Nothing brightens your morning quite so much as the delicious aroma of hot, freshly brewed coffee. The anticipation of that first sip is nearly as wonderful as the coffee itself is, but spend too long waiting for a whole pot of coffee to brew and that anticipation may turn to something closer to frustration. If you’re considering shortening your wait time with a single-serve coffeemaker, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve done all the review work for you, objectively testing a number of the most popular single serving coffee makers on the market.
In these reviews, we did not examine percolators, drip coffee makers, or espresso machines; we focused solely on providing in-depth information about single-serve coffeemakers from top manufacturers including Keurig, Bunn, Bosch, and Breville. As you read, you’ll find that some of these single-serve coffeemakers offer lots of programming options, while others are quite basic.
Each of the reviews offered here contains information about the coffee maker’s design, its ease of operation, its convenience, and of course, an opinion about the quality of the coffee it makes. You’ll also find a series of commonly asked questions and answers alongside each review, which we hope will make shopping an easier, better-informed experience.
1. Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System
The Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System offers a number of convenient features including three cup sizes and a removable drip tray that accommodates travel mugs with ease. Enjoy cup after cup of perfect coffee or your choice of tea, hot cocoa, and even iced beverages at the touch of a button, in less than one minute per cup. Have a favorite brew that doesn’t come pre-packaged in K-cups? The Keurig K45 Elite accommodates refillable K-cup coffee filters for your convenience and enjoyment. With a removable 48-ounce reservoir, the K45 comes complete with a charcoal filter and water filter handle.
2. Cuisinart DCC 3000 Programmable Coffeemaker
Enjoy cup after cup of perfect coffee courtesy of the Cuisinart DCC 3000 programmable coffee maker. With Cuisinart’s new Coffee on Demand technology and a removable water reservoir for added convenience, this carafe-free coffee maker dispenses up to twelve cups of coffee, one by one. Just push the lever to enjoy your favorite brew on demand. The Cuisinart Coffee on Demand Programmable Coffeemaker ensures coffee’s ready when you need it most, and the double-wall coffee reservoir keeps your java at the perfect temperature for hours. Some favorite features include automatic shutoff, a cleaning reminder, and a 1-4 cup setting for smaller batches of delicious, aromatic coffee. A permanent gold basket-style coffee filter and a charcoal water filter are included.
3. Breville BKC700XL Single Serve Coffee Maker
The Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker offers several convenient features including a hidden storage compartment that contains a measuring spoon and refillable K-cup cartridge so you can brew your own coffee if you like. With quiet-brew technology and a roomy 10-cup water reservoir, it offers variable brew temperature settings, an iced beverage setting, a programmable digital clock, and a removable drip tray to accommodate tall travel mugs. A two-hour timer allows you to enjoy cup after cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea, or cocoa in under a minute. This sleek-looking single-serve coffee maker comes complete with an in-tank water filtration system, a space saving K-cup carousel, and a coffee/espresso descaler that makes cleaning simple.
4. BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker
The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer offers all the convenience of a single-brew coffeemaker and much more. Featuring a space-saving design with a smaller footprint than most other single-serve coffeemakers, the BUNN MCU has a top-mounted reservoir for fresh water. With four innovative interchangeable drawers designed to accommodate K-cups, soft tea or coffee pods, tea bags or loose tea, or plain ground coffee, it’s an all-in-one brewing system that will transform your kitchen the moment you set it up. Dispense plain hot water to make instant soup, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, and other essentials, and choose from a variety of serving size settings ranging from four to fourteen ounces.
5. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6 Single Cup Coffee Maker
Satisfy your taste for quality hot beverages in just about a minute. Mr. Coffee’s partnership with Keurig is an exciting one, allowing you to enjoy innovative Keurig technology while taking advantage of the brand value associated with Mr. Coffee. The Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer takes less than one minute to deliver a six to eight ounce serving of fresh, hot coffee, tea, or cocoa to your favorite mug. With a handy removable drip tray to accommodate taller mugs and travel cups, a power-saving automatic shutoff feature, and a roomy, removable forty-ounce water reservoir, it is compatible with K-Cup packs. Your first few cups of coffee are on us! A complimentary package of five K-Cups is included, enabling you to enjoy quick convenience and delicious flavor as soon as your Mr. Coffee coffeemaker arrives.
6. Bosch Tassimo T55 Coffee Brewer
The Bosch Tassimo T55 Home Brewing System uses updated technology to ensure that each and every cup of coffee is perfect. Using an exclusive barcode system, it scans each T-Disc for precise brewing instructions including the temperature, time duration, and exact brew pressure required, providing coffeehouse-style beverages of all kinds at the touch of a button. Offering on-demand heating for quick coffee when you need it, this single-serve coffee maker has a noise reduction system for quiet operation, a removable cup stand to allow for tall mugs, and a number of other attractive features you’ll certainly appreciate. A package of fourteen T-discs is included.
7. Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Coffee Maker
With the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker, you can enjoy the convenience of a single serve coffee maker without the added expense of pre-filled cups. Featuring a quick heating function that brews a custom cup of coffee in as little as 90 seconds, it offers convenience and is easy to use. Simply scoop your favorite coffee into the brew cup, place it in position, and click the switch to begin the brewing process. A short time later, you’ll be enjoying delicious coffee made just the way you want it. Boasting a simple, space-saving design and a sleek stainless steel exterior, the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop coffee maker offers a no-fuss option for enjoying the freshest hot drinks possible, one cup at a time.