Best Single Serve Coffee Maker Picks and Reviews

Single-serve coffee makers can offer a fresh cup of coffee any time of the day with no mess or fuss. They have gained in popularity in recent years for their valued convenience and consistency, whether these machines are used at home or in the office, even in hotels and cafes. The single cup coffee machines are also an intelligent alternative to automatic drip coffeemakers in many cases.

Single serve coffee makers utilize coffee pods to brew a cup of coffee. Coffee lovers can find their perfect cup of coffee with the variety of beverages available in coffee pods such as coffee, milk-based specialties, hot chocolate, tea and many more. Single serve brewers are intended for those who enjoy the comfort of making smaller servings of coffee. With today’s economy, coffee lovers can now save some money by brewing their perfect cup of coffee at home, rather than frequently heading to the local coffee shops. Single serve coffee machines can also entertain house guests especially when you have a variety of K-cups available for your guests to enjoy.

#1 Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System

Keurig K45 Elite Brewing SystemThe company Keurig was built upon the brewing of single cups/serves of coffee that provide greater consistency in the quality of the coffee. Keurig is a Dutch word that means “proper” and the inventors saw the translation as meaning Excellence. The Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System is one of Keurig’s best single cup coffee machines and is currently the #1 best selling single serve brewer on Amazon. The Keurig K45 is an easy to brew coffeemaker that allows the consumers to enjoy an awesome fresh brewed taste, cup after cup. You can choose from three different brewing sizes – small (6oz), medium (8oz) and large (10oz). The machine also features an auto shut off power saving mode after 2 hours, removable drip tray, a new carbon filter system and Quiet Brew technology that makes this machine quieter as compared to the previous models. The machine also includes a water filter starter kit plus 1 replacement filter, and a 12-count variety pack.

Consumers are happy that they can use their own ground coffee or tea using the Keurig K45, with the help of a re-usable K-cup. This is an important feature for passionate consumers who also wanted to be able to brew any brand of coffee in their coffee machine. By using K-cups, consumers are delighted to find that they can produce great tasting coffee that’s definitely hot, even the tea K-cup tastes as good as if it was from having boiling water in a kettle. And with a wide range of available beverages to choose from, there is always a K-cup for every member of the family that satisfies their choice from a hot cup of coffee to iced beverages. They also like that the Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System is fast and efficient, has an easy to fill water reservoir, and clean-up is also a breeze. The Keurig K45 coffee machine comes in four different colors,  choose from – black, patriot blue, rhubarb and coconut white. The Keurig K45 is also identical to the Keurig B40, but with an added value of a water filter and one more brewing size option.Read more

Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.5 stars (2,444 Customer Reviews)


  • “My K-cup” reusable filter basket enables to brew own ground coffee or tea (purchase separately)
  • Compatible with any brand of K-cups
  • Great-flavored coffee, tea, hot chocolate and iced beverages
  • Heats water fast and water is HOT
  • Large water reservoir for a single-serve coffeemaker
  • Mess free and easy to clean
  • Water Filter
  • Great Customer Service


  • Needs regular cleaning of both internal and exterior parts
  • No brew strength option

Warranty Period: 1 Year

User Manual: click here

#2 BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee BrewerBunn-o-Matic Corporation introduced the world’s 1st automatic drip-brew coffee machine in 1963. The Bunn My Cafe MCU is the company’s offering in the single cup coffee machine category. The BUNN MCU can brew K-cups, ground coffee, tea pods or bags, loose tea and more. With four different brewing drawers, you can enjoy total flexibility for all your moods. The look of the machine is quite industrial which isn’t a surprise knowing the majority of Bunn’s coffee makers are made for commercial use. But it exhibits durability and functionality that consumers can count on.

There are several ‘taste tests’ posted on the internet comparing different single cup brewers and the Bunn MCU always comes out on top. One example of an independent taste test of this coffee maker came from a consumer who bought the Bunn MCU on Amazon. He did a side by side taste test using Bunn MCU and another coffee machine. He used the same K-cup and Bunn MCU produced hotter, more aromatic and fuller flavored coffee without the bitterness. The other single cup machine brew was a little flat in flavor and had a touch of bitterness. Users also like its ‘Pulse Brew’ feature to extract bolder flavor. Though the machine doesn’t have a water reservoir, (so you have to put water in for each cup). This is a hidden benefit as it makes us use only use fresh water for each cup of coffee, and also enables us to tweak the volume of water to get our preferred coffee strength.

Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.1 stars (1,573 Customer Reviews)


  • Includes 4 separate drawers to brew from K-cups to pods, to fresh ground coffee and tea pods, and also dispenses hot water (200 degrees F) for many uses
  • A Pulse Brew option for extra strong flavor (really a plus)
  • Heats water fast and brews great tasting coffee or tea which were mostly favored in several taste tests
  • Durable and has a compact size
  • Superb customer service


  • Doesn’t have an On/Off button or power saving feature
  • Need extra storage for its 4 drawers

Warranty Period: 2 Years
User Manual: click here

#3 Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker (No K-cups or pods)

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (49981)The Hamilton Scoop coffee maker does not need K-cups or coffee pods. Instead it features a mesh scoop filter, allowing for different coffee grind types, so users can brew their choice of coffee flavor (vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, etc.), and any brand (Intelligentsia, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, etc.). Users can also choose between ‘Regular’ or ‘Bold’ brewing options. For its great design and functionality, the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) highly ranked the Hamilton Beach 49981 coffeemaker for its capability to utilize coffee grinds, rather than K-cup packs or pods, and at the same time gave consumers the convenience to select their own coffee flavor, brew strength and cup size. The Hamilton Scoop Coffee Machine was also awarded by Good Housekeeping with Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award in year 2012.

This Hamilton Scoop Coffeemaker is also designed for a very simple preparation in 3 straight forward steps: Scoop – Place – Brew. The machine is durable, made of stainless steel to ensure its longevity. Consumers praised the machine’s sturdy feel, it does not occupy much counter space, can accommodate standard cup or a travel mug, and the machine is inexpensive – a “money saver”. This coffee machine is for consumers who are not fans of K-cups and coffee pods, but want to brew one cup at a time using any type of coffee grounds they desire. The Hamilton Scoop Coffeemaker makes an excellent cup of coffee.

Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.1 stars (3,761 Customer Reviews)


  • Great looks. Durable. Stainless Steel. Compact Size
  • Lowest priced machine in our picks. Long term cost is also cheaper.
  • Regular and Bold settings
  • Makes HOT delicious coffee
  • Adjustable to accommodate short mugs and tall travel mugs
  • Easy to clean and no paper filter needed


  • Needs more experimentation before you get the right brew for your taste
  • More clean-up required than with K-cups or pods.

Warranty Period: 1 Year

#4 Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker (Espressos and Americano style coffee)

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Electric TitanGood news for espresso lovers. You can now easily make delicious espressos without the mess and fuss. Meet the Pixie, a stylish single cup espresso machine that combines superb espresso making capabilities and ultra-compact design (smallest Nespresso machine). Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker exclusively uses Nespresso capsules to brew coffee in a variety of flavors. Choose from: Full & Banlanced Roma, Rich & Distinctive Capriccio, Creamy Arpeggio, Fortission Lungo and many more. Coffee lovers should note that this machine does not make regular coffee. Instead, it brews top-notch Americano,  an espresso shot with hot water added. Simply make an espresso by placing a pod on the machine and let it brew. Push the brew button again to add more water to the cup. Now you have an Americano style coffee.

The Nespresso Pixie can heat up in just 30 seconds, faster than most single cup coffee machines. This is due to it’s thermoblock heating element that enables the machine’s fast heat-up time. Another nice feature of the machine is its energy-saving mode that shuts off the machine after 9 minutes of non-use. The Nespresso Pixie is for consumers looking to find the best single-serve machine to make quality espressos easily with very little effort, quickly, and with the use of capsules. Included are 16 Nespresso’s premium capsules in the package. The Nespresso Pixie is currently the no.1 best selling Super-Automatic Espresso in Amazon.

Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 4.6 stars (285 Customer Reviews)


  • Sleek design, ultra-compact
  • Heats up very fast – 25 to 30 seconds. A time saver
  • Can program to brew a certain duration
  • Easy to use, minimal mess
  • Power saving feature
  • Used capsules are smartly ejected inside in an internal receptacle


  • Noisy compared to other single brewers in our picks
  • Most Expensive in our picks

Warranty Period: 1 Year

#5 Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 Single Serve Coffee Brewer

Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer BVMC-KG6-001, 40-Ounce, BlackThe Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 uses Keurig K-cups to make coffee, tea, hot chocolate and many more. This machine is the least expensive of our single-serve coffee maker picks that are compatible with K-cups. This versatile and affordable machine is made by two well known companies in the coffee industry, combining Keurig Brewed technology and America’s original coffee maker.

The Mr.Coffee KG6 is compatible with “My K-cup” re-usable filter (purchase separately), allowing its users to brew their own coffee grounds or tea. This coffee machine also provides three different brew-size selections 6, 8 or 10 ounces. Consumers find the Mr.Coffee Single Brewer easy to use (1-2-3 steps), fast (it pre-heats the water when plugged-in so coffee is brewed almost immediately), has a solid build quality for the price, and it’s an impressive looking coffeemaker on their kitchen counter. The Mr.Coffee Single Serve Brewer comes in three different colors (black, blue, red), and includes 5 K-cups in the package.
Amazon’s Customer Ratings: 3.9 stars (1,431 Customer Reviews)


  • Makes deliciously hot coffee
  • Good and solid design for the price
  • My K-cup reusable filter compatible
  • Three brew size options
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Auto shut off (2 hours)


  • No brew strength option
  • Few reports of durability issues

Warranty Period: 1 Year
User Manual: click here

  1. I was looking to buy Cuisinart SS-700, but after comparing with your review it seems the Keurig 45 would be better.

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