Coffee, for many of us, is what nudges us in the right direction right at the start of the day. If coffee fails – then our morning would probably be a disaster.
That is why we think that it is so important to find the right coffee maker that speaks to you and you know that you like. And it’s no easy feat – the market is full of coffee makers, all of them using confusing terms… It can give you a real hard time.
But that’s what we’re here for: In this article, we’re gonna give you a list of the best single-serve coffee makers; to help make your decision a little easier.
Our Top 5 coffee makers
Feature Overview: Best Single-serve coffee makers
|IMAGE||COFFEE MAKER||MAIN FEATURES|
|● Moveable water tank|
● Matte finish
|Mueller Ultima||● Reliable|
● Easy to use
● Removable drip tray
|● Digital display|
● Premium coffee maker
● Good price
● Small, ergonomic
● Brews fast
|● Brews with ground coffee|
● Stainless steel finish
● Durable materials
|● Small and compact|
● Super easy to use
|● Makes great coffee|
● Best Machine
● Beautiful design
|● Super classy design|
● Uses gourmet capsules
● Short heat-up time
|Mueller Barista Pro||● Professional coffee quality|
● Removable drip tray
|● Failproof dial|
● Comes in different colors
● Accommodates different sized cups
Single-serve Coffee Maker Reviews
But more than a short list with each machine’s features (which is still very helpful, though, what we want to give you is a review for each machine – one that isn’t too long nor too short, that can help you see yourself using each coffee maker, without wasting too much time reading about specs and whatnot.
Here it is:
1. Nespresso VertuoPlus – A modern classic
Nespresso’s reinvention of themselves to introduce their new coffee line
The VertuoPlus is meant to be a sort of deluxe machine; the design is exquisite anywhere you look at it, with a sort of futuristic look, and a matte finish that really sets it apart (as many other coffee machines go for shiny, stainless steel finishes) from other machines – maybe even making other models look tacky in comparison.
The main feature on this machine is the water tank; in a clever move, Nespresso opted not to make the water tank removable or fixed in place; it sits on a base which is separated from, but still connected to, the main body of the machine. This means that it can move around at certain angles, letting you place it either at one side of the machine or the other, or even right at the back. A true practical design choice.
As the name implies, the VertuoPlus works with VertuoLine coffee exclusively, being unable to accommodate any other type of capsule coffee.
2. Mueller Ultima – The Ultimate coffee maker for your home
With a very family-oriented design, Mueller offers you the ideal household machine
Muëller’s machine is one built with the whole family in mind; not only is it super easy to use, but it’s very sturdy and would take more than a couple bumps to put this coffee maker out of commission.
This machine uses K-cups, and can make you up to four different coffees in size, from a regular 6 ounce coffee up to a tall 12 ounce cup.
This machine is made for the modern family; it’s got a sturdy, yet sleek design that would make any kitchen look automatically younger by its presence. It’s super easy to operate, having just 4 buttons in total – and it makes your coffee in under one minute.
3. Cuisinart SS-10 Premium – Big house? No problem
Cuisinart once again offering a great solution to the old “full house” problem.
Before we get into anything else, let’s talk about the SS-10 Premium’s water reservoir. It can hold up to 72 ounces of water – which is just enough for everyone at home to get seconds, and it comes with its very own charcoal filter, ensuring that the quality of the water used to make your morning coffee is the best that you can get. And it’s removable, so it’s easy to refill and clean whenever you need to.
Besides that, this coffee maker has a spectacular design (particularly the matte black version, check it out) and uses an LCD screen and a couple buttons for you to operate it, choose what coffee you want, and program a couple features, like automatic on and off functions.
It comes with a rinse button that lets you clean your machine with just one touch, running hot water through the pipes to ensure there’s no scale build up in there and also a “hot water” button, which lets you use your coffee machine as a hot water dispenser – which comes in super handy for tea, soup, and etc.
4. Bunn My Cafe – Most powerful
With commercial grade equipment, Bunn earns a spot on our list amongst star players
Technically, the My Cafe is a commercial grade machine, but everything about it seems way too attractive for light use in a home setting or, even better, for having it in a small office kind of setting.
First of all, the My Cafe coffee maker is significantly faster than other single-serve coffee makers – with an average brewing time of around 30 seconds, including heat up time and everything. Second, you can choose the size of your coffee (or tea, or hot cocoa) from 6 ounces all the way up to 12 ounces.
So, in all respects, the My Cafe is a very powerful machine that could easily be unexploited in a small home consisting of one or two people but would really shine in big homes or small workplaces.
5. Hamilton Beach 49981A – A Different Breed of Coffee Machine
This time, Hamilton Beach surprises us with a single-serve machine that’s not like any other
There’s a big, big difference with this machine that we definitely fell in love with – instead of using single-serve capsules or pods, this machine comes with a measuring spoon for 1 cup of coffee that also functions as a sort of portafilter; Simply scoop your coffee, and then insert the spoon into the machine (much like you would your coffee capsule) and your machine does the rest.
As for the machine itself there’s not much to complain about; it’s got a beautiful stainless steel finish and it looks like it wouldn’t break easily – however, its brew time is around two and a half minutes… Something they call “fast brewing” but it’s by far the slowest machine on our list.
Still, it is a great upside to be able to use your own coffee – whether it is pre-ground or ground right there in the comfort of your own home, it gives you a lot of freedom, and that is always appreciated.
6. Mr. Coffee’s BVMC SC100 2 single serve coffee maker – the most compact coffee maker
Mr. Coffee’s most compact machine to date is a complete win for us
It’s getting to the point that coffee makers are becoming so small and compact that one has to look twice in order to realize that it’s actually a coffee maker. At a first glance, it kind of looks like a portion out of a soda machine – and that’s actually great for us.
If you want a reliable machine, Mr. Coffee’s got it but if you also need a super compact machine with a design so clever that you’ll wonder where the rest of the damn thing is only to realize it’s just that small, then you gotta check out the BVMC SC100.
7. Keurig K55 – The best personal coffee maker
A sophisticated design, a great machine
The K55 is a machine that’s made to cater to your very specific personal needs: Instead of making a machine that comes only in a shiny finish, with the Keurig K55 you can choose between a very sophisticated black design and a classy royal red finish.
Wanting to give us the best quality of coffee possible, the Keurig K55 comes with 2 different water filters. This helps water comes out as clean as possible, which makes for a much better tasting cup of coffee, free of all foreign smells and tastes.
It’s also designed to make a lot of coffee, with a large 48oz water tank that is ideal for making lots of coffee at once, without missing a beat.
The K55 comes with a very convenient Descaling function that will help you keep your machine in top condition for longer.
8. Lavazza Classy Mini – A small yet powerful machine
A super machine small machine for gourmet coffee lovers
The Lavazza Classy Mini brings you single-serve Lavazza coffee; Famously around the world for making great coffee, even single-serve Lavazza coffee is processed and roasted all in Lavazza’s very own facilities over in Italy – bringing you the best coffee roasting techniques all the way to your home.
By itself, the Classy Mini looks like a very professional -classy- machine, and it could easily fit in a modern home just as it could in an office setting. It looks so nice that you’ll probably get asked about it – since it looks better than Nespresso machines (but don’t tell Nespresso about it)
9. Mueller Barista Pro – Your very own single-serve barista
Mueller does it again with a great machine for home use
If you’ve ever used a Mueller machine, you know that they always give you good coffee. This is particularly true for the Barista Pro: It has a powerful extraction system that will make sure that it properly extracts the coffee – so that it gives you a coffee shop quality in your very own home.
Beyond that, the Barista Pro takes up very little space, so it makes it super easy for anyone to add it to their home without having to move their appliances around or having to make space for this machine at all.
10. Chulux Single serve – The easiest way to make coffee
Pleasantly good-looking design in a very efficient machine
But, more than anything else, what we like about this machine is that it’s incredibly easy to use and intuitive. Instead of using things that could make it complicated like a touchscreen – or physical buttons that can break, wear down and look ugly, the Chulux instead opts for a very nice dial on top of it – a piece of equipment that feels like it could never break.
To make sense of all these features and reviews -and to help you make a better decision- we’re going to let you in on a few things that we always take into account when comparing one machine to another.
Of course size matters. When you’re shopping for a single serve coffee machine, you’re always seeking out the smallest one, because these coffee makers are made to be small and convenient.
But of course, there’s some that are biggers than others – contributing factors are usually the size of the water tank, which is important if you know that you want to make a lot of coffee in one day.
Single-serve machines are still figuring out a lot of compatibility issues. If you get a Keurig machine, for example, you can mostly use pods that are made by Keurig and sibling companies (of which fortunately there are a whole lot)
Then, if you’re using a Nespresso, you can only use Nespresso-style capsules, but we’ve been seeing a lot of different, new providers of capsule coffee in this style over the years, so there’s now a lot of options for you to choose from.
Then, there’s machines like the Lavazza Classy Mini – they can really only use their own Lavazza capsules to brew coffee. And while Lavazza coffee is super good, honestly, we really like being able to choose amongst a wide variety of different coffee – and sometimes cheaper coffee, too.
After all this reading, we hope that you’re now a little more confident in your ability to choose a good coffee maker.
The worst part about having to buy a coffee machine it probably feeling like you don’t understand anything at all about these machines and that, no matter how much you read, you’re gonna end up a bad choice when buying.
But rest assured – all of the coffee makers on this list are trustworthy, reliable and we recommend any and all of these.
Still, take your time to take in all of the reviews on this article – read each one carefully, and be sure that there’s at least one or two machines that you are completely confident about buying – one that you’re sure is a good choice.