However you decide to brew your coffee, it’s important that you’re using the right equipment. There are so many different types of coffee makers on the market that it can be daunting to try and pick one.

Spanning across 3 different popular brewing methods (French Press, Pour-Over, and Espresso), here are some of the best coffee makers that won’t break the bank!

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Using a French Press is one of the most popular ways to brew coffee around the world. Here are 3 of the best money can buy:

Secura Stainless Steel French Press ($25-40)

Rated as a #1 Top Seller on Amazon, this brewing device is made entirely out of stainless steel for best tasting and easy cleaning results. The material allows this device to last much longer than glass French Presses. It comes in 34 or 50 oz sizes and has a multi-layered filter system that is meant to trap smaller coffee grounds that otherwise end up in your cup; Secura even throws in a bonus filter screen for your convenience! This French Press has a “cool touch” handle and knob, eliminating the possibility of getting burnt, and is dishwasher safe.

For tips on how to brew the perfect coffee with a French Press, check out Atlas’ brewing guide.

Cafe Du Chateau French Press ($20)

This best selling French Press coffee maker has an amazing filtration system; there are two stainless steel screens on the bottom of the plunger which fit perfectly into the bottom of the carafe, allowing an immaculate seal that will eliminate any grounds getting into your coffee and elevating its overall flavor. This carafe is made from BPA free materials- including a borosilicate glass carafe that can withstand boiling temperatures. The device has a modern look, making it an aesthetically pleasing addition to any coffee device collection.

In a gracious gesture by Cafe Du Chateau, this French Press has a lifetime warranty; if you break your original, they’ll send you another one!

Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker ($20)

Bodum are tried and true coffee maker manufacturers, so it’s no surprise they make one of the best French Presses around- and only for $20!

Coming in 34 and and 51 oz sizes, this French Press is one of the easiest (and greenest) ways to brew coffee. All you need is coarsely ground coffee and hot water! The carafe is made out of heat-resistant borosilicate glass with BPA free plastics for the base and handle. The 34 oz French Press makes 8 cups of coffee while the 51 oz makes 12. The bottom of the plunger is fitted with a premium mesh filter that is built to extract the maximum amount of essential oils from the coffee being strained.

 

The Pour-Over Method

This method has grown in popularity rather quickly. Interested in giving it a try or in the market for a new one? Here are 3 best sellers to consider:

Coffee Gator Pour-Over Coffee Maker (~$30)

The popular Coffee Gator brand makes one of the best pour-over devices currently on the market. It is 15oz (makes ~ 3 cups) and is said to have a “brighter” and “cleaner” flavor than the French Press method. The device is easy to clean and a breeze to handle due to its concave design.

OXO Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker ($16)

Another easy-to-use coffee maker that requires minimal effort comes from OXO. The auto-drip tank on this coffee maker allows for excellent precision, consistently giving you the best cup of coffee with every brew. The dripper itself is versatile, fitting on many different sized mugs, while the lid helps retain maximum heat.

Chemex ($36-50)

It wouldn’t be a true list of pour-over devices without a Chemex on it. The Chemex is one of the longest standing tried and true pour-over devices- some users rave that they’ve been using this product for over 30 years! It comes in 3,6,8, and 10 cup versions, all with a minimal monetary difference between them- the 3 cup version is $36 while the 10 cup is ~$47. The Chemex is one of the easiest devices to handle and clean, producing consistently perfect coffee with each use.

Already know about the magic of the Chemex? Check out these 3 Uses for Your Chemex for more ways to use it!

Have a pour-over device and looking to make the perfect cup of coffee? Consider taking a look at our guide on How to Make Pour Over Coffee.

 

 

Espresso

Here are 3 different types of coffee makers that will remedy your need for an espresso fix.

Handpresso Wild Hybrid Outdoor Set ($149)

Summer is winding down, but maybe that just means you’re planning winter vacation. You’ll still need coffee right? Maybe even more so, depending on where you’re going! According to The Spruce, this set is one of the best ways to brew espresso on the road.

The kit includes 4 “unbreakable” (as claimed by Handpresso) espresso cups and a “thermo-insulated” flask, all in a small easy-to-pack case. The device itself requires some manual labor (it doesn’t use electricity) in order to produce enough pressure to create espresso-grade coffee. It is possible to get an end product closer to that of drip coffee by adding a considerable amount of water (~ 6-8 oz.).

Ok, so this product might break the bank a little, but it’s one of the more unique espresso devices on the market. We thought it deserved a place on the list.

Going traveling, but not a fan of espresso? Learn 4 other ways to make coffee while traveling.

AMFOCUS Stovetop Espresso Maker Pot ($15)

A more modestly priced and consumer-friendly espresso maker comes from AMFOCUS. In a matter of minutes, you will have a steaming cup of espresso in your demitasse cups (2 come with the coffee maker!). All it takes is 3 simple steps:

  1. Fill lower portion with cold or warm water, depending on your preference.
  2. Fill funnel with coffee grounds (a medium or fine grind is recommended).
  3. Set pot on stovetop at medium-low heat and wait for gurgling sound to stop (the indication that your espresso is finished brewing).

And Boom! Now you have espresso made without a machine that costs hundreds of dollars!

De’Longhi EC155M Pump Espresso Machine ($100)

A newcomer on the espresso market, this device from De’Longhi‘s American branch is fast becoming a best seller- it’s ranked as a “#1 New Release” on Amazon.

This machine employs professional grade “15-bar” pressure to make a variety of espresso drinks- like single or double espressos and cappuccinos- with “authentic barista quality”. Yes, you read that right- you can make cappuccinos with this espresso machine because it has a built-in steam wand! A 35 oz water tank attached to the back is easily removable for refilling and cleaning purposes- both the tank and the drip tray are dishwasher safe.

 

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