Top 5 Best Single Serve Coffee Makers – Espresso Maker Reviews

Last updated: April 9th 2017.

There are numerous reasons for getting a single-serve coffee maker. It saves both time and money that you would otherwise spend in a café. Moreover, unlike other complicated coffee makers, the single serve machines get you a cup without mess.

In line with our other reviews, we thoroughly inspected various single serve coffee makers and listed the top 5 among them. In this review, (write about the factors)

Top Selling Single Serve Coffee Makers of Year 2017

#1 Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System

Keurig K45 Elite Brewing SystemAvailable in multiple colors, the K45 can dispense fresh coffee within one minute. It comes with all the accessories that you need and has a good 48 oz water reservoir. It is good for single serve coffee maker for a small family. It can brew coffee, tea, iced beverages and so on.

Key Features

  • 48 oz. Water Reservoir
  • Kit includes: 1 Water Filter Handle, 1 Charcoal Filter, 12-count K-Cup Variety Pack.
  • Auto On-Off feature, Indicator lights

Cons: Those who’ve used Keurig for years would notice a drop in the quality, and K45 is no exception. It is not the performance but the built quality. Hence, it needs a very careful hand – while both operating and maintaining.

#2 Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System

Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing SystemThis heavy duty single serve coffee machine reprieves you of frequent refills. It just makes the entire process swift. It works with all sorts of pods. SS-700 comes with a whole host of automatic systems, and features over 200 varieties of pre-measured, premium brand coffee and tea.
Key Features

  • 5 cup sizes, including iced beverage setting and removable drip tray for tall travel mugs.
  • Fully programmable blue backlit LCD with digital clock, auto on/off and adjustable temperature.
  • Kit Includes: My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, charcoal water filter, 12 K-Cup Portion Pack and instruction book.

Cons: Design is, unfortunately, the biggest con of this machine. Using the machine without cleaning in for a prolonged period of time can cause air bubbles to creep in, and coaxing them out does take some time and effort. Apart from it, SS-700 just works fine.

#3 Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing System

Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing SystemThis single serve coffee machine is perfect for small offices, this coffee machine comes with a wide range of features in addition to Keurig’s K45.

Key Features

  • Brews 6 oz., 8 oz., and 10 oz. sizes
  • Auto-Off feature
  • Easily drains for transport and storage
  • Removable 48 oz. Water Reservoir

Cons: Although K145 has an improved pump system, it is still marred by not so great build quality; as a result, the dispensed coffee has a distinct plastic taste. Also, since the pump is littler stronger than K45, it is a little louder. It doesn’t replace your conventional coffee makers but does a fine job in serving you with a quick cup of coffee without any mess.

#4 Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A)

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A)Comparison of Single serve coffee brewers is incomplete without Hamilton’s 49980A. Its versatility and the power that it gets you in terms of brewing makes it one of the highly customizable single serve coffee browsers. The Carafe-side helps you brew for the entire family while Single-serve side delights with a quick cup of coffee.

Key Features

  • Two ways to brew — single cup or full 12-cup glass.
  • Brew strength selector for brewing REGULAR or BOLD preferred flavor/strength.
  • Control panel and display, with hour and minute buttons to program the brewing time up to 24 hours beforehand.
  • Equipped with programmable timer with 2-hour automatic shut-off.

Cons: Apart from a little more water loss than comparable coffee makers, it works fine in all other aspects. Surprisingly the build quality of 49980A is better than other single serve coffee makers, and at sub $60.00 tag, this is our top recommendation for coffee makers. Since it is loaded with a few extra features, it would take you some time to understand it, but once you get used to it, it should be a piece of cake.

#5 Nespresso A+GCA1-US-CH-NE VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

Nespresso A+GCA1-US-CH-NE VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk FrotherAvailable in three different colors, this featured pack GCA1 is a single serve coffee cum espresso maker. It has two cup sizes for 8 oz. Coffee and 1.35 oz. espresso. One touch brewing and the centrifusion extraction technology gets you a perfect aroma.

Key Features

  • Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing.
  • Easy insertion and ejection of capsules.
  • Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity; Fast heat up time 15 seconds.

Cons: While this is a great single coffee maker unless you want a duo of both espresso and coffee maker, a $200 price tag can burn a hole in your pocket. This roughly two to four times more expensive than other single serve coffee makers.

You should also check: Best coffee bean grinders 2016

We tried to widen our net, but besides these top 5 single serve coffee makers, we found it difficult to put them in the review: Owing to both build quality and performance. If you have any other single serve coffee maker in your mind, drop us a comment, and we will review that specific coffee maker for you.

My name is Francisco Ashford and I am a food blogger based out of Sacramento, California. After struggling for years with an eating disorder, I have finally learnt the art to live a life of health and wellness. My vision behind running this coffee blog is to inspire and educate readers about "Coffee".

311 comments On Top 5 Best Single Serve Coffee Makers – Espresso Maker Reviews

  • I want to buy a new single serve coffee maker. Where can I purchase one from at a good price?

    • Single serve coffee makers have become increasingly popular especially with fans of coffee because of the many benefits that they present in comparison with the traditional coffee maker. They are available for purchase in major retail stores such as Target. You can also get the single serve coffee makers from online retailers such as Amazon and E-bay. When you buy from online retailers, you have the added advantage of going through all the reviews written by the users as well as bloggers. This will help you make a decision on what exactly you want to buy and you will know what to expect in terms of pros and cons of the single serve coffee makers. Alternatively, buying directly from the manufacturer is also recommendable because when they sell to you the coffee maker it will come with the correct protective packaging and you can confirm if all the parts are available.

  • I want to get the whole picture before I buy my coffee maker. What are the limitations of using a single serve coffee maker?

    • Most of the single serve coffee makers are an improvement to the traditional coffee makers which are slow, poor build quality, noisy and not reliable. However, we cannot say that single serve coffee makers have no faults. For one, with single serve coffee makers, you will always be limited to the type of coffee beans you can use. With a conventional coffee maker, you grind your own coffee in most cases hence you can use any beans you deem fit. This can be really disadvantageous to a true coffee lover. Also, keep in mind that using a single serve coffee maker will cost you eventually cost you more than using loose coffee or coffee beans.

  • A single server coffee maker comes with a pretty complex design. Is it complicated to operate and maintain a single serve coffee maker?

    • The popular assumption would be that the single serve coffee maker is difficult to operate and expensive to maintain since it is loaded a few extra features. However, don’t let the complex look deceive you. These machines are highly automated making sure that in most cases, all you have to do to get a cup of tasty coffee is, press a button. They also have a fully programmable Control panel and display that makes it even easier to operate. Furthermore, all these machines come with an easy-to-understand language and clear demonstration manual. Some people actually find them easier to use single serve coffee makers compared to conventional ones.

  • I want to buy my first single server coffee maker but I’m a little green. Are there specific features or qualities to look for in a single serve coffee maker?

    • To find the best coffee maker for your needs, there are some features you have to keep a keen eye on. These features enhance performance, versatility, speed, convenience and of course fuss-free operation. To get all this in a coffee maker, make sure it has the following features: strength control to determine how strong your coffee is, little or no noise when operating and of course, a large tank capacity. If you are serious about coffee brewing, be sure to get a coffee maker that gives you a variety of brewing options.

  • Are single serve coffee makers long lasting? How durable are they and, what can I do to increase the life of my coffee maker?

    • Like any other machines when handled with care become durable and provide good service in like manner single coffee maker proper handling and maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean that the single serve coffee makers are not durable they can serve for a long time since the manufacturers are keen on this aspect. Most can last for an average of five years before giving in to wear and tear. To increase the life of your coffee maker, ensure you clean it regularly and well enough. Most people use white vinegar which is not only good at killing germs but also, does not corrode the parts of your coffee maker. Proper storage will also ensure you do not drop, break or subject your machine to harsh elements hence giving it a longer life.

  • Is there any difference in the taste of coffee when brewed using a single serve coffee maker compared to when using a conventional coffee maker?

    • If you are a true coffee lover, you will definitely detect the change in coffee taste, no matter how subtle it may be. Single serve coffee makers have been reported to make tastier coffee compared to conventional ones. Perhaps it is because of the fast brewing action. However, some single serve coffee makers are of poor quality hence end up making half brewed coffee. It is therefore up to you to do a thorough background check of your coffee maker before committing. Moreover, beware of coffee makers that come with pre-ground coffee as in most cases the coffee loses flavor as soon as the beans are ground. Single serve coffee makers are capable of brewing great coffee fast but cannot compare to old school ground coffee beans which ensure that your coffee is concentrated with flavor. However, if you add milk to your coffee, it may be difficult to detect any difference.

  • Are single server coffee makers more convenient compared to conventional coffee makers? How so?

    • Generally the single serve coffee makers have proven to be convenient in their performance whether it comes to speed, operation, versatility and even maintenance. When it comes to all these aspects, single serve coffee makers are way better than conventional ones.

  • How fast is a single server coffee maker when it comes to brewing? Is the speed any better in comparison to conventional coffee makers? Also, will this affect the quality of my coffee?

    • Single serve coffee machines save you the hassle of frequent refills. It just makes the entire process swift.  Some of these machines can dispense fresh coffee even within one minute thus their unmatched speed. With single serve coffee maker you can get your coffee made without waiting for too long, but still, enjoy the same great quality of coffee.

  • There are so many coffee makers in the market. Which single serve coffee maker should I get for my home and office?

    • If you haven’t bought a coffee maker in a few years, then you have over a hundred machines to choose from. This gives you the option to look at the best offers in the market in terms of pricing, models, customization and generally what suits best. However, if you are looking for a single serve coffee maker you cannot go wrong with the following top rated models to mention but a few;

      I.  Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System
      Available in multiple colors, the K45 can dispense fresh coffee within one minute. It comes with all the accessories that you need and has a good 48 oz. water reservoir. It is good for single serve coffee maker for a small family. It can brew coffee, tea, iced beverages and so on.

      II.  Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System
      This heavy duty single serve coffee machine reprieves you of frequent refills. It just makes the entire process swift. It works with all sorts of pods. SS-700 comes with a whole host of automatic systems and features over 200 varieties of pre-measured, premium brand coffee and tea.

      III. Keurig k145 OfficePRO Brewing System
      This single serve coffee machine is perfect for small offices, this coffee machine comes with a wide range of features in addition to Keurig’s K45.

      IV. Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A)
      Comparison of Single serve coffee brewers is incomplete without Hamilton’s 49980A. Its versatility and the power that it gets you in terms of brewing makes it one of the highly customizable single serve coffee browsers. The Carafe-side helps you brew for the entire family while Single-serve side delights with a quick cup of coffee.

      V.  Nespresso A+GCA1-US-CH-NE VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother
      Available in three different colors, this featured pack GCA1 is a single serve coffee cum espresso maker. It has two cup sizes for 8 oz. Coffee and 1.35 oz. espresso. One touch brewing and the centrifusion extraction technology gets you a perfect aroma.

  • I am curious, what is the big fuss over single serve coffee makers? How are they different from your ordinary coffee maker?

    • There are a number of reasons for getting a single serve coffee maker. In a time where time, speed, convenience, quality and even class dictates our lifestyle it is a huge injustice to be stuck with an old, traditional slow, messy not to forget noisy coffee maker.

      Single serve coffee is a great revolution in the coffee makers’ industry and more so to the coffee lovers whether those who take soft pods or hard-shell capsules. Single serve coffee makers offer fast brewing, fuss-free operation as well as a decent taste.

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