Under cabinet coffee makers have been around for quite a while, one of the biggest reasons why they are in high demand is the fact that they save space while allowing you to sneak a cup of coffee from under your kitchen counter or cabinet.
The beauty of these machines is that they will take up no space in your home or office as they can be easily installed even under your workstation.
The reason behind their popularity
Another big reason why these coffee makers are so popular is their price. Unlike conventional coffee makers you can expect to purchase one for under $90 and this goes for even some of the most expensive under the cabinet coffee makers. However some average ones can cost around $50 bucks which is quite economical.
There are numerous types of under the counter coffee makers manufactured and sold by a number of different manufacturers. Some of the most notable brands are Black&Decker, DeLonghi, Saeco, and Proctor Silex.
If you have been using an over the counter coffee maker for quite some time and are afraid that these smaller units may not provide you with good tasting coffee then be rest assured that this will not be the case.
Regardless of their size under the cabinet coffee makers can present you with excellent tasting coffee and are packed with almost every feature you are accustomed with, in your over the counter model.
Sizes and fittings of under cabinet coffee makers
Compared to conventional coffee makers these coffee makers are considerably small on average measuring 12 x 10 x 15 inches and weighing just 10.6 pounds. These coffee makers can be easily installed under a cabinet, bench or even your table using the provided directions and accessories.
There are however two methods by which these coffee makers can be mounted to the bottom of your cabinet, the first is via adhesive which is bundled with the coffee maker and the second is by installing a frame and then screwing the coffee maker to the frame.
While the screw type mounting accessories and techniques are definitely more sturdy they are also more difficult to accomplish as you may need other tools such as a drill, screw driver and some carpentry knowledge to install it while on the other hand using an adhesive usually in the form of a sticky base the coffee maker can be just stuck to the cabinet and left to dry prior to usage.
However make sure that your coffee maker can be easily plugged into your electricity outlet, ideally you will also want it near a fresh water source since many high end models have an auto fill feature.
Stop Start Brewing
This is probably one of the most important features of a coffee maker and is available in almost all counter top or conventional coffee makers.
This feature essentially allows you to pause the brewing process so that you can fill up your cup without really having to remove the whole carafe from the machine.
It will also allow you to pause the brewing process and then restart it when you need a cup of coffee again.
However this feature is very rare in under the cabinet coffee makers and it is probably a feature you may find in more expensive models.
Number of cups
The cup capacity of under the counter coffee makers is somewhat limited to probably around 12 cups the most as compared to 24 or more cups for over the counter models.
However this is something which shouldn’t bother people who intend to use the coffee maker in a household setting.
The programming feature of a coffee maker allows you to program exactly when the machine should start brewing your coffee beforehand. You can also program the brewer to function for a certain period of time before it turns itself off. This allows for you to essentially brew your coffee to your taste.
You can program the machine the night before so that you have a perfect and hot cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning. You can also program the coffee maker to present you with a hot cup of coffee at a specific time each day.
This feature is available in both over the counter and under cabinet coffee makers.
However over the counter models may have additional functions that under the counter models do not have or if they do then they are available in higher end models.
This is a very important feature in all coffee makers but unfortunately there are a few under the counter coffee maker models that do not have this feature. This feature essentially turns the brewer off when it has completed its cycle.
The auto shut down feature also ensures that you save electricity, plus it may prevent your brewer from burning out. Remember over brewed coffee can taste bitter and is probably one of the biggest reasons why you should ensure that the model you are purchasing has this feature built into it.
Good, and odorless water is the key to good tasking coffee and this is why most over the counter models have a built in water filter which ensures that the water is perfect prior to brewing your cup of coffee.
While water filtration is key to good tasting coffee the majority of budget under the counter models do not have this feature. Models that do have this feature are often larger and heavier which can make installing them under your cabinet difficult.