Best Filter Coffee Makers UK Reviews 2018
In this article, we have rated and reviewed the top 10 rated filter coffee makers, that are currently available in the UK marketplace. There are quite a number of brands to choose from, and also plenty of different models within each brand.
We know that it can get confusing. That is why we have done the research for you, and narrowed down the choices.
How We Do Our Reviews?
We look at all of the filter style machines available. First we check the price, and most filter coffee makers are priced between £25-35. Those with a built in coffee bean grinder, will be more expensive at around £70.
Once we have that information, then we look for all of those which have higher than a 75% buyer satisfaction rating, based strictly on online buyer reviews. That way we are sure that we are bringing you, both good value and high quality information.
Top 10 Rated Filter Coffee Makers in the UK
We have listed these below in reverse order, so as you can see the full range of what is available.
No 10 Choice - Coffee Maker By Swan Review
This is one of the cheapest filter coffee makers that you will find online, though with a 73% buyer satisfaction rating, not that well rated.
You can buy this one in 4 colours, white, black, red and pink, and the price will vary slightly.
It has a nice appearance, a 12 cup capacity using a 1.25 litre jug and a hot plate.
It comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
It is very easy to use but will require the use of paper filters so please be aware of that. Buyers who really like this model do so as it works well for them and is at a very affordable price.
There are no bells and whistles with this coffee maker and it just makes filter coffee and doesn't cost the earth to buy.
Around 12-15% of online buyers said this was low quality, did not stay warm very long and in essence said, that you get what you pay for.
No 9 Choice - Andrew James Lumiglo 1000W Filter Coffee Maker Review
This model is from the popular Andrew James brand and it does include a 24 hour timer option. For under £40 a filter machine with a timer, this is a very competitive price point.
This one can make up to 12 cups in around 12 minutes and uses a 1.4 litre carafe..
It also has a washable filter and a keep warm option.
Comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty.
It is at number 9 on our list and that is because it does get mixed reviews. The price point is very good and it does look stylish enough, so ticks both of those boxes.
The main complaint about this model is that it does not make piping hot coffee, and it does not hold its heat for very long. That is a criticism that can be made about many filter machines though.
Most buyers thought this one was a good basic filter machine and the timer was a very useful feature to have.
No 8 Choice - Andrew James 15 Cup Digital Filter Coffee Machine Review
This is a popular choice as the brand is pretty well known, and also the price is affordable for many buyers.
This one has a 1.8 litre jug, and that can hold up to 15 cups of filter coffee, and also has a warming plate.
It uses a mesh filter so no need to buy paper filters, though many buyers use both for smoother coffee.
Comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.
This one sells quite a lot online, as it looks well, is sensibly priced, makes a lot of coffee quickly and it is also very easy to use. This is a good basic coffee maker that makes coffee with the simple push of a button.
No 7 Choice - De'longhi 1.3 L Filter Coffee Maker of 10-15 Cup Capacity Review
Almost all coffee lovers will recognise the higher end De'longhi brand. As you can see this model gets a much higher rating that the previous two models, and is priced at under £30.
This model can make 15 cups (10 small mugs) and has a 1.3 litre jug.
You will need to use paper filters with this one.
It has a water level guide and a warming plate.
I have used this one a few times as my sister owns this one and she likes it a lot. It is as easy to use as anything else on the market, and personally I would class this one as a good basic machine.
With regular daily use, this will last for around 2-3 years according to my sister and many other online buyers. It does make a decent cup of filter coffee, though personally I think it is a little slow.
No 6 Choice - Russell Hobbs Chester Grind and Brew Coffee Machine 22000 Review
Russell Hobbs are of course a well known UK brand, and as you can see from the price, this is one of the more expensive options on my list.
That is down to the fact that this one has a 24 hour programmable timer, and that will always make this type of filter machine more expensive.
This model has a 12 cup capacity, a 1.5 litre glass carafe and a permanent filter (no paper filters required)
The actual RRP on this one is £139.99
This model does sell pretty well but the higher price point will put some buyers off. Unless you want the option of being able to program a machine, then there are better options on my list.
No 5 Choice - Tower T13001 10 Cup Coffee Maker Review
I am now getting to the higher rated machines on my top 10 list. This one is a very popular choice thanks mainly to the low and affordable price point.
This model has a 1.25 litre capacity, (10 cups) uses a permanent washable nylon filter, and also has an anti-drip feature and warming plate.
It looks well with a stainless steel finish and it also comes with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.
Plenty of people buy this one and overall you can see it gets a pretty high 81% online buyer satisfaction rating. There are a couple of complaints about this model, the main one being that some of the models make a high pitched noise when brewing.
I have used this model quite a bit and have not experienced that myself, but quite a few buyers have said this is an issue for them. A couple of buyers also said the coffee was too weak, but a simple fix for that is to use more coffee.
Overall buyers like this one and it is a good quality brand and also sold at an affordable price for most people.
No 4 Choice - Russell Hobbs Legacy Coffee Maker 20682 Review
Lots of online buyers make this their number one choice when it comes to buying a filter coffee maker. The price I think is very good and I also think that this one has a really nice appearance.
It uses a 1.25 litre carafe that makes up to 10 large cups and uses a permanent filter (no paper filters required)
This is a fast machine to make the coffee and also has a keep warm ring.
Overall I think this one is good value for money. Buyers also state that the keep warm function on this machine does a very good job. The LED display is clear and overall the machine is very easy to use.
No 3 Choice - Melitta 1008-01 Optima Timer Coffee Filter Machine Review
I am now at my top 3 machines and this is one that I have used quite a lot. From time to time I like a cup of filter coffee and this is a machine that I have owned and have used to make that.
I like the Melitta brand which is a German brand, but the price will put many people off as it is at the higher end of the price range for these filter machines.
It makes 8 large cups of coffee and it will require the use of paper filters
This does have a timer, an anti-drip system, removable water tank and a timer display. There are plenty of features on this machine. It also has a clock, an anti-calc programme and an auto-start and auto-off features.
Around 70% of all online buyers rated this as a 5 star product from a range of online websites. That is very impressive and overall should assure that this is a very good quality machine.
No 2 Choice - Morphy Richards 162009 Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker Review
At number two on my list is this popular choice from the very good Morphy Richard's brand. This one is available in the red colour shown and also in black and brushed stainless steel.
It is at the mid price point range and this one does have a programmable timer, which will be useful for some buyers.
It has a large 1.8 litre capacity, which can make up to 12 cups and uses a shower head technology to make rich coffee.
It also has a permanent filter so not need to buy paper filters. Overall buyers rate this one very highly with an 89% online buyer satisfaction rating. This is a very good filter coffee machine.
For me this one represents the best value for money and this is the one that I currently use as I think it is the best on my list, and also at a good price point for a lot of useful features. I also think it makes the best filter coffee.
No 1 Choice - Melitta Look IV Filter Coffee Machine with Insulated Pot Review
This one is the best seller and also the one with the highest online rating. It has as you can see a 90% buyer satisfaction rating, though the price will again put some people off making this purchase.
It is available in black, white, black/brushed steel or white/brushed steel.
It can make up to 10 large cups of strong coffee, and also has a timer and will need the use of paper filters.
This machine will keep coffee hot for up to 2 hours. It has a nice LED display and also a handy cable storage feature. There is also a descaling program, water hardness level setting and auto-off feature.
Filter Coffee Machine Pros & Cons
Personally I am a fan of filter coffee, and have been for years. That is of course, as long as it is made properly. Not every coffee maker gets that right, and some of them are just terrible at making coffee.
Those that we have included on the lists above, are actually all good, as you can see from the buyer ratings.
Why a Filter Machine?
Filtered coffee is simply a brewing method that makes quite strong coffee with quite a distinctive flavour. It is served in many hotels up and down the United Kingdom. It is also served in many restaurants and cafes.
Typically it uses thickly ground coffee grains which are then flooded with hot water, and it is then filtered, through a permanent filter, a paper filter or a combination of both.
This does make strong coffee, and the filtering process makes sure no grains end up in the bottom of your cup. It is also a very simple brewing process.
The advantages of this method is that it is easy, pretty fast to make coffee and overall tastes really good. The filter machines are also a lot cheaper than other types of coffee machine.
The disadvantages are that you do need to get the filtering process right to avoid grains in the bottom of the cup or mug. The other big disadvantage is that the coffee tastes great when first brewed, but does not hold its heat for very long.
Bean to Cup Filter Machines
Ideally a filter machine that freshly grinds coffee beans, will always makes the freshest, and best tasting coffee. Yes this type of filter machine are a lot more expensive, but it is hard to beat the taste of the coffee from these.
They also do take a bit more effort to use and to clean, and quite frankly, many people just don't have the time to do that. They are also very expensive, when compared to those shown on my list as all of those use pre-ground coffee. If you want to check out bean to cup options please click here.
The filter machines that I have shown on this list are electric filter coffee machines. Those come with a UK 3 pin plug which you plug into the main's electricity. You then fill with water, and add your coffee and allow that coffee to brew.
Filter Machines - Keeping the Coffee Warm
This is probably the single biggest complaint, about any type of filter coffee maker, and we certainly noticed that, when we read the many hundreds of reviews.
Ideally most people want to put a pot of this on in the morning, and then be able to sip away at it, the rest of the morning, even into the afternoon.
Most of these have some type of keep warm system usually a warming ring on the machine. That said even the good ones, are probably only effective, up to about an hour. After that, at best the coffee will be luke warm. Personally I hate that temperature of coffee.
It is just a drawback of filter systems generally, and no manufacturer, has really grasped the nettle on this one. Aside from this I also believe that coffee is always best served fresh.
You may have found machines years ago that has a hot plate that just stayed on. That was considered to be a fire risk. As such and under current EU regulations all hot plates have to have an auto-shut off. Typically that can be set at anything from 30-45 minutes.
Paper Filters vs Permanent Filters
All filter type machines will require some type of filter so as the coffee jug does not end up full of grains. No-one wants to drink coffee like that and a filter will prevent that from happening.
The question is it best to have a permanent filter or is is better to use paper filters? That is a very good question. Permanent filters will always be the cheapest option as they do not need to be replaced. Overall they do an OK job, but I have always found that paper filters do a better job.
The reason they do a better job is that they capture more of the really dusty fine grains.
The disadvantage of paper filters is that you do have to buy them on an ongoing basis, so there will always be a cost, though that is usually small. You do also lose a little bit of flavor with a paper filter, though it is just a little bit. Some people do notice the difference though.
Summary of Filter Coffee Machines
This is a brewing method that has been around for a long time. Put in the grinds, fill the machine with water, insert a filter and switch the machine on to make a carafe of coffee.
This is an easy method of brewing that makes strong rich coffee. This is not espresso type coffee but makes what I call a flatter stronger type of coffee.
It does make an interesting change for many people and I am one of those. Filter coffee is not something that I drink every day, but I do like the odd cup from time to time.
That is why I own a filter coffee machine, and hopefully my top 10 list above will point you in the right direction, if you fancy making filter coffee.