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After considering 17 cheap coffee makers and testing the six most promising candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) is the best. In addition to winning over our tasting panel of pro coffee roasters, it has a host of user-friendly features like a removable water reservoir and a programmable auto-brew timer. Best of all, it was the cheapest model we tested.
If you’re someone who wants a decent cup of coffee for a budget-friendly price, a budget coffee maker is for you. However, a budget coffee maker, by definition, will not make you the perfect cup of coffee (we tried!). If you’re looking for the best flavors, you’ll probably want to experiment with a pour-over setup or one of the machines from our original guide to the coffee makers.