I get it, not all of us have unlimited budgets to buy a top-of-the-range coffee maker, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good-tasting coffee even if you are working with a smaller budget. I have done a bit of research and what I discovered is that you can purchase a reasonably decent machine for around $100.
Obviously, these cheaper coffee makers don’t come with all of the bells and whistles often found on the more expensive machines.
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But if all you want is a great-tasting cup of coffee without all of the additional features, then keep on reading because, as far as I’m concerned, these are going to be the best bang for your buck.
Best Coffee Makers For Under $100 (Give Or Take)
I have broken down my budget finds into four sections – Automatic coffee makers, coffee makers with a grinder built-in (grind & brew), single-serve coffee brewers, and finally, manual coffee brewing, so finding your preferred coffee brewing methods should be easy peasy.
Type: Auto-Drip Coffee Brewers
By far the most common and preferred method of brewing coffee at home. Automatic coffee makers range from under $50 all the way up to $1000+ machines. However, I have done the hard work for you, and I’ve handpicked a few of my favorite coffee makers that fall under $100.
BUNN CSB1B Speed Brew Select Coffee Maker
BUNN coffee makers are among my favorite brands of brewers, and the quality and durability are second to none – they’re built to last. That’s probably why hotel chains and restaurants choose BUNN machines over other brands.
This particular machine (the BUNN CSB1B) is an excellent buy for anyone on a budget. It can effortlessly churn hot piping hot coffee in less than half the time of other popular home coffee makers. The BUNN CSB1B features a unique spray head system that allows for a more even extraction.
The unit can fill either a sizeable American-sized travel mug or a full glass carafe, so if you’re running out of the door or want to share with friends, there’s an option for you with this super-fast coffee brewer.
Want some other options? Take a look at these BUNN coffee maker reviews, which showcase some of their most popular brewers.
What We Love
- Super-fast brewing speed.
- Commercial grade stainless steel hot water tank.
- Unique spray head for optimal coffee extraction.
- It can be challenging to clean if you have large hands.
Cuisinart DCC-3200W Programmable Coffee Maker
The Cuisinart DCC-3200W programmable coffee maker is an excellent example of the best coffee maker under $100 – it’s a machine that I recommend to friends and family looking to buy an automatic coffee maker on a tight budget.
In this price range, you really cannot beat the features that Cuisinart offers. Some of the standout features include brew-strength control, 24-hour programmability (nothing beats walking down the stairs in the morning to freshly brewed coffee), self-cleaning function, and the brew-pause function, naming just a few, and let me not forget the builtin gold-tone reusable coffee filter and charcoal water filter.
What We Love
- Hot-plate with temperature control.
- Brew strength control.
- Comes with both a metal filter basket and paper filters.
- No cons or negatives with this machine.
Bonsenkitchen Coffee Pod Brewer Machine For The Home Kitchen
The Bonsenkitchen coffee maker is a bargain hunter’s dream find. It’s priced well under $100, leaving you enough change to grab a few boxes of coffee pods to go with it.
For a coffee maker with a cheap price tag, the Bonsenkitchen doesn’t disappoint in the features department and comes loaded with what you would expect. Such as simple programmability, quick touch programming, a permanent filter for ground coffee, and an adjustable or removable drip tray that accommodates regular coffee cups or travel mugs up to 7.0 inches tall.
What We Love
- The coffee maker automatically shuts off when water comes to a boil.
- 800-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature.
- Dry burning-resistant protection.
- Hard to clean. Not a great design.
Type: Grind and Brew Coffee Makers
Can you buy a coffee maker with a built-in grinder for under $100? You sure can! Cuisinart does an excellent budget-friendly coffee maker with a built-in grinder which is the next model up from their primary drip brewer machine I mentioned above.
Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind & Brew Automatic Coffee Maker
The Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind-and-Brew automatic coffee maker is a bargain for under one hundred bucks! Cuisinart has cornered this end of the market for coffee makers with a built-in grinder (even more so in this price range). If you love coffee, there’s nothing better than coffee brewed with freshly ground coffee beans.
Some of the functions and features found on the Cuisinart DGB-550BK include a brew-pause feature, 24-hour advanced programmability, auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours, a charcoal water filter that removes impurities, and a gold-tone reusable filter that helps to unlock the flavor from your freshly ground beans.
What We Love
- 24-hour programmability, including auto-start and auto-shutoff.
- The grind control selector lets you control how much you brew (2 to 12 cups).
- Brew strength selector for strong, medium, or mild coffee.
- Stainless steel thermal carafe requires hand washing.
- Ground coffee chute requires careful cleaning.
Gourmia GCMW4750 WIFI Coffee Maker with Built-in Grinder
A new machine I discovered for 2019 is the Gourmia GCM4850, and for anyone on a $100 budget, this is a great contender and comes with features and functions often reserved for the more expensive coffee brewers.
What caught my eye was the built-in Burr coffee grinder that churns out a consistently-sized uniform ground and also comes with 18 grind settings. The touchscreen is also a nice feature, and everything can be controlled via a few simple touches on the screen.
What We Love
- Features a flat burr grinder with 18 precise grind settings.
- The water reservoir is removable for easy refilling and cleaning.
- One-touch buttons and sleek modern display.
- The warmer turns off at around 30 minutes with no option to rewarm.
Type: Single Cup Coffee Makers
Single-serve coffee makers, or 1-cup brewers, as they’re sometimes referred to, are an excellent option for those of you who have hectic busy lifestyles, such as office workers or even cash-strapped college students. As the name implies, these coffee makers typically brew just 1-cup of coffee at a time with little to no maintenance or upkeep compared to other more expensive hands-on coffee makers.
Many of the best single-cup coffee makers use a pod system to deliver the coffee to your cup. Even though the coffee pods allow you to make your coffee effortlessly, they can often be costly if you drink a lot of coffee. Finding a coffee maker under $100 in the single-cup brewer category is easy as there are many to choose from. However, there are two that I can say are worth your money.
Keurig K-Mini K15 Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
The Keurig K-Mini K15 Single-Serve Coffee Maker is the best of the bunch if you’re shopping around for a coffee maker for one. This particular machine uses K-Cup pods, and you can choose a range of different coffees from over 500 popular brands.
For under $100, I don’t think you’ll find a better 1-cup coffee maker.
What We Love
- Brew one cup of coffee in under 2 minutes.
- 3 different size indicators to ensure that you are using enough water for the size of coffee.
- It doesn’t offer a lot of customizable features.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-SC100-2 Single-Serve Maker
Another great option often priced in the ballpark region of $50 is the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SC100-2 Single Serve Coffee Brewer. This single cup coffee maker uses coffee pods (the Keurig K-Cup packs, which are readily available) and also freshly ground coffee. This makes Mr. Coffee far more versatile than the Keurig.
So whether you want the ease of inserting a K-cup or if you prefer to brew coffee using your own freshly ground coffee beans, the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SC100-2 has you covered.
What We Love
- Brews K Cups or your favorite ground coffee.
- It automatically shuts off when the brewing cycle is complete.
- Includes a loose coffee grounds reusable filter.
- Not as fast brewing as a Keurig.
Type: Manual Coffee Brewers
If those push-button coffee makers aren’t your thing and you prefer a more hands-on brewing experience, don’t worry because I have scoured through the endless range of manual pour-over coffee makers and full immersion brewing methods, and I’ve filtered out three of the best for under one hundred dollars.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
I have just started using this new “copper” gold-colored French press in 2019 after receiving it as a gift this Christmas. The gold color definitely makes it stand out from the other French Press brewers I own.
Just like any other French Press, the Bodum Chambord allows all of the essential oils and acids from the ground coffee bean to flow into your cup, which would otherwise be filtered out with other coffee brewing methods.
A great-tasting cup of coffee is under 5-minutes away – add your coarse ground coffee, pour over hot water, stir and plunge, wait and pour!
What We Love
- Glass carafe in a stainless steel frame.
- Mesh filter that helps extract your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors.
- Ergonomic design is easy and comfortable to handle.
- The mesh filter is not always effective at removing sediment from the coffee.
Hario V60 Olive Wood Stand Set
For the manual pour-over coffee enthusiast, the Hario V60 is a must-have. This olive wood stand set contains filters, a scoop, the stand, paper filters, and the V60. It really is the perfect kit and has everything you need to start brewing coffee the way it’s meant to be – manually.
Go on, bring out the full-fledged ground coffee flavor with this Hario V60 wooden set-up.
What We Love
- Includes measuring spoon and 100 paper filters.
- Highlights darker and more robust coffee roasts.
- Brew 1 up to 4 cups of coffee.
- Steep learning curve.
- Requires undivided attention throughout the entire process.
Yama Glass 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon
If you’re looking for something a bit different when brewing your coffee try a coffee siphon. Trust me, you’ll be the center of attention if you pull this out at parties.
Siphon coffee makers produce a clean, rich, and smooth cup of coffee that is packed full of flavorful coffee oils. The vacuum process helps to lock in all of the flavors and aromas found in your beans, allowing you to truly appreciate the full flavor profile of your coffee.
This siphon kit by Yama contains everything you need to get up and running with this unique coffee brewing process.
What We Love
- Great value.
- Works on regular (non-induction) stoves.
- Small learning curve.
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Since the creation of the Bean Ground coffee blog in 2014, Mark and a small circle of coffee hobbyists have rigorously tested, reviewed, and researched coffee gear. In most cases, they have purchased the items themselves with the sole intention of rating and evaluating.
In that time, they have built up a list of quality points to look for and what makes specific equipment better than others. They cut through the noise and marketing hype that often surrounds products to give you their unbiased opinions so you can make clear decisions on your next purchase.