The canisters. Cutting boards. Various utensils. Finding counter space is difficult enough without adding an oversized coffee maker to the mix.
The following list includes a variety of space-saving alternatives, from mini drip coffee makers to non-electric brewers that can be stored in cupboards. This is a great time to experiment with less-common coffee maker options, like the French press or pour-over. Because compact coffee makers are more affordable than standard-sized ones (win-win!) Both are available for as little as $20, some even cheaper.
Here are the best small coffee makers to buy to keep your kitchen clutter-free.
Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker
You can’t argue with the fact that Keurig’s name is one of the most trusted in coffee. The K-Cup pods are easy to use and offer a variety of coffee, tea, and more. The Keurig K-Mini Plus packs the brand’s signature convenience into a 5-inch-wide device that saves space in the kitchen. When not in use, the pod storage bin slides into the front of the brewer to keep them handy. You can make your coffee a little stronger by pressing a button.
The removable water reservoir holds enough water to brew 6 to 12 ounces of coffee. When you’re not sure how much coffee your mug holds, you can use that to fill the reservoir, so you never overfill a cup. If someone forgets the cup, the drip tray can hold all the liquid for easy disposal and cleaning. If you remove the drip tray, you can brew directly into a travel mug up to seven inches tall.
After brewing, the coffee maker turns itself off after 90 seconds. The cord of the coffee maker stores neatly in the back of the brewer when it is not in use, so it won’t tangle when the brewer is put on a shelf in the pantry.
Black and Decker 5-Cup Coffeemaker
This is a small, affordable coffee maker without many frills, but it still produces a good cup of coffee. There is plenty of coffee in the carafe to last the morning or to share.
The coffee maker is operated with a single switch that allows you to turn it on and off. While the coffee maker is on, the hot plate will keep the carafe warm, but there is no auto-off feature.
This carafe is ergonomically designed for easy handling and drip-free pouring. The lid is completely removable for easy cleaning when the coffee is finished. During the brewing process, this stops the process, which allows you to pour a cup without a mess. There is a permanent filter included, so you’ll never have to replace paper filters.
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Ninja CE251 12-Cup Coffee Brewer
Although this isn’t the smallest coffee maker on the list, it packs a lot of features into a relatively narrow design, including a 12-cup carafe and a 60-ounce water reservoir.
Overall, Ninja coffee makers are well received by users who appreciate the multiple brew settings and the flavor of the coffee. Through a proprietary thermal extraction process, the best flavor is extracted from the grounds and excess bitterness is avoided.
You can pause the brewing so you can pour your cup without making a mess if you’re in a hurry for the first cup. The brewer can also brew just one cup if that’s all you need. You can program it to brew your coffee up to a day in advance, and even the warming plate can be adjusted. You can keep your coffee warm for up to four hours, or it can turn off automatically after two hours. The permanent filter saves you money and reduces paper waste.
Bodum 17-Ounce Pour Over Coffee Maker
A pour-over device is inexpensive, easy to use, and takes up less kitchen space than even the slimmest electric coffee maker. Its elegant design is similar to that of a Chemex-round glass body, cork or rubber band-but with a permanent stainless steel filter, so you don’t have to buy countless paper ones.
The model only holds 17 ounces, roughly equivalent to two or three cups of coffee. Bodum also manufactures the product in two larger sizes: 34 and 51 ounces.
The Bodum Pour Over is highly rated by customers, especially for its value for money and easy cleaning (just remove the cork or rubber band and toss in the dishwasher). Almost no reviews mention chipping or breaking, but this is to be expected with any glass coffee maker. Keeping it in mind for holidays, birthdays, and just-because days in the future is a great idea.
Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless Steel Carafe
With this Cuisinart coffee maker, you can make enough coffee to share or enjoy by yourself. It also comes with a pause feature so you can grab your first cup before it’s done brewing. The coffee maker has an indicator light that lets you know it is on, and the warming plate automatically turns off after 30 minutes, so you won’t need to worry about it burning.
Despite not having as many features as larger coffee makers, users say it makes a good cup of coffee. The stainless steel carafe is unbreakable, while the knuckle guard protects your hands while pouring.