You don’t have to go to a coffee shop to experience great tasting coffee, and many brands are now producing coffee machines which allow you to make coffee on demand at home or in your office in a matter of minutes.
Keurig are possibly the most impressive and expansive brand out there when it comes to making coffee machines. Unfortunately when we compare Keurig models in 2019 the process can be confusing and downright overwhelming.
Their range is absolutely huge and the brand has become a household name, so it can be hard to know which Keurig is best for your needs.
Below you will find a comparison chart of some of our favorite Keurig models.
Side by Side Keurig Comparisons
Keurig Buying Guide
We’ve put together a handy buying guide, comparison and reviews of the best Keurigs to allow you to navigate your way through their big range.
The premise behind a Keurig is pretty simple. Each of the coffee makers takes pods which contain ground coffee, hot water is then pushed through, brewing a fresh cup of coffee in a process which takes just a minute or two (and sometimes less).
In terms of ease of use, there aren’t many simpler ways to get a coffee which is a big upgrade on instant coffee. This is why Keurigs have become so popular in kitchens and offices the world over.
The fact that there are so many models means a lot of confusion when it comes to which to buy and which features are useful for your needs.
Water Reservoir and Filter
Other than your pod, the only thing you need to add to the machine is water. Most coffee machines have some sort of water reservoir, but not all.
Keurigs range has some mini coffee makers such as the K10 which do not have a reservoir and require the water for each individual coffee to be put in at the time of brewing.
The machines which do have water reservoirs vary hugely in terms of capacity. Some can can hold around 40 oz, whereas the larger models in the range can hold more than double this amount.
Having a large capacity for water means you aren’t constantly refilling the machine, perfect for a machine which sees a lot of use throughout the day.
The size of reservoir required will also depend on the size of the coffees you are making. Everything from a small 4 oz serving to massive 30 oz carafes can be made in a Keurig coffee maker.
The filter is another feature related to water and a consideration when choosing a coffee machine. Some come with a filter, some don’t.
Most have a way a filter can be attached, even if they don’t ship with one when you purchase.
Filters are a great way to improve the purity of water, and while the main benefit is taste, this can also mean your machine is more likely to last far longer.
Pods and Pod Sizes
The “Pods” are the little packages of coffee which slot perfectly into your Keurig. One is required for every brew. Pods are a cause of some controversy in the Keurig range.
For a time, the environmental impact was heavily criticized, but Keurig have made big steps to ensure all of their pods are eco-friendly in the future.
Pods come in different varieties which are designed to tie in with the size of brew. The standard K-Cup is designed for single brews, but other pods are available for larger sizes. The most common pod types are:
- K-Cup: Suitable for single servings from 4 oz to 10 oz.
- K-Mug: Normally used for sizes 12 oz to 16 oz.
- K-Carafe: For batch brews and sizes from 24 oz to 30 oz.
Another type of pod which is available is the reusable “My K-Cup”. As well as this, there are also reusable pods available which aren’t made by Keurig.
Whether ‘compatible’ pods work will depend on the generation of Keurig your machine is in. More on generations later, but generally, generation 1.0 will allow use of compatible pods.
Controls and Features
The control panel ties in closely with the features of your Keurig, and is likely to play a big part in your buying decision.
So what do we mean by features? In coffee machine language, features are basically any choice you can make to let you alter the brew of the coffee.
These are all controlled by a panel on the Keurig, either by buttons or by display screen.
Some common features of Keurigs are listed below. Only you will know which are useful to you and which are unlikely to be on your shopping list!
- Brew sizes: Most keurigs will give you some control over the size of your brew, there may be two or three options or up to 10 different choices.
- Strength settings: A relatively new addition to the range, strength settings are the option to choose how strong you want your cup of coffee.
- Favorite settings: Being able to save your favorite brew settings and return to them at a later date.
- Auto on/off: Most Keurigs come with the ability to program automatically turning on and off when in use or when not required.
- Iced mode: Some Keurig coffee makers have started to come with extra features such as the ability to brew a coffee specifically to be served over ice.
- “Frothy” and barista styles: Some of the high level commercial Keurigs offer the ability to make more barista style coffees such as lattes or cappuccino.
- High altitude settings: Allowing for easier brewing at low temperatures and high altitude and saving on the electricity consumed.
Reading through the features, you will probably have some idea of which appeal. Some may be overkill, some might be exactly what you are looking for.
Ultimately, the Keurig range will probably have something perfect for your needs.
Price is bound to play a part. The difference in price between the mini models of Keurig with limited features and the all-singing, all-dancing, top of the line models is huge.
You will probably have a budget in mind that you plan to spend on your Keurig, fortunately the options at every price point make a good cup of coffee.
Keurig 1.0 vs 2.0 : Keurig “Generations” & Discontinued Models
Previous incarnations include the “B-Series” and the “Vue” models. These have been discontinued, leaving the “K-Series” as making up the current available models.
Within the Keurig K-Series there are two types of model. It helps to think of them as generations.
These are the 1.0 models of coffee machine (the first generation) and the 2.0. Both still have models which are in production. Realistically, the changes in general aren’t massive.
Both still do a very similar job in terms of brewing coffee. The main changes were to do with the pods which the coffee makers take.
The 1.0 generation allowed the use of pretty much any K-Cup or compatible pods. Companies were able to make their own versions and these would work absolutely fine in a 1.0 machine.
When the 2.0 range came out, this became far more difficult. Keurig introduced technology which meant these types of ‘off-brand’ coffee were blocked from working.
There were hacks and workarounds, but this brought a lot of criticism for the brand.
The 2.0 range however, addressed much of the criticism the brand gets around use of plastic and the waste created via the method of brewing.
The answer saw the introduction of the “My K-Cup”, a reusable cup which slots into the usual compartment for the K-Cup and allows you to brew using your own ground coffee. This cuts down vastly on the amount of packaging waste.
The most modern products on the market including the K-Select and K-Elite have returned to being able to use any pod, and the features continue to grow along with the range.
An iced coffee mode is among the newest features to join strength control to give you different ways to alter your brew.
Which Keurig should I buy in 2018
Best Keurig For Home Use – Keurig K55
The Keurig K55 is one of the highest selling coffee makers in the brands history. Although not the newest, it certainly has a good blend of features and affordability. So why is this recommended for home use?
While not packed full with some of the features we see on offer right at the high end of the market, the K55 has plenty for most of us to be excited by.
It offers coffee in individual servings of 6 Oz, 8 Oz and 10 Oz and while it doesn’t have the strength control or iced functions we’re seeing in newer products, it still brews a great cup of coffee.
The fact it is from the 1.0 elite range means that it is one of the models which can benefit from the use of unbranded K-Cups.
Not something all of us will be excited about, but it is a way to be eco friendly, using reusable K-Cups or at least recyclable models.
The K55 has button controls rather than the LCD panel design we’re starting to see in some of the other models (we’ll explore this later).
The touchscreen designs are nice, but for most of us there is no issue in using a button design, especially if it means saving on the cost of the machine.
The buttons are very simple to follow, and it still has indicators for when you need to refill the water.
The main upgrade from the basic ‘mini’ options in the Keurig range such as the K10 is the fact that this has a water reservoir, meaning you can hold and filter water on the machine.
There is no filter included, but this is very easy to add on to your K55. Combine a filter with the ability to descale the K55 with a descaling kit available from Keurig, and you can extend the lifespan of your coffee machine.
The K55 is fairly basic by the standards of the Keurig range, but the good features combined with the value for money on offer make it a great option for home brewing.
Pro tip: If you are looking at the K45 or K50, this is a very similar model which can get confusing. The features are very similar but this has taken over from previous iterations on the market.
Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact Coffee Maker
The smallest models of Keurig don’t offer a huge amount in terms of features. If you are looking for a coffee maker with a lot of flexibility, stay away, but if you are looking for something you can take out and about with you then the K15 is the Keurig to look at.
The portability of these very compact machines is virtually unrivalled. This has made the small coffee machines such as this, and the older version, the K10, quite popular.
Uses include a coffee machine for your own desk at the office, taking to a dorm room at college or even having in your camper van!
The dimensions (6.9″W x 10.7″D x 10.8″W) are pretty much small enough to take with you wherever you have access to power and water. Even the power cord has been designed in a way that is easy to fold it away.
There are a few downsides to the model, and to say its features are basic would be a real understatement. There are very few options available, and though it can brew in 6 Oz, 8 Oz or 10 Oz brew settings, many have reported that increasing the size does weaken the brew somewhat.
Another downside is the lack of any sort of water reservoir. This coffee machine can only hold enough water to make one cup of coffee.
While it probably won’t win in a 1 to 1 battle with any other Keurig on features, the K15 is indisputably the most portable coffee machine. If this is your main criteria then look no further.
If you are looking into the differences between this and the K10, there are very few except for ironed out bugs and a slightly more modern design.
Keurig K250 – Keurig 2.0 Model
The K250 is one of the best models in the K 2.0 series, with a great balance between features and value. While similar in size as something like the K50, this has become very popular due to the added options to its 1.0 competitors.
This can brew in a huge variety of sizes, and allows you to use the K-Carafe as well as the K-Cup.
This means that brews up to an incredible 30 Oz are on offer. 30 Oz isn’t recommended for a single serving, but if you regularly drink coffee with others this can be perfect, making the K250 a popular model for those who regularly have guests at home or in offices. Serving a Carafe of coffee can be great for meetings, for instance.
This was one of the first Keurigs to bring the strength control option. This is a great way to personalize your coffee, and give it a little boost.
Some have complained in other models that the bigger brews lose a little bit of strength, but this can be combated with strength controls.
Another big upgrade from many of the 1.0 models is the LCD control. This is easy to use and allows you easily to control all of the new options available to you.
This model also has an included water filter (it has a smaller sibling, the K200, which doesn’t offer this). However, the smaller 40 Oz water reservoir has come in for a little criticism.
If you were to brew a 30 Oz carafe as is possible with this, then most of your water is used up in one go.
All-in-all, if you are looking for brew strength controls and plenty of options in terms of brew sizes, you can’t go wrong with the K250, as long as you can put up with a 40 Oz water reservoir. If you need bigger than this, there are other options…
Keurig K575 – Keurig 2.0 Model
Another 2.0 model which we highly recommend, this has a lot of similarities with the K250, and one big difference, it contains double the water in its reservoir.
The water reservoir is something more in line with the capacity you might hope for if you are regularly making large amounts of coffee.
If you plan on brewing a couple of Carafes every day then with the K250 you will have to refill your reservoir, whereas this can handle multiple batch brews.
The touch screen panel is signature of the 2.0 range, and keeps the ease-of-use while giving a more modern feel to the Keurig. The extra large display is simple to navigate in spite of all the options added in the K500 range.
These features include the 10 different brew sizes, strength and a clock. Although the other features (customizable wallpaper and a night light) are great little extras, most are in agreement that these are far from essential when it comes to making good coffee!
It is hard to mention any of the 2.0 models without mentioning the fact that you are a little more restricted due to only being able to use official Keurig K-Pods and K-Carafes.
If you plan on using the reusable “My K-Cup” this isn’t a disadvantage, but for using pods it can be frustrating.
Because of the large size and huge amount of features and controls, you will end up spending more to get the K575 than most other Keurigs.
However, if you love gadgets and the controls mentioned appeal to you then it can certainly be worth it.
Being able to brew lots of coffee at a time, with size and strength settings is a huge draw for any of us and the K575 does it brilliantly.
Newest Keurig Models 2018 – The K-Elite and K-Select
Keurig have moved away from ring fencing their products so that you can only use their own K-Cups, and are happy to allow you to move to other brands or use reusable K-Cups.
The K-Elite and K-Select don’t have any batch brewing capacity, so they aren’t the best options for big brews of coffee and are more designed for single cups.
The bonus being that they have larger water reservoirs and even allow you to make up to 12 Oz of coffee for one serving.
The two products aren’t dissimilar in terms of controls. Both have a strength setting and simple button control panel. The differences are that the K-Elite offers the following:
- Brews a smaller 4 Oz cup.
- Comes with included water filter.
- Much larger capacity at 75 oz.
- Has a totally new iced mode allowing you to brew coffee specifically to be served over ice.
For home brewing and more modern functionality such as the strength controls and ice mode, these models are definitely an upgrade on many of the 1.0 and 2.0 range.
A full comparison of the two products and their features is below: