Let’s face it, a good portion of the world is addicted to coffee. If you’re like me, you probably get up in the morning and need a couple of cups before you feel completely primed and ready for the day. With the advent of the Internet of Things, it was only a matter of time before our coffee makers moved towards being smart as well.
There are quite a few smart coffee makers that have hit the market already, but what exactly is a smart coffee maker? For that matter, what about smart coffee makers make them worth buying? Good question.
What makes a coffee maker smart?
In essence anything that’s connected to the Internet is a smart coffee maker. The functionality this connection provides will range from maker to maker, with some options offering simple apps that merely let you start brewing remotely on demand or via a timer. Others get more complicated letting you pick when to start presoaking beans and much more. Bottom-line, smart coffee makers are designed to brew higher quality cups of Joe while giving you more control over the process.
With that out of the way, let’s dive in and take a look at the best coffee makers you can buy.
The Behmor Connected is a coffee maker for those who are more worried about quality over speed. You’re able to control this unit with your smartphone over Wi-Fi and can set the exact temperature you would like to brew your coffee at. This coffee maker is also different than others in the fact that you can soak your beans for a specified time before actually brewing it. In this way, you can brew your coffee exactly how you like, and can make it very similar to how you might see it made in a coffee shop.
The pot is rated to make 8 cups of coffee, and is made with double walled stainless steel to keep your coffee hot for hours. The container uses a brew-through lid so heat is kept in the pot during brewing, and the stainless steel water heater is great for retaining warmth.
You can pick up the Behmor Connected coffee maker for $189.95 at the time of writing.
Orenda Smart Coffee Maker
The Orenda is probably one of the smartest and most versatile coffee makers on the market. It allows you to set special brewing instructions for different types of coffee, and can even set timers to always make a fresh cup when you need it.
You can help the coffee maker learn the type of brews you like through the included app, and it will automatically adjust settings over time the more you brew. You can make all different types of coffee based on your settings in this app, so you won’t be restricted to regular hot coffee if you want something like cold-brew instead.
The Orenda comes with a guide wall which breaks the brew container into 3 separate compartments. With this, you’re able to make up to 3 different types of coffee at a time, meaning everyone can get their perfect cup whenever they like.
The Orenda is currently available for pre-order, and will be launching in August of this year. If you order now the company will give you a $100 discount on its price of $399, so be sure to jump on it quick if you think this is the best coffee maker for your needs.
Mr. Coffee Smart WeMo Coffee Maker
The Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker is perfect for making a cup of Joe for the average Joe. The smart features it boasts are quite numerous but also simplistic, and are made for the type of person that just wants to have their coffee automated. Simply put, this is one of our favorite smart coffee makers.
The primary features of this coffee maker are present in the app. Mr. Coffee partnered with WeMo to help you make all your coffee choices from their mobile software. You can set daily brew schedules for up to a week, check the status of your coffee maker and turn it on and off, and finely adjust settings on your coffee maker to better fit your schedule.
This coffee maker will also send you notifications about your coffee to help you know when to replace specific things like the water container, so this should help you to keep your coffee schedule consistent and effective. Each component of this coffee maker is removable and easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about having issues with this just because it is “smart”.
At $150, this isn’t going to as affordable as a traditional coffee maker, but the extras and bonuses it offers are more than worth it. If you want an easy to control traditional style maker with some extra functionality, this may be the best coffee maker for you.
Nespresso D70 Prodigio Espresso Maker
If you’re someone who likes to enjoy a cup of espresso on the fly and also wants the precision and control of a connected coffee maker, the Nespresso D70 might be for you.
The Nespresso D70 uses a high pressure pump and heat control system to get you consistent results, and the high temperature is great at keeping the flavor extracted every single time. Nespresso says you can heat the water in just 25 seconds.
You can set various brew sizes depending on how strong you like your coffee, and the automatic capsule ejection makes it so you don’t have to worry about your pods every single time. The app allows you to manage your pod stock, and you can set up a credit card so you can order more pods when you get low. If you’re part of the Nespresso Club, you can receive technical diagnosis of your machine 24/7. If your machine breaks during the guarantee period, Nespresso will come out to your home and give you a loaner machine until yours is fixed.
This machine blends quality with speed pretty darn well, so if you want quality and support fast, this is worth a look.
Brewgenie Smart Coffee Maker
Smart coffee makers don’t have to be expensive. The Brewgenie Smart Coffee Maker has many of the same abilities as more expensive options on the list, but at a much more affordable price. For $49.99 you’re getting brewing reminders, water recognition to prevent overheating, and it lets you know when you need to purchase more coffee.
The app is extremely simplistic and included a number of toggles to help you configure your machine. You can ask for notifications and tell your machine to keep warm or turn off, so you should be able to make your coffee how you like every single day.
Sure, this thing doesn’t have all the intricate features of some of the more expensive models, but it will likely do everything you need it to while saving a pretty noticeable chunk of change.