Best 4-Cup Coffee Maker Reviews 2017: Top 5+ Recommended

Do you folks like coffee?

I know a lot of you do, especially in the morning or when your friends come over for a visit.

I too like to have a cup of my favorite coffee now and then, and I like it to be prepared in the best possible way.

That’s why I use coffee makers – they are fast, easy to use and clean.

A few days ago I was at the mall with my kids, and we came across some new and interesting 4-cup coffee makers. I was planning to buy a new and reliable coffee maker shortly, so I decided to analyze, try and test several of them and to find the most appropriate maker for my needs.

Here’re some things you need to know before you start your search:

Types of Coffee Makers

There are differences between the coffee maker types, and here are the most common types:

Manual Coffee Makers

  • Also called French press, they are transportable and inexpensive. They are patented in 1929 by Italian designer Attilio Calimani. Coffee and water are brewed together, and when the coffee is brewed, you need to press the piston to separate the coffee grounds from your beverage.

Check out: The Best Coffee Grinder for French Press

Cold Brew Coffee Makers

The name says it all – it makes cold coffee!

  • You can make it hot after the process is finished or you can drink it cold (or even colder if you add ice). The drawback of this way of making coffee is that the process takes about 24 to 36 hours.

Moka pot

  • This is an electric or stove-top coffee maker that makes coffee by passing hot or boiled water which is pressurized by steam through the coffee grounds.

Vacuum Brewers

  • They have two chambers (the bottom one contains water, and the ground coffee is placed in the top chamber) and they brew coffee using vapor pressure and vacuum.

Percolators

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

  • Most used type of coffee machines today, they are electric, simple to use and easy to acquire. They vary in number and types of features and size (capacity). There are single cup makers, 4 cup, 8 cup, 10 cup and 12 cup makers.

I prefer 4-cup makers because they are small, don’t take up a lot of space, easy to handle and move it, and they are very affordable. Over the years I've mostly used 4 cup makers, and that is the reason why I’ll focus on them in continuation of this text.

Things To Look For When Buying a 4-Cup Coffee Maker

  • Construction quality – Stability, firmness of the maker.
  • Construction materials - Is it all plastic, or does it have some metal or glass parts (if carafe is made from metal then it can’t be transparent)
  • Is it programmable or not - Programmable machines can be very convenient, but they are often more expensive.
  • Does it have a warranty (and how long does it last)
  • Does it have an instruction manual - If the maker comes with instruction manual, feel free to explore it, they don’t exist for no reason.
  • What kind of filters can be used - What size, what material.
  • Speed of brewing - Faster is better, but only if the speed doesn’t reduce the quality of the coffee.
  • Can you pour a cup of coffee while it’s still brewing (I really love this option!)
  • Does it have an automatic turn off feature – If not, be careful not to forget to turn it off.
  • Price (or price-quality ratio)
  • Is it simple to use it

What's The Best Way to Use 4 Cup Coffee Makers

Modern coffee makers are usually very simple to use, although some models have some special features which can be a bit complicated for some people (especially for someone who’s not familiar with making coffee with machines).

I will give you some of mine tips and trick which can be very helpful:

  • Always wet your filter before inserting it into the filter holder.
  • It’s not a bad idea to wash your maker before the first use or to just boil the clean water first.
  • Clean it orderly to get the best taste possible and to preserve your coffee maker.
  • You can use vinegar to clean your maker. In that case, I recommend not to use the water boiled the first time after the cleaning.
  • Be careful if you like to use a stainless steel filter. Some coffee maker manufacturers do not recommend using them in their machines.
  • Use the right size filter.
  • Use the right ratio of coffee and water (some makers require different amounts of coffee grounds).

The Best 4-Cup Coffee Makers Currently On The Market – My Reviews 2017

1. Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker - Schedule your coffee up to 24 hours in advance

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This coffee machine is fascinating. It has a few convenient features, and the most important thing is – the coffee tastes great.

It has a capacity of 20 ounces of liquid and removable filter basket which is easy to fill and clean. Is’s pretty fast – it brews your coffee in about 6 minutes. Green indicator light lets you know when it’s on or off, and the Pause 'N Serve option enables to pour a cup of coffee while the machine is still brewing.

The feature that separates this maker from the others is that it can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance – this means you can get your cup of coffee right when you want it (in the morning or when you come home from work). You just need to set the time when you want coffee maker to begin brewing, and you will have it ready at the desired time.

This coffee maker keeps your coffee warm for one hour, and then it automatically turns off. It’s very silent until you coffee starts to boil. Filter basket, glass decanter, and the lid are dishwasher safe. It mostly made from black plastic, and it weighs 3.1 pounds. It’s suitable for tea as well.

Things I liked

  • On/off indicator
  • Pause 'n serve option
  • One year limited warranty
  • Programmable – you can set brew time up in advance
  • Nonstick hot plate
  • Digital display
  • Includes instruction manual

Things I didn't like

  • The top part of the brewer is poorly and cheaply constructed
  • Susceptible to corrosion
  • It's easy to spill (you need to fill the canister very carefully)
  • Comes with no paper filters
  • Some grounds end up in coffee

2. Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker - Good for the price

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Very similar to the previous machine, this one has a capacity of approximately 20-22 oz., it is black, and it weighs 2.5 pounds. It also has a Pause 'N Serve feature if you want to take a cup of coffee while the coffee is still brewing. The difference is that this coffee maker can’t be programmed to brew coffee in advance.

It’s easy to clean and maintain; it has a removable filter and a stain-resistant warming plate. On/off indicator light lets you know when the machine is brewing and the reservoir shows the amount of water in it. The drawback of this maker is that there is not an automatic turn off feature, so you need to be careful not to forget when you turn it on. It also doesn't come with the disposable filters.

This coffee maker makes a magnificent coffee, and if you maintain it properly, it can last very long. It uses a standard small paper filter for the brew basket and a permanent 4-cup filter. It brews coffee in 3-5 minutes, which is pretty fast, and it is very quiet. I haven't had any issues with it yet, and it is very affordable.

Things I liked

  • Pause 'n serve option
  • On/off indicator
  • One year limited warranty
  • Includes instruction manual
  • Stain-resistant warming plate
  • Fairly fast

Things I didn't like

  • The top part of the brewer is poorly and cheaply constructed
  • No auto shut off option
  • Comes with no paper filters
  • Hard to clean the inside of the pot
  • The opening at the top is too small
  • Poorly constructed

3. Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker - A Good Investment

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Very durable, made of plastic and stainless steel, this coffee maker which makes delicious and hot coffee. This machine has an indicator light that shows if the coffee maker is on or off. Brew-pause option is very useful because it lets you to pour yourself a cup of coffee while the maker is still brewing. It has a dripless pour spout and knuckle guard which is very handy and a 30-minute automatic shutoff, so you don't have to worry about turning it off.

The coffee maker weighs 3.25 lbs, and it is built to North American electrical standards. The stainless steel decanter doesn't affect the taste at all; the coffee always turns out tasty and rich. It comes with three temporary paper filters (it uses #2 paper filters), but you can buy a permanent one too.

This coffee maker has a mechanical, toggle-type switch, it’s quick (the coffee is ready in 3-4 minutes) and not too loud – I can hear the usual dripping only when I'm standing right next to it.

It can fit 22-24 oz of liquid in the coffee maker’s carafe, it’s very simple to use, and doesn’t take up a lot of space. All in all, a very useful and convenient coffee maker.

Things I liked

  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • Includes instruction booklet
  • Simple to use
  • BPA free
  • Durable
  • Brew-pause option
  • On/off indicator
  • 30-minute automatic shutoff

Things I didn't like

  • A bit pricey
  • The carafe is not transparent
  • The spout is undersized
  • The carafe is not well insulated
  • There’s a possibility for leaking if heated too much

4. Elite Cuisine EHC-2022 Maxi-Matic 4 Cup Coffee Maker – Nice Little Coffee Maker

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This is a classic 4-cup coffee maker, which does the job as it should – it brews fresh and hot coffee! Like all previous makers, this one has a Pause ‘N Serve system that allows you to take a cup coffee while it’s still brewing.

It has a standard on/off switch and power indicator which shows you when the machine is brewing. The carafe is dishwasher safe, with the capacity of approximately 20 oz and water level indicator.

The filter is reusable and washable, which is very convenient because it saves money and eliminates waste from disposable filters. This maker is incredibly easy to use and clean which saves a lot of time. You can use it with a paper filter if you want to get a stronger coffee.

It weighs 2.4 pounds, and it's ideal if you don't have a lot of space on your kitchen desk. Brewing is done in a couple of minutes, and it takes even less to clean it. The best way to use it is to put in the coffee first, then the water and put in the carafe last.

Quite reliable, simple and effective, this coffee maker deserves to be a part of my kitchen gadgets.

Things I liked

  • 30-day warranty
  • On/off indicator
  • Cone filter system
  • Very simple to use
  • Pause ‘N Serve system

Things I didn't like

  • No auto shut off
  • Can melt some of the plastic on the bottom part if let on too long
  • Cheap construction
  • The spout is susceptible to dripping

5. Mr. Coffee TF5GTF 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker – Comes With a Permanent, Reusable Filter

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One more Mr. Coffee product on the list, this one shares a lot of features with previous two - on/off indicator light, Pause 'N Serve option, and standard on/off switch. This coffee maker comes with a gold tone filter – a permanent, built to last, reusable, and dishwasher-safe filter which will save you a lot of money.

You just need to wash this filter each time you use it, and your coffee will taste great. Of course, you can still use a standard removable paper filters if you prefer them and keep this re-useable filter in a safe place, just in case you run out of paper filters or if you change your mind.

It doesn't have an automatic shut off feature, so be careful not to forget to turn it off! The container is made from glass, it can contain about 22 oz, and it’s dishwasher safe. The upper lid on the pot is a little balky during closing and opening, but that is a minor drawback.

Things I liked

  • On/off indicator
  • Reusable, and dishwasher-safe filter
  • Pause 'N Serve option
  • Dishwasher safe carafe
  • Includes instruction manual

Things I didn't like

  • Fragile
  • Little difficult to close ad open the upper lid on the pot
  • No auto shut off
  • Leaks slightly from bottom when heavily used
  • Poorly constructed

In My Opinion, the Best 4-Cup Coffee Maker Is…

Those were the best 4-cup coffee makers I’ve tried. Now it’s up to you to decide which one fits you the most.

I have to single out Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker – this one impressed me the most. Durable, BPA-free, easy to use clean and maintain, it has the Brew-Pause option, and 30-minute automatic shutoff – these features makes it my number-one pick!

An honorable mention goes to Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – the option to schedule your coffee up to 24 hours in advance is really great.

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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