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Do the rising temps outside make you swap your hot coffee for a cooler alternative? While you may be tempted to simply pour your regular joe over ice, doing so may get you a bitter, watered-down version, and we strongly suggest you don’t do it.
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Instead, turn to our tried-and-tested favorite coffee makers and espresso machines that deliver iced coffee drinks with intention.
Between our personal experience with these coffee makers in our own testing lab and star reports from consumers who use them every day, we’ve gathered a list of five coffee makers you’re guaranteed to love, whether you like your cold brew straight up or you prefer iced lattes all summer long.
►The Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers
►The Best Nespresso Machines
1. For cold brew coffee lovers: Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Our tested favorite cold brew coffee maker is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy on the wallet. You’d likely spend more on Starbucks cold brew in a week than on this cold brew maker, which will last you for years.
In our lab testing, the steeping method produced the best-tasting cold brew coffee, and this model took top prize for its ability to simply steep coffee grounds in an air-tight, spill-proof carafe.
Its unobtrusive size makes it easy to keep in the fridge all summer, and store away in a cabinet when the season ends. In 1- and 2-quart sizes, you can choose the version that’s perfect for your home.
$28 at Amazon (1-quart)
$40 at Amazon (2-quart)
2. For those who run hot and cold: De’Longhi 3-in-1 Specialty Coffee Brewer and Iced Coffee Maker
If you like to flip back and forth between hot and iced coffee, the De’Longhi 3-in-1 is your perfect choice. In our testing, this drip coffee maker impressed us with barista-quality pour-over style coffee as well as fool-proof ice coffee.
The De’Longhi guides you to the perfect glass of iced coffee with the exact amount of ice to add to the carafe for a bold brew that’s not watered down. This method immediately chills coffee as it’s brewing to prevent bitterness in the finished brew.
$170 at Amazon
3. For DIY iced latte lovers: Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Espresso Machine with Aeroccino by Breville
As the winner of our favorite pod coffee maker, this Nespresso machine is a go-to for all types of coffee drinks, from black coffee to double espresso. And, with its variety of pod choices, you can also make iced coffee in a flash.
Nespresso offers pods made specifically for brewing over ice, so you don’t have to sacrifice flavor in the warmer months. The type of capsule dictates the type of brew and size, so all you have to do is select your pod, brew, add ice, and enjoy.
For those who like to turn their iced coffee into an iced latte without paying coffee shop prices, opt for the upgraded Nespresso VertuoPlus package that also comes with the Nespresso Aeroccino 3, which just happens to be one of our top-rated milk frothers.
In addition to easy-to-brew iced coffees, you can froth any type of milk you choose for a customized iced latte at home. Pair the Nespresso machine with the Vertuo Summer Iced Coffee Pack and you’ll have everything you need for delicious iced lattes all summer.
$250 at Amazon
4. For those who want a different latte drink every day: Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine by Breville
If you’re exclusively a latte drinker and want to make professional-style lattes at home (without professional barista know-how) the Nespresso Creatista Plus is for you.
Our favorite single-serve espresso maker comes with all the ease and variety of the Nespresso pods along with impressive milk steaming to create an assortment of coffee beverages.
Select a pod especially made for iced lattes one morning, and a hot double espresso the next.
Since this machine is not specifically an iced coffee maker, you can use it year-round for all of your espresso needs, making it well worth the splurge.
$616 at Amazon
5. For the French press coffee fans: Espro P3 French Press
If you’re not a fan of espresso drinks and want a multi-purpose coffee maker for hot and cold options, this winning French press is your go-to.
It’s a lot easier than making cold brew coffee in a mason jar, and if you need instructions, we’ve got you covered.
Pair it with our favorite milk frother, the Instant Milk Frother—which has a cold foam setting—and you can create endless cold-brew-latte combinations.
Whether you’re looking for cold foam or light foam, with whole milk, oat or almond milk, this frother will help you create the perfect coffee drink in the comfort of home.
$40 at Amazon
$38 at Amazon
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