Kickstarting your day with finely brewed coffee is essential, but hard on the budget if you’re always doing it at the coffee shop. That’s why my favorite coffees are the ones I make at home with my coffee machine.
Choosing a coffee maker for your kitchen can make your head spin, because there is such a wide variety of brewers available. But if you’re looking for the best coffee maker under $100, I’m going to round up the best ones right here and pick a winner.
Please note that the prices for these machines do rise and fall. Some of them may be slightly over $100 at the time you read this, but they are all in the ballpark.
Let’s pick the winner right now. If it were me, I’d go with the Cuisinart DCC-3200.
Having said that, I recognize that people have different tastes. To choose wisely, even from a short list like this, you need to know your own preferences and then gain some knowledge about the specifications for each machine. I can’t help with the first part, but I sure can help with the second part.
Best coffee makers under $100 at a glance
Every coffee maker has its pros and cons. Let’s find one that works for you, within your budget. Here’s our list of the best:
|Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 Perfectemp Coffee Maker||More info|
|Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker||More info|
|Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker||Buy Now|
|Ninja CE251 Programmable Brewer||Buy Now|
|Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker||Buy Now|
|Bonavita BV1900TS 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker||Buy Now|
|BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker||Buy Now|
|Frieling USA Double-Walled Stainless-Steel French Press Coffee Maker||Buy Now|
Now let’s go over them in a little more detail.
Best coffee makers under $100 in detail
1. Cuisinart DCC-3200 Programmable Coffeemaker
Your coffee experience in your workplace or home couldn’t get much better than with this Cuisinart DCC-3200 coffee brewing machine. This machine makes high-quality coffee with a rich flavor.
You can brew at any hour of the day, without being present. The programming feature sets you free from having to operate the appliance in person. You can also control the temperature of your coffee and get it just the temperature you like.
This is one of the best budget coffee makers I’ve used. It’s worth the price, and I would recommend it to anyone in need of a programmable coffee machine. It comes in various colors, including sky blue, copper and stainless steel.
- Easy to use
- Excellent performance resulting in delicious coffee
- Huge reservoir
- Hot water for other drinks
- Requires water filter change monthly
- Brews more slowly than some others
2. Keurig K55 K-Classic Coffee Maker
If you like coffee every day and a Keurig K-Classic is not your countertop, you are not using one of the simplest and most budget-friendly coffee makers on the market today.
Keurig is a favorite brand for those people who take a single cup of coffee once in a while and don’t want to deal with coffee grounds or filters.
Keurig uses the K-Cup system, so you just pop a capsule into the machine every time you want a single cup to perk you up. Remember to choose the correct size cup. The K-Classic has a large reservoir so you won’t have to refill often, and it’s easy to clean.
The K-Cup universe also gives you a range of options for flavored coffee. These coffee brewers have an automatic shut-off feature that powers down the machine after two hours to save energy.
- 48-ounce reservoir
- Easy to use
- The cost of K-Cups adds up
3. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Serious value pick here. The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker could be your morning partner. With just a single switch it delivers coffee that’s very drinkable. This machine is ideal if you’re just looking for the essentials needed to make a good cup that gets you going in the morning, and aren’t fussy about the details.
Its features are limited, but it does have a drip-stop, which allows you to sneak a cup before the machine is finished pouring without spilling any on the hot plate.
The absence of other fancy features makes this machine affordable. Despite the simple design, it gets showered with five-star reviews on Amazon, meaning most coffee enthusiasts are impressed with its capabilities and aren’t seeing it break down prematurely.
- Easy-care filter basket
- Super affordable
- Can brew 12 cups of coffee in one session
- Does not provide cleaning alerts
- May not satisfy those who like really hot coffee
4. Ninja CE251 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
The Ninja CE251 has some attributes you’ve come to expect from higher-end machines, but it’s much more affordable. The removable water reservoir can hold as much as 60 ounces of water, which is enough to brew 12 servings.
However, if you need only a few servings you can go with the small-batch brewing option, which produces 1-4 cups of enriched coffee. Ninja also features a 24-hour delay timer, which in theory could allow you to sleep for 24 hours straight and then wake up to freshly brewed coffee!
You can always adjust the brew strength of your coffee by choosing between rich or classic brew. You don’t need to purchase paper filters for this one, as coffee grounds go directly into the permanent mesh filter.
- 24-hour brew-pause timer
- Classic and rich strength options
- Permanent filter
- beep alerts become annoying
5. Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew makes our list for its versatile features. The unit is capable of delivering personalized coffee for every individual, so it should come up with a taste that impresses you.
We all have different flavors we want to get out of our coffee brewing process. This machine allows you to customize your coffee using different brewing techniques.
It’s a two-way coffee maker, meaning it allows you to brew for yourself on the single-serve side, or for a group on the carafe side. And on the single-serve side, you can brew with a coffee pod or by pouring grounds into a single-serve filter basket.
- Easy to disassemble and clean
- Auto-pause option
- Makes bold and regular brew
- Doesn’t have a built-in water filter
- Compatible with pods but not K-Cups or Nespresso
The Bonavita One-Touch Coffee Maker is easy to use, programmable, and brews quickly.
This machine also makes good-tasting coffee. Its 1500-watt heater keeps the brewing temperature between 195-205 F, which ensures ideal extraction from the coffee grounds. Bonavita’s more expensive machines brew some of the finest coffees I’ve tasted, and it’s great that they’re able to bring that kind of quality to a relatively affordable model as well.
- Precise brewing temperature
- Double-walled stainless steel thermal carafe keeps coffee hot
- Large showerhead promotes even extraction
- Pouring without the lid leads to spills
7. BLACK+DECKER Coffee CM2035B Coffee Maker
If you thought BLACK+DECKER are power tools experts, then you need to know more about the company. Their CM2035B is one of the best budget-friendly coffee-making machines on the market.
One thing I loved about this brewer is the no-drip carafe, which actually works like it’s supposed to! Not a spill in sight. The carafe also has a wide mouth that makes it really easy to clean.
The unit dispenses water evenly on the coffee to create uniform flavor. Another feature is the LCD display, which shows the amount of time that has passed since you brewed your coffee. If you happen across a pot on the kitchen counter, you’ll know whether it’s fresh or best discarded for a new batch.
The coffee brewer also comes with a two-year warranty.
- Great no-drip carafe
- LCD display
- Easy to clean
- Doesn’t brew all that hot
- Build quality seems lightweight
8. Frieling USA Double-Walled Stainless Steel French Press
The double-walled exterior provides really good insulation and will keep your coffee hot for four hours.
Its plunger and filter fit snugly in the cylindrical pot and it has a very fine mesh, so it really cuts down on sediment in your coffee. It’s also really easy to disassemble for cleaning. If you want, you can put the whole thing in the dishwasher without any worries. This is a much sketchier proposition with a thin glass French press.
But the greatest part of the Frieling might be the handle. It feels so comfortable and solid in your hand, well-balanced, and makes pouring very easy even when you’re using the big 44-ounce version. (Other sizes are 8, 17, 23 and 36-ounce.)
The Frieling comes with an exterior of either brushed or mirrored steel, and moves easily between casual everyday use and more formal occasions.
It’s a unique unit that takes coffee flavor to the next level. I’ve tasted many a coffee made by this machine, and the quality is consistent in the hands of a competent brewer.
- Modern design
- Delivers great flavor
- Nothing automatic about it
What to look for in a budget coffee brewer
Here are some of the most important things to note when choosing a budget coffee maker:
Cheap coffee machines have simple and easy controls. However, make sure the controls are reliable and check online reviews to ensure there are no issues with buttons falling off or dials cracking.
Number of cups
How many cups of coffee will you need at once? If you’re buying a brewer to make coffee for big family occasions or a small office, you’ll need an eight- or 12-cup brewer.
Does it come with a grinder?
Some machines grind the beans themselves before brewing. Freshly prepared coffee beans deliver better taste. Buying a coffee grinder separately can add to your expense, so you may want to consider a model that has it built in.
Carafes generally come in glass or stainless steel. Glass carafes need a hot plate to keep them warm, so the machine will have this built in. A steel carafe is thermally insulated so it doesn’t need a hot plate. This one comes down to your preference. Coffee sitting on a hot plate for a long time can acquire a burnt taste, so a steel carafe might be best if you don’t drink it quickly.
We all forget things, and sometimes this leads to accidents. An automatic shut-off option, which powers your machine off at a certain time after brewing, can help prevent such events. It can also save power.
Coffee brewer FAQ
How much coffee should I use in a drip coffee machine?
Generally, it should be between 1-2 tablespoons per cup. Many coffee appliance manuals state the amount of coffee you need. It will depend on the unit and the type of coffee you are brewing, including its natural strength and how strong you want it.
Are drip coffee brewing machines preferable to K-Cups?
I’d say so. Buying whole beans and then grinding them yourself is certainly more economical than buying K-Cups. There are also real questions about the sustainability of K-Cups. The top and coffee grounds have to be completely removed before they can be recycled. I’m not sure everyone does that.
Should I buy the cheapest coffee machine on the market?
I made that mistake, and I don’t want you to do the same. Look for a quality brewer that has all the features you need, and buy it. Otherwise, you might find yourself buying another brewer in less than a year.