Top-notch coffee pod machines to get your morning started right

Push-of-a-button swiftness, with unexpected variety.

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Pair these with some eco-friendly pods.Annie Spratt via Unsplash

We’re a society that expects things to be delivered to us quickly, and we get impatient when we have to wait or, worse yet, gather up a bunch of devices and ingredients in order to get what we want. All of this is magnified when that thing is your first cup of coffee of the day.

To ensure you get that jolt with minimal fuss and quickly enough to stave off early morning rage-quitting, we recommend the following coffee pod machines.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

And it won’t misspell your name on your cup.Amazon

Keurig is almost on the same level as Band-Aid when it comes to a brand name defining a product type. And there are, of course, two main reasons for wanting a pod coffee maker: ease and convenience. On these points, the Keurig K-Elite delivers. Its 75-ounce water reservoir can make up to 8 cups before having to refill, and the removable drip tray makes any and all cleanup simple. The two things that set the K-Elite apart from others is a “Bold Brew” option (for those who complain that coffee pods are weak) and the ability to make ice coffee as well.

Mueller Ultima

Mueller Ultima

It’s Mueller time…Amazon

Smaller and more compact than most Keurig units, the Mueller Ultima is perfect for those with limited counter space (or very roomy work desks). It also offers four different brew strengths and is compatible with nearly all coffee pods—even Keurig’s. It requires almost no set-up and is extremely simple to use right from the get-go. Also, the Mueller’s “cold water to brew temperature” ramp-up speed is noticeably faster than some other brands.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto

Nescafe Dolce Gusto

This is the droid you’re looking for.Amazon

First of all, if you’re looking for a coffee pod maker that looks like the device that would be used to brew morning joe for the crew of a Resistance starfighter, this is the one. This little café droid is all about combining the ease and convenience of a pod machine with the fancier delights of a coffee shop. Brew an espresso, cappuccino, Americano, or a latte (in addition to regular java, and iced options) at the push of a button, all with a device that is so small and unassuming you won’t even notice it’s there until you need it. This is the Cadillac of coffee pod machines.

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus

Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus

A coffee shop in your home.Amazon

The Creatista Plus combines seamless Nespresso pods with a machine that’s easy to use, doesn’t take up much space, and creates smooth latte-quality milk that I’ve never been able to find in other home espresso machines. The machine comes with a 1.5-liter tank and allows you to adjust the coffee volume—ristretto, espresso, lungo—the milk temperature, and the milk texture. There are 8 texture levels and 11 milk temperature settings. Scroll through the LCD display and pick between drinks like straight espressos, lattes, or cappuccinos.