Best for Good Drip Coffee at a Great Price: Cuisinart DCC-1150
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The Cuisinart DCC-1150 model rose above all affordably priced brewers we tested. Perks include a thermal carafe (no scorching), a permanent gold-tone filter, and a charcoal water filter. It can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance, which means you can load it up the night before and, literally, wake up and smell the coffee. [$90; cuisinart.com]