When kitchen-counter space is scarce, owning a coffee maker that doesn’t take up all the territory is super important. Nothing is more annoying than having to move a bulky machine out of the way when you need to chop some veggies. But you should also have something that isn’t dinky or cheap. Your coffee maker needs to deliver a flavorful, strong cup every single time. That’s where these small but mighty coffee makers come in.
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Everyone has different set-ups in their kitchens with varying amounts of counter space. Some have high cabinets with loads of space for tall machines. Others have low cabinets with lots of room for shorter, wider machines. And of course, everyone has their coffee preferences that dictate the type of maker they need, from cold brew to espresso to fancy lattes. We’ve included small coffee makers on this list that can fit into any space and offer a range of different abilities. We also catered to all budgets, with options that are under $50 to over $600. We left some type of coffee makers off this list because we already have articles dedicated to them, like pour-overs and French presses. Without further ado, here are the best small coffee makers to fit any space in any kitchen.
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Best Single Serve Small Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
- fast brew time
- Super small size
If you’ve heard of coffee, you’ve heard of Keurig. The brand is the go-to when it comes to single serve pods. We love the Keurig K-Mini because it’s super skinny (it’s less than five inches wide!). It also has fast brew time and great color selection. It also doesn’t hurt that there are 50,000 five-star reviews on Amazon raving about the “ease of operation” and how the coffee comes out “very hot” every time.
Best Thermal Small Coffee Maker
Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless-Steel Carafe
- Keeps coffee hot
- Has brew pause feature
Sleek and modern, the Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker is perfect if you want a pot of hot the coffee available at any point during the day. The thermal carafe sits on a hot plate so the four cups of coffee it brews stay warm, and the Brew Pause feature lets you pour yourself a cup before entire pot is done.
“This little pot gets exactly the right temp and brings out all the best in my coffee,” this reviewer said.
Best Small Coffee Maker For Decor
Holstein Housewares 5-Cup Compact Coffee Maker
Maybe you don’t want your coffee maker to blend in with the rest of your kitchen, no matter how small it is. The Holstein Housewares Compact Coffee Maker is meant for just that. It comes in four vibrant colors, and at $25, it’s super affordable.
“This little coffee maker is great,” this customer wrote. “It’s fast, and the coffee is hot and perfect.”
Best Multipurpose Small Coffee Maker
Ninja DualBrew System 12-Cup Coffee Maker
- Many brewing options
- Small size
The Ninja DualBrew can do a whole lotta brewin’. It comes with the option to use pods or grounds, nine different brew sizes, and three different brew styles (classic, rich, or over ice). It can keep your coffee warm for up for four hours and doesn’t “take up a whole bunch of space,” as this reviewer said.
Best Small Coffee Machine For Espressos
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi
- Adjustable water tank
- Makes a great espresso
This Nespresso Vertuo machine take pods for both coffee and single and double espresso. The best part? Its 40-ounce water tank can be adjusted to fit on any counter.
“If you’ve never had coffee from a Nespresso Vertuo machine, you owe it to yourself to try it out,” this customer said. ‘The result is fantastic—a rich coffee with an amazing crema that is the equal or better to any you’ve ever tasted.
Best Small Coffee Maker For Cold Brew
OXO Good Grips 32 Ounce Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew addicts, this one is for you. The tall and narrow OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes cold brew concentrate overnight. Then you can mix it with water and pour over ice in the morning. It’s dishwasher-safe and easy to assemble.
“It makes the best coffee in my opinion,” a reviewer wrote. “It brings out a lot of flavor without the bitterness.”
Best Smart Small Coffee Maker
COFFEE Specialty Drip Coffee Maker
- Brews to specific temperature and strength
If you love the idea of having your coffee machine connected to your smart phone, then you need the COFFEE Specialty Drip Coffee Maker. It connects to Alexa and Google for voice-to-brew commands, giving you the ability to pick strength and exact brewing temperature. And with dimensions of 12.5 x 7.25 x 14 inches, it’s super compact.
“It isn’t just beautiful; it also makes a fantastic cup of coffee,” this reviewer said.
Best Manual Small Coffee Maker
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
If counter space is really hard to come by in your home (or you just want something you can travel with), this Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker is the answer. It uses a similar process to a French press to make a very strong cup without the bitterness.
“This has proven to be the absolute best coffee maker to have at work,” this customer said. “It makes one cup at a time, is easy to use, makes very little mess, and takes up almost no room.”
Best Small Coffee Maker With Grinder
Cuisinart Grind & Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker
- Comes with built-in grinder
It’s no secret—coffee made with freshly ground beans just tastes better. And having a coffee maker with a built-in grinder is not just a luxury for the counter-space rich. This Cuisinart Grind & Brew model is 7.5 x 11.2 x 15.16 inches and has a grinder.
“[I’m] in love with this machine,” this reviewer raved. “It never clogs, offers a variety of ways to control strength and taste, has a large pot that can keep hot for up to 4 hours, and was easy to program.”
Best Splurge Small Coffee Machine
Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus Espresso Machine
- Can make coffee, lattes, and espressos
Just because you want a barista-style coffee machine at home, doesn’t mean you have to get something massive. The small but versatile Breville Nespresso Creatista can do a lot. It can make a simple cup of coffee or espresso, and easily upgrade that into a latte, flat white, or cappuccino with the milk frother.
“This machine has been a blessing to our household!” this reviewer said. “We haven’t been to Starbucks since we got this. The ease of use, the versatility of the drinks, the quality of the coffee, and no clean up!” A lot of customers have even perfected latte art with this machine.
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