Thermal Coffee Makers

Recommended Models

There are many different models around so I will talk only about some of those that are quite popular and that have decent customer reviews. My personal preference when it comes to thermal coffee makers is Capresso. Their coffee makers are quite expensive but they do make very good drip coffee (being one of the very few automatic drip coffee makers that actually use a proper brewing temperature).

Capresso MT-500 Plus is a sleek, 10-cup coffee maker with stainless steel insulated carafe. You can program MT-500 to make your morning coffee before you get out of the bed. It makes 10 cups in about 8 minutes - and it has a pause-and-serve feature if you can't wait that long. If you don't need to make the full pot, you can use a special brewing cycle for making only 3 to 5 cups of coffee. There is also has a charcoal water filter, but you don't have to use it if you use good quality water. The carafe keeps the coffee hot for several hours provided that you close the lid properly.

Another model well worth considering is Capresso CoffeeTEC. It is very similar to the MT-500 even though it is nowhere near as elegant. But it has one unique feature: FrothXpress. Yes, a frother - the milk steaming / frothing device that you usually find only on espresso machines. This is a brilliant coffee maker for people who like milk based coffee drinks.

Bunn home coffee makers are also worth looking at - especially if you like your coffee made very fast. Bunn BTX-B ThermoFresh uses a special system that brews 10 cups of coffee in about 3 minutes - no other coffee makers are this fast. If you live high in the mountains, there is also a special high altitude version.

There are some cheaper alternatives too. Zojirushi EC-BD15 Fresh Brew is very good value for money - it is a very decent fully programmable coffee maker. If you don't need to pre-program the brewing, you may also want to have a look at Braun KF600 Impressions and Black & Decker TCM830.

Grind and brew thermal coffee makers

If you are after a coffee maker with a built in grinder then you may want to have a look at Capresso CoffeeTeam TS or Cuisinart DGB-900BC. I personally think that it is better to have a separate grinder, but for some people the grind and brew models work really well. Be aware though that this type of coffee maker is quite prone to problems - so read some user reviews before you buy!

1-cup and 2-cup thermal coffee makers

If you are the only coffee drinker in your home then Black & Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffeemaker may be just the right thing for you. It brews the coffee directly into a travel mug that you can take away with you.

For two coffee drinkers who just need a mug of morning joe to keep them going on the way to work, there are also coffee makers that brew coffee into two travel mugs simultaneously. Have a look at Cuisinart TTG-500 Two-to-Go, Black & Decker DDCM200 Dual Personal Coffeemaker, or Melitta ME2TMB Take 2 Stainless Steel Travel Mug Coffeemaker. I would recommend you to read the reviews before you buy. There is quite a number of complaints about these dual coffee makers - mainly about the two mugs not being filled equally or the coffee spilling over the counter.


No matter which thermal coffee maker you choose, the advantages are clear. Instead of letting your favorite brewed coffee languish on a hot plate, losing its taste and flavor every minute, a thermo carafe can keep your coffee flavorful and hot for hours on end. Definitely a clear choice for the all-day coffee drinker!

Further Reading

Thermal Coffee Maker: Pros and Cons
Best Thermal Coffee Maker