If you can’t imagine starting your day without a cup of coffee, you already know how important a good coffeemaker is.  If you’ve been thinking it’s time for an upgraded model, maybe even hoping Santa will bring you one this year, finding the best one for you can seem like a big job.  Here are a few of this year’s top contenders in alphabetical order by price range.  Giving any single one a higher rating than the others can be difficult, since we’re not all looking for the exact same functions and features.

Under $150

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  • Among the best drip coffee makers is the Bonavita BV1900TS.  It easily keeps up with the highest-end models, but comes in at roughly a third the cost, with a price tag around $130.
  • If you want cold brewed coffee without the usual hassles that come with convoluted straining contraptions, the Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker could be your new best breakfast buddy and is a great bargain at around $50.

$150 to $200

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  • Behmor Brazen Plus is great for those who want ultimate control over their coffee brewing experience.  It allows you to adjust water temperature and pre-brewing soak time.  It also lets you adjust for altitude.  This model retails for around $179.
  • Bunn has been around for a while because they know how to make a great coffee pot.  Their Velocity Brew BT takes just over three and half minutes to turn your favorite beans into your favorite beverage.  The Bunn also sells for about $179.
  • KitchenAid is a company that definitely knows a thing or two about maintaining a presence in the kitchen.  Their super retro-looking Siphon Brewer uses vapor pressure and steam to get your morning started.  The Siphon Brewer will cost you around $170.
  • Many of us recognize Ninja as a top name in the smoothie blender world, but the Ninja Coffee Bar proves they’ve got range beyond fruits and veggies.  This great machine accommodates pretty much any size cup, mug, or carafe you might want to fill.  It can also froth milk and offers lots of brewing modes.  Despite it capabilities, Ninja’s Coffee Bar is also a very affordable top performer at about $155.

Over $300

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  • When it comes to major high-end appearances, the Ratio Eight can’t be beat, with features like hand-blown glass and black walnut wood.  This model uses robotics to replicate the pour-over technique.  The performance and appearance of this model definitely put it in the top cost tier, with a price tag of nearly $600.
  • The Dutch-built Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 741 looks less like an appliance and more like a work of art.  It’s a fantastic drip brewer with metallic geometric lines that really are eye catching.  And it makes a great pot of coffee.  This imported beauty can be found for just over $300.

Given how important a great pot of coffee is for so many of us, finding a model that makes our mornings a little less tolerable should be at the top of our holiday wish list!