As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be? - Cassandra Clare
Some infinitely wiser, and much longer suffering, soul than us once described coffee as being their lifeblood. It’s a statement that we not only wholeheartedly agree with, its one that forms the basis of our day-to-day credo.
Like most people, the first thing that we do when we get up in the morning, and when we get in from the office at night, is put a pot of coffee on. And let’s not even begin to get into how many pots of coffee we brew during the day because, between us and the other people we share our office space with, it’s a lot.
Probably more than is good for us, but a lot less than we’d like to drink. Coffee makes our world go round.
Sometimes though, there’s such a thing as too much. A lot of coffee makers are built to make around ten cups of coffee, and much as we love a good cup of Joe, even we can’t drink ten cups before the machine uses its auto-shutoff and stops keeping the good stuff warm.
That’s why we’ve always gone for a happy medium and tend to favor four cup coffee makers because that’s the kind of life goal that we aspired to, and reached a while back and once you’ve attained that sort of perfection, there’s no need to embrace any other sort of coffee targets.
We’re guessing that since you’re here, you’re looking for the best four-cup coffee maker you can find, so we’re more than happy to share our expertise with you and point you in the right direction. Are you ready to begin your four cup mambo? Then let’s get started…
Top 5 Best Four Cup Coffee Makers
OUR TOP PICK
Mr. Coffee has always been one of our go-to brands of choice, we grew up with their coffee makers and they’ve been providing morning caffeine for the hard-working men and women of America for the last five decades.
It’s impossible not to love what they do when they do it so well, and their four cup Simple Brew machine is quite possibly the most appropriately named coffee maker we’ve ever used.
Simple to set-up and even easier to use, the Simple Brew has an on and off light to let you know when it’s brewing and keeping coffee warm, a dual water window so you’ll always know how much is in the system and how much is available to make your coffee and a removable filter basket that’s remarkably painless to clean.
You put your coffee in the filter basket, fill up the water tank, hit the button and Mr. Coffee does the rest.
The thing that makes the Simple Brew special though, is its auto-pause function which, when engaged, allows you to grab a cup of coffee before the machine has finished brewing.
It might sound like much, but when you need a cup and you can’t wait for the Simple Brew to finish, it’ll make all the difference in the world. And you’ll thank your maker for giving Mr. Coffee the wisdom to invent the auto-pause.
- It’s one of the world’s easiest to use coffee makers, the Simple Brew wears its name with pride as it describes exactly what it does. It simply brews coffee at the touch of a button, or more accurately the flick of a switch. But hey, switch, button, who cares? As long as you just push it once and Mr. Coffee starts to brew, does it matter what it is?
- The Simple Brew is even easier to clean than it is to use. Just take the filter basket out, rinse it thoroughly under a cold tap, put it back in and you’re ready to start brewing again. It’ll save you money too, as the reusable filter basket means that you’ll never have to buy filter papers again. Great coffee and great savings? That’s the Mr. Coffee way.
- There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t thank the heavens for the Simple Brew’s auto-pause. We can just grab a cup when it’s halfway through its cycle and not have to worry about the machine spilling any coffee on the warming plate while we’re filling our cup.
- We’ve been using the Simple Brew, and its previous incarnations, for years, and as straightforward, coffee makers go, it’s one of the best we’ve ever had a cup of jitter juice from. There’s no such thing as a bad Simple Brew.
No, we know, Cuisinart isn’t the first name that pops into your head when you think about coffee makers but trust us, this four-cup coffee maker might just make you rethink everything that you thought you knew about Cuisinart.
Admittedly in our case, that wasn’t a lot, but we’ve been firmly in their corner since we discovered this caffeine treasure, and if you try it out, we think you will be too.
Like the Mr. Coffee Simple Brew, the Cuisinart is a user-friendly four-cup coffee maker. It also uses a simple on and off button/ switch (you decide which it is, we can’t and we’ve already had one almighty dust-up about which we should use, which is why we’re using both) to start brewing coffee and keep it warm, and it also has an auto-pause function that means you can enjoy a cup of java while the Cuisinart is still doing its thing.
That’s where the similarities end though and the Cuisinart takes off in a completely different direction.
Unlike the Mr. Coffee, the Cuisinart sticks to its guns and remains devoted to filter papers, which is fine by us as we’re paper aficionados and also has an automatic shut off which kicks in after thirty minutes.
However, the big selling point for us is the stainless steel carafe that the Cuisinart uses which, for some reason, seems to add flavor and warmth to the coffee. Oh, and that knuckle guard on the carafe? That was a nice touch that meant we didn’t burn our sausage fingers on the steel pot.
Whoever the member of the design team at Cuisinart was that added it, we applaud you, that’s the sort of left-field thinking that makes us stand up and pay attention.
- Another of the things that the Cuisinart has going for it is that it has the sort of drop-dead gorgeous looks that’ll help it to fit right in on any kitchen counter. And it’s also pretty compact, so it’ll slide right into any available kitchen top space that you have.
- As you’re almost certainly already know, we’re fans of the auto-pause that lets you drink the coffee and do your own thing while the Cuisinart does what it does. Auto-Pause is a double thumbs-up coffee lover’s best friend.
- We also like the automatic shut-off, as it almost seems like the Cuisinart is daring you to drink all of the coffee that it makes before it turns itself off. It was a challenge that we gladly accepted and the Cuisinart lost. Will you be able to beat the Cuisinart thirty minute coffee challenge too?
- It would have been nice if the Cuisinart used a filter basket instead of papers, but hey you can’t have everything right? We just think that if it did use a basket, it would make using the Cuisinart even easier than it already is.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of Gevi? Yeah, okay you got us, they’re not what most folks would call a household name, but this Chinese brand is exceptionally good at making small coffee makers at an incredibly affordable price point.
In fact, they’re so affordable, it won’t matter if you burn through a couple in a state of caffeine-induced coffee lust, you can just order another and let the cycle continue ad infinitum.
A straightforward four-cup machine that subscribes to the on and off switch/ button model, the Gevi coffee maker also uses auto-pause to let you enjoy your coffee while it’s still brewing and thanks to its water tank window, you’ll always know how much H2O fuel it has left to brew with.
It also has an automatic off function which is engaged as soon as the reservoir runs dry or the Gevi gets too hot. Which is nice, as we take coffee safety seriously and it’s refreshing to know that Gevi does too.
Life is all about taking risks and putting yourself out there, and when it comes to coffee makers the same rules apply. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard of Gevi, given what they’re asking for this coffee maker, the question that you should be asking yourself is, can I afford NOT to take a chance on Gevi?
- It’s a straight out of the box, plug in, add coffee and water, and go caffeine injection system. Easy to use and set up, it’s everything that you could need from a four coffee maker.
- The filter basket means that’s easy to clean and with a Gevi there’s no need to ever buy coffee filter papers again.
- Your pocketbook will fall in love with the Gevi, and if you don’t keep your eye on it, there’s every chance that the Gevi and your wallet will develop a long and meaningful relationship.
- It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows in the land of the Gevi, as some reviews have highlighted manufacturing and durability issues. We guess the old adage about getting what you pay for rings more than a little true as far as Gevi’s four cup coffee maker is concerned.
Throwing their caffeinated hat into the four-cup coffee maker ring, Dutch all-rounders Aigostar may be newcomers to the coffee game, but they studied their competition, saw what they had to offer, and added the Buck to the mix to stir things up a little and make a name for themselves.
And as first time four cup coffee makers go, it’s a winner.
Another on and it’s brewing, off and it isn’t one switch/button machine, the Buck has a translucent reservoir level indicator so you’ll know how much water you have to work with and an auto-pause function so you drink your coffee while the Buck is still brewing.
As it also uses a filter bucket to brew, it’s easy to clean and set up, which is always a big tick in any coffee drinker's book.
However, the thing that we really love about the Buck is the fast brew system that it’s powered by. It’ll go from no coffee to a full pot in just over five minutes, so you’ll barely have time to take advantage of the auto-pause before the Buck is finished brewing.
It’s automatic, it’s systematic, and delivers its coffee like greased lightning.
- Simple to set up, easy to use, and affordable, the Buck is an ideal first time four cup coffee maker.
- The fast brewing technology that it uses is a real eye-opener. Your coffee will be ready in less time than it takes to be disappointed by the front page leads in your morning paper.
- The Aigostar seems to follow the review blueprint laid down by the Gevi to the letter. It’s plagued by durability and reliability issues, both of which could potentially throw a huge caffeine sized wrench in your coffee plans.
Technically the Maxi-Matic is a five cup coffee maker, but it works better with a four-cup limit which is why we like it and why it’s made our list.
Elite Gourmet follows a simple philosophy, cook healthy, eat smart, be elite and as we regard coffee as being one of life’s essential food groups, we figure that the rule that guides everything else they do also applies to their coffee maker.
So, by extension, it’s a smart, healthy four-cup coffee maker that just happens to also be insanely affordable.
Adhering to the best guiding principles of four-cup coffee maker design and manufacture, the Maxi-Matic is a one switch/ button coffee maker that uses a warming plate to keep the coffee it brews at just the right temperature and has a clear reservoir indicator, so you’ll always know just how much water you’ve got in your coffee tank.
Plug it in, add coffee and water and you’ll be good to go.
And it also uses a filter bucket that loads in and out of the machine with a swivel mechanism, which even though it seems slightly futuristic and like something out of a science fiction film, makes the Maxi-Matic easy to clean, load, and re-use time and time again.
As long as you keep loading it, the Maxi-Matic will keep on brewing.
- Like the other four cup coffee makers on our list, the Maxi-Matic is easy to set up and simple to use and clean.
- It’s also ridiculously affordable and will brew all the coffee that you want it to at a price that’ll make you smile until your next birthday.
- It’s beset by the same problems that plague both the Aigostar and the Gevi, namely durability, and manufacturing issues. It won’t last as long as you’ll want it too, but what does in this day and age?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Four Cup Coffee Maker?
A four-cup coffee maker is more commonly known as drip coffee maker and works by heating the water in its reservoir, which then condenses and is transported through a series of tubes in the machine to the coffee filter bucket where it is sprayed over ground coffee.
As the heated water mixes with the ground coffee, it slowly begins to drip through the coffee granules or ground coffee and drips into a waiting pot or carafe. The drip coffee maker also uses a warming pad to keep the coffee in the pot warm, which can then be drunk at leisure.
Why Four Cups? Why Not More?
There are plenty of drip coffee makers that will brew more than four cups of coffee at a time, but for the busy coffee lover who needs a jolt to get going in the morning, wants the odd cup after work, and prefers to be able to make coffee as and when they want it, four cup coffee makers provide an optimal amount of coffee that can be enjoyed in the small amount of time that most of us have to luxuriate in the finger things, like coffee, that life has to offer.
Which Four Cup Coffee Maker Is The Right One For Me?
That all depends on what you want from a four-cup coffee maker, what your budget is, and how quickly and efficiently you want it to make coffee. There’s a four-cup coffee maker on our list that’ll suit every budget and whatever you want your coffee maker to do. As long as that involves making coffee, because let’s be honest, they won’t do much more than that.
However, if you’re asking us, as coffee fiends, which four-cup coffee maker we’d recommend, then we wouldn’t hesitate for a moment and would tell you the same thing that we tell everyone else. Always go with Mr. Coffee.