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One-Cup Coffee Maker Rating Sources

Total of 25 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
As of November 2012
Pod Coffeemaker Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org compares 25 pod coffee makers, evaluating each on six criteria: convenience, brewing range, first-cup speed, repeat speed, temperature consistency and size consistency. One model has the highest overall score, which is based on convenience, brewing finesse and how quickly the first cup of coffee is produced. Three are listed as best buys. Several coffee and espresso makers have noticeably low overall ratings.
2. ConsumerReports.org
As of November 2012
Drip Coffeemaker Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org evaluates five inexpensive "to-go" coffee makers as part of a larger test of drip coffee makers. One model does receive a higher overall score than the other contenders, although results for individual criteria are fairly balanced among all models.
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Updated March 2012
Manual Espresso Makers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentThis review compares three hand-powered, portable coffee makers. One more expensive model is highly recommended, and editors say it's worth the higher price, thanks to the rich, full-bodied espresso it produces. The cheaper model is also recommended; it uses ground coffee rather than a coffee pod. Testers say it's simple to use -- just fill a paper filter with ground coffee, add hot water and press.
4. PopularMechanics.com
April 1, 2010
Single-Serve Coffeemaker Showdown: 8 Brewers Put to the Test
by Jeremy Repanich
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics compares eight single-serve coffee makers, evaluating them for speed, cost and convenience. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System receives kudos for being easy to clean and cheaper per-cup than the Tassimo. However, editors say it lags behind its competitors in brew time. The Aerobie AeroPress is considered one of the messiest coffee makers, while the Mypressi Twist is described as "less than ideal." Editors were impressed by the simplicity and taste of the Chemex, which they consider a best bet among manual coffee makers.
5. Amazon.com
As of November 2012
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a good source for owner coffee maker reviews and identifying any problem models. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System and the Black & Decker Brew 'N Go DCM18S receive an overall rating of nearly 4 stars (out of 5) from more than 1,500 owners. The Aerobie AeroPress receives an overall rating of 4.6 stars from nearly 1,400 owners. A number of other one-cup coffee makers garner several hundred reviews. The Keurig Platinum Brewing System has an average rating of 3.6 stars in more than 1,200 reviews.
6. The New York Times
Feb. 18, 2010
Ristettro -- A New Twist on Espresso
by Oliver Strand
Our AssessmentCoffee page curator Oliver Strand of The New York Times explains how he first fell in love with the Mypressi Twist when he test drove the prototype in April 2009. He says that although the nitrous oxide-powered coffee maker is impressive and straightforward, it doesn't steam milk.
7. The New York Times
April 22, 2010
Ristretto -- Chemex
by Oliver Strand
Our AssessmentWriter Oliver Strand evaluates the elegant, but simple Chemex coffee maker and provides informative background on his efforts to determine whether the natural or oxidized Chemex filters provide a better taste. Ultimately, he decides they both make "beautiful" coffee.
8. Slashfood.com
June 4, 2009
Chemex Drip Coffee with the CoffeeMeister
by Erin Meister
Our AssessmentThis review by SlashFood.com writer Erin Meister is more about the Chemex coffee maker's brewing concept than its performance. She admires its curvaceous design and says that Chemex makes fantastic coffee, calling it the "Nat King Cole of coffee-brewing equipment."
9. Wired
September 2009
Mypressi Twist: Excellent, Easy Espresso From an Affordable Portable Machine
by Mathew Honan
Our AssessmentWired writer Mathew Honan reviews the Mypressi Twist and gives it a rating of 9 out of 10. He says this nitrous oxide-powered gadget can deliver thick, rich brew "just as good as what you'd get from a $2,000 countertop machine," but he says the single shots pour unevenly if you don't hold the unit level.
10. Home-Barista.com
Updated Nov. 16, 2010
Mypressi Twist -- Second Look
by Abe Carmeli and Dan Kehn
Our AssessmentEspresso connoisseurs Dan Kehn and Abe Carmeli test the Mypressi Twist over a month and detail their observations in an exhaustive review that concludes that the Mypressi Twist makes great coffee and espresso on a par with commercial machines. An update from November 2010 covers the Mypressi Twist V2, which they agree offers a better consistency from cup to cup.
11. Wired
Sept. 21, 2009
Single-Serving Coffee Maker's Mud Tastes Like Crud
by Bryan Gardiner
Our AssessmentThis is more of a review of the single-cup brewing concept than a review of the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System. He says the Keurig machine is as large as one that brews a whole pot of coffee, and the coffee mostly tastes horrible. He does concede that the Keurig is very easy to use and clean, and it delivers a steaming hot cup of coffee in less than a minute. He gives the Keurig 40 Elite a rating of 4 out of 10, which is lower than the Aerobie AeroPress reviewed in the same month.
12. Attention Deficit
Jan. 13, 2008
Keurig vs. Senseo vs. Tassimo
by Tony Martinez
Our AssessmentBlogger Tony Martinez compares Keurig, Senseo and Tassimo one-cup coffee makers in this review. He's not an expert, but it's helpful to see a comparison of three models by a consumer. He prefers the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System because it's more solidly built with a chrome handle, while the Senseo felt light and plasticy. The Senseo also was more work after brewing -- the soggy coffee-filled filter must be thrown away and the pod holder rinsed. The Keurig uses coffee sealed in a K-Cup container that seems less likely to turn stale than Senseo's paper filter pods, he says.
13. Walmart.com
As of November 2012
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentLess than 10 one-cup coffee makers are reviewed on Walmart.com, and most accumulate at least a dozen reviews. A few models, such as the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System garner several hundred reviews. The 40 Elite has an overall 4.3 stars out of a possible 5. The Keurig Platinum Brewing System has about 50 reviews but maintains a near-perfect average rating, while the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System earns an average rating of 4.5 stars in nearly 100 reviews.
14. Chowhound.com
As of November 2012
Single Serve Coffee – Who's the Best?
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentWhile this thread originated in 2007, most of the models discussed are current. Nearly 50 owners weigh in with feedback on the best single-serve coffee makers, and some analyses are quite detailed. The Aerobie AeroPress is praised by several reviewers.
15. Target.com
As of November 2012
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentTarget.com doesn't garner as many reviews as Amazon.com, but a number of models accumulate a few dozen or more. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System and Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System each maintain near-perfect average ratings in 55 or more reviews.
16. SingleServeCoffee.com
Oct. 6, 2006
Review: Keurig Platinum B70 K Cup Single-Cup Brewer
by Jay Brewer
Our AssessmentJay Brewer's site has pod coffee maker reviews and a forum where owners of single-serve coffee makers can express their opinions. This review is a two-week comparison of the Keurig Platinum Brewing System and the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System, and although it's an older review, both models are current. Brewer says the quality of the coffee is the same in all the Keurig models, but he likes the enhancements the Platinum Brewing System offers.
17. Wired
Feb. 13, 2009
Bosch Tassimo Suprema Hot Beverage System: Belly Up to the Bar Code
by Michael S. Lasky
Our AssessmentWired writer Michael S. Lasky reviews the Tassimo Suprema and likes its simple operation, easy cleanup and barcode technology. However, he's less than enthusiastic about the beverage selections, referring to the tea as "watery" and the espresso as "characteristically muddy." He also says the expensive foil and plastic-based T-discs are not eco-friendly.
18. TheNibble.com
January 2009
Tassimo Coffee System
by Editors of TheNibble.com
Our AssessmentBecause Braun stopped making the Tassimo coffee maker reviewed in December 2005, TheNibble.com evaluates the Tassimo Suprema coffee maker made by appliance-maker Bosch. Editors like that it's compatible with a wide variety of coffee from different companies, including Starbucks, Gevalia, Maxwell House and Seattle's Best Coffee. The machine can also be used to make hot chocolate and tea. Other improvements over the discontinued TAS 10 model include a more compact size and water filtration system. Testers say this machine's water tank is easy to fill.
19. SingleServeCoffee.com
Dec. 4, 2009
Review: Tassimo T65 Single Serve Coffee Maker -- T--Disc Brewer
by Jay Brewer
Our AssessmentReviewer Jay Brewer evaluates the Tassimo T65 shortly after its launch from appliance-maker Bosch. He likes that it contains a number of upgrades from the previous T45 model, including an illuminated cup stand, automatic shut-off and a user-friendly, multilingual LCD panel that delivers instructions in five languages. He says this whisper quiet unit's only drawback is its steep price.
20. CoffeeGeek.com
As of November 2012
Single-Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to CoffeeGeek.com
Our AssessmentCoffeeGeek.com features thousands of single-serve coffee maker reviews. Both CoffeeGeek.com editors and consumers provide detailed reviews of various one-cup coffee machines, rating models on a scale of one to 10 points. We gave this site a lower rating because the results are hard to quantify and no head-to-head testing is conducted.
21. Which? magazine
Not dated
Coffee Machine Reviews
by Editors of Which? Magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Which? magazine test more than 100 coffee and espresso machines, many of which are single-serve brewers. Twenty-seven coffee makers are recommended as best buys, although none is sold in the U.S.
22. Choice magazine
March 1, 2012
Home espresso coffee machine reviews
by Rebecca Ciaramidaro
Our AssessmentEditors of Choice magazine review 37 coffee makers and espresso machines. Each tested model is rated for coffee temperature, ability to froth milk, ease of use and programming, and taste. Taste is evaluated in a blind taste test from a panel of three coffee experts. None of the recommended models is sold in the U.S.
23. Good Housekeeping
April 30, 2009
Espresso Unplugged
by Sharon Franke
Our AssessmentSharon Franke tests the Mypressi Twist and says that while it produces "smooth, sweet coffee," "a thick head of crema" and "lovely caramel-colored foam," there are drawbacks to its use. They are mainly that while no external power is required to operate it, you still need a stove to heat water needed for the chamber. While the original Mypressi Twist is tested, the article links to the newer Mypressi Twist V2.
24. Macys.com
Contributors to Macys.com
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentOnly a few models of single-serve coffee makers are sold here, and most don't earn any reviews. But more than 320 owners give the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. While there are a few complaints about the coffee being too weak, owners praise the variety of coffee, especially when they have guests. The Keurig Platinum Brewing System has of 4.3 stars in about 180 reviews, while the Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System earns an overall rating of 4.8 stars in more than 80 reviews.
25. Viewpoints.com
As of November 2012
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com has a different rating system than most other consumer review sites, based on a 100-point scoring system instead of the typical 1 to 5-star rating. The Keurig single-cup brewing systems earn the most reviews here and also maintain the highest average ratings. The Keurig Special Edition Brewing System, Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System and the Keurig Platinum Brewing System all earn overall ratings of 90 or better among hundreds of owner reviews.
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