Best Coffee Maker for RV Travel [On And Off The Grid] – 2020 Guide

Do you love coffee as much as you love to hit the road on an RV trip? If your answer is a resounding YES, then your RV kitchen accessories list must include an RV coffee maker.

Here we share the best coffee maker for RV options so you can enjoy a great cup of coffee wherever you go. We cover both on and off the grid travel coffee makers for RVs big and small.

So whether you are looking for a robust mini coffee pot for your small van or an under the counter coffee maker for your larger motorhome, we are confident you will find the best RV coffee maker for your next trip here.

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Best RV Coffee Maker Comparison Chart

Below is a quick reference table where you can see all the different types of RV coffee pots reviewed in this article.

Our RV coffee maker comparison table lists the type of coffee maker plus the travel coffee pot capacity to help you choose the van coffee maker right for you.

Read on for more information in our portable coffee maker reviews below.

ProductImageTypeCapacityOur RatingPrice
BUNN MCU Coffee MakerMulti1 cup4.8Check
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee MakerFilter1 cup4.6Check
Black and Decker Thermal Coffee MakerFilter12 cup4.2Check
Black & Decker Spacemaker Coffee MakerFilter8 cup4.0Check
Keurig K250 Single Serve Coffee MakerPod4 Cup4.5Check
Coleman Camping Coffee MakerFilter10 cup4.3Check
Bialietti Stovetop Coffee MakerMoka pot6 cup4.5Check
Secura French Press Coffee MakerFrench Press4 cup4.8Check
Hario V60 Pour OverPour Over4 cup4.6Check
Wacaco Minipresso GR Espresso MakerEspresso1 cup4.5Check
Coleman Propane Coffee MakerFilter10 cup4.0Check
Cold Brew Coffee Mason JarCold brew4 cup4.2Check

RV Coffee Pot Types

What is the best coffee maker for RVs? There are many different types of coffee pot for RV travel. The best coffee maker for van life will depend on how you travel, what style of coffee brew you enjoy and how much room you have to store the coffee machine.

Here we explain the different types of RV coffee pots to help you choose between our recommended coffee makers.

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1. Drip Coffee Makers

An all time favorite coffee maker for home, a drip coffee pot is also an option as a portable coffee maker for camping. Some need electricity to run, so consider whether you will have regular access to electricity (or a good battery) when reading the coffee machine reviews.

A camping drip coffee maker unit will be larger than others on our list so is best suited to those with a larger motorhome or RV.

They also typically come with a glass carafe, so they need to be stored safely when traveling. Alternatively, opt for one with a thermal carafe.

Drip coffee makers are great for larger groups and for people who enjoy more than a single cup of coffee. We review a number of different options in our guide.

2. Single Coffee Maker

If you are looking for a compact coffee maker, a single brew coffee maker is a great option. A single cup coffee maker is great for those traveling in a small van as they don’t take up much counter space, can be packed away easily when not in use and are easy to clean.

We have a number of electric one cup coffee maker reviews plus some manual coffee maker options too.

3. Stove Top Coffee Makers

Also known as a coffee moka pot, the stovetop coffee pot is one of the most popular choices for RVing. Robust, compact and good for both on and off the grid camping, they use gas to produce a strong espresso like coffee in minutes.

Moka pots come in a range of sizes from 2 cups all the way to 12 cups (approx. 25 ounces). When deciding which size is best, consider how many people you are making coffee for each day and how much coffee you want to enjoy in one sitting.

Whether you are in a campervan or making coffee camping, stovetop coffee makers are a top choice for RV travel.

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4. Camping Coffee Press

An all time favourite both in the home and as an outdoor coffee maker, a french press is a great choice for both on and off the grid RV trips.

They are also one of the simplest RV coffee makers – all you need is hot water and french press coffee beans to make a great cup of coffee.

Traditional french press coffee makers are glass, but there are a number of high quality stainless steel french press options that make the perfect addition to your RV gear.

5. Pour Over Coffee Dripper

If you don’t have a lot of room in your van and you need a space saving coffee maker, you can’t beat a metal or silicone coffee dripper.

Making pour over coffee is simple. Coffee drippers are filled with fresh ground coffee beans and placed on top of your coffee mug. You slowly pour hot water over the coffee and it drips into your cup. So simple and yet they make a tasty cup of coffee.

They are easy to clean and store, and are the perfect portable coffee maker for car camping. They are my top van life coffee maker recommendation for living off the grid in small vans.

This method is also one of our top coffee brew methods so you can be confident of enjoying great tasting coffee too.

6. Handheld Espresso Maker

If you love the taste of espresso and want to enjoy it on the road, then a camping espresso maker is the right choice. They make just one or two shots of espresso at a time, so are best for singles or couples who enjoy the process of making coffee each day.

Handheld espresso machines are a great compact travel coffee maker when exploring off the beaten path – no electricity or batteries required!

Simply add hot water, your best espresso beans ground and manually pump to extract the espresso straight into your cup.

7. Cold Brew Camping Coffee Brewer

Our final RV coffee maker option are cold brew mason jars. They are the perfect RV kitchen accessories for summer road trips when you are craving a refreshing cold coffee drink. There are many cold brew coffee makers on the market, but we like the simple mason jar as it is robust and easy to clean.

The best thing about brewing coffee in a mason jar is you don’t even need to heat the water! No electricity, wood, gas or batteries required. Make a large batch and enjoy your cold brew coffee over a number of days. It is the ultimate item to add to your list of off grid RV essentials.

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Best Coffee Maker for RV Owners

Below are our recommendations for the best coffee maker for RVing.

The coffee pot reviews are grouped based on the type of coffee maker, with electric coffee makers listed first followed by the non electric coffee maker options.

1. Hamilton Beach The Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

The Hamilton Beach 49881a single serve scoop coffee maker is an easy to use 1 cup travel coffee maker with a huge number of positive reviews on Amazon.

It is a unique single serve coffee maker as it does not use pods. The Scoop brews your own ground coffee instead and can brew 14 oz of piping hot coffee in just 2.5 minutes! It has an automatic shut off and 2 strength settings to customize your brew.

The removable drip tray and mesh coffee filter are easy to clean and the unit even has a height adjustable stand to accommodate your favorite cup or travel mug. Perfect for brewing a cup before hitting the road.

The unit requires 120V – 60 Hz and comes with a 1 year warranty. The durable stainless steel design is great for RV kitchens and it is easy to stow away when not in use.

Perfect for one or two people with regular access to electricity. Pair with a manual coffee grinder for the freshest cup of coffee every day.

The Hamilton Beach one cup coffee maker is one of the best compact coffee maker for RV options on our list if you have an RV electrical hook up.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for The Scoop.

2. BUNN Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

The Bunn MCU coffee maker is a unique single brew coffee maker as it comes with a 4 drawer system. It can brew coffee from K-cups or ground coffee, plus it has tea and hot water options too.

Bunn one cup coffee maker reviews comment on the flexibility the drawers give you when on the road to make coffee, tea, soup, cocoa and much more!

It can brew up to 14 ounces in under a minute and has a pulse-brew function for lovers of stronger coffee.

If you use a travel mug, just remove the drip tray to fit most travel mugs under the drawer. The removable drip tray also makes cleaning up a breeze.

Unfortunately there is no auto-shut off so you will need to remember to switch it off when not in use to conserve electricity.

The unit requires 120V – 60 Hz and comes with a 1 year warranty. It also has a smaller footprint than many other pod coffee makers which makes it perfect for the RV counter top.

There is nothing better than multi-purpose appliances in a small space. Which is why we think the BUNN is the best coffee maker for travel.

There are many Bunn coffee makers on the market, but the ability to use this machine for many different drinks is the reason we think this is the best Bunn coffee maker for RV Owners. Perfect for coffee and tea lovers.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the BUNN My Cafe

3. Black and Decker 12 Cup Thermal Coffeemaker Review

The Black and Decker CM2035B is a large camping coffee machine suitable for RV Owners with plenty of counter space. With a thermal carafe and 12 cup capacity it is perfect for a group of coffee drinkers and people who enjoy multiple cups of coffee!

This Black & Decker coffee pot has customizable brew options including coffee strength, 24 hour auto brew for fast morning coffee, sneak a cup brew pause plus the ability to brew just 1-4 cups if required.

The unit has auto shut off to conserve electricity and requires 120V – 60 Hz. As with most Black+Decker coffee machines it comes with a solid 2 year warranty

The classic stainless steel thermal carafe is perfect for RV travel with no need to worry about breakage. The vacuum seal will keep your coffee hot for hours too. Whilst larger than other travel coffee makers on our list, this Black and Decker coffee maker is narrower than many drip coffee makers on the market.

If you enjoy drip coffee, you like to top up your coffee during the morning and you travel with regular access to electricity, this is the best camping coffee pot on our list for you.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Black+Decker

4. Black And Decker SpaceMaker Coffee Maker For RV Review

If you travel in a large RV, you like to keep your counter space clear and want to enjoy coffee just like home, the Black and Decker space saver coffee maker for RV travel is the perfect choice.

This programmable under cabinet coffee maker for RV travel is one of a kind and can brew up to 8 cups of coffee at a time. It has all the functions you enjoy at home including brew-pause for when you just can’t wait and a delay timer so you can enjoy coffee as soon as you wake up in the morning.

It requires an electrical hook up and is best for on the grid RV travelers. The unit requires 120V – 60 Hz and comes with a 2 year warranty.

The auto-off function is great for conserving power and the removable water reservoir makes for easy top up and cleaning. There is both a glass and thermal carafe option for safe storage. The carafe even sits on a warming plate to keep your coffee warm for up to 2 hours.

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5. Keurig K250 Coffee Maker Review

If you have a Keurig coffee maker at home and love the convenience of a pod coffee machine, the Keurig K250 single serve k-cup pod coffee brewer is considered by many to be the best travel coffee maker for larger RVs.

With an easy to use touch screen, strength control setting, removable drip tray to fit your favorite travel mug and a large 40 ounce water reservoir it really is just like home, just sleeker and lighter.

At just 8.9″ wide x 13.6″ tall and 13.6″ deep it doesn’t take a lot of bench space and can be easily stored away when on the move.

The k cup camping coffee maker brews multiple pod sizes from 4 oz to 16 oz and can even brew a carafe sold separately from 22 to 30 ounces using K carafe pods. This flexibility is great as it minimizes waste. Whether you want to brew just one cup or coffee for 4 people, it is all so easy with the push of a button.

This machine is compatible with the Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable K-Cup Pod Coffee Filter, so you can use your own ground coffee instead of the pods too.

Unfortunately there isn’t an Auto shut off function, so you will need to remember to switch it off once you have brewed your coffee to conserve power.

The machine is easy to clean and includes 2 water filters and a bottle of descaling solution to keep your coffee maker in tip top condition. Keurig offer a 1 year warranty. It comes in a range of gorgeous colors including red, denim and this pretty pastel green.

The flexibility of the Keurig to brew a single cup and a carafe of coffee makes this a flexible option for RV coffee lovers on the grid.

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6. Coleman Camp Coffee Maker Review

The Coleman stove top coffee maker is a 10 cup coffee maker with glass carafe. The aluminium base sits on most two or three burner camp gas stoves and is perfect for dry camping as it uses propane to brew your coffee.

This gas coffee maker is perfect for camping without electricity and a good option if you have a smaller camper van without a full RV kitchen.

It uses regular basket filters which is one reason people love this coffee maker more than stove top percolators – no more grinds in your coffee!

Note there is no warming plate on this propane coffee pot, so you will need to transfer any left over coffee into a travel mug to keep it warm. The other point to know is it is much slower to brew than the Black & Decker electric coffee maker. The time it takes will depend on the power of your gas cooker, but will generally take between 15-30 minutes.

If you mostly travel off the grid and want to enjoy a cup of drip coffee, the Coleman propane coffee maker is a good option. Just make sure you pop it on the stove well before you want to enjoy your coffee.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Coleman Coffee Maker

7. Bialetti Moka Express 6 Cup Coffeemaker Review

The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker is one of my all time favorite RV coffee makers. Made from robust stainless steel, the moka pot brews on a gas stove to make an espresso-like coffee in just minutes.

Water is placed in the bottom reservoir, coffee grounds are placed in the centre holder and the top is screwed on and the unit is placed over a gas burner. Within minutes the boiling water is forced up through the coffee into the top of the pot.

If you love to make coffee at home on an espresso machine, the Bialetti coffee maker is an excellent choice. It brews coffee consistent with the flavor and taste of espresso in a very compact camper coffee pot.

The Bialetti on the stove coffee pot is easy to clean, durable and come in a range of colors and sizes to suit everyone.

Moka pot coffee makers are great for all types of vans and really are the best simple coffee pot for travel.

Regardless of whether you are in a small van, large RV, with electricity or dry camping, you can enjoy espresso quality coffee every day with the Bialetti coffee pot.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Bialetti Moka Pot

8. Coleman Portable Propane Coffee Maker Review

The Coleman propane coffee maker is a little different to the other portable coffee makers on our list. It uses a stand alone propane cylinder to heat water and produce 10 cups of drip coffee in 15 minutes. This means you can keep your gas stove burners free to cook up breakfast while your coffee is brewing!

The Coleman drip coffee maker has a glass carafe and instant push-button ignition. The removable filter basket is easy to clean and the pause and serve function is great if you are in a rush.

If you prefer a thermal carafe, a replacement stainless steel coffee pot for camping can be purchased separately. One propane cylinder lasts for around 4.5 hours – note that the propane cylinders are sold separately. Click here to check the price for the Coleman propane cylinders.

If you want to keep your kitchen free for cooking and enjoy RVing off the grid, the Coleman Instastart coffee maker is a great option. Making up to 10 cups of coffee, it is perfect to use in your RV or while camping.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Coleman Coffee Pot

9. Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker Review

If you are looking for a french press for RV trips, the Secura stainless steel coffee maker is a fantastic choice. French press coffee is a firm favourite amongst travelers and home coffee makers alike for its smooth flavor and ease of use.

Unlike many cheaper french press coffee makers, the Secura french press has a three layered stainless steel filter structure and both the interior and exterior are made of high quality stainless steel construction.

The Secura filter screen has a reputation in french press reviews for filtering out more coffee sediment than other brands. The screen can be dissembled for cleaning, but a quick rinse is sufficient most of the time.

The double walled construction of this all metal coffee pot helps retain heat, but if you want to keep it hot longer than 30 minutes you should consider transferring any remaining coffee into an insulated travel mug.

Many RV Owners love the french press for its simplicity and portability.

Boil the water, pour into the pot and within 5-7 minutes you have smooth, rich tasting coffee. Make sure you order the best coffee beans for french press and learn how to make french press coffee to achieve the best flavor.

With a 34 ounce capacity, this 4 cup travel coffee maker is durable, easy to clean and made of high quality parts.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Secura French Press

10.Hario V60 Pour Over Coffee Dripper Review

For lovers of craft coffee who travel in small RVs, the Hario coffee dripper is a great addition to your RV gadgets.

Simply line the coffee dripper with a Hario V60 paper coffee filter, add ground coffee to the metal dripper and sit the dripper on top of your coffee mug.

Pour boiling water over the grounds until they are wet. Wait, then gradually pour hot water in a swirling motion over the coffee grounds until you have a cup of coffee.

Producing a smooth flavored coffee straight into your cup in minutes, the v60 pour over is the best pour over coffee maker for camping.

There are a number of dripper sizes available. We think the Number 2 gives you a little more flexibility to brew larger cups of coffee.

Whilst there are ceramic and plastic pour over coffee makers, the metal pour over is the best option for camping. It can be popped in a drawer or cupboard without having to worry about it breaking.

This compact coffee maker is perfect for road trip lovers. Very affordable, no electricity required, great tasting coffee and super easy clean up. Just make sure you pack plenty of paper filters for your trip before you set off.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Hario Pour Over

11. Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Maker Review

For die hard espresso fans, this mini portable espresso maker by Wacaco is the best mini coffee maker for RV travel.

Hand operated, small amounts of hot water are pushed through ground coffee with the help of a semi-automatic piston to produce up to two shots of espresso, complete with crema! Drink as it is, or lengthen with hot water for an Americano style coffee.

If you enjoy a larger espresso coffee, the Minipresso Accessory Kit is worth adding to your RV gear.

The kit includes tank+ for up to 3.5 oz (100 ml) of espresso goodness and three additional filter baskets. There are also add ons for for coffee pods too!

In fact you may find yourself packing this mini coffee pot into your luggage whatever the type of trip.

This mini coffee maker is great for van life when space is tight and you value quality over quantity! Pair with the best espresso coffee beans for the best tasting coffee.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Wacaco Portable Espresso Maker

12. Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review

For cold brew lovers, a cold brew mason jar with stainless steel filter is a great motorhome coffee maker option.

Simply place ground beans in to the super fine mesh stainless steel filter. Add cold water and leave overnight. Then pour and enjoy super smooth coffee. Pair with the best cold brew coffee beans for maximum flavor.

This is also the only option that requires no external source. No electricity, no gas and no wood required! The ultimate off the grid coffee maker.

And the jar? These heavy duty jars are renowned for their durability and they are hard to break. Easy to clean and store, this is a really good choice for off grid RV living.

Finally, like the BUNN coffee maker, the Mason Jar cold brew filter is multi-functional. Try brewing herbal tea, or even infuse fruit in water for a tasty summer treat.

If you enjoy traveling off the grid and are looking for a super simple coffee solution, the Cold Brew Mason Jar is one of the best options in our list.

>> Click here to check the price and read more reviews for the Cold Brew Mason Jar

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How To Choose The Best Motorhome Coffee Maker

There are a number of considerations when choosing the best coffee maker for RV travel. For this reason there is no one best choice and there are a few key factors that will help you choose.

Power requirements

Do you travel off the grid or tend to stay and hook up at RV Parks? Electric coffee makers tend to brew a faster cup of coffee, but they need power to function. Do you do a bit of both? Many people opt to have two different coffee makers in the RV – one when on the grid and a backup when off the grid.

If you travel in a small van and rely solely on gas for cooking, there are plenty of great non-electric coffee maker options including the Secura French Press and the Coleman grill top coffee maker.

RV Storage Space

Space is usually the second biggest consideration after power when choosing the best RV coffee machine.

If space is limited, think about where you will store the coffee maker when not in use. Do you have room for it to stay on the counter? Where will you set it up when brewing coffee?

If you are looking for a camper coffee maker for a pop up van or other small RVs, the Bialetti moka pot and the Hario coffee dripper are the best small coffee maker options.

Style of Coffee Brewing

Everyone loves different styles of coffee. Some love espresso, others swear by their french press. Many people love their daily cuppa from the carafe. Whatever style of coffee brewing you prefer, there is an RV coffee maker in this list for you!

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Cup Capacity

If you need a couple of large cups of coffee to get going in the morning, look for travel coffee pots with an 8 or 10 cup capacity. The Black & Decker 12 cup coffee maker is great, as is the Coleman Quik Pot.

If a single brew coffee maker will suit you just fine, then the Bunn MCU and Hamilton Beach Single Scoop are our top picks.

What is the best way to make coffee in an RV?

Your RV power set up, the amount of bench space, the size of your van, how long you are traveling and whether you are on or off the grid will all influence your decision of what makes up the best coffee maker for motorhome travel.

For this reason there is no single best coffee pot for RV travel. Thankfully there are many great options available. We hope our list has helped you choose your campervan coffee machine. Happy travels!

Finally, if you don’t really enjoy black coffee and enjoy textured milk in your coffee, a milk frother is essential. We like this one. Small, compact and battery operated, click here to read the thousands of reviews for this handheld milk frother.

You can find all of our coffee maker reviews here. If you love camping too, don’t miss our Camp Coffee Guide here.  If you would prefer a small drip coffee maker, see our top rated small coffee pots here.

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About Rachel

Creator and writer for Creators of Coffee, Rachel is an everyday coffee lover who also loves to research and share practical tips on everything to do with coffee. Favorite way to make coffee: With an Espresso Machine