For this site’s extensive single serve coffee maker reviews and articles, I went out and spent over $2,000 on 2 carloads of these machines over the course of 2 days. I’ve been drinking more coffee than ever for weeks as I test and use all of these machines.
Some machines I purchased cost more than $300, but some cost less than $100. The range is pretty big.
You can spend a lot of money on a single serve coffee maker… but it’s not necessary. The best brands offer single-cup brewers for less than $100. That’s what this gallery is all about. If you can spend a bit more than $100, check out my all-time favorite single cup coffee maker here.
Most of our featured machines use K-Cups, but one Tassimo machine that uses T-Discs makes the cut (just barely).
Below is a gallery and information on the 10 top single serve coffee makers.
1. Keurig K130
The Keurig K130 is by far the best-selling single serve coffee maker in . It’s enormously popular because it brews K-Cups, is an easy-to-use machine and is priced under $100.
For Keurig, it’s not a bad looking machine either and it’s fairly compact so that it doesn’t take up too much space on your counter.
Most importantly, more than 1,000 customers provided and the average rating is 4 out of 5 (which is fairly high given the number of reviews).
In my buying frenzy, I purchased 3 Keurig coffee makers. They’re decent machines for the money. It’s not the single serve coffee maker we decided to use for our home, but you won’t be disappointed if you like K-Cup coffee.
One negative is the water reservoir is only large enough for one cup of coffee. Some people like this, but I sure don’t. I prefer larger reservoirs to avoid having to keep on filling it for every cup.
2. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001
The Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6-001 brews K-Cup coffee. K-Cups are the most popular format of single serve coffee.
The 2 big advantages are they cost the least of all disposable coffee capsules and you can pretty much buy them anywhere. Moreover, many coffee brands make K-Cup coffee.
Despite that, I happen to prefer Tassimo T-Discs (see the Tassimo T20 below).
The Mr. Coffee single serve brewer has a detachable 40 ounce water reservoir which is very, very convenient. It’s transparent as well so you can see if more water is needed.
It also brews coffee fairly fast (6 ounce cup in under 1 minute).
Like most single cup brewers, it’s easy and fast to use.
3. Bosch Tassimo T20
Okay, a new Tassimo T20 costs a wee bit over $100. It’s about $120. You can buy used models under $100.
BUT, hear me out. I included it in this list of single serve brewers under $100 because I LOVE Tassimo coffee. It’s the only Tassimo machine that comes close to the $100 price tag.
Why do I like Tassimo so much? I prefer the taste of the coffee produced by the T-Discs. Read our in-depth Tassimo vs. Keurig analysis here.
That’s right, this machine does not use K-Cups. Tassimo T-Discs have a bar code on them which is read by the Tassimo machine which then customizes the brew for that particular T-Disc.
T-Discs are widely available in grocery stores. Unfortunately, there are fewer coffee brands in T-Discs, but there are plenty that produce outstanding coffee (as well as espresso, cappuccino, latte, chai tea, hot coco and more).
The T20 has a detachable 51 ounce water reservoir, which is good. Moreover, this is one very compact coffee machine.
I have 3 Keurigs and 2 Tassimo machines (including the T20). When you lift and feel the Bosch Tassimo, you can tell instantly it’s a more solid machine.
4. Keurig K10 MINI Plus
The Keurig K10 MINI Plus is the most compact Keurig coffee maker. I put it to the test.
Like all Keurig coffee makers, it uses K-Cups.
The K10 MINI Plus produces a decent cup of coffee. I can tell no difference between this and the other 2 Keurigs I’ve used.
One downside for me is the water reservoir only holds enough water for one brew. I find this an inconvenience.
One big plus is this is a very compact coffee maker perfect for smaller kitchens, offices and dorm rooms (although I would still get the Tassimo T20 which is pretty much the same size, makes better coffee and looks better).
Read our Keurig K10 Mini review here.
5. Hamilton Beach 49995 FlexBrew Single Serve Coffee Maker
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew single serve coffee makers are well-known for being flexible. This machine brews K-Cups, ground coffee and coffee pods.
As part of our extensive testing, we put Hamilton Beach single serve machine to the test. I found that it does a nice job with K-Cups, paper filter brew, but I didn’t much care for the coffee produced by the reusable filter.
What I like about this machine is the ground coffee is placed in the coffee container without the filter for a better a brew. I find reusable filters are too porous so that the coffee doesn’t extract as much flavor as it should.
If you’re looking for a versatile single serve coffee maker, this is a good machine.
6. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2-001
This machine is not much different than the KG6 above, but it’s another option for a single brew machine under $100.
This is a very popular single serve brewer and customer reviews rate this machine very well (averaging 4 out of 5 stars from 500 reviews).
This machine brews K-Cup coffee.
What’s the difference between this and the Mr. Coffee KG6 above?
The main difference is the water reservoir. This model’s reservoir does NOT detach. The KG6 model does detach. For this reason alone, I’d go with the KG6.
7. Aicok Travel Size K-Cup Coffee Maker
The Aicok single serve coffee maker is a very budget-friendly coffee maker that uses K-cups.
It takes 3 minutes to brew a coffee, which isn’t great, but at this price is pretty good. I havea much more expensive Keurig model which takes a little over 2 minutes to brew a cup of coffee… but it cost more money.
The area where water is poured into is sufficiently large for easy pouring.
For a basic machine it’s a good value (it receives decent customer reviews on Amazon).
8. Black & Decker Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffee Maker
This is a very budget-friendly single serve coffee maker
It does not use K-cups.
Instead you use your coffee grounds. It comes with a travel mug but can accommodate most coffee mugs.
This is a ver simple coffee maker but makes our list because it’s very, very budget friendly.
9. Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo
The Nescafe advantage is being able to control your coffee’s brew strength with the custom control lever system.
This control system makes it possible to create hot and cold beverages as well as dictate brew strength.
The other controlling factor that dictates your coffee is the capsules. The capsules are similar to K-Cups (but aren’t K-Cups and this machine does NOT brew K-Cups).
The Dolce Gusto Piccolo is a very compact machine that brews a wide variety of beverages (hot and cold).
The big downside with Nescafe is you must use the Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules, which are available at , but you’d have to check to see if they’re available in your local grocery store.
10. Krups KP1010 Home Cafe Single Serve Coffee Machine
The Krups KP1010 coffee maker is a single serve pod coffee system.
It does NOT brew K-Cups.
As you can see, this too is a compact coffee maker.
The machine dictates water volume, temperature and pressure. The pods dictate the type of coffee you brew.
Advantage: brew 2 cups of coffee at the same time… you can shake, rattle and roll as a barista without knowing how to actually steam and foam milk.
The water reservoir holds up to 40 ounces of water and you can remove it from the machine.
Yes, you can make your own coffee pods by buying precut pod filters.
Which one do I prefer?
As stated above, in my opinion, the best single serve coffee maker under $100 (or close to) is the Tassimo T20.