Best Under Cabinet Coffee Makers: 5 Space Saver Machines (2021 Update & Review)

If you are living in a small space, RV or small apartment, you know how important it is to make every nook and cranny count! The under cabinet coffee maker was designed with small spaces in mind. Most coffee makers take up a fair share of your counter space and are top-access which requires you to pull them out from under cabinets to add your water and coffee grinds.

The mountable under cabinet design was both easily accessible, and also freed up some room on your countertop. While this idea was intriguing, some of the logistics needed work. 

Does Anyone Make An Under Cabinet Coffee Maker?

As of 2021, Black and Decker was one of the last brands to carry mounted under cabinet coffee makers. Unfortunately, many of their machines were recalled. It seems that the space-saving “hanging pot” design may have put too much pressure on the pot itself and there were many reported cases of burns and cuts from broken handles and shattered glass carafes.

While some models (that weren’t recalled) can still be found on Amazon and Ebay, you will notice that Black and Decker and other coffee maker companies have begun to steer away from the mounted coffee maker design entirely.

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Black and Decker are one of the last brands to manufacture under cabinet coffee makers

While it seems that mounted coffee makers have widely disappeared from production, our search for the best under cabinet coffee maker revealed some space-saving free-standing models that can fit nicely under your kitchen cabinet.  These machines have swivel baskets and removable water tanks so you don’t have to pull them in and out every time you want to make your daily cuppa. We also found built-in machines that can be inserted into your cabinet space like an incorporated oven!

In this article, we will take a look at one of the last mounted models that can still be found in some markets like Amazon and Ebay for comparison’s sake, and see how it lines up next to current under cabinet models, and high end built-in machines.

What is our best pick? The Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker.

We liked the versatility of the design and the many sizes and specialty drinks it offers. It can easily fit under a kitchen cabinet and also has a fold-away wand for frothing milk for specialty hot or cold drinks. With a removable reservoir, it never has to move and is perfect for space conscious coffee drinkers.


Whats the Deal with Under Cabinet Coffee Makers?

Most kitchens give you an 18 inch clearance between your countertops and cabinets. This should be plenty of room for most coffee machines to fit underneath. But if you want to open the top of most coffee machines to add your coffee grounds and water, you may quickly realize you don’t have as much space as you would like. Cut to you pulling your machine in and out from under your cabinet every morning to get your coffee started.

If you’re just a tad OCD like I am, this process can drive you a little crazy. When it comes to my kitchen, I like for every appliance to have its own space, and for it to stay in that space. Also if you live in a dorm room, or traveling, a space saving coffee maker can be really convenient.

The mounted machines was supposed to give you your counter space back and keep your appliances in place. But floating hot coffee can become dangerous especially when mixed with glass. While these mounted machines are mostly retired now, some of their space saving principles have been applied to free-standing models. 

Choosing an Under Cabinet Coffee Machine

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The machine size and water tank features can help create a nice under cabinet coffee making experience

Factors you should look for in your next space saving under cabinet coffee machine include: 

  • A swivel filter basket
  • A removable water tank
  • Machine height
  • Base width

The swivel filter basket and removable water tank will allow you to fit your machine under your cabinet by granting side or front-access as opposed to top-access. Check to make sure there is enough distance between the machine and the underside of your cabinets so that steam from your coffee maker will not affect your cabinets.

Also, to save counter space, you can look at the height and width of a machine. Some models are more compact than others. Taller machines will usually have less base width and use less counter space. Or if you find a squatty coffee maker, you may be able to have a top access machine that will also fit under your cabinet!

Let’s take a look at the best space-saving under cabinet models that we found in our research.

How We Determined the Best Under Cabinet Coffee Maker

As we mentioned before, most of the traditional under cabinet mounted coffee makers have widely disappeared from production. But our search for the best under cabinet coffee makers revealed some space-saving free-standing models that can fit nicely under your kitchen cabinet as well as more novel built in options.

#1. Black and Decker ODC325N Spacemaker Coffee Maker

Standout Features:

  • 12 cup
  • Programmable timer
  • “Sneak-A-Cup”
  • Removable water tank
  • Under cabinet mount

Things We Like:

This Black and Decker machine is one of the classic under cabinet mounted coffee makers. It is an older model and many versions currently sold are used or refurbished. The mountable machine was popular with customers who travel in RVs or houseboats because it saves counter space and you don’t have to worry about the machine falling off the counter while on a journey.

Unlike many mounted models that featured a suspended pot, the ODC325N Spacemaker pot rests on a secure base. If you are someone who likes your coffee ready to go when you wake up in the morning, you will be pleased to find that this machine offers a programmable timer that lets you set up your pot the night before. 

The ODC325N Spacemaker is a great option for travelers and small kitchens. The pot offers 12 cups of coffee which makes it perfect for larger households… or heavy coffee drinkers! It also offers a sneak-a-cup feature that allows you to pour yourself a cuppa before the machine is finished brewing without coffee continuing to flow out onto your counter. 

Things We Don’t Like: 

We like many features of this model and its space-saving design. In its heyday, we feel like it would have been a viable option for many. Unfortunately this model has been on the market for quite some time and hasn’t been updated recently. Also, replacement pots are difficult to find. But, this machine is a great measuring stick to see how modern space-saving designs compare!

#2. Ninja CM407 Specialty Coffee Maker

Standout Features:

  • Lightweight
  • Removable water tank
  • Swivel filter basket
  • Permanent filter
  • Hot/cold milk frother
  • 6 brew sizes
  • Programmable timer
  • Iced brew option

Things We Like:

This lightweight coffee machine has included a lot of great features in its under the cabinet design. While not mountable, this free-standing under cabinet coffee maker offers a removable water tank and a swivel filter basket to allow you to make your coffee while still in its spot under your kitchen cabinet.

You can create your own specialty drinks with a concentrated espresso-like brew option and a frothing wand that tucks into the side of the machine when not in use. For hot summer days, you can even make yourself an iced brew!

The permanent filter eliminates unnecessary paper/plastic waste. Many customers report that this filter gives a cleaner taste to the coffee than a brew made using a paper filter or pod. This pot offers a flip down shelf for a mug and allows the machine to brew directly into your cup. You can also choose to brew into a travel cup, or the machine’s carafe. Many customers are very happy with this machine’s efficiency, easy-to-use design, and its great tasting brew

Things We Don’t Like:

This machine has had a great customer satisfaction response according to the reviews. There is not much we would add or change about this machine!

While this machine is mostly made of plastic parts which could be a drawback for some… the plus side is that this machine is also more lightweight than other models! Although its design features allow it to fit nicely under a cabinet, this does not mean that this is a compact machine size-wise. This machine stands at a little over 15 inches tall, which is as tall or taller than many of its coffee machine competitors.

Still, we feel that this machine saves some space by including a compact milk wand that tucks into the side. It also allows you to brew directly into a cup which can help you cut down on your dishwashing. 

Overall this is a well-thought out design, with space saving features, and thousands of happy customers that enjoy drinking coffee made by a Ninja!

#3. Hamilton Beach 46205 Coffee Maker

Standout Features:

  • 12 cup
  • Swing out filter basket
  • Swivel base
  • Removable water tank
  • Automatic pause and serve
  • Programmable timer
  • 2 hour automatic shutoff
  • 3 brew strength options

Things We Like:

The Hamilton Beach 12-cup machine is user-friendly and fits under your kitchen cabinet. This machine makes set-up easy with its swivel base which gives you easy access to the front swing-out basket and also the removable water filter in the back. We love this unique under cabinet design! But of course, Hamilton Beach isn’t a stranger to space saving designs, ie. their line of internal tank BrewStations.

The Hamilton matches consumer tastes by giving you the option of a regular, strong, or 1-4 cup. This machine makes your coffee with just the touch of a few buttons and has an adjustable warming plate to keep your coffee at the perfect temperature when done.

Like the Ninja, this Hamilton model allows you to set up your pot the night before so your coffee is ready when you wake up in the morning. This machine saves energy by automatically shutting off after 2 hours of inactivity. For those that can’t wait for the pot to finish brewing, this pot will pause to let you sneak a cup mid-brew.

Things We Don’t Like: 

Most customers are happy with this Hamilton coffee maker. Size-wise this machine is similar to the Ninja and provides many of the same features. 

However, some customers noted that the clock was unreliable or easily damaged by the steam from the machine. This also affected the pre-programmed coffee making option. Also, while this coffee maker is compatible with a permanent filter, it seems that it is not included in the initial purchase.

#4. Miele CVA Plumbed Built In Coffee System

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Standout Features:

  • Built-in
  • Personalized coffee settings
  • One touch
  • One touch for 2
  • Energy saving mode
  • Coffee grinder

Things We Like:

For those who are serious about their coffee, and have the funds to support their habit, the built-in design may be the way to go. This machine is like having your own in-home barista who can make you your favorite coffee drinks at any time of the day.

The Miele coffee system allows you to set personalized drinks for fast access when you need a caffeine hit. You can choose your favorite drink with a one-touch system… or you can also brew for 2 at a time! This machine also has a special mode to save energy, only warming up when you are ready to brew. The Miele built-in is a novelty piece and is sure to make your place a coffee-drinking hub for friends and family!

Things We Don’t Like:

While many customers were very pleased with the taste of the coffee the Miele machine makes, a big con for this machine is the price tag. This built in model can cost around $3,500. Another common complaint was the maintenance and cleaning required after brewing your coffee. It doesn’t need to be plumbed as a strict requirement, but you’re definitely going to want it to so that the cleaning isn’t as unbearable… which is an additional cost. Still, most customers preferred this Miele machine to the built-in Bosch.

#5. Bosch BCM8450UC Built-in Coffee Maker

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 Standout Features:

  • Built-in
  • 14 modes
  • Simple touch coffee making
  • Works with Nest and Amazon Alexa

Things We Like:

Bosch is known for its quality appliances… and in this case, we are taking a look at their built-in coffee machine. This incorporated machine allows you to find your favorite drinks quickly and easily with its touch screen design. It offers a wide-variety of specialty drinks including espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiato. You can also connect this coffee maker to an app so you can order your drink, or several drinks through the wi-fi on your phone! This technologically advanced machine lets you bring the coffee shop experience to the comfort of your own home! 

Things We Don’t Like:

This machine costs around $3,300 and like the Miele requires cleaning maintenance. Also, the milk attachment must be stored in the refrigerator after use. Some customers noted that the coffee was not strong enough and that the milk frother works better on the Miele.

Overall, the Bosch built in coffee maker is a technically advanced machine that isn’t under the cabinet but rather inside the cabinet! Either way, it provides a unique coffee making experience, for those who are able to afford such luxuries!

Our Verdict: Best Under Cabinet Coffee Maker

While each of the coffee making models we discussed have some great features, we found the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker the most intriguing.

We loved the versatility of the design and the many sizes and specialty drinks it offers. It can easily fit under a kitchen cabinet and also has a fold-away wand for frothing milk for specialty hot or cold drinks. Although the built-ins also had some impressive features, the drawbacks to these machines is that they can be cost prohibitive and time-consuming to clean. 

Final Thoughts

We want our coffee machine to have a spot in our kitchen that is easily accessible for daily use, but that doesn’t mean it needs to hog our counter space! When you are living with a smaller than average kitchen, you want all your appliances to find… and stay… in their parameters. This is why we love the under cabinet coffee makers so much! 

These coffee machines and built-in designs allow you to hold onto as much of your space as possible and also make sure that your coffee maker has a central place in your home. If you want even more space saving opportunities, consider adding battery operated coffee makers to your arsenal or 12 volt coffee makers if you are traveling. You can even make a great tasting espresso using a manual device no bigger than the palm of your hand! Either way, we hope these models spark some new space-saving ideas for your coffee machine and kitchen!

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