They are all the rage-single-serve machines that brew a cup at a time. Consumer Reports has the latest on more than two dozen of these "pod" or single-serve machines.
For a lot of people, a coffeehouse is a great place to start the day.
But if you want a quick cup of coffee at home, a single-serve coffeemaker is an easy option. Just pop in a pod...and you can brew a cup to go.
Consumer Reports has tested more than two dozen single-serve coffeemakers from names like Keurig, Mr. Coffee, and Starbucks.
They cost anywhere from 25 to 300 dollars.
No one wants a cold cup of coffee. Testers measure the temperature to make sure it's always hot.
Speed is also important.
Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports says, "Testers record how long it takes for the first cup to brew, and each cup after that. Some machines keep you waiting a lot longer than others."
One of the slowest to deliver that first cup-the 300-dollar Bunn MyCafe MCP.
And the 25-dollar Gevalia G-90 had a tough time getting started. It produced a lot of steam and noise before it began making coffee.
When all the tests were done, the Dolce Gusto Genio from DeLonghi came out on top. At 130 dollars, it delivers a fast, hot cup of coffee every time.
DeClerico says, "The only thing is it uses Nescafe-brand capsules so you only have 16 varieties to choose from."
Consumer Reports also sized up taste quality. Unfortunately, trained experts found none of the single-serve systems brewed top-quality coffee. For that...you might just have to stand in line.
Another option for good, strong cup of coffee-use a traditional drip coffeemaker. Consumer Reports says you can find a top one for well under 100 dollars, like the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT. It's a Best Buy at 40 dollars.