Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews and Ratings Based on Extensive Testing
Welcome to our main page linking to our single serve coffee maker reviews and ratings charts.
Our Review Method
We buy, test and use every single cup brewing system reviewed on our site. Over time we’ve become very knowledgeable about what makes a great coffee maker and how they could be improved.
Not only does our editor-in-chief love and drink a lot of coffee, but we’ve purchased and tested over 10 machines including K-cup brewers, Tassimo brewers, Nespresso machines and traditional brewers using single-serve filters.
For every review, we painstakingly examine and use each machine, taking notes and testing a variety of coffees along the way. Yes, we drink the coffee too (we get pretty jittery at the end of the day).
How we score and rate Single Cup Coffee Makers
On the one hand, we know people love simplicity and numeric ratings are as simple as it gets. This is why we created our own single serve coffee machine ratings chart for each review.
However, coming up with a numeric score isn’t easy. After all, our personal preferences are in play. We do explain each score in the review so we encourage you to read our reviews carefully.
IMPORTANT: Our numeric scoring is primarily based in relation to other machines. Since we’ve purchased and tested many machines, we have a very good understanding of the features and performance of a wide array of these types of coffee makers. In this sense, our reviews are reliable and somewhat objective.
Compensation: We receive no direct compensation from publishing our reviews. In other words, we do not accept money from any company to publish a favorable review.
That said, every review we publish includes links to an online store where you can purchase the machine. These links are affiliate links, which means Home Stratosphere receives a commission in the event you click a link and purchase something. Since we potentially earn commissions from every machine reviewed, we don’t favor any particular machine based on compensation.
1. Tassimo T55 Brewing System Review
We rated the Tassimo T55 the best single serve coffee maker taking coffee quality, price, ease-of-use, coffee selection/availability and several other factors into consideration.
After testing and using 11 single serve brewers, my wife and I both agreed that the Tassimo T55 should be our main single serve brewer. And so it is.
While we carefully analyzed the features, coffee quality and many other criteria, it also boiled down an instinctual decision… it just turned out to be the machine we used the most while we had numerous machines set up in our kitchen.
We scored the T55 4.6 out of 5.
Overall, we like the Breville Gourmet Single Serve Coffee Maker. It uses K-Cups and comes with a reusable K-cup filter. This machine produces a great cup of coffee (for K-Cup coffee).
It offers plenty of bells and whistles. It looks great. However, our two biggest complaints are its size and non-detachable water reservoir.
Overall, we scored this coffee maker a 3.7 out of 5.
3. Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System Review
Overall, the Keurig K10 MINI Plus is a great machine for smaller kitchens, home offices, dorm rooms and other non-kitchen spaces. It’s a very simple K-Cup coffee brewer.
One big advantage with any K-Cup brewer is the fact that K-Cups offer the widest coffee selection at low prices (prices of K-Cups vary according to coffee brand).
It’s water reservoir holds only enough water for 1 cup of coffee, which is not very convenient unless you brew once in a while.
Overall, we scored this coffee maker 3.5 out of 5.
4. Nespresso VertuoLine Review
Without a doubt Nespresso coffee is the best tasting and highest quality single-serve coffee available.
The Nespresso Vertuoline uses centrifugal technology to brew truly outstanding coffees, including espresso and cappuccino.
However, quality comes with a price. The price is money. It’s not a cheap machine.
Moreover, the coffee capsules are more expensive than K-Cups and Tassimo T-Discs. Also, Nespresso capsules aren’t widely available (I can’t buy them in my local grocery store).
Nevertheless, if you want the best-of-the-best with no regard to cost, you definitely should consider the Nespresso Vertuoline.
Overall we scored this coffee maker 4.0 out of 5.
5. Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Review
The Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew coffee maker is a unique machine in that it’s a hybrid. It brews a full pot (12 cups), K-Cup single serve and single serve with an included reusable filter.
Moreover, this coffee maker is very reasonably priced (approximately under $75 USD).
This machine is for people who brew both pots of coffee as well as like having the capability of brewing a single cup – either using a reusable filter with ground coffee or K-Cup coffee.
The main attraction is the flexibility.
Many more reviews coming shortly (we have the machines and have done the testing… we’re in the process of publishing).
Overall, we scored the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 3.7 out of 5.
6. Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Review
The Aeroccino isn’t a single serve coffee maker. It’s a milk frother. However, it comes with the Nespresso Pixie so we’ve listed it here.
The Aeroccino can be purchased on its own.
This milk foaming machine is nothing short of brilliant. I love it and don’t have a single complaint. It’s worth every penny.
It uses some form of whisk technology that somehow creates incredibly warm milk foam… creating almost marshmallow-like milk. It’s so fluffy you have to scoop it with a spoon.
Check out our photos of this machine plus our full review.
7. Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Review
Nespresso is definitely one of the best capsule coffee makers around.
The Pixie is a compact espresso maker. If you get it with the Aeroccino machine, you can make a wide variety of quality coffee beverages.
The Pixie comes with some nice convenience features as well. Note that this Nespresso machine does not make coffee… just espresso (unlike the Nespresso Vertuoline).
8. Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System
The Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System is for people who like single serve brewing variety.
It brews K-Cups, coffee grounds and make hot water.
You can adjust water temperature.
You can adjust brew strength by adjusting how much water is dispensed.
This is one feature-rich single serve brewer. It performs well. You just need to decide if you need/want all the features.
9. Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Maker Review
I like the Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Maker. It was super easy to set up and brew an 8 oz. cup of K-cup coffee. The coffee tasted good.
No bells and whistles, but it does the job and is perfect for an office and/or small kitchen.
Yes, it brews K-Cups including reusable K-Cup filters for your own coffee.
10. Tassimo T20 Review
Our Tassimo T20 review highlights what we like (there’s a lot to like) and a few things we didn’t like about it.
If you’re looking for a compact single serve brewer that uses T-Disc technology, the T20 is a very good option (it rated highly under our review system).
11. Keurig K40 Elite
The Keurig K40 Elite brews K-Cups. It’s a good entry-level machine to see if you like single serve coffee makers.
12. Keurig K60 Elite Review
If you like a slightly higher-end Keurig machine compared to the K40, the K60 with its programmable menu and LED screen may be for you.
1. Keurig vs. Tassimo
Keurig machines use K-Cups for coffee. Tassimo uses T-Discs. Both are popular; in fact K-Cups (most popular) and T-Discs are the two most popular and widely available disposable coffee packets available.
While K-Cups work with many brands, Tassimo T-Discs work with Tassimo coffee machines only.
The first issue you must address when buying a single serve brewing system is whether you wish to go with a K-Cup system or T-Disc system. In order to help you with this issue, we put together a comprehensive 16-point comparison analysis of Keurig and Tassimo.
2. K-Cups vs. T-Discs
This is a thorough comparison chart comparing K-Cups and T-Discs. Our chart includes a comprehensive listing of coffee brands available as K-Cups and T-Discs so you can decide which type of single serve coffee system is right for you.
3. Nespresso Vertuoline vs. Pixie
At first glance you might conclude the only difference between these two espresso makers is size, but there’s more to it than that. Learn the differences between these two machines so you make the right decision.
1. Definitive Guide to Single Serve Coffee Makers
This extensive guide explains in detail what you need to look for and consider when buying a single serve brewing system. There are many types of machines. Most importantly, there is not one single machine right for everyone. The key is buying the right machine for you. This guide explains your options.
2. Top 10 Single Serve Coffee Makers Under $100
This is an informative article setting out the top single-serve coffee makers that cost less than $100. This is definitely a budget-friendly list of decent single cup brewers.