The Technivorm Moccamaster is a high-end brewer that makes outstanding...

The Technivorm Moccamaster is a high-end brewer that makes outstanding coffee and keeps it hot for 10 hours. Credit: CBS Interactive

If you're the sort that depends on a good cup — or two — of coffee to kickstart your day, then a dependable brewing method is key. That can be accomplished with a very basic brewer for less than $20 or a fancy, high-tech device that costs hundreds. Here are four of CNET's favorite coffee-brewing machines that span that range, from simple to spectacular.

Bonavita Connoisseur

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD The Connoisseur creates fabulously good pots of coffee for a lot less money. It's compact, easy to use and has few parts to clean. Its thermal carafe keeps contents hot for hours.

THE BAD The design is not especially attractive.

THE COST $107.91 to $121

BOTTOM LINE This is a fantastic machine that makes superb pots of drip for not too much cash.

Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741

CNET rating (out of 5)

4 stars (excellent)

THE GOOD It brews excellent, sometimes outstanding pots of drip coffee 10 cups at a time. It also has a lovely, elegant design and keeps coffee hot for a full six hours.

THE BAD The machine is very expensive and takes up a large amount of counter space.


BOTTOM LINE Technivorm confirms that its reputation for building exceptional drip coffee makers is well deserved.

Oxo Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker

CNET rating (out of 5)

4 stars (excellent)

THE GOOD The coffee maker consistently brews delicious cups of properly extracted java with plenty of complex flavor. Since it has few parts, all of which are dishwasher-safe, cleaning the Oxo Pour-Over is a cinch.

THE BAD It is more expensive than basic single-cup pour-over coffee funnels. The coffee brewer is made from plastic instead of glass, metal or wood.

THE COST $12.99 to $18.05

BOTTOM LINE A perfect combination of low cost and excellent brew quality.

Bunn Velocity Brew BT

CNET rating (out of 5)

3.5 stars (very good)

THE GOOD It brews a delicious pot of coffee in no time flat and is a cinch to operate.

THE BAD The plastic parts are far from premium and the device lacks controls, display and a water-level indicator. The machine is always on and requires special Bunn paper filters.

THE COST $112.14 to $132.05

BOTTOM LINE If brewing as many as 10 cups of tasty coffee swiftly is what you're after, then the no-frills Bunn Velocity Brew BT should be on your short list.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: senior editors Brian Bennett and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

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