Single Serve Coffee makers: 6 models compared

BEST OVERALL
Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker

The Keurig K-Classic is one of the best-selling single serve coffee makers in the world. Its remarkable popularity comes from its high-quality build, durable nature, and the fact it makes excellent coffee.

For an appliance with one job, it has an extraordinary number of features that give it functional versatility. Its mid-range price point is superb value for money.

BEST VALUE
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker (49980A)

Half of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is a single serve appliance, while the other half is a 12-cup drip coffee maker, giving you twice the versatility in one machine. There are cheaper single serve devices on the market, but none of them offer this many options.

Yes, it is bigger and slower than a conventional coffee maker, but it’s programmable, so your single serving will be ready to drink when you're prepared to walk out of the door.

Single serve coffee makers are purposefully designed with convenience in mind for people on the go. They’re built for convenience, and to serve up delicious coffee in the quickest time possible.

Today we’re going to look at our six favorite single serve coffee makers. We base our opinions on affordability, appearance footprint, design, ability, functionality, and durability.

Here’s our list.

1. Keurig K-Classic

BEST single serve coffee maker
Keurig K-Classic K-50 Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 10 Oz. Brew Sizes,...
  • Brews multiple k-cup pod sizes: (6, 8, 10 ounce) – the most popular k-cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6 ounce brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
  • Large 48 ounce water reservoir: Allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
  • Descaling: An important part of cleaning your keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time.

Specifications

  • Genre: K-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Dimensions: 13.3 x 9.8 x 13 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 9lbs
  • Capacity:  48oz
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black – Rhubarb
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • Incredibly Popular Model: The Keurig K-Classic coffee maker is one of the most popular and best-selling appliances in the world. With good reason, it makes fantastic coffee.
  • Brews Multiple Sizes: ‘Single serve’ means different things to different people. Keurig recognizes that and gives you three different brew size choices. 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz options.
  • Removable Water Tank: It’s easy to fill and clean the water reservoir as the tank is removable. Side note: You’ll get up to six cups of coffee out of this 48oz reservoir, depending on your brew sizes, before you’re required to refill it.
  • ‘Auto-Off’: Your Keurig K-Classic will switch itself off after two hours of inactivity, giving you peace of mind while saving you energy.
  • Notification Lights: This coffee maker will let you know when the water reservoir needs filling again and when the appliance needs descaling.
  • Water Filters: Keurig has included two water filters that can be attached to the tank for those people without access to filtered water. The filter handle has a handy reminder built-in to let you know when it needs changing.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Takes Longer to Brew Than it Claims: Keurig says the K-Classic can brew a serving of coffee in under a minute, and while the brew time is still swift, it generally takes more than one minute to make coffee.
  • No Programmable Timer: Disappointingly, there is no programmable timer on the Keurig K-Classic
  • It’s Limited to K-Cups: You can only make coffee using K-Cup pods in this appliance.

Final Remarks

The immensely popular Keurig K-Classic is the best single serve coffee maker on the market. It makes delicious coffee with the aid of a multitude of features, and it brews it fast. Just not as fast as Keurig would have you think.

A mid-range price point is about right for this quality coffee maker.

Overall Score: 17.5/20

2. Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer (49980A)

Best Value single serve coffee maker
Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, Single-Serve and 12-Cup Pot, Stainless Steel (49980A),...
  • Brew 2 ways: Enjoy either a single-serve cup (travel mug not included) or full pot of coffee with the 12-cup carafe.
  • Fully programmable: Wake up to a hot cup of coffee with fully programmable functionality and auto-shutoff.
  • Adjusts to your cup: Can brew directly into the carafe, a travel mug (not included) or a short cup (not included)

Specifications

  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 10.63 x 12.2 x 13.7 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10.06lbs
  • Capacity:  96oz
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Two Way Brewing: The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is both a single serve coffee maker and a reasonably substantial 12-Cup drip appliance. And while we’re primarily focusing on single serve coffee makers today, this device gives you the best of both worlds for a relatively low price point.
  • Programmable Timer: Single serve appliances are suited to folks in a rush or single people. The programmable timer allows you to dictate precisely when your coffee will be ready.
  • Separate Reservoirs: Both drip and single serve sides of this appliance have their own reservoir, so the water for your single brew will always be fresh, though you will need to ensure it’s always full before brewing.
  • Scoop-Filter: Save even more time with the scoop-filter, which allows you to measure your coffee grounds directly into the filter.
  • Brew Strength Selector: Hamilton Beach caters to both people with a thirst for regular strength coffee and those who prefer a more robust flavor.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Slow Brew Time: The very nature of a single serve coffee maker is quick and convenient; however, the brew-time of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way is decidedly slow. Though, you can negate this using the programmable timer.
  • It’s Big and Heavy: Because this coffee maker is a multifunctional appliance, it’s larger and heavier than a standard single serve machine.

Final Remarks

This affordable 2-Way coffee maker gives a choice between convenient on-the-go coffee and a relaxing 12-cup carafe that you can drink at your leisure. It’s also one of the few single serve appliances with a programmable timer.

The scoop-filter enhances the convenience of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way coffee maker and several other features ensure maximum value for money for a very reasonable price point.

Overall Score: 17/20

3. Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Coffee Maker (SS-10P1)

Cuisinart SS-10P1 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker Coffemaker, 72 Oz, Silver
  • K-Cup compatible brewer makes one cup at a time,Compatible with any brand of single cup pod including Keurig K-Cup pods. Cord length : 32 Inches
  • Included Components: SS-10 unit
  • 72-oz water reservoir

Specifications

  • Genre: Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 11.03 x 9.33 x 12.13 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 9.5lbs
  • Capacity:  72oz
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Silver – Cream – Light Grey – Black – White
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • Adjustable Brew Size & Temperature: You have the option to choose between five different brew sizes with the Cuisinart Premium (4, 6, 8, 10, & 12oz cups). Simultaneously, there are two different water temperature settings, hot and very hot.
  • K-Cup Compatible: Use either loose coffee grounds or convenient K-Cup to make your daily cup of Joe.
  • ‘HomeBarista’ Reusable Filter Cup: If you’re using loose coffee grounds, the reusable ‘HomeBarista’ cup is a reusable filter cup for ease of use.
  • Hot Water Dispenser & Rinse Feature: Make tea or soup using the hot water dispenser, and when you’re finished, the ‘rinse’ function washes out the appliance, ensuring your next drink is not contaminated. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Very Expensive: The Cuisinart Premium Single Serve coffee maker is the most expensive appliance we’re looking at today.
  • Slow(ish) Brewing: It’s not super slow to brew a cup of coffee, but it’s slow enough for consumers to notice.
  • Loud & Messy: This coffee maker can be noisy when it’s brewing, and you can get a little splash-back if you’re brewing into a smaller cup.

Final Remarks

The Cuisinart Premium Single-Serve Coffee Maker is a versatile appliance that lets you control precisely how you make your brew. It looks stylish and has more features than we can list, but it’s relatively expensive for a single serve appliance.

Overall Score: 16/20

4. Chefman InstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Chefman InstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker Compatible with K-Cup Pods, Grounds & Loose-Leaf Tea...
  • FAST BREW TIME: With this single serve coffee maker, you can get fresh coffee at home in 30 seconds from start-to-brew! Depending on your preference, you can experiment with less water for a bolder flavor or more water for a milder taste.
  • ONE TOUCH OPERATION: Enjoy coffee house quality, fresher and faster with this powerful yet compact 950-Watt coffee maker. With the one-touch operation you can quickly brew up to 14 oz. of coffee, consistently at the perfect temperature.
  • K-CUPS OR GROUNDS: Have your cup of joe how you want it with ultimate versatility to select K-Cups or fresh coffee grounds. Includes reusable filter for use with coffee grounds and loose-leaf tea. Prevent mineral build up by using the self-cleaning feature on this BPA-free coffeemaker.

Specifications

  • Genre: Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 14 x 7.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.79lbs
  • Capacity:  14oz
  • Material: Stainless-steel, Rubber
  • Available Colors: Black / Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts

Things To Love

  • Super-Fast Brewing: Chefman claims this coffee maker can produce a serving in under 30 seconds, and while it’s not quite that fast, it’s not far off and faster than most other single serve appliances.
  • K-Cup Compatible: While the permanent filter is super economical and gives you full control over the strength of your coffee, this appliance is compatible with K-Cups for added convenience.
  • One-Touch Operation: With only one operational button, this coffee maker is virtually ‘plug and play.’ It couldn’t be more simple to use.
  • Self-Cleaning Mode: Maintaining this appliance is straightforward with the help of a self-cleaning mode to prevent and remove mineral build-up.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Doesn’t Brew Hot Coffee: The Chefman InstaCoffee doesn’t exactly brew luke-warm coffee, but for fans of coffee that will burn the mouths of lesser mortals, this isn’t the appliance for you.
  • It’s Messy: Expect a large amount of splash-back when brewing a cup of coffee. 
  • Water Level Markings are Challenging to Read: There is no external water window to inform you of how much water is in your appliance, and the internal markings are difficult to see.

Final Remarks

The Chefman InstaCoffee can brew coffee faster than most single serve appliances; unfortunately, it can’t brew hotter coffee. But, for a middle-of-the-road price point, you get a decent amount of features. K-Cup compatibility is a big tick in the convenience plus column. The self-cleaning mode helps maintain this coffee maker’s internal workings, but you’ll have to clean the exterior manually as the brewing process is rather messy.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

5. Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker (49981A)

Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker, Fast Brewing, Stainless Steel (49981A)
  • Brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter.
  • Fast brewing: Brew an 8-ounce cup in less than 90 seconds and a 14-ounce travel mug in under 2.5 minutes.
  • Flexible: Uses a mesh scoop filter so it can be brewed with your choice of coffee grounds.

Specifications

  • Genre: Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 6.7 x 8.67 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 5.58lbs
  • Capacity:  14oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • Stylish & Simple: The Hamilton Beach Scoop is a stylish appliance dressed in stainless-steel from head to toe. It only has two buttons, so operation is straightforward.
  • Quick Brew Time: This single serve coffee maker can produce a cup of coffee in approximately two minutes.
  • Reversible Drip Tray: The drip tray will comfortably hold a 14oz travel mug. Turn it upside down to elevate your smaller coffee cup, and lift it closer to the dispenser.
  • Double Filter System: The brew basket/scoop hybrid forms the primary filter, while a secondary filter is built-in to the holder, so sediment in your coffee should be minimal.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Coffee Isn’t Hot: While the coffee that comes out of this appliance isn’t exactly cold, the brew temperature won’t get past 170 degrees.
  • Initial Plasticky Taste: Out of the box, you’ll likely get a plastic taste/smell with your first few uses, so it might be a good idea to run a couple of cleaning cycles first.
  • Fill-Lines are Tricky to See: The fill lines in the water reservoir aren’t prominent, so be careful not to overfill your coffee maker with water. 

Final Remarks

Stylish and simple, the Hamilton Beach Scoop coffee maker is a brilliant option for people in the market for a single serve appliance. While it’s not the most affordable single serve device, it does have a reasonable price point that won’t break the bank. 

Overall Score: 16/20

6. Black + Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker (CM618)

BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker, Black, CM618
  • Included Components: Permanent Filter
  • Fabric Type: Plastic, Stainless Steel

Specifications

  • Genre: Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 6.14 x 5.47 x 9.41 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.24lbs
  • Capacity:  16oz
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • Super Affordable: The Black + Decker single serve coffee maker is the cheapest appliance we’ve looked at today, making it a great entry-level device. 
  • Two Brewing Methods: Brew coffee using the supplied permanent filter, or alternatively, it is compatible with pre-packed coffee pods (not to be confused with K-Cups).
  • Removable Filter Basket: Cleaning this appliance is super easy thanks, in part, to the removable filter basket. 
  • Travel Mug Included: Despite the ridiculously low price point, Black + Decker supplies a travel mug with this coffee maker, though it’s far from perfect.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It Feels Cheap: Both the outward appearance and the travel mug have been produced with cheap materials (presumably to keep costs down), and it shows.
  • Travel Mug Gets Very Hot: After your coffee has finished brewing, you’ll find the exterior of the mug gets very hot.
  • Not Suitable for Fans of Strong Coffee: If you’re looking for an appliance that will serve up a fuller flavor, this probably isn’t the coffee maker for you.

Final Remarks

The Black + Decker Single Serve coffee maker (CM618) is a super affordable appliance for people on a tighter budget or those looking to test the waters of single serve coffee makers. It’s got more features than you’d expect for such a low price point, though as you’d think, it’s not a high-quality machine.

Overall Score: 14/20

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