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Introduction 

Traveling in an RV can be adventurous but also tiresome unless you have your perfectly brewed coffee at your side. Finding the best RV coffee maker to make your coffee without any hassle can save a lot of time and money. There are a lot of products in the market to choose from. But you should always check whether an RV coffee maker can check all of the boxes in your criteria list.

We have listed some key factors that you should consider before making your purchase.
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Type-

There are several types of coffee makers to choose from. Drip-type coffee makers are very popular and easy to use. French press coffee makers brew rich and tasteful coffee. Cold brew coffee makers use cold water to make a concentrated coffee. Espresso makers make coffee with a thick milk froth. Some coffee makers require filters while others don’t. Don’t worry. We will narrow down the list so you don’t have to look up every type of coffee maker before your trip.

Size, durability, weight-

As you are keeping the coffee maker in your RV, it should be compact, so you may also keep it in a cabinet if you want to; and to withstand the travel, it should also be sturdy and durable because you don’t want your coffee maker to break down on you in the middle of your road trip!

Convenience-

A coffee maker should be easy to operate, especially while traveling. There are coffee makers which can be operated manually or automatically. Single buttoned coffee makers are easy to operate, just push a button and wait for the coffee to be poured into your cup. If you are the person who wants to control the brew strength, you have to navigate through relatively complex features. Also, a pause and an auto-off feature can help in certain situations.

Another thing to consider while discussing convenience is whether the coffee maker is easy to wash or not because you don’t want to invest your precious traveling time in washing your coffee maker.

Electric or non-electric-

It’s not always the situation where you are traveling, and you have a power source all the time around you. Modern RVs are equipped with modern technologies for alternate electric power sources but keeping in mind the situation where you cannot afford power for your coffee maker; there are both types of coffee makers which require power and those which don’t. Electric drip-type coffee makers are the ones that require electricity to operate; french press-type coffee makers do not need electricity. Just decide according to your requirement.

Cup capacity-

Sometimes you travel alone and sometimes in a group. So, it is a major point to note whether to get a single pod (or single-cup) coffee maker or one with multiple cup capacity. But even if you are traveling alone and need frequent doses of caffeine, multiple-cup capacity coffee makers are the best choice; if you get yourself an insulated cup or insulated carafe, you can keep your coffee hot for several hours.

So, these are some of the keynotes. Based on these, we have shortlisted some of the best RV coffee makers available in the market. Each product has its pros and cons. Read through each review and buying guide to pick up the best coffee maker for campers that will best serve your purpose.

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Product Features:

  • It is very sleek and compact. Being less than 5 inches wide, it fits in small spaces like cabinets. Product dimension is 6.1 x 13.6 x 14.7 inches.
  • Perfect for a single cup of coffee. A coffee cup of 6-12oz can be used. Brews 8oz of coffee in one go.
  • Add fresh water for each round of brewing. One cup reservoir.
  • Fast brewing in a couple of minutes.
  • Storage for the retracted cord. Dedicated to easy transport and tidiness.
  • Auto-off feature to automatically turn off the power after 90 seconds of brewing, making it energy efficient.
  • Reusable coffee filters are available. (Sold separately)
  • Modern design and matte finish with six color options.
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  • Small in size, perfect under cabinet coffee maker for RV.
  • Good for a single cup coffee brewing.
  • The auto-off feature makes it energy efficient.
  • Fast brewing.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Durable
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  • Not efficient if multiple cups of coffee are needed to be brewed.
  • It relies on electricity to operate.
  • It has to be refilled with water after every use.
  • Filter papers have to be bought separately.
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Bottom Line

Keurig K-Mini coffee maker is the best RV coffee maker for a person traveling alone, as only one cup of coffee is brewed at a time. Not useless for a couple or a group, but they have to be a bit patient. The maker has an auto-off switch that makes it energy-efficient, easy interface, and compact design, making it a very competitive product.

 

 

Product Features:

  • An upgraded version of the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker.
  • Single-serve coffee maker with pod storage unit, which can hold up to 9 K-cup pods.
  • Fast brewing, coffee made in minutes.
  • It saves counter space by holding up to 9 K-cup pods and fits in a brewer for ultimate portability.
  • Storage for hiding retracted cord.
  • Can hold travel mug up to 7 inches tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy clean-up.
  • Modern design and matte finish, available in various colors.
  • Extra features which separate this one from the older version are a removable water reservoir, chrome drip tray accent for elegant looks, pod storage up to 9 K-cups, separate strong brew button.
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  • It can hold up to 9 K-cup pods.
  • Energy is efficient.
  • Has removable water reservoir.
  • Separate button for strong brew coffee and rich taste.
  • Auto-off feature.
  • Compact size.
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  • Quite expensive, the second most expensive coffee maker on this list.
  • Has issues regarding built quality.
  • Not great for repeated cups of coffee brewing.
  • Water does not heat properly sometimes.
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Bottom Line

Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker is an expensive upgrade to the already established Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker. If you already have the previous version, don’t bother about buying this upgrade. You can consider buying this one if you want a dedicated button for a strong brew coffee and a removable water reservoir.

Product Features:

  • Comes with a 12-cup thermal carafe. The carafe has a large capacity and is insulated with a double wall and vacuum seal to keep the coffee at an optimum drinking temperature for several hours.
  • Available with customizable brew strengths. Dedicated selector for small-batch brewing.
  • Showerhead dispenses water evenly over the packed coffee resulting in a rich taste and less waste.
  • The carafe has a wide mouth opening and can easily clean up with a damp towel.
  • The carafe is designed in such a way that the coffee does not spill while pouring.
  • Each cup equals approximately 5oz.
  • Comes with auto brew and auto shut-off features.
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  • Comes with stainless steel insulated carafe.
  • Customizable brew strengths.
  • Customizable for small-batch brewing.
  • Even stream showerhead.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Easy to use digital controls.
  • Good for large batch brewing.
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    • Controls can be a bit tricky, has a learning curve at first.
    • Poor quality control.
    • Sometimes pot leaks when the coffee is poured

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  • Coffee grounds get dumped into the carafe.
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Bottom Line

It is an excellent product for people who want to control their coffee’s brewing strength and temperature. Storing the coffee in the insulated carafe solves the hassle of brewing multiple times. The built-in digital screen can track temperature. It has a compact body, best suited for coffee makers for campers.

Product Features:

  • A cup of hot brewed coffee in just 3 minutes.
  • Free filters are included.
  • Sleek, compact design with stainless steel built.
  • Makes 14oz coffee in one go.
  • It has a self-cleaning mode, making it easy to get rid of mineral build-up.
  • Brews ground coffee and K-cups for versatile use.
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  • Good for large volume single-serve brewing.
  • Free reusable coffee filters included.
  • Has self-cleaning mode.
  • Five preset serving modes.
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  • Noisy.
  • Water leaking problems in some cases.
  • Quality control issues.
  • Coffee grounds get deposited in the bottom.
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Bottom Line

chefman Single Serve One Cup Coffee Maker is a good choice on a budget. It has a slim design that can fit in any cramped space in an RV. The brewing time is relatively faster than most other coffee makers. Free filters are also included, which is always a plus point. Even if it is a one-pod coffee maker, it makes large 14oz coffee in one go, easily serving two people. Washing is easily done with a wet towel. But all these good things are sometimes contradicted with the occasionally poor quality control of the coffee makers. Be careful with your product. There are water leaking problems after a few months of use.

Features:

  • No need for filter papers due to the presence of a permanent filter. A permanent filter reduces waste and saves money.
  • It comes with a travel mug that will fit in any cup holder and drink vessel. The cup is insulated to keep your drink warm for longer.
  • The machine is made with plastic, and the travel mug is made with stainless steel. The capacity of the coffee cup is 15oz.
  • The whole coffee machine can be carried easily in a travel pouch sold separately, making it the best RV coffee maker in terms of portability.
  • The machine is operated with only one button, making the coffee-making process very convenient for non-tech savvy people.
  • Dishwasher safe so can be easily washed.
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  • Highly portable, compact size.
  • Second lowest-priced product in the entire list.
  • No need to buy filter papers.
  • Comes with a 15oz travel mug.
  • Automatic shut off.
  • Dishwasher safe.
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  • Brew strength cannot be controlled.
  • Sometimes the power button gets stuck.
  • Cheaply made.
  • Inside coating is not durable, rancid, or metallic taste of coffee.
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Bottom Line

This coffee maker comes with so many features in a compact form but at a very low price. But a low price does not always mean good quality. This product is a victim of poor quality control. This can be recommended if you are looking for something like a use-and-throw coffee maker for a week’s trip. But in the long run, you should invest in something of a higher price coffee maker.

Features:

  • Extracts more flavor and aroma from coffee in every brew by multi-stream technology.
  • Can brew back-to-back without waiting for the water to reheat.
  • Highly customizable. Can brew a strong cup of coffee or can brew hot over ice for a refreshing iced coffee.
  • Multiple brew sizes- 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz.
  • Dual-position reservoir. A removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • Coffee is made in minutes.
  • It supports travel mugs up to 7 inches.
  • Built-in maintenance alert reminds you to descale after every 250 brews.
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  • Multi-stream technology.
  • Customizable brew sizes.
  • 66oz dual-position reservoir.
  • Auto-off feature.
  • Can make a strong brew or iced brew.
  • Fast brewing time.
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  • Most costly coffee maker on this list.
  • Takes more space than the regular model.
  • The water reservoir is loose and wobbly.
  • It only works with K-cup pods.
  • Does not come with a digital display.
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Bottom Line

If you want all the features and want to keep the coffee maker in the long run regardless of the price, then go for this model. It takes a bit more than usual space in RVs but can serve a frequent cup of coffee without waiting. It works with only K-cup pods, which is a bummer, especially when the price is too high. Multi-stream technology makes some strong brews full of rich taste and aroma. The iced brew is only possible in this model among all the other models mentioned in the list.

Product Features:

  • Four cups worth of stainless-steel carafe with dripless spout and knuckle guard provided.
  • Brew pause feature for when you are occupied.
  • 30-minute automatic shut-off system and ON indicator light for convenience.
  • Compact size.
  • Product dimensions 10 x 8 x 5.25 inches.
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  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy to use.
  • Carafe provided.
  • Does not need costly coffee pods.
  • Very affordable.
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  • The carafe starts leaking.
  • The lid is a little tricky to take off; sometimes, it spills coffee.
  • No way to tell when the coffee is done brewing.
  • Lack of taste in coffee.
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Bottom Line

Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker cannot be called the best RV coffee maker due to lack of any characteristics despite having a relatively low price. It simply has too many faults. There are better options in this list. This model lacks features. In the best-case scenario, Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker can be used for a short trip and sold in a garage sale. One thing, though, you don’t need costly coffee pods to make coffee in this one. But the coffee lacks taste because there is no way to tell when the coffee is done brewing. Though the customer reviews are not bad most of them have some kind of problem. If you are finding something for the long run, this coffee machine is best to be avoided.

Features:

  • Can make 25oz coffee which can be equivalent to 2 cups of 12oz each.
  • The power switch has led indicator to remind you when to turn it off
  • Compact design with updated ergonomic carafe, which offers easy handling and pouring.
  • The carafe has an ounce marking for perfect measurements.
  • The pause brewing feature lets you grab a cup before brewing is finished.
  • The water window is easy to view, which allows you to see the exact water level.
  • Easy cleanup by lifting and cleaning filter basket.
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  • Cheapest in this list with a price tag below $20.
  • 25oz coffee in one go, meaning perfect for couples on a road trip.
  • The carafe has ounce markings for better measurement.
  • Pause feature included.
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  • Desired brew level cannot be achieved because this is fixed at a specific brew level.
  • It does not come with free filters
  • The top lid opens from the side, not from the front to back.
  • Not BPA-free and smells of plastic when used.
  • No display or timer.
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Bottom Line

This is the best RV coffee maker if you don’t want to spend more than $20. Perfect for a couple on a road trip due to the 25oz capacity in one brew. The carafe has markings, too, so you can perfectly measure up just the right amount of coffee you want. The pause brew feature is a nice add-on at this price point. All these features also come with a few catches, as mentioned above. The top lid slider problem is okay if you are not too selective, but the plastic smell from coffee is intolerable.

Product Features:

  • Five cups brewing capacity is more than enough for a small family while maintaining a small and compact size.
  • Pause and brew feature available.
  • Single-button operation for start and stop brewing. Coffee pot with easy-pour and no-drip system.
  • Modern design with black and stainless-steel finish.
  • Washable in the dishwasher and comes with a measuring spoon.
  • Fixed reusable filters to reduce waste, don’t need to invest in coffee filters.
  • Compatible with no. 2 paper coffee filter.
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  • Good capacity for a small family.
  • Pause brew feature available.
  • Single-button operation, easy to use.
  • Dishwasher friendly.
  • Although a coffee filter is optional, it can be used without coffee filters also.
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  • Not much durable.
  • No settings to control brew strength.
  • Pouring is dicey.
  • Made with cheap plastic.
  • It makes a loud noise while brewing.
  • Canister leaks everywhere.
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Bottom Line

Though it is a good RV coffee maker for a small family trip. Although it has a price on the lower side, the obstacles faced while using it make it hard to recommend. It is an unreliable machine for a road trip with so many issues. Cheap plastic build and poor durability is red flag for an RV trip. People who like to customize their coffee brew strength should avoid this machine.

Product Features:

  • Compatible with most of the K-cup coffee pods/ capsules. Also, it comes with a fixed filter to reduce waste.
  • Simple to navigate. Just add water, press the button, then auto shut off after brewing which ensures safety. It has one button for easy operation.
  • It is equipped with a powerful 1000W fast brewing capacity, which brews coffee in minutes.
  • Easy clean-up and are dishwasher-friendly. Just add 2-3 cups of cold water after several rounds of brewing. With a removable coffee filter, capsule shells, and drip tray; clean-up is a lot easy.
  • This is compatible with coffee mugs from 4.3inches to 4.7inches.
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  • 1000W fast brew technology.
  • Simple to navigate.
  • Single-button operation.
  • Reasonable price.
  • It can be cleaned with cold water.
  • Supports most of the K-cups coffee pods.
  • Comes with accessories like a drip tray, removable coffee filters, and capsule shells.
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  • Not so durable.
  • Safety hazards spotted.
  • Coffee brewed in it has a pungent chemical taste.
  • Malfunction issues.
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Bottom Line

This is the least rated coffee maker on the entire list, so don’t expect extraordinary performance from this machine. This machine is far from being the best RV coffee maker. However, no other coffee maker has horsepower like this one with a 1000W coffee brewing capacity. It comes with a few extra accessories, but it is not worth the money.

Summary

Having a coffee maker can save a lot of gas station coffee breaks and save you a lot of your money. Moreover, there are coffee makers that let you choose your coffee’s brew strength by adjusting the brewing time and temperature. As usual, some people do not want to go through any of this complicated stuff and are satisfied with whatever is produced by a single-button operation until that is palatable.

So, what should you look into while buying the best RV coffee maker for yourself?

  • Quantity of cup: Are you going to travel alone or as a couple or a small family? You should consider a coffee maker based on how much coffee it produces in one go. Somewhere around 8oz to 10oz is the sweet spot for one person, 16oz for two persons, and 25 oz for a small family. Cup capacity should also depend on the fact that how frequently do you drink coffee, based on the habit, you can get a coffee maker that comes with an insulated carafe that can keep your coffee hot for a couple of hours.
  • Filter: You can get a fixed filter coffee machine or one that requires separate coffee filters. When it comes to separate coffee filters, some machines are compatible with various coffee filters while others support only company-specific filters, which may be costly. Fixed filters need to be washed occasionally; plus, the point is that fixed filters can reduce waste.
  • Power consumption: While traveling in an RV, you cannot afford an ampule amount of power for your coffee brewer. This means machines that require a 1000W voltage is strictly no-go. Low power consumption comes with a catch that the brewing time will be slower.
  • Select your brew strength: If you are the type of person who loves their coffee with a rich smell and aroma, you should go with a coffee maker that can control different parameters like heat and temperature.
  • Extra features: An auto switch-off button and a pause brew button are some small but important features that you should look up while purchasing a coffee maker. The auto switch off button can switch off the machine after a certain time, like 90 seconds or so, that way. You are less likely to be distracted while doing your job. The pause brew button is another feature that lets you pause the brewing process while you finish your current cup of coffee. A power button with LED light and a display to track the time and temperature are two small features helpful in many scenarios.
  • Optional luxury features: Let us accept that the majority of the population who wants to have a coffee maker for their RV will not go this far to unlock luxury features in costly models. But for the people who still want something over the top should consider features like back-to-back brewing ability. That way, they don’t have to wait for a while after brewing another batch. Another over-the-top feature is multi-stream technology. Multi-stream brewers shower hot water in multiple streams so that the water passes through coffee beans of coffee grounds more evenly and extracts a rich taste, and is full of aroma.

A personal coffee maker in your RV can make a huge impact on your journey; from relaxing moments to keeping you awake while driving, coffee is always welcomed. Now it is your turn to pull the trigger according to your budget and get the best RV coffee maker out there.