15 Best Small Coffee Makers
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the 15 best small coffee makers

You are looking for the best small coffee makers on the market. And we know which ones they are.

With limited counter space and a palate for a fine cup of coffee we sympathize with the need for an affordable, tiny, and superior coffee machine.

Every coffee machine is different, but the goal is the same: a cup of coffee with amazing flavor. We have found the best coffee machines for almost every category.

From the one cup hero to the most versatile and compact machine out there we have gone through them all. Compact and sleek 5-cup coffee makers are always a huge hit. 

But if you're into those specialty drinks and need a milk frother then we found a few solutions for you that won't require the counter space of a Starbucks.

We found many machines for the artisanal coffee lover as well as the hefty thermal carafe enthusiast. We have also found some machines for the busy bee on the go! More on that later.

There is one machine in particular that is better than the rest and we cannot wait to show you, so let's get started!


What are the best small coffee makers?

As far as small coffee makers go, a 5 cup option is still fairly good on space.

You can make enough coffee for the entire household (or the morning if you're an addict) and still have all counter space afforded by coffee machines with less capacity.

PRODUCT

MAIN BENEFITS

RESULT

Mr. Coffee Five Cup Programmable

Mr. Coffee Five Cup Programmable
  • Reusable filter
  • Water filter
  • Carafe with ounce markers to eliminate guesswork
  • Programmable brew settings

Best 5 cup drip machine

Nespresso Verturo Coffee and Espresso Machine

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine
  • Single cup compatible (reusable and eco friendly)
  • No fuss settings
  • Milk frothing attachment
  • Removable water reservoir
  • Single Serve

Best Versatile Drip Machine

Nespresso Inissa

Nespresso EN80B
  • Fast, water heats up in 25 seconds
  • Barista grade, delivering up to 19 bars of pressure
  • Easy to use with two programmed modes for espresso and lungo
  • Super compact coffee maker design
  • Single serve

Best Espresso/Drip Machine

Keurig K-Classic

keurig coffee machine
  • Great for saving space
  • Incredibly user friendly
  • Energy saving shut off feature
  • No need for coffee filters
  • Single serve

Best K-Cup Machine

AdirChef Grab N' Go

AdirChef Grab N' Go
  • Super small
  • Low cost
  • Eco-friendly
  • Single Serve

Best Single Serve Machine

Hamilton Beach Scoop

49981A
  • Fast
  • Affordable
  • Auto shut off feature
  • Single serve

Fastest Single Serve Machine

Bodum Pour Over

Bodum Pour Over
  • An excellent cup of coffee every time it's used correctly
  • Very small coffee maker
  • Can take your preference of coffee grounds
  • Choice of size
  • Low cost

Best Compact Pour Over Sytem

Chefman Grind and Brew

Chefman Grind and Brew
  • Reusable filter, no need for paper filter
  • Keep warm function allows you to keep the pot warm for up to thirty minutes with the warming plate
  • Pause function allows you to pour a cup during coffee brewing

Best Grinder Included Machine

Cuisineart

Cuisineart
  • Automatic shut-off feature
  • Pause feature allows you to pour before brewing is done.
  • Stainless steel thermal carafe
  • Small, saves on counter space

Runner-Up Best 4-Cup Machine

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch
  • Durable construction
  • Compact size
  • Easy to clean
  • Low cost

Best 4-Cup Machine

Zojirushi

Zojirushi
  • Removable water tank for easy cleaning
  • Filter cone sits inside the decanter for more compact design
  • Charcoal water filter lasts up to two years
  • Sleek design that takes up minimal counter space
  • Makes delicious coffee

Runner Up Best 5-cup Machine

Black & Decker

Black & Decker
  • Easy to use
  • Indicator light to let you know when the coffee maker is on
  • Pause brewing function so you can sneak a cup

Honorable Mention 5 -cup Machine

Secura French Press

Secura French Press
  • Easy to clean
  • Stainless steel makes it super durable
  • Cool touch handle so you don't burn yourself
  • 3-layer steel filter structure keeps grounds out of your cup

Best Compact French Press

Coffee Gator Cold Brew Maker

Coffee Gator Cold Brew Maker
  • Incredibly compact design
  • Very user friendly
  • Includes brewing tools such as funnel, scoop, and filter
  • Heat resistant glass

Best Compact Cold Brew System

De'Longhi Dedica Deluxe

De'Longhi Dedica Deluxe
  • 15 bars of pressure for after pre-infusion
  • 40 second heating time
  • Adjustable frother
  • Only 6 inches wide and very stylish
  • Automatic flow stop feature to deliver the perfect amount of espresso every time

Best Compact Espresso Machine


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Mr. Coffee Five Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

The verdict is in: Mr. Coffee comes in at the top of the recommendations yet again! The Mr. Coffee Five Cup Programmable Coffee Maker brews 5 cups of coffee without you even needing to be awake!

There is a programmable brew setting to brew your coffee later so you can wake up to a freshly brewed coffee.

This machine has also ditched the traditional filters for a reusable filter system in this model, making it eco-friendly.

This Mr. Coffee model also includes a water filter. 

There is a small red tab on the side of the removable water filter disk that lets you know when it's time to change it out. 

All avid coffee drinkers can agree that there isn't much more annoying than coming back to a full pot of coffee that's gone cold over that first cup, but this machine has a warming plate that keeps the coffee warm, with an auto-shut off after 2 hours so you don't burn the house to the ground.

Pros

  • Reusable filter
  • Water filter
  • Carafe with ounce markers to eliminate guesswork
  • Programmable brew settings

Cons

  • Glass carafe is breakable
  • Makes consistent coffee, but not the best coffee

Drip coffee makers with the most versatility

Versatile? You ask. Yes, versatile. These machines are incredible! They can do it all. Not only can you get a good old fashioned cup o' joe, but you can also make your fancy soy caramel macchiato.

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Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine

Nespresso and revered espresso machine makers, DeLonghi, teamed up to make the Vertuo Coffee and Espresso machine.

This system boasts it's ability to make a perfect crema for every cup of coffee. It also has a milk frother by Aeroccino.

Another really intriguing feature of this machine is the Centrifusion design. 

This feature scans the barcode on each coffee placed in the machine and instantly sets the optimal brewing parameters for each blend.

Our verdict? This machine is a great choice for the indecisive coffee lover.

Pros

  • Single cup compatible (reusable and eco friendly)
  • No fuss settings
  • Milk frothing attachment
  • Removable water reservoir
  • Single Serve

Cons

  • Over $100
  • Poor customer service
  • Complicated cleaning process

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Nespresso Inissa coffee and espresso machine

The Nespresso Inissa is a drip machine and espresso machine all rolled into one.

Coffee pods come in two sizes, one for a regular cup of coffee and one for a shot of espresso.

Each pod is also able to be refilled with ground coffee so it's also eco friendly and there is no need for paper filters.

The biggest selling point of this machine is its' energy efficiency.

Pros

  • Fast, water heats up in 25 seconds
  • Barista grade, delivering up to 19 bars of pressure
  • Easy to use with two programmed modes for espresso and lungo
  • Super compact coffee maker design
  • Single serve

Cons

  • Over $100
  • Little control over functions
  • Machine has a problem with breaking down quickly.

What is the best K cup single cup coffee maker?

Ah yes, the infamous K cup, or Keurig. It was the first major name in small, single serve coffee and has attained a pretty bad reputation for being environmentally unfriendly.

Recently, Keurig has redeemed itself by offering the option for reusable K cups and now this machine has made the list.

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Keurig K-Classic is still the best

This OG of pod brewers, the Keurig K-Classic, has the ability to brew K cups at three different sizes, 6,8, and 10 oz.

The 48 ounce water reservoir means you don't have to change the tank out while you're making coffee for the whole family or office.

But the real selling point of this machine is that it as simple as it gets, there are no setting controls to mess up.

Pros

  • Great for saving space
  • Incredibly user friendly
  • Energy saving shut off feature
  • No need for coffee filters
  • Single serve

Cons

  • No setting controls means a mediocre cup of coffee
  • Not compatible with all K cups

The best single cup coffee makers

A single serve coffee maker may be the best thing that has come out of coffee makers.

As any single person living in a tiny apartment can attest to, there is sometimes no need for anything fancy like pre infusion technology or milk.

Sometimes all you need is for the thing to fill up your travel mug and keep you caffeinated.

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AdirChef Grab N' Go and Travel Coffee Cup

The AdirChef Grab N' Go machine is easily the most compact machine on the market when it comes to the drip coffee maker.

It has just enough room for a travel mug to fit under the coffee stream and a no fuss system.

It's super cheap and ecofriendly.

Equipped with an amazing reusable filter and an incredibly durable construction this stainless steel device brews directly into it's own travel mug.

The downside is that with such a simple design your cup of coffee comes out the same, simple and without too much control over the taste. 

Our verdict is that this machine gets the job done and it takes up minimal space.

Pros

  • Super small
  • Low cost
  • Eco-friendly
  • Single Serve

Cons

  • Can only brew one cup at a time
  • Zero control over brewing functions

6

Hamilton Beach Scoop coffee maker

If you're the kind of person who needs to make one cup of coffee in 90 seconds as you run out the door, then this is the perfect single serve coffee maker for you.

The Hamilton Beach Scoop is equipped with an auto shut off feature so you don't burn down the neighborhood on your way to work.

It also has a great overfill tray for when you don't measure your grounds carefully and the cup overflows.

It fits a 14oz travel mug perfectly, it's easy to clean, and it's fast.

If your objective is to get caffeinated quickly without worrying about taste then go buy this single serve coffee maker now.

Pros

  • Fast
  • Affordable
  • Auto shut off feature
  • Single serve

Cons

  • Can only brew one cup at a time
  • No control over brewing functions

Compact pour over coffee maker

On the other end of the spectrum from running out the door with a travel mug in hand is the pour over coffee.

Artisanal coffee fans looking for a way to reduce kitchen clutter will love this option.

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Bodum 11571-109 pour-over coffee maker

Bodum really has all the class when it comes to design and this pour over apparatus is no exception.

With a sleek glass carafe and a cork band with a sexy little leather strap, the Bodum 11571-109 coffee maker screams artisan coffee hipster with no counter space.

The stainless steel filter ensures longevity and premium taste since it doesn't require a paper filter that will soak up all the oils.

The price is great, under $20, and the 34 ounce model can make up to 8 cups of coffee at once. 

However, if you don't need 8 cups and are more of a two cup brewer, then there are 17 oz and 12 oz options available for an even cheaper price.

Pros

  • An excellent cup of coffee every time it's used correctly
  • Very small coffee maker
  • Can take your preference of coffee grounds
  • Choice of size
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Easily breakable
  • Manual coffee maker that requires an external kettle

What are the best 4-cup brew coffee makers?

For the 4 cup morning household there are a few great small coffee maker options that will really upgrade your drip coffee maker experience.

All of these options include a water tank and all can deliver a great cup of coffee.

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Chefman Grind and Brew 4 Cup Coffee Machine

The Chefman Grind and Brew is this really awesome compact coffee maker that looks like a box.

The carafe sits inside the machine perfectly so no space is wasted on your counter.

It's a 4 cup brewer with a built in coffee grinder.

There are three settings for the type of beans that you have put into the machine to ensure more control over grinding. 

The whole unit is a sleek brushed stainless steel and black plastic.

Pros

  • Reusable filter, no need for paper filter
  • Keep warm function allows you to keep the pot warm for up to thirty minutes with the warming plate
  • Pause function allows you to pour a cup during coffee brewing

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not good quality build, breaks quickly

9

Cuisineart DCC-450BK Coffee Machine

Cuisineart is somewhat of a household name in kitchen appliances for a reason.

The Cuisineart DCC-450BK is one of the best 4 cup small coffee makers out there.

The stainless steel carafe comes with a knuckle guard so you won't burn yourself before your first cup of coffee in the morning and the 30 minute automatic shut off feature will prevent you from burning down your house when you forget to turn it off and leave!

Aside from being safe for non-morning people, it actually brews a pretty decent cup of coffee very easily.

It's also really small, making it easy to save on counter space.

Pros

  • Automatic shut-off feature
  • Pause feature allows you to pour before brewing is done.
  • Stainless steel thermal carafe
  • Small, saves on counter space

Cons

  • The carafe lid is a bit tricky and can lead to coffee spilling all over the counter if not locked in properly.
  • The carafe does get really hot, so be careful!
  • No control over brewing temperature

10

Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch

Mr. Coffee is easily the most notable name in household coffee brewing.

It's not that this brand makes the best coffee, but it is by far the most reliable. 

The Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Switch features a water reservoir window on both sides to ensure there are no more overflows.

There is also a warming plate to help keep your coffee hot after it's brewed.

This 4 cup coffee maker is a great addition to the kitchen with limited counter space as it has a very compact design.

It also is a coffee maker made to last, incredibly durable. 

One downside is that you still need to put your ground coffee into a paper filter in the filter basket.

This machine also features an easy to clean feature, simply lift up the filter and rinse it off and you're done.

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Compact size
  • Easy to clean
  • Low cost

Cons

  • Requires paper filters
  • No coffee brewer settings
  • Must maker your own ground coffee, no grinder included

What are the best 5-cup coffee makers?

As far as small coffee makers go, a 5 cup option is still fairly good on space.

You can make enough coffee for the entire household (or the morning if you're an addict) and still have all counter space afforded by coffee machines with less capacity.

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Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup

The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto 5-Cup Drip Coffee Maker is a great pick for small coffee makers.

This machine has everything we want out of a compact coffee maker and it looks really sleek as well.

This is a win win machine, everything you need minus the excessive cost.

The only downside is if you are rough on your coffee equipment then this may not be the machine for you.

Pros

  • Removable water tank for easy cleaning
  • Filter cone sits inside the decanter for more compact design
  • Charcoal water filter lasts up to two years
  • Sleek design that takes up minimal counter space
  • Makes delicious coffee

Cons

  • Fragile, the glass carafe is very thin
  • Warranty isn't very helpful
  • Carafe can lend to ground getting into coffee if not used properly

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Black & Decker CM0700B 5 Cup Coffee Maker

Black & Decker is yet another typical household appliance name that cannot be left off our list of best small coffee makers.

The Black & Decker CM0700B has all the essential features: a pause function for you to sneak a cup before the brewing is complete, an indicator light to show when the coffee maker is on, and a water tank that shows the water level from the outside.

This coffee maker is compact, simple, and easy to use.

The downside of such a straightforward machine is that there isn't really any control over the brew settings and there are no fancy features like programmable brew timing. 

Overall, Black & Decker came up with a pretty solid coffee maker that doesn't have any of the bells and whistles of fancy espresso machines with pre infusion technology.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Indicator light to let you know when the coffee maker is on
  • Pause brewing function so you can sneak a cup

Cons

  • Little control over brew settings
  • Breakable carafe
  • Requires paper filters

Good small French press coffee maker

For now, we move away from drip coffee machines and into French press territory. French press coffee is delicious and this type of coffee maker is inherently small.

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The Secura French Press Coffee Maker

The Secura French Press comes in sizes 12oz. to 50 oz. and has a very sleek stainless steel design.

As long as you know how to use a French press then you will get great coffee every time!

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Stainless steel makes it super durable
  • Cool touch handle so you don't burn yourself
  • 3-layer steel filter structure keeps grounds out of your cup

Cons

  • Requires external device for heating water
  • Metal on metal screeching sound when pushing the plunger

The best cold brew coffee maker for limited space

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Coffee Gator Cold Brew Coffee Maker

When it comes to cold brew coffee there are plenty of methods that allow for limited space.

But there are also just as many that will take up an entire shelf in your fridge.

The Coffee Gator Cold Brew Coffee Maker is a compact, easy to use, glass carafe system that will help you make the perfect cup of cold brew every time.

Suspiciously similar in design to a French press, the Coffee Gator cold brewing system soaks your coffee grounds in an internal mesh filter tube over the course of eight hours to ensure that your beans are never over or under extracted.

Pros

  • Incredibly compact design
  • Very user friendly
  • Includes brewing tools such as funnel, scoop, and filter
  • Heat resistant glass

Cons

  • Takes a long time to brew
  • Not durable, notoriously breakable

Is there a small espresso machine?

Yes, there is! In fact, there are several but we scoured the world of coffee makers and espresso machines to find the single best small espresso machine out there.

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De'Longhi Dedica Deluxe

The De'Longhi EC685M Dedica Deluxe is hands down the smallest espresso machine on the market.

It isn't much different in size than most of the other coffee makers we have already mentioned and it even has a milk steamer attached to it!

De'Longhi has a reputation for putting out some of the best espresso machines available and now they have the smallest one available too!

Pros

  • 15 bars of pressure for after pre-infusion
  • 40 second heating time
  • Adjustable frother
  • Only 6 inches wide and very stylish
  • Automatic flow stop feature to deliver the perfect amount of espresso every time

Cons

  • Poor customer service
  • Has a tendency to leak and overheat
  • Not easy to clean

To Sum It Up

There are many small coffee makers out there to choose from and we have found the best technology available.

Hence why we prefer the Mr. Coffee Five Cup Programmable Coffee Maker.

You can choose to spend thousands of dollars on an espresso machine that will do everything or under twenty bucks to get coffee into yourself as fast as possible.

The machine you choose will reflect what sort of coffee drinker you are and should work for you as best as possible. 

If any of the models above still don't meet what you're looking for, then we recommend widening your horizons and taking a look at these coffee makers here.