3 Cuisinart Single Cup Coffee Maker Reviews

If you’re in the process of buying a Cuisinart single cup coffee maker this review will help you decide which is best for you.

This is definitely a practical and stylish gift for coffee lovers or a great gift idea to add to your wedding registry.

In this article, I will review the pros and cons of 3 different Cuisinart single cup coffee maker.

I will also describe their common functionalities, what diversifies them from each other and how this can be useful (or not) depending on your actual needs.



Cuisinart Single Cup Coffee Makers

Products Reviewed:

  • Single Serve Brewer (model SS-5NC)
  • Premium Single Serve Brewer (model SS-10)
  • 12 Cup Coffee Maker and Single Serve Brewer (model SS-15)


Discontinued Models:

The following single-serve models are still available on some retailers websites and possibly in storefronts but are no longer manufactured by Cuisinart.

In other words, you may possibly get it at a good price but be aware that it can be complicated to get replacement parts in the future. Also, make sure that the product is sold with a valid manufacturer warranty.

  • DGB-1
  • SS-300
  • SS-700
  • SS-1


The Right Coffee Maker for Your Needs – Quick Answers

«I want a coffee machine that makes coffee. Period.»

You need the Single Serve Brewer (SS-5). It’s a small and light appliance with the basic coffee brewing functionalities.


«I want a coffee maker that I can use for different coffee flavor.» Ok, so you don’t want to taste the previous hazelnut coffee flavor in your next Colombian brew coffee. Got you.

You need the Premium Single Serve Brewer. This unit has a rinse button to avoid the taste of the last brewed beverage to transfer to the next one. It also has a hot water button to provide hot water for any particular needs like dehydrated soups or instant coffee.


«I take a coffee in the morning before going to work but like to have a carafe brewer for the weekends when friends and family come over.»

Simple, you need the 12 Cup Coffee Maker and Single Serve Brewer. Basically, this is an all-in-one coffee maker that includes a regular coffee maker and a single serve brewer. Use one or the other according to your current needs.


Let’s have a look at the details of all three Cuisinart Single cup coffee maker options.



Common Features

All of these models are compatible with K-cups from any coffee brand. They also include a removable reservoir with a charcoal filter and appropriate support.

Other noteworthy features are the 30-minute auto-off to avoid paying electricity on an unused appliance and the practical removable drip tray. This is a nice addition that allows you to fill taller containers like coffee mugs.

All models are compatible with Cuisinart’s HomeBarista™ which is a reusable filter capsule to add your favorite fresh grounded coffee or tea leaves.

Also, all three units have a 3-year limited warranty.


A Note on Charcoal Filters:

SS-5, SS-10, and SS-15 come with a charcoal filter and the required support to use them. This is important to use if the water you are filling the reservoir with is highly concentrated in minerals also called hard water. In fact, minerals will eventually build up and prevent your coffee maker from working properly.

Some regions in the US are known to have hard water so it’s best to be aware of this to avoid damaging your Cuisinart single cup coffee maker.



Main Differences:

In brief, the SS-5 model (Single Serve Brewer) is the smallest of all 3 with a 40 oz. water dispenser and 3 different beverage size (6, 8, and 10 oz.) to choose from.

The SS-10 model (Premium Single Serve Brewer) has the largest single-serve reservoir capacity with 72 oz. of water. It can brew 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz. It also has additional functions like a hot water and a rinse button.

Finally, the SS-15 model (12 Cup Coffee Maker and Single Serve Brewer) offers single serve unit with 3 beverage sizes alongside the 3-liter carafe.

All models are can be used with Cuisinart’s HomeBarista™  but is not included with the Single Serve Brewer – SS-5.


Single Serve Coffee Maker Differences Chart

Model          Beverage Size          Reservoir          Reusable Cup          Rinse

SS-10             5                                      72 oz.                    included                            yes

SS-5NC          3                                      40 oz.                    not included                     no

SS-15             3, – 12 cup                     40 oz, – 60 oz.      included                            no



Cuisinart Single Cup Coffee Maker Characteristics

Single Serve Brewer (SS-5)

The Single Serve Brewer is a minimalist version of the Cuisinart Premium Single Serve Brewer (SS-10). It has all basic functions to make a tasteful coffee. You can brew a 6 oz, 8 oz or 10 oz coffee cup.



⇒ It’s the lightest and smallest of all three. This coffee maker weights less than 9 pounds and measures 10 x 12.8 x 14 inches.

This is the perfect option for small counter spaces. It’s definitely a good alternative if you plan to move it around to store it in a cabinet or a shelf after use to make additional space available.



⇒ It lacks versatility in terms of ways you can use it. The SS-5 is intended only for brewing beverage with the preprogrammed temperature and 3 quantities.


⇒ The reservoir can only contain 40 oz of water. This can or cannot be a problem. In this case, it’s best to estimate your needs to know if this will become a hassle. You will most likely need to refill it more often depending on how many people are using it simultaneously.


Although it is compatible with the Cuisinart’s HomeBarista™ reusable filter capsule you will need to purchase it separately.


If you’re looking for a single serve coffee machine that offers more beverage sizes and a larger reservoir capacity you may find the next models better suited to your needs.



Premium Single Serve Brewer (SS-10)

This enhanced Cuisinart single cup coffee maker is meant to be used in many ways to better accommodate your daily hot beverage needs.



⇒ Programmable on and off time to save time and money. You can program the unit to be turned on in the morning so that the water is warm when you’re ready to brew and turned off when you’re done automatically at the desired time.


⇒ Largest reservoir. With 72 oz. of water available this single serve brewer can accommodate many people without having to refill the tank in between.


⇒  Rinse between each serve. This is useful if you like to drink different coffee flavors as it prevents the last coffee taste from transferring to next one. This can be the case for some strong flavors that tend to «stick» to the brewing chamber like cinnamon, hazelnut, and french vanilla.


⇒ Quick hot water dispenser. Useful if you need hot water for recipes, hot cocoa or some household needs. It’s especially great to avoid cluttering your counter space with small appliances like a boiler if you don’t use it often.


⇒ The HomeBarista™ reusable filter capsule storing compartment. A great conception idea to store such a small accessory that can easily be lost in the confine of a kitchen cabinet.



⇒ Only 2 water temperature settings available. You can choose to brew with hot or extra hot water. This is not a problem in itself if you use it only brew coffee blends and most hot beverages.

However, many people can be tempted to buy a Cuisinart single cup coffee maker thinking they can brew delicate tea leaves. While it’s possible to do so with the reusable filter cup (as suggested by the manufacturer) you will be deceived by the taste of it. Tea usually requires brewing with very specific temperatures to develop their full flavor.


⇒ The more rinse you make the faster you consume water. Logical isn’t it? Rinsing between each brew does consume water faster. If you bought the SS-10 model instead of the SS-5 to have a bigger tank you may find that the benefits of it are not so obvious.


⇒ Cannot be programmed to start brewing at a specific time. I’ve seen contradictory info here and there about this. This coffee maker can only be programmed to be turned on or off at a specific time. You will still need to press the brew button to start making a coffee cup.


That being said, the SS-15 offers the best of both worlds. The 12 cup carafe offers a large capacity to accommodate everyone when you have friends and family over. Still, you have the option of a single serve brew for a quick morning coffee without the hassle of cleaning the carafe.



12 Cup Coffee Maker and Single Serve Brewer

This complete coffee maker comes with a built-in single serve brew.  Note that it has the same features as the SS-5 Cuisinart single cup coffee maker reviewed earlier in this article.

If you’d like to know more about the carafe brewer functionalities please read the complete review:

♥ 12 Cup Coffee Maker and Single Serve Brewer



In Conclusion

Breville, Hamilton Beach, Keurig and many others offer similar products. What I like about Cuisinart is that you can choose between 3 different coffee makers with single serve brew functions that have nonetheless very specific uses.

In fact, many companies don’t offer as many alternatives and only provide the same unit in different colors. The 3 -year warranty is another good surprise.

Here’s another single cup brewer review if you ‘d like to compare the Cuisinart Cuisinart single cup coffee maker products with well-established competitors Bunn Single Cup Coffee Maker.


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