So maybe you live by yourself, or you’re the only one in the house who likes coffee. Maybe you have a very busy lifestyle that doesn’t allow you the time to wait for a pot of coffee to brew. Or, maybe you want something that is low-effort and super easy to make. There is any number of reasons to want to buy a single serve coffee maker.
But what if you don’t have the budget to buy something that is super expensive? All you want is just a stinkin’ cup of coffee, right? Does buying a model under a $100 mean you’re opening yourself to a crappy new appliance?
The answer is: No! There are plenty of single cup coffee makers that fit in this price range. Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of K-cups and other models, there has never been a better time to look for the model that fits your life.
The way the coffee maker looks may not be a big deal for you, but if you can appreciate a sleek appliance sitting on the countertop, you’re in luck. Most of these types of coffee makers have the design in mind. They’re compact, which is a great bonus. You can find styles ranging from vintage to modern, even on a low budget.
There are loads of options for cup capacity in single cup coffee makers, even under $100. Some machines will have different capacities, for instance, you can find ones that give you the option of making 6, 8, or 10-ounce cups. Others say that they can make 4 to 14, or up to 14. These are the most common sizes for cup capacity, but if you’re just really feeling like you need the extra caffeine boost in the mornings, look for models that are available in 16-ounce cup capacity.
Another thing to consider when looking at size is the water reservoir of the machine. Nothing is more annoying than turning on the coffee maker in the morning, walking away to give it time to warm up, and then finding out when you come back that water needs added. While there’s no single cup coffee maker that has an endless supply of water, the size of the reservoir attached the machines is a big convenience factor.
Single cup coffee makers were made for those of us who need that caffeine rush the second we get out of bed. Besides waiting for the machine to heat up (which takes just a couple minutes), the brew time across the board for most models is less than a minute. That is really, really fast for a delicious cup of coffee.
Cleaning and Maintenance
One thing about single serve coffee makers that put it above other types of coffee makers is the ability to clean them with ease. Most of the time the parts come apart easily for a quick wipe down, and you can run hot water through the spout to flush out any residual coffee from your previous brew.
Features and Programs
This type of coffee maker is super intuitive and easy to learn how to use. A push of the button is all it takes to begin the process of brewing. Some models take it to the next level, so you don’t even have to worry about that. You can program it to start at a certain time, thus saving you even more time. Amazing!
You may not know this, but filtered water is the trick to ensuring the quality of your coffee is top-notch. If that doesn’t matter to you so much, that’s fine, but its a simple way to take your cup to the next level. You can buy a machine that has an automatic water filter, so you don’t even have to think about it.
When you’re looking at this type of coffee maker, it is just as important to check out the pods. Sure, you might have found the perfect one for less than $100, but thin about the pods. Is it the kind of machine that can only take one type of pod, or can you mix and match different brands?
The availability of the pods in the store is also a factor. There’s no use in buying a coffee maker if they don’t have the right pods. You also may want to make sure that the brand you’re buying has a wide range of flavor options.