The 7 Best Small Coffee Makers of 2020

Perfect for those who love coffee but have limited space

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Keurig K-Mini K-Cup Pod Coffee Makers at Amazon

"Perfect for folks who value convenience in a small space."

Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker at Amazon

"A small, affordable coffee maker that doesn’t have a lot of frills."

Best with Grinder: Viante Grind and Brew Coffee Maker at Wayfair

"It grinds the beans for you and brews quickly."

Best Drip: OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Dripper at Wayfair

"The perfect combination of drip and pour-over."

Best Without Pods: Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker at Amazon

"Lets you use your own favorite grounds and includes a scoop for measuring."

Best Large Capacity: Ninja 12-Cup Coffee Maker at Walmart

"Has a 12-cup carafe for a relatively narrow footprint."

Best for Office: Keurig K-Mini Plus at Amazon

"Every employee will get their own cup of coffee in just 90 seconds...one of the smallest Keurigs you can find."

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    Best Overall: Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Makers

    Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Makers

     Courtesy of Amazon

    There’s no doubt about it, Keurig is one of the most beloved names in coffee. Their K-cup pods are easy to use and offers a wide range of coffees, teas, and more, making this 5-inch wide coffee maker perfect for folks who value convenience in a small space. A pod storage bin holds nine K-cup pods to keep them handy and slides into the front of the brewer when it’s not in use. If you want your coffee a little stronger than usual, all it takes is the press of a button.

    This brews from 6-12 ounces of coffee, simply by adding that amount to the removable water reservoir. If you’re not sure how much coffee your mug holds, you can use that to fill the reservoir, so you’ll never overflow a cup, and if someone forgets the cup, the drip tray can hold all the liquid for easy disposal and cleaning. With the drip tray is removed, you can brew directly into a travel mug up to seven inches tall.

    The coffee maker turns itself off 1 1/2 minutes of completing a brew. If you want to store the coffee maker in between uses, the cord stores neatly in the back of the brewer, so it won’t tangle when the brewer is resting on a shelf in the pantry.

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    Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker

    A small, affordable coffee maker, this doesn’t have a lot of frills, but it still makes a good cup of coffee. The carafe holds five cups, so you have plenty of coffee to last the morning, or to share. It operates with a simple on/off switch that lights up to let you know that the coffee maker is on. The hot plate will keep the carafe warm as long as the coffee maker is on, but there is no auto-off feature.

    The carafe is designed for ergonomic handling and drip-free pouring, so you won’t make a mess, and the lid is completely removable for easy cleaning when the coffee is gone. If you can’t wait for the first cup, this stops the brewing process, so you can pour a cup without making a mess. A permanent filter is included, so you’ll never need paper filters.

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    Best with Grinder: Viante Grind and Brew Coffee Maker

    Viante Grind and Brew

    At under 11 inches tall, this compact brewer will fit into most cabinets, getting it off your counter and out of the way when it’s not in use. It comes with a small carafe which holds 12 ounces of brewed coffee and is designed specifically to give you the freshest coffee possible. It grinds the coffee beans for you, brews quickly, and is ready for another brew when you are. This includes a permanent coffee filter so you won’t need to buy paper filters, and it’s easy to clean.

    The integrated low-friction blade grinder lets you choose a finer or coarser grind to control the strength of the brew, or you can use your own pre-ground beans when you have them.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Drip: OXO Good Grips Single Serve Pour Over Coffee Dripper

    OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    This coffee maker is the perfect combination of drip and pour-over. While pour-over coffee is popular, it requires slow, careful pouring to get the right effect. Drip coffee makers do the dripping for you, like many of the electric coffee makers on the market that shower water onto a basket of grounds.

    This simple device has the base of a pour-over coffee maker, but with an auto-drip tank on top that does the pouring for you. You simply fill it with hot water and let it do the pouring for you. There are two different hole sizes that regulate the water flow so it’s distributed evenly over the grounds, without any attention on your part. Markings on the tank indicate how much water to add, up to 12 ounces.

    To retain heat, the tank has a lid, which can be removed to use as a drip tray when you remove the brewer from your mug. This uses standard #2 cone filters, and this includes 10 filters to get you started. Since this is a non-electric coffee maker, you can use it anywhere you can get hot water.

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    Best Without Pods: Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker

    While brewing coffee from pods is certainly convenient, those pods can be expensive and create a lot more waste than ground coffee. This small, single serve coffee maker lets you use your own favorite grounds, and includes a scoop to make measuring easy. It can brew up to 14 ounces of coffee right into a travel mug or your favorite coffee cup.

    The manufacturer warns that users should take care not to use grounds that are too finely ground, but reviewers who follow that recommendation seem to be pleased with the coffee maker.

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    Best Large Capacity: Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

    Ninja 12-Cup Coffee Brewer

    While no one would accuse this brewer of being petite, it packs a lot of features into a relatively narrow footprint, including a 12-cup carafe and a 60-ounce water reservoir.

    Ninja coffee makers get good reviews overall from users who appreciate the multiple brew settings and the flavor of the coffee. A proprietary thermal extraction process gets the best flavor from the grounds without excess bitterness.

    If you’re in a hurry for the first cup, you can pause the brewing so you can pour your cup without making a mess. When all you want is one cup, this brewer can do that too. This can be programmed to brew your coffee up to a day in advance, and even the warming plate is adjustable. It can keep your coffee warm for up to four hours without burning, or it can automatically turn off after two hours. A permanent filter is included, which saves you money and cuts down on paper waste.

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    Best for Office: Keurig K-Mini Plus

    The traits that make Keurigs so popular—speed, convenience, and single-serve capabilities—are perfectly suited for the office break room. The Keurig K-Mini Plus will brew every employee their own cup of coffee, made the way they like, in just 90 seconds. And this is also one of the smallest Keurigs you can find, measuring 4.5 inches wide, 11.3 inches long, and 12.1 inches high.

    A pod storage bin that can hold up to nine K-cups is included with the purchase, and the water reservoir is removable for easy filling. One thing to be conscious of is the amount of waste that comes from pod-based coffee makers, especially when used in office settings, so check out Keurig's reusable K-cups; you can fill them again and again with your favorite ground coffee to produce the same tasty (and quick) cup of joe.