(NEW YORK) -- You don't have to buy the most expensive machinery to brew the best pod coffee, according to a test by Consumer Reports magazine. Yet, coffee purists may still avoid using the quick, premeasured pods or packs like the K-cups, after this latest report.
None of the 25 models of coffeemakers tested by Consumer Reports scored "excellent" or "very good" in the taste category. Still, three DeLonghi models that cost $100 to $150 were the only recommended models and placed in the top three in Consumer Reports' list. Those scored "good" in the taste test.
Of the 25 models tested, the most expensive was the $300 Bunn My Cafe MCP, which ranked 20th. The cheapest was the $25 Hamilton Beach Personal Cup 49970, which ranked 23rd.
Other coffee and machine characteristics like speed, brewing range, convenience, consistency and temperature were also tested, with the highest total score of 100.
Here are the 11 best pod coffeemakers, according to Consumer Reports:
- DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Genio EDG455T ($130) -- Score: 77
- DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo ($150) -- Score: 75
- DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo ($100) -- Score: 73
- DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Creativa Plus ($200) -- Score: 70
- Bosch Tassimo T55 ($170) -- Score: 66
- Keurig Vue V500 ($170) -- Score: 66
- Starbucks Verismo 580 ($200) -- Score: 65
- Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG5 ($80) -- Score: 64
- Cuisinart SS-300 Compact ($130) -- Score: 62
- CBTL Americano ($150) -- Score: 60
- Keurig Vue V700 ($250) -- Score: 59
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