Best Coffee Makers for College

Do you drink coffee? Do you have a favorite place to buy it from? If not, I’m sure you’ve at least had some type of flavor in the past. You might even be one of those people who has their own coffee pot. But what if your friend is visiting and they want coffee that day too? What are you going to do then? Well, we’re here with a list of all the Best Coffee Makers for College students to go for their caffeine fix!

The good news is college students have more choices today than ever when it comes to where they get their coffee. The bad news is there are a lot of choices where to get their coffee. Grab a quick cup from a fast-food restaurant; well, you may have to skimp on quality. There is the fancy coffeehouse option, but that can become expensive to keep up day in and day out. No matter which of these options you would consider choosing, do you really want to drive out in the middle of the night for a cup of coffee, assuming they are even still open?

The practical option and the option that will allow you to have your coffee on your terms is simple…you have to get your own coffee maker! Below, we will highlight eight coffee machines with vastly different sizes, features, and price points. So whether you are a coffee veteran or a coffee newbie with a newly acquired taste for the caffeine-filled drink, we should be able to provide you with enough information to get you started on your coffee machine buying journey. As you read below, try to keep the following questions in mind.

  • How hard will it be to keep clean?
  • How easy will it be to use?
  • How much space will you need?
  • What is your price point?
  • How long to brew a cup, or a few?

Here are the Best Coffee Makers for College 

Okay, it’s time to get started. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee and read on below as we answer these questions, and take a look at some of the best coffee makers options for college life.

8. CHULUX Coffee Maker Single-Serve Coffee Machine

Compact yet stylish, the CHULUX is a perfect choice for those on the go or as a dorm room space saver for the coffee-loving college student. Available in a wide range of colors, this sleek coffee maker will fit in with any style space. And you won’t be waiting long for your cup; your coffee will be ready in under 3 minutes.

Avoiding the problems of many coffee makers on the market, the CHULUX does not force the user to stick to name-brand pods. Able to brew using one or two-ounce pods, you can use practically any pod brand of your choosing. With the separate purchase of a refillable filter, you’re able to use your favorite ground coffee as well.

Unfortunately, there are no programmable settings available. However, you do have an intuitive one-touch button for brewing. Waste reducing, the CHULUX has an easy to clean and removable 12-ounce reservoir, designed to provide only the amount of coffee per the amount of water you add.

A removable drip tray allows you to switch between your coffee cup or a taller mug easily. The CHULUX combines style and functionality to produce one of the most versatile single-serve coffee makers on the market.

What we liked:

  • A small footprint is a huge space saver.
  • Multiple color options will fit in with any coffee lover’s style and decor.
  • Pod compatibility and ground coffee options allow for a more extensive selection of coffees.

What could be better:

  • Having a few programmable features would make an already versatile machine even better.
  • Being able to provide more than one cup at a time would make it more roommate-friendly.

7. Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker

A traditional drip coffee maker, the Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker will have your 8-ounce cup ready in around 90 seconds or a 14-ounce travel mug ready in under 3 minutes. The reversible drip tray lets you easily switch between a cup or travel mug as well. The stainless steel constructed gives a stylish look that will last for years.

Choose your favorite brand of grounds and brew them with the included mesh filter scoop. After that, you have your choice of regular brew, or if you need more of a kick to get your day going, you can switch over to bold brew mode.

You don’t have to worry about whether you turned the coffee pot off, not with the automatic shutoff feature. And don’t worry if you try to brew a cup and forget to refill the reservoir; even if you hit the brew button, this innovative coffee brewer will not begin brewing till water is added.

What we liked:

  • The easy-to-measure included scoop makes getting the right amount of grounds easy.
  • The bold brewing option is excellent for those that need a little stronger kick from their coffee.
  • Stainless steel construction gives a stylish built-to-last look.

What could be better:

  • The ability to program ahead of time and have a cup ready and waiting would be a welcome addition.

6. Espro Travel Coffee Press

If you’re looking for cafe-quality coffee while running around campus, the Espro Travel Coffee Press has you covered. And with choices of stainless steel or matte white, black, and grey, you can have a look that fits your style. A robust and durable design allows this french press style coffee maker to last you during your college years and long after.

Your last taste will be just as good as your first with a double microfilter. Pressing the filter will completely stop the extraction process, keeping your coffee from turning bitter as time passes. No matter the weather, your coffee will stay hot for hours with a stainless steel double wall design.

Perfect for a busy on-the-go college student, the Espro Travel Press does not have a trap to clean or breakable parts. All you have to do is add coffee and hot water!

What we liked:

  • No electrical parts or pieces that can break? It’s perfect for an on-the-move lifestyle.
  • An all-in-one handheld coffee maker that doubles as a travel mug, the Espro Travel Press is one of the most convenient coffee makers on the market.

What could be better:

  • Needing to find a hot water source can make it tricky to refill when not at home.

5. Cuisinart Thermal Programmable Coffee Maker

Perfect for a late-night study group or getting you and all your roommates up and going, the Cuisinart Thermal Programmable Coffee Maker uses a traditional drip coffee maker design to provide up to 10 cups of coffee. Classic carafe designing lets the Cuisinart Thermal Coffee Maker suit any setting.

To get you up and get your day going quicker, take advantage of the 24-hour programmability. And a built-in shut-off after brewing keeps this a safe coffee maker choice.

And the gold-tone filter combines with a charcoal water filter to allow only the purest coffee flavor to teach your cup. The removable basket and the ability to self-clean help make cleaning easy.

What we like:

  • No more fumbling in the morning trying to get the coffee started; you can program the Cuisinart Thermal to have your coffee ready 24-hours ahead of time.
  • The double-wall design of the thermal carafe keeps 10 cups of coffee insulated and hot for longer.

What could be better:

  • There do seem to be some issues with the bottom of the unit rusting.

4. Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffee Maker

A small footprint that tucks away discreetly on any counter space, the Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffee Maker manages to deliver 4 cups of coffee inside a stainless still carafe. A feat that a lot of coffee makers around the same size can not compete with.

A lot of innovation is packed into this small coffee maker. The carafe is designed with a knuckle guard and dripless pour spout. At the same time, the stainless steel construction keeps your coffee hot and fresh longer. And for those in a hurry, the pause brew button will interrupt and stop the coving from filling the carafe, allowing you to go ahead and get that much-needed cup of coffee! And to round everything out, for safety, the Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffee Maker has a 30-minute auto shut-off.

What we like:

  • The elegant stainless steel carafe keeps your coffee at an optimum temperature for longer.
  • The pause brew button is perfect for “gotta run” type of coffee drinkers.
  • The 30-minute auto shut-off will ensure you don’t grab a quick cup and leave the coffee maker on all day.

What could be better:

  • There are many innovative features in this tiny coffee machine, but unfortunately, the ability to program an automatic start is not one of them.

3. Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Premium Cappuccino System

This is the coffee maker for the college student that likes to entertain and have everyone over at their place. With the ability to make macchiatos, lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos, you may give your Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista it is very own name! You will feel like you have your own private barista staying with you.

Extremely simple to use, the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista has a simple-to-use automatic Milk Frother and a one-touch drink selection system. To round everything out is a powerful 15-bar pump that will bring out the best flavors in your drink of choice.

Although on the more expensive side, the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista allows you to make costly coffeehouse-style drinks at a fraction of the coffeehouse prices. If you are the type that likes an excellent espresso or latte while you study, the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista will have paid for itself in practically no time.

What we like:

  • A robust gourmet drink selection will satisfy the biggest coffee connoisseur.
  • The automatic Milk Frother allows you to make near-perfect drinks every time.
  • An easy one-button drink selection system is completely hassle-free.

What could be better:

  • Although the potential is there to save money, the initial cost is on the expensive side.
  • Extremely simple to use with a vast drink assortment, the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista is a bit plain and ordinary-looking.

2. BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker

Lite-on price, the BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker is a conscious college student’s dream come true. The BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker can produce five quick cups of filtered coffee.

Sturdy and well made, the BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker is the perfect coffee maker to survive multiple moves from the dorm, to an apartment, to the house. Pick up a taste for coffee while in college, and your parents are not coffee fans? No problem, just toss this tough little coffee maker in the back of your vehicle, and you are good to go!

You can stop using messy paper filters and just add your choice of grounds to the built-in filter. After that, the BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker sneak-a-cup feature lets you stop the brewing and grab a quick cup before the pot is full.

What we like:

  • Lightweight and smaller design lets it fit in almost any space.
  • Made by BLACK+DECKER, this coffee maker is built to last for years.
  • Features an easy use one-button design.
  • Sneak-a-cup lets you stop brewing and quickly grab that cup of coffee you have been needing.

What could be better:

  • You are completely limited to only using filtered coffee types.

1. KRUPS Grind and Brew Auto-Start

Having an intimate get-together or throwing a large study party? The Krups Grind and Brew Coffee System allow you to customize the machine to provide two to ten cups of coffee.

There is no need to shop for an add-on grinder; the Krups Grind and Brew has a built-in grinder that will grind up the coffee beans right before brewing occurs to provide a full flavor experience.

You can sleep in and relax knowing your coffee will be ready when you are, due to the program a brew time feature. If you can not get to your coffee as fast as you want, that is okay! The Grind and Brew System has a two-hour warming feature that will keep every cup as fresh and warm as the first cup. For those in a hurry, brew-pause lets you cut the line and get your cup before the carafe pot is filled.

Designed for ease of use, the Krups Grind and Brew Coffee System have an LCD screen to provide the machine’s easy programming. Clean-up is simple as well, with a removable gold-tone filter.

What we like:

  • The built-in grinder makes a great all-in-one system for the coffee-loving college student.
  • The adjustable two to ten-cup option makes it perfect for any occasion.
  • Pause Brew is a great feature that lets you cut in front of your roommates and get out the door faster.

What could be better:

  • The price point is on the higher end.
  • The unit is not the most compact coffee maker you will find.

More Things to Keep in Mind

We have covered a wide variety of coffee machines with a wide range of features spread between them all. There are a few more things to consider before you go out and buy your new coffee maker.

For many college students, their days and nights are centered around large amounts of coffee! You do want to do a thorough job of researching first. You need to keep in mind things like the down-the-road costs. Specific machines require pods, some filters, grounds, and beans; all of this can add up over time, even for the cheapest of units. So before you buy, keep your monthly budget in mind.

Think about the brewing size. Do you pound cup after cup of coffee, or do you sip one cup for an hour? Do you spend your time alone relaxing with a cup after a long day, or do you pull all-nighters studying with a large group you need to keep caffeinated? No matter what your answer is to these questions, there is a machine that will be perfect for you.

Just like you do for your college courses, you need to do your homework on the type of machine you will need. Do you want to spend time learning all of the ins and outs of a complicated coffee machine, or do you just want your coffee now?! Well, the answer to that matters, a lot actually. This is a machine you will be using as much, if not more, than your computer. So be selfish, do your research and get the coffee maker that is perfect for you!


Do you really need the bells and whistles?

Maybe, as long as you are buying for yourself and not just showing off. Remember, you will be spending a lot of time with this machine, and many units will be able to follow you post-college.

Think about the big picture. Do you need automatic shut-off? Can you live without brew-pause technology? Some of these machines can get pricey; choose for yourself.

Can you put a carafe in a dishwasher?

A glass carafe can be safely dishwasher. However, you could damage a thermal or stainless steel carafe if you put them in the dishwasher.

Is there a difference between the pots?

The differences in coffee pot styles do go beyond simple cosmetics. With a glass pot, you can see how much coffee is left. If you are using a thermal or stainless steel pot, you could end up with a disappointing surprise when going for a cup and discover the pot is empty. Glass pots are usually of an open-air variety. Meaning you can fill your space with the rejuvenating smell of fresh coffee. Thermal and stainless steel pots typically have a closed-style top.

Another major point to consider with pot styles is how long each variety will keep your coffee hot and fresh. With thermal and stainless steel pots, you can keep your coffee hot and fresh for about an hour. Glass pots, on the other hand, will usually only give you about twenty minutes of hot fresh coffee.

Time to Make a Choice

It has been a long journey to get to this point. Who knew there was so much that could go into buying a simple coffee pot! You realize now that coffee, like most things in life, is not as straightforward as it may seem. However, again like most things, if you put the time into research and evaluate your needs, you will find that the extra work will be well rewarded. Picking the right coffee maker now can enrich your coffee drinking experience, either alone or in a group, and possibly stay with you for years to come. At the very least, it can provide you with a fast and cheap kick to get you moving in the mornings!

So there you have it, eight option heavy coffee machines in a range of prices. You are sure to find something on this list that will suit your style and needs, as well as meeting your budget. You are going to be getting and paying for coffee anyway. Look into one of these fantastic coffee makers; all of them have the potential to more than pay for themselves with savings. Plus, everyone will be headed to your place for the best coffee on campus. Or, maybe you want it all for yourself and not have to share it with everyone else on campus? The choice is in your hands now, students!

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