If you are looking for a simple coffee machine that will also look stunning on your counter-top, look no further than the Mr. Coffee 12-cup Coffee Maker ($50).
This machine features a self-cleaning cycle, a two-hour auto shut-off and programmable controls (a clock and a timer). You can also choose the brew strength of your coffee, though to be honest I didn’t notice a big difference. It also offers my personal favorite feature, the Pause ‘n Serve feature that allows you to fill your cup with coffee while the machine is still brewing (great for inpatient moms like me).
This machine also includes a water filtration system which removes 97% of the chlorine from your water if that is something that worries you. I thought this feature wouldn’t matter to me (New York City has great tasting tap water) but it actually did make a surprising difference in the way my coffee tasted.
If you are a serious coffee drinker who can do without all the bells and whistles this machine has your name written all over it.
This model is sold exclusively at Bed, Bath and Beyond ($50).