Coffeemakers For Less

While sales of most appliances are down, coffeemaker sales are perking right along. They're up 5% this year.

Many of today's coffeemakers tout fancy features and high price tags to match. But do you need to spend a lot to get a great cup of Joe?

Consumer Reports just tested more than 50 coffeemakers to find ones that do a good job and save you money.

"Our brew test measure a coffeemaker's ability to reach 195 to 205 degrees. That's the temperature you need to extract the most flavor from the coffee." said Consumer Reports John Macchia.

Testers looked at traditional drip coffee makers and brew stations, too, which let you fill your cup directly from the machine.

Prices ranged from $20 all the way to $265 for this Technivorm, heavily touted by coffee connoisseurs.

But do you need to spend a lot to get a good coffeemaker?

The Technivorm DID ace Consumer Reports brew tests. But it's not all that easy to use.

"The Technivorm has a lot of parts and takes some patience to put together. And then you have to slide the carafe in the right spot or else it won't brew." said Macchia.

And while the $165 Bunn BTX-B was fast, its brew performance was just mediocre.

However, of the dozens of coffeemakers Consumer Reports tested, there were several very good, less expensive ones.

The top-rated $100 Cusinart Brew Central is easy to use and rated excellent in Consumer Reports brew tests.

A close second-the new coffeemaker from Kalorick. At $80 it costs just a third of the price of the Technivorm.

Consumer Reports named several Best Buys, too.

Among them-one from Michael Graves for $40. While slightly less convenient to use than the ones from Cusinart and Kalorik, it's great at brewing.

And a good coffee to try is Eight O'clock 100% Columbian coffee-top-rated in Consumer Reports' tests. It costs about six dollars a pound.

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