10 Small Coffee Makers That’ll Free Up Counter Space, Starting at $12

published Apr 24, 2024
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Let’s face it: No matter how small or large your kitchen is, if you’re a coffee-lover, you’re going to find a way to make a coffee maker fit. It’s an essential part of your morning (or afternoon) routine — two-thirds of Americans drink coffee! Luckily, there are some solutions for squeezing a coffee maker onto your cramped counter if you don’t have enough room, and one of them is getting a small coffee maker.

What Types of Small Coffee Makers Are There?

Small coffee makers come in all shapes and sizes and in different types, too: drip, 5-cup, 10-cup, single-serve, thermal, espresso, and more. Needless to say, there are a lot of options. If you’re in the market for a new coffee maker that doesn’t take up as much room as an air fryer, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover the 10 best small-sized coffee makers for your morning brew.

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This Elite single-serve coffee maker is ideal for those who are always on the move. It brews a cup of coffee directly into a stainless steel travel mug that will keep it warm all day long. Brewing in under 60 seconds, there’s no more running late with this (tiny) machine.

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If you're a fan of pod coffee, the Keurig K-Slim single-serve coffee maker is a perfect choice. It brews both hot and iced coffee, and its slim design (hence the name) makes it ideal for dorm room kitchens and small apartments.

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The best part about the Cuisinart Grind and Brew is in the name — it has a built-in grinder that will grind your beans upon brewing! It also has a 10-cup capacity and thermal carafe that keeps your coffee hot instead of cooking it on the hot plate all day.

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For those who swear by drip coffee, the Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mini Brew Switch Coffee Maker is a must-have, especially if you live alone or with just one other person. Brewing up to 25 ounces at a time, it's made for small apartments and features an auto-pause function for that sneaky cup mid-brew.

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Styled to fit even the tiniest countertops, this Nespresso machine by Breville brews espresso or lungo at the push of a button. Within minutes, you’ll have your favorite cup of coffee! It even has a six-piece sampler set of Nespresso capsules to get you started.

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If you have no counter space (like, none at all), this Hario plastic coffee dripper is your savior. Its simple design allows you to store it in a drawer and bring it out whenever you’re ready to make a fresh pour-over brew.

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If you want a freshly brewed pot of coffee for you and a few others, consider this coffee maker. It's available in five vibrant colors, has a small footprint, and even features a pause-and-serve function for those timely moments when you need your brew ASAP.

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Wacaco's espresso maker isn't only perfect for those with limited counter space; it's also a dream for travelers. Its compact design operates without batteries or electricity — just a few pumps extract your espresso for a quick caffeine fix on the go!

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Looking to elevate your morning routine? Consider this Chemex Pour-Over Coffeemaker. It’s our favorite for its timeless design and is also ideal for those with limited space. Simply place the coffee grounds on top, pour hot water over them slowly, and voilà — a delicious cup of coffee without a bulky machine awaits.

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Every coffee-lover needs a classic moka pot! Originating in Italy in 1933, this sleek design quickly brews rich espresso. Adding this to your kitchen means enjoying a European-style coffee break without leaving home (or taking up too much counter space).