Tired of brewing too much coffee at once, only to have it go to waste? A single serve coffee maker could be the ideal solution. This type of coffee maker is renowned for its efficiency, often making a steaming cup of coffee in just minutes. You can find smaller single serve machines as well as ones that make anywhere from one to 10 or more servings at a time. There’s a wide range to choose from, including basic and affordable no-frills units as well as much pricier machines with all the bells and whistles. This list features some of the hottest single serve coffee makers so far this year. If you also need a new coffee grinder, here are the top best coffee bean grinders and burr coffee grinders.
1. Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug
Transferring that freshly brewed coffee into your travel mug can be a messy task. This personal coffee maker makes the process a lot less frustrating, as it brews coffee directly into the (included) 15-ounce travel mug. As an added bonus, this stainless steel mug is designed to fit into the majority of vehicle cup holders. There’s also a permanent filter, which means that you don’t need to use disposable paper filters. What really sets this coffeemaker apart, though, is its convenient Brew ‘n Go system. This system makes it easy to brew one to two cups of coffee using coffee grounds or pods. Other perks include an easy on/off feature and an optimal temperature that ensures the best flavor.
- Includes 15-ounce travel mug
- Permanent filter
- Optimal temperature for best flavor
- Can take awhile to brew
- Mug could be a bit bigger
- Grinds may occasionally get into coffee
Find more Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug information and reviews here.
2. Kitchen Selectives CM-688 1-Cup Single Serve Drip Coffee Maker
This single serve coffee maker is a great choice if you’re looking for a convenient and inexpensive machine to brew your coffee. A 12 ounce mug is included with the machine, ensuring that you can easily make your coffee and take it on the go each morning. If you shudder at the thought of spending extra time cleaning up, you’ll appreciate the removable drip tray. Another highlight is the illuminated power light, which makes it easy to start the brewing process even if you’re stumbling around the kitchen in the dark. The hinged lid adds an extra element of convenience.
Price: $15.79 (21 percent off MSRP)
- Includes 12 oz. mug
- Removable drip tray
- Illuminated power light
- Very short power cord
- Mesh filters can rip easily
- No auto shutoff
Find more Kitchen Selectives CM-688 1-Cup Single Serve Drip Coffee Maker information and reviews here.
3. Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System
A wealth of features, generous size, and a spacious 80-ounce removable water reservoir are some of this machine’s perks. There are five unique cup sizes to choose from, including one for iced beverages. Cleanup is easy thanks to a removable drip tray, which also accommodates taller travel mugs. Many customers especially like the programmable backlit LCD display, which includes auto on/off, adjustable temperature settings, and a digital clock. As an added bonus, you can wake up to fresh coffee using this coffee maker’s on/off feature. While the machine brews at a pre-selected set temperature, you can manually adjust the temperature within five degrees.
- 80-ounce removable water reservoir
- Five distinct cup sizes
- Adjustable temperature settings
- Power switch inconveniently located on side of machine
- Drip tray can come loose
- Takes awhile to heat up
4. Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
If you’d rather use your own freshly ground coffee rather than pre-packaged ground coffee, you’re in luck with this coffee maker, as its single-serve scoop filter makes it easy for you to brew your own ground coffee. Simply grind your favorite coffee then scoop it and brew. A durable stainless steel construction adds an upscale appearance in just about any kitchen. A built-in stand for coffee mugs adds an extra element of convenience. You can also flip the stand to accommodate taller travel mugs if needed. This machine is capable of brewing up to 14 ounces into a travel or coffee mug.
- Brew your own ground coffee
- Built-in stand
- Can brew up to 14 ounces in travel or coffee mug
- Can leave sediment in cups
- Initial learning curve
- Some users complain of an initial plastic taste
5. Keurig K15 Coffee Maker
One unique feature of this Keurig coffee maker is that it doesn’t have a reservoir. All you need to do to make your favorite cup of coffee is add fresh water for every cup. The coffee maker brews in under two minutes and is compatible with 6, 8, and 10-ounce K-Cup pod brew sizes. You won’t find many bells and whistles on this machine, but it does offer convenient one-touch controls. Whether you’re stuck or simply want to try something new, you’ll appreciate the included recipe booklet. The K15 replaces the Keurig K10, which has been discontinued.
- Compatible with 6, 8, and 10-ounce K-Cup pods
- One-touch controls
- Recipe booklet included
- Doesn’t accommodate taller mugs
- Lack of water reservoir makes it easy to overfill
- Works best with water that’s at least room temperature
6. Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer BVMC-KG6-001, 40-Ounce
This coffee maker uses Keurig Brewed K-Cup packs, giving you the opportunity to choose from over 250 unique varieties of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. A one-cup single brewing system makes it easy to customize drinks for each person. While it doesn’t come included, you can purchase a compatible reusable Keurig K-Cup reusable coffee filter. All you need to do to begin is remove the 40 ounce reservoir, fill it to the desired level with water, then insert your preferred K-Cup and select your desired cup choice. The machine can brew 6, 8, or 10 ounces at a time. A removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs of most sizes.
Price: $81.79 (3 percent off MSRP)
- Removable 40 ounce reservoir
- Easy to customize drinks
- Can brew multiple sizes
- Plastic materials seem cheap
- Water reservoir is a bit small
- Takes awhile to brew a cup
Find more Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer BVMC-KG6-001, 40-Ounce information and reviews here.
7. Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
You can grab a quick cup of coffee or brew multiple cups with this coffee maker, as its double-wall coffee reservoir can hold up to 12 cups of coffee at once. The coffee gauge is easy to read, letting you know precisely how many cups are left. A charcoal water filter, which is included, ensures that each cup will taste great. This machine has a lot to offer in terms of features. Some examples include a programmable auto shutoff, a self-clean option, a 24-hour advance brew start, and a 1 to 4 cup setting if you want to brew smaller amounts at once. Both the coffee and water reservoirs can be easily removed for a stress-free cleanup. All materials that could come into contact with the water or coffee are BPA-free.
- Makes up to 12 cups at once
- Charcoal water filter ensures optimal flavor
- Loaded with features
- Coffee tastes a bit weak
- No room for larger travel mugs
- Requires plenty of countertop space
Find more Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker information and reviews here.
8. BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer
Despite its relatively small size, this single serve coffee maker has a lot to offer. For starters, it’s equipped with a unique spinning lid that lets you easily add fresh water for each cup of coffee. It’s also speedy and can brew a flavorful cup of coffee or tea in under a minute. A total of four interchangeable front-loading drawers, including cup, ground coffee, pod, and hot water, promotes brewing flexibility. Customers appreciate the stainless steel water tank, which keep liquid warmer for longer and adds an upscale appearance to nearly any kitchen. The coffee maker also has a hot water dispenser.
Price: $155.99 (22 percent off MSRP)
- Easy to add fresh water for each cup
- Has four interchangeable front drawers
- Hot water dispenser
- Lacks an off switch
- Not very energy-efficient
- A bit loud
9. Bosch TAS2002UC8 Tassimo T20 Beverage System and Coffee Brewer
This home brewing system features an eco-friendly design that allows for efficient operation with an on-demand water heater. All you need to do is insert a T Disc and the coffee maker will read the bar code and take over from there. Aside from espresso, you can use this single serve brewer to make tea, latte, cappuccino, or another beverage of choice. Highlights include height adjustment and a removable cup stand to accommodate cups and travel mugs of various sizes.
- Eco-friendly design
- Height adjustment and removable cup stand
- On-demand hot water heater
- T Discs aren’t included
- A bit loud
- Some users complain of a plastic taste/smell
Find more Bosch TAS2002UC8 Tassimo T20 Beverage System and Coffee Brewer information and reviews here.
10. Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A)
You can choose to brew one of two ways with this machine — single cup or a full 12 cup glass carafe. It’s also possible to brew for a 14 ounce travel mug, which is not included with this coffee maker. A standard sized water reservoir ensures simple one-time filling. If you want to make more coffee, there’s also a carafe-side water reservoir with a much larger water capacity along with measurement markings. The single-serve brew basket comes with a mesh filter, which can either hold pre-packaged pods or your own freshly ground coffee. In addition to a two-hour automatic shutoff, this machine is also equipped with a programmable timer.
Price: $52.00 (35 percent off MSRP)
- Single or full cup brewing options
- Two water reservoirs
- Includes mesh filter
- Initial plastic smell
- Lacks a permanent filter
- Short power cord
Find more Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A) information and reviews here.
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