Best Single Cup Coffee Maker Without Pods

I have already covered the best personal coffee makers in a previous article where I recommended some coffee makers that use the coffee pods or k-cups. However, I felt there was room to squeeze in another article that is solely aimed at the best single cup coffee maker without pods. I know that many of you don’t like the extra cost of those expensive coffee pods and even if you can find coffee pods cheap, the cost of brewing at home still quickly adds up, right?

The single cup coffee maker is the best brewer for students, those of you who run out the door in the morning with your coffee in hand, or if you live by yourself and simply don’t need to brew for a small army. They allow you to quickly and effortlessly brew a single cup of coffee without the mess and cleanup of a full sized coffee maker.

So in this article I have handpicked some of the best single cup coffee makers without pods, those that can take any type of store brought ground coffee and aren’t reliant on those expensive coffee pods or k-cups. All of the below single cup coffee makers are from reputable brands, and I have chosen only those brewers that I have had experience with or I know someone who has (such as a friend, family member, or colleague).

Top 4: Best Single Serve Coffee Maker No Pods

To be honest there aren’t really that many single serve coffee makers that don’t use pods, but below are some of the best I’ve used and some that were recommended to me. Unlike many of those other so called coffee maker review websites I only recommend coffee makers that won’t let you down, and have been tried and tested, if they are not up for the job I simply won’t recommend them to you. So grab yourself a cup of coffee and let’s crack on.

Touch Brewer Brewing System for Single Cup Coffee (T526S)

Touch Brewer T526S Brewing System for Single Cup Coffee

The first recommendation on a best single cup coffee maker without pods is the Touch Brewer T526S Brewing System. I’ll start off by saying this isn’t the cheapest coffee maker for its class, but I’ve been told that it is well worth the cost. At just under $200 (at the time of writing) you are getting a big bang for your buck (in my opinion), let’s take a closer look.

The first thumbs up with the Touch Brewer T526S is that is only takes 1 minute to brew a cup of coffee from start to finish (pretty impressive). And it only takes around 30 seconds to heat the water from cold to the optimum temperature of 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit, yes only 30 seconds no kidding!

When compared to other single cup coffee makers without pods the Touch Brewer T526S Brewing System has a large 90-ounce water tank, this is a great size and you’ll be refilling less often, you can fill it up and your set for a few days.

Touch Brewer T526S Brewing System for Single Cup Coffee review

The Touch Brewer T526S can also take coffee pods if you want to use them but you are not tied down to their own brand and any cheap coffee pods like these will work. If you want to use no coffee pods that’s also not an issue, simply use fresh ground coffee in the empty pod that comes with the system (the Touch Brewer T526S comes with a cup like device to put fresh coffee grounds in).


Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

A friend of mine recommended the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker to me when I was looking for input writing this article (hat-tip James). Good news is that this single cup coffee maker with no pods is cheap, coming in at just under $50 (at the time of writing) you will be hard-pushed to find a coffee maker for that price in the same class and its definitely cheaper than the above Touch Brewer, so if you want a cheap personal coffee maker without pods this could be a great option. Let’s take a closer look.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker is its compact size, its smaller enough to fit on the smallest of kitchen counter tops or even sat snugly in an office corner. What I like about the Hamilton Beach Single Serve is the fact that you can brew into any regular cup or even a thermal travel mug. It doesn’t even matter what size your coffee mug is because the adjustable stand can be adjusted to fit any shape or size (it moves up or down to accommodate almost any size, within reason obviously).

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker review

And because this coffee maker uses no pods you can add your own favorite brand of pre-ground coffee into a single-serve scoop filter (like this AeroPress filter), so no need to use coffee pods or k-cups but you do have that option to use pods if you want the best of both worlds. Great little personal coffee maker, definitely one on my wish list, hope the wife gets the hint.


BELLA 13711 One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker

BELLA 13711 One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker

My wife mentioned that they have this exact BELLA 13711 One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker sat in the corner of her work office and said why not add it to your list, so here it is. She said they’ve had it for just over 12 months at work and it’s been a workhorse, brewing multiple cups of coffee throughout the day. Let’s take a closer look.

My first impression is that is very similar in appearance to the above Hamilton Beach Single Serve. They both look the same and have almost the identical features and functions. They are priced almost identical with the BELLA being slightly more expensive. However, that being said I think that the BELLA brand in general is of better quality than the Hamilton Beach, but that is just my personal opinion.

The stand can be adjusted to fit various sized coffee mugs or thermal travel cups (just like the above Hamilton Beach) and the BELLA 13711 One Scoop One Cup Coffee Maker can be used without coffee pods, but you do have the option to use pods if you want. If you intend on using lose ground coffee the BELLA comes with its own filter basket that can be washed and reused (it looks like a reusable coffee pod).

One thing I do like about the BELLA 13711 One Scoop is the fact that they have a range of different colors to suit almost any taste, not just the bland brushed silver like the above Hamilton Beach, for example I have found Black, Red, Purple, and Turquoise variations.


Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control

Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control

The last recommendation on my list of no pod coffee makers is the Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control. This is a great little coffee maker that that even has its own built-in grinder which holds about a 1/2 lb. of beans and it comes with 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roasted coffee beans. The Breville Grind Control is also jam-packed full of functions and features to keep almost any coffee geek happy and entertained.

For starters it has a bright LCD display that lets you easily program an auto-start function to brew coffee at your preferred time, perfect for those early mornings, when you come down the stairs your coffee is done and waiting for you. You can also adjust the brew size, either for just a single cup or a full carafe which is perfect if you have guests over or if you simply need a bit more of a “wake me up” after the night before.

What I like about the Breville Grind Control is the fact that you don’t have to grind coffee each and every time (like some other machines force you to do) because you have the option to turn the coffee grinder off completely and use only pre-ground coffee.

Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control review

With the Breville Grind Control you can only use coffee so no pods or k-cups whatsoever, that is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether you like to have a pod now and then I guess. Think of the Breville Grind Control as a mini version of a full sized coffee maker with grinder, it’s perfect for single cup brewing and for smaller kitchen countertops.


Final Ramblings

The above are some of the best single cup coffee maker without pods that I have come across, like I said at the beginning of this article there really aren’t a lot out there but these are some of the best of the bunch.

Heads-up: There are two other options (Capresso on-the-go personal coffee maker and the BUNN MCU single cup multi-use home coffee brewer) that also don’t use those expensive coffee pods, you can check those out on my other article here.

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Mark is the guy behind Bean Ground, he likes to think of himself as a bit of a coffee geek. You'll find him rambling on about all things coffee such as the best coffee beans, grinding, and maybe even a few hands-on reviews thrown into the mix. Find out more here.

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