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Pod Coffee Makers Prices, Reviews and Specifications


Pod coffeemakers are considered more efficient and convenient because they use prepackaged pods to brew coffee one cup at a time. These machines typically cost more than standard brew coffeemakers, and the specially designed pods cost about $0.50-$1 per cup of coffee.

Cuisinart Single-Serve Brewing System SS-700
The Cuisinart SS-700 is a single-serve pod coffee maker that can brew cups of coffee in five sizes. It has an 80 oz. built-in water container so multiple cups can be brewed consecutively. The system uses Keurig's K-cups, which come in a variety of flavors of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and even soup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Keurig Elite Brewer B40
The Keurig B40 Elite Brewing System is a pod coffee maker that serves single cups of coffee in either 8oz or 10oz sizes. Like its larger-size cousin, the B60 Special Edition Brewer, the B40 comes with a 48oz. removable water reservoir, which is easy to fill and to clean. With the pod technology, consumers can pop in a K-cup (Keurig-patented pod) and have a cup of coffee brewed in less than a minute (although a few minutes of pre-brewing setup are required). While the K-cups are proprietary, customers are not restricted to Keurig brands. Individual, refillable K-cups are sold for customers to make their own blend of K-cup. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Keurig Mini Brewer B31
The Keurig B31 Mini Brewer is the compact version of the best-selling line of Keurig single-serve coffee makers. The Mini Brewer has some of the features of the larger, more expensive B60 Special Edition Brewer, including the ability to brew three cup sizes -- 6oz, 8oz and 10oz. Despite the smaller stature of the B31 Mini Brewer, it has a removable drip tray that allows for small travel mugs to fit, something not available on all single-serve pod coffee makers. While Keurig uses proprietary K-cups (pods of coffee), consumers are not limited to Keurig-only offerings. Reusable K-cups are available that can be filled with a consumer's favorite coffee blend instead of using the prepackaged variety. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Keurig Platinum Brewing System B78
The Keurig B78 is a best-selling single-serve pod coffee maker that brews cups in five sizes. The Keurig B78 can accommodate brewing 4 oz. demitasse cups as easily as it can fill a 12 oz. travel mug. It has a 72 oz. water reservoir, so each cup brewed does not require additional trips to the faucet. It also has a backlit screen for programming water temperature and an auto-off. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Keurig Special Edition B60
The Keurig Special Edition B60 is a best-selling single-cup pod coffee maker. With a programmable LED screen, it creates single-serve cups of coffee in three sizes (6oz-10oz) and can also accommodate a travel mug. The pre-filled K-cups that the machine uses are sold in varying quantities, but generally cost less than $1 per cup and come filled with coffee, cocoa, tea or cider. Customers are not restricted to pre-filled K-cup selections, reusable K-cups can be filled with personal blends. The model also has a removable water tank for easy filling and cleaning; with a 48oz capacity it can make up to eight cups before needing a refill. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]
Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1

Update: This product was discontinued at the end of 2012, but is still available from select retailers until ramaining inventory is sold.

While Mr. Coffee's brand name is on the exterior of this pod coffee maker, its inner workings are made by best-selling pod maker Keurig. The machine also uses Keurig's proprietary coffee pods (called K-cups) for brewing 8-ounce coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate drinks; a variety pack is included in the box. The unit has a removable drip tray to make cleaning easier. An auto shut-off activates 90 seconds after a drink is brewed, an energy-saving feature.

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo
The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo is a unique-looking single serve coffeemaker that can make both hot and cold drinks, as well as espresso. The coffee maker's design won an International Forum Design award and a Red Dot Design honorable mention. The coffeemaker uses prepackaged pods of coffee or tea to make a variety of drinks -- but a single pod does not always make a single drink, some drinks require multiple pods. For example, a pack of 16 macchiato mixes includes 8 coffee pods and 8 milk pods which combine to make the drink. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]