I know a few of you will be in a rush, so we recommended the De’Longhi BCO430BM as the best dual coffee maker.
Who doesn’t want to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee? If you like to have a hot and tasty coffee waiting for you, or just want to make a quick single serve after dinner, a dual coffee maker is what you need.
If you’ve got friends that feel awkward asking to have a decaf, this is no problem with a dual coffee maker. While you brew your big batch of coffee on the filter side, you can brew that decaf with the single serve. Problem solved.
In this article we’ve narrowed down the best dual coffee machine for you. Looking at what’s beneficial about them, and also what to keep in mind when choosing yours.
Here are the dual coffee makers we’ll be looking at:
- Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer
- Cuisinart SS-15P1
- Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker
- Hamilton Beach 49976 Flex Brew
- De’Longhi BCO430BM
Why You Should Choose A Dual Coffee Maker
Do you have a big family or a lot of coffee loving friends that you like to enjoy a coffee with? A dual coffee machine can cover the needs of a single person household but also make enough coffee for family and friends.
People like their coffee in many different ways, strong, weak, decaf, extra hot and so on. A dual coffee maker covers everyone’s preferences. The brew strength can be adjusted and some allow you to change the temperature of the water.
We all have been there, where we’ve left home half an hour ago and we try to remember whether we turned the coffee machine off or not. Safety first! All the machines I’ve reviewed for you have an auto-off function, which means no more worries or return trips home to make sure your coffee maker is off.
A dual coffee maker is a space saving addition for small or large kitchens and combines two different ways of brewing coffee. After the coffee is drip-brewed on the carafe side, a heating plate will keep the coffee pot warm. Better yet, while it’s brewing you can sneak in a little cup halfway through! All the top dual coffee makers we looked at have this Brew-Pause function – yay!
An included timer allows you to set the machine to start brewing a filter coffee any time within the next 24 hours. All the models we reviewed have this function too. This had me thinking of installing a coffee maker on my nightstand, but we all know a good coffee is the best motivation for getting out of bed in the morning.
The Right Dual Coffee Maker For You
Take a look at your kitchen, how much room do you have to spare? Make sure to measure the space between counter and cupboard to ensure your coffee maker will fit.
For kitchens with low shelves I recommend a model that has the buttons on the front rather than on top. A water reservoir on the side will be easier to access than one on the back. Make sure to check how far the lids on the coffee and water compartments open up, as this could collide with low shelves.
The Art Of Coffee Making
Everyone has their own coffee preferences. The single cup compartment of dual coffee makers is compatible with K-Cups, coffee pods and ground coffee. Some require paper filters and others have integrated reusable filters and cups to use. If you have a large amount of K-Cups at home or this is your favourite way of making coffee, check that your new machine is compatible.
If you prefer the whole experience of coffee making, have a look into machines with a portafilter and a steaming wand to froth milk. I would recommend this option to someone who has a little bit of knowledge about coffee making with an espresso machine or would like to learn something new.
Water filters are installed in some machines. If you live in an area with high chlorine levels, a filter could help get rid of the taste and make your coffee more flavourful.
Besides water filtering, temperature is something to look out for. Freshly brewed black coffee is usually very hot. Adding milk cools down the coffee and you can drink it soon after. If you prefer your coffee black, you might find a coffee maker that allows you to adjust the brewing temperature of the water helpful.
The How Much, How Strong
Most of the dual coffee brewers that I tested allow you to adjust the strength of the coffee. To produce the right amount of coffee on a single serve, most of the models have different measures to choose from. The drip coffee maker on average, can make between 10 and 12 cups per serve. Most machines also have the option to brew smaller amounts starting from 6 cups.
The Material And Practicality
Most of the machines vary between stainless steel and black plastic colours. Some have options for different looks. Warming plates will keep your drip brewed coffee warm. All the machines we have tested come with a glass carafe for the coffee. If you prefer your coffee extra hot for as long as possible, I would recommend purchasing a stainless steel thermal carafe.
For the single serve coffee, consider whether you prefer to use small or tall cups for drinking your coffee. If you fancy small and short cups of coffee, make sure that your coffee maker has an adjustable stand to elevate the cup as close to the brewer as possible to avoid spillage.
Dual Coffee Makers – Our Reviews
- Dimensions (inches): 13.9 x 12.23 x 11.08
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Reasonably priced
- Carafe side brews up to 12 cups per serve
- Both brew sides have reusable mesh filter for ground coffee
- Compatible with soft pods
- Multilevel cup rest on single side
- Brew strength selection
- 1 year warranty
This machine offers all the important features at a very reasonable price. This low maintenance coffee maker has a nice appearance with a mix of black plastic and stainless steel elements. The buttons are on the front of the machine, the coffee and water compartments are opening on the top.
The single side filter is the scoop for the ground coffee. Easy and convenient you can add grinds directly into the filter and insert it in the brew basket. If you would like to use a soft pod, make sure to insert the soft pod holder first. This machine is not compatible with K-Cups.
For drip brew coffee a paper filter is not required but can be used. One fits all – you can choose if you like your coffee regular or bold. I am very impatient and love that the drip brew side makes the coffee fast and hot.
Some people have reported that the coffee from the single brew side tastes weak, watery or like plastic. Within the first year a lot of issues with leaks occurred with some users but any problems should be covered in the warranty. People are happy with the little space this machine takes up and recommend it for small kitchens.
- Dimensions (inches): 10.13 x 10.38 x 14.25
- Weight: 12.2 pounds
- Drip brew side can brew up to 12 cups at a time
- Adjustable water temperature on drip brew side
- Both brew sides have reusable filters included
- Compatible with K-Cups
- Single brew side offers 6, 8, 10 oz. serves
- Charcoal water filter
- Brew strength selection
- 3 year warranty
This Cuisinart model is on the pricier side but comes with a few more features than the previous model. I love that I can adjust the temperature on the drip brew side as this means my black coffee will be ready to drink and I won’t have to wait for it to cool down.
If you are trying to reduce your waste, this machine is a good choice. Both brew sides have reusable filters, all you need to do is fill them with your favourite ground coffee and press start. This Cuisinart model is also compatible with paper filters.
Top tip, if you don’t know what to do with your used ground coffee, you can use them in the garden as it lowers the ph-level in the ground and attracts worms. They loosen the soil which is great for growing roses.
The single brew water reservoir can be filled with up to 40 oz. This will save you time when you are in a rush. All the relevant buttons are on the front part of the machine. This coffee machine doesn’t offer an adjustable cup rest which means if you brew coffee into a small cup on the single side, coffee could splash over your kitchen counter.
Some people also experienced water leaking from the single brew side. Issues with inserting the K-Cup into the machine have been reported, which is down to tiny arrows that give the right directions that are difficult to spot.
- Dimensions (inches): 12.92 x 10.94 x 12.76
- Weight: 14.4 pounds
- Mid-range price
- Can brew up to 12 cups on drip brew side
- 60 oz water reservoir shared between single and big brew side
- Single brew side compatible with K-Cups and ground coffee
- Strong brew available
- Multiple brew sizes in carafe and single cup brew
- Buttons on top of the machine
The large water reservoir will save you some time due to fewer refills. If you choose this coffee brewer, make sure you have enough space between the counter and shelves as the buttons are on top of the machine.
This coffee machine requires filters or K-Cups to brew coffee. It does not brew K-Carafe pods, K-Mug pods, Vue pods, or Rivo pods. As it is a bit more pricey I would have expected some reusable filters as an alternative. The many different brew sizes for single and drip brew are an advantage. You can choose from 6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe for large gatherings or a 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz cup.
Some people have reported issues with the glass carafe spilling coffee while pouring it. The water reservoir is on the back of the machine which can cause difficult accessibility. This machine isn’t equipped with a water filter.
- Dimensions (inches) : 13.9 x 10.24 x 10.63
- Weight: 13.85 pounds
- Low price level
- 12 Cup carafe side
- Bold or regular brew strength
- Brews up to 14 oz single serve with ground coffee
- Compatible with K-Cups
- Buttons on front
- Adjustable cup rest on single brew side
- Material: Plastic
- 1 year warranty
Another very affordable coffee maker which covers most of the important features. On the single brew side you can either use K-Cups or scoop your favourite coffee into a reusable filter. The drip brew side requires a paper filter.
This machine is very easy to use and brews a lovely hot coffee. The single brew takes about 3 minutes but good things take time sometimes. Make sure to fill the water reservoir before brewing a single coffee as it doesn’t store more than what is required for one brew. Some people noticed some coffee grinds and residue in the single serve coffee.
- Dimensions (inches): 11 x 14.5 x 12.7
- Weight: 10.25 pounds
- Pump espresso and 10 cup drip coffee brewer
- Milk steaming wand for latte and cappuccino
- Drip brew side and water opens to front
- Reusable filter in drip brew side
- Single water compartment opens at the back
- Buttons on front
- Coffee cup heater on top of machine
- Active carbon filter
I love all the features this machine comes with. After working with espresso machines in cafés, this is my dream come true. You get the whole espresso experience of tampering coffee into a portafilter and brewing a delicious fresh espresso at home.
If you enjoy the art of coffee making or would like to learn it, this machine is the go to. You can steam milk to your liking for a latte or cappuccino, or just add some hot water to your espresso and make it an americano.
All the features this coffee brewer comes with make up for the price. The warming plate on top of the machine keeps your cups warm so that the coffee doesn’t lose any of its heat after being brewed.
Some people have struggled with the espresso side and the steaming wand. It definitely requires some practise to make a perfect coffee and the right milk.
For a good quality coffee and a lot of thoughtful features I would recommend the Cuisinart SS-15P1. It is tailored to fit your needs and helps you to make a low impact on the environment. It is rather pricey but you are covered with a 3 year warranty.
Nevertheless, down to my passion for espresso machines, I would choose the De’Longhi BCO430BM. There is nothing more rewarding than actually making your own coffee. It is very expensive but has a lot of features on offer. I like that you don’t need any filters to brew coffee with this machine. If you are up for a little barista challenge this machine will leave you feeling very satisfied.
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