Most important is brew performance. Testers check whether or not the coffeemaker can reach the ideal temperature of 195° F to 205° F.
Consumer Reports found several traditional coffeemakers to recommend, including the Mr. Coffee model SJX-33-GT for just $35.
And with the growing sales of single-serve coffee pods, Consumer Reports also tested more than a dozen designed just for those. In addition to brew temperature, testers look for consistency, speed, and convenience. Top ratings went to the Senseo Supreme SL 7832 for $125. It was one of the fastest at brewing a cup of coffee in under 2 minutes, and it can brew two cups at once.
After you've bought the perfect coffeemaker, make sure to get a great-tasting coffee to brew. In Consumer Reports tests of ground Colombian coffee, Gloria Jean's Colombian Supremo scored top ratings. It costs $13.50 a pound. And right behind it is Newman's Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium. It impressed testers with its nutty and fruity notes. It costs $8.50 a pound.