The internet has spoken. After looking over a few sets of reviews of single cup coffee machines three stand out as royalty among the rest, in three categories: Best in Show, Best Budget Single Cup, Best Luxury Single Cup.
Best in Show: Nespresso VertuoPlus
The internet seems to agree that the Nespresso VerturoPlus (about $169.99) consistently made a great cup of coffee at a perfect temperature and also does espresso. It is an easy to use, pod-based machine that has a lot of brewing options. The pods help guarantee you’ll get a great cup of coffee but check the cost on the pods before purchasing as they are pricey. There is a pod recycling program if you are trying to be green, but it isn’t effortless. Finally, people seemed to think it looked great in most kitchens with a sleek, modern all black design.
This could make an excellent gift for the coffee snob on your giftlist looking for a single cup, pod-based machine.
Best Budget Single Cup: Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker
If you are looking for something that is lower on cost but high in quality look no further than the Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker (about $58.95).
The internet seemed to agree on two things. It is small, but it does a lot!
It gives one many cup size options as well as the ability to brew ground coffee or K Cups. Some reviewers noted that the recommended amount of ground coffee made a weak cup; however most noted this experience is common with most single cup makers. Add more to your taste. Its water receptacle is only big enough for one brew but has very easy to read lines to get the amount of coffee you want.
Sure, it doesn’t do a lot and the coffee doesn’t get pipping hot, but for the cost it seems to be a favorite.
Best Luxury Single Cup: Moccamaster Technivorm Cup One Coffee Brewer
The Moccamaster Technivorm looks like it belongs in a fancy café and will make you feel like a barista (about $201.22). This machine is going to give you one hell of a cup of coffee and that is partly because of the copper heating element that heats the water and fast. Additionally, it uses a drip system that ensures great flavor.
This machine, as you might have guessed, is grounds only. So, on the convivence end of things this won’t be the choice for many. It also uses paper filters. It also takes up much more counter space than the others. However it is made to last and besides being a tad slower than the other machines in total cup prep time any amateur who follows the directions can make a top notch cup of coffee.