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Best Filter Coffee Makers UK Reviews Updated for 2020

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 in our top 10 list, based on the feedback of actual online customers.

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 £25-50. Those with a built in coffee bean grinder, will be more expensive at around £70-100.

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

  1. Melitta Filter Coffee Machine with Insulated Jug (96%)
  2. Moccamaster 79328 Filter Coffee Machine (92%)
  3. Russell Hobbs 20680 Buckingham Filter Coffee Machine (90%)
  4. Swan 750ml Programmable Coffee Maker with Anti Drip Function (90%)
  5. Aicok Filter Coffee Machine (88%)
  6. Morphy Richards 162008 Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker (86%)
  7. De'Longhi Filter Coffee Machine ICM15210.1 (86%)
  8. Geepas 1.5L Filter Coffee Machine (86%)
  9. Tower 10 Cup Coffee Maker (86%)
  10. De'Longhi Active Line Drip Filter Coffee Machine (80%)

No 1 Choice - Melitta Filter Coffee Machine with Insulated Jug Review

This one is the best seller and also the one with the highest online rating. It has as you can see a 96% buyer satisfaction rating, based on over 4,000 online buyer reviews.

It is available in black, white, black/brushed steel or white/brushed steel.

It can make up to 10 large cups of strong coffee, (or 15 small cups) and also has a timer and will need the use of paper filters.

There is no doubt that based on our extensive research, that this is the best filter coffee maker on the UK market right now. The style name for this model is the Melitta Look IV Therm Timer, and it is made in Germany.

It is packed with features that include a descaling program, calcification display, programmable water hardness level, a machine washable detachable filter, and an auto-off feature.

No 2 Choice - Moccamaster 79328 Filter Coffee Machine Review

This one is the most expensive filter coffee machine on the market from the famous Dutch brand Moccamaster. Online buyers have given this model a 92% buyer satisfaction rating.

This coffee maker is handmade, and comes with a 5-year guarantee. The boiling element is made of antibacterial copper, for the perfect brewing temperature of 92-96 degree Celsius

This is a 10-cup coffee (1.25 L) machine that is quiet and fast in 5-6 minutes. It also has an auto-safety shut-off (and is compatible with 1 x 4 filters.

No 3 Choice - Russell Hobbs 20680 Buckingham Filter Coffee Machine Review

This filter coffee machine is from the very popular Russell Hobbs brand and has been on the UK market for a very long time.

There are over 3,000 online reviews which shows that it sells very well, and those buyers have rated this with a 90% buyer satisfaction, which is excellent.

This coffee machine has a permanent filter that can be removed and washed, however filter paper can still be used if you prefer

It can make up to 10 cups of coffee at once with a 1.25 Litre capacity glass carafe. It has a water level indicator, pause and pour and auto clean features.

No 4 Choice - Swan 750ml Programmable Coffee Maker with Anti Drip Function Review

This filter coffee machine is from the Swan brand and has been on the UK market for a very long time.

There are over 1,000 online reviews which shows that it sells well, and those buyers have rated this with a 90% buyer satisfaction, which is excellent.

This model is a simple, no fuss coffee machine with a modest 750ml capacity, helping to eliminate waste

It uses an LCD timer with various programming options and has a warming plate to keep coffee at the perfect temperature for up to 2 hours

Also has automatic shut off, a 24 hour timer delay feature, anti-drip function and boil dry protection.

No 5 Choice - Aicok Filter Coffee Machine Review

This filter coffee machine is fairly new to the UK market and appears to be selling well.

There are over 600 online reviews to date and those buyers have rated this with an 88% buyer satisfaction, which is very good.

It uses the latest shower head technology that ensures flavour is fully extracted from your ground coffee

It is also very fast and up to 50% faster in reaching the optimum temperature.

It has a 24 hour programmable and auto shut-off function, with a warm plate

It also has a permanent filter that can be removed and washed, filter paper can still be used if you prefer. This maker can make up to 12 cups as it has a 1.8 litre capacity

No 6 Choice - Morphy Richards 162008 Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker Review

This filter coffee machine is from the very popular Morphy Richards brand and has been on the UK market for a very long time.

There are over 1200 online reviews which shows that it sells very well, and those buyers have rated this with an 86% buyer satisfaction, which is very good.

This model has a programmable timer, with a pour over technology shower head to create a fuller flavour.

It also has a reusable permanent cupcake filter to create a smoother flavour

It has a 1.8 litre capacity for up to 12 cups, and also has adjustable coffee strength selectors

No 7 Choice - De'Longhi Filter Coffee Machine ICM15210.1 Review

This filter coffee machine is from the very popular Italian Delonghi brand and has been on the UK market for a very long time.

There are over 700 online reviews which shows that it sells very well, and those buyers have rated this with an 86% buyer satisfaction, which is very good.

This machine can make up to 10 large or 15 small cups

It has a non drip feature and the jug can be removed at any time while coffee is brewing

It uses manual controls, has a water level display and auto shut-off, and uses paper filters

No 8 Choice - Geepas 1.5L Filter Coffee Machine Review

This is the cheapest filter coffee machine on the UK market and the vast majority of buyers seem impressed with its performance.

There are over 600 online reviews and those buyers have rated this with an 86% buyer satisfaction, which is very good.

This maker has a 1.5 litre capacity and allows you to make up to 12 cups

It has an automatic turn-off function, and will also turn off when the water level is extremely low

It has a permanent filter that can be removed and washed, however filter paper can still be used if you prefer

Comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty

No 9 Choice - Tower 10 Cup Coffee Maker Review

This filter coffee machine is from the very popular Tower brand.

There are over 400 online reviews and those buyers have rated this with an 86% buyer satisfaction, which is very good.

It has a 1.25 Litre capacity with an anti-drip feature to keep work surfaces mess-free

It has a water gauge and a permanent washable nylon filter

Comes with 1 year guarantee, get extended 2 years warranty upon registration

No 10 Choice - De'Longhi Active Line Drip Filter Coffee Machine Review

This filter coffee machine is from the Italian Delonghi brand and has a very attractive design.

There are over 300 online reviews and those buyers have rated this with an 80% buyer satisfaction, which is good.

This model has an aroma function - 2 different brewing speed regulations to set the brewing performance

It also has a jug warmer base to keep your coffee hot for up to 40 minutes

Comes with an anti drip system in the glass carafe with 5 cup capacity, and keep warm plate

Has an automatic switch off after two hours

Filter Coffee Machine Buyers Guide - 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.

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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.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon has a Business Management Honour's Degree and applies his professional insight, to analyse and write helpful product reviews with tips and useful advice. I am also a coffee lover and enjoy tasting all of the coffee types the world has to offer.

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