Help Me Choose the
Best Single Serve Coffee Maker

The most frequent question we get is, "What is the best single serve coffee maker for me?" It's a fantastic question, and one that we can answer pretty well if you'll walk through a simple process with us. Start by answering the following two questions:

  1. Do you want to make brewed coffee with your one cup coffee maker?
  2. Do you want to make espresso, cappucinos, and lattes with your one cup coffee maker?

Your answer to these questions will help determine the best single serve coffee maker. We've listed the possible answers in the scenarios below. Find the one that most closely fits your choices.

You want brewed coffee!

You're a coffee lover and could care less about espresso based drinks. Your choice is pretty straight forward. The best one cup coffee maker for you is either a Keurig machine or a pod machine. They're both great systems, so you really can't go wrong with either. To choose between them, ask yourself what kind of coffee you enjoy and whether you want the convenience of buying coffee at your local supermarket.

  • A Keurig brewer will be the best one cup coffee maker for you if you value convenience and variety. You can find k cups anywhere. You can get them at your supermarket, office supply stores, other retail stores (Kohls and Bed Bath and Beyond, for example), and countless places online. And, when it comes to brewing coffee, no other option is simpler and cleaner. If this fits you, check out our Keurig Coffee Maker section.
  • A pod brewer will be the best single serve coffee maker if you value cost-effectiveness and are seeking to minimize impact on the environment. An additional plus is that pod brewers tend to brew at a higher temperature and simply produce better coffee. The down side is that pods are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Most pods (at least the good ones) are available only online and there are not many online retailers. If this sounds good to you check out our Pod Coffee Maker section.
  • If you're really not sure which is the best type of brewer for you, we have good news, Bunn may have a solution for you. The Bunn My-Cafe MCU comes with both a k cup drawer and a pod drawer. It does both incredibly well, so if you think you might like both pods and k cups look at our review of the Bunn MCU.

You want espresso drinks!

You love espresso and various espresso-based drinks. If this is you, ask yourself whether you'd prefer "very good" coffee drinks with little hassle or if you want the very best even if it entails more work.

  • If you place a premium on simplicity of use, even at a slight sacrifice in quality, you should go with either a Tassimo or a Dolce Gusto. Both are great machines capable of producing wonderful coffee drinks. If this describes you, check out our Tassimo Coffee Maker section and our review of Dolce Gusto.
  • If you are looking to act like a barista and make a very high quality espresso based drink, the best single serve coffee maker would be a Nespresso Machine. They take a little work on your part, but the end result is astounding.
  • If you're looking for a middle ground, the Keurig Rivo R500 does a good job on both fronts. The machine is easy to use and uses high quality Lavazza espresso. The Nespresso machines still give more control, but the Rivo is a significant step up from the Tassimo and Dolce Gusto in terms of espresso quality.

You want both!

OK, you had to go and be difficult, didn't you. The problem is that no one cup coffee maker does both coffee and espresso-based drinks well. So you must either purchase two machines for the best of both worlds or decide to go with "a jack of all trades" machine ("and master of none").

  • If you must have the best of both, see section one and two above to find out which two machines fit your requirements.
  • If you want to stick with one machine, you will need to choose what to sacrifice. If you want great coffee and are willing to have average espresso drinks, the Keurig Vue would be the best fit. If this is of interest check out our Keurig Vue review. If you want great espresso drinks and are willing to sacrifice on the coffee front, you have the option of either a Tassimo Coffee Maker or a Nescafe Dolce Gusto.

We're hoping this has been a help in choosing what the best single serve coffee maker is for you. If you still have further questions, please click on the "Contact Us" link on the left side of the page. We'd be happy to answer any additional questions you might have.

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