I know some of you might be in a rush, so we recommend getting the Cuisinart Classic Thermal Coffeemaker.
If you’re tired of drinking coffee from a glass carafe that’s been sitting on the hot plate for too long and has a burnt taste, it might be time to switch to a thermal carafe coffee maker.
We’ve found the best thermal coffee makers on the market today, and this article has gone through each with a fine tooth comb to help you decide which one you should pick.
These are the thermal coffee makers we’ll be reviewing:
Let’s take a look.
Why Get A Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker In The First Place?
There are many benefits with a thermal carafe, but they don’t come without their drawbacks either. These are pros and cons.
A good thermal carafe has freshness and retaining heat as it’s top priority. It means if you’re in a long meeting at work, spending the day working from home or even going out for the day, you can fill a thermal carafe up and your coffee will stay warm all day. You don’t have to keep tripping back and forth to the coffee machine to get your caffeine fix.
This isn’t possible if you have a glass carafe for instance. The coffee tends to go cold pretty quickly, unless you have it sat on a warming plate. Warming plates are okay, but you have to keep the coffee maker turned on to keep it hot. Plus your coffee can end up having that burnt tinge to it which ruins all those delicious flavours and who wants that?
They are strong and durable. Most thermal carafes are shatter resistant meaning they are sort of kid friendly and good for all sorts of activities. If you’re going out for the day on a hike, camping, picnicking, or any other activity, you can take your thermal carafe. Not the case for a glass carafe. I’d be worried incase I smashed it!
A thermal carafe tends to be quite large, with some of them holding up to a 12 cup capacity. More than enough to satisfy your friends or family when you’re out for the day.
Some of these thermal carafe coffee makers also have some pretty awesome features. For example, they might have an auto wake up function, which lets you program the coffee maker to start brewing coffee just before you get out of bed.
If you look at thermal carafes from a practical perspective, there is nothing wrong with them. They do everything you need them to do, keeping your coffee hot for hours on end.
When it comes to the design and elegance, they may not score ten out of ten. If you don’t mind something that looks a bit bulky in your kitchen then there are no worries. For the times when you want to serve coffee after dinner when your inlaws are over, you can always get something a bit more fancy.
They can be slightly heavy, and you can’t see what’s on the inside which makes determining how much is left difficult but that’s not too much of a big deal.
What You Need To Consider When Buying A Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker
There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when deciding what coffee maker to get. Lets run through them before getting on to the reviews.
How Much Coffee Can You Brew?
Consider a couple of these questions. How many people will I be serving for? How many cups do I want to brew? Do I want a single serve option as well as a carafe option?
Answering these questions will greatly narrow down what sort of thermal coffee maker you’ll be going for. If it’s going to be just you drinking coffee from the maker most mornings, maybe going for a big coffee maker isn’t worth the money. You might be better off going for something like a 5-cup coffee maker instead.
The great thing about 5 cup coffee makers is they’re big enough to serve a few people at the same time, but also come with small carafe brewing options for when it’s just you.
However, if you have a large household that all drink coffee, brewing one big carafe on a morning for the whole squad is time efficient and much more convenient.
Brew Strength Options?
Some of these coffee makers give the option to brew at different strengths which is perfect for those of us out there that like an extra strong coffee.
It’s very handy to have if you prefer a bolder coffee in the morning and a mild coffee in the early afternoon. Or if your partner prefers a different strength to you.
More traditional coffee brewing methods allow for a change in strength, it just depends on your coffee to water ratio and type of coffee beans. It’s nice to keep that option when moving over to the big automatic coffee brewers.
How Long Is The Warranty?
Coffee makers sometimes break down. It’s annoying, frustrating and damn right inconvenient, but it happens.
When it does and it’s not your fault you want to be sure you’re covered to get another one, therefore ensuring you have a decent warranty is important. It’s a general rule of thumb that the longer the warranty the better the product, it shows the manufacturer believes in the quality of its product. We’ll let you know how long the warranties are in each review below.
Does It Have A Built In Grinder?
“Why is this a good thing?” I hear you ask. “Surely it’s just less convenient”.
Yes, maybe it is a little less convenient, but if you’re a coffee lover or you want to get lots of freshness and flavour from your morning coffee, grind the coffee beans yourself. There are some awesome grind and brew coffee makers on the market that come as an all in one product.
Grinding your own beans can be slightly noisy, so if you’re an early riser and other people are still sleeping it’s certainly something to consider. Even with that being said, you just can’t beat coffee with freshly ground beans.
Does It Have A Timer?
Having a coffee maker with a built in timer can be a great feature. If you have a busy morning routine or it’s a stressful one trying to get the little ones ready, how great would it be for your coffee maker to brew a cuppa on its own.
You can prepare everything the night before, set the times for 5 minutes before you wake up and by the time you’re down stairs there can be a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you.
If there’s one thing that’s going to get you out of bed it’s the smell of fresh coffee wafting upstairs from the kitchen.
Is It Easy To Clean And Maintain?
This is a biggie. Keeping your coffee maker clean is the best way to ensure you get consistently good quality coffee. Leave it for too long and you’ll certainly notice a difference in taste.
There’s no point having a coffee maker that has all the bells and whistles if it’s a nightmare to clean. For example having a removable water reservoir is super handy for refilling and cleaning out. The easier it is to clean, the more likely your going to do it and the better your coffee is going to be.
The Best Coffee Makers With A Thermal Carafe – The Reviews
Without further ado, let’s get into the reviews.
- 12 cup capacity
- Small batch brewing option
- Option to change the strength of the brew
- Programmable brew time for wake up option
- Auto shut off
- Brew pause feature
- Evenstream shower head
- No spill pour spout
- Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 11.5 inches
- Weight: 4 pounds
- 2 year warranty
Black+Decker haven’t got the brand reputation like Cuisinart or Keurig yet, but they do make good coffee makers for a very affordable price too. It’s a good quality build and the carafe keeps your coffee nice and hot several hours after brewing.
It comes with some cool features which I absolutely love. For example the brew pause (or sneak-a-cup) feature allows you to pause the brewing process for a moment while you fill up your cup. We all get a little impatient for our first brew each morning, so instead of waiting for the entire carafe to fill up, as soon as the first cup worth of coffee has brewed you’re good to go.
The shower head that dispenses water is unique. It gives off an even spray so all the flavour compounds are extracted evenly creating a very balanced brew.
The wake up feature we talked about is fantastic. I really like the idea of having a coffee maker already brewing my cuppa as I’m on my way downstairs to start the day.
The quality of coffee is also pretty good. It doesn’t come with a built in grinder, but you can get manual Burr grinders for a pretty decent price these days.
It’s pretty easy to clean. The carafe is meant to be dishwasher safe however after a couple of times through the cycle water may get in the sealed part. To be safe, it’s better to just give it a hand wash after use.
All in all a great coffee maker for a good price, with lots of features to be happy about.
- 10 or 12 cup capacity option
- 1 – 4 cup brew setting
- Charcoal water filter
- Gold tone filter
- Brew pause
- Auto off once brewing has finished
- Programmable brew time for wake up option
- Dimensions: 8.07 x 10.23 x 14.17 inches
- Weight: 7.15 pounds
- 3 year warranty
Cuisinart is a big name in the coffee maker industry and produces a wide range of high quality products.
This coffee maker also comes with a programmable wake up feature, so you can have it start brewing for when you wake up or get in from work. Even if you’ve slept in or are running late, the double wall insulated carafe keeps your coffee nice and hot for hours.
The charcoal water filter and gold-tone filter are a nice touch. Charcoal filters are great for removing any unwanted minerals from your water, as they might affect the taste and give it an unwanted tinge. The gold-tone filter for the coffee also keeps oily and harmful substances from passing into your cup, allowing for a super smooth and healthy brew.
Having the option to brew one to four cups is also super handy for the times you only want small batches of coffee brewing, instead of having a full carafe.
It has a fantastic build quality which carries on through to the quality of the coffee. It doesn’t have a built in grinder, but even so delivers a very flavourful brew.
The display is easy to use, so no matter how tired you feel on a morning, with the touch of a couple of buttons you’ll have your coffee on the way. The Cuisinart is easy to clean, simply pour white vinegar in the water reservoir, hit the clean button and it does the job in 15/20 minutes.
- 10 cup carafe capacity
- Has a single serve side as well as carafe option
- Programmable for auto brew
- Auto shut off
- Pause brew function for the first cup
- Single side takes ground coffee or K Cups
- Only takes 3 minutes to brew coffee on single serve side
- Dimensions: 13.6 x 14.5 x 15.13
- Weight: 8 pounds
- 1 year warranty
An awesome product by Hamilton Beach which comes with a side for when you want to brew a carafe, and a side for when you want a single cup.
The single serve side allows you to brew with ground coffee or can also be a K Cup coffee maker, depending on how you’re feeling at the time. I would always go with freshly ground coffee. With that being said, there are some tasty K Cup coffee flavours that might make me curious enough to try, so it’s definitely nice to have the option.
The carafe holds 10 cups which is plenty to satisfy your family when they come around for dinner. Again, it’s a great carafe that keeps your coffee hot for hours. It’s best to pre-heat it with boiling water while you’re getting your coffee ground ready and everything sorted. It works much better.
It also comes with the programmable feature for having a fresh brew ready when you wake up. It takes a little while longer from start to finish than the other coffee makers, as it doesn’t heat the water up all the time. This is good for being energy efficient and saving some dollars on your electricity bills, but be prepared to wait a little while longer.
The quality of coffee is good, it is easy to clean with the pod-piercing assembly being removable and you certainly have a lot of options when it comes to the strength of the brew.
- 10 cup carafe capacity
- Hot water reservoir which means instant brew
- Very even spray for optimal coffee extraction
- Brews full carafe in 4 minutes
- Dimensions:13.9 x 8.3 x 14.9 inches
- Weight: 9.63 pounds
- 3 year warranty
If you’re getting a Bunn coffee maker, then you should be prioritising brew time and brew quality. Bunn produces very tasty coffee in an unbelievably quick time compared to other coffee makers. Although it hasn’t got a brew pause feature, there’s no need for one anyway due to how fast it makes a carafe.
Firstly, it’s always switched on in order to maintain the temperature of the water so it’s always ready to brew. This is great for making a time efficient brew, but doesn’t do much for your electricity bill. It’s not like it’s going to cost a fortune because it’s on all the time, but it will be using more electricity than others.
It doesn’t come with many features like the other coffee makers we’ve reviewed, but the Bunn still deserves a spot on our list. There’s no option to schedule a time for it to start brewing and no auto off feature, but if you’re after good quality coffee at record speed then this is your one.
It’s got a great build quality that stands the test of time. With a 3 year warranty it shows Bunn takes care and believes in its product. If you like the sound of a Bunn, we have an entire article on the best products they offer.
- 10 cup carafe capacity
- Fully automatic
- 24 hour programmable for auto brewing
- Self cleans
- 1 – 4 cup brewing options
- Different brew strength options
- Brew pause function
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 11 x 16.25 inches
- Weight: 9 pounds
- 3 year warranty
Finally we have another Cuisinart that doesn’t differ too much from the last one, but the coffee it produces is incredibly smooth, has no bitterness and is never over extracted. It also has the charcoal and gold tone filters to create a very high quality coffee.
There are different temperature settings which I find super handy if you take a lot of milk or cream in your coffee. You can wack it up to the highest temperature, then add the cream and you still have a nice hot cuppa.
It doesn’t brew as quickly as the Bunn, but comes with all those great features and produces amazing coffee. The carafe isn’t the best we’ve seen, but it’ll certainly keep your coffee warm for a couple of hours.
With a 3 year warranty it’s built to last, with many people reporting they have bought and used the coffee maker for many years without problems.
The user interface is simple and with the touch of a couple of buttons you can adjust the strength, quantity and temperature.
Each thermal coffee maker we’ve looked at is going to produce a splendid brew. The ‘best’ is really dependent on what features you want and how much you want to brew.
If I had to pick one myself, I’d get the Cuisinart Classic Thermal Coffee Maker. It’s great value for money, delivers incredibly smooth coffee and easy to use. Plus Cuisinart are reliable and it comes with a 3 year warranty. We have a list of the best Cuisinart coffee makers if you want to check them out.
Once you’ve chosen your coffee maker, you’ll need some coffee beans. How about some Colombian coffee beans to get you started?
Which one did you decide to go for? Let us know in the comments!