Love the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the house all day long? The best filter coffee machine will ensure there’s an ever-present aroma.
Many of the best filter coffee machines will have programmable timers so you can literally wake up and smell the coffee.
A filter coffee machine allows you to enjoy a smooth, rich coffee with all the flavours of the bean. It works by slowly pouring hot water onto coffee grounds. The water then drips through into the jug below bringing the colour and flavour of the beans with it.
Filter coffee machines make it easy to make large batches and brews and are great for anyone that loves black coffee (of course, you can add a little milk if you please).
They’re a no-mess choice and brilliant for big families being able to make around 10 to 12 cups a time. As the hot plate will keep the coffee jug warm, they’re also good for coffee addicts who can easily grab another cup without making a new batch thanks to the keep-warm function.
If time is really important, you may want to opt for a paper filter that you can dispose of after each use. If you have a permanent filter, it will need to be cleaned, although it’s quite a simple task.
We’ve rounded up the best filter coffee machines below for full flavour and quick and easy brews…
Best filter coffee machines
1. Breville Mostra Easy Measure Filter Coffee Machine
This coffee filter machine has an easy-to-use colour-coded measuring system for your water and grounds for the desired number of cups.
The water filtration system removes impurities and the Showerhead Blooming feature pre-soaks coffee grounds for 30 seconds before brewing to extract the fullest flavour. There’s a timer so you can wake up to fresh coffee, and an indicator to tell you how long it’s been since your coffee was brewed (and will keep it warm for up to 30 minutes).
One reviewer said: “It has a very premium feel whilst still a budget machine. Will be using paper filters but I tried the permanent filter and it does an amazing job at filtering out the coffee grounds whilst allowing the flavour of the oils to come through into the coffee. The brewing capacity is great so I can fill up my big thermos flask in the morning for work and get a cuppa as well.”
Price: £39.99, Amazon – buy here now
2. Melitta EasyTop II Black Filter Coffee Machine
If you’re keeping an eye on your budget, this is a great affordable option.
It makes up to10 cups at once, so no one in the family misses out, and comes with five paper filters so you can get brewing straight away. There’s also a handy keep-warm function so that if you make too much you can simply store it and have another cup in 20, 40 or 60 minutes.
One customer said: “Great product, easy to use. Nothing too complicated. And looks good in my kitchen.”
Price: £35, AO – buy here now
3. Russell Hobbs 23241 Luna Filter Coffee Maker
Get a barista-worthy brew with this no-mess filter coffee machine that can make up to 12 cups at a time.
It has a 24-hour programmable timer you can wake up to fresh coffee, and an auto clean that will ensure you know when to simply add a descaling solution. It will keep your coffee warm for up to 40 minutes, and will automatically turn off for safety. Perfect for any modern kitchen.
Price: £49.99, Argos – buy here now
4. Morphy Richards Evoke 162522 Filter Coffee Machine
Like your coffee ready in a flash? This filter coffee machine has a ‘fast brew’ option so whether you’re making two or 12 cups, you won’t be waiting long. In fact, it can make 12 cups in just 10 minutes.
You can control how strong you want your coffee with the strength selector, and the keep-warm function allows you to go back for seconds for up to 40 minutes.
One reviewer wrote: “I find this filter coffee machine to be much quicker and quieter than my previous one. The timer function and strength function make it really handy and I like the fact there is a ‘deep clean’ programme as well.”
Price: £49, AO – buy here now
5. Smeg DCF02CRUK Filter Coffee Machine with Timer
Retro-style fans will love the look of this Smeg filter coffee machine on their kitchen worktop, which comes in six different colours.
As well as adding some glamorous cool, it also makes up to 10 cups of coffee at once, and keeps the jug warm for up to 40 minutes.
The aroma intensity button allows you to choose between light or strong, and there’s a built-in timer that will tell you when your brew is ready.
Price: £180, Selfridges – buy here now
6. De’Longhi Argento Flora drip Coffee Machine
If you like the lovely pastel colours of Smeg but don’t quite have the budget to stretch, this coffee filter machine is a great option.
The stylish look is backed up with great-tasting coffee, and it can make up to 11 cups at once.
One customer said: “Very attractive, functional filter machine. I chose this particular model both for the colour and because there is just one function button. The reminder alarm that coffee is ready is particularly handy for me personally.”
Price: £49.99, Amazon – buy here now
7. Morphy Richards 162740 Coffee and Go Filter Coffee Machine
If you’re a fan of hitting the snooze button and like to grab your coffee and go, this is perfect for you.
This coffee filter machine has a travel mug instead of a jug so your brew is good to go. It has a permanent filter so no time is wasted with paper filters, and the water level indicator makes brewing easy.
Perfect for saving money on the commute or for warming up the school run.
Price: £24.99, Argos – buy here now
8. Geepas 1.5L Filter Coffee Machine
Proof that you really don’t have to splash the cash for a decent coffee filter machine, this Geepas option can brew from two to 12 cups at a time, and will keep them warm for up to 40 minutes, and has an auto shut off.
It has a permanent filter that can be removed and washed, but you can use paper filters if you prefer. The funnel where your filter sits is detachable and dishwasher-friendly, as is the glass carafe, making maintenance easy.
One fan said: “I was surprised at how quick and simple it is to use with a removable filter so there’s no messing about with paper cones and the coffee is nicely hot. It seems robust and looks good too. A great buy!”
Price: £16.99, Amazon – buy here now