One-Cup Coffee Maker Rating Sources
Total of 16 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 113 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 recommend 10 models, but only two also earn "best buy" status. 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.
Single-Serve Pod Coffee Makers
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors 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.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentTesters at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute rank 83 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 letter grade, from A to C-.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentLots of coffee makers are listed here, but only seven 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.
Five Best Coffee Makers
by Alan Henry
Our AssessmentLifehacker.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.
When it comes to single-cup coffeemakers, it turns out that cheaper is better
by Michael Kaminer
Our AssessmentEditors 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 Aero Press Espresso and Coffee Maker, beat out machines costing several hundred dollars -- including several in our report.
Gear for making great coffee
by Matt Buchanan
Our AssessmentMatt Buchanan rounds up a list of essential gear for making a great cup of coffee, including various coffee makers and grinders. He includes our Best Reviewed pour over coffee maker, the Clever Coffee Dripper, which he calls the "easiest, best brewer." He recommends it for beginners in particular, because it's so easy to use and has a small learning curve.
Brew Edition: 5 Manual Coffee-Making Gadgets Tested
by Karissa Bell
Our AssessmentKarissa 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.
A Beginners Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing
by Lee Sill
Our AssessmentThis 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.
A Beginners Guide to Immersion Coffee Brewing
by Lee Sill
Our AssessmentAs 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.
One Cup Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.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 issues that professional testers don't have the time to track. It's also a great way to learn how well the coffee maker performs in real-world use. Ratings are all over the place in this category, with some very highly-rated machines getting raspberries from users, while some cheaper machines score very highly.
Single Serve Coffee Makers
by Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com
Our AssessmentBedBathandBeyond.com carries a good number of one-cup coffee makers and they get a good number of reviews as well. Keurig is king here, and Keurig brewers have the top ratings, followed by Hamilton Beach and Nespresso. Reviews tend to be thorough and are broken down by value and quality.
One Cup Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Macys.com
Our AssessmentMacys.com has fewer one cup coffee makers overall, and fewer reviews, but it's a great source for higher end coffee makers from Cuisinart, Keurig, Nespresso and DeLonghi. Some of the coffee makers get hundreds of reviews, others just a few.
One Cup Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentYou won't find a lot of high-end coffee makers here, but Walmart is a good source for user opinions on brands like 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, like Bella brand. Reviews tend to be thorough and somewhat more glowing than we find for comparable products at Amazon.com.
Single Cup Coffee Makers
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentThere are significantly fewer total reviews for single cup coffee makers at Target.com than at either Amazon.com or Walmart.com. For the products we found, feedback tends to be more negative with lower overall averages as well. Single serve coffee makers tend to score higher in general than drip coffee makers.
Why You Shouldn't Buy Anyone a French Press
by Matt Buchanan
Our AssessmentAlthough 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 that also makes better coffee.