The Best Electric Kettle
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We’ve spent dozens of hours researching and long-term testing electric kettles. For the fourth year in a row, we think the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle is the best electric kettle for most people. It’s a high-end, variable-temperature model that’s ideal for brewing myriad teas, making pour-over coffee, or simply boiling water for instant oatmeal. Thanks to its winning combination of speed, accuracy, and ease of use, it bested all the other electric kettles we tested. The Cuisinart CPK-17 won us over with its consistent performance and easy-to-use interface. In our tests, we found very little variation in the amount of time it took to bring water to a boil, and we were also impressed with its accuracy in holding water at a set temperature. It has six preset temperature choices, each with a dedicated button, as well as buttons to start boiling and to activate the Keep Warm feature. It emits alerts when you press a button and when the water reaches its target temperature, but unlike with some of the other models we tested, those beeps aren’t too obnoxious or annoying. The three-year warranty is also quite a bit more generous than the coverage for similarly priced electric kettles. Pour-over coffee lovers…

The Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker
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Over the past two years, we’ve looked at 15 cold-brew coffee makers, analyzed dozens of at-home brewing methods and recipes, made concentrate for more than 300 cups of coffee, and served samples to a tasting panel that included expert baristas. And after all our testing, we found that the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers the best way to make smooth, delicious iced coffee at home. It’s easy to use and well-designed, and in our tests it made cold coffee with balanced acidity, a stronger aroma, and a cleaner finish. Compared with other cold-brew coffee makers, the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker produced a more consistent, flavorful cup of coffee, likely thanks to its metal mesh filter. It also looks more attractive, which is important for a piece of equipment that needs to sit on your counter for hours at a time. If you can’t get the OXO, we recommend the Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer. It’s physically larger than the OXO, but is just as easy to use and our testers like the coffee it produced. The felt filter is a bit of a hassle though (if you don’t store it right it can get moldy) and you have…

The Best Cheap Coffee Maker
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After considering 17 cheap coffee makers and testing the six most promising candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) is the best. For a little more than the price of three bags of specialty coffee beans, you get a machine that reliably makes a solid cup of coffee—even if you’re brewing pre-ground stuff from the grocery store. In addition to winning over our tasting panel of pro coffee roasters, it has a host of user-friendly features that testers loved—like a removable water reservoir and a programmable auto-brew timer. Best of all, it was the cheapest model we tested. A great cheap coffee maker should be easy to use and it should make decent coffee, and the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) excels on both fronts. None of the testers in the Wirecutter test kitchen had issues figuring out how to brew a pot or how to program it to brew in the morning using the six-button interface. A removable water reservoir combined with a rotating base made it the easiest to fill as well. Flavorwise, it was bested only by our high-end coffee maker pick, the OXO On 9-Cup, which we brought in as a control (although the OXO beat…

The Best French Press
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After putting in over 16 hours of research and testing, speaking with several baristas, testing six top contenders in a blind-tasting panel, and making more than 40 cups of coffee, we think the Bodum Brazil is the best French press for most casual coffee drinkers. In our tests, it brewed coffee that was as grit-free as brews from models that cost up to seven times as much. The Brazil is easy to clean and use, and we found that it made balanced, rich coffee with little muddiness. The Bodum Brazil produced a clear-flavored and consistent cup of coffee that our tasters liked just as much as coffee brewed in most of the other presses we tested, all of which cost more. Its simple glass beaker, steel filtering screens, and plastic exterior appear refined rather than cheap, and its filter pushes down with more ease than other presses’ halting, skittish plungers. And you just can’t beat the price. If you want the same taste as the Brazil offers in a more upscale body, we recommend the Bodum Chambord. It has the exact same filter and glass beaker as the Brazil, but Bodum outfits this model in a sturdier steel frame with a little more glitz. If…

The Best Espresso Machine, Grinder, and Accessories for Beginners
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After putting in more than 60 hours of research, we enlisted a former barista, aided by Stumptown Coffee’s education crew, to test five espresso machines, four grinders, and a dozen accessories to find the best beginner’s espresso setup for less than $1,000. We recommend starting with the Breville Infuserespresso machine, because it makes pulling consistently great-tasting espresso shots easier and more approachable than the other machines we tested. It also comes with all of the accessories you need to get started. As a former specialty shop barista, I worked with espresso machines worth well over $10,000, so I’m familiar with the best machines at any price. You may balk at such steep prices, but the truth is, pulling consistently high-quality shots requires precision machinery and precision is usually expensive. Among machines that cost less than $1,000, Breville’s Infuser stands out for its ability to replicate very good shots of espresso for such a reasonable price. It was also the easiest to use: It had the best documentation, most user-friendly design (with ample labeling and easy-to-read instructions), and comes with most of the accessories you need to get started. It’s everything a beginner could want in an espresso machine. If it’s sold…

The Best Coffee Grinder
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After more than 65 hours of research and hands-on grinding over the past two years, we think the uber-consistent, no-frills Baratza Encore is the best grinder for most people. It reliably delivers the high-quality grind needed to make a great cup of coffee at a practical price for this kind of appliance. The Baratza Encore grinds coffee more evenly than almost any other machine we tested, on a wide range of settings. It’s a reliable, straightforward tool—there’s almost no learning curve—and takes up only a modest square of counter space. It’s also super easy to clean and maintain, meaning it’ll be an investment you can rely on morning in, morning out. And all that is only sweetened by its price tag: Though around $90 cheaper than its swankier sibling, the Baratza Virtuoso, the Encore proved itself to be just as good a grinder for most people. The Baratza Virtuoso (our previous top pick) is a great grinder, with a speedy, durable burr set and consistent grinding performance. It looks and feels solid, and unlike the Encore, it has a timer switch that makes it easy to grind the exact same amount of coffee each time you brew. It also has a sturdier base than the Encore,…

The Best Coffee Maker
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After putting in 41 hours to do research and interview experts over the past two years and brewing hundreds of cups of coffee in 12 machines, we think the OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker is the best. The OXO makes better-tasting coffee than the vast majority of drip coffee makers, and it’s much easier to use than the other high-end machines we tested. The OXO On proves that good coffee and good features don’t have to be mutually exclusive. While our tasting panel, which included the roasting team from Lofted Coffee, slightly preferred the coffee made with our old pick, the Bonavita 1900TS, they felt that the brew from the OXO 9-Cup came very close. What put the OXO over the top is how easy it is to use. Smart features like a timer that lets you know how old the coffee is, a scheduler for auto brewing in the morning, and a valve that lets you pour from the carafe before the brewing cycle is complete make the OXO more convenient than the competition. If you want the best-tasting pot of machine-brewed coffee, usability be damned, the Bonavita BV1900TS is the coffee maker for you. In two separate rounds of tests with different panels,…

The Best Gear for Making Pour-Over Coffee
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We spent over 50 hours testing 13 drippers, used more than 10 pounds of quality coffee beans, and drank more than 100 cups of coffee before determining that the Kalita Wave 185 Dripper is the best pour-over dripper for most coffee drinkers. We spoke to leading coffee experts and writers, and we held several blind taste tests at both Lofted Coffee (a coffee roasting company) and our test kitchen. We’re confident that with our recommended pour-over setup—including a dripper, grinder, kettle, and scale—you can get the best-tasting homemade coffee without having to wait in line at a high-end coffee shop. The Kalita Wave produced the most consistent, even, and flavorful cup of coffee among the drippers we tested. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to use, and you can clean it with a simple rinse. The Kalita’s proprietary “wavy” filters and flat-bottom design promote more even water drainage and insulate temperature. One drawback: The proprietary filters are slightly more expensive than those of the competition, and they can be difficult to find in local stores. If you want a dripper with widely available filters, or if you’re shopping for someone new to pour-over, we recommend the Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper (large). It costs less and uses standard cone paper filters, which you can find…