Is a Keurig Coffee Maker
Right for Me?
Keurig Coffee Makers are the dominant force among single cup brewers. In 2014, Keurig Green Mountain produced 9.8 billion k cups (over 27 million per day)!
The reason for this popularity is not too hard to understand. A Keurig coffee pot delivers three things that many coffee drinkers crave.
- Quick brewing — All of the k cup coffee makers, with the exception of the Mini, deliver a brewed cup of coffee in under a minute. For those who are pressed for time, this speed is ideal.
- No cleanup — This is perhaps the best thing about a Keurig coffee maker. All the things we hate cleaning up (the wet filter and the grounds) are contained within the cup itself. Cleanup literally consists of taking the kcup out of the machine and tossing it in the trash. What a marvellous invention!
- Good variety of coffees — Currently, there are over 400 varieties of coffee and tea available for Keurig coffee makers, and this number will only continue to grow over time. While no one will enjoy all of these flavors, it is easy to find a dozen or so that fit your particular palette.
Before going into any further details, let me note that if you you are new to the world of one cup coffee, let me urge you to look at our broad overview of your Single Serve Coffee Options to make sure that a Keurig coffee brewer will meet your needs.
We Recommend a Keurig Coffee Maker for ...
Two People Who Don't See Eye to Eye on Coffee — One of the great pains of a traditional multi-cup brewer is that rarely does everyone want the same coffee. Often one person wants decaf while the other wants regular. Some people like a bold, dark roast while others want a light flavored coffee. Both the Keurig machines and pod machines are excellent at solving this problem. Everyone in the house can have the exact kind of coffee they desire.
Those Who Want the Minimum Hassle Possible — Keurig coffee makers are all about ease of use. No other one cup system can rival Keurig in this department. With pods, there are some minor annoyances, like the slight messiness of the pod itself and the need to dampen the pod before placing it in the brewer (you really should do this). The k cup system, however, is absolutely streamlined, with a minimum of mess.
Not for Those Who Want Frou-frou Coffee — If you want a machine that can do lattes and cappucinos, look elsewhere (here is a good place to start). This is a coffee (or tea) drinkers machine. If you're looking for specialty coffee drinks, consider the Nescafe Dolce Gusto or possibly a Tassimo.
Keurig Coffee Maker Models
Keurig 2.0 Line
- Keurig K350 — The K350 is the economy brewer in the 2.0 line. It has a black and white touch screen display and a 60 ounce water reservoir. In-depth review of the Keurig K350
- Keurig K450 — The K450 is the mid-range brewer in the "Keurig 2.0" lineup. It includes a full color touch screen display (a significant upgrade from the black and white display on the K350) and has a 70 ounce water reservoir. In-depth review of the Keurig K450
- Keurig K550 — The K550 is the top of the line "Keurig 2.0" brewer. It includes a large full color touch screen display and an 80 ounce water reservoir. In-depth review of the Keurig K550
Keurig 1.0 Line
- Keurig Mini B30 — The B30 is small, light, and easy to travel with. Make sure you take it with you when you stay at a hotel as it delivers far superior coffee than the paltry offerings at most places. The B30 has no water reservoir so it takes about 2 minutes for the machine to heat the water before it is ready to brew. This Mini brews only one cup size (8 ounce). In-depth review of the Keurig B30
- Keurig Mini Plus B31 Brewing System — The B31 makes 2 upgrades to the popular B30. First, the B31 allows you to choose from three different drop sizes (6, 8, or 10 ounces). Also, the B31 heats the water twice as quickly as the B30. In-depth review of the Keurig B31
- Keurig B40 Elite — The B40 is the base model in Keurig's line of brewers. It brews only a 7.25 ounce cup. There are no bells and whistles on this model, but it produces excellent coffee, identical to that of the more expensive models. In-depth review of the Keurig B40
- Keurig B60 Special Edition — The B60 gives more control to the user. It provides the same great coffee as the B40, but allows you to choose a 5.25, 7.25, or a 9.25 ounce drop. Also, the B60 features an adjustable brewing temperature. In-depth review of the Keurig B60
- Keurig B70 Platinum Edition — The B70 makes a few minor improvements to the B60. It has a larger reservoir (60 ounce) and is noticeably quieter when brewing. Also, Keurig added an 11.25 ounce "travel mug" drop setting and a 4 ounce "iced coffee" setting. In-depth review of the Keurig B70
- Keurig Vue V700 — The Vue is the most recent addition into the Keurig coffee maker lineup. It works on a completely different system and uses Vue packs rather than k cups. The big plus for the Vue is that it gives you much more control in making your perfect cup of coffee. You can customize the coffee's strength (longer brew cycles and pulse cycles available), size (as large as 18 ounce), and temperature (can brew noticeably hotter than the k cup machines). This machine also has a very large 74 ounce reservoir. In-depth review of the Keurig Vue V700
- Breville BKC700XL — The Breville brewer has nearly identical features to the Keurig B70. It has the same reservoir size, the same drop settings, and the same adjustable temperature control. The Breville machine is quite difference in appearance. Also, it includes a charcoal water filter system and a "My K-Cup." In-depth review of the Breville coffee maker
- Cuisinart SS700 — The Cusinart brewer is the new kid on the block. It is essentially the same as the Breville machine. The chief difference is that the Cuisinart has an 80 ounce water reservoir. Also, the machine comes with a 3 year warranty instead of the 1 year warranty available on the other brewers. In-depth review of the Cuisinart SS700
Keurig Espresso Maker
- Keurig Rivo R500 — The Rivo is a combination espresso maker and milk frother produced by a joint effort between Keurig and Lavazza. If you're interested in espresso, cappuccinos, mochas and lattes, see our In-depth review of the Keurig Rivo R500.
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