The range of choices for countertop coffee and espresso makers is enormous. Prices range from $20 to $3,000. Some of what you pay for is appliance quality, some is for style, some is for convenience and some is for coffee quality. Although, some low-priced models make coffee just a good tasting as high end models. But for coffee connoisseurs there are features and functions that make a high-end unit worth the price. For people more interested in the appliance's appearance, well for the most elegant designs, expect to pay a lot.
Countertop coffee makers don't all do an adequate job. Some coffee makers, will never be able to get all the flavor out of the coffee grounds because they don't heat the water hot enough. For more about how to brew the best cup of coffee, see our article below "How To Brew Coffee Like a Barista".
Features vary widely on coffee makers. Many now offer timers so you can set them up before you go to bed and have a hot pot of coffee ready when you wake up in the morning. Models with built-in grinders bump it up a notch to brew even fresher tasting coffee. Some models can even be plumbed with a water line to eliminate refilling the reservoir tank. Espresso makers are also following the trends to make automatic brewing even more convenient.