If you decided it’s time to treat yourself to a new single-serve coffee maker, chances are you’ve already conducted a detailed market research.
On the other hand, since you’re here – and not in the kitchen making a cup of coffee with your brand new coffee maker – it’s safe to assume that your research left you feeling confused and overwhelmed.
I previously talked about several different models available on the market – I hope you’ve read my reviews. However, I decided to make things even easier for you.
Well, I’m going to compare single-serve coffee makers, so you can get a clearer picture of which one of these models suits your needs the best.
Single Serve Coffee Makers: Step By Step Comparison
In the sea of one-cup coffee makers, three brands seem to stand out the most – Keurig, Nespresso, and Hamilton Beach. That’s why I decided to focus on those three – and see how they compare to each other.
Which Criteria Should You Use When Comparing Single Serve Coffee Makers?
There are several things to consider when you’re trying to compare single serve coffee makers. I’m not going into details here – if you’re looking for detailed reviews, you should check out this article on how to purchase the best single serve coffee maker.
The primary factors that need to be taken into consideration when comparing different brands are:
• Ease Of Use
• Running Costs
I’m doing it, so you don’t have to – let the games begin!
Keurig – The Most Popular One Out Of The Bunch
Generally speaking, the Keurig models are probably the most popular ones in the single serve coffee maker category. The fact that their K-Cup pods pretty much became a standard when it comes to one-cup coffee makers only goes to show how massive this brand is.
• Affordability (4.5/5.0) – Let’s put it like this: there’s something for everyone in the Keurig’s offer. The model I mentioned previously, the K55, for example, falls into their lower price range, but you could find more expensive ones, as well. It all comes down to the level of customization you’re looking for – the pricier the model, the broader the range of available options.
But if I’m honest, I’m not sure I would go for a unit that delivers pretty much the same results, but costs twice as much.
• Ease Of Use (4.8/5.0) – Everything is just a push of a button away here – so kudos to Keurig for making user-friendly one-cup coffee makers. Paired with a set of LED lights that will let you know the status of your „coffee order” and a well put together user manual, these are a dream come true even for those that struggle to keep up with technology and like to stick to straightforward, old-fashioned coffee makers.
• Running Costs (4.0/5.0) – Here’s where it gets a bit tricky. Since the K-Cup pods are made by the same manufacturer, it’s only natural that all their models require you to buy their pods, as well. And we all know that K-Cup pods tend to be on the pricier side.
All in all, you’re going to have to pick your battles when it comes to buying a Keurig single serve coffee maker; while the unit itself doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, the pods are – choose carefully.
• Design (5.0/5.0) – They have a great plan and they’re sticking to it – there’s not much left to say about the Keurig looks-wise. One thing that caught my eye is the variety of colors available. The majority of other brands stick to the standard three (or so) colors, but Keurig takes the game to the next level – red, green, blue, purple, as well as the standard ones (black, silver, and white) are all available. It’s safe to assume you’ll find the one that fits right into your kitchen.
Nespresso – Making Your Own Espresso Has Never Been Easier
Espresso is one of the more expensive coffees out there – but people continue to buy it.
The main reason is that they don’t think it’s possible to achieve the same level of quality at home. Well, with Nespresso, a brand that’s been around since the 70s, that’s about to change. Making espresso, as well as specialty coffee, has never been easier.
That being said, let’s see how they compare to the others on my list:
• Affordability (3.5/5.0) – What affordability? I don’t want to sound harsh – after all, I’m a huge fan of this brand – but they are well above the average price point for single serve coffee makers I’m talking about today.
However, you should keep in mind that they specialize in making espresso, which isn’t a cheap coffee fix in the first place. So, if you’re a fan of espresso and you want to start making your own, instead of spending money in local coffee shops, these are probably your best bet.
• Ease Of Use (4.8/5.0) – While espresso is a bit hard to make – it takes some time and practice to get it right – it seems that Nespresso managed to take out all the complicated parts out of the process. You’re left with something as simple as popping a capsule into the unit.
• Running Costs (4.5/5.0) – Think of it this way: you will spend way more if you continue buying your espresso in the local coffee shop, so if espresso is your thing, go ahead and treat yourself.
• Design (5.0/5.0) – Okay, let’s talk looks – here it’s all about how a Nespresso single serve coffee maker will look on your kitchen counter.
I have to say these are one of my favorites as far as design goes. They feature their typical housing with rounded edges, as well as a smooth, yet sturdy feel; all in all, it’s pretty clear that the manufacturer paid considerable attention to detail and finishing touches.
These will fit right in on every kitchen counter, that’s for sure!
Hamilton Beach – Taking Single Serve Coffee Makers To The Next Level
Hamilton Beach is already an established brand when it comes to kitchen appliances – and their single serve coffee makers are no different.
The newest addition to the family, the FlexBrew two-way brewer, so make sure to check it out – giving you the best of both worlds is what truly sets them apart from other single-cup coffee makers.
Anyway, let’s get down to business:
• Affordability (5.0/5.0) – As far as affordability goes, the Hamilton Beach undoubtedly takes the cake. I’m talking less than $100 here; as it turns out, their most expensive models cost as much as the cheapest Nespresso one.
How about that?
• Ease Of Use (4.8/5.0) – I think it’s safe to say that it’s a tie between the Keurig and the Hamilton Beach, at least when it comes to making user-friendly appliances. Again, you’ll find buttons that will allow you to customize your cup of coffee – which doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds. The same goes for clean up – even if you decide on buying one that uses ground coffee.
• Running Costs (4.9/5.0) – Remember what I said about Keurig’s running costs? Well, here’s the deal with Hamilton Beach – they don’t require an exact type of pods. On top of that, a lot of models actually you to use coffee grounds, as well, which is, as you might know, way more budget-friendly than the whole coffee pods system.
• Design (4.0/5.0) – Here’s what’s bugging me about it – in most cases, these tend to be a bit bulky. While that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, they do take up a significant amount of space on the kitchen counter, so if you’re already struggling with finding a spot for all the appliances you use on a daily basis, good luck finding one for your Hamilton Beach single serve coffee maker.
For an average user, having a lot of options usually results in confusion. That’s the main reason why I decided to compare the top three brands selling single serve coffee makers – so that you could have all the facts laid out in one place.
Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to buy your new single serve coffee maker and enjoy a freshly brewed cup every time!
I hope you found this article to be helpful! Let me know what you think and leave a comment below – I would like to hear your opinions on the matter.