Not everyone wants a coffee maker that can mix a million different kinds of beverages and do your housework at the same time. Sometimes you want a good cup of coffee at a price that isn\u2019t hurting the bank. The best coffee maker that fits such a description is the Bodum BISTRO.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker\r\nThe Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker does a great job of brewing good coffee at a price that doesn\u2019t hurt your wallet. While you're here, you might also want to look at our review of the Stircle, which stirs your coffee.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nWhat makes the Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker stand out among its competitors is how well it distributes water. Instead of using a traditional drip system found in most, if not all, coffee makers, it has a shower head to evenly wet coffee grounds. After you\u2019ve tossed ground coffee into the filter basket, it takes just under six minutes to heat up five cups of coffee. That\u2019s not bad\u2014especially for a smaller coffee maker\u2014however, the Moccamaster KBG 741 heats twice as many cups within the same amount of time. And while we\u2019re on performance, you might also want to read about the\u00a05 reasons why the Krups Infinity Slow Juice Extractor\u00a0is the only juicer you\u2019ll ever need.\r\nDesign\r\nThe Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker has such a unique design that we loved. Its matte black finish is rather nice and a breath of fresh air from typical stainless steel, though its thermal carafe is. Speaking of which, the carafe keeps coffee very warm without losing its flavor, more so than a glass carafe. The water tank is located in the top left corner. As for the fitler, the Bodum BISTRO doesn\u2019t use a mesh filter. Instead of a traditional french press, it uses a stainless steel filter, so no cleaning and no need for paper filters. You can compare the Bodum BISTRO with the Scanomat Top Brewer coffee machine that is controlled with an iPhone.\r\nValue\r\nWhat prevents the Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker from making a great cup of coffee is a lack of SCAA certification. That kind of approval isn\u2019t just handed out for fun. When it is, it\u2019s a sign of great coffee; some of the best coffee, in fact. The Bodum BISTRO makes good coffee, but not like an OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker or even Moccamaster KB 741\u2014both of which are SCAA certified.\r\n\r\nStill, it doesn\u2019t mean the Bodum BISTRO is without value; quite the contrary. This particular coffee maker is great for making good coffee at an affordable price. That\u2019s where it shines the most\u2014coffee on a budget, and many customer reviews reflect that.\r\nBodum BISTRO Coffee Maker Wrap Up\r\nThe Bodum BISTRO isn\u2019t particularly special; it isn\u2019t even SCA certified. Does that make it a bad coffee maker? Not at all! In fact, the Bodum BISTRO\u2019s simple nature is a plus here. When you want a simple cup of good, tasty coffee, the Bodum BISTRO Coffee Maker is as simple as it gets.