothing I don't, and even a bleary-eyed student could operate it easily. All you have to do is pop in a coffee filter (these Melitta ones are a classic), add ground coffee and water, and then press a single button.
To buy: Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker, $25 at amazon.com
The Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker has a 12-cup capacity, indicator lights, and dual water windows, and comes in black and white. But my favorite feature by far is that it automatically stops brewing when you grab the carafe mid-cycle, then completes the brewing cycle as soon as you position it back in place. I'm not a morning person and have slept through my alarms countless times, so being able to grab a cup of coffee as soon as I need one is a game-changer. Plus, cleanup is easy afterward—just lift the filter basket, rinse it with water, and drop it back in.
This best-selling coffee maker has over 16,600 five-star ratings on Amazon, so I'm clearly not the only one who swears by it. Reviewers joke that "anyone can use this," from "befuddled uncles" to "that old guy in your office." They rave about how basic and reliable the coffee maker is for everyday use, sparing them the effort that goes into using fancier machines.
"We've purchased brand-name coffee makers over the years like Cuisinart, Keurig, and Ninja," one wrote. "They have all kinds of settings that we never used or wanted. We paid up to $300 for these state-of-the-art coffee gizmos, and they cost extra to replace, never seem to make consistently good coffee, and are too complicated for the early morning brew. So we came back to Mr. Coffee because it's simple, it's fast, it has only three parts, and it brews the best coffee we've had since our last Mr. Coffee maker."
Others who used to pull out all the stops for their morning coffee say they're relieved they no longer have to. "My partner and I are die-hard French Press coffee snobs," a reviewer said. "However, with many children running around, careers, a remodel, and graduate school, I just want to push a button at 6 a.m."
The only issue I've had with the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker is entirely from user error. On a couple of occasions, I forgot to turn the coffee maker off before heading out for the day, resulting in a sizzling hot warming plate when I got back to my apartment. But as long as you remember to turn the coffee maker off or unplug it once you've had your coffee, you're in the clear.
When it comes to coffee, sometimes a return to basics is just what you need. Shop the Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker on Amazon today for just $25.