Are you on the market for a new coffee machine? Trying to locate the right size, model and features can be complicated. That is why this guide will talk about your brewing options, types, and what it takes to make the best cup of coffee.

Single Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig K50 Classic Series Single Serve Coffee Maker

Brewing a whole pot of coffee when only a few cups will be drank, seems a bit wasteful. That is why a single cup coffee maker is so great. When you are deciding what type of coffee maker is best for you and your tastes in coffee consider a single serve brewer.

These coffee makers use a pre-measured pod that have just the right amount of goodness in them for a single serving. Just place the pot in the slot, add water to the reservoir and press a button. The water goes through the pod and out comes coffee in your mug.

The brewing size could vary based on which one you pick, but normally a single cup of coffee makers can brew from 3 ounces to large travel mugs. It doesn’t matter if you are wanting a small cup or a large mug, these types of brewers will deliver.

Drip Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

When you think of coffee makers, the first thought is often a drip coffee maker. These makers are the standard in most homes. One of the biggest perks is that they often come with a timer for automatic brewing. What is better than waking up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing?

This coffee maker is great for offices, families or those who entertain a lot. Again, in these types of events one of the major perks is that you can program it to brew when you want it to.

These coffee makers come in a variety of sizes. Depending on the size of your brewer and the size of the pot, you can brew between 4 to 20 cups of coffee.

French Press

Mind Reader 27oz Glass French Press

It is time to brew a fresh cup of coffee right before your eyes! By using a French press coffee maker, you can make the brewing process more interactive. A French press isn’t for everybody, but if you like brewing coffee with your own hands, then this type of coffee maker is perfect. It doesn’t use electricity or batteries to make a great cup of coffee, making it a ‘green’ approach.

These are great for a single person, but they do make large sized French presses that are perfect for large groups or a true coffee addict (no judging here).

You can get French presses in single cup makers to 10 cup makers. It really depends on what you plan to use it for.

Percolator

Farberware 4-Cup Percolator FCP240

This is a term that older generations may be more familiar with, but the time for percolators is back. A percolator is a type of pot that is used to brew coffee by cycling boiling water through coffee grounds constantly until the right strength is reached. These have a small chamber at the bottom, which is placed close to the source of heat. Then on top is where your coffee goes.

If you are a fan of strong coffee or love dark roast coffee, then a percolator coffee maker is perfect for you. Being able to know just how strong you like your coffee is important to get the best out of a percolator.

A percolator will come in many different sizes starting out at 6 cup makers up to 50 cup makers (yea, they get big). They can serve as much or as little coffee as you want.

What type of coffee maker do you use, or do you have multiple? Tell us why you prefer your coffee maker style in the comments below!