The 8 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 Plus at Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

Best Pour Over: Bodum 17-Ounce Pour Over Coffee Maker at Amazon

"Affordable, easy to use, and saves more space in the kitchen than even the slimmest electric coffee maker."

Best Without Pods: Hamilton Beach Scoop 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 Amazon

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

Best Versatile: Nespresso Inissia Bundle at Amazon

"This tiny item is perfect for crafting specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos while saving space in the kitchen."

Best for Office: Cuisinart SS-5 Compact Coffee Maker at Wayfair

"Eliminates hassle and confusion, all while saving much-needed space in the break room. Plus it's compatible with K-Cups."

  • 01 of 08

    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

    What We Like
    • Slightly cheaper than most Keurigs

    • Surprising versatility

    • Stores up to nine K-cups

    • Multiple colorways

    What We Don't Like
    • Must fill water before every use

    • Coffee isn't the hottest

    There’s no doubt about it, Keurig is one of the most beloved names in coffee. The company's K-cup pods are easy to use and offer 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.

    "For such a small machine, the K-Mini Plus offers a considerable number of features, from K-Cup storage to a bolder brew setting." Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: BLACK+DECKER 5-Cup Coffeemaker

    Black+Decker 5-Cup CM0700 Coffee Maker
    Courtesy of Amazon.
    What We Like
    • Easy to use

    • Includes reusable filter

    • Fast brewing

    What We Don't Like
    • Little versatility

    • Small capacity

    • No automatic shutoff

    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.

  • 03 of 08

    Best with Grinder: Viante Grind and Brew Coffee Maker

    Viante Grind and Brew
    What We Like
    • Fairly priced for machine with grinder

    • Two coffee strength options

    • Unique shape, fits under cabinets

    What We Don't Like
    • Blade grinder, not burr

    • Small capacity

    • Grounds occasionally end up in coffee

    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 08

    Best Pour Over: Bodum 17-Ounce Pour Over Coffee Maker

    What We Like
    • Affordable

    • Dishwasher safe (excluding collar)

    • Available in multiple sizes

    What We Don't Like
    • Poor heat retention

    • Filter strains too quickly

    • Breakable glass

    This little pour-over device is affordable, easy to use, and saves more space in the kitchen than even the slimmest electric coffee maker. Its elegant design is similar to that of a Chemex—rounded glass body, cork or rubber band—but it comes with a permanent stainless steel filter, so you won't have to buy countless paper ones.

    Capacity might be an issue for the true coffee addict, as this model only holds 17 ounces, roughly equivalent to two or three cups of joe. However, Bodum also manufactures the item in two larger sizes: 34 and 51 ounces.

    Customers give the Bodum Pour Over high marks, especially regarding its value for money and easiness to clean (simply remove the cork or rubber band and toss the item in the dishwasher). A scant number of reviews mention chipping or breaking, but this is to be expected of any glass coffee maker. The size and price make it a great gift option, so keep it in mind for holidays, birthdays, or just-because days.

    "Pour-over coffee makers often produce a richer flavor than standard drip coffee, and they are especially great for individual use." Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Without Pods: Hamilton Beach Scoop Coffee Maker

    What We Like
    • No filters needed

    • Removable coffee basket

    • Two coffee strength options

    What We Don't Like
    • Not programmable

    • Prone to leaking

    • Coffee isn't the hottest

    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.

  • 06 of 08

    Best Large Capacity: Ninja 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker

    Ninja 12-Cup Coffee Brewer
    What We Like
    • Programmable up to 24 hours

    • Automatic shutoff

    • GoldTone filter included

    • Two coffee strength options

    What We Don't Like
    • Fairly expensive

    • Too tall for some cabinets

    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.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Versatile: Nespresso Inissia Bundle

    What We Like
    • Great crema

    • Easy to use

    • Removable water tank

    What We Don't Like
    • Expensive

    • Loud

    • Fairly slow for Nespresso machine

    While the Nespresso Inissia is more of an espresso machine than standard coffee maker, this tiny item is perfect for crafting specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos while saving space in the kitchen. The Inissia is often sold in a bundle deal that includes an Aeroccino milk frother; depending on your preferences, it can be more convenient that the coffee maker and frother are two separate pieces as they'll be easier to store.

    The Inissia only takes Original Nespresso capsules and can brew two different cup sizes: a 1.35-ounce espresso shot and a 5-ounce lungo espresso. The water tank is on the smaller side, as expected, but it brews lightning-quick at less than 30 seconds. Like most Nespresso machines, this item is extremely easy to use and can be depended upon to make consistent drinks for years to come.

  • 08 of 08

    Best for Office: Cuisinart SS-5 Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker

    Cuisinart SS-5
    Courtesy of Home Depot.
    What We Like
    • Compatible with K-Cups and ground coffee

    • Multiple beverage sizes

    • Removable water reservoir

    • Automatic shutoff

    What We Don't Like
    • Prone to leaking

    • Coffee grounds often end up in cup

    The wrong machine can make workplace coffee a touchy subject. Who cleans the thing? Who has to brew the next batch? But the Cuisinart SS-5 eliminates hassle and confusion, all while saving much-needed space in the break room.

    This is a single-serve machine, so you'll get coffee much faster than from a drip machine and always in your favorite blend. You can also select between three drink sizes: 6, 8, and 10 ounces. The machine is compatible with K-Cups, which makes the whole process quick and easy, especially clean-up. A 40-ounce water reservoir is fairly sizable, so you won't constantly be going to the sink.

    One area of concern is that the item is prone to leaking around the base, though some customers did not have the issue. Another thing to be conscious of is the amount of waste that comes with pod-based coffee makers, especially when used in office settings. 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.

Final Verdict

The K-Mini Plus (view at Amazon) is the slimmest Keurig coffee maker available and, on top of its space-saving design, it offers the beloved convenience of K-Cups. BLACK+DECKER's 5-Cup Coffee Maker (view at Amazon) is a much cheaper alternative, as well as one of the most compact electric brewers you can find. It's also a great option for customers who prefer freshly ground coffee to pods.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Donna Currie is a freelance food writer who specializes in product reviews and recipes. Her work has appeared on Serious Eats, Fine Cooking, and her own recipe blog, Cookistry.com. She's also the author of Make Ahead Bread, a cookbook meant to simplify the bread-baking process.


This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. One of his favorite coffee makers that didn't make this list is the Bodum BRAZIL French Press (view at Amazon), a great budget option, especially for those who prefer non-electric brewers.

What to Look for in a Small Coffee Maker

Capacity: Just because a coffee maker is compact doesn't mean it's limited to a small capacity. There are plenty of space-saving options that brew upwards of 14 cups (some of which can be found on this list). Think about the amount of coffee you consume a day, as well as the number of coffee drinkers in your household. If it's a lot, your best bet is likely a drip coffee maker. If you primarily brew a cup or two a day just for yourself, check out pour overs, French presses, and pod-based machines.


Price: This is an important consideration when buying any type of coffee maker, not just compact ones. But price is unique here since small coffee makers can vary from $10 pour-over brewers to $300 machines. Knowing your budget will help narrow down the many options.


Features: Small coffee makers tend to have fewer features than full-sized ones, but there are still loads of compact devices with all kinds of bells and whistles, including automatic shutoffs, bolder strength settings, and even temperature control. If you’re looking for convenience, just be prepared to pay the price for advanced models.