The Best Coffeemakers Under $150 for Cafe-Quality Coffee at Home

Say hello to cafe-style coffee with these top-rated coffeemakers that are sure to bring out your inner barista.

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January 06, 2021

If your at-home coffee game is mediocre, the right coffee machine can make a world of difference. With an option for every budget, these top-rated coffee machines brew really good coffee, some even in 60 seconds, making your at-home coffee experience a little closer to that of your favorite cafe.

This sophisticated matte-black coffeemaker earns a spot on your kitchen counter thanks to its elegant design. It uses a plunger-style brewing method for delicious coffee revered for its rich, full-bodied character. The aesthetically-pleasing machine allows you to take more control of your coffee brewing without leaving unpleasant — and unsightly — coffee grounds at the bottom of your cup.

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We know, this strange coffee-making device looks a little intimidating and the name makes it even more intimidating, but, believe us when we say, it's actually much simpler than it seems. With minimal practice, you can make the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in only a few minutes. AeroPress coffee has virtually no bitterness and has a velvety mouthfeel reminiscent of an espresso shot’s crema. Once you try your first cup, you won’t be craving anything else.

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If you err on the side of simplicity and think all the bells and whistles on new coffeemakers are just more steps getting in the way of you and your morning coffee, this machine might be the perfect match for you. Picture your parents' coffeemaker but with a more modern design to fit your kitchen's decor. This brewer delivers a great cup every time. The stainless-steel mesh filter means you can say goodbye to wasting money on paper filters, while the showerhead system, an upgrade from the traditional drip system, promises a perfectly balanced brew.

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Pour-over coffeemakers are uber chic right now. Simply boil water (perfect brewing temperature is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit), then pour it over the coffee grounds in the cone-shaped filter. As a bonus, you can reheat a cup of coffee and still achieve the same flavor as the first brew.

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$134.99 $59

Whichever way you decide to brew, this two-way brewer lets you do both. For a single cup when you’re on the go, the single-serve side lets you add grounds directly into the mesh filter that fits the brew basket. Need a bit more? You can brew a full, 12-ounce pot, too. The brew strength selector allows you to customize your coffee. Choose 'regular' and give your tastebuds the simplicity of standard, medium-grind coffee, or you can go 'bold' and select a decaf, finer grind or a premium roast brand for a richer flavor.

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$99.99 $80

Love the Ninja brand? Then you'll also love their 12-cup programmable coffeemaker that features custom brew strengths and a hotter brewing advanced boiler to make hot, flavorful and never-bitter coffee. From a small batch (one to four cups) to a full carafe, classic or rich strengths, you can expect the same great taste in every cup. Plus, it comes with a 24-hour delay brew, an adjustable warming plate and a removable water reservoir.

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Not everyone digs a pod coffeemaker, especially serious coffee nuts (okay, "enthusiasts"), but this single-serve coffeemaker is worth a second look. Not only does this coffee machine brew a bold cup of joe, but it's super cute and compact. At just five inches wide, it fits on even the smallest of counter spaces, perfect for small apartments. It stores up to nine of your favorite K-Cup pod blends, making this machine both practical and adorable.

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$129.99 $120

Yup, another Keurig made it on our list. The K-Elite is a smart upgrade from the favorite K-Classic. We love this model because it comes with all the necessary programmable functions, as well as five brew sizes for coffee, hot cocoa, tea and iced beverages. You can easily make a strong brew when you’re looking for something bold, or press the “Iced” button and relax with a refreshing cup of iced coffee in less than a minute. There’s even a hot water option so you can quickly make instant noodles, soups and oatmeals. Plus, there’s a 75-ounce removable water reservoir that allows you to brew up to eight cups between refills. Talk about efficiency!

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$209.99 $139

For whole bean coffee lovers, KRUPS has you covered with a coffeemaker complete with a built-in burr grinder, meaning no more clutter of a scale, grinder and coffeemaker taking up countertop space. In this single unit, you have everything you need to go from fresh, whole beans to hot, caffeinated goodness. The grinder is completely customizable to bring out your favorite roast’s full potential, while the coffeemaker itself is fully programmable. It even includes a brew-pause feature to allow you to pour yourself a cup at any moment during the brew cycle.

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(We know this one goes a bit over our $150 price cap, but we had to include it.) Many people spend hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on home espresso machines only to realize they themselves aren’t very good at making espresso. The machine may be plenty capable, but pulling a great espresso shot takes years of practice. Not to mention, expensive espresso machines need to be thoroughly cleaned after every single use. That’s where this machine saves the day. For less than $200, you can have a great shot of espresso OR a full cup of coffee that is completely automated. Nespresso’s technology uses a barcode reader to identify each pod and brew it to its full potential. All you have to do is push a button and enjoy your espresso.

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