Consumer Reports: Great pod coffeemakers

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November 1, 2012 4:01:48 AM PDT
Like many people who've switched to a single-serve coffeemaker, Amy Werner values the speed and convenience.

"It's easier in the morning. Just put a cup underneath there, pop the button, and go," Werner said.

Consumer Reports tested 21 pod coffeemakers from names like DeLonghi, Keurig, Mr. Coffee. Also tested, the new single-serve Verismo machine from Starbucks that starts at $200.

"Single-serve coffeemakers are all about convenience, so our testers look for things like how fast you'll get that first cup of coffee in the morning," Bob Markovich, Consumer Reports, said.

The fastest will rush you your caffeine in about a minute. But one from Hamilton Beach took three minutes to deliver that first cup. As for the Starbucks Verismo machine -- you can make Starbucks' espresso, cafe latte, and brewed coffee -- but it's pricey.

"For a coffeemaker that costs 200 dollars, it's really very basic. For example, you can't adjust brew strength, and the manual says you should flush the machine with water after each brew," Markovich said.

Far better for less, says Consumer Reports, is a $150 one from DeLonghi -- the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo. It brews a cup in a minute and makes cappuccinos, espressos, and other drinks as well.

But be aware -- buying a pod machine is just the beginning.

"The pods can be expensive, up to a dollar a cup."

But Werner and her family think the convenience is worth it.

If you want a smaller pod coffeemaker that takes up less counter space, Consumer Reports recommends another DeLonghi in the Nescafe Dolce Gusto line. It's the Piccolo that goes for $100.

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