In our busy world, nothing beats having a hot cup of coffee waiting for you when you wake up, and with the rise of smart home technology, that’s entirely possible. While smart coffee makers offer a simple and streamlined way to make a smart cup of joe, they’re essentially standard coffee makers with wireless connection capabilities.
If you’re constantly on-the-go and don’t have time to wait for your coffee to brew every morning, you will appreciate your smart coffee maker’s ability to brew a fresh pot of coffee without ever needing to press the ‘on’ button.
Others have more distinguishing features, but what unites them all is what makes them, and any device, ‘smart’: their ability to stay connected to you no matter where you are in the world (even if that’s just your bedroom).
So, is a smart coffee maker worth it? It’s up to your priorities and your budget. In this article, we weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a smart coffee maker so you can answer that question based on what you’re looking for in this smart home product.
Smart Coffee Maker Benefits
While most smart coffee makers offer the same functionality as a standard coffee maker, the convenience of having a smart coffee maker is exponential. If you’re constantly on-the-go and don’t have time to wait for your coffee to brew every morning, you will appreciate your smart coffee maker’s ability to brew a fresh pot of coffee without ever needing to press the ‘on’ button.
These devices can be controlled through your smartphone or your smart speaker, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, either by setting a timer to automatically start brewing the coffee at a specified time each day or on-demand.
While not all smart coffee maker models have timer capabilities, there are numerous models that do, allowing you to choose a coffee maker that’s right for you.
Smart Coffee Maker Alternatives
One significant downside of a smart coffee maker is the cost. While you can often find a decent standard coffee maker for around $25, the added WiFi feature of a smart coffee maker adds a major price tag, with most basic models starting at around $200.
If you’re on a budget but still want the convenience of a smart coffee maker, there is an alternative. To create a DIY smart coffee maker, all you need is a standard coffee maker with a physical on/off switch and a smart plug, which will cost around $20. When the on/off switch is always set to “on”, you can simply use your smart plug to control your coffee maker’s power supply from the convenience of your smartphone. Turning the coffee maker on from your smart plug’s app will prompt it to automatically start brewing, and you can even set a timer from the app, just like with a smart coffee maker.
This setup won’t allow you to remotely control the specifics of the brewing process from your smartphone like many smart coffee makers do, but it’s simple enough for those who seek convenience without a major cost.
The Bottom Line
While smart coffee makers make it easy to brew coffee remotely, they may not be necessary. If cost is a concern for you, you’ll likely be better off using a standard smart coffee maker or simply connecting one to a smart plug. If you have no problem splurging for convenience, however, you’ll enjoy the single-step process of setting up and using a smart coffee maker.
Later this fall, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the most popular smart coffee machine alternatives.