As our homes become smarter with more Wi-Fi-enabled devices, the smart coffee maker is becoming a new favorite way to brew. For so many of us, morning coffee is an absolute necessity. So if you want that morning pick-me-up without having to get out of bed to place your order, read on to check out some smart coffee maker options.
Using a Smart Coffee Maker Couldn’t Be Simpler
A smart coffee maker needs:
- A Wi-Fi connection
- A smart device like Alexa or Google Assistant/Google Home
- A phone app (if you don’t have a smart assistant)
For coffee that’s ready when you wake up, before you go to bed just fill the water reservoir and put your coffee in the brew basket. Then when you wake in the morning, place your order from your bedroom via your app or smart device and your coffee will be ready by the time you get to the kitchen.
Say Goodbye to Your Snooze Button
For all those people who don’t like to talk before their caffeine fix, there’s another way to use your smart coffee maker. You can preprogram it to start your brew even before your alarm goes off. You won’t want to hit the snooze button when you’re waking to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
Basic Features to Expect
A smart coffee maker should:
- Be easy to set up and connect
- Offer a variety of activation modes:
- By voice, using a smart device like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant/Google Home
- Via a free, downloadable app
- Manually, via a user-friendly control panel
- Enable personalized scheduling, such as setting the machine to start brewing at different times on different days
- Let you pause brewing if your plans change
- Shut off automatically at a set time after brewing
- Allow you to shut it off remotely via your app
- Give you a window into the reservoir so that you can check the water level
- Offer a choice of brew strengths
- Give you the ability to rewarm coffee that’s gone cold
Know what features you want in your future smart coffee maker? Here are some specific options to help find the one that’s right for you.
Precision Grinding Produces a Better Coffee
The 12-cup Atomi Smart Coffee Maker with Grinder enables you to set your preferred coffee grind texture every time you brew. Its built-in grinder has eight textures to choose from, depending on whether you want a finer or coarser grind.
Those in the know say that a premium cup of coffee starts not just with great beans, but also the uniformity of the grind. But this grinder isn’t any old grinder. This machine comes with a burr grinder. Burr grinders are known for their ability to produce consistently sized coffee grounds.
Another feature of this smart coffee maker is that the filter holder is a permanent. This means you can wash and reuse it, making it a more sustainable option.
The Cleaner the Coffee Maker, the Tastier the Coffee
The 12-cup Hamilton Beach Works With Alexa Smart Coffee Maker tells you when it needs to be cleaned. Every purist knows you need to clean your smart coffee maker often to make consistent good-tasting coffee, and it’s easy with this unit.
Hamilton Beach proves that a smart coffee maker doesn’t have to be difficult to use or complicated to understand. This machine is easy to set up by following the instructions in the app. And as soon as you connect it, it works with Alexa.
20 Different Beverages From 1 Coffee Maker
The Miele CM 6360 MilkPerfection smart coffee machine comes with a built-in milk frother, so you can go from espresso to your favorite latte or cappuccino. In fact, this machine can make 20 beverages, including tea.
Just be aware that this is a top luxury machine so it is by far the most expensive smart coffee maker on the list.
Some Like it Max Hot, Some Like it Over Ice
The Keurig K-Supreme Plus Smart is a 12-cup coffee maker that uses K-Cup pods (and other capsules) instead of traditional filters.
This machine is all about options. It gives you five coffee strengths, from balanced to intense, and it customizes your coffee for five cup sizes, from 4 to 12 oz.
It also gives you six different temperature settings, from a cooler coffee called Brew Over Ice which makes an iced coffee, to a setting called Max Hot.
A Smart Coffee Maker Makes Mornings Easier
As smart coffee makers increase in popularity, the variety of options keep growing. But no matter how you take your coffee, once you’ve ordered your favorite brew from your bed, there simply is no going back.