5 best dual coffee makers

Some people like to have a cup of coffee in the morning with the family while spending their breakfast together. Others like to pour coffee into a travel mug and rush to the work. But sometimes we need both this options and in this case it is optimal to buy a dual coffee maker. In this article we have reviewed 5 best dual coffee makers and can say that there are quite good models among them.

Dual coffee makers are also called two-way coffee makers. They make not only a full carafe of coffee but also a single serving of coffee. They’re quite convenient for those people who like coffee both ways.

There is a number of models of dual coffee makers. That is why it is not always easy to make a choice and find the right one for you. This article will analyze several important features of the top 5 popular dual coffee makers and give the lists of their pros and cons.

1.Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Trio 2-Way

This coffee maker has lots of advantages such as:

  • you can choose between normal and bold brew
  • it is compatible with standard coffee pods
  • it is not very loud and relatively quick
  • you can set reusable coffee filter for both options (single serve and for carafe)
  • it has option of delayed brew
  • it is good even for a travel mug
  • warming plate stays warm for 2 hours, turns off automatically after 2 hours
  • it is easy to clean

There are some disadvantages such as:

  • you can’t put more than 2 tablespoons of coffee at once for a single serve
  • the coffee maker doesn’t remind when water is out so you need to keep an eye on it

Overall the coffee maker is an almost perfect choice, besides it is not expensive

2.Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer

This coffee maker has lots of advantages such as:

  • good design
  • it is easy to control
  • you can choose between normal and strong coffee
  • it is good even for a travel mug
  • it is compatible with standard coffee pods
  • the display shows when you need to add water to reservoir
  • warming plate stays warm for 2 hours, you can extend this time
  • you can set reusable coffee filter

There are some disadvantages such as

  • the coffee machine is little bit slow
  • can’t set delayed brew for a single serve

Overall it is quite a good coffee maker

3.Cuisinart SS-15W Maker Coffee Center 12-Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer

The main advantages of this coffee maker are the following:

  • there are 2 separate control panels
  • you can set reusable coffee filter
  • there is carbon filter for water
  • it has a warming plate which helps to keep your drink hot
  • there are 2 separate water reservoirs

Among the disadvantages we highlighted the following:

  • this model  is bigger than Keurig and won’t fit under the cabinets
  • it is not very fast
  • the coffee pod doesn’t have hinge lid
  • more expensive than the first 2 models

Overall it is quite a good coffee maker with slight disadvantages, little bit more expensive 

4.Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker

This model offers:

  • 3 options for single serve coffee size
  • controls are really easy to use, the control panel doesn’t have too much buttons on it
  • 2 options for coffee pod (bold brew and normal brew)
  • automatic shut off after the single serve is done
  • nice design

This model has the following disadvantages:

  •  cleaning of  the single serve filter is not so easy, you have to rinse it off pretty well
  • doesn’t use k-cup pods!

Overall: if you are looking for a simple model and you don’t intend to use k-cup pods, this one is a pretty good choice and it is not expensive.

5.Cuisinart SS-GB1 Coffee Center Grind & Brew Plus

The main advantages of this model are:

  • you can set reusable coffee filter(for carafe only)
  • coffee pods can be used for single serve option only
  • there is grinder, but sometime it may be tricky to install it, though it is a very convenient feature
  • pretty nice design, looks very solid
  • has 2 carbon filters
  • it has a warming plate which helps to keep your drink hot
  • makes really hot coffee
  • has self clean feature
  • there is a signal on display which appears when eater reservoir is empty
  • you can chose normal or bold brew (for carafe only)
  • there is an option of delayed brew
  • it is good even for a travel mug
  • it is compatible with standard coffee pods

Though this model has some disadvantages, among them:

  • it is the most expensive of all the 5 models
  • it is quite a big coffee maker, won’t fit under the kitchen cabinets
  • the coffee pod doesn’t have hinge lid
  • bold brew option can be set only for carafe

Overall: although this model is quite expensive, it should be noted that it has a grinder in it. It is a great advantage for those who like freshly-ground coffee. In our opinion this one is close to perfect.

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