What if we told you that intelligent coffee makers are the new “it” thing in town? That they can revolutionize your coffee-making experience for good? That you can control your coffee maker from the palm of your hands?
Will you take a one-way trip to the nearest appliance shop and go all out on a machine testing bender?
Or will you simply read this article to know what they are, how they work, if they’re worth your time, and how you can find the best of the lot?
Whatever your answer is, a little knowledge hurt nobody. Read on to learn all about them!
Why should you buy a smart coffee maker?
What’s so special about smart coffee makers? What makes them unique?
If you’re thinking along these lines, it means that you take your coffee seriously. We like you already! And so we’ve done your homework for you.
Find the answers to all your questions here:
Reason 1: You can control them via an app on your phone
If you’ve been geeking out on science fiction and appreciate the power of technology in more ways than one, then a smart coffee maker is the coffee maker for you. They give you the power to brew your coffee exactly how you like it, and you don’t even need to lift a finger!
Forget machines with programmable timers. All they do is help you schedule your coffee in advance. Most programmable coffee makers can do that. No big deal. But smart coffee makers?
They take programmability to a whole new level.
As they are connected to your smartphone via an app, all you have to do is press a few buttons and voila! your perfectly planned coffee is ready for you.
Reason 2: They are extremely customizable
There is only so much a coffee maker can do when it comes to fulfilling all of your coffee requirements.
They will always fall short of one or the other requirement as increased customization is not always possible or ideal as it demands you to be physically present to push the buttons.
Then comes a smart coffee maker. With them, anything is possible.
Be it setting the water temperature, the brew time, or simply the type of coffee you want to brew, customizing coffee has never been easier. All you have to do is choose your coffee settings through your smartphone.
Easy peasy and a whole lot of delicious!
Reason 3: They bring convenience into your everyday life
What we love about smart coffee makers is the simplicity they bring into your everyday life and coffee drinking.
They eliminate major steps in the coffee-making process and give you absolute freedom of customization from the comfort of your phone at your own sweet pace.
You can be out in the garden tending to your plants, taking a bath, or busy being a couch potato, your coffee making woes are gone for good. With a smart coffee brewer, you have to do the bare minimum of filling water into the water tank. Once that is done, all you have to do is program your coffee.
And that’s it. Your perfect cup of coffee is ready to go.
Reason 4: They enable easy maintenance & online ordering
Maybe your coffee maker is running out of coffee beans. Or the water tank needs to be filled. Or perhaps you need to replace certain parts because they are wearing out.
Whatever your concern is, smart coffee makers are programmed to notify you when maintenance is required. They do this via the app it is compatible with.
Some of these apps might even simplify the cleaning process for you.
With a cleaning option installed within the app, they eliminate the need to remember the right combination of buttons you should press to clean the machine correctly.
Moreover, some of the best smart coffee makers such as the Nespresso by Delonghini also allows you to order coffee capsules when you’re running out. This means that you can afford to be forgetful as you’ll never run out of coffee.
Things to consider before buying a smart coffee maker. Are they worth the hype?
Is a smart coffee maker worth the hype? Should you get one at all?
It all depends on the kind of person you are. It also depends a lot on your lifestyle choices.
If you like to make your coffee traditionally, see it as a healthy lifestyle choice, appreciate the simplicity of a basic coffee maker, and aren’t too fussy about customizing your coffee, then you don’t really need one.
On the contrary, if you are anything like us and love to sip on auto-brewed and custom-made coffee that you can schedule from anywhere and any time; get your hands on some smart coffee makers.
How to install and use a Smart Coffee Maker
Smart Coffee Makers are designed to make your life simple and hassle-free.
They are easy to install and easier to use.
While the installation process of smart coffee makers may vary depending on the manufacturing company, they are all fundamentally the same as all you need to do is:
- Plug it in.
- Connect to your home Wi-Fi to set it up.
- Connect it to the app that it is compatible with.
- And…….see the magic unfold!
Product Review: The 5 Best Coffee Makers in 2o20
What we love about smart coffee makers is that they offer convenience, customization, and app control, so you can have a perfect cup of coffee whenever you need it.
We have reviewed 5 of the best smart coffee makers in the history of coffee makers.
Read on to find the perfect one for you.
Hamilton Beach 49350
Living up to its tagline “struggle-free, tinker-free, and stress-free”, nothing speaks convenience like the Hamilton Beach 49350 Alexa Smart Coffee Maker. It is a highly programmable and intelligent coffee maker that is minimally designed to make coffee making incredibly convenient for you.
What we like about this coffee maker is that it is compatible with the Alexa app meaning no additional app is needed to operate it. From your brew strength to the capacity you want to brew, you can customize your brew settings from the palm of your hands. All you need to do is download the Alexa app and use voice command to direct your coffee assistant to prep your brew exactly how you like it.
This coffeemaker also eliminates the need to manually switch off your machine or worry about it – all you have to do is command your app to do it for you. And even if you forget to command Alexa, the machine automatically switches off after 2 hours, making coffee drinking a worry-free experience for you.
Talk about convenience, each and every element of this coffee maker is carefully designed to enable ease of use. Unlike most coffee machines, the water reservoir is in the front making it easier to fill the water tank. It also has a water filter option that enables you to filter your water before it is used for brewing.
Nothing speaks convenience like the Atomi Smart Coffee Maker. This coffee maker best brings the comfort of modern technology and effortless convenience into your everyday coffee maker.
The only thing standing between you and your perfect cup of auto-brewed coffee is one simple voice command and app instruction. Compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, you can opt for any of these apps to control your coffeemaker and get your preferred coffee at your preferred time in your preferred dose.
Sounds easy? it gets better.
Great programmability and mobile control are not the only perks that come with this coffee maker. The next best thing is its durability. Made with stainless steel, this equipment is highly durable, making it the perfect companion for households with children. Drop it as they may, it won’t break easily.
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
If you like a coffee machine with a lot of versatility, look no further. The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System is the best coffee maker for you.
From brew style to serve size, Ninja is all about giving you options. It does what no one else does by offering numerous serving sizes. Most coffee makers can offer single serve and full pot but nothing in between. But Ninja can give you anything from a half carafe to a full carafe to a single-serve beverage, making it extremely versatile.
With the ability to brew both coffee and tea, over-ice beverages, and coffee-house specialty drinks like cold brews, cappuccinos, and lattes – this machine gives you more brew options than most coffee makers can offer.
You don’t need to splurge your money on overpriced drinks in cafes anymore. You can simply choose from a selection of your favorite hot and iced drinks and coffee beverages and brew them in the comfort of your home. If you prefer a frothy drink, you can simply use the built-in frother and your perfectly frothy beverage is ready to go.
Keurig C K-Elite Maker
The Keurig C K-Elite Maker is more than just your average coffee maker. With the ability to brew both hot and cold coffee, it gives you the perfect cup of coffee in both options. You can also make hot water on demand to create the perfect cup of oatmeal or soup.
That this coffeemaker can brew your coffee in under a minute without prior preparation makes it best suited for people with a busy calendar. If you don’t have time to waste, simply relax and wait for the magic to happen.
Bold or mild, hot, or cold, this brewer takes care of your needs with saint-like devotion. A strong brew button lets you increase the strength of your coffee and the iced coffee button allows you to brew iced lattes and cold coffee.
The machine comes with a large 75oz water reservoir which eliminates the need to refill your Keurig as often. Talk about brew size, you can brew your coffee in four different sizes including 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, and 12oz. Another great USP is that you can adjust the water temperature to your needs.
Nespresso by De’Longhi EN350G
The Nespresso by De’Longhi EN350G is a high-end and high performing single-serve coffeemaker You can brew premium coffee in 4 convenient sizes: Americano, Espresso, Lungo, and Ristretto. Be it an americano, or an espresso, all you have to do is select that particular option and your favorite coffee is good to go.
What makes this machine extra special is its compatibility with the Nespresso app (available in iOS and Android). The app allows you to brew your coffee remotely without being physically present. It also allows you to access coffee recipes and order more capsules when you’re about to run out.
Moreover, you can also customize the heat intensity of your beverage. For a cup of piping hot coffee, choose the extra hot option. For moderately hot coffee, choose the ‘hot’ option. And for a moderately warm coffee, choose ‘medium’.
Final Verdict: What is the idea smart coffee maker for you?
Having evaluated 5 of the best smart coffee makers known to man, we believe that all of them bring something unique to the table. A coffee maker that comes closest to the features and pricing is the one that is ideal for you.
To make it simpler, we have compiled the following list.
Take your pick.
- Most pocket-friendly: If you’re looking for a coffee maker that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, then you can go for either Atomi Smart or Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker. Both these smart coffee makers fall below the $100 price range making them extremely affordable.
- Fastest Coffee Maker: Topping this list is the Nespresso by De’Longhi EN350G. Smart or not, this is the fastest a coffee maker gets.
- Best for coffee and tea brewing: The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System tops this list as these smart coffee makers can brew both tea and coffee in hot and cold options.
- Maximum compatibility options: Living up to its “set it and forget it” motto, the Atomic Smart Coffee Maker tops this list as this smart coffee machine is compatible with all 3 apps: Google assistant app, Atomi smart app, and Alexa app.
- Maximum capacity: Both Atomi Smart and Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker can brew 12 cups or 60 oz at a given time, making them the best smart coffee makers for heavy dozes.
- Coffee machine with a built-in frother: The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System is one of the best smart coffee makers that there is. Not only does it give you customized brew options, but it also comes with a frother that you can use to fluff up or froth up your beverage into a fine smooth texture.