The 4 Best Small Coffee Makers [2020]

If you’re looking for the best small coffee makers, you’ve come to the right place!

They come to a dime a dozen. However, just choosing any machine could leave you with a cup of coffee that is unacceptable. The best coffee maker for you depends on the features that are important to you specifically. 

We’ve done some research on the best small coffee makers and have found four that stood out among the rest. This is great for you because the hard work is already done. Below are comprehensive reviews of the four products we found. We do not doubt that you’ll fall in love with one of these choices.

Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker

Keurig, properly known as Keurig Dr. Pepper, is a company that is known for introducing innovative coffee makers to the market. The Keurig K-Mini Plus is one of the company’s most popular models. After thoroughly researching this machine, we determined that it’s one of the best single-serve out there. 

Single-serve machines are all the rage right now. The Keurig K-Mini Plus is an interesting single-serve because it’s such a small coffee maker that it can fit almost anywhere. It’s made of plastic. While we aren’t crazy about plastic, it’s understandable that this one is made of plastic because it’s one of Keurig’s more inexpensive models. However, it still works well and holds up to long-term use just fine.

Do you have a favorite color? If so, there is a good chance you’ll find it in the Keurig K-Mini Plus line up. The coffee maker comes in six colors: Matte Black, Cardinal Red, Studio Gray, Evening Teal, Dreamy Blue, and Matte White. It’s a great choice for trendy people, college students, or individual offices. 

The Keurig K-Mini Plus has a weighted history behind it. In December of 2014, the company recalled over 7 million of them because of burn hazards. A design flaw allowed overheated coffee makers to spray hot water which could cause serious burn injuries. 

They solved this problem by shipping out two easy-to-install parts to all current consumers. One part was a new coffee pod basket that included a built-in rubber stopper and the other part was a handle cover that acted almost like a seal when the pod cover is closed. The new K-Mini Plus coffee makers are redesigned and don’t have this problem anymore.

Features

Size and Weight

The K-Mini Plus is a very slim coffee maker, measuring 12″ H x 4.5″ W x 11.3″ D. It can accommodate a coffee mug up to 6″ in height. If you remove the drip tray, it can accommodate one up to 7″ in height. It only weighs 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg) making it one of the most light and compact electric coffee makers on the market. 

Capacities and Storage

The K-Mini Plus holds 12 ounces of water at the time. That means you’ll likely have to refill it for every cup of coffee. However, the water reservoir removes easily so it’s not too much of a problem.

The coffee maker comes with a K-Pod storage container that fits snugly into the cup area. It can hold up to nine K-Pods at the time. Speaking of storage, the K-Mini Plus also has a storage area for the cord so the coffee maker can be stored smoothly into a small space.

Functions and Power

The K-Mini Plus has a very simplistic operation – on and off. After brewing, it shuts off after 90 seconds. The power requirements of the coffee maker are 120 volts, 60 Hz AC power, and a maximum of 1500 watts. The watts are a little high for such a small machine.

Other Mentionable Features and Qualities

This coffee maker is compatible with the My K-Cup® Reusable Universal Coffee Filter, so you can use your coffee grounds if you don’t want to use K-Pods. It comes with a one-year warranty for defects.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Easy to operate and easy to clean.
  • Affordable.
  • Works well; durable.
Cons
  • Product history tainted by recalls on earlier models (K10 or B31)
  • High wattage requirements.
  • It only works with Keurig brand pods.
Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve...
  • Included in the box: Keurig k mini plus single serve...
  • Fast & fresh brewed: Coffee made in minutes
  • Pod storage: Holds 9 k cup pods and fits in your brewer...

Keurig K-Slim Single Serve Small Coffee Maker

Keurig offers a lot of great coffee makers, so we’ve included another one in the lineup. The K-Slim is similar to the K-Mini Plus, and, looks exactly like it. The main difference is that it has a larger brew and water capacity and a few extra buttons. Here’s what we found out about it.

The K-Slim coffee maker is a single-serve machine that is a little less demanding than the K-Mini Plus. It has the same design and the same technology, but it runs slightly differently than K-Mini Plus. It’s made from the same strong, durable plastic material but it only comes in one color – black. This is unfortunate if the bold colors were attractive to you. However, it’s a great tool for just about anyone who wants hot, fresh coffee in almost any situation.

Features

Size and Weight

Despite the increased capacities of the machine, it is still a slim, compact machine. It’s just about the same size as the K-Mini Plus, just a little deeper for the added water capacity. The K-Slim measures 12.1″ H x 4.8″ W x 15.2″ D. This sizing is impressive for a machine that can produce multiple cups of coffee. 

The weight of the K-Slim is much different from the K-Mini. It weighs twice as much – 9.2 pounds (4.2 kg), most likely due to the extra features and controls. 

Capacities and Storage

The K-Slim has a larger water reservoir than the K-Mini. The removable reservoir holds 46 ounces of water which means that you can brew more than one cup of coffee without having to constantly refill it. One thing to keep in mind is that you need at least 22 ounces in the reservoir to brew coffee an 8-ounce cup, so you can’t use every drop of water before a refill.

Unfortunately, the K-Slim doesn’t come with a pod storage container or the cord storage compartment like the K-Mini does. However, this is probably the reason they’re both offered for around the same price point. You essentially sacrifice storage space for extra water capacity.

Functions and Power

With the ability to brew multiple cups comes extra buttons. The K-slim can brew three different sized cups of coffee: 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz. cups. There is a button for each cup size on the top. 

The coffee maker has an automatic shutoff feature after 90 seconds, so you don’t waste energy. The power requirements are the same as the K-Mini: 1500 max watts and 120 volts, 60HZ AC power.

Other Mentionable Features and Qualities

The K-Slim has a high-altitude setting. If you don’t know, the reason this is significant is that the higher you go, the more heat is needed to boil water. This means that coffee makers without this setting aren’t going to work in high altitude cities. The K-Slim has you covered.

As for the warranty, the K-Slim is covered from defects for one year.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Still compact despite the increased reservoir size.
  • Affordable.
  • High altitude setting.
  • Ability to brew different cup sizes.
Cons
  • No storage compartments.
  • Twice as heavy as the K-Mini.
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Hamilton Beach “The Scoop” Single Serve

Hamilton Beach products can often be found in many popular department stores across the country. The Scoop single-serve is one of their most versatile machines because it has so many options to customize a cup of coffee. After looking at what this coffee maker has to offer, we couldn’t wait to give you the results.

The Scoop is a great, budget-priced coffee maker that delivers excellent results. It has a very modern, classy appearance that would look good on your counter or coffee station. It’s made from a polished stainless-steel material which is impressive given its price. It only comes in one color, but who doesn’t like polished stainless steel?

This coffee maker would make a great addition in a kitchen that’s decked out with stainless steel and black appliances. It’s also good for people who don’t brew coffee constantly, dorm rooms, man caves, and other places where it would get light to medium usage.

Features

Size and Weight

If you’re in the market for a small coffee maker, The Scoop is a solid choice. It measures 8.7″ H x 6.7″ W x 8.4″ D and only weighs 5.25 pounds (2.4 kg). It’s even smaller than the K-Mini when you consider the overall size. It’s so compact that it would make a great travel appliance.

Capacities and Storage

The Scoop has a water reservoir with a maximum capacity of 14 ounces. However, you do have the ability to brew an 8-ounce cup of coffee as well. There is no button to select the size, you simply add the amount of water for the cup size you want to brew. You’ll have to refill it for each cup of coffee, so this isn’t a coffee maker that is suited for frequent use.

There isn’t any type of storage compartments on the coffee maker itself, but it has such a small footprint that it’s not going to take up much room. Plus, it doesn’t use K-cups or pods, so you won’t need a storage compartment for these things.

Functions and Power

The Scoop is very simple to use. It has two buttons – one labeled “regular” and one labeled “bold”. Of course, this allows you to choose between two strength levels. When you want to brew a cup of coffee, just press the button and it starts. This essentially means that the coffee maker is always ready to go as long as it has power and water. As far as power is concerned, it requires 1,300 watts and 120 volts, 60HZ AC power. 

Other Mentionable Features and Qualities

The reason the coffee maker is called “The Scoop” is because of the two scoops that come with the machine. These reusable scoops serve as brew baskets. Simply drop the scoop in the brew compartment with the handle sticking out, close it, and brew. The scoops come with two markings for the amount of coffee that you want to make.

 he drip tray is very interesting. If you use it normally, you can fit tall travel mugs into the machine. However, you can remove it and flip it upside down. There are little tabs on the back that connect to the coffee maker to keep it in place and it becomes a shelf so you can sit smaller coffee mugs on it. By bringing the coffee mug up higher to the brewing container, you prevent coffee from splashing all over the place.

The Scoop comes with a one-year warranty against defects.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • It comes with two stainless steel coffee scoops.
  • Budget-priced.
  • Made of stainless steel.
  • Compact and lightweight.
Cons
  • It brews slower than comparable coffee makers.
  • The water reservoir is not removable.
Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee...
  • Brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop...
  • Fast brewing: Brew an 8-ounce cup in less than 90...
  • Flexible: Uses a mesh scoop filter so it can be brewed...

Sboly Single Serve Small Coffee Maker

Sboly is a new company that has been in business for just over ten years. As they work to carve out their place in the appliance industry, they focus on developing innovative products to stand out from the competition. The Sboly single-serve is one of their latest products to make a splash in the market.

If you aren’t a person that’s stuck on popular brands, you’ll be able to benefit from the quality of this machine. It has a lot of desirable features and we’ll go over each one in detail. The coffee maker is made with a combination of stainless steel and heavy-duty plastic. Most of the body is made of plastic. It comes in one color – black (and stainless steel). 

This coffee maker is very versatile. It would be a great fit for almost any situation. Garages, dorm rooms, small offices, RVs, and more are examples of where you could use it. 

Features

Size and Weight

The Sboly is the smallest and most compact coffee maker on the list (yes, even more, compact than the K-Mini). It measures 12″ H x 4″ W x 7.75″ D. The footprint of this coffee maker is incredibly small – you can stash it anywhere. It only weighs about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). If you travel with it, you’ll barely notice it’s there.

Capacities and Storage

The water reservoir holds up to 14 ounces at a time, so you’ll need to refill it with each cup that’s brewed. The coffee maker is capable of brewing three different cup sizes: 8 oz., 10 oz., and 12 oz cups. You also have the option of brewing K-cups (not Keurig brand) or ground coffee. The coffee maker comes with two reusable single-serve brew baskets for each of the coffee types.

The coffee maker can fit coffee mugs or travel mugs. The drip tray is removable so you can fit taller travel mugs. 

Storing this coffee maker is a snap because it’s so small. While it doesn’t have cord storage, it’s small enough (and the cord is short enough) to take up a minuscule amount of space. You won’t notice it unless you want to.

Functions and Power

Just like the other coffee makers on the list, the Sboly is very easy to use. It has two buttons. One is to brew K-cups and the other is to brew ground coffee. The buttons are clearly labeled. 

This coffee maker is very energy efficient when compared to others. It only uses 1,000 watts of power and 120 volts, 60 HZ of AC power. This makes it great for use in an RV, especially since it’s so small.

Other Mentionable Features and Qualities

The Sboly coffee maker has a self-cleaning function. This makes the coffee maker very low maintenance. Simply press the two buttons at the same time and the self-clean function starts. 

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Self-cleaning.
  • You can use pods or grounds.
  • Energy-efficient.
  • Affordable.
  • Twelve-month warranty can be extended by six months if you like them on Facebook.
Cons
  • Name is not “well-known”.
  • Takes a while to brew a cup (up to 3 minutes).
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FAQs

How do I clean a coffee maker?

Some coffee makers, like the Sboly, may have self-cleaning functions. Simply press the appropriate buttons and the coffee maker does the work itself. You may have to add water. If your coffee maker is not self-cleaning, there will be certain parts that are dishwasher safe. For the other parts, wipe them clean. Never submerge the whole coffee maker in water.

What should I do if my coffee maker is running slower than usual?

The buildup of calcium deposits can make your coffee maker run slow, especially if you have hard water. You can run vinegar through the coffee maker to get rid of the calcium deposits. Of course, you’ll want to run water through it afterward to get all the vinegar out. Using bottled water or filtered water can help to avoid calcium deposits. 

Why are the cup measurements so small on small coffee makers?

Small cup measurements happen on all coffee makers whether they are big or small. In the “coffee world”, a cup of coffee is 5-6 ounces. These measurements can also vary from model to model. So, a 12-cup coffee maker is only going to hold around 72 ounces of coffee.

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