Best Single Cup Coffee Maker: Nespresso vs Keurig vs Tassimo vs Verismo vs Ninja Coffee Bar vs Cuisinart

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Is it the caffeine that keeps you drinking that cup of coffee every morning, or is it the ritual of starting your day with the bold flavor? Personally, I like the ritual of sipping on a yummy beverage as I check my emails and get started on my work.

Whether you and your family (or roommates) enjoy differing brews or you just don’t want to waste an entire pot of coffee, we’ll help you find the perfect coffee pot for your single cup needs.

Article Overview

Best Single Cup Coffee Makers

We chose our top 3 based on price, brew time, customer satisfaction, brew options and more. Depending on how busy you are in the mornings, you may opt for a coffee maker that is more expensive but has a quicker brew time. If you have a little more time in the mornings, you might consider a less expensive coffee maker that takes a little longer.

Keep in mind that if you’re a die-hard fan of a certain brew, you’ll want to make sure the coffee maker you purchase can brew it. Some of these coffee pots require K Cups, pods or other brand-specific coffee pods that may limit your brewing options.

Nespresso Review

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View Vertuo on Amazon | Nespresso OriginalView Original on Amazon

If you want the best tasting coffee, Nespresso is the machine for you. This coffee maker serves crema on top of its coffee and espresso brews, for the ultimate gourmet coffee experience. Depending on the machine you choose, you can brew various single serve coffee cup sizes including espresso (1.35 oz.), double espresso (2.7 oz.), gran lungo (5 oz.), coffee (7.7 oz.) and alto (14 oz.). We’ve linked to two of the more popular options, but once on Amazon, browse for your particular needs. Pay attention to the machine you purchase, as the Original Nespresso machines (with the exception of the Pro machine which has programmable volumes) make only the smaller sizes (up to a 5 oz lungo, or if you have a milk frother, a slightly larger latte macchiato), while the Vertuo has larger pods that go all the way up to a 14 oz alto (almost a pint for you beer drinkers). Pro tip: if you want a larger coffee using Nespresso Original, just use more than one capsule (ie. run it a second time into a larger cup; that’s what we do).

There are two primary model lines of Nespresso: Original, and the new Vertuo. Each line features several different models at various price points. Note that Nespresso machines only work with Nespresso capsules, and the Original and Vertuo line use different capsules.

Pros

Cons

  • About a 1 minute brew time
  • Serves coffee and espresso with crema
  • Customers rave about the coffee flavor
  • Milk frother option on several models to make cappuccinos and latte macchiatos
  • Lots of different coffee flavors, including blends, single origins, and limited edition releases
  • “Pro” machines include programmable volumes for coffee sizes
  • Only works with Nespresso capsules
  • Machine requires descaling after prolonged use (a slightly time-consuming cleaning process requiring a descaling kit)

Price

  • Vertuo $175.17 | Original $140.34
  • 1-year warranty
  • Water reservoirs of varying sizes depending on model (40 oz. for our Vertuo model linked above)

Keurig Review

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It’s no surprise here that Keurig comes in close second. Keurig machines are probably the most prolific on the market given their aggressive marketing campaigns over the years (odds are you know someone that got one for free). Program your Keurig to turn on in the morning, so it’s ready for you to make your cup quickly.

The version we recommend here brews multiple K Cup pod sizes (6, 8, and 10 oz.). If you want the strongest brew, go for the 6 oz. cup of Joe. Keurig is pretty straightforward and easy to use. This model has minimal buttons, so it’s very user-friendly from the start.

There are more than 70 brands of coffee to choose from with 400+ varieties. If you want to be eco-friendly (which we always encourage) you can purchase some reusable K Cups and fill them with your favorite roast. This is also less expensive than purchasing prepackaged filters.

Pros

Cons

  • Less than 1 minute brew time
  • Auto-off after it’s idle for 2 hours
  • Cleaning feature
  • Removable drip tray to fit most travel mugs
  • Many coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. options
  • Easy to use
  • Uses a charcoal water filter to remove impurities from the water
  • 10 oz is the largest cup it will brew
  • On most models, you cannot control the strength of coffee

Price & Tech Specs

  • $89.99
  • Limited 1-year warranty
  • 48 oz. water reservoir brews 6+ cups before refilling

Read Our Keurig Comparison Article

Cuisinart Review

Cuisinart DCC-3000#3

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This coffee pot is unique from other single cup coffee makers because it makes a full pot of coffee (or 1-4 cups of coffee) and will dispense it out 1 cup at a time. Although this is less expensive than the Keurig, it feel behind the Keurig because this is a single serve coffee review. The Cuisinart doesn’t brew as fast and you can’t brew a single cup as easily as you can with the Keurig. However, we like the functionality of this coffee pot, which is why it is our #3 pick.

Cuisinart does offer a single cup brewer that also grinds coffee for you. This is rare to come by and, although it doesn’t have the greatest reviews, if you’re looking for a single cup coffee maker with grinder we’d recommend it. You can purchase it on Amazon for Check on Amazon.

Pros

Cons

  • Displays the time
  • Programmable
  • Auto-on and off
  • Cleaning feature
  • Uses a charcoal water filter to remove impurities from the water
  • Not truly a 1 cup coffee maker
  • Slower brew time
  • Complaints of it leaking

Price & Tech Specs

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  • Limited 3-year warranty
  • Coffee reservoir holds 60 oz. of coffee

Other Single Cup Coffee Makers

Below you’ll find an alphabetical listing of other companies we’ve reviewed.

BunnHamilton Beach |Ninja Coffee Bar | Tassimo | Verismo

Bunn Review

Bunn Coffee Maker
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My mother always raved about Bunn coffee pots saying they were great for brewing an entire pot of coffee in a short amount of time. After single cup coffee makers came along, Bunn created its own version.

Bunn’s single cup coffee brewer can use K Cups, ground coffee, tea pods, loose tea and more. It has a Pulse Brew feature that creates a stronger, bolder flavor. You can brew 4 to 14 oz. cups and it has a removable drip tray.

Note: Do not use distilled, purified or mineral free water.

Pros

Cons

  • Less than 1 minute brew time
  • Removable drip tray to fit most travel mugs
  • Pulse Brew feature makes the drink stronger (customers say it brews stronger than Keurig)
  • Many coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. options
  • Easy to use
  • No water reservoir
  • If your coffee grounds are too fine, it may cause brewing issues
  • Some have spit hot water out

Price & Tech Specs

Hamilton Beach Review

Hamilton Beach 49970View on Amazon

This Hamilton Beach coffee maker works with loose ground coffee or disk-shaped soft pods. You can brew up to a 12 oz. cup of coffee, and it has an auto shutoff.

It doesn’t brew as quickly as the more expensive single cup coffee makers, but for less than $20 it’s hard to beat. If you’re looking for an inexpensive single cup coffee brewer and don’t mind waiting a little longer for your coffee, this is a good option.

Pros

Cons

  • You can double the pods for a stronger brew
  • Auto-off
  • Easy to use
  • No water reservoir
  • Must allow coffee pot to cool for at least 1 minute between brews
  • Longer brew time at about 2 minutes

Price & Tech Specs

Ninja Coffee Bar Review

Ninja Coffee MakerView on Amazon

Customize your brew and feel like a barista with this Ninja Coffee Bar. You can brew into your cup, travel mug or a carafe with the Ninja Coffee Bar. Select your brew style (classic, rich, over ice or specialty) and the coffee maker will dispense the perfect amount of water to deliver the brew type.

Pros

Cons

  • Auto-off after it’s idle for 2 hours
  • Programmable
  • Fits most travel mugs
  • Use any ground coffee
  • Uses a permanent filter
  • Can control the strength of the brew
  • Customers rave about the coffee taste
  • Not easy to clean
  • Sometimes it stops brewing mid-brew
  • Longer brew time (about 3 minutes)

Price & Tech Specs

Tassimo Review

Tassimo by Bosch TAS6515UCView on Amazon

Tassimo doesn’t offer much information about its coffee maker. We know that it only works with T-Discs, so there aren’t as many brew options but you can still make coffee, tea, hot chocolate, espresso and more. If you’ve used this coffee maker, share your experience with us in the comments.

Pros

Cons

  • Customers rave about the coffee taste
  • Brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more
  • Only works with T-Discs, so not as many brew options
  • Warranty unknown

Price & Tech Specs

Verismo Review

Starbucks Verismo 580View on Amazon

If you drink and breathe Starbucks coffee, this is the single cup coffee maker for you. No more getting up early to make a trip to Starbucks on your way to work. You can bring Starbucks to your kitchen.

Pros

Cons

  • Auto-off after 5 minutes
  • Cleaning feature
  • Drip tray is adjustable to fit various cup sizes
  • Brew coffee, espresso and more
  • Only works with Starbucks Verismo pods
  • Only makes about 7 oz. cups, so if you want more you’ll have to make more
  • Cannot control the strength

Price & Tech Specs

Enjoy Your Coffee Iced

These 5 iced coffee recipes are bound to get you excited to start your day.

Explore Your Coffee Palate

If you’re interested in trying new coffee brews monthly, check out our Best Coffee Subscription Box. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your coffee pot allows ground coffee or K Cups (to fill with your own grounds), so you can enjoy these robust flavors.

What’s your favorite coffee blend?

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Kimberly is always up for an adventure. She’s used to living out of a suitcase and travels consistently. Her first time out of the country was to Thailand, where she spent 4 1/2 months traveling throughout southeast Asia. Kimberly enjoys exploring new places and diving into new cultures. While Kimberly isn’t traveling you can find her trying a new recipe in the kitchen, spending time outside or just lounging at home.

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