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 Amazon

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

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

"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 Amazon

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

Best for Office: Bunn Single Cup Coffee Brewer at Amazon

"Built for single-serve brewing, but with some commercial features."

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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

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    There’s no doubt about it, Keurig pods are easy to use and very popular, with 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

    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 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.

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

    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 uses no electricity, you can use this 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

    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.

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    Best for Office: Bunn Single Cup Multi-Use Coffee Brewer

    You might recognize the Bunn name from commercial coffee makers in restaurants. This time, the coffee maker is small, built for single-serve brewing, but with some of the same features as commercial brewers.

    The unique feature of this brewer is that it has a 14-ounce reservoir that keeps water hot at all times. Since there’s no need to wait for the water to heat, brewing is nearly instant, even when you’re dispensing several cups. To make coffee, you add the amount of water you need, and that amount of hot water is dispensed. A pulse brewing feature extracts extra flavor.

    This can brew everything from K-cups to ground coffee to tea bags to loose tea, and it also dispenses hot water for your morning hot oatmeal at your desk, and it can brew from 4 to 14 ounces to fill a small cup or a large travel mug or small carafe.

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