For a basic machine, the Krups Arome Plus is pretty decent. A friend uses it, and the coffee he gets out of it is good. I haven't seen the K-Kups model. Aabree Coffee
is a good site for these. Also, check out Coffee Geek
for a "take no prisoners" approach to good coffee. A french press can make better coffee than most drip machines; only, as Andrew remarks, one has to be very
careful about the grind, or else you wind up with sludge on the bottom of the cup. I still tend to prefer the french press because you have better control over the temperature at which the water soaks the coffee - most drip machines tend to release the water at too low a temperature, and that doesn't let the flavor out well.