Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

Best Budget Single Serve Coffee Maker

Why people love it
  • Easy to operate
  • Simple to clean
  • Great price and value

The price of this single serve coffee maker is a serious plus; not just with the machine itself, but also because it takes grounds, not K-Cups. It’s relatively speedy for single servers using grounds.

The coffee just isn’t hot enough for serious coffee drinkers.


Okay, this is about as basic as it gets, but it’s worth it for a lot of people. You can expect an 8 ounce cup of coffee in about a minute and a half. Add another minute to that time if you want to fill your 14 ounce travel mug. That’s not bad given the price.

There are other pluses too. The reusable filter is dishwasher-safe, and you’re saving huge amounts of money because you’re not using K-Cups. Now, scooping the coffee and filling the reservoir for every cup can feel like a real pain, but if you’re after a low-cost machine, this is perhaps the best you’re going to get.

Pods or grounds? Grounds only. Hamilton Beach does make pod-friendly single-serve coffee makers, but they are more expensive.

Reservoir size? Up to 14 ounces only (enough for a single cup).

What are the adjustable options? Realistically, there aren’t that many options. But, you can adjust the strength through the amount of water you add.

  • Cup size: from about 4 to 14 ounces. To make a strong 14 ounce brew, you’ll need to add a fair amount of grounds.

Any other features? There is a dishwasher-safe reusable filter, though many users report going the paper route. But that’s about it.

Will it break the bank? The MSRP is $35, and if you pay anything less than that, you’ve gotten a good deal.

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