The 8 Best Single Serve Coffee Makers For Caffeinating Solo

Coffee is one of life's cheapest and most enjoyable little treasures. The promise of a cup lures me out of bed and I'm not ashamed to admit I can linger over my coffee for at least an hour or more. But I realize not everyone (cough, my partner) shares this passion for java. And that's why the best single serve coffee makers are the money-saving appliances that keep giving — mine gifts me with the absolute perfect cup of coffee and gives me a way to avoid wasting even a single teaspoon of precious grinds (I told you I have nothing but serious love for coffee).

Although I'm certain that I stumbled into greatness when a friend gifted me my single serve coffee machine a few birthdays ago, it can be a challenge finding one that brews a delicious cup, isn't a royal pain to clean, and stands the test of time — because there's nothing sadder than finding out your coffee machine decided to go and break the one night you got three hours' sleep.

If you're thinking of making coffee your own selfish habit — which I highly recommend — these eight highly rated single serve coffee makers will get you to that perfect state of latté nirvana. And you can find them all on Amazon.


The Single Serve Machine That Lets You Choose Your Brew Strength

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, $93, Amazon

The best-selling Keurig K55 Single Serve Coffee Maker stands apart from the pack for several reasons, including this cool detail: it can brew multiple K-cup pod sizes for six, eight, and 10 ounce cups. For this reason, those of you who love the strongest cup of coffee imaginable need simply set it to six — prefer something a little less intense, set it to 10 ounces. This machine gives you options!

It's also incredibly easy to use: simply insert a pod, choose your brew size, add water, click a button and, presto, minutes later you've got the perfect single serve cup of Joe. It has an auto-off feature that can be programmed to turn off after 90 seconds, can brew up to six cups of coffee at once, and has a removal 48-ounce water reservoir. Choose between two colors (black or deep red) and use it with both Keurig and non-Keurig brand pods, as well as to make hot cocoa or tea.


The Single Serve That Gives You The Option Of Brewing A Full Carafe Of Coffee

Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, $54, Amazon

There may be days when you're flying solo in your caffeine habit and only require a single serve machine and other days when your BFFs stop by for brunch — instead of investing in two machines, Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker works double time to accommodate both situations. This machine gives you the option of brewing a single cup (and you can fit your 14-oz travel mug in it) or a 12-cup glass carafe. The single-serve side can be adjusted to fit several cup sizes, which is super convenient, and you can choose between Regular or Bold brew strength.

This machine has a programmable timer so you can sleep in and wake up to your perfect cup, as well as an auto-shutoff feature that turns off after two hours. One thing to know: the single serve side has a permanent mesh basket but the carafe side requires that you use disposable paper filters.


The Single Serve System That Gives You An Excuse To Treat Yourself

Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System, $100, Amazon

There are times when brewing a single cup of coffee isn't enough — you want to treat yourself to a single-serve cappuccino, iced coffee, or latté and with the Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System, you can!

Without even taking up a whole lot more room on your counter, this magic machine can be used to make customized brews in a variety of sizes: cup, XL cup, travel mug, or XL Multi-Serve. Cafe Forte technology enhances the taste of your regular coffee, while the built-in frother feature turns your milk into foam so you can hot or cold lattes. One reviewer called this the "single best purchase" she has made in the last two years.


This Portable, Plug-Free French Press Coffee Maker

Gourmia GKCP135 Manual Coffee Brewer Single Serve K-Cup Manual Hand French Press Coffee Maker, $20, Amazon

You don't have to give up your love of French press coffee when you switch to a single serve machine: Gourmia GKCP135 will let you get your French press on anywhere — at home, at work, and even on a camping trip. Insert a K-Cup Coffee Capsule into the brew chamber, fill the reservoir with hot water, and press down on the plunger until your cup is filled. It fits standard size mugs (4.5 inches tall) and comes in four colors: purple, green, red, and orange.

Reviewers call this machine "clever" and love how it can be packed up and put away so that it doesn't take up kitchen counter space. They also appreciate how it's plug-free, simple to operate, portable, and easy to clean.


The Machine That Is Compatible With All K-Cup Brands

Mixpresso Single Cup Coffee Maker for K Cups, $80, Amazon

With three brewing options (6, 8, and 10 ounces) and the ability to work with both licensed and unlicensed 1.0 and 2.0 K cups, Mixpresso Single Cup Coffee Maker is a favorite amongst users who don't want to feel limited to one K-cup brand. It has a removable tray to fit 6.5 inch tall cups, a 45-ounce removal water reservoir, and — get this — can brew a cup in as little as 25-30 seconds.

Program the automatic shutoff to turn off your machine after 15 minutes, one hour, or two hours. One reviewer calls this a "solidly built machine with heft and substance" that brews "simply superb" coffee.


This No-Frills Machine That Comes With A Travel Mug

Black + Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker With Travel Mug, $15, Amazon

Ah, two great features for one price: you'll get both the Black + Decker DCM18S Brew 'n Go Personal Coffee Maker and a 15-ounce stainless steel travel mug that is dishwasher safe and fits most vehicle cup holders. With a removable filter basket and permanent mesh filter, there's no need to worry about purchasing additional paper filters and the machine couldn't be simpler to use: fill the filter with coffee grinds, add water, touch one button, and you're finished.

This is the ideal machine if you're in the market for something that gets the job done, but doesn't feature a lot of bells and whistles. Reviewers love the affordable price and the fact that it brews a really large cup of coffee.


The Single Serve Machine You Can Pack In A Suitcase

Aicok K-Cup Coffee Maker, $39, Amazon

The Aicok K-Cup Coffee Maker is a lightweight, travel-friendly machine, but don't underestimate it's ability to brew an amazing cup of coffee. It allows for different cup sizes (up to 5 ½-inch tall mugs), features a removal drip tray and a 12-ounce water reservoir. It shuts off automatically after brewing, is made with BPA-free materials, and has a wide water tank mouth which means no more spilling water all over the counter, which is all too easy to do when you're still half asleep in the morning.

This machine suits most K-cups and filters and — one of the best parts — all of its removable components are safe to throw in the dishwasher. Reviewers who travel rave about how compact it is — never be caught on the road without a decent cup of coffee again.


This Single Serve Coffee Maker With Color Options Like Electric Blue & Apricot

CHULUX K Cup Coffee Maker, $40, Amazon

The number one most important feature of any single-serve coffee maker is that it, of course, makes outstanding coffee. With the ability to fit most K cups (1.0 or 2.0), a simple one-touch operation system, and easy-to-clean removable drip tray and water reservoir, CHULUX K Cup Coffee Maker boasts all of the important features you want in a machine. But it takes things one step further to satisfy our aesthetic needs: it comes in five stylish colors including electric blue (shown here), apricot, lime-green, brick red, and basic black. Reviewers love the wide water spout, its simplicity, and its compact, attractive, and portable design.

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