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.
No one wants a cold cup of coffee, so testers measure the temperature to make sure it's always hot. Speed is also important.
"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," Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports said.
One of the slowest machines to deliver that first cup was the $300 Bunn MyCaf MCP. The $35 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, it delivers a fast, hot cup of coffee every time.
"The only thing is it uses Nescaf-brand capsules so you only have 16 varieties to choose from," DiClerico said.
Consumer Reports also sized up taste quality. Unfortunately, trained experts found none of the single-serve systems brewed top-quality coffee! Another option for a good, strong cup of coffee is to use a traditional drip coffeemaker. Consumer Reports says you can find a top one for well under $100, like the Mr. Coffee BVMC-sjx33gt. It's considered a consumer best buy at $40.