9 Best Single Serve Coffee Makers With No Pods [A Well Grounded Guide…]

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Are you a slave to your single serve coffee maker but sick to the back teeth of pod coffee?

Perhaps, you have tried everything that Nespresso and Keurig have created and to be honest, you just want to try something different?

Or, is it the cost of a new set of capsules which is grinding you down?

Whatever your reasons, you will be pleased to know that there are some top quality alternatives for you to look at.

Single serve coffee makers that make great coffee just using ground coffee.

Without a coffee capsule in sight. 

For those of you in a hurry, let me show you my top three picks

Preview
Best Budget
BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker, Black, CM618
Best Overall
Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker, Fast Brewing, Stainless Steel (49981A)
Runner Up
Single Serve K Cup Coffee Maker Brewer for K-Cup Pod & Ground Coffee, Compact Design Thermal Drip Instant Coffee Machine with Self Cleaning Function, Brew Strength Control by Sboly
Brand
Black and Decker
Hamilton Beach
Sboly
Price
$19.99
from $54.95
$59.95
Coffee
Ground | K Cup
Grounds
Grounds | K Cup
Brew Size
up to 16 oz.
up to 14 oz.
up to 14 oz
Travel Mug Friendly
Removable Drip Tray
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Best Budget
Preview
BLACK+DECKER Single Serve Coffeemaker, Black, CM618
Brand
Black and Decker
Price
$19.99
Coffee
Ground | K Cup
Brew Size
up to 16 oz.
Travel Mug Friendly
Removable Drip Tray
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Best Overall
Preview
Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker, Fast Brewing, Stainless Steel (49981A)
Brand
Hamilton Beach
Price
from $54.95
Coffee
Grounds
Brew Size
up to 14 oz.
Travel Mug Friendly
Removable Drip Tray
Auto Off
Runner Up
Preview
Single Serve K Cup Coffee Maker Brewer for K-Cup Pod & Ground Coffee, Compact Design Thermal Drip Instant Coffee Machine with Self Cleaning Function, Brew Strength Control by Sboly
Brand
Sboly
Price
$59.95
Coffee
Grounds | K Cup
Brew Size
up to 14 oz
Travel Mug Friendly
Removable Drip Tray
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Before I take you through all eleven of these machines, let’s go through a few definitions…

So, what is a single-serve coffee maker?

In short it is any machine that allows you to brew a single serving of coffee (anywhere from a small cup to a travel mug), saving you the waste, time and headache of an entire pot.

And how do they work?

The overwhelming majority of these machines use coffee pods or capsules. These are plastic containers that contain enough ground coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) for a single drink.

The two most famous varieties are Nespresso and K- Cups. 

The capsules are placed in the single serve coffee maker which combines them with hot water to produce a great cup of coffee. 

But as this post will go onto explain in more detail, there are alternative coffee makers out there that use ground coffee and not capsules. 

Why do I need a Single-Serve machine?

This method of brewing coffee is for anyone who does not need an entire pot of coffee and could benefit from the saved time.

Whether that time is used to help ease your busy schedule or to enjoy a little personal time… or if you live alone and just need a friend!

The single-serve method will soon become your best friend.

The main benefits to a single-serve machine over a conventional, pot-style brewers are:

  • Fresh coffee every time: Especially with the pod-less option, you can choose your favourite bean type, adjust the strength and have a fresh cup every time.  
  • Not wasting coffee: Besides the fact that no one wants to drink the sludge at the bottom of the pot, you don’t waste coffee by pouring it down the drain.  
  • Less cleanup: Save time, energy and sanity by avoiding cleaning out a large pot every morning.

The Pros and Cons of Coffee Makers Without Pods

So, why would you use a podless machine instead of a coffee maker that requires K Cups or Nespresso capsules?

The Pros:

Podless coffee makers offer a variety of advantages, including;

  • Compatibility: Any ground coffee can be used in any pod-less machine. You don’t have the compatibility issues related to coffee capsules.
  • Brew Strength: Using ground coffee, you have lots more control over the strength of the coffee you make
  • Greener: Ground coffee is more planet friendly because there is no plastic involved.
  • Cost: Ground coffee is far, far cheaper than using coffee pods. 
  • Fresh: You can use freshly grounded coffee in a podless machine. Do you really know how fresh the coffee is in that K Cup? 


The Cons:

Yes, I can’t lie.

There are some disadvantages to podless coffee makers and here they are. 

Not So Easy: Pods are the easiest way to make coffee, bar none. You don’t have to be a trained barista to brew a great cup. Just pop in the pod and you’re all set!

Lack of Variety:  With pods, you don’t have keep using the same bag of beans you don’t like or are growing bored of.

There are lots of variety packs for you to buy. 

In the next section, I will explain what some of the key features are that you should look out for when hunting for your new single serve coffee maker without pods. 

Buying Guide

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Flexible Compatibility

Some of the models in my comparison are able to make coffee using coffee grounds or using coffee pods (such as K- Cups.)

One Button Brewing: Well, the great news here is that all of the models in my comparison have one button brewing. By this, I mean that you only need to turn the machine on (well you need to have filled it with water and loaded it with coffee) in order to start making coffee.

Permanent Filter

Brew timer: This is a great feature that allows you to set a timer for your coffee to be brewed. 

A great option for someone on a strict schedule or who just likes waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

The speed: Very important, you want something that will brew the coffee correctly but efficiently as well.

Size: Depending on how much space you have, this is something important.

Hot water option: This is great if you drink tea or hot chocolate. Having an option to brew only water is very versatile.

Now that we have discussed the best features look out for in your search for your next single serve coffee maker without pods…

What You Don’t Get

Single serve coffee makers with no pods do come with a range of powerful features.

But, there are also some important features that they don’t come with.

These are features that you might find with other more expensive coffee makers but you won’t find on any no pod single serve makers.

Or any that I came across!

Removable Water Reservoir

None of the no pod coffee makers that I review have removable water reservoirs.

Instead, all of them just have an internal chamber that you pour water into.

Removable water reservoirs are easier to fill up than internal chambers and they are easier to keep clean.

But they tend to machines slightly bigger and more expensive. 

Temperature Control:

On some high end single serve machines, you have the option of controlling the temperature that your coffee is brewed at.

After all, we know that a perfect cup of coffee is brewed using water that is between 195 – 202 °F.

None of the machines in my comparison offer this feature, although this model brews the coffee at an “optimal temperature.”

Brew Strength (one exception)

Do you like to vary the strength of your coffee depending on how you feel or on what time of day it is?

Some higher end coffee machines provide you with the ability to control the strength of your coffee at the touch of a button, but not the ones in my comparison.

Apart from this little beauty here.

The good news is that you can still alter the strength of your cup of coffee manually by using more coffee grinds or using less water..

LCD Touch Display

If you like your kitchen gadgets to have built in color touch screens, then in your search for a no pod single serve coffee maker, you will be disappointed. 

None of the machines in my comparison or that I could find anywhere had touch screens. 

Funnily enough, very few of them have more than one button!

They are plain and simple machines which helps to keep their size and cost to a minimum. 

Programmability

It is one of the most charming features of a coffee machine…

…the ability to programme it so that it turns on automatically and brews you a cup of coffee just as you wake up in the morning, or return home in the evening.

And if that is an essential feature of your no pod coffee maker then I am going to have to disappoint you.

I could not find any models that had this feature. 

…let’s take a look at some of the best products.

#1: Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker (The Scoop)

Details

  • Dimensions: 9.8″ D x 7.6″ W x 13.5″ H
  • Compatibility: Grounds | Pods
  • Brew Size: up to 14 oz. 
  • Travel Mug Friendly: Yes
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • Auto Off: Yes
  • Strength Control: No
  • Temperature Control: No

Features

Although I see mixed reviews, I’ve had my Hamilton Beach Single Serve for 3-months now and I love it!

It’s a perfect machine for a grab-and-go cup of coffee in the morning with no waste.

My favourite feature is the adjustable base – a lot of these single serve machines can’t accommodate the height of a travel mug.

And being pod-less I can use freshly ground beans without wasting half the pot (that no one in my family seems to drink).

It’s a great alternative to K-cups with the versatility to pick your own beans.

I would definitely recommend!

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#2: BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

Details

  • Dimensions: 9.8″ D x 7.6″ W x 13.5″ H
  • Compatibility: Ground | K Cup | Soft pods
  • Brew Size: 4 oz.  to 14 oz. 
  • Travel Mug Friendly: Yes
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • Auto Off: No
  • Strength Control: Yes
  • Temperature Control: No

Features

The first feature that caught my eye was the 2-year warranty.

A machine at this pricepoint should have a warranty of this length, so I’m happy ‘Bunn’ stands by their product.

The Bunn MCU is a great alternative to Keurig but with more versatility and less flash.

It is straight to point – and that is making a great cup of coffee.

You add the amount of water you want (4-14 oz) and that is how much coffee is made, so there is no need to worry about overflow.

It also comes with a drawer to use loose coffee grinds or tea – with a built-in metal filter – as an alternative to K-cups.

With only two buttons it doesn’t offer anything fancy, like being able to set a timer or adjust the temperature.

But I love what the Bunn MCU stands for; an easy to use, versatile and most importantly delicious way to brew your single-serve coffee.

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#3: Bella BLA14485 One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker

Details

  • Dimensions: 8.5″ D x 10.31″ H x 5.12″ W
  • Compatibility: Grounds
  • Brew Size: up to 14 oz. 
  • Travel Mug Friendly: Yes
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • Auto Off: No
  • Strength Control: No
  • Temperature Control: No

Features

I mean, for the price it’s an awesome little machine.

It’s very small, compact and easy to use – just plug it in, add water, grinds and turn on.

I use mine at work, which is perfect because I don’t need K-cups or any filters, plus, I can adjust the strength myself.

I can just add a scoop of grinds to my liking and get my mid-day jolt. I wouldn’t recommend it for an at home, every day coffee maker because it isn’t very big, takes a long-time to brew and there appears to be some issues with leakage over time.

All in-all I’m happy with it, it can be adjusted to fit a taller travel mug and does the job well enough.

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#4: Black & Decker CM618

Details

  • Dimensions: 6.14″ D x 5.47″ W x 9.41″ H
  • Compatibility: Grounds | Pods
  • Brew Size: up to 16 oz. 
  • Travel Mug Friendly: Yes (included)
  • Removable Drip Tray: No
  • Auto Off: Yes
  • Strength Control: No
  • Temperature Control: No

Features

I’ve been trying to find a decent single-serve coffee maker forever!

I personally hate the Keurig style pods.

They never seem to use all the coffee and you have no control over the strength.

After being disappointed with one expensive coffeemaker after another I opted for a lower price point alternative.

I have to say this Black + Decker (CM16) single-serve coffeemaker does the job just fine and comes with literally everything you need to get started (minus the coffee itself).

The features I love the most are:

-Turn-off feature: once the brew is completed (so you don’t have a heart attack wondering if you’ll burn the house down on your way to work)

– It comes with a metal filter and a travel mug that fits the machine perfectly

– Doesn’t take much electricity (plus it turns off when the brew is complete)

– I control the strength of brew and coffee bean type

– Has the option for soft-pod style coffee pods and you can use paper filters if you would like to use them

– The price!

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#5: Mixpresso Single Cup Coffee Maker

Details

  • Dimensions: 19.8″ H x 11.6″ D x 15.6″ W
  • Compatibility: Grounds | K- Cup
  • Brew Size: up to 10 oz. 
  • Travel Mug Friendly: No
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • Auto Off: Yes
  • Strength Control: No
  • Temperature Control: No

Features

I recently purchased this machine because of its sleek design, uncomplicated brewing instructions and its overall compactness.

I think some people are missing the point of a single serve coffee machine. To avoid some of the issues I see other reviewers having I would first make sure to run 1 cycle with vinegar and then 1-3 cycles with water to rinse out the machine before your first use.

Like any new coffeemaker you need to clean out any chemically residue.

I did this and the coffee tastes great!

And one more word of wisdom would be to embrace the 10oz single-cup design.

This machine is made in Italy where the culture is to enjoy the taste of the coffee and not guzzle down as much as possible.

If after you have one cup, if you would like another, then make one.

It literally takes 1 minute to brew a cup; which is another feature I like.

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[6] Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cups and Ground Coffee


You now have the powerful brewing power of your local coffee shop right in the comfort of your home! This high quality and compact coffee maker design is professional quality for unmatched K-Cup and ground coffee brewing. 

More features include:

  1. RAPID COFFEE CREATOR: In just about 3 minutes, a hot, tasty cup of coffee will be ready to go for the day! The water adjustment function allows you to control how much coffee you want to brew to save expensive grounds.
  1. DURABLE & COMPACT DESIGN: Innovatively designed to be compact and durable, yet extremely effective, this coffee maker is much smaller than others. You will be able to fit it in tight places on countertops, office tables, etc.
  1. 2-IN-1 BREWING: Whether you want to brew a K-Cup or make a cup of coffee the traditional way, this innovative machine will allow you to do either! The simple side button feature allows you to conveniently choose between these 2 brewing styles.
  1. AUTO-CLEANING BUTTON: When you are done using this one-of-a-kind coffee machine, simply press 2 buttons and let the machine clean itself. Cleaning your k-cup and ground brewer machine has never been this easy! 
  1. AUTO TURN OFF: Did you forget to turn off your machine? Don’t worry; the machine will automatically turn off after brewing, making for a safe and easy process.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Auto-clean function keeps your machine in tip-top condition with no user input required.
  • Designed for both K cup pod and ground coffee brewing options.
  • Compact design, does not take much space on the counter.
  • Water heats up fast and comes out very hot.
  • No stagnation of water in coffee maker.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry.

Cons

  • Makes a little bit of noise when brewing
  • Sometimes leaks coffee through the filter.

[7] Dnsly Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cups and Ground Coffee


Dnsly is a single-cup coffee machine, brewing standard size coffee cups to meet all your coffee needs to help you start a new day and enjoy the best schedule. 

More features include:

  1. 2 IN 1 BREWER TYPES: Two button options allow you to easily choose two ways of brewing coffee. You can also choose to remove the tray to place a larger cup.
  1. MEASURABLE WATER TANK: This single-serve coffee machine displays measurements from 6 oz to 14 oz in the reservoir, allowing you to control the amount of coffee brewed as needed to save valuable ground. 
  1. AUTO-OFF & SELF-CLEANING: You can program the machine with an automatic off and self-cleaning button. Just press the two buttons at the same time. This keeps you safe and saves you cleaning time.
  1. INSTANT & UTRAL HOT COFFEE MAKER: Want to drink delicious and hot coffee within three minutes? Just simply add water to the measurable water tank, insert a K-cup or pour in some ground coffee, then click on the corresponding button to brew your hot coffee.
  1. COMPACT & SPACE DESIGN: This innovative coffee machine can save you space on your counter. You can move it conveniently. Its compact size reduces your travel hassles.

Pros

  • Brews single-serve K-Cup Pod or Ground Coffee
  • 3 Minutes Fast Brewing, coffee comes out hot, rich, strong, and flavorful.
  • Lightweight and portable design is suitable for travel
  • Trays, filters, and holders can be easily removed for cleaning.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Auto Cleaning option is great. 
  • Strength Control With 6 Oz to 14 Oz Coffee Cup
  • Automatically shuts off for your safety & convenience

Cons

  • Not compatible with reusable K-cup filters
  • Leaves lot of residue in the bottom of the cup
  • The opening to fill water is too small.

[8] Sunvivi Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cups and Ground Coffee

With Sunvivi Single Serve Coffee Maker, you can make a cup of delicious coffee to wake you up in the morning. It brews so quickly that you can easily make several cups in the same amount of time, and share with your family and friends.
More features include:
2 IN 1 BREWER TYPES: Sunvivi single-serve coffee maker is compatible with ground coffee and K-cup pods. You can choose your favorite coffee brewing style.

Sunvivi Single Serve Coffee Maker

ONE-CLICK FOR DELICIOUS COFFEE: The Coffee Brewer is easy to use, fill water in the reservoir of the coffee machine, then add a cup or pour grounds in the mesh filter, then push the button and wait for about 2 minutes to enjoy your coffee.

CHOOSE YOUR COFFEE STRENGTH AND CUP SIZE: It is convenient to customize your own coffee style. The water reservoir has a capacity of 6-14 OZ and allows you to control how much coffee you want to brew.

PORTABLE, SAVES SPACE: You can enjoy your coffee everywhere. With the portable and compact design, this Coffee Maker is suitable for home use, office use, or traveling.
Pros
Smart, lightweight and portable design, great for traveling and office use
Affordable price, easy to use, and easy to clean
Quality, hot and strong flavorful brew
Takes less space on the counter top
Works well with reusable k-cup pod
Choose between ground brew or K-cup brew options

Cons
Smell and taste of plastic in the finished coffee.
Less quality material, does not last long enough.


[9] MOSFiATA Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cups and Ground Coffee

Enjoy your happy life with MOSFiATA Coffee Machine. If you love coffee and single cup brewing, MOSFiATA Single Serve Coffee Brewer is designed for you. It is the ideal solution for coffee drinkers who want to begin their busy morning routine with fresh and hot coffee brews.

MOSFiATA Single Serve Coffee Maker

More features include:

  1. 2 IN 1 SUPER FAST AUTOMATIC COFFEE BREWER: With the K-cup holder, you can make your lovely coffee with K-cup Capsule within 2 minutes. For coffee lovers who live for the pleasure of roasting their own beans every day, this Two-Way Brewer offers an added bonus for the extra effort.
  1. 1000 W QUICK BREWING & AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF: Quick brewing and instant re-boil function brew a great-tasting cup of Coffee right in the convenience of your own home or office. You just need to wait for 2 minutes, and it will shut off automatically.
  1. 14 OZ BIG CAPACITY & ADJUSTABLE CUP TRAY: MOSFiATA Coffee Maker can hold 14 OZ Big Capacity of coffee, and there is accurate Calibration of 6 – 14 Oz on the tank, so you can make the coffee as you wish. Plus, there is an adjustable cup tray for tall cup and low cup to avoid coffee Splash.
  1. AUTOMATIC SELF-CLEANING FUNCTION: The coffee machine will self-clean automatically when you press the 2 buttons (Coffee, Tea) at the same time. This saves time, and it is super convenient.
  1. 2 FUNCTION MODES: With the 2 Function Mode, you can choose to make coffee or tea as you wish.
  1. ETL, FDA, FCC, CE, ROHS CERTIFIED: MOSFiATA Coffee Maker is ETL, FDA, FCC, CE, and ROHS CERTIFIED, which means this coffee machine brings you High-end health and safe use.

Pros

  • Small and sleek design takes up less space.
  • Heats up water really fast and makes quality tasty coffee.
  • Easy to use and detachable parts make it easy to clean.
  • Affordable price.
  • It has different buttons for coffee or tea.
  • Auto cleaning function is great and useful.
  • Compatible with reusable K-cup filters

Cons

  • Water leaks out of the capsule holder.
  • There is no off button, so you have to rely on the auto shut-off. 
  • The power cord is very short.


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