10 Best Pod Coffee Maker 2021 – Reviews & Guide

Consumer Reports reviews dozens of single-serve coffee makers and scored them on ease of use, taste, speed of brewing, temperature, and durability.

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In our latest tests, we compared fresh-brewed cups from the most popular brands. We also tested a capsule machine because the pods themselves are the primary concern for many consumers.

Read on to see which models we liked best and which you should steer clear of.

1.Best Budget Pod Brewer

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions6.5 x 4.75 x 13 inches
Item Weight2.97 pounds
ManufacturerChefman
ASINB07ZHNDYDY
Country of OriginChina
Item model numberInstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker
Customer Reviews4.3 out of 5 stars    8,951 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#966 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#6 in Single-Serve Brewers
Date First AvailableOctober 23, 2019

Enjoy a better cup of coffee with the Keurig K55 single-serving pod brewing system. Choose from a wide variety of coffees, teas, and other beverages, and control brew strength to suit your taste.

The large 48oz water reservoir allows for multiple cups before having to refill. Take your beverages on the go with the included travel mug that accommodates your K-Cup pack or standard coffee grounds.

2.DeLonghi America, Inc ENV135B Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo Coffee 

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions9 x 12.2 x 12.3 inches
Item Weight10.96 pounds
ManufacturerDe’Longhi
ASINB01MCYAFOD
Country of OriginSwitzerland
Item model numberENV135B
Customer Reviews4.7 out of 5 stars    7,157 ratings
4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#5,935 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#1 in Espresso Machine & Coffeemaker Combos
#14 in Single-Serve Brewers
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo
Date First Available

The DeLonghi Nespresso Vertuo Coffee & Espresso machine is a one-touch system that might be all you need to provide for yourself and your family. Features include a removable 54-ounce water tank, two capsule sizes: one for coffee, one for espresso.

The capsules are recognized automatically and you only need to fill in the amount of milk needed for your choice. The water tank simply slides out and is top-fillable.

3.Cuisinart SS-10P1 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker Coffemaker

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions11.03 x 9.33 x 12.13 inches
Item Weight9.9 pounds
ManufacturerCuisinart
ASINB014W1C2VM
Country of OriginChina
Item model numberSS-10P1
Customer Reviews4.4 out of 5 stars    9,558 ratings
4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#6,279 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#21 in Coffee Machines
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo

The Cuisinart SS-10P1 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker allows you to choose exactly how much or how little coffee you brew.

The K-Cup compatible brewer makes one cup at a time and is compatible with any brand of single cup pod including Keurig K-Cup pods.

The removable 72-ounce water reservoir lets you fill up in advance for easy brewing and helps minimize the need for mid-brew refills.

4.Best Nespresso OriginalLine Brewer

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions12.8 x 4.4 x 9.3 inches
Item Weight1 pounds
ManufacturerDe’Longhi
ASINB01M290B9N
Item model numberEN125S
Customer Reviews4.6 out of 5 stars    642 ratings
4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#333,262 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#101 in Single-Serve Brewers
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNo

The Nespresso OriginalLine Brewer is a great purchase especially for those who are brand loyal. It boasts that is has the power to make an espresso bar quality brewed coffee.

Its 19 bar high-pressure pump will heat up to the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds. Also, the Nespresso OriginalLine Brewer takes thermal technology into consideration, which helps with heating your beverage to reduce its thermal break. It also features a complimentary gift:

each Espresso machine includes an Espresso Original capsule welcome kit.

5.Best Nespresso VertuoLine Brewer

Best Pod Coffee Maker


Product Dimensions12.2 x 9 x 12.3 inches
Item Weight11 pounds
ManufacturerNespresso
ASINB01KZSOVMO
Item model numberA+GCC1-US-GM-NE
Customer Reviews4.3 out of 5 stars    250 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#970,374 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#63 in Espresso Machine & Coffeemaker Combos

The VertuoLine Evoluo has 1 group and features Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso-based drinks, ranging from those for a quick energy boost to Relaxation-based espresso shots. It comes with 7 different cup sizes and a removable 54 oz water tank with an indicator light.

This machine is compatible with both VertuoLine capsules and Nespresso Original Line capsules.

6.Best Senseo Brewer

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions8.5 x 12 x 13.5 inches
Item Weight4.8 pounds
ManufacturerSenseo
ASINB01D4PRG3Q
Item model number20075020051848
Customer Reviews4.4 out of 5 stars    1,227 ratings
4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#61,317 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
#88 in Single-Serve Brewers
#9,084 in Coffee, Tea & Cocoa

Our new SENSEO Brewstation Atlantic Series is the only coffee maker that brews two cups of coffee at a time and allows you to adjust the coffee spout to suit your cup.

The pod compartment makes it easy to refill and has an integrated cup rest for neatly placing your cup or mug while preparing your favorite brew.

This Brewstation also features new Coffee Boost technology that delivers more flavor, and you can choose between mild to intense with the new intensity select feature.

7.CHULUX Single Serve Coffee

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions7.4 x 4.3 x 9.06 inches
Item Weight2.31 pounds
ManufacturerCHULUX
ASINB010NMMPH0
Item model numberQF-CM801
Customer Reviews4.2 out of 5 stars    26,577 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#1,790 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#8 in Single-Serve Brewers

CHULUX Portable Single Serve Coffee Maker is the most compact and affordable single serve coffee brewer in the world, built with premium food-approved material for your safety.

The CHULUX machine is so small and lightweight, it will fit comfortably in your hands and allows you to take your favorite coffee almost anywhere. Its durable high quality stainless steel parts make it easy to clean and 100% dishwasher safe.

8.De’Longhi Dedica 5-Bar Pump 

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions16.54 x 5.9 x 12.99 inches
Item Weight9.26 pounds
ManufacturerDe’Longhi
ASINB01K9TMAX6
Item model numberEC680BK
Customer Reviews4.4 out of 5 stars    404 ratings
4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#333,614 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#9 in Steam Espresso Machines

The Dedica 5-Bar Pump espresso machine takes up only 6 inches of counter space, while still having a 35oz water tank. The Thermos block technology allows the machine to heat up to the ideal temperature in a quick 40 seconds. Sleek design takes up only 6 inches of counter space, while still having a 35oz water tank.

9.Staresso Portable Espresso Maker

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions2.7 x 2.7 x 8 inches
Item Weight1.28 pounds
ASINB07JKZ3VCC
Customer Reviews4.0 out of 5 stars    256 ratings
4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#139,310 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#9 in Manual Espresso Machines

Our coffee maker makes espressos that are rich and thick, just like classic Italian coffee bars. You can enjoy the taste of real espresso anywhere with STARESSO Portable Espresso Coffee Maker.

The STARESSO portable coffee maker has been upgraded to more convenient to use. It is compatible with Nespresso capsules only, so no more worries about having a different brand capsule.

10. Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker

Best Pod Coffee Maker
Product Dimensions11.3 x 4.5 x 12.1 inches
Item Weight6.4 pounds
ManufacturerKeurig
ASINB07DR69VLJ
Item model numberK-Mini Plus
Customer Reviews4.5 out of 5 stars    19,942 ratings
4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank#375 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#3 in Single-Serve Brewers

The Keurig K-Mini Plus single-serve coffee maker includes the perfect amount of countertop real estate for a coffee pod brewer.

It brews one cup at a time and includes a 30 oz water reservoir, so you can use your favorite brew over and over again without having to refill. Enjoy your favorite blend with the signature brewing technology from Keurig, ensuring the perfect, fresh cup of coffee.

The Mini Plus is compatible with most K-Cup pods and uses Keurig’s My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter, sold separately.