Nothing gets a body going in the morning like a freshly brewed cup of coffee; the coffee fragrance alone is enough to get my mouth watering. And while there is a boatload of $150+ coffee makers on the market, it may be hard to find one that makes good coffee while not costing an arm and a leg (or a tankful of gas). Here are several that meet both the quality and price considerations.
The Hamilton Beach Ensemble Coffee Maker ($30; was $40) -- a morning's worth of capacity, at 12 cups, drip-free glass carafe with measuring indices and an insulated handle for a cool grip, and a digital clock/programmable timer with a two hour auto shutoff. The carafe is dishwasher-safe for an easy cleanup. The ensemble part means that you may purchase (separately, of course) a matching toaster, can opener, and blender, for a counter top coordinated appearance. Marketing at its best.
For quick cup on your way out the door in the morning, the Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Coffee Maker ($18). 24 hour programmable timer with 2 hour auto shutoff, on/off indicator lamp, brewing pause and serve function, and the carafe features measuring marks, an ergonomic stay cool handle, and a drip-proof spout. Dual water level windows keep you apprised of the, uh, water level, and the filter basket is easily accessible; one year (limited) warranty on this drip coffee machine.
For an even speedier cup of morning get-up-and-go, this Senseo/Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker ($17) uses Senseo coffee pods (no coffee grounds with which to contend) to brew a delicious morning drink of up to 12 ounces. The single serve coffee maker features an automatic shutoff and a dishwasher-safe brew basket. If you drink but one cup of coffee in the morning, or you like an occasional cup -- perhaps on the weekend -- this coffee maker is the one for you. An 18 pod bag of coffee is included with this machine.