Available exclusively at Walmart, new Keurig K-Compact brings back the classic buttons and simple options while at the same time, saves space. Best of all, it comes at a sweet price at only $59.00!
Combine the space saving design of Keurig K15 and K250, with the simplicity and success of Keurig K55 (Elite) and you get K-compact!
After not so successful Keurig 2.0 system Keurig decided to add another classic series brewer to their product line. I like the new design for one simple reason: Keurig kept all the things that worked nicely and skipped all those that were less successful. To name a few: Keurig 2.0 brewers often had problems with touchscreens, so they decided to go for simple controls and classic buttons. People loved the compact size of K15 (Mini) but hated that they had to add water and wait for the machine to heat the water before each cup.
The K-compact is actually the most similar to one of their most successful classic models Keurig Elite (K55). I loved that model and it served me perfectly. With that said, here are some of the main characteristics of the K-compact coffee maker:
There are 3 basic cup sizes: 6, 8 and 10 ounces.
Simple button controls – as mentioned, they should be much more reliable than a sensitive touchscreen.
There’s a 36 ounces removable reservoir – not too small (you can make 4 standard cups before it needs to be refilled) and not too big (not everyone pours fresh water every morning).
I do hope that they did something with the manufacturing quality too, because these machines are not really known for longevity.
EASE OF USE
When you press the Power button, K compact takes approximately 4 minutes to preheat. This preheating is a one-time process. Once heated, you can brew cups one after another with small pauses. This is now called the Smart Start. As mentioned, the big flaw of the Keurig Mini is the fact that it heats the water for each individual cup.
To make the coffee, get one k-cup of your choice, lift the handle, insert the k-cup and close. Choose your desired cup size (small 6 ounces, medium 8 ounces or large 10 ounces) and press the button. That’s it!
On average, it needs 60 seconds to brew 8-ounce cup of coffee. When done, get out the empty k-cup and you can make a new one right away.
The machine also has an Auto Off feature which turns the coffee maker off 2 hours after your last brew.
KEURIG K-COMPACT COMPATIBLE PODS
Keurig K-Compact works with all types of k-cups: Keurig branded and non-branded, k-cups with updated or old labels. This is a classic model and it does not have a scanner.
Can you use your own coffee in Keurig K-Compact? Yes, you can use the My k-cup reusable filter in K-compact. This machine does not work with k-carafe pods and can’t make a carafe though.
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
The K-Compact includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-2739.
Keurig recommends using bottled or filtered water in this coffee maker.
It’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly using a wet cloth and descaling your machine every three to six months.
WHERE TO BUY
The Keurig k-compact is available to purchase exclusively at Walmart and retails for $59.00.
I’m not sure how it will work in the long run but so far it seems promising: it is space saving, simple to use, has less sensitive parts and works with all types of k-cups, the reservoir makes several cups but won’t allow you to forget to pour fresh water in the morning. And fresh water means better tasting coffee.
The coffee maker is available in black and red.
Have you tried it yet? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are excited about this one!