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Manual presses and full-size automatic drip coffee makers require measuring ground coffee into a reusable or disposable filter and then pouring water into the top. They also need boiled water and -- in one case -- some muscle to press the plunger down. Full-size automatic drip coffee makers generally take longer than one-cup or manual coffee makers, and cleaning messy grounds can be inconvenient, especially for a single cup. Manual presses range in price from about $25 to $150 or more, while standard one-cup drip coffee makers average between $30 and $90.

Pod coffee makers, on the other hand, brew a single serving of coffee from premeasured ground coffee that is sealed in a pod made of paper, plastic or aluminum. Pod coffee makers are generally more expensive than standard one-cup drip models, ranging in price from about $50 to $200 or more. Most can brew a beverage in under a minute. Some pod coffee machines such as Nespresso and Tassimo require users to buy proprietary discs or capsules that are only available in a few flavors, while other pod machines are compatible with dozens of brands and varieties. If you prefer using your own coffee, a few machines offer the ability to do so with a reusable filter shaped like one of the disposable pods.

We selected the best one-cup models through a careful analysis of professional reviews, which test for ease of use, convenience and flavor. We also consult owner reviews, which provide valuable insight into durability and day-to-day performance. Both professional reviewers and owners highlight important buying considerations, such as flavor variety, serving sizes, water tank capacity, user-friendly design and the ability to produce a consistent, rich-flavored coffee with each cup.

Recalls have also been an issue with one-cup coffee makers and are important to be mindful of when making purchasing decisions. In February 2012, BSH Home Appliances Corp. voluntarily recalled nearly 2 million Tassimo Single-Cup Brewers in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential burn hazard. Consumers with an affected unit can contact the company for a free replacement T Disc holder by visiting Tassimo's website.

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TASSIMO Single Serve Coffeemaker, T45
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One-Cup Coffee Makers Runners Up:

Keurig 40 Elite Brewing System *Est. $120

6 picks including: Amazon.com, Target.com…

Keurig Platinum Brewing System *Est. $180

5 picks including: Amazon.com, Walmart.com…

Chemex Three Cup Classic Glass Coffeemaker *Est. $30

3 picks including: Amazon.com, PopularMechanics.com…

Tassimo Suprema T45 *Est. $140

2 picks including: Amazon.com, PopularMechanics.com…

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Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System
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New: $119.99 $99.98   
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Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System
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New: $229.99 $135.00   
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Chemex 1 to 3 Cup Hand blown Glass Coffee Maker - One to Three Cup Coffee Maker
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New: $91.90 $86.85   
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TASSIMO Single Serve Coffeemaker, T45
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