Most coffee drinkers know how nice it can be to have just a single cup of coffee (or two) at an unexpected time. Sure, you brew a big pot first thing in the morning, but what about when you just want a little bit of coffee after dinner or on a Saturday afternoon? These are the times that a small drip coffee maker is a great option.
You’re able to brew one, or two, or five cups without having an entire pot of coffee that goes bitter and stale before you’re able to drink it. There are also small coffee makers that are available that brew higher capacities of coffee but don’t take up a much space. This is usually the type of coffee maker chosen by people with smaller kitchens or for workspace kitchens that don’t offer a great deal of room.
There are plenty of great small coffee makers on the market that offer everything you’d get in their larger counterparts, including up to 12 cups of coffee. Another reason people choose small coffee makers is that they are budget-friendly. Of course, you can get a top-of-the-line expensive coffee maker that’s small, but many of the smaller models on the market cost less than standard-sized coffee makers.
Smaller models are usually more basic though may have a thermal carafe. They offer fewer bells and whistles and might not be programmable like their larger counterparts. But this doesn’t mean you can’t get a great cup of coffee from a smaller model—it just means you’ll need to pay for only the most basic features and sacrifice some of the convenience provided by more intuitive coffee makers.
So, What Are The Best Small Coffeemakers On The Market And How Do You Get The Most “Bang For Four Buck”? We’ve Listed Our Favorites Below:
At 8.8 pounds and about 12 inches high, this single cup coffee maker is one of our favorites. It takes less than two minutes to brew a cup of piping hot coffee and offers three brew size selections in 6, 8, or 10 ounces—a feature not offered by many small coffee makers. It’s available in red and black. Some people have had overflow issues with this coffee maker so we recommend keeping an eye on your cup when brewing, regardless of the size setting.
This four-cup coffee maker is a favorite of ours based on the price. At about $25, it’s one of the most budget-friendly coffee makers on the market. It has a few impressive features, too, considering its price.
It has a brew-pause function and a timer you can set for early brewing. It takes about four minutes to brew a pot, so even without the timer, you won’t need to wait very long. If you’re looking for a single cup option, this isn’t it, but if you want an oversized cup or two, this might be right for you.
When it comes to single-cup brewing, this is one of our favorites. The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutt is a mini master at just 6 by 8-7/8 by 10-5/8 inches. It allows you to brew up to five cups at a time (that’s a lot of coffee for a small coffee maker!) and features a removable drip tray for taller mugs. This coffee maker retails for about $65.00 to $80.
Our second Mr. Coffee option is a small coffee maker that brews a large pot. You can get 12 cups of coffee with this model and it features both a timer and pause-and-brew function, as well as a two-hour warmer with auto shutoff.
We found it easy to clean because of its removable filter basket and the dual-water window makes it easy to see how much water is in the reservoir. It retails for about $40, so it’s one of the pricier small coffeemakers on the list but still a great value considering the amount of coffee you’ll be able to brew.
Our final choice on this list is from Black & Decker. This coffee brewer is unique because it doesn’t brew a pot or mug of coffee like the other options. Instead, it brews a 15-ounce travel-mug-sized serving of coffee. And considering the number of people who pour their coffee into a travel mug in the morning before heading to work, we think this is a pretty ingenious idea.
These amazing coffee machines come with a stainless steel travel mug (that acts like a thermal carafe) that is suitable for most mug holders. It’s a small coffee maker, weighing only three pounds and standing just over 10 inches high. It also features a permanent filter, so you won’t need to worry about the waste or cost of disposable filters.
Maybe best of all is the price: You can get this tiny powerhouse for just about $20. Each of the coffee brewers we’ve selected features a small footprint, so they’ll fit even if you have limited counter space. They’re also budget-friendly, so you won’t feel as if you’re making a lifetime commitment.
We’ve found many people invest in a smaller, less expensive coffee maker when they’re living in an apartment or other small living quarters and then upgrade to something more expensive once they have more space. If your goal is to find coffee machines that offer single-cup coffee makers for a quick espresso or a latte or fewer servings or you want the brewing capacity of a standard coffee maker but you lack the space, there should be something on this list that appeals to you.
Our goal was to find the best options for the most reasonable prices and ensure you get what you’ve paid for when it comes to buying a drip coffee maker—and keep your coffee hot! Though these models lack some of the functions available on high-end coffee makers, they offer everything you need when it comes to basic coffee brewing process and the perfect cup, such as a stainless steel carafe or glass carafe and auto shut-off. You can’t ask for more than what these models offer considering the prices are well under $50… simply add hot water and coffee grounds to go!