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Small Appliances Buying Guide - Coffee Makers

A coffee maker is a necessity when you need your morning cup of joe. But what type is best? Use our buying guide to make an easy decision.


Your kitchen’s coffee maker is there to greet you first thing in the morning or to help you entertain a house full of guests. When choosing one, consider how much coffee you drink at a time, how often you make coffee and how easy to use you want your machine to be.

Coffee Makers

Drip Coffee Makers

The most popular type of coffee maker in Canada, this machine works by forcing water from a reservoir tank towards a heating element at the bottom of the machine. The hot water travels through a tube to the top of the machine where it drips down through a filter containing the ground coffee. The brewed coffee is collected in a removable glass or thermal carafe.


An all-in-one unit where the coffee is brewed in and poured from the same container, these models are mainly used to make coffee for large groups, yet smaller, home versions are available.

Water is heated by an element at the bottom of the percolator. As the water boils, some of it is forced through an internal tube into a filter at the top that contains the ground coffee, where it then percolates through the grounds. The brewed coffee collects at the bottom of the machine, mixing with the fresh water. This process continues until the brewing cycle is complete. The shorter the brewing cycle, the weaker the coffee. The longer the brewing cycle, the stronger the coffee.

Single Serve

The single serve hot beverage machine are designed to quickly brew a single cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or other hot beverages in less than 1 min. Each brand sells an assortment of flavours where the grounds are supplied in a prepared, single-serving capsule, typically called a “pod” or “k-cup”. Once the machine has warmed up, the user inserts the capsule into the machine, places a mug under the spout, and within 20 to 60 seconds, the beverage is ready. These brewing machines are ideal for the person on the go or the entertainer. They are quick and easy with minimal clean required.