If there's one thing (most!) Serious Eats staffers agree on, it's coffee. We don't necessarily agree on a preferred brew method or what coffee beans are best; we just are all on the same page about coffee being essential to our daily lives and for us to function.
As such, we have some thoughts on what coffee equipment we recommend. And, of course, we've also reviewed lots of coffee gear on this very site. So in the name of giving you a comprehensive roundup of our favorite coffee gadgets, the list below includes both editor picks and products that have won our extensive testings.
OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
After reviewing coffee grinders, we named this model from OXO the best model for most people. It has a straightforward design that's intuitive to use and it delivers consistent grinding results at an affordable price tag. For those looking for an upgraded grinder to maximize their control over grind size, we recommend the Baratza Virtuoso+.
Price at time of publish: $100.
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Our updates editor Jacob Dean wants to also give a shoutout to the Baratza Encore grinder (another one of our top-rated coffee grinders). "A conical burr grinder is a must-own, and the Baratza Encore is basically the best entry-level grinder on the market," Jacob says. "My wife and I have used it for years and it's one our essential pieces of kitchen gear."
Price at time of publish: $160.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
For those looking to brew a single-serving of coffee, there is the AeroPress. It's compact, affordable, and easy to set up. Heck, you can even buy an attachment that allows you to brew espresso-style coffee with it (which we do recommend).
Price at time of publish: $40.
Fellow Clara French Press
We named the Fellow Clara French Press our overall favorite after testing 10 different French presses. It has a sleek, matte finish, a weighted handle that makes for a balanced pour, and a double-walled chamber that provides excellent heat retention. In short: It's great. For those looking for a more budget-friendly model, we liked the French press from Coffee Gator.
Price at time of publish: $99.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
MiiR Camp Cup
Coffee drinkware is, of course, very important too and can extend how long you enjoy a hot cup of coffee. We like this insulated mug that keeps coffee hot for hours. It has a grippy, square handle and a slider lid and is available in a range of colors. (The green speckled! The light blue! The copper!)
Price at time of publish: $28.
Ember Travel Mug²
If you're into smart gadgets, it's worth giving the Ember Travel Mug a look. It's controlled by an app, where you set your ideal coffee temperature (135°F is our go-to). When you pour coffee in the mug, it lets the coffee cool down to this preset temperature and then holds it there for hours. You can check out our full review of it here.
Price at time of publish: $190.
OXO Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Our favorite cold brew maker is this model from OXO. It produces fantastic cold brew, is easy to use, and is on the small side, which means it's easier to store. Plus, its compact glass carafe fits the fridge. If you're looking for a larger cold brew maker, we recommend this one from Toddy.
Price at time of publish: $35.
Breville Milk Cafe Frother
When we tested milk frothers, we looked at foam quality, versatility, and design. This model from Breville was one of our favorites, as it offers a temperature control and has a large capacity, so it can fit enough milk for a few drinks at once. For those who are looking to make DIY lattes or cappuccinos but are on a budget or lack the storage space for an electric model, we recommend this handheld frother from Golde.
Price at time of publish: $160.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
Kalita Wave 185 Dripper
Of the pour-over devices on the market, the Kalita Wave is one of our favorites. "Its flat-bottom design makes even extraction of the coffee easier, for a more consistent cup," says senior culinary director Daniel Gritzer. "[It's a] foolproof device for small-batch pour-over."
Price at time of publish: $48.
Stanley Legacy Quadvac Trigger-Action Mug
After testing 11 travel mugs, this model from Stanley came out on top. It's incredibly durable, offers excellent heat and cold retention, and comes with a lifetime warranty. For those looking to bring a whole lot of coffee with them, we also reviewed the best insulated thermoses.
Price at time of publish: $30.
Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine
Breville the Barista Express Impress
When we reviewed espresso machines, we looked for ones that were easy to use and produced high-quality coffee. This model from Breville ticked all of our boxes and has a built-in steamer. Even testers that had no coffee experience had success with this model. As we said in our review, "it’s almost more difficult to make a bad espresso drink with this machine than it is to make a good one." If you're a beginner and looking for an espresso machine that automates some of the trickier part of the brewing process, the Breville Barista Express Impress is a good pick. It's more expensive, but has some great features, like automated tamping and dosing.
Price at time of publish: $500; $900.
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker
Of course, espresso machines are expensive. For a cheaper alternative, we also love a Moka Pot, which is a classic for a good reason. Associate editor Yasmine Maggio uses her Moka Pot and a handheld milk frother to make "a near-replica of a cappuccino," she writes.
Price at time of publish: $50.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
Mud Australia Espresso Cup
If you have an espresso machine you need a couple of espresso cups, naturally. These handmade ones from Mud Australia are some of our favorites. They're comfortable to hold and come in beautiful matte shades, like Ash and Plum.
Price at time of publish: $30.
Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle
A variable temperature electric kettle is worth having in your coffee arsenal. As we explained in our electric kettles review, "Did you know many teas and coffees actually do better at far lower temperatures than the boiling point of 212 degrees? Some green tea, for example, tastes best when steeped in 160 to 170°F water." This means a kettle that can heat water to a precise temperature and hold it there is very helpful when brewing with, say, a French press. Our favorite is this model from Fellow, which has a plethora of settings and is easy to use.
Price at time of publish: $165.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
If pourover coffee is more your speed, a gooseneck kettle, with its precise spout, is ideal for the kind of even, gentle pour needed this method calls for. Again, we like a variable temperature model so we can set a specific temperature depending on the roast we're brewing.
Price at time of publish: $165.
OXO Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker
We tested 16 models to find the best automatic drip coffee maker—and this brewer from OXO was one of our favorites. In our taste tests, it came out on top and it's incredibly easy to use and fairly well-priced (under $200).
Price at time of publish: $200.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
If you're into pourover coffee and looking for a scale that'll really allow you tinker and even help you with flow rate, we recommend the Acaia Pearl. You can read more about it and check out our budget-friendly recommendation here.
Price at time of publish: $150.
Spinn Coffee Maker Pro
The Spinn Coffee Maker is pretty much the only all-in-one, fully automated brewer we recommend. It's a centrifugal brewer and has a built-in grinder and a range of coffee options, including cold brew, Americano, drip, and espresso. It's even app-compatible. Of course, it's wicked pricey. However, its convenience may be well worth it to some.
Price at time of publish: $800.
1Zpresso JX Manual Coffee Grinder
For those short on countertop space or who are looking for a travel-friendly option, we reviewed handheld coffee grinders. This model from 1ZPresso was on of our favorites. It has a foldable handle and was easy to use and simple to adjust. In fact, it ground coffee just as well as a motorized burr grinder.
Price at time of publish: $139.
What's the best coffee maker?
We extensively reviewed automatic drip coffee makers and named models from Ratio Six and OXO our favorites. You can read more about our winners and how we tested here.
How much should you spend on a coffee maker?
The answer to this depends on a lot of factors (like your budget and features you're looking for, such as a programmable start). However, we found our favorite coffee makers were more expensive—at about $200-plus. We were also able to pinpoint some reasons why these brewers cost more, which you can read about here.