Best Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispenser – 2021 Buyer’s Guide

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Waiting around for water to boil can be really uneventful, to say the least. All you wanted was a cup of cocoa outside of your regular coffee routine, why do you have to wait around with a kettle when you have a coffee maker sitting around that brews coffee so much faster?

This is where one with a hot water dispenser comes in handy. You already own an appliance that is capable of making hot water really fast, so why not make it dispense hot water as well? In which case, it’d serve as a coffee, tea, and hot water machine.

In this article, we discuss why you would want to get one of these coffee machines, how to shop for them, and our picks of the best coffee makers with a hot water dispenser.


If you’re looking for the best 12-cup coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, our top pick is the Cuisinart CHW-12P1.

For a single-serve model, the Keurig K-Elite coffee maker is our favorite.

If you can’t decide though, look into the Hamilton Beach 2-Way coffee maker – it offers the best of both worlds!

To skip straight to our full list, click here. Or if you need guidance picking the right one for your use cases, read our tips further down the article.

Having A Hot Water Dispenser In Your Coffee Maker

If you’re the one that kind of wants a hot water dispenser and coffee maker in one package, but not quite sure how it’s better, this is for you.

There are many reasons to get one. But the main one, goes without saying, is not having to wait around as long for water to boil. Compared to the average kettle, it’s just much faster to boil. So fast that you’ll be sipping that cup of tea in no time.

Other than that, many people are also considering getting these types of coffee makers, because making hot water is just much more energy-efficient, and also cheaper to run out of a coffee maker. This is partly because it is so quick, it uses less energy in the process.

Also, you now get to have one less appliance on the countertop. When you have a quality coffee maker with an integrated hot water dispenser, there’s just not much reason to keep a kettle around.

And our favorite – adding onto the factor of convenience – is how easy it is to make a quick oatmeal breakfast or instant cereal. An absolute joy!

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The best purchases are the ones you appreciate in the worst of times – early mornings.

Buyer’s Guide: What to Look For in Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispensers

Shopping for one of these coffee makers is essentially just like shopping for any other coffee maker, so we’ll keep it short and concise here.

Capacity

Or in other words, brew sizes. This is one of the most important factors to consider.

Do you want a model that is able to make a full carafe of coffee, or do you usually make single servings?

Programmability

Some models allow you to set a time in advance to start brewing, others do not.

This offers much needed convenience if your lifestyle requires it. For example having to go to work early in the morning, and not having the time to wait around.

Versatility

This covers a lot, actually, but it all boils down to (pun intended) how much usability you’re going to get out of the coffee machine.

Temperature settings, multiple brew sizes, the ability to self-clean or even make iced coffee. All the little things that stretch your coffee maker’s capabilities – while certainly adding up the price tag – will prove to be useful in the long run if you have the needs for them.

Our Picks of The Best Coffee Makers with Hot Water Dispenser

There aren’t many options on the market admittedly – at least quality ones – but if you look hard enough, there are a few solid offerings. Here is the list of our top picks:

Best Overall: Cuisinart CHW-12P1 12-Cup Coffee Maker

In our opinion, this Cuisinart coffee maker with hot water dispenser is the best of its kind on the market. Our experience with it has been really pleasant, which is the reason it deserves top spot on our list.

Starting with the design, it has multiple finishes and color options to fit your kitchen setup. While it doesn’t add to its functionalities, additional design choices are always welcomed. There are indicator lights on the unit to signify different things, like when the hot water is ready.

The model comes with all the features you’d expect from a decent coffee maker. It is programmable for up to 24 hours in advance, and has an auto-off functionality. It has a warming plate that keeps your coffee warm after that, and has three levels of heat from which you can choose from.

Apart from the basics, it does offer a few extra features. For example, the unit has a self-clean functionality (you would still want to manually clean your coffee maker every 3 months at the very least), so you’re able to save some time down the road. The purchase also includes a charcoal water filter in the unit, as well as a permanent gold-tone coffee filter.

While it has been a good experience for us, at least a few online reviewers seem to disagree. Most of them complain of short lifespan and poor customer support. We haven’t had enough time with the unit to evaluate any of these claims, unfortunately. The good news though, newer batches of this model seem to have done away with the issues, so that’s a great sign.

Pros:

  • Multiple design options to fit your kitchen aesthetics
  • Programmable for up to 24 hours in advance
  • Brew pause feature lets you pour coffee mid-brew
  • Indicator light shows when hot water is ready
  • Has self-clean functionality
  • Includes charcoal water filter and gold-tone coffee filter
  • Three temperature settings for warming plate

Cons:

  • Flurry of bad reviews online – quality control issues?
  • Complaints of longevity

Overall Runner-Up: Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker & Hot Water Dispenser

If the reviews on the Cuisinart model worry you, then this one from Hamilton Beach might give you more peace of mind. It’s not perfect, but at least the complaints are on things that are easier to put up with.

To start, this model actually lacks a few things that the Cuisinart includes. For example, it comes in only one design, doesn’t have a brew pause feature, and doesn’t include self-clean functionality nor permanent filters.

However, it does make up for that with several features of its own. For example, both sides of the machine – the coffee maker and the hot water dispenser sides – are programmable separately. You would be able to have finer control over each of the sides and be able to use them more independently of one another.

The unit also features one-hand hot water dispensing. How this works is that the hot water dispenser side of the machine comes with a sensor that automatically starts dispensing once it senses something. What this means is you could hold a cup to the dispenser and it’ll start without you pressing a button.

While it doesn’t use permanent filters, the purchase does include 4 cone filters, so at least that’s something.

On the downside, the build quality is lacking with this model, especially the water reservoir lid. Not only does it feel flimsy, the angle at which it opens is also not great either. It’s only able to be opened up to a certain angle, and it’s quite difficult to fill the reservoir up with such a small opening.

The unit also requires quite a fair bit of cleaning. In our experience, every week or two. But this depends on your water conditions and usage, so it might not reflect your experience with it.

Caveats aside though, it does make pretty decent coffee!

Pros:

  • Both sides (coffee maker and hot water dispenser) have separate programmable options
  • Includes 4 cone filters with purchase
  • 2-hour automatic shutoff
  • One-hand hot water dispensing

Cons:

  • Build quality lacking
  • Reservoir lid angle makes refilling difficult
  • Requires frequent cleaning

Best Single-Serve: Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

This model from Keurig takes our title of the best single-serve coffee maker with a hot water dispenser. The brand, being a staple in the world of single-serve coffee, has obvious advantages in making a robust single-serve machine.

Firstly, even though it’s single-serve, serving size is still versatile. You’ll be able to choose between 4oz and 12oz of coffee every time, with 2oz increments, e.g. 4oz, 6oz, 8oz etc. Apart from the size, there are also settings for brew strength to let you further personalize your coffee experience.

It has both a removable water reservoir (which is large, at 75oz) as well as a removable drip tray. This, paired with its functionality that alerts you whenever it’s time to descale the machine, makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

While Keurig is famed for its K-Cup pods, you’ll be able to brew ground coffee with this model as well. Although, that would have to make use of a filter basket, which isn’t included in the purchase of this model, and would have to be bought separately.

And for all you iced coffee lovers out there, you’d be delighted that this model offers a dedicated setting for making just that, at least we were!

In terms of caveats, there really isn’t that much to say. The obvious one would be the lack of capability of making a full carafe of coffee, but you probably already knew that. Online reviewers complain of the unit leaking water, but it seems to have been fixed with newer batches that were manufactured in late 2019 onwards.

Pros:

  • Capable of brewing multiple sizes – from 4oz to 12oz, in 2oz increments
  • Brew strength settings
  • Dedicated setting for iced coffee
  • Large, removable 75oz water reservoir
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
  • Make coffee with K-Cup pods, or ground coffee (basket sold separately)
  • Alerts when it’s time to descale

Cons:

  • Leaks water, but seem to have be resolved with newer batch

Single-Serve Runner-Up: Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker

It’s really hard to recommend another brand, when Keurig is so far ahead of its competition in the single-serve space! Our runner-up of this category is yet another model from the same brand, one with a lower price tag, and some features taken off.

For the most part, this model is very similar to the previous one, K-Elite, that we have reviewed. The manufacturer has generally done a good job of choosing what to retain in this affordable variant, as well as what to cut out.

The thing that stands out is the wide variety of design choices that the K-Select comes in. You’re bound to find one that fits onto your countertop perfectly. Our personal favorite is the “sandstone” variant – it just looks so elegant!

Brew sizes, though, are more limited here, with the minimum being 6oz, compared to the 4oz that the K-Elite is capable of. The water reservoir is also smaller at 52oz (vs 75oz), which means more trips to the kitchen sink and more splatter.

This model also doesn’t feature functionalities like an iced coffee setting, or the reminder system for descaling. The unit feels less premium in terms of build quality when compared to the K-Elite, so it might suffer from longevity issues – which only time will tell.

Similar to the K-Elite though, there seems to be quality control issues in the earlier batch of this model, particularly in the heat control department. Coffee sometimes comes out too hot, and sometimes too cold. However looking at the recent reviews and the replacement models the early reviewers have gotten, this issue seems to have been fixed.

All in all, it’s a great alternative to the K-Elite that saves you a few bucks, offering more color options. It’s all up to you whether you’re content with what this model is able to offer, or if spending some more cash for the extras in the K-Elite is worth it!

Pros:

  • Comes in a wide variety of color choices!
  • Brew sizes range from 6oz to 12oz
  • Offers brew strength settings
  • Large, removable 52oz water reservoir
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleanup

Cons:

  • Feels less premium in build quality compared to K-Elite
  • Heat control issues with early units

Best Espresso Machine: Breville BES870XL Barista Express

If you love concentrated shots of energy, this model from Breville is the best espresso machine with a hot water dispenser, in our opinion.

Coming in at a very steep price tag, the model offers a lot of functionalities and quality that could not be found elsewhere. Coffee comes out really balanced, with rich and full flavor, yet silky and smooth at the same time. It really is an experience.

Not only does it nails the basics, the model offers a lot of additional convenience features as well. Apart from having the hot water dispenser that this article is all about, it also has a built-in burr grinder. This makes it even easier to make great coffee, conveniently.

The machine also includes functionalities like digital temperature control (PID) to ensure precise extraction of your coffee, a pressure gauge to make it even easier to monitor and make great espresso, as well as adjustable grind size for the integrated burr grinder.

Being a full-fledged coffee-making machine, it also has a steam wand that allows for micro-foam milk texturing, enhancing flavors and even allowing for latte art. The quality of froth and foam that it produces is also noticeably better than most out there. However for non-dairy frothing like almond milk, you might want to invest in a dedicated frother for non-dairy options.

Now, we do have a few shortcomings of the machine that we want to mention, but we wouldn’t consider them caveats. For one, it’s really pricey, which makes it difficult for many people to want to purchase. It is also really big, so be sure to measure your available countertop space before pulling the trigger.

And because it is this sophisticated, it does take quite a bit of learning curve to get used to it. Once you do though, it truly rivals barista coffee you get from the store!

Pros:

  • Built-in burr grinder
  • Grind size adjustable
  • Precise digital temperature control ensuring optimal extraction
  • Built-in frother steam wand
  • Cleaning reminder indicator lights
  • Has a pressure gauge to help make the perfect espresso

Cons:

  • Very pricey!
  • Takes up a considerable amount of countertop space
  • Learning curve to use the machine – but at least it comes with a comprehensive manual

Best Commercial: BUNN VPS Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer

If you’re shopping for a shared space or say, an office, you might be looking for a commercial coffee maker, instead of a home-use model. Well then, this is specifically included in the list for you, as it’s what we think is the best commercial coffee maker with a hot water dispenser out there.

While there are many options from the brand out there, we specifically chose this because it is one of the BUNN coffee makers with a hot water dispenser that doesn’t require a water line. In other words, it’s 100% portable and utilizes a water reservoir.

If you look closely at the product images, you might find no existence of a hot water dispensing spout/tap. This is because this model doesn’t actually have a dedicated dispenser for hot water, rather, you can insert an empty filter and it’ll simply put out hot water.

Being a coffee maker built for commercial use that primarily focuses on getting coffee out fast, the model does have an important caveat to note. It cannot be turned off! The machine expects to be powered pretty much all the time, so that it always has hot water ready to brew.

All these aside though, it is a really capable coffee maker for a common/public space. It is capable of brewing 3.9 gallons of coffee an hour, and has 3 warming plates that function simultaneously. This promises almost an everflowing supply of coffee (or any other hot beverage, with its hot water dispensing ability).

Looking at the online reviews, there are quite a number of negative reviews, which is quite worrying. We can see mostly two groups of complaints – one that addresses quality control issues, and the other about the missing carafes and the non-ability to turn the unit off. While the latter is due to hasty purchases and missing the product description in the process, the former does raise some concerns.

Apart from that, the fact that it is a commercial unit also makes it quite pricey, and because of design decisions, is quite bulky as well.

If these things do not bother you though, and you get a unit which passed good quality control (which ours did), it’s really a joyful addition to an office, or just any shared space in general.

Pros:

  • Has 3 warming plates – perfect for an office setting
  • Brews 3.9 gallons of coffee per hour (as in, a lot!)
  • SplashGard funnel that protects the hand from hot liquid

Cons:

  • Quite pricey
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Carafes not included
  • Some batches seem to be ruined by quality control issues

How to Pick for Your Use Case?

If you’re still confused after reading our individual reviews of the different coffee makers, here’s what will help you decide.

Unless you’re looking for an office coffee maker and are willing to put up with bulky design, relatively high price, and the need to keep the machine powered on all the time, the BUNN VPS pourover coffee maker probably isn’t for you.

Also, unless you’re a coffee enthusiast that loves good espresso among many coffee drinks (which you very well might be, reading this article!), the Breville BES870XL Barista Express is likely overpriced and simply not practical or even worth it.

In this case, you’re left with 4 choices, and it all comes down to how much coffee do you need to brew at once, and if you’re willing to spend a bit more cash to get a more future-proof product.

If you’re looking for a 12-cup brewer, the Cuisinart CHW-12P1 coffee maker is our top pick. It simply offers the most value, with many functionalities that are bound to satisfy your needs.

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a more compact, single-serve option, we have two recommendations from the brand Keurig.

For the affordable (yet still very capable) option, the K-Select is an excellent single-serve coffee maker. If you want features like iced coffee-making, a bigger water reservoir, more versatile brew sizes options and so on, the slightly more expensive K-Elite would probably fare better in the long run.

And lastly, something that offers the best of both worlds, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way coffee maker. It has a half that makes coffee in carafe amounts, and another that makes single-serve cups. Best for the ones who can’t seem to decide!

Wrap Up

A coffee maker is great. But if you also love other kinds of hot beverages like tea or cocoa, one with a hot water dispenser is even better.

No longer would you have to wait around for a long time for water to boil. With any of these models, the convenience just spoils you and makes you wonder how you survived without it.

If you’re this close to buying one for yourself, why not skim through our short guide on picking the one for yourself, and follow through the link to check the latest prices?

And since you’re all for convenience, you might also be interested in the best coffee makers with grinders built-in, or maybe dual (two-way) coffee makers for added versatility to make both single-serve or a full carafe of coffee.

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Even as a coffee lover, it’s hard to resist some good hot chocolate once in awhile.


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