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Single serve coffee makers give you the kind of convenience and flexibility that your mother never even imagined having. When you have a single serve brewing system on your counter, you can easily brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee whenever you want without having to brew a full pot. And if you have guests who like different flavors or kinds of coffee, your single serve coffee maker lets you brew up a cup of everyone’s favorite at just about a minute per cup.
Depending on the coffee maker you choose, you may have hundreds of coffee choices or just a select few — but many companies sell refillable capsules for most of the best known single serve coffee makers on the market. Here’s a list of our Top 10 Single Serve Coffee Makers.
Keurig set the standard for single serve coffee brewing in the home market even though they weren’t the first single serve coffee maker on the market. They just did it better with more variety and much better marketing. These days, Keurig is practically snynonymous with single serve. The Keurig B60 Special Edition coffee brewer is the company’s mid-range brewer, and it delivers all the features anyone needs. It’s K-cup compatible, obviously, so you have an enormous variety of coffees to choose from, and since their patent ran out last fall, a number of major coffee companies have introduced K-cups in their own lines. In addition, there are a number of refillable K-cups on the market so you can use the Keurig B60 with any coffee you want. The Special Edition Keurig B60 is a sleek little machine with chrome accents, blue backlit LCD display and three brew size options. You can program it to make your coffee on a schedule, as well as program in your coffee brewing preferences. And, unlike many other single serve coffee brewers, you can fit a travel mug under the spout.
Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System
With the K-cup patent running out, Keurig geared up in an effort to keep their exclusive hold on a segment of the coffee market and created the new Vue system, which does NOT use K-cups. Instead, it uses the proprietary Vue cup. Why would you want to buy a machine that’s tied to a new kind of capsule? Well, the Keurig Vue gives you a lot more options to control how your coffee brews than any other single serve system. You can adjust the water temperature, the brew time, the amount of water and more. That means you can totally customize your coffee and enjoy it the way you like it best. In adidtion, you get eight different cup sizes and a programmable touch screen to control the temperature and strength of your brew. The selection of Vue cups is more limited than what’s available for K-cups, but Solofill offers a refillable cup for the Vue, which significantly extends the kinds of coffee you can enjoy with the Keurig Vue brewer.
Keurig 2700 Keurig® Vue® V700 Single serve coffee system, 1, Black/silver
The Breville company has been delivering high quality kitchen products for more than 30 years. The Breville BKC700XL single serve coffee maker is a fine example of their quality excellence. The machine uses K-cups, giving you access to the biggest selection of coffees available — and Gourmet package includes a reusable My K-Cup so that you can brew up any coffee you like. The 60-ounce water tank is bigger than most other brewers on the market, so you don’t have to refill the water reservoir as often. The iced-beverage function dispenses a concentrated 3 1/2-oz shot of tea or coffee to avoid super-diluted iced coffee or tea. It offers five brew strengths and variable brewing temperatures.
Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function
Yet another Keurig-powered single serve brewer, the Cuisnart SS-700 Single Serve Brweing System is brought to you from the fine folks whose innovative kitchen appliances have made them one of the most-loved brands in the country. The SS-700 features an 80-ounce removable reservois for easy filling and enough capacity to make more cups of coffee before you need to refill. You have a choice of 5 cup sizes and one-button technology to make a perfect cup of coffee every time.
Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver – Powered by Keurig
Nescafe is famous for coffee, so it’s about time they stepped into the coffeemaker market. The Dolce Gusto II line of coffee makers and espresso makers is designed to deliver delicious coffee, espresso, latte and cappuccino with minimal fuss. The Dolce Gusto Melody is stylish and sleek, but it’s what’s under the hood that really make a difference. The Melody II features a 15-bar pump to deliver the perfect extraction pressure for every cup of coffee you brew and thermoblock technology to heat water for your coffee when you’re ready to drink it. It even has an energy-saving setting that will turn the machine off to save energy.
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Single Serve Coffee Machine, Black
Melitta has been synonymous with fine coffee ever since Melitta Bentz patented the paper coffee filter in 1908. The Melitta One:One Single Serve Coffee Maker is a pod coffee maker that uses Melitta Java-Pods and tea pods — or any standard size coffee pods available on the market — to brew a great cup of coffee directly into your mug or cup. The Melitta MES2R is a real attention-getter on your countertop, too. It comes in a variety of Euro-inspired colors and has a funky bullet-shape that makes it look a little like an alien life form. The selection of Melitta coffees is ker-azy, with new coffees added seasonally, making it a great choice if you like an ever-changing selection of tea and coffees.
Melitta MES2B One:One Single Serve Coffeemaker, Black
Tassimo is one of the bigger, better known names in single serve coffee brewing. Tassimo brewers use their own proprietary T-discs with barcode technology — each T-disc is printed with a barcode that tells the brewer exactly how to brew it for optimal flavor. Like other single serve machines, you can brew your coffee directly into your cup. The Tassimo also offers you the choice of coffee, cappuccino and latte.
Bosch TAS4513UC Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Glamour Red
We’re kinda fond of the CBTL Kaldi Single-Cup Brewer. It makes consistently excellent coffee, espresso and tea with no muss, no fuss and no cleanup of messy espresso grounds. You just drop the capsule in at the top, push a button and get your beverage. It’s the first machine to offer a variable pump to brew at 15 bars for espresso and 3.5 bars for coffee, and the selection of CBTL coffees is excellent in quality, if not in quantity. On the other hand, it uses the Caffitaly capsule system which significantly expands the selection of coffees you can use in the Kaldi.
CBTL Kaldi 9910 Single-Cup Brewer with Espresso, Coffee, Tea and Milk Frother Bundle, Black
Nespresso is the third of the “original” three single serve providers, the others being Tassimo and Senseo. The Nespresso C100T Essenza Single Serve Automatic Espresso machine is a compact little appliance with a small footprint and easy-to-use technology. It features a 19-bar pump and a thermoblock to heat water to exactly the right temperature for your coffee or espresso.
Nespresso C100T Essenza Single-Serve Automatic Espresso Machine, Titan Grey
Forget the pods and the cups and the discs. The Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker doesn’t need any of them. You just scoop your coffee into the machine and make your coffee. The Scoop coffee maker allows you to use any ground coffee you prefer — and it brews fast. You’ll have your 8-oz cup in less than 90 seconds and a 14-oz travel mug in under 2 1/2 minutes. You can choose to brew your coffee regular strength or bold, which increases the time the coffee is in contact with the water so you get a stronger, more flavorful cup. The Hamilton Beach Scoop coffee maker makes it easy for you to enjoy your coffee the way you like it without the bother of finding the right cup or filter size.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
Seriously, would any Top 10 coffee makers list be complete without a Mr. Coffee brewer? The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2 is a pretty little machine that delivers great single serve coffee using K-Kup technology — but at a much lower price than Keurig machines. It’s a great little machine to take to the office or set up in your dorm room. The water reservoir holds just enough water for one cup of coffee, so you don’t waste energy keeping an entire tank warm and waiting. Just add an EkoBrew or SoloFill reusable cup and you can use it with any coffee you like.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2W-001 Single Serve Coffee Brewer, White