The most highly recommended drip coffeemaker was the Cuisinart Crystal SCC-1000 Limited Edition Perfect Temp DCC-2800. This Swarovski designed coffeemaker features an advanced heater design for hotter coffee and an oversized illuminating digital display with a variety of programmable options including flavor settings. Each machine has a stainless steel plate on the back of the unit that is numbered and signed by the creator, Barbara Tara, which makes each one a unique collectors item. It looks sleek and elegant and although it's high-tech, it's also very user-friendly.
Another highlight on the list for those on a smaller budget is the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT. The performance rating on this one is the same as the Cuisinart Perfect Temp, but it can be bought for a much lower price of $35. One special feature of this coffeemaker is it's brewing pause 'n serve setting. It also includes a water window which shows how much water is in the reservoir, a brew strength selector, and cord storage to clear cutter off your kitchen counter.
Prefer a pod coffeemaker? You may be surprised to find out that the Keurig machines didn't make the top 5 list for pod models, and instead Nescafe's Dolce Gusto line won four out of the five top spots on the list. The highest-rated pod coffeemaker was the De'Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio EDG455T. It allows you to create single servings of gourmet-quality coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more. It uses 15 BAR pressure to brew a variety of coffeehouse-quality hot and cold drinks.
Read more about these ratings and see which other coffeemakers made the list here.