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The problem with morning coffee is that you have to be awake enough to make the coffee, which you need in order to actually wake up. In order to solve this catch-22, we’re fans of a smart coffee maker. The best smart coffee makers let you set automatic timers the night before, so the coffee starts brewing as soon as your morning alarm goes off. Some smart coffeemakers are even smart-home compatible, so all you have to do to get coffee started is to shout at Alexa, or flick a switch on your phone. Getting your morning cup of joe has never been easier.
What Are the Best Smart Coffee Makers?
The best smart coffee makers allow you to pre-program your coffee machine to brew the exact amount (and type) of coffee at exactly the time you want to have it made.
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the best smart coffee maker for you. Are you looking for an espresso maker to bring cafe-quality drinks to your own kitchen? Or are you partial to an old-fashioned and foam-free cup of joe? Your own coffee habits will have the biggest impact on what machine you need.
Quality: Any coffee lover knows that not all coffeemakers are created equal, and we look for machines capable of brewing a cup as strong as you’d like it to be.
Time: A good coffeemaker shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so to totally fill the pot, giving you just enough time to drag yourself out of bed and into the kitchen. If you’re really impatient, look for a coffeemaker that lets you remove the carafe to fill your cup directly while you wait for the brew to finish.
Presets and Auto-settings: How reliable is the pot’s automatic timer? Can it be connected to your Alexa or Google Home? Does it include other automatic functions like self-cleaning or milk foam? All important considerations.
1. Proctor Silex 10-Cup Coffee Maker
Sometimes basic is best, which is why we’re fans of this 10-cup coffeemaker from Procter. The first advantages to this product that we’ll note is that it doesn’t leak all over the counter, it is dishwasher-safe, and just the right size to slide under cabinets when you’re done using.
As the for device’s “smart” features, it can be plugged into a smart plug, allowing it to connect with smart home devices like Alexa or Google Home. That gives you the ability to use voice control to turn the coffee maker on and off.
There are a variety of other helpful functions, too, like the automatic pause feature, which halts the brewing cycle when you remove the carafe to pour yourself your first cup.
We like that despite its simplicity, this coffeemaker has versatile uses, allowing you to customize your own brew and make hot chocolate, mochas, tea and more in addition to java.
2. Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker
This is another smart home-compatible appliance, which we like for the variety of commands it is capable of responding to. For example, if you prepare your coffee the night before and press “ready to brew,” in the morning you can simply command Google or Alexa to turn on the coffee maker as soon as you’re ready. You can also tell your device to turn the coffeemaker off, or even adjust the strength of your brew.
Using your smart home app, you can also program the coffeemaker to turn on and off at certain times while keeping your preset brew preferences.
Best of all, it makes really good coffee with consistent, flavorful results every time.
3. De’Longhi Magnifica Smart Espresso & Cappuccino Maker
If you’re more of a cappuccino or latte person, a large and highly-customizable espresso maker like this one might be the way to go.
Despite its vast number of functions, customizable auto settings, and moving parts, the machine is remarkably easy to set up and intuitive to use. It includes separate heating functions for water and for milk, with three options for coffee strength, and a button to double the drink volume. It even self-cleans the milk spout so you don’t need to worry about sanitizing the frother with every use.
Control settings using the front-facing touchpad. The digital display tells you when the water tank is empty, if the grind is too fine, and when the machine needs to be cleaned.
Pretty much every function on this appliance can be accessed with the press of a button, meaning long lines at the cafe to get your double-shot oak milk latte are a thing of the past. It’s all housed in a sleek, stainless steel unit that deserves a prime spot on your kitchen counter.