Low-quality coffee makers can make cold coffee but leave you hot under the collar, which is a situation no office wants to find itself in. There are enough stresses in office work, so coffee should be a quick and easy task.
It’s not always easy to shop online since manufacturers aren’t shy about overinflating what their machines can do while simultaneously hiding their flaws.
If you’re looking for a new coffee maker for your office, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled a list of reviews of the best office coffee makers of 2020 so that you can find the model that’s right for your workplace. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide so that you can pick wisely, even if you’re not a coffee expert yourself.
|Keurig K155 Office Pro|
|Technivorm Moccamaster 59462 KBG||5 Year||4.6/5|
|Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp|
|BUNN 33200.0015 VPR-2GD||2 Years||4.2/5|
|DeLonghi DC514T 14-Cup||2 Years||4.0/5|
Keurigs were originally designed for office use, and they remain the quickest and easiest way to get your coffee fix. Our favorite Keurig model for offices is the Keurig K155 Office Pro, which comes with multiple features that make it even better for office use. First, it uses K-cups. And since each K-cup makes one cup of coffee, everyone will be able to get the blend they’re craving without forcing their preference on anyone else. This model also comes with a convenient touchscreen interface that allows you to control most settings. This includes the ability to choose between a 4, 6, 8, or 10-ounce cup of coffee.
This model comes with a huge 90-ounce reservoir, which (depending on the serving size) could brew more than a dozen cups of coffee before you need to refill it—a great feature for a busy office. Our only gripe is that even though you can tie this model directly into the waterline, you have to pay extra for the plumb kit. If that part were included, we’d like this model even more. However, this is still one of the best office coffee makers on the market right now.
The Technivorm Moccamaster 59462 KBG is a good choice for an office that drinks a lot of coffee but doesn’t want to buy K-cups, which can be expensive. You can use loose coffee grounds with this machine. It also comes with a 40-ounce reservoir, which is enough for about ten cups of coffee before it needs refilling. You can also get this model in one of twenty different colors, so you can match it to your office’s kitchen theme if you already have one. The brewer and hotplate turn on and off independently, so you can keep your coffee warm in the carafe long after you’re done brewing.
This model also features a lot of easily replaceable parts, which is good news for a machine that will see heavy use. While you won’t have to worry about parts breaking prematurely with this coffee maker, it’s nice to know that you can fix it yourself if something goes wrong. What keeps this model out of first is its price. It’s not a cheap machine, but it does its job well, which is why we’re confident that this will make most users happy—especially if they’re looking for a great K-cup alternative.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp is our choice for “best for the money,” and a good choice for offices that won’t see extra-high coffee use. It comes with a 14-cup capacity, which will be enough to make coffee for the whole office in one go. You can also choose between a regular and a bold flavor, so you can make different-strength brews for different people. It also comes with an adjustable temperature warming plate, so you can leave coffee at the temperature that your office prefers.
You can also get this model for about a quarter of what you’d pay for the top two models on our list. So you’re getting exceptional value for your money. However, this model isn’t one that will last forever under heavy use, and it may only last a year. That means that it’s better for offices with a more casual rate of coffee consumption. Price-wise, it’s not a bad deal, but it will be inconvenient. While you can get a great cup of coffee out of this machine, it’s not one you can expect to last a long time. If you’re looking for something that can last forever, you’ll need to invest in a different model.
The BUNN 33200.0015 VPR-2GD might appeal to you if your office burns through coffee at a rate that could only be described as “commercial.” This is a commercial coffee brewer, and while you won’t get a lot of bells and whistles with this model, you’ll get coffee, and a lot of it, out of this machine. It’s very easy to use. Turn it on, add coffee grounds and cold water, and you’re good to go—to the tune of 3.8 gallons of coffee per hour. It also comes with two decanters, so you’ll be able to serve and brew coffee at the same time, which will keep your workers happy.
The only real problem with this model is that it has some quality control problems. You’ll occasionally get a model that leaks right out of the box. The good news is that you can always return it for a working model, but the fact that you might have to go through that hassle drops this model to fourth on our list. As it is, it’s a good choice for offices that need a lot of coffee.
The DeLonghi DC514T 14-Cup has some potential as an office coffee maker, but it also has enough flaws that most people would prefer to avoid it. Its best feature is its programmability. You can set it to make coffee at certain times of the day so that your workers won’t have to do it themselves. It also comes with a 14-cup capacity, which is plenty of coffee per brew. A neat feature is its LED lights which illuminate in stages to let you know how fresh the current coffee is. While that’s not a feature that will make or break this model, it’s a nice touch.
However, this model has its share of problems. The biggest ones are related to quality control. This model often breaks down within a few months of purchase, which means you’re going to have to replace it under warranty. Not only is this a pain, but it also means you’ll have to go without coffee in the interim. The best units seem to last only about 18 months, so you’re not getting great longevity for your money. While the price is low, the quality is also low. Most people will probably want to spend more and get a model that lasts far longer.
We hope that our reviews have already gotten you thinking about the features that you might like to see on your next coffee maker. If you’re still not sure which one will have the best impact on your office, don’t worry. We’ve created this buyer’s guide with you in mind. It’s full of good information about office-grade coffee makers. It also walks you through the features that you need to consider before you buy so that you can be sure that you make a great decision.
The first question you need to consider is whether your office will benefit more from K-cups or from loose coffee grounds. The most important thing to consider here is price. K-cups are far more expensive on a per-cup basis than loose grounds, and that’s not something that’s going to change anytime soon. Likewise, if you or your company cares about the environment, know that plastic K-cups aren’t the best thing for it. Loose coffee grounds and paper filters have far less of an impact.
On the flipside, K-cups are more convenient than loose grounds. For one, it’s hard to spill a K-cup and make a big mess like you could with loose grounds. For another, each person can choose the variety and flavor that most appeals to them. So you won’t have people fussing over the variety that gets brewed. Some K-cup models can even tie into a water line, which means you won’t have to refill them like you would with most other coffee machines.
Capacity is the second most important feature to consider once you’ve figured out whether you’re going to use loose grounds or K-cups. You need to match your machine to the amount of coffee that your office is going to drink. If it’s going to be a lot, you’ll probably be better off with a commercial brewer that can produce gallons of coffee per hour.
If it falls somewhere in the middle, you can probably get away with a 12- or 14-cup machine. Remember, time spent refilling the coffee machine is time that people aren’t spending doing other work. And while you shouldn’t begrudge people their coffee breaks, there’s no reason to make them last longer than they have to.
The flipside of this is that if you don’t use all of the coffee that you brew, it can and will get gross, and people will throw it out to make a fresh batch. There’s no reason to get the highest capacity on the market if you’re not going to benefit from it.
Durability is a third factor that you should certainly keep in mind while you’re shopping. While you’re probably not spending your own money to buy equipment for the office, it’s still a good idea to try to get the best deal you can. With coffee makers, a big indicator of value is how long a machine lasts. You may end up spending a few hundred dollars, but if your coffee maker lasts for half a decade or more, then you’re getting great value for your money.
The number one way to make sure you’re getting a machine that will last a long time is to read reviews online and get a feel for the product. Any mention of leaks or failing heating elements should be a big red flag, since machines with these problems tend not to last very long.
On a side note – Which coffee maker should you buy if on a budget?
We get asked this quite a lot and therefore we decided to write these two guides:
The Keurig K155 Office Pro is our favorite coffee maker for offices since it uses K-cups, comes with a very large water reservoir, and uses a great touchscreen interface. The Technivorm Moccamaster 59462 KBG has a large capacity, comes with an independent brewer and hot plate, and has tons of color options, though its high price means it only earns second place. The Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp has a large capacity, an adjustable temperature warming plate, and a great price, making it the best value for the money on our list. The BUNN 33200.0015 VPR-2GD is a commercial-grade brewer that’s easy to operate and comes with two decanters, making it great for large offices, but quality control problems drop it to fourth. In last place is the DeLonghi DC514T 14-Cup, which has a large capacity and is programmable, but suffers from serious quality control problems and a short life.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you learn about the features you’ll need for your next office coffee maker, and that we’ve made finding the right model an easy task for you.
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