Best Single Serve Coffee Makers

Single-serve coffee makers are ideal to make almost any type of coffee beverages without having to brew the entire pot, hence eliminating any wastage. It’s perfect for home or in the office, allowing family members or colleagues to easily make a cup of coffee with a push of the button.

We have curated the best single-serve coffee makers, with details of each of them for your consideration. Let’s check it out.


1) Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Maker

The Keurig K-Cafe coffee maker pretty much has you covered if you’re in a hurry. You only have to press one or two buttons to make your favourite size cup of coffee, latte, or cappuccino.

>> Also read: Keurig K-Classic Review

The built-in milk frother adds another element of flavour. Just make sure to cap the frother for a faster froth.

However, when the Auto-Off engages, this coffee maker might trip up your GFCI circuit breakers. Make sure to plug the coffeemaker into its own circuit to prevent that problem better.

Things We Like
  • Easy to use
  • “Strong Brew” setting makes a decent espresso
  • The milk frother is an excellent touch
  • Works quietly
  • Accommodates for several cup sizes 
Things We Don’t
  • Milk frother requires almost daily cleaning

2) Hamilton Beach 49976 FlexBrew

Rather than being stuck with k-pods, you can also brew regular coffee grounds with the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

>> Also read: Best Hamilton Beach Coffee Makers

A window on both water reservoirs allows you to see how much is left. You can also choose whether to brew regular or strong coffee. The pod-piercing rod is removable for easy cleanup and to accommodate tall travel cups. 

Things We Like
  • Brewed coffee stays warm for a while
  • Multi-functional for grounds and pods
  • Easy to disassemble for cleaning
  • Water reservoir viewing screens are clear
  • Brew either regular or bold
Things We Don’t
  • Sometimes leaks coffee or grinds out the front
  • Water takes a while to heat

3) Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker

The Sboly Coffee Maker boasts of being able to brew a single cup in just three minutes. You can also control how much water you use per cup, so you don’t waste coffee. The coffee maker’s slim design allows it to fit into tight counter spaces. 

The coffee comes out quite hot, so be careful if you prefer lukewarm coffee. The pump might also be slightly noisy, but not too annoying. You might have to hold the machine down when you use it, as its light construction lets it slide a bit. 

Things We Like
  • Brews coffee fast and stays hot
  • Brews either pods or grounds
  • Fits into compact spaces 
  • Excellent water control, so you don’t waste coffee
  • Easy to take apart and clean
Things We Don’t
  • The pump is a little noisy
  • The water reservoir has no fullness indicator

4) Cuisinart SS-10P1 Coffee Maker 

You can use k-pods for this Cuisinart coffee maker, but you can also put your favourite coffee grounds in the included filter cup, which you can store in a cabinet on the side of the coffee maker.

>> Related: Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

The blue-backlit control panel is easy to use, and you can see it from any angle. For easy cleanup, the “Rinse” button cleans the brew chamber between cups. If you’re more of a tea drinker, the “Hot Water” button brews you some hot water. It is a bit of a lightweight model, so be careful about pushing the buttons too hard.

Things We Like
  • Brews in less than a minute
  • Convenient storage for included filter cup
  • The hot water button lets you make tea
  • The bright control panel is easy to read
  • Doesn’t take up much counter space
Things We Don’t
  • Pump can be quite noisy

5) Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker

If you like grounds, you can scoop the included mesh cup into your favourite brew and bring it right to the Hamilton Beach coffeemaker. The cup also has measurement lines to let you pick the right amount of coffee grounds. 

You can also adjust the drip tray as necessary for how much you want to brew. Other than that, there aren’t many bells and whistles, so it should be great for old-school coffee drinkers.

Some models make coffee that tastes a little like plastic. However, you can try a cleaning solution that contains a little bit of rubbing alcohol (make sure to rinse the inside several times afterward!), and the problem should be fixed.

Things We Like
  • No paper filters necessary
  • Takes about two minutes to brew
  • Easy cleanup
  • Measuring cup works great as a scoop
  • Accommodates large travel mugs easily
Things We Don’t
  • Some models make coffee taste like plastic
  • Water might not get hot enough for some 
  • Splatters slightly with smaller mugs

6) Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker

If you like extremely compact and simple coffee makers, the Keurig K-mini Plus might be what you are looking for! The drip tray holds a whole cup’s worth of liquid if you forget to put your cup under the nozzle. For a stronger brew, you can simply press the “Strong” button.

>> Related: The Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Review

However, the Keurig K-Mini tends to make lukewarm coffee, so you might need extra time in the microwave to make a perfect cup.

Things We Like
  • Compact and simple design
  • Easy to take on the go
  • Easy to disassemble and clean
  • One-cup water reservoir prevents overfilling
  • Cubby works great for storing k-pods or sugar packets
Things We Don’t
  • Tends to make lukewarm coffee
  • A little noisy
  • Plastic is slightly cheap

7) Chefman InstaCoffee Coffee Maker

If you thought a minute-long brew was impressive, the Chefman coffee maker supposedly brews in as little as thirty seconds. As with most single-serve coffee makers, you just have to press a button to get your preferred mug size, and you can switch between grounds and k-pods.

As an extra touch, the silicon drip tray does not scratch and serves as storage for a few sugar packets or k-pods.

Things We Like
  • Switch easily between k-pods and grounds
  • Washing the brewer between drinks is unnecessary
  • Can fit in tight spaces
  • Silicon drip tray does not scratch
  • Brews quietly
Things We Don’t
  • Creates lukewarm brew
  • The pod-poking needle is a little weak
  • Does not work well for brewing loose-leaf tea

8) Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker

No need to worry about saving energy with the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew: it shuts off automatically when the brewing is done. The coffee maker, including the pod-piercing needle, disassembles easily for cleaning.

>> Also read: The complete Hamilton Beach Flexbrew Single Serve Review

The small water reservoir lets you pick your exact cup size to prevent overfilling. The drip tray underneath the nozzle can act as a storage unit. 

Things We Like
  • The pod-piercing needle comes out for easy cleaning
  • Small water reservoir prevents overfilling 
  • Choose between strong or regular brews
  • Dip tray doubles as storage cubby
  • Shuts off when coffee is done
Things We Don’t
  • Requires daily cleaning 
  • The pod piercer might require sharpening
  • Works better with pods than grounds

Before you pick your single-serve coffee maker, we’ll address a few questions first.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of single-serve coffee makers?

Coffee usually tastes better with fresh water, and single-serve coffee maker reservoirs typically contain only one cup. 

>> Also read: Best Espresso Machines under $200

If you only see yourself brewing one or two cups, a single-serve coffee maker prevents you from wasting grounds or letting water get stale in a large reservoir.

However, single-serve coffee makers also brew quite fast, which doesn’t always promise piping hot coffee. They require lots of cleaning, so the plastic parts don’t gather gunk.

What differentiates these products from each other?

The main differences between single-serve coffee makers are their water reservoir sizes and whether they accommodate both k-pods and coffee grounds. Which one you choose depends on how much coffee you think you’ll consume and what brew strength you prefer.

>> Also read: Best Coffee Beans for Cappuccino

K-pod brews are not as strong as some grounds, and larger water reservoirs do not always help water stay fresh.


Conclusion 

It was a close call, but we think the Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve is the winner of this roundup. The measuring cup/scoop is such a nifty tool, and the two-minute brewing time gives you fast and hot coffee. It better accommodates grounds than k-pods, but it does not require paper filters for brewing. 

Plus, its design is simple and compact, without a lot of bells and whistles, and using very little counter space. It does not have a large water reservoir, so you must use fresh water for every cup. Check it out here.