Best Coffee Makers For College (**2020 Buying Guide**)

Need a space-saving coffee maker that won't break the bank, but will help you burn the midnight oil? In this article, I've reviewed the best coffee makers for college!

College life can be tough. Between classes, studying and managing a social life, coffee becomes a necessity for most college students. 

A hectic schedule and a tight budget can make running to your campus coffee shop for a $5 cup impractical. 

Best Coffee Makers For College

Luckily for you, I’ve tried out some great coffee makers that’ll fit perfectly in your dorm...

These coffee makers are sure to get you through the day with a strong cup of coffee while keeping your wallet happy. Here are my top 5 coffee makers for college:

Can You Bring a Coffee Maker To College? 

Let’s make sure we’re following the rules, so if you are a college student going into your first year, make sure that you’re following your college's guidelines. 

Typically, not all coffee makers are allowed in dorms, though many people say that RAs won’t write you up for your coffee makers. Any appliances with open heating elements to them are usually not allowed in dorms. 

Luckily, there are many single serve coffee makers that have closed heating systems. These are the type of coffee makers that are allowed in dorm rooms. 

If you're really in a pinch re: Budget, never fear, you can make your coffee without a coffee maker (if you must). Here a great video with a hot life-hack on making coffee at college without a coffee maker (or a Starbucks)!

What Kinds Of Coffee Makers Can You Bring To College?

Any coffee makers that have a closed heating system.

Keurigs and other similar single cup coffee makers are perfect for dorms: you won’t get written up by your RA and the compact single cup makers fit perfectly in small dorm spaces. They are also much safer than the older coffee makers that have open heating plates

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What to Look for in Coffee Makers for College

Not all coffee makers are the same. There are some elements to coffee makers for college dorms that you should be looking for. Let go through them...

Compact Model

College dorms are small, and if you’re sharing the space with a roommate, your space will be even smaller. Everything in your dorm should be used to maximize space, and your coffee maker should be no different. 

A compact model will help you keep your side of the room neat and spacious while still having everything you need. 

Easy to Clean

None of us have time to sacrifice a full day for cleaning, but busy college students definitely won't use their free time to learn how to clean a coffee maker. 

Finding a coffee maker that is easy to clean, or better, self cleaning, will save you so much time and stress. 

Reliable and Durable 

Wanting to get the most for your money, you want the best quality coffee maker that will be reliable throughout your semesters.

Machine break downs during your busy morning just won’t cut it for a college student’s hectic schedule, so finding a reliable coffee maker is important. 

Top-Rated Coffee Makers For College Dorm Rooms

Now that we’ve covered everything, let’s get into the top coffee makers that I’ve found for college dorm rooms! 

Products Reviewed

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Great quality

I love my regular Keurig for a quick cup of coffee during my busy morning routine, but for a small space like a college dorm, the K-Mini is perfect! This Keurig makes a great cup of coffee every time. There are so many pods that you can choose from so coffee drinkers have an abundance of choices. Really great, simple design that is great for any coffee drinker! 

  • Easy to clean
  • Strength control
  • Self cleaning and auto-off

The Dnsly Coffee Maker gets the job done. It’s a compact coffee maker that has strength control and brews both K-cups and ground coffee. It also has an auto-off option and is self-cleaning. It’s portable, and can be stored practically anywhere. My only complaint: it’s a little slow to brew coffee. You’ll need to save a few extra minutes in the morning when brewing your coffee (about three minutes).

  • Auto-cleaning
  • Comes with a tumbler 
  • Durable

Sboly’s single serve coffee maker is great for a dorm room. Small, durable and easy to clean. It also comes with a tumbler! It makes a great cup of coffee with any K-cup or your favorite blend. My only complaint is there are two different brewing capsules that you’ll need to keep track of: one is for the K-Cup, and the other is for grounded coffee. I’d rather not have to worry about losing them, but it really is my only complaint here. 

  • Strong coffee
  • Sleek design
  • Makes coffee or espresso
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Nespresso makes awesome machines for coffee lovers who want lavish coffee without the hassle of a complicated espresso machine. This coffee maker is just a bit more bulky then the rest of the makers on this list, but if you like strong coffee, you’ll love it. The one complaint I have is the accessibility of the coffee pods. For Nespresso machines, you can only use Nespresso coffee pods which are only sold online or at select Nespresso stores. This makes it a little more inconvenient, but still a great machine if you don’t mind the planning that may come with buying the pods. 

  • Easy to use
  • Strength control
  • Lifetime warranty 

Gloridea’s single serve coffee maker works for a college dorm and has options that allow for great, personalized drip coffee every morning. This coffee maker allows you to change the strength of your brew and the cup size. It’s easy to use and has an easy cleaning process. 

With the Keurig K-Mini’s compact and durable design, you can rely on it to make great coffee that will get you through the semester. K-Cups are available in basically every grocery store now making the Keurig hassle free. Plus, easy clean up makes this coffee maker simple to use. 

Juggling college life can be tough, but with your coffee maker on hand, you’ll be sure to tackle this semester like a pro. 

Nada

Nada

Business woman. Traveler. Self-Declared Host. If you're here, you know the amazing, hits-the-spot feeling of good coffee. The key to my heart (and to keeping the engine running) is coffee, and I've sipped and savored A LOT of coffee over the years and around the world. I'm on a mission to bring great coffee and the warm fuzzy feeling of coffee culture into your home and life, every cup, every day, every time.

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Nada

Nada

Business woman. Traveler. Self-Declared Host. If you're here, you know the amazing, hits-the-spot feeling of good coffee. The key to my heart (and to keeping the engine running) is coffee, and I've sipped and savored A LOT of coffee over the years and around the world. I'm on a mission to bring great coffee and the warm fuzzy feeling of coffee culture into your home and life, every cup, every day, every time.

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