Keurig coffee makers are so convenient and easy to use. They have become so popular over the past 16 years. While my personal preferred brewing method is Pour Over, I can’t do it at the office with ease and some of you out there have no desire to learn, you just simply love the convenience of a Keurig. Because of this, I have put together the top 11 Keurig makers for 2021 and included our favorite.
Our Top Keurig Pick for 2022
The K-Supreme is jammed packed with features and we think it’s the best one yet.
Features we LOVE:
- Multistream technology (maximizes coffee extraction)
- 3 brew strengths and temps (versatility)
- Changeable water reservoir (adjusts to kitchen size)
You can customize it to fit your kitchen and your brewing needs, that’s why we love it.
What is a Keurig?
In 1990, John Sylvan quit his job and tried to solve the common office problem of brewed coffee that sat in the pot too long. It became bitter and stale this way.
So, he created a single-serve pod of coffee grounds that works in a special brewer to help with this problem. In 1992, he and his roommate from college, Peter Dragone, came up with a business plan and the rest is history.
The name Keurig came from the Dutch word meaning “excellence”. So, he created an “excellent” coffee brewer that could make a single cup of coffee with just the right amount of grounds that left the user with a short brew time and minimal cleanup. (awesome right?)
By 2002, they sold 10,000 commercial machines and started thinking about one for home use. In 2004, this became a reality. They started selling to the home market.
How to Choose a Keurig?
First, you need to decide which features are most important to you. Is it the size of the coffee maker, the amount of water it holds or is it the versatility of the maker?
Keurig has come a long way since they started.
1. Keurig K-Classic
The K-Classic is really Keurig’s tried and true brewer. It can make 6,8 or 10 oz cups. It has a 48 oz water reservoir. You can remove the drip tray and brew into a 7.1″ tall mug.
It’s ready in under a minute and has an auto-off feature.
Dimensions: 13″ H x 9.8″ W x 13.3″ D
2. K-Mini Plus
The K-Mini Plus is Keurig’s slimmest brewer yet. It’s only 5 inches wide making it perfect for small spaces. It can brew between a 6 and 12 oz cup. It also accommodates up to a 7″ tall mug.
Con: You have to add water each time, but it’s really no big deal.
It has a 90-second auto-off feature for energy efficiency.
Dimensions: 12.1″ H x 4.5″ W x 11.3″ D
The K-Elite is the newest single-serve maker in the Keurig line up. It has programmable features and beverage customization. The K-Elite has 5 cup sizes from 4-12 oz. and can fit a 7.2″ mug when the drip tray is removed.
You can brew coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or iced beverages.
I like that you can program it to come on in the morning and you can select the strong brew button for a bolder tasting cup of coffee. The hot water button is cool also. It can use it to make oatmeal and instant soups.
The water reservoir on this maker is 75 oz. so you can brew 8 cups before you have to refill.
Dimensions: 13.1″ H x 9.9″ W x 12.7″ D
The K-Select brewer has Quiet Brew Technology to minimize noise. It also has a strong brew button for bolder tasting cups. You can make between 6-12 oz. cups.
The water reservoir is 52 oz. so you can brew 5 cups before a refill.
Dimensions: 12.5″ H x 9.2″ W x 11.6″ D
5. K- Slim
This is Keurig’s slim version but with a water reservoir. It’s only 5″ thick like the K-Mini. The 46 oz. reservoir can brew four 8 oz. cups before a refill.
The K-Slim can brew 8, 10, and 12 oz. sizes and has an auto-off feature. It accommodates mugs up to 7″ in size, too.
Dimensions: 12.4″ H x 4.76″ W x 15.2″ D
Coolest and Fanciest
This K-Cafe brewer is pretty cool. It can make single-serve, lattes or cappuccinos so that you can be a coffeehouse on the go. Brew shots, froth milk and enjoy. The frother is even dishwasher safe.
You can increase the boldness with the strong brew option.
It has a large 60 oz water reservoir and can brew 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. cups. The large water reservoir allows you to make 6 cups before a refill. You can fit a 7.2″ tall mug.
Dimensions: 12.5″ H x 15.3″ W x 11.7″ D
This snazzy little K-Supreme brewer is Keurig’s first to have multistream technology. It’s a new way to saturate your grounds and extract full flavor and aroma.
The 66 oz. water reservoir can be positioned beside it or behind it to allow you to choose for optimal counter space.
You can brew four cup sizes – 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz. and brew back to back without having to wait on the water to reheat.
The option to make strong coffee or iced coffee is a plus.
Dimensions: (water on the side) 12.15″ H x 7.85″ W x 12.02 L (water in back) 12.15″ H x 6.36″ W x 15.11″ L
8. K-Supreme Plus
This K-Supreme Plus brewer also has multistream technology. This is a new way to saturate your grounds and extract full flavor and aroma. You can brew 3 strengths and utilize 3 temperature settings which makes it possible to brew strong, hot, or iced coffee.
It has 5 cup sizes up to 12 oz. and a 78 oz. water reservoir that lets you brew 9 cups before a refill.
Dimensions: 12.24″ H x 8.31″ W x 13.35″ D
9. K-Duo Plus
This fancy little thing can make a single-serve or a 12 cup pot of coffee. You can use a K-Cup or ground coffee. The K-Duo Plus makes it super versatile, giving you the ability to make a pot when friends are over as well as single cups with the pods.
When you brew in the carafe, it gives you the ability to pause it mid-brew and pour a cup. The thermal carafe keeps your coffee warm for up to 2 hours.
Its programmable and has 4 single-cup brew sizes ( 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz.). The 60 oz. water reservoir can be positioned in 3 different locations so you can customize it to your kitchen.
Dimensions: (water on the side) 14.19″ H x 8.2″ W x 15.88″ D (water in back) 14.19″ H x 7.68″ W x 15.88″ D
Being similar to the K-Duo Plus, this K-Duo has a different carafe design and the size of the brewer is bigger. It has a glass carafe instead of the stainless insulated one.
The reservoir is fixed in the back but still the same size.
Dimensions: 12.92″ H x 10.94″ W x 12.76″ D
The Keurig K-15 can make 6,8 or 10 ounce cups in less than two minutes. It’s compact, fast, and easy to operate.
It’s great for small spaces with its single use reservoir.
It comes with a removable drip tray to fit a 5.2″ travel mug.
You can brew coffee, tea, hot cocoa, specialty, and iced beverages.
Dimensions: 10.8″ H x 6.9″ W x 10.7″ D
How to Use It?
It’s really simple, you fill the water reservoir, put your coffee pod in, and hit brew. Each brewer works slightly differently but they all have the same general idea which is to make a quick, easy, great-tasting cup of coffee.
Why You Should Buy One?
Not only do they look super cool in your kitchen, but they also give you a fast, flavorful cup of morning joe. They are easy to use and ultra reliable. Some can be programmed and they are low maintenance.
They can brew your cup in less than a minute with minimal cleanup.
If your lifestyle requires you to be on the go, this may be the perfect solution for you. You also might prefer a different kind of coffee than your significant other which would make single serve pods perfect for you.
How to Clean a Keurig
It’s called Descaling and it’s an important part of owning a Keurig. This removes any deposits that build up over time. The deposits aren’t going to hurt you but they can alter your brewer’s performance.
It is recommended to descale your machine every 3 to 6 months.
Keurig recommends you use their descaling solution.
- Turn off your brewer and empty the water tank
- Pour the descaling solution into the water tank
- Fill the bottle with water and pour into reservoir
- Turn it on, put a mug under it and run it
- Dump out the contents of the mug when its finished
- Repeat until the tank is empty
- Let it sit for 30 minutes
- Rinse the reservoir well
- Fill with fresh water and run 12 more cleaning brews with just water
To descale the K-Mini, see the video on Keurig’s website.
They say you can use vinegar to descale and I have done it with success but Keurig states you will need to let it “soak” longer than if you use their descaling solution.
If you are still having some trouble, see our Keurig Troubleshooting Guide!
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