Coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages on the planet for its caffeine, of course, but also because it can be easily made in any situation with the right coffee maker.
For one situation, if you live in a small apartment, then you know your cabinets and shelf space are premium real estate. There are some legit choices about what to keep.
But nobody should have to go without coffee due to space, and that’s where small coffee makers become useful.
Unlike some appliances or kitchen tools that can’t really be effectively downsized beyond a useful point, like a toaster oven or microwave, a coffee maker doesn’t need to be huge or even be a machine to make the coffee you need to get through the day.
There are some tradeoffs with small coffee makers. Because they’re small, they can’t always hold a lot of water and they might lack some convenient features like timed brewing. But their compact size could be the difference between being able to have coffee or not.
So if you need coffee in a small space, check out our top small coffee makers below. We’ve got small drip coffee machines, Keurig coffee makers and some great manual small coffee makers too.
1. Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Machine
For one of the best small coffee makers, we recommend the Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Machine.
It’s not the smallest coffee maker, but competing machines don’t get much smaller than this and few others can offer both ground coffee and capsule coffee at this friendly price point.
It’s 5.4 inches wide, 7.3 inches deep and 11.6 inches tall, so we’re confident that with a little bit of maneuvering — if any is needed at all — you’ll be able to find room for this small coffee maker.
2. Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
It was a close race between this Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker and the top pick, and ultimately they’re both excellent small coffee makers. The key differences between the two are price and size.
The Keurig maker can easily brew capsules and regular coffee grounds with the push of a button, but it’s about 1.5 times as expensive as the Sboly maker and it’s also deeper and taller, even if it’s a little less wide.
But overall, the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker is still smaller and cheaper than most other coffee makers and makes brewing coffee a breeze.
3. Chefman InstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker
For the overall smallest coffee maker, we’re confident the Chefman InstaCoffee Single Serve Coffee Maker will occupy the least amount of space on your counter. Its base is 6 inches deep and 4.25 inches wide, basically half the counter space of an average toaster. It can also brew capsules or coffee grounds, so it’s just as versatile as the top two picks. And best of all, it’s significantly cheaper. The only reason we didn’t like this coffee maker more is that it’s quite tall at 13 inches. While that’s not a dealbreaker, it could be a problem in smaller kitchen spaces.
4. OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker
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The OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker is a modern-looking coffee maker with practical features done well that all work together to do one thing: brew great coffee. It can do single-serve or an 8-cup carafe and comes with a travel mug too.
It is a bit larger than some of these other options, standing at 13 inches with a 7-inch by 10.5-inch base. But it fits in cabinets well and could be OK on your counter if you’re not totally squeezed for space.
It might be a bit pricey too, but there are far more expensive options producing the same quality coffee. For its price, it’s definitely one of the best small coffee makers.
5. Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker
BEST SMALL DRIP COFFEE MAKER
To achieve compactness and limited counter space, many coffee makers compromise on capacity and only offer single-serve. That’s one issue the small Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker solves. It may occupy more counter space, with a 6-inch by 8-inch base, but it’s short enough at 10 inches.
Furthermore, because it’s not concerned with capsule coffee, this small coffee maker also comes with more textbook features, such as programmable brewing and a hot plate to keep the coffee warm in the pot.
6. Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine
BEST SMALL ESPRESSO MACHINE
If espresso is your jam, we have some bad news: Because of the pressure and machinery required to make espresso, there aren’t too many small espresso machines out there. But the Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine is one the smallest ones we found.
It’s 8.1 inches wide, 12.9 inches tall and 4.3 inches deep, which is actually pretty small for an espresso maker. It does put its slightly larger size to good use: It can still hold 20 ounces of water and brew both espresso and lungo (basically just a big espresso).
You will pay bigger money for the compact pleasure, but at least this maker comes with a starter kit of 16 Nespresso capsules.
7. Bialetti Express 6-Cup Moka Pot
BEST SMALL ESPRESSO MAKER
If you’re looking for the smallest possible maker of coffee or espresso, you might consider a moka pot like the Bialetti Express 6-Cup Moka Pot. This little bad boy just requires grounds, water and a stove to make coffee, and it can easily tuck into a cupboard or sit on a shelf when you’re not using it. Plus, if you fill it to the max with water and grounds, you’ll get six 2-ounce cups of coffee, which we suspect is more than enough to wake your groggy self up in the morning.
8. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
BEST SMALL FRENCH PRESS
For the best in size and portability, turn to the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker.
This compact, lightweight coffee maker gives you French press-quality coffee while taking up as much space as a bottle of water.
Of course, the tradeoff is you’ll need to be able to boil water separately, but if you can manage that, you’ll never regret picking up this easy-to-use press. Just fill it with grounds, pour in hot water, let it brew for 5 to 10 minutes and then press the coffee down into a mug through the plunger.
Leave it on your counter or stick it in a drawer, but whatever you end up doing, we bet you’ll never think it’s taking up too much space.
9. Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker
BEST SMALL POUR-OVER MAKER
The Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker exists in the same vein as a French press and all non-machine coffee makers: Because it doesn’t have moving parts to make its own hot water, it’s a remarkably compact and small coffee maker.
This particular Chemex brewer makes three cups, or 15 ounces, of coffee, and it’s only 8.25 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter.
It also happens to make absolutely delicious coffee every time. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be able to boil water and will have to acquire coffee filters, but there’s a consolation: If you don’t finish all the coffee, you can cover the coffeemaker and stick it in the fridge for the next day and it won’t lose any flavor.