Tips for Choosing a Small Coffee Maker
Why Choose a Small Coffeemaker?
As the name of the product suggests, a small coffeemaker or mini coffeemaker is a coffeemaker that is small in size. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s also small in capacity. Although most small coffeemakers only serve 1-5 cups at a time, there are models with larger capacities that serve a standard 12-cup carafe for the whole family.
Small coffeemakers are usually more economical than standard coffeemakers. What makes the difference is that usually these smaller models are less intelligent when compared with bigger versions. That is, the smaller versions are normally not programmable, they have fewer choices for cup size, etc. You may also wish to read our reviews on some programmable coffeemakers here if you like.
Consumers may realize that fewer features also means less trouble. These small coffeemakers are easy to use. Usually they only have one button for brewing, and you won’t have to deal with all the complicated programming to get the right taste.
For people who don’t want invest large amounts of money on coffeemakers, or people who have small kitchens/counter spaces, a small coffeemaker is your best choice. You will find some small coffeemaker reviews and some representative small coffee machines below. All of them are picked from the list of best small coffeemakers of recent years, and are still very popular on the market.
Small Coffee MakerReviews 2017
Zojirushi EC-DAC50 – One of the best small coffee makers
The Zojirushi EC-DAC50 is a 5-cup coffeemaker; just the right amount for two large mugs. This machine is extremely easy to use. Its water reservoir is removable, which enables you to fill it in the sink directly instead of pouring water from another source. This avoids spilling the water all over the counter. And if you are not able to finish all the coffee at once, the unit is also equipped with a heating plate so it can keep your coffee warm automatically. But do not forget to turn it off before you leave, since it doesn’t have an auto shut-off. The current list price for this model ranges from $65.00 – $80.00.
Keurig B31- A single cup small coffee maker, red or black
The Keurig K10/B31 is a single cup coffeemaker; it serves one cup at a time. However, it lets you to choose between three different cup sizes. These are 6 ounces, 8 ounces, or 10 ounces. For larger mugs, the drip tray is removable to make more space. But be aware that the water indicator of this model is not accurate or visible. Many reviews report an overflow problem. It’s recommended that you ignore the indicator and use the cup in which you will brew your coffee. That way will never encounter an overflow. (See our full Keurig product review here.) For single consumers who like a fresh, fast cup of coffee every time, this model is an ideal choice.
Mr. Coffee DRX5-NP – A Mr Coffee small coffee maker, 4 cup
With a list price of only about $25, the Mr. Coffee DRX5-NP brewer is perhaps one of the most cost-effective coffeemakers on the market. The 4-cup compact coffee brewer has a timer for early brewing and a brew-pause function, a quite intelligent feature for a small coffeemaker. The brewing process for this machine takes around 4 minutes, so even if you forget to set the timer, you won’t have to wait long. This model, in my opinion, is a mini version of a standard intelligent coffee brewer, with just one flaw. It is a 4-cup coffee brewer, which is too much for a single mug, but not enough for two larger mugs.
Black & Decker DCM18S – a simple and small coffee brewer
Instead of brewing into a pot, the Black&Decker DCM18S brews directly into a travel mug up to 15 ounce capacity. Said mug, which is made of stainless steel, can fit into most vehicle cup holders. This model is extremely small in size, measuring only 10.2” x 7” x 6.9” and weighing under 3 pounds. It saves you precious counter space in your kitchen. The best thing about this model is its price, coming in with a list price of less than $20.00. Furthermore, it is even more price-saving when you consider it uses a permanent instead of disposable filters. For single coffee drinkers who take their budget coffee on the go, this model is your best choice.
Mr. Coffee DWX 23-NP – A small programmable coffee maker
This is a small-sized coffeemaker that can still brew a large pot of coffee. The DWX 23-NP is a 12 cup programmable coffee brewer, with a current list price of less than $40.00. Like the DRX5-NP, this model is also equipped with a timer and has a pause and brew function. And it conveniently includes an auto shut-off after two hours of warm-keeping. Other features of this machine include a removable filter basket for easy filling and cleaning and a dual water window that indicates the amount of water in the reservoir. It’s an economic model when you consider the added features and the small footprint.
Best Small Coffee Maker 2017 – Some Top-Rated Small Coffee Makers
How to Choose a Small Coffee Maker?
Top 5 Best
|Keurig B31 Mini Coffee Maker||12.7 x 12.2 x 12.7 inches||8.8 pounds||Single Cup Coffee Maker||1) Quick brewing (brewing time less than 2 minutes)2) 3 brew size selection with removable drip tray for taller mugs|
3) Compact design that fit into smaller spaces Read More Reviews and Main features…
|Zojirushi EC-DAC50 Zutto||Measures 6 by 8-7/8 by 10-5/8 inches||5cups Coffee Maker||1) removable water reservoir with replaceable water filter|
2) Brews 5 cups a time
3) Warming plate that keeps your coffee warm automatically More Reviews and Main features…
|Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker||9.6 x 7.1 x 10.7 inches||4-cup Coffee Maker||Mr Coffee DRX5-NP|
1) Ideal volume for single coffee drinkers
2) Pause and serve function
3) Programmability that saves you the precious time in the morning More Reviews and Main features…
Mr Coffee DWX23 Machine
|12.4 x 9.7 x 13.6 inches||6 pounds||12-cup Coffee Maker||1) Dual water window shows the accurate water level in the water tank2) 2-hour auto shut-off function|
3) Brews 10 cup in 12 minutes More Reviews and Main features…
As you can see, these 5 small coffeemakers all have a compact dimensions and inexpensive prices. These coffee machines work great on the basic functions, but because of the compact body, most of them have few add-on functions.
If you like, you could also check some higher end coffeemaker reviews, like our post on BUNN coffeemakers here, and our review of Krups coffeemakers here.
We hope you find this small coffee maker reviews information useful. Thank you for reading.