10 Best Filter Coffee Machines in 2021

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Coffee is an essential part of the morning ritual of many Europeans. In fact, in the UK alone, people drink around 95 million cups of coffee every day. If you are one of the millions of people who needs a cup of coffee to start (or continue) their day, then you will appreciate that it can end up being an expensive habit. Often to get a decent cup of coffee from a cafe, you will have to fork out anywhere between £1.50 – £4.00. This is one reason why filter coffee machines have exploded with popularity recently, as people are looking to make their coffee at home. Not only is it much more financially sound, but it is very convenient.

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There are several filter coffee machines on the market, all differing slightly by price, features, and style. Below we will have a close look at ten of the most popular coffee machines available and highlight the key elements of each one.

Product

Details

Melitta Filter Coffee Machine with Insulated Jug
Rating 9.5
Melitta Filter Coffee Machine with Insulated Jug
  • The jug is dishwasher safe
  • Front-facing water level indicator
  • Auto-off feature
  • A heated base means coffee in the pot stays at a constant temperature
Geepas 1.5L Filter Coffee Machine
Rating 9.3
Geepas 1.5L Filter Coffee Machine
  • Includes boil dry protection so it can sense when the water has been evaporated completely.
  • Lightweight, so easy to store and maneuver.
  • The large, easy-grip handle on the jug makes it easier to pour – perfect for those with disabilities.
  • Extremely affordable
AEG 7 Series Digital Filter Coffee Machine
Rating 9.5
AEG 7 Series Digital Filter Coffee Machine
  • The water tank is detachable for easy cleaning
  • Keep warm function keeps the coffee in the pot warm once brewing is complet
  • The LED screen is easy to see
  • Able to choose preferred coffee strength by adjusting the length of the brew.

Key Features

  • Materials: Stainless steel / plastic with glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.25 L
  • Power: 1050 W

The most popular and highly rated filter coffee machine on Amazon is the Melitta Filter Coffee Machine with Glass Jug. It is a simple yet creative design and does not take up too much room on the benchtop. It is very user friendly with a transparent water tank, so you won’t accidentally overfill it, and the anti-drip system means that you can remove the jug to pour a cup of coffee while the machine continues to brew, without getting coffee spilled everywhere.

The system is designed and manufactured in Germany, so you know the workmanship is excellent – it can make anywhere between 4 and 15 cups of coffee in one brew, so perfect for solo use or a larger family.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • The jug is dishwasher safe
  • Front-facing water level indicator
  • Auto-off feature
  • A heated base means coffee in the pot stays at a constant temperature

Reasons to Shun

  • No permanent filters available, so you need to purchase disposable ones at an extra cost

Key Features

  • Materials: Stainless steel and plastic with glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 900w

AICOK is showing real innovative thinking by designing a new generation showerhead technology that ensures that more flavor is extracted from the beans. So you can make a more robust cup of coffee using less product – all while managing to be around 50% faster than the competition, so it is perfect if you want a coffee on the go. The 24-hour timer means that it is easily programmable, so you can set it up before you go to bed, and wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

The 1.8 L capacity is more than most standards machines on the market, so perfect for big coffee drinkers.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Programmable, 24-hour timer
  • Reusable filters come standard
  • Can brew both coffee and tea
  • Keeps coffee at a constant 92°C to prevent bitterness

Reasons to Shun

The machine is very light when empty so can be knocked over easily.

Key Features

  • Materials: Brushed stainless steel with glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.5 l
  • Power: 1100 W

At the higher end of the filter coffee machine market is the AEG 7 Series digital filter coffee machine. The whole machine is stainless steel and looks like a smaller version of the professional coffee machines you see in coffee shops. The LED display clearly shows the available programs, as well as the current time. The glass jug is dishwasher safe and has a strong, sturdy handle for complete control when pouring the hot coffee.

Like most coffee machines, it has a keep-warm function; however you can control the coffee’s temperature, so if you don’t like your brew as hot, you can set it to a lower temperature.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • The water tank is detachable for easy cleaning
  • Keep warm function keeps the coffee in the pot warm once brewing is complete
  • The LED screen is easy to see
  • Able to choose preferred coffee strength by adjusting the length of the brew.

Reasons to Shun

  • The most expensive by far

Key Features

  • Materials: Stainless steel and plastic with glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Power: 900 W

The Aicook 12 cup programmable coffee maker is more of a chunky machine, so perfect for larger kitchens and those that like the look of larger appliances. This coffee machine has all of the features you would expect – heating plate, programmable timer, and dishwasher safe jug. Still, it has the bonus of having an interactive touch screen, so the front display is not taken up by heaps of buttons. The display shows the current time when not in use, and will show the settings for any coffee in progress.

Even though the machine itself is larger in size, the coffee jug is standard, so it is easily replaceable if cracked. It can make up to 14 cups of coffee in one brew, and the anti-drip technology means that you can pour a cut while it is in the middle of brewing.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Touchscreen means no fiddling with buttons
  • Includes pressure control knob to adjust the coffee concentration to your liking.
  • Two-year warranty – one of the longest on the market
  • BPA free water tank and CE certification

Reasons to Shun

  • The LED display is blue, so it can be challenging to see in bright light

Key Features

  • Materials: Stainless steel and plastic with glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.25 L
  • Power: 1000 W

One of the simpler in design filter coffee machines is the Russell Hobbs Buckingham Filter Coffee Machine. The glass jug is the machine’s main feature, and the taller design of the jug gives you extra control when pouring (resulting in less spillage). It is also among the cheapest in the market, so it is perfect for those on a budget or with a smaller kitchen.

It has a simple yet innovative design in that there is a blue illuminated light ring that lights up when coffee is brewing and changes color when it is set to keep warm. So you know exactly what is happening with your coffee.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Permanent filter included. 
  • Around 50% faster in brewing a full cup of coffee than others in the market.
  • Uses showerhead technology to capture all of the coffee in the filter.
  • Small design means suitable for smaller spaces.

Reasons to Shun

  • The plastic handle on the jug is thick and bulky and has been known to crack easily.

Key Features

  • Materials: Plastic and stainless steel with a glass jug
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 900 W

If you are complaining that most filter coffee makers have a very similar design and style, then the Morphy Richards Filter Coffee Maker is for you. It has an incredibly unique look about it, somehow managing to look extremely futuristic, all while the base is made entirely of black plastic. It is very aesthetically pleasing, and the cube shape means that it is perfect to be stored securely in a corner.

Most coffee makers have a plastic handle on the jug; however, it is the stainless-steel handle that sets it apart.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Unique style – does not look like every other coffee maker.
  • 1.8 L capacity makes it one of the largest on the market.
  • The permanent filter is round, so easier to clean out.
  • Jug has cup indicators, so you know how much water to use for your desired use.

Reasons to Shun

  • Does not have an auto-shutoff, so it will continue to heat even once the coffee has been emptied.

Key Features

  • Materials: Plastic and stainless steel
  • Capacity: 1.5 l
  • Power: 1000 w

The cheapest coffee machine on the list is definitely not lacking in features. It may appear simple in design, however its 1.5 L, 1000 W motor means it can easily make many robust and hot coffee’s in a short amount of time.  

It comes complete with all necessary accessories, including a measuring scoop, so you know how much coffee to use, and a reusable filter so there is no need to purchase paper ones. The lack of buttons and settings may put some people off, but if you are looking for a simple, no-fuss coffee maker that is very easy to use, this is the perfect one for you.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Includes boil dry protection so it can sense when the water has been evaporated completely.
  • Lightweight, so easy to store and maneuver.
  • The large, easy-grip handle on the jug makes it easier to pour – perfect for those with disabilities.  
  • Extremely affordable

Reasons to Shun

  • Cannot change any settings – the only button is the on/off button

Key Features

  • Materials: Plastic and stainless steel – Jug is insulated steel
  • Capacity: 1.2 L
  • Power: 1000 W

There is a lot to say about appliances that are designed in Germany, and this is one thing that sets the Melitta filter coffee machine apart from the competition. If you are a true coffee connoisseur, you will appreciate the Melitta brand, and will proudly show off the stylish brushed stainless-steel coffee machine in your kitchen – no glass jug to be seen! The lack of a glass jug not only means it keeps the coffee hotter for longer, but it is just one less thing that can smash!

It has a small and simple LED display and few simple settings, including a descaling setting to keep the coffee tasting fresh.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Water indicator is visible from both sides of the machine.
  • The jug is insulated so keeps coffee warm without needing extra power
  • Aroma selector setting to choose just how strong you want your coffee
  • German-made technology

Reasons to Shun

  • No permanent filter – need to purchase paper ones

Key Features

  • Materials: Plastic and stainless steel with a glass jug.
  • Capacity: 0.75
  • Power: 700 w

Many of the filter coffee machines on this list focus on the high volume and high-power output. However, some people just want a simple no-fuss machine to make one to two coffees at a time at the most. This is the perfect no-waste coffee machine with a modest 0.75-liter capacity. Many larger coffee machines need to make a minimum of 3 or 4 cups to work, so the rest would be wasted if you only wanted one.

It may be small in size, but it has all the features necessary – you can program it to turn on at a particular time, and it will keep your coffee warm for up to two hours.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Small jug capacity perfect for a single coffee drinker
  • Keep warm function lasts for two hours before switching off – much longer than most.
  • Swan is a British owned company and very trusted in the industry
  • Includes reusable nylon filter, so no paper filters are needed.

Reasons to Shun

  • LED display does not have a backlight, so it cannot be seen in the dark

Key Features

  • Materials: plastic (with gold strip) and glass jug.
  • Capacity: 1.8 L
  • Power: 900 W

A list of kitchen appliances would not be complete without including a Breville – and the Breville Mostra Filter Coffee Machine is included for a good reason. Breville has been considered a leader in kitchen appliances for a long time, and there is an excellent reason for that; they know how to combine style and functionality. Not content with looking like every other filter coffee maker on the market, they decided to add a strip of gold to the plastic exterior (choose from white, grey, or silver plastic). It adds a bit of class rarely found with a humble coffee machine.

It is very intuitive and remembers how long ago the coffee was brewed and will display a level of freshness on the interactive LED screen. All while it keeps your coffee warm.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Includes removable water filters so tap water can be used without affecting taste.
  • Machine pre-soaks the coffee grounds to extract the full flavor
  • The heating plate keeps coffee warm and indicated how long ago coffee was brewed.
  • color-coded window to show how many cups of water you are filling the carafe with

Reasons to Shun

  • Light color exterior shows stains and discoloring easily.

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