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Keurig Coffee Maker Review: Which Keurig Coffee Maker is Right for You?

Updated on June 4, 2015
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Keurig, the new household must-have!

People love their coffee, so it's no surprise that Keurig coffee brewers have become increasingly popular over the past few years. What's so great about the Keurig coffee makers in comparison to regular old coffee makers? Well, the Keurig allows you to brew one cup at a time rather than brewing an entire pot. It typically takes less than a minute to brew a cup of coffee with the Keurig, which is another plus if you happen to be running late! It has really brought convenience to a new level for coffee lovers. Feel like having a midday cup of coffee? No problem, just brew a single cup and enjoy!

Keurig coffee makers are also easy to operate and don't require much cleanup. However, some people feel that buying the K-cups is much more expensive than purchasing a regular can of coffee that you use with traditional coffee makers, but if you purchase your K-cups online you're going to save quite a bit of money in the long run. While supermarkets and grocery stores do carry the single serve K-cups that are used with the Keurig, they are typically priced much higher than the K-cups that you can find online. For example, you can find a pack of 80 San Francisco Bay French Roast K-cups on Amazon for just $29.00, which means that each cup of coffee is running about .36 cents! If you think about it you are going to spend much more than that on a cup of coffee at a gas station or coffee shop, so it really is saving you money.

K-cups?

Okay, if you're not too familiar with Keurig coffee makers you might be a little confused at this point. K-cups are little "coffee pods" that allow you to brew the perfect single cup of coffee without having to measure out the correct amount each time. All the work is done for you. The term K-cups was coined by Keurig, however there are other brands and manufacturers who have come up with their own coffee pods for the Keurig coffee makers. Additionally, if you're really worried that you're spending more on these coffee pods you can continue purchasing your cans of coffee and invest in a reusable K-cup filter pod for use with your Keurig. This would allow you to fill your reusable pod filter with your regular coffee, eliminating the need to purchase the K-cups.

If you're not a huge coffee fan, don't worry, there are other options! You can brew tea, hot cocoa, and even apple cider using some of the K-cups that are offered.

Which Keurig is right for you?

There are quite a few different Keurig models and they come in all shapes and sizes. You'll be able to find brewers that are perfect for the office, home, dorm rooms, etc. Some are very basic while others are fancy with a lot of extra features. With all the different models it can be hard to determine which one will best meet your personal coffee needs. When I purchased my first Keurig I ended up taking it back a few weeks later to upgrade to a different model that had some features that were lacking in my original Keurig, so it's important to do your research to find out which one is going to be your best bet. To help you out I've reviewed some of the more popular Keurig machines at various price levels to make your life a little easier.

Keurig Mini Brewers

One of the basic models is the mini brewers. This mini model is great for dorm rooms because they don't take up much space and are very compact. A great bonus about the mini brewers is that they come in a variety of fun colors like purple, yellow, turquois, orange, and of course the generic black or white. The mini brewers have a removable drip tray for easy cleanup as well as the option of 3 cup sizes. A potential negative of this particular brewer model is that you need to fill the water reservoir each time you make a cup of coffee because there is not a tank that stores water for future use like other Keurig models. The Keurig mini brewer has been rated 3.6 out of 5 stars. Mini brewers range in price from $80.00 to $100.00 depending on the color options and any additional items, such as K-cups or filters that may be included in your purchase.

Keurig K45 Elite Brewer

One of the greatest aspects of the K45 Elite Brewer is that it comes with a built in charcoal water filter and a 48 oz. water reservoir which means you don't have to fill the water reservoir for each cup of coffee. The K45 Elite Brewer offers 3 cup size options. It also has Quite Brew Technology and an Energy Savings Mode with auto off. This model also has a removable drip tray for easy cleanup. This model is not suggested for commercial use, but is great for home or personal use. This is one of the better options if you're looking for convenience at an affordable price. This brewer was rated 3.8 out of 5 stars. You can find K45 brewers for less than $100 on Amazon!

Keurig K65 Brewer

The K65 brewer is a step up from the K45 brewer. It offers a one-touch control panel with an LCD display including a digital clock and temperature control (you can choose how hot you want your coffee!) It is also programmable, so you can set it to brew at the most convenient time for you! Waking up at 6:00 a.m.? Set your brewer to go off at 5:55 a.m. so that you have a hot cup of coffee waiting for you! Like other models there is a removable drip tray and 3 cup sizes with this brewer. It has a 60 oz. removable water reservoir and a descale indicator light that lets you know when it needs to be cleaned. The parts are dishwasher safe and easy to care for. This model also comes with the charcoal filter. This system was rated 3.7 out of 5 stars and typically costs $100 and up.

Keurig Platinum Plus Brewing System

This model is a bit more fancy than previous models. It offers a sleeker design for those who are conscious about how the brewer looks sitting out on the counter. This brewer offers a total of 5 cup sizes in comparison to the usual 3. It has a 60 oz. water reservoir with filter and removable drip tray and descale indicator. This brewer is fully programmable offering an LCD display with a digital clock. You can set the temperature of your coffee as well as auto on/off and your favorite cup size. This brewer also has an instant rinse and hot water dispensing capability. This brewer is rated 4 out of 5 stars and ranges in price from $120 to $200.

Keurig B3000SE Commercial Brewer

Keurig has come out with several options that are made specifically for commercial use rather than household use (however you are able to purchase them for household use as well). The B3000SE model brewer is the most popular commercial brewer from Keurig. These brewers are great for large offices or business and can typically be found in break rooms or lunch rooms etc. This brewer offers an LCD screen with instructions in English, Spanish, and French. This brewer offers the choice of 4 cup sizes as well as an automatic K-cup ejector and empty bin that holds up to 35 used K-cups before it has to be emptied. This commercial brewer also offers direct water line plumbing (hooks directly to the water source) which means there is no need to refill any water reservoir. This brewer has been rated 3.6 out of 5 stars and can cost up to $1000 depending on any extras included in the purchase.

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      Kristen Haynie 3 years ago from Modesto, CA

      Great information! I use a stove top percolator to make my coffee, and I absolutely love it! I have been hearing a lot of buzzing about the Keurig, though, and I've been getting curious. I want to try it, but they are a little bit too pricey for me, especially since I may end up disliking it. But this hub definitely gave me something to think about. This is wonderful information and it was very helpful!

      My biggest question is, how long does the Keurig take to brew one cup of coffee? I also wonder if there are models which allow users to brew two cups of coffee at the same time.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Great job reporting on the Keurig products, Alisha! I first became acquainted with K-cups in Bellevue, WA, and over the last year, I see that Starbucks is heavily promoting its own version of this product.

      What I especially liked is how you broke down the cost per cup of Keurig. It makes great sense to me to be a little spendy up front because, in the long run, a coffee-loving consumer will save money.

      Thanks for sharing, my friend! Aloha!

      Joe

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      alisharenee 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Hi Kristen! A Keurig typically takes a minute or less to brew a cup of coffee. When I'm running late in the morning I am always very thankful for my Keurig because I don't have to skip my coffee since it only takes a minute or two to get my coffee and be out the door.

      Aloha Joe! I've owned my Keurig brewer for over a year now and I'm so glad that I finally broke down and made the purchase (actually, it was a gift from my husband for Christmas!) The Starbucks K-cups are some of my favorite, they have an amazing variety of flavors! I've already saved money by investing in a Keurig, although I do still love spending afternoons in the local coffee shop! Hope all is well with you! :-)

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      Kristen Haynie 3 years ago from Modesto, CA

      Wow, thanks for the info! I think I'll start doing some research, and maybe think about adding one of these to my own Christmas wish list!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I used to drink a lot of coffee and at that period of my life, I would have enjoyed it very much! What I like also about those machines is that you can buy different kind of coffee so people can change the coffee they drink depending of their mood. I love the smell of coffee but I will not buy a machine for the pleasure to smell the coffee :-)

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      alisharenee 3 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Kidscrafts- I actually just became a coffee fanatic within the past few years. When I first started drinking coffee I wasn't a big fan, but it did help me wake up in the morning, so it became part of my morning routine. Now I really enjoy it, especially the smell of fresh coffee brewing. I'm always trying the new yummy flavors that they keep coming out with, my favorites so far are the caramel drizzle and vanilla biscotti, both delicious!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I can imagine it must be nice to wake up and brew yourself a nice cup of coffee in minutes :-) There was a place in Brussels where they roasted the coffee.... I could smell it when I was going to college :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      As you wrote, we have one in our employee lounge and everyone uses it. It's nice to be able to brew your own coffee and have it the way you prefer with flavors. Love coffee and this article! Voted up++

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub well researched and informed on the Keurig Coffee Maker Review. Sounds most helpful

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Nice review and presentation of the Keurig coffee makers. I think as a coffee lover I should give it a try.

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      Tabitha.mcglawn 3 years ago

      Is really good and what did you for it and where because my dad really loves coffee and his birthday is coming so I was going to buy him one

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      Sandra Levy 3 years ago

      I just purchased a new Keurig Coffee maker & I found your presentation very useful, very well done. Thank you.

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      Kristen Haynie 3 years ago from Modesto, CA

      So I ended up getting one! I can't believe what I've been missing! I used to wake up late and buy coffee on my way to work because I didn't have time to make it. That NEVER happens any more. It's even way cheaper to buy coffee for this thing, because I end up using (and wasting) so much less. I love it!

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      Antoine Marcello 2 years ago from United States

      My friend just bought Keurig coffee maker based on my recommendation and my research in finding the best coffee maker for home.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      do you use any of them? It is expensive and I am looking for a real good one within a budget

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      tim 2 years ago

      What are the 4oz 6oz 10oz extra cup things that came in box, and how are they used?

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      Nikki 2 years ago

      Sizes it will brew: 4 oz would be for a tea cup, 6 oz for a coffee cup, and 10 0z for a large mug size.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I know Keurig is the class of the industry. Very useful article.

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