The coffee maker is the sun around which your kitchen orbits: The day waxes as the first cups brew in the morning, and wanes as the last pot of decaf is prepared.

That’s why buying a new machine can be a really big decision and feel like the whole house’s happiness rests in the balance. Here are some things to know before you do it.

Think about the long-term cost

Buying a coffee maker is not a one-time expense. If you opt for a single-serving machine, like a Nespresso or a Keurig, you’ll consistently be putting money into buying the necessary pods and capsules, which can run anywhere from $5 to $7 a package.

If you buy a drip machine, you’ll be buying new filters and grounds or beans (plus maybe a bean grinder). Weigh the options and really think about what will be better for you – and your budget.

Take stock of how much you drink

If you barely go through a cup a day, a single-serving machine could be perfect for you. If you’d prefer an IV of java to keep you moving all day long, then you might want the biggest pot available. Look for machines that can hold up to 12 cups.

Consider the special features

Can you barely get your feet on the ground without a cup of coffee? You’ll want an automatic-start machine that you can set the night before.

Completely frazzled as you rush out the door? Pick a version that automatically shuts off, so you won’t need to worry about one more thing as you rush to work.

Think about how easy it is to access and clean

If you have to flip open a lid in order to add the coffee, and that lid hits the bottom of your upper cabinets before it can open all the way, that might not be ideal. Make sure the pieces fit in your kitchen – and your lifestyle.

Meaning, if you’re looking at a machine with a carafe that has to be hand-washed and you’re just not sure you have that time kind of time every day, perhaps move on to something that can go in the dishwasher.

Compare your shopping options

You don’t want to make do with a coffee pot you hate, so it’s smart to buy it from a store that might let you change your mind if you absolutely hate the model you chose.

The Honey Coffee’s is known for its excellent after-sales policy, we are ready to assist our customers if any problems occur.