Our complete guide to the best automatic pour-over coffee maker answers the questions “Do I really need one?” and “What is the difference between automatic drip and pour-over brewed coffee?”

Who is an Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker for?

For many of us coffee is coffee (to a certain degree), I mean we know our brands, flavors and roasts and make our selections a personalized venture BUT to the true coffee connoisseur, the beans, roast, aromas and flavors are to be savored — appreciated like a fine wine.

Automatic Pour-Over Coffee MakerTo the coffee connoisseur, good brews (the operative word being ‘brew’) are rich and rewarding, they are full of flavor and meant to be enjoyed — they are not just the caffeinated kick, that “cup of joe” we grab on our way out the door in the morning.

The optimal brewing process, offered in an automatic pour-over coffee maker, provides for those with discriminating tastes, the perfect flavor extraction from ground coffee beans using precise temperatures and water dispersement, combined the convenience of an automatic drip.

What’s the Diff?

A short explanation of the difference between an automatic drip coffee maker and an automatic pour over coffee maker is how the water in the coffee maker is dispensed — in addition, to how the temperature of that water is controlled. Both are drip coffee makers.

Automatic Pour-Over Coffee MakerWith automatic pour-over coffee makers, they heat the water to the proper brewing temperature and hold it there through the entire brewing process. The best machines even keep the water away from the storage tank after it’s been heated, so it doesn’t cool down too much.

They also use a broad drip pattern across the coffee grounds that gives it a chance to “bloom” (i.e., absorb some of the water and release the oils that make coffee taste so good) before it passes through into a stainless or glass carafe below.

Instead of continuously flooding the brew basket with water, a pour over coffee maker pulses the flow of heated water from a rain-patterned shower-style head controlling the extraction.

This technology lets the user enjoy the most flavor from the roasting process, natural oils and rich flavor of the ground coffee beans brought about with the perfectly controlled water temperature.

Top 4 Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Makers

In no particular order, here are our top 4 choices for the best automatic pour-over coffee maker. We’ve reviewed function, features, warranty and customer satisfaction in narrowing down our selections.

Itemized below are the features of each together with care and manufacturer’s warranty information so you’re equipped with all the knowledge you need to make an informed buying decision.

KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee Maker

KitchenAid KCM0802CU Pour Over Coffee MakerThis KitchenAid KCM0802CU Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker is a smart addition to the stainless kitchen. Sleek in its styling and smaller in profile, this coffee brewer is an attractive space saving small appliance for undercabinet counter space.

This pour over coffee maker measures just 15.1 inches TALL by 11.3 inches DEEP by 8.7 inches WIDE. It weighs about 9 pounds.

Each step of the brewing process is displayed on its LED front panel and includes the time, roast selection as well as a progress bar.

The water level indicator, progress display as well as the programmable controls are all on the front view of this KitchenAid coffee maker for easy reading and access.

The cord wrap around feature on the back of the coffee maker lets you snug this up to a wall, outlet or backsplash saving even more space.

The display and control panel features Medium/Dark roast, delay start, warm, clean, steeping, brewing complete and enjoy LED indicators. It comes with the base unit, a carafe, coffee filter basket and a KitchenAid Owners Manual.

This is the most feature packed of the models reviewed. Here are some of the additional features we like:

  • Meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and is a certified Home Brewer.
  • This KitchenAid heats water to the optimal range of 198°F -204°F at the top of the coffee maker in lieu of the base as in an automatic drip maker.
  • It has 24 hour programmability as well as an auto-off feature after 1 hour — plus audible alerts.
  • The brew selection feature lets you make from 2 to 8 cups of expertly brewed coffee.
  • Operates on standard 120V AC household current. 1250 Watts
  • Made in the USA and comes with a 1-Year Guarantee and Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty.
  • Slower than an automatic drip. 8 Cups takes about 8-10 minutes to brew.
  • Coffee maker housing is plastic like other drip coffee makers.
  • Sliding cover for water reservoir on top may be difficult to fill for some.

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OXO On 12 Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker

OXO On 12-Cup Pour Over Coffee MakerCalled by OXO the “Barista Brain”, this 12-Cup Automatic Pour-Over Coffee Maker, Model No. 8710000V1, heats water in a removable kettle up to the optimal temperature (between 197.6°F- 204.8°F) to help your favorite coffee roast reach its full potential.

For tea lovers, it also gives you the option to boil water for tea bags WITHOUT brewing coffee OR the brew system may be used for perfectly seeping tea leaves at the optimal temperature of 175ºF to 212ºF.

The rainmaker shower style head provides uniform ground coffee or tea saturation.

A larger profile than the KitchenAid, this pour over brew system measures 15.9 inches HIGH by 14.7 inches WIDE by 7.5 inches DEEP and weighs about 15.6 pounds.

The glass kettle is made from high heat and breakage resistant borasilicate glass and the included 12-cup capacity carafe is double-walled stainless steel.

Purchase includes base unit, borosilicate glass kettle, stainless steel carafe, 1 cup coffee scoop, 10 coffee filters, removable rainmaker showerhead and OXO On Pour Over Coffer Maker Owners Manual.

This is the best multi-tasking of the models reviewed. Here are some of the additional features we like:

  • This, like the KitchenAid, also meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and is a certified Home Brewer.
  • Both the glass kettle and stainless carafe have comfortable, non-slip grip handles for easy pouring and control.
  • You can brew coffee and heat water at the same time — fill the kettle to 12 cups, select 10 brewed cups of coffee have 2 cups of hot water remaining for tea.
  • Choose between 4 and 12 cups of coffee or tea.
  • Operates on standard 120V AC household current with Auto Shut-off after 60 minutes.
  • Comes with a 2-Year Guarantee againsts defects in materials or workmanship
  • No audible alert. Countdown timer on LED screen shows brew status.
  • Slower than an automatic drip. 12 Cups takes about 10-12 minutes to brew.
  • Not recommended by the manufacturer for brewing on a counterop UNDER A CABINET.
  • Pause and Pour feature is good for 60 seconds. If stainless carafe is removed during brew process for more than 60 seconds. Program will turn off.
  • Made in China

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Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Pour Over Coffee Maker

Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Pour Over Coffee MakerThis Moccamaster Model 79112  automatic pour-over coffee maker, with a 10-cup capacity, is hand-made and quality tested in the Netherlands. Moccamaster is a company who has been in the coffee maker business for over 50 years.

It meets the strict brewer guidelines established by international agencies ECBC, SCAA and SCAE, brewing at the the precise temperature (196°F-205°F).

As in the other coffee brewers reviewed here, the Moccamaster is designed to brew with an automatic ultra-precise, pre-immersion drip-style system creating a natural pulse action process that provides the perfect coffee bloom for full bean flavor. This one, however, is a workhorse, solidly constructed that will stand the test of time.

This automatic pour over coffee maker features a manual adjust drip stop brew basket. This means you have the option to “open”, “partially open” or “close” the basket allowing the coffee to steep longer when using partial carafe coffee or tea brewing.

It measures 15.4 inches TALL by 12.2 inches DEEP by 7.1 inches WIDE and weighs just under 7 pounds. Purchase includes base unit, stainless steel carafe and Moccamaster USER MANUAL.

This is the best in materials and construction for long useful life of the models reviewed. Here are some of the additional features we like:

  • Meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and is a certified Home Brewer.
  • Will brew a full 10 cups of coffee in 6 minutes and includes a double-walled stainless steel carafe
  • The brew selection feature lets you make either a half carafe or full carafe of coffee or tea
  • Operates on standard 120V AC household current.
  • Made by hand and comes with a 5-Year Guarantee
  • No programmable functions or audible alerts
  • None of the parts are dishwasher safe – hand wash only
  • Manual shut-off only

SEE THIS PREMIER MOCCAMASTER COFFEE MAKER

8-Cup Bonavita BV1900TS Pour Over Coffee Maker

Bonavita BV1900TS Pour Over Coffee MakerThe Bonavita BV1900TS Pour Over Coffee Maker is the best value in a complex brewer competing with KitchenAid and Moccamaster handsomely at about $100 less than its rivals.

It has no frills and is maybe not quite as attractive as the competition but accomplishes what it sets out to do and that’s to execute the perfectly brewed cup of coffee.

Its compact size, fewer parts, easy maintenance and simple operation wins as one of our favorites.

This automatic pour-over coffee maker comes with a 1500-watt heater that maintains the optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F and has a pulse pumping system. It also features an optional “pre-infusion mode” that wets freshly roasted ground coffee to allow “degassing” before brewing begins.

It comes with a double-walled stainless steel carafe that keeps its contents warm for almost 4 hours above the 150°F degree mark.

The Bonavita BV1900TS measures just 12.2 inches HIGH by 12.4 inches LONG by 6.8 inches WIDE making it very undercabinet friendly and weighs about 6 pounds.

Purchase includes the base unit, stainless steel carafe, brew basket and BONAVITA BV1900TS Users Manual.

This is the best value in terms of a great cup of coffee when compared to the other models reviewed. Here are some of the additional features we like:

  • Meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and is a certified Home Brewer.
  • The carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are all dishwasher safe and all plastic plastic components are BPA-free.
  • Their wide showerhead design evenly distributes water over the coffee grounds to ensure uniform oils and flavor extraction from ground coffee.
  • In terms of brewing time, the BV1900TS matched Moccamaster, taking a fast 6 minutes or less to create a full 45-ounce pot of coffee.
  • Operates on standard 120V AC household current.
  • Comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • This coffee maker has no programmable features or audible alerts.
  • No Pause and Serve feature on the stainless carafe
  • Assembled in China using German parts
  • No frills, not as solidly built as the Moccamaster

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