I reckon that Armageddon will start on the day the world wakes up and there’s no coffee left.

You turn on the coffee maker but no dark, bitter joy drips through. Anxiety kicks in, the shakes begin, and so you rush to the store in your pajamas and slippers, but the shelves are devout of any kind of coffee. You would even be willing to (gulp) have instant, but there’s no beans, no Java Mocha, no espresso or fine grind. This is when you see people falling in the aisle and weeping all around you.

At least, that is what happens in my nightmares before I wake up with a case of sweats. I then roll out of bed, start the coffee brewing and face another day. A sigh of relief relaxes my whole being as the gorgeous coffee aroma wafts my way.

Are you also (slightly) obsessive about coffee but don’t want to spend a fortune on a coffee machine that requires a barista degree? If so, then check out our awards for the best coffee makers with hot water dispensers and treat yourself to a machine that will keep you going until wine o’clock.

Benefits of Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispensers

Whether you drink one cup in the morning or guzzle coffee all day long, owning a coffee maker at home comes with some big benefits. The fact that you can now pair your coffee maker with a hot water dispenser enables this kitchen appliance to get more entwined into your daily routine. If you are hesitating about whether to take the plunge and upgrade to a coffee maker with hot water dispenser, keep reading.

Savings – A cup of filter coffee at the local coffee shop will cost you a few dollars every day. If your cravings tilt towards name-brand chains and long-winded coffee names, then you can easily find yourself dishing out $5 or more for a caffeine fix. A simple switch to bringing coffee from home can save you an astronomical amount over a year.

Convenience – Being able to make a great cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at home is much more convenient than going out to a café. Instant hot water can also be used for making instant soup, cereal, or preparing a baby bottle. Many of our listed machines can be started with the touch of a button or programmed to have your coffee waiting for you as you wake up.

Personalization – Coffee makers with hot water dispensers allow you to make your drink of choice whenever you want it. In addition, some of the machines on our list can be personalized for brew size, intensity, or temperature. You can use coffee grounds or pod flavors to make the precise blend of your choice.

Environmental – Not everyone is mindful of bringing a reusable coffee mug into a shop, which means every takeaway cup will add to our landfills. Making coffee at home can ensure that grounds are composted, mugs are reused, and your coffee is ethically sourced. Moreover, you can opt for reusable pods or no pods at all. Instant hot water saves on consistently boiling more water than needed and is more energy-efficient than kettles.

Guests – When you have guests over, it is polite to offer up a hot beverage, at least according to Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory. A coffee maker with hot water dispenser enables you to offer a choice of beverages, and some of our machines can allow your guests to choose their coffee intensity and size as well.

The Best Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispensers – Full Reviews

Best Quality

Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12

Can make a pot of coffee and dispense hot water

Households can breathe a sigh of relief now that Cuisinart has made a machine that is both an excellent coffee maker and delivers instant hot water for tea lovers.

There’s no more waiting around for the kettle to boil since you can have hot water on demand for your tea, hot chocolate, or instant soup. It holds enough hot water to fill about three quite large mugs.

Cuisinart coffee maker

12-cup reservoir for coffee, plus an extra 54oz. for hot water

The machine is fully automatic and can be programmed to turn on at any time. You can make just one cup or a full pot, and you can even sneak in and steal the first cup without making a mess. It’s straightforward to see why we awarded the Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 for best quality, as this goes for the construction and the fantastic brew.

The stainless steel and black housing will look great with any kitchen décor. The carafe has a drip-free spout, but the handle can be annoying when it fills with water during cleaning.

The three temperature settings are a bonus, as personally, I don’t like my coffee scorching hot. The only real gripe is with the blue light display as it is not easy to read… yet is so bright that it lights up a dark room.

It does work as a tremendous homing beacon for the first cup of coffee in the morning, though.

Pros Cons
Self-cleaning modeIt cannot be directly plumbed in for water
24-hour programming for 1-4 cupsHot water reservoir needs to be drained if not using consistently
Makes fantastic coffeeHot water can have a plasticky taste
Brew Pause feature means you don’t have to wait for the coffee to finish brewing before grabbing your fix
Large coffee capacity

Our Verdict

If you live in a household where one person is a coffee lover and the other likes tea, then the Cuisinart Coffee Plus CHW-12 will be indispensable.

If, however, you don’t intend to use the hot water dispenser often, then we would go for a different model that didn’t need to be drained. The large-capacity coffee maker also means that this machine would be the perfect fit for office break rooms or the like.

It’s easy to program, use, and clean and makes a superb cup of coffee at the exact time that we program it to do so. You can’t really ask for more.

Best Value Option

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker

Brew a pot or a cup of coffee

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker was crowned with our award for the best value coffee maker with hot water dispenser. On paper, it has everything you are likely looking for in a coffee maker – it can brew a full pot, and you can choose your coffee strength at the push of a button. There will be no more arguments about rocket fuel strength coffee, or should we say ‘regular’ vs. ‘bold.’

The Hamilton Beach can also brew a single cup in under three minutes, either using your fresh grounds or a K-Cup pod. The two separate reservoirs are straightforward to fill without making a mess, and the clear window on both sides quickly shows you how much water is left in either.

Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker

Clean, white and modern finish. Just don’t spill anything!

However, at closer inspection, you can tell that this isn’t a high-end coffee maker, but then it doesn’t come with a high-end price tag either.

The grounds brew basket can be tricky to get in place. What doesn’t work for our house is that the warmer automatically turns off after 2 hours. We know this is a feature for safety, but it means that you’ll need to purchase a separate carafe if you want to keep your coffee warm throughout the whole morning.

Pros Cons
Can brew either a single cup of coffee or a full potYou can’t use both sides concurrently
Compatible with K-cup podsIt doesn’t have a long warming option for the coffee pot
3-minute brew time for a single cupIt doesn’t have a dedicated hot water dispenser
Programmable timer
2 different brew strengths
Easy view window to see how much water is in each reservoir

Our Verdict

At this price, The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker gives you a lot of bang for your buck. There’s no doubt that it gets the job done and is ideal for families that waver between making a full pot of java or a cup.

However, for households that revolve around the coffee maker, we would recommend paying around 20% more and getting one of our other coffee makers with hot water dispenser.

Best Color Options

Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker With Strength Control and Hot Water

Can brew either a 6, 8, 10 or 12 oz cup

The first time I laid eyes on a Keurig, I was staying at my parent’s house for the weekend.

To give you some context, my dad was a teacher and likely has a selection of about fifty different coffee mugs from former students as they all knew that he basically has coffee running through his veins. My mother, though, could easily keep up and still gets her daily water quota through coffee, despite my nagging. Anyways, I digress, but this explains a bit about why I was so baffled to see that they replaced their old 12-cup standby with a single brew machine.

My mother and I also both like strong brewed coffee so that the cream doesn’t dilute the perfect cup. The Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker had me hooked by the first morning and quickly stood up to my queries about how a bunch of caffeine dependents was going to battle it out for getting their fair share. With a cup brewing in less than a minute, it’s not a biggie to wait if you’re third in line and the 52oz reservoir can handle the influx.

Removable drip tray

The removal drip tray is ideal for filling travel mugs

There’s also something about being able to offer your guests decaffeinated (insert eye roll emoji), French Vanilla, Caramel, or Butter Toffee Coffee that makes you feel like a barista at the push of a button. For tea drinkers, you can either get specialty tea pods or get hot water on demand. Unlike some other top single brew brands, the Keurig K-Select can brew a full MUG of coffee up to 12oz.

The Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker can’t make specialty coffees and won’t let you adjust the temperature setting, but you will get a great cup of coffee on demand. It will also look stunning sitting on your kitchen counter, especially if you go for one of the funkier color options.

Pros Cons
Incredibly simple to useIt can’t make specialty beverages like espresso
52oz reservoirYou can’t control the temperature
Brews in less than a minute
Four different cup sizes can be brewed
Strong brew option
Available in a range of colors
Hot water on demand if you don’t put in a pod

Our Verdict

We’re completely hooked. For coffee lovers that don’t have the patience to wait for a pot to brew, the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker is fantastic.

Between the myriad of color options and the dizzying array of coffee flavors, you will be spoiled for choice. This machine is straightforward to use the 10oz strong brew option makes our perfect cup.

Best All-In-One

Braun MultiServe Coffee Machine 7 Programmable Brew Sizes

Fast brew can make a full pot < 8 min

At a glance, the Braun MultiServe Coffee Machine looks like you might need a degree in Engineering to make yourself a cup of coffee. In the morning, and without my glasses on, I don’t want to do anything intricate or involve more than a few brain cells. However, after using this machine for a few days, I’ve found it incredibly intuitive, and it makes a fantastic cup of coffee.

A huge pro is that the Braun MultiServe Coffee Machine uses no pods, so you get massive environmental points for that. You can also make seven different coffee sizes, and I especially like being able to fill my travel mug in one go. The separate setting for iced coffee is also something I find myself using a lot.

Braun coffee maker

Choosing your exact brewing size without a pod is ideal

The water reservoir is annoyingly small for anyone who drinks a lot of coffee; however, the fact that you can remove the reservoir and bring it to the sink (rather than the other way around) is something that I like. The power cable can be pulled back into the machine and is useful for keeping the area tidy.

You will need to keep in mind that the Braun MultiServe Coffee Machine is a lot taller than other machines, so finding a place to keep it can be challenging. The green accents are the most prominent design fail, in my opinion, as they look like something that should be peeled off after purchase.

Pros Cons
Customize for iced coffeeYou cannot control the temperature of the coffee
Customize for light, gold, or bold coffee strengthThe hot plate only stays on for 2 hours after brewing a pot
Full pot in less than 8 minutesThe carafe is tricky to wash
There is a separate hot water outletThe drip-stop function doesn’t work well
7 different brewing sizes
You don’t need to use pods
The reservoir has a built-in filter

Our Verdict

The first impression of the Braun MultiServe Coffee Machine wasn’t great, but after using the machine for a few days, we have to admit that it makes a fantastic cup of coffee in any size that you want.

The iced coffee feature has also proven to be very popular in our house. The small design flaws could be easily rectified by Braun, but wouldn’t distract from recommending this machine. It’s a winner for households that want to be able to make personalize their coffee selection for size and intensity while being environmentally friendly.

Best Design (Not a Coffee Maker)

BUYDEEM S7133 Hot Water Boiler and Warmer

Hot water ready within a minute

Let’s start with a caveat – I will fully admit, hand on heart, to being a coffee lover. However, I have many friends who are fanatical tea fans and am trying to get on the bandwagon of drinking more herbal teas on chilly evenings. This BUYDEEM S7133 Hot Water Boiler and Warmer seemed like an excellent way to make that happen.

To start with, the BUYDEEM S7133 has seven different temperature settings, which means that the machine’s big advantage is that it can heat water to the perfect temperature for a baby bottle.

Moreover, since the water is heated on demand, you will always get fresh water. This feature, accompanied by the soft nightlight, makes night feeds much more tolerable. How many parents have burnt themselves while trying to get the perfect mixture of hot and cold at 3 am while sleep-deprived? My hand is up!

Buydeem cup sizes

Aesthetically, the BUYDEEM S7133 is compact and looks fabulous though I do wish it came in a range of color choices.

The large water reservoir is easy to remove, dishwasher safe, and can be filled from the sink. We wouldn’t go as far as to say that it is instant hot water, though, since it still takes anywhere up to two minutes for a large cup at the highest temperature.

Pros Cons
7 different temperature settingsEven the big cup amount is fairly small
2 different size settingsLiquid output volumes can vary
Small size fits easily on the counter
Child-lock safety feature
Includes a nightlight for late feedings
Large 88oz reservoir capacity

Our Verdict

Tea drinkers, or those that love a cup of hot water with lemon will be over the moon with the BUYDEEM S7133 Hot Water Boiler.

It’s convenient to use, easy to wash and would look stunning on any countertop. New parents that are formula feeding will likely find this machine indispensable for speed and convenience.

Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispensers: A Quick Buyer’s Guide

If you’ve ever had to suffer a bad cup of coffee, then you know just how important it is to have a decent, quality coffee maker. There are some ridiculously expensive coffee makers on the market that can set you back thousands of dollars, but you don’t need to hand over that kind of cash to get a decent cup of joe. However, it is a good idea to consider the following aspects before making your final decision on a coffee maker with hot water dispenser.

Size – Before you buy your coffee machine, think about where it is going to be homed. Measure the space, ensure that the location will be straightforward to access any buttons or refill with water, and access electricity. Coffee makers do release heat and some steam, so you will want to ensure ventilation around the unit.

Brew Type – There are lots of ways of getting a great cup of coffee. If you want to start a debate that can be more emotive than touching on religion or politics, raise the topic about the best way to make the perfect cup of coffee at one of my family reunions. Here are a few options:

  • Automatic drip coffee maker
  • AeroPress coffee maker
  • Pod coffee maker
  • French press
  • Steeped coffee
  • Pour-over coffee maker
  • Stove-top coffee maker
  • Espresso coffee maker
  • Cold brew coffee maker
  • Siphon coffee maker
  • Percolator coffee maker
  • Grind and brew coffee maker
  • Ibrik – Turkish coffee maker
  • Phin – Vietnamese Coffee Maker

Brew Size – Long gone are the days that every coffee pot was the same size. Single-cup coffee makers are ideal for people who live independently or are the only one who drinks coffee in their home. They are also fantastic for couples with different schedules or coffee preferences and for being able to change it up with a variety of flavors.

However, single-cup brewers can get pricy if you are blasting through a lot of pods every day. Moreover, you need to wait for each cup to brew, which isn’t ideal when you have guests staying. The volume of coffee that a single cup brewer makes also needs to be checked as they vary. For example, Nespresso pushes out 25 – 100ml sized cups, whereas Keurig machines can make cups up to 12oz (350ml).

Larger brew sizes generally make pots of up to 12 cups but be warned as, in reality, this is only enough to fill about six coffee mugs. Brewing larger pots is the more economical option if your household goes through a lot of coffee and is best for when you have friends around. The Hamilton Beach Flexbrew Coffee Maker solves the brew size dilemma, though, as you’ll be able to choose either a single cup or a pot of coffee from the same machine.

Water reservoir capacity – Filling up the water reservoir isn’t a difficult task, but it is just one more thing to do when you are tired and need your first cup of the day. If your home (or luck) is anything like mine, then every single solitary time you go to make a cup, the water is dry. I’m sure my spouse has me on Candid Camera. Look for a reservoir that is ideally at least 48oz.

Convenience – Admit it, when you wake up and go to make your first cup of coffee in the morning, you don’t want to be messing about. Convenience is an essential aspect of a great coffee maker, so single-use pods quickly became such a phenomena. Programmable coffee makers can have your cup of java dripping its last drop as your alarm wakes you in the morning, but it can be challenging to set, at least if you ask my 75-year-old father.

The Dreaded Wait Time – How long are you willing to wait for your coffee in the morning? Those who need instant gratification might be best going for a pod machine, whereas others can flick on the machine and go shower while the pot is brewing.

Customization – Simple coffee makers can brew an excellent cup but there will be no customization options besides the amount of coffee grounds or water used. Fancier coffee machines have options for brew sizes, strength, water temperature, and more. Personally, we prefer the dummy-proof machines that can push out a great cup of coffee every single time.

Cleaning – Check out how straightforward it is to clean the various parts. Can they go in the dishwasher? Do you need to purchase specialized cleaning materials? Stainless steel models can be lovely to look at and very sleek but can show up every little fingerprint.

Features – As with any product, paying for fancy features are only worth it if you actually use them. Some coffee makers have an alert when your pot is brewed or an automatic shut-off when the pot runs dry. Upmarket coffee makers can include an additional water filtration system, bean grinders, milk frothers or can brew potent espresso.

Cost – There is no denying that cost is a significant consideration when buying a coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, or any product for that matter. While some pod machines can lure you in with incredible discounts, keep in mind that buying the pods will be more expensive in the long run. Luckily for all humanity, you can typically get a good quality coffee maker for less than $100.


Does using distilled water make a difference in a coffee maker?

Do you enjoy lousy coffee? Do you crave coffee than is, well, meh? Do you long for a bitter brew? This is what you are likely to get when making coffee using distilled water. So, the answer is yes, distilled water does make a difference in a coffee maker but in the wrong way.

Distilled water can help with the longevity of your coffee maker since minerals won’t build up. However, we think that you are better off giving your machine a thorough cleaning every few months rather than having a bad cup of coffee every day.

So, what is the best water to use in your coffee maker? Consider what water you put in your glass; if you drink filtered water at home because your water is hard, then use it to make your coffee as well. If your tap water is delicious, then this will be fine in your coffee maker.


While coffee is an integral part of daily life in America, Finland is the country that consumes the most of this magical elixir every year.

Back on our shores, you’ll notice how convenient it is to have a built-in hot water dispenser on your coffee machine for making tea, hot chocolate, nightly bottle feeds, or even cooking. The coffee makers with hot water dispensers on our list have all been tried and tested multiple times, so check out our top picks and see which would best fit into your daily routine.