Best Single Serve Coffee Makers
For those living alone and with a busy schedule to fit, there’s nothing better to start off a day than with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Making breakfast for one has its ups and downs, but in the world of kitchen appliances there's something for everybody. The single-serve coffee makers appeal to those that don't want to brew any more coffee than they need, ensuring a single cup of concentrated, perfectly brewed coffee goodness. That's why we created this list of the best single serve coffee makers.
The majority of these coffee makers are compatible with a variety of powdered coffee brews. While some use the classic store-bought powdered coffee, some others use the very popular K-cups, ensuring a very potent blend that tastes just like what you’d get at your local café. This brings the espresso experience to your home at a very reasonable price.
The market for these single-serve coffee makers has become more populated in recent years, adapting to a more on-the-go lifestyle. That means that more and more products, all of them looking similar, are on offer. That's why we've prepared this list with the very best single-serve coffee makers available right now. When we say best, we mean the ones that are more likely to include everything you'll ever need in a useful coffee pot.
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Starting our list is a name that should ring familiar to many, and that's Hamilton Beach. Well-known for its high-quality kitchen appliances, Hamilton Beach has a good reputation among buyers for their well-built equipment that are also very competitively priced. Here we have their take on a single-serve coffee maker, and just like their other products, this one excels at what it does.
First off, the brewing process is lightning-fast, something the brand has turned into this coffee maker’s main selling point. It can brew an 8 oz. cup in less than 90 seconds, and a 14 oz. travel cup should be ready in just under 2 and a half minutes. This turns this little coffee maker into the ideal companion for people with very busy schedules.
The build quality is also top-notch, with a steel exterior that makes the coffee maker look very modern and will go well with most kitchen decorations. Also, worth mentioning is that this coffee maker uses conventional grounded coffee. That means you won’t need to buy any specialty products: standard grounded coffee will do just nicely.
Some of the special functions present in the machine are a boldness selector, letting you choose exactly how you want your coffee to be. This works well with most store-bought grounded coffee and helps the brewer differentiate between, say, a basic blend and more fine grinds. The drip tray is also spill-resistant, prolonging the useful life of this coffee maker considerably. And to top it all, Hamilton Beach also included an automatic shutoff feature, so you can brew and immediately be on the move, without having to bother turning off your appliances.
Up next comes a very portable brewer that's perfect for most reduced spaces, ideal for small apartments, offices, or even RV caravans. This CHULUX single-serve coffee maker mixes affordability with convenience and manages to outshine many appliances beyond its price. It’s also quite the looker, available in many attractive colors that will shine nicely in your kitchen.
Speaking of convenience, this coffee maker is compatible with most instant coffee presentations, and even tea capsules. That means you can use your standard K-cups, reusable filters for grounded coffee, or put in a tea pod; you can brew a variety of beverages in a single small and convenient kitchen appliance.
Whenever we see one of these coffee makers from a relatively unknown name such as a CHULUX pop up on our lists, our first concern is build quality. It may be inexpensive, but that doesn’t mean this pot is disposable. In fact, the small frame and colorful plastic exterior is actually quite sturdy. Additionally, the water reservoir is made from BPA-free materials, and every detachable accessory is dishwasher safe.
Another point in this coffee maker's favor is its speed, featuring an 800W heating element. This allows you to brew your coffee in a jiff, and the auto-shutdown function means you won't have to worry about leaving the machine on when you storm off to work. All in all, this is a very good entry-grade single-serve coffee maker, and will definitely appeal to those looking to buy their first one thanks to its great price.
These days, when we think of single-serve coffee makers, the first things that come into mind are the Keurig K-cups. These small pods concentrate the flavor of many coffee blends into a compact size, maximizing the experience of drinking a deluxe coffee at home. It should come as no surprise that the brand also releases its own coffee makers to take full advantage of the K-cup format.
The K-Classic coffee maker is a very premium product that appeals to most coffee lovers, no matter what their tastes in hot beverages are. Since it works with K-cups, you can get pretty much any blend you can imagine. With them, you get the full gourmet experience in your own kitchen. Since the K-Classic was designed and manufactured by Keurig themselves, the compatibility with the K-cups is more than optimal, maximizing the flavor output. It also means that this brewer is compatible with all the K-cup sizes available, which means you can fit small 6-ounce cups or large 10-ounce cups as well.
Single serving doesn’t necessarily mean that the machine can only brew one single cup of coffee. The K-Classic comes with a large 48-ounce water reservoir, more than enough to make over 6 cups of coffee. This water reservoir is also easily removable, allowing you to better take care of your machine.
Something that we have to mention is that all of these functions come with a price and a considerably steep one at that. This isn't a cheap coffee maker, and will probably set you back something close to $100. That said, you get a very high-quality coffee maker in the process, so if your mornings always start with a coffee, you might consider this appliance an investment for your morning routines.
BLACK+DECKER went a different route with this single-serve coffee maker. Instead of focusing on fancy features or gourmet experiences, they decided to cater to people that prefer to drink their coffee on the move. That's why this coffee maker comes with its own travel mug, and also included is a near-unbeatable price that might turn it into the perfect option for tighter budgets.
First, let's talk about the included traveling mug. It's worth noting that the mug comes in two variations (sold separately): one with a stainless steel finish and another in beige. It's quite big, holding approximately 15 oz. The form factor is also another strong point, fitting comfortably in most cars' cup holders. You can also use other standard-sized coffee mugs with this coffee maker.
Since this coffee maker is a percolator, you won't be able to use K-cups or other coffee pods, so you're going to need common ground coffee. That's good news for the more traditional coffee drinkers out there. Another piece of great news is that the DCM18S also comes with its own permanent grounds filter, eliminating the need for those pesky paper filters.
Its single cup design means that this is a very compact coffee maker, ideal for small kitchens like those found in urban houses or camping vans. While it may seem simple in comparison to other coffee makers, the real strength comes in its price. At the time of writing this review, this is one of the cheapest single-serve coffee makers you can get. Good thing it has quality way beyond its price tag.
Last but not least comes the AdirChef Grab N’ Go. This is a personal coffee maker, just like the one by BLACK+DECKER, but with some key differences. As a personal coffee brewer, the Grab N’ Go comes with everything you need to enjoy a warm cup of coffee, including its own stainless-steel travel mug. Unlike the one by B+D, this one comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose one that better reflects your style.
One of the main appeals of this appliance is its low cost. Both small and affordable, this is a perfect coffee machine for those that just want a brewer that’s going to work in the morning and deliver a nice cup of coffee quickly. It’s lightweight design also means that it can be easily transported and stored, so this might be the perfect machine to sneak into your office cubicle.
Even though it’s small and light, AdirChef went the extra mile to deliver a durable product. Made from high-quality plastics, this coffee maker is certainly built to last. The stainless-steel travel mug is also quite well made, with a convenient size that’s easy to carry around. And for those eco-conscious users, you’ll be glad to hear that it uses a permanent filter, so no more paper filters filling up your trash bin.
Not everyone can afford to buy coffee at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts every morning, nor should you! Not everyone has the time, patience or devotion to prepare coffee using a pour over or press like we often recommend. Lastly, not everyone has the need to prepare a full pot of coffee. That is why we figured you would enjoy our list of the best single serve coffee makers. Depending on the features you find most important, our list above will have a few options that will suit your needs.
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