One-Cup Coffee Maker Rating Sources
ConsumerReports.org tests more than 115 coffee makers, including pod coffee makers, standard drip coffee makers, espresso makers and electric French presses. Each one is tested for brew temperature, convenience and carafe handling. They ultimately recommend 13 models. There are also a fair number of customer reviews. Those reviews are not part of the editors' evaluation process, but if they see a consistent complaint, about durability, for example, they will note it.
Editors of Cook's Illustrated test five coffee makers for ease of use, performance and coffee flavor. Only one is recommended; one is recommended with reservations, and three are not recommended. The results are reached after an independent lab analyzed the extraction rate and brewed solids, then a blind tasting panel evaluates the coffee produced by each machine in terms of taste, aroma, body and bitterness. Brew temperature and brewing speeds are also measured. One tested coffee maker has since been discontinued. In a separate report on this site, editors also test French Press Coffee makers and make recommendations in that category.
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute rank dozens of coffee makers, ranking them in order of top rating. While Good Housekeeping's methods and criteria are not detailed, the reviews are thorough and include pros and cons. There are a variety of coffee makers tested, from single serve, to drip to thermal to pour-over machines. Each coffee maker is assigned a star rating of up to 5 stars.
Lots of coffee makers are listed here, and a number of them get thorough, hands on reviews by the editors of CNET. Every aspect of the coffee maker is examined, from appearance, to performance to speed. Even customer service is evaluated. Although there are not many reviews in total, several very popular coffee makers were tested, making this a great source for an in-depth look at individual coffee makers.
Lifehacker.com asked its readers to weigh in on what coffee makers they thought were best for its weekly "Hive Five" series that asks, "Which tool is the best?" In this case, they were inundated with votes, and they list the top five here, each with overviews of the type of coffee maker as well as thorough reviews of specific models in that category. The categories were the French press, pour-over, drip, and stove top Moka models.
Editors at New York Daily News test seven single-cup coffee makers, and found that price doesn't necessarily correlate to performance or quality. Their winner, the $20 AeroPress Espresso and Coffee Maker, beat out machines costing several hundred dollars.
Using extensive research as well as hands on testing, Cale Guthrie Weissman names her top picks for making a great cup of pour-over coffee, including various coffee makers and grinders. Her choices include several classic, popular manual coffee makers, like the AeroPress and the Clever Coffee Dripper.
Karissa Bell tests five manual coffee brewers over a space of several months. Each coffee maker is assessed for consistency, efficiency and ease of use. She brews coffee using both the manufacturer's recommendations and her own twists on each method. Each coffee maker gets a thorough review, including pros and cons (or, wired and tired). The AeroPress comes out on top with a rating of 9 out of 10. Several of the manual coffee makers in our report are included in this review.
Amazon.com has hundreds of one-cup coffee makers in all types and price ranges. It is an excellent source for real world reviews of single serve coffee makers over the long-term because they often note durability and use issues that professional testers don't have the time to track. Ratings are all over the place in this category, with some very highly-rated machines by experts getting raspberries from users, while some cheaper machines score very highly.
BedBathandBeyond.com carries a good number of one-cup coffee makers and they get a good number of reviews as well. Reviews tend to be thorough and are broken down by value and quality. Reviewers can also say if they would recommend the coffee maker to a friend.
Macys.com has fewer one-cup coffee makers overall, and fewer reviews than some other sites, but it's a great source for higher end coffee makers from Cuisinart, Keurig, Nespresso and DeLonghi. Some of the coffee makers get hundreds or even thousands of reviews, others just a few. Reviewers have the option of adding demographic information about themselves, as well as saying if they would recommend the product.
You won't find a lot of high-end coffee makers here, but Walmart is a good source for user opinions on brands like Keurig, Black & Decker and Hamilton Beach. You can find a plethora of reviews on those and other popular brands, as well as feedback on quite a few brands that aren't on anyone else's radar. Reviews tend to be thorough and somewhat more glowing than we find for comparable products at Amazon.com. Some reviews are taken from manufacturer web sites, and some are from individuals that received free products in exchange for leaving a review.
There are significantly fewer total reviews for single-cup coffee makers at Target.com than at either Amazon.com or Walmart.com, and some are reviews originally posted on manufacturer websites. For the products we found, feedback tends to be more negative with lower overall averages as well.
This very helpful guide to getting started with manual coffee brewing not only offers techniques, it also discusses the best brewers, giving pros and cons of each. Lee Sill discusses the best grind for each type of brewer, as well as the best technique. He doesn't choose any one coffee maker over the other, rather, he gives you enough information to let you make an informed decision based upon your preferences.
As with the above beginner's guide to pour-over coffee brewing, this review takes an in-depth look at immersion coffee brewers and how to use them. Lee Sill includes the Clever Coffee Dripper as an immersion brewer, although he notes that it is actually a hybrid.
Although it's written a bit tongue-in-cheek, this is actually a very useful guide to the types of manual coffee makers and the resultant brew. Ultimately, Buchanan recommends the Clever Coffee Dripper as an alternative to finicky French presses.