Bonavita BV1800 Brewer
The Best Bang for Your Buck: Having the blessing of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is an honor bestowed on only a select few brewers, and the Bonavita BV1800 is by far the most affordable of this cadre. The design previously circulated overseas as the Melitta Aroma Excellence, and features a 1,400-watt heating element that maintains a consistent water temperature in the optimal range of 195-205°F. Its showerhead evenly saturates grounds while vents on the top of the filter basket block condensation from sneaking into the basket.
The Bonavita will brew roughly 8 excellent cups in 5-6 minutes, and its base keeps pots warm for up to two hours (if you opt for the hot plate model over the thermal carafe option). Measuring 13.2 x 8.7 x 14 inches, it’s also more counter-friendly than competing machines — though it should ideally be pulled out from beneath cabinets when in use due to the large amount of steam it produces. This is hands down the best automatic coffee machine for drip brewer fans looking to upgrade without breaking the bank.