There are so many brewing methods to choose from (French press, the currently trendy dalgona whipped, pour-over), but many caffeine fiends still rely on the classic, automatic drip for their daily fix. As tried and true as drip may be, however, there's a wide range of options that can leave consumers befuddled. Do you seek a traditional or more design-forward setup? Nifty bonus features to meet everyone's needs, or do-one-primary-thing-really-well? Perhaps most importantly, does spending more money mean better coffee?

In an effort to answer these questions for you, we tested and retested the best-rated automatic drip coffee makers using a wide range of criteria (outlined below) over the course of several weeks. Bags upon bags of dark roast, light roast and medium roast beans were ground and brewed. We made full carafes, half carafes and single cups. And we tasted the results black, with cow's milk, almond milk, sweetened condensed milk, cold-brew strength over ice — you name it.

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