Looking for A Compact Coffee Machine? Let Our Guide Help
Sometimes, all you need is a small coffee pot with a timer. Sure, the more expensive models may offer grinders, filtration systems and even programmable brew options, but they’re pricey and too complicated for you.
Mr. Coffee TF5 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker
Our favorite for 2017
BLACK+DECKER DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker
A very close runner-up
Mr. Coffee TF5GTF 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker
The classic functionality keeps brewing very easy
And if you have a smaller space, those large coffee machines will take up much-needed space, which isn’t optimal.
The good news is that there are still coffee makers available that take the hands-on brewing approach and are affordable, too. We’ve had the pleasure of trying five models and put them through the test to find a model that will fit your needs best.
A few ways to compare these small coffee makers are:
- Cup Options: On the lower end, you’ll find that there are personal coffee makers and ones that can brew up to four cups of coffee. Both of these options serve a purpose, so choose one that best fits your current needs.
- Delayed Brewing: The benefit of delayed brewing is that you can perform other tasks and let the machine do the brewing on autopilot. If you’re always on the go or have a hectic schedule, this means that you can have coffee ready when you need it most.
- Auto Shutoff: Safety is a concern with coffeemakers. Some models will come with an automatic shutoff feature that powers down the coffeemaker so that you save energy and don’t have to worry about the machine malfunctioning.
Since smaller models have fewer features, there is much less to consider when trying to compare one coffee maker over another.
Reviews of the Best Small Coffee Makers
Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup – What can you buy for a sub budget price? This coffee maker. The right choice for anyone on a budget, this model is able to brew 4, 5-ounce cups of coffee at one time, and comes with a removable filter basket for easy cleaning.
Brew pause is a feature that is priceless. If you don’t feel like waiting for a full four cups to brew, click the pause button and enjoy your cup of coffee.
You can set a start delay brew for your convenience, too. Simple to fill, clean and use, you’ll be able to enjoy coffee from the best 4-cup coffee maker on the market.
Mr. Coffee TF5 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker – The TF5 is priced similarly to our last model. This model offers four cup brewing and a warming plate, which prevents stains and is easy to remove. Mr. Coffee also includes a removable filter basket, so you can begin your cleanup quickly.
And the pause feature is incorporated into this model, too.
Dual water windows allow you to know when the water jug needs to be refilled and will also show you how much coffee has been brewed. The only thing missing is the delay brew feature. If you don’t care for a delayed brew, this model is a great choice.
BLACK+DECKER DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker – Personal coffee making doesn’t get much better than the DCM18S. And a stainless steel travel mug is included, too, for your enjoyment. This model is so affordable that it’s the best choice for a no-frills, single-person coffeemaker.
A built-in permanent filter removes the need for expensive paper coffee filters, and everything from the mug to the filter basket can be placed in the dishwasher.
Simple and easy to use, you can brew 15 ounces of coffee at a time. There may not be any nifty timer features or programmable options, but for someone on a really tight budget, the DCM18S is the optimal choice.
Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker – The DCC-450BK is sleek, affordable and comes with a brilliant stainless-steel carafe. Black in color, this coffee maker has a dripless spout and knuckle guard to protect your hands from burns.
If you forget to turn the unit off, there is a 30-minute auto shutoff feature.
Brew pause functionality allows you to stop the brew cycle mid-brew, and with the ability to make four cups of coffee, you’ll be able to make coffee for the entire family at one time. Designed for easy storage, this unit is just 3.2 pounds, and has a 10” x 8” x 5.2” size.
Mr. Coffee TF5GTF 4-Cup Switch Coffeemaker – Nearly identical to our second pick, this is a budget unit, and is a no-frills model that features an on/off button and not much else. You can pause and serve if there is no need to brew four cups at a time, and a gold-tone filter is removable for fast filling and cleaning.
Dual water windows allow you to see the water reservoir and how much coffee has been brewed.
If you don’t like the black color, you can choose a white version, too. This is a great overall coffeemaker that is both affordable and brews a delicious cup of coffee.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Compact Coffee Maker for You
It’s easy to sit and read through all of the reviews listed, but when it comes time to choose a specific model, you’re likely to hit a brick wall. When you actually have to spend money to buy one of these models, it can be rather difficult to choose one over another.
But the question still exists: which model do you buy?
The choice is obviously yours, but a few of the recommendations that we follow when picking a coffeemaker are:
- Price: You won’t find coffee makers for cheaper than the models listed above. For these prices, you really aren’t going to find a high end coffeemaker with all of the bells and whistles.
- Size: The smaller the size, the less counter space demanded. If you’re in a small flat or apartment, you’ll want to consider the size of the coffeemaker. The single serve unit listed above is compact and a good choice for smaller spaces.
- Reviews: These models are cheap, and with cheap comes the potential to break over time. I wouldn’t expect these coffeemakers to last decades, but do expect them to last for a few years. Read reviews of each model to judge the pros and cons and see what they really offer.
- Warranty: A one or two year warranty is all that’s needed to protect your investment. If a motor is going to burn out prematurely, this will occur during the initial months of usage.