Let Our Guide Help You Find the Best Mr. Coffee Machine for You
Dependable, affordable and compact, Mr. Coffee coffee makers will get you through your morning routine without fail. As one of the most recognizable brands in the industry, Mr. Coffee produces coffee makers for everyday people. You won’t get a fancy frother, or the option to use K-cups or pods. But you will get a great cup of coffee.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX91 Optimal Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
Our favorite for 2017
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
A very close runner-up
Mr. Coffee TF5GTF 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker
A cool and affordable coffee maker
There’s just one big problem with Mr. Coffee’s machines: they all have similar designs and features. How can you choose just one if they’re all very similar?
We’re going to review five of the best models from Mr. Coffee, but first, let’s talk about how to compare each machine.
- Number of Cups: Start by determining how many cups you want to brew. Mr. Coffee has models that brew as little as four cups and as many as 12, so you have a wide range of options. If you drink a lot of coffee, entertain often or have multiple coffee drinkers in your home, you may want to opt for a 12-cup machine.
- Buyer Feedback: We’ve yet to find a Mr. Coffee machine with really bad ratings from users, but it’s still important to see what buyers are saying about the model you’re considering. Maybe the machine doesn’t function quite like you thought it would, or maybe there are issues with the carafe. Always check buyer feedback to learn about potential problems with the machine.
- Size: Another important thing to consider is the size of the machine. Most will be compact, but some may be larger than others. If you’re limited on counter space, make sure that you check the model’s dimensions before buying.
The Best Mr. Coffee Reviews
Mr. Coffee SK13 – The SK13 model brews 12 cups of coffee at a time, and comes at an exceptionally affordable price. Although this is a simple machine, it brews coffee perfectly, and even offers cord storage to keep your counters neat and tidy.
The pause ‘n serve feature lets you pour a cup of coffee before the rest of the pot is brewed, and a bright green indicator light lets you know whether the pot is on or off.
The SK13 features a dual water window, which lets you know how much water is in the reservoir. The filter basket is also easy to lift out for quick and easy refilling and cleaning.
If you’re looking for an affordable and efficient coffeemaker that brews a generous 12 cups, the SK13 is a smart choice.
Mr. Coffee DRX5 – If you’re looking for a smaller coffee maker, the DRX5 may just be the right choice for you. Brewing up to four cups of coffee, this machine brews just enough coffee for those on the go.
The DRX5 does offer extra features that the SK13 doesn’t have, like a clock and a delay brew feature. The delay brew option lets you set a timer, so the machine automatically brews a pot of coffee in the morning (or whenever you set it).
The brew ‘n pause feature lets you pour yourself a cup right away, and the machine automatically shuts off after one hour for safety (and to save you money on electric).
Like our previous pick, this model has a dual water window, so you can see exactly how much water is in the reservoir. The lift-out filter basket is easy to fill and clean, which makes clean-up a snap.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-PSTX91 – If you’re looking for a machine that offers more features, the BVMC-PSTX91 (a.k.a. Optimal Brew) is the perfect choice. The Optimal Brew goes beyond simple coffee brewing and even comes with a thermal carafe to keep your coffee warm for hours – without scorching it.
A built-in water filtration system removes impurities in the water that affect your coffee’s taste. There’s also a removable water reservoir that’s easy to refill and clean.
A freshness timer lets you keep tabs on how much time has passed since you first brewed the pot. There’s also a “Grab-A-Cup” feature that pauses the brew, so you can pour yourself a cup.
The Clean Cycle alert lets you know when it’s time to clean the machine, and the 2-hour shutoff automatically shuts the machine off a few hours after brewing.
Mr. Coffee TF5 – The TF5 is a simple coffee maker. It only brews four cups at a time, and it comes at a very affordable price.
Available in black and white, this machine has an on/off indicator light and a stain-resistant warming plate that’s easy to clean.
The dual water window lets you know exactly how much water is in the reservoir, and the easy-lift filter basket makes clean-up a breeze.
There’s also a pause ‘n serve feature that lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the pot is done brewing.
The TF5 is simple, but if you’re on a tight budget and want a coffee maker that does nothing more than brew coffee, this model is a smart choice.
Mr. Coffee TF5GTF – The TF5GTF is another 4-cup brewer that’s simple in design and so easy to use. It even comes with a permanent gold tone filter, which completely eliminates the need for paper filters.
The removable filter basket is easy to clean and fill, while the dual water window prevents overflows by telling you exactly how much water is in the reservoir.
A brew ‘n pause feature lets you sneak in a cup before it’s done brewing, and the on/off indicator light lets you know if the pot is on.
The TF5GTF makes brewing coffee simple and easy. There’s nothing to program, and there are no pods or K-cups to deal with. Just fill the filter with coffee, brew and enjoy.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Mr. Coffee Maker for You
- Permanent Filter: Some Mr. Coffee models have permanent filters, while others require you to use conventional paper filters. Some people prefer permanent filters because they reduce waste and are easy to clean. But they may come at an additional – albeit minimal – cost.
- Carafe: The Optimal Brew model we talked about earlier comes with a thermal carafe, but most of Mr. Coffee’s machines have a glass carafe. Decide which one is the right choice for you to help narrow down your options. Thermal carafes do have the benefit of keeping your coffee warm without scorching or burning it.
- Water Filtration: Only one of the models we reviewed comes with a water filter, but if you want the purest, freshest-tasting coffee, you’ll want to make sure you use filtered water. If you don’t have a filtration system in your home, you may want to spring for the Optimal Brew model that was a filter built-in.
- Delay Brew: If you enjoy waking up to a fresh pot of coffee, consider choosing a model that comes with a delay brew feature. Delay brew lets you set a time for brewing, so you can have a pot waiting for you when you wake up – or come home from work.
- Cost: The final thing you want to consider is the cost of the machine. Most of Mr. Coffee’s models are exceptionally affordable – even the Optimal Brew. Still, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it when buying a coffee maker.