A review of new Keurig Mini K15 brewer, a classic series model.
Update: Keurig Mini now has a 2.0 series brother: the K250 model ($109.00). This new brewer can do single cups, but also a travel mug and a carafe.
The Keurig Mini ($99.00) is the most affordable and the smallest k-cup machine. Mini is easy to move around on your counter and is ideal for limited spaces – 10.8 inches tall and 6.9 inches wide. The machine uses all regular k-cups (Keurig branded and non-branded) and is compatible with reusable k-cup filter. And it’s so easy to use: just flip open the plastic lid on top of the reservoir, use the mug to fill it up, choose a k-cup and push the brew button!
However, this single-use reservoir might not be for everybody. Mini needs some time to heat up for each cup that you make, so it’s probably not worth saving a few bucks by getting this one if you drink lots of coffee or you need to make several cups in the morning. In that case, a big, removable reservoir like the one on K55 model might be a better option. K55 needs to heat the water just once and then can brew several cups one after the other.
Ease of use
To operate, press the power button. Lift the reservoir lid, add the desired amount of water into the reservoir and close it. When you lift the handle, the water will start to drain into the brewer. Wait until all water has drained. Place chosen k-cup into the k-cup holder and close the handle. Press the BREW button (will flash blue). The machine needs some time while the water is heating (around 90 seconds) and 20 more seconds to dispense the beverage. But on average, you will have your coffee fresh and hot in less than 2 minutes.
The Mini has a single-use reservoir which means that you do have to add water for each cup. I didn’t like this at first, but then… this ensures that the water is always fresh and that’s important if you want a good cup of coffee. And it’s really an easy process: you simply fill your mug with fresh water and pour it straight into the machine. And, the reservoir is on top of the unit and it’s really not that hard to refill.
Unlike other Keurig models, mini doesn’t have dedicated buttons for each cup size, but there are tabs in the water reservoir that show you how much water to pour in for your desired cup size: 6, 8 or 10 ounces. Just pour water into reservoir up to the rim of your desired fill level and you’re ready to go. Not as fancy, but it works.
The machine uses regular k-cups and is compatible with the My k-cup reusable filter so it allows you to use your own coffee. And because of its removable drip tray, it can also fit large mugs.
Maintenance and support
The Keurig Mini includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. To keep your Mini in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts or the brewer regularly and descaling it every three to six months. The process is easy. The brew head detaches from the unit with the click of a button for easy cleaning.
Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739).
Keurig Mini K15 retails for $99.00 and is available in 11 different colors! Each machine comes with a limited one-year warranty for normal home use and free shipping. Check it out on Amazon.