Available exclusively at Walmart, Keurig K-Compact brings back the classic buttons and simple options while at the same time, saves space. It also 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. So, The K-Compact has a 36 ounces removable water reservoir which is large enough for making a few cups in a row.
The K-compact is actually the most similar to one of their most successful classic models Keurig Elite (K55). It’s still one of the best Keurig coffee makers. It simply a space-saving version of this brewer.
The K-Compact has basic options – 3 cup sizes (6, 8 and 10 ounces) and doesn’t have programmable features like temperature control or auto on. The only Keurig brewer offering these features at this moment is K-Elite. Here you can read my K-Elite review.
While I do like its size and price, this machine does feel cheap. There’s also one huge problem – there’s usually a strong plastic smell when brewing the coffee and the coffee tastes a lot like plastic. So even if it’s super cheap compared to other models, I simply can’t recommend this one. I mean, for $30 you can get a French, go completely plastic free and make great coffee.
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.
To make the coffee, 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. As mentioned, the coffee can taste a lot like plastic which I hate.
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.
The Keurig K-Compact is available to purchase exclusively at Walmart for $59.00. Its nice size and a sweet price are appealing, but the fact that it makes a quite bad cup of coffee and is made of cheap plastic, makes it really hard to recommend. Keurig K-Mini Plus makes a better cup of coffee, and again, getting a classic French press would be a much wiser choice than spending your money on this machine.