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Top 9 Single Cup Coffee Maker Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on October 16, 2017

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Bryan Vu, Sept. 11, 2017
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Seven coffee makers are tested in this roundup, which includes scores for size, brewing temperature, speed, accessories and user experience. Three single-cup coffee makers are ultimately recommended, with explanations for why, as well as a discussion of those that didn't make the cut. Handy charts are useful for seeing how the various factors were ranked against each coffee maker. However, in spite of its 2017 date, one of these coffee makers was discontinued more than a year ago.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017
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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.

Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of October 2017
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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.

Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2017
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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 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.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of October 2017
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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.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of October 2017
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Although BestBuy.com might be thought of as primarily a destination for electronics, in fact they carry a wide variety of other products, including one-cup coffee makers. Many get hundreds of reviews. Keurig is by far the most prominent name here, but we spotted a few other well-known coffee makers as well.

Contributors to Target.com, As of October 2017
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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.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
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ConsumerReports.org tests around 40 single-serve coffee makers. Each one is tested for brew temperature, convenience and carafe handling. Normally we would give this site a much higher usefulness ranking, but the majority of the coffee makers here have been discontinued -- including virtually all of the Recommended models; others get extremely poor reviews from owners.

Editors of CNET, As of October 2017
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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. However, there are only a few single-serve coffee makers reviewed and many of them have been discontinued.

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