The classic drip coffee maker is a staple in most homes today. They make delicious tasting coffee in a short amount of time. 5 Cup coffee makers are great in small households or even for a single person.
In this article, I’m going to be going over what I think are the best 5 cup coffee makers available to everyone on the market right now.
Coffee Makers Being Reviewed
- Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
- Black & Decker 5-Cup Coffee Maker
- Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker
- Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto Drip Coffee Maker
- KRUPS Simply Brew Compact Filter Drip Coffee Maker
Things To Look For
Coffee makers are usually built with stainless steel or plastic. Both types of material are pretty strong and long-lasting, however stainless steel is generally stronger and definitely better looking.
You usually won’t find a coffee maker that is completely plastic-free. Also, make sure you look at the warranty that comes with your coffee maker. It can tell you how much confidence the manufacturer has in its quality by how long the warranty is.
Size & Capacity
For some kitchens, the size of the machine’s footprint matters a lot, since you’ll need to make sure you have enough space for it on your counter. The height is something to take into consideration as well. If you’re going to be placing your coffee maker underneath cabinets, make sure there is enough room between your counter and cabinet for your coffee maker.
Thermal or Glass Carafe
Thermal carafes are an awesome way to keep your coffee warm. They’re designed to hold your coffee and keep it hot until you’re ready to pour a cup, without burning your coffee. Coffee makers that come with thermal carafes do cost a little more.
Most coffee makers that come with a glass carafe also come with a hot plate. The hot plate continually heats your coffee, which usually results in burnt tasting coffee after a long time. Glass carafes do let you see how much coffee you have left and are more stylish than a thermal.
When you’re choosing your coffee maker, consider getting one with a timer. This will allow the coffee maker to prepare fresh coffee automatically at whatever time you want. By just programming the timer, you can wake up to freshly brewed coffee without having to stand and wait for it to brew in the morning.
Auto shutoff functions are becoming pretty standard for most coffee makers. Just a small reminder, to check if a model has this feature. It is a really awesome feature to have, so you’ll never have to worry if you turned off your machine or not.
A little feature that lets you grab a cup of coffee during a brewing process. If you’re impatient like me, this is like the best feature any coffee maker can have.
Cleaning and Design
Not all coffee makers are designed the same. If you’re not too big on having to clean your machine often, look for one that is low maintenance. The design of a coffee maker can impact how often you’ll have to clean it as well.
Getting a coffee maker that has different brew strength options is another way you can customize your cup of coffee. They typically come in regular or bold options. The bold option will give you the choice to make the flavor of the coffee stronger by increasing the brew time.
This Mr. Coffee coffee maker comes fully programmable. Which means you can set a time for when you want your coffee to start brewing. It’s always nice to wake up to a fresh cup of coffee. The screen is nicely lit and easily visible during the day or night.
Another feature this coffee maker has is the sneak-a-cup, so you can get to your morning cup of coffee in the middle of the brewing process. It will also shut off automatically after 2 hours, so that you don’t have to worry about if you shut the coffee maker off or not.
The coffee grounds basket is removable, making it easy to put coffee grounds in it and taking them out after it’s done brewing. The basket is also dishwasher safe if you decide it needs to be cleaned.
Mr. Coffee is known for making basic drip coffee makers that work really well. This thing will brew tasty coffee and quickly.
|Makes very tasty coffee and brews it quickly||No beep or sound when the coffee is done brewing|
|The screen to view your programmable options is well lit||Has been reported that it doesn’t come with a physical instruction manual, but can be found online|
|It has a very sleek and compact design||2 – 2.5 tablespoons of coffee is about the maximum amount of grounds you want to add to it, anymore and the coffee grounds will overflow|
This Black & Decker’s carafe has an ergonomic handle for comfort when you’re pouring coffee. The carafe also has a very easy removable lid for cleaning the inside of it.
The entire coffee maker as a whole is compact, meaning it’ll take up less counter space. It’s perfect for people who don’t have a lot of room in the kitchen or if you wanted to take it with you when you’re traveling.
It also comes with a permanent filter. This’ll save you time from having to buy paper filters and money. But if you still choose to use paper filters this coffee maker is compatible with them.
This coffee maker brews 5 cups, but each cup equals 4-5 ounces of coffee depending on what brewing technique you use.
One thing that this coffee maker has an issue with, is that the lid tends to warp after being used for a while. Although it does get warped, it doesn’t affect the brewing process. Coffee can still fill up from the top without spilling everywhere.
|Great for everyday use||Lid warps over time, but is mainly a cosmetic issue|
|Compact and simple design||Has a plastic smell when brewing, but goes away fairly quickly|
|Easy to use with a simple switch and easy to clean||It does not have an auto shutoff feature|
|It brews really hot coffee|
|It’s compatible with the permanent filter or paper filters|
This coffee maker features a glass carafe that has clearly marked markings, so you know how much coffee you have left. The Capresso also comes with a gold tone filter, that removes the need for paper filters and makes cleaning a bit easier.
Now, this unit is fully programmable. You can set whatever time you need it to start brewing your coffee in the morning or whenever you need coffee to be made. It also turns off automatically for you after 2 hours.
Like most standard coffee makers, it has my favorite feature, the sneak-a-cup. This lets you grab a cup of coffee before the brewing process is done!
When opening up the coffee maker to take out used coffee grounds, you do have to be careful. The lid collects a lot of condensation and drips water all along the backside and on to the surface below. Placing a towel/rag underneath is an easy fix for this small problem. If you don’t have a problem with this, this coffee maker is a great choice.
|Coffee comes out really hot||Creates a lot of condensation under the lid|
|Has a very small countertop footprint||The inside of the carafe is hard to clean|
|It comes with a permanent gold tone filter|
The Zojirushi is very different in design compared to all the coffee makers on this list. It has a decanter that sits inside of the coffee pot. This is what holds all of your coffee grounds. This decanter makes the overall coffee maker a lot more compact. If you don’t have a lot of overhead space underneath your cabinets, this would be a good choice in a coffee maker.
The water reservoir is removable, making cleaning and filling it a breeze. It also comes with a charcoal water filter to get rid of water impurities. This coffee maker makes delicious tasting coffee and it comes out hot. If you want it to keep your coffee warm it has a little button that does this too. It is instructed to keep the warmer on for 15 minutes, but others haven’t had a problem with it being on over an hour.
It doesn’t come with an auto shutoff feature, which isn’t too big of an issue. A second small issue with this is that the pieces are not dishwasher safe. Not too big of a deal to quickly hand wash the pieces.
|Super easy to use and clean||This machine doesn’t come with an auto shutoff function|
|It brews very quietly compared to some other coffee makers||The pieces of this coffee maker are not dishwasher safe|
|Extremely compact, should fit underneath any cabinets without issue|
This KRUPS coffee maker brews up to 25 ounces of coffee. It has a single operating switch that turns the coffee maker either on or off. The coffee maker when brewing is actually pretty quiet, unlike some others that make very loud gurgling noises.
The KRUPS will also come with a permanent filter and measuring scoop. That being said, the reusable filter is fragile and you’ll have to be gentle when taking it out or putting it back in. The removable parts in the coffee maker are easy to clean.
Replacement parts for this coffee maker are very easy to find. If you ever need them, with a quick search on amazon and you should be able to find them.
There are a few issues with the KRUPS that can be a problem to some. The coffee does come out hot, but when you add any cold creamers or liquid, it’ll be lukewarm. Another thing is that the water reservoir can only be seen from the right side of the coffee maker. It can be hard to see if you use your right hand to fill the water reservoir, but this is a pretty minor issue.
|The KRUPS has a very stylish design that would be a great addition to any kitchen||It does come with a reusable filter, but it is pretty fragile. You’ll have to be very gentle if you decide to use it|
|Parts of the coffee machine are very easy to remove for easy cleaning||There is no auto shutoff for this machine|
|Replacement parts are fairly cheap and can be easily found with a quick search||The coffee comes out decently hot, but adding any cold creams/liquids will make it lukewarm|
Overall, my pick for the best 5-cup coffee maker is going to be the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. It checks off almost all the things listed in the “what to look for” section.
This Mr. Coffee coffee maker has programmable functionality. Letting you set a time 24 hours in advance for when you want to have freshly made coffee. The glass carafe, with clearly marked lines, easily shows how much coffee you have left. This coffee maker comes with a heating plate that’ll turn off automatically after 2 hours. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the coffee maker is off.
It comes with a couple other features that just makes this coffee maker super convenient, like: sneak-a-cup, a removable filter basket that’s dishwasher safe, and a reusable filter to save you money.
For all of these reasons, my pick for best 5-Cup coffee maker goes to the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. If my choice wasn’t your favorite, hopefully one of the other reviewed coffee makers suits your needs better.