Updated: June 8, 2015
Single Serve Coffeemaker Reviews:My wife is the coffee drinker in the household and I write the reviews. She has gone from our large Cuisinart coffeemaker that brewed several cups of coffee (combined coffee grinder and coffee making machine) to the drip models you see which are very basic. Recently she has wanted to test out some of the single serve coffeemakers that are making headlines throughout the coffee drinking world. Can you really get a single cup of coffee at home that compares to what you buy at Starbucks. After reading the recent Consumer Reports article on single serve coffeemakers, she (we) decided to try out a few and see what the results were. We knew that we could try out a couple models and return those that didn't provide the best results. The CR article rated over 20 single serve coffee makers with only a few making the grade of "recommended" - two of which were the DeLonghi models. Starbucks Verismo 580 was listed down in 5th place of the overall ratings.
Choosing a Single-Serve Coffeemaker - The sealed pods will turn out a cup of coffee in about a minute. The one drawback per reviews we read online is that the pod models don't deliver as strong a cup of coffee as those you find with your local barista. If you can deal with slightly weaker cup of coffee and eliminate all the hassle of prepping and cleanup found with drip models, then perhaps the single serve coffee makers will do you just fine. The pods that go into all these single serve styles are often made just for a particular model or brand. The DeLonghi models take the Nescafe capsules and the Starbucks machine takes only the eight variety pods from Verismo. Consumer Reports rated all the single serve coffeemakers for things like convenience, speed of first cup and then speed on repeat cups, brewing range, and temperature consistencies. A few models allow you to adjust the amount of water you add - more equals weaker coffee while less equals a stronger cup. The Smart Cafe was best at being able to brew the 2nd cup of coffee. My wife liked the DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto, but the big drawback was the size of the machine. We have limited countertop space and even less in our cabinets, so a smaller machine like those from Starbucks or Bosch might be a better choice if space is limited in your kitchen. Prices range from $100 to $250 for the majority of the single serve coffeemakers but all 3 of the top selections from CR were $150 or less. You might wonder how much the coffee pods are for each cup you brew. The Starbucks Verismo Veranda Blend (12 count of pods) sells for about $12. That works out to be a lot when you work the numbers on a cost per pound basis of coffee. Remember, you are paying for convenience and that is what the under 30 crowd is really looking for with these machines. Single-serve coffee is not just growing, it's exploding across America - we are talking about $100's of millions each year. The New York Times did a great article back in February on this topic and it really showed how things are changing in terms of how Americans are preparing and drinking their coffee at home. Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews - We found some very in depth reviews on Popular Mechanics, Consumersearch.com, and Epinions. Popular Mechanics test 8 of the most popular brands including Keurig, Senseo and Bosch. For less formal feedback but still important information, we suggest the Amazon.com customer comments posted online. Amazon has hundreds of owner reviews with almost all products covered. Get the real lowdown on the latest single serve coffee makers. You can browse the best selling single serve coffee makers here.