Your complete guide for finding the best Keurig model for your home, and a list of best Keurig coffee makers.
One of the most popular brewers today, the k-cup coffee maker allows you to make your morning cup of coffee quickly and with no effort. To make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase, you don’t want to get just any Keurig, but one that is ideal for your daily routine.
So, let’s go through some advantages and flaws of this system, things to consider when deciding which model to get, and lastly, a list of the best Keurig models on the market.
If you want to make coffee at home quickly and easily, Keurig is a good choice. To make the coffee you just insert the k-cup and press the button. Once preheated machine needs 1 minute to brew a single cup. Cleaning is easy as well and takes only a few seconds.
The k-cup system is also great if you’re the only one drinking coffee in your family, or you usually don’t need to brew an entire pot.
K-cup brewer is ideal if you have a big family and everyone has their own taste. Or let say, you love a really strong brew in the morning, and some nice flavored coffee in the afternoon. It’s really easy to switch between different flavors and different drinks with Keurig. There are so many k-cups on the market and so many variety packs you can choose from.
The main flaw of a Keurig is that it does make more waste than drip brewers. The k-cups are plastic and most of them are still not recyclable. The alternative is to use reusable k-cup with your brewer to reduce waste.
While Keurig coffee makers are super popular, they usually don’t last as long as you would expect, at least for their price. Quality is an issue sometimes.
Keurig brews an average cup of coffee. The coffee tastes pretty good, but if you want the best cup of coffee for your money, there are some drip coffee makers that cost the same but make better coffee. Also, the coffee is not as hot as you would probably expect and it’s usually around 192 F, which is below optimal temperature.
Here are some of my favorite drip coffee makers that make a very good and hot cup of coffee, if you want to check those out as well.
How to choose the right model?
The water tank: Think about your needs and choose a model that allows you to make as many cups as you want without having to wait for the water to reheat again.
Size: Keurig machines come in different shapes and sizes and you should choose the one that you know will fit your kitchen.
Options: Think about what you want from your coffee maker. Maybe you need a model with auto brew, more cup choices or you also want to be able to brew a carafe.
The best Keurig coffee makers
Here are the best Keurig coffee makers in 2020:
Best overall: Keurig K-Elite
Best for the money: Keurig K-Classic
Smallest Keurig: K-Mini
Best for lattes: Keurig K-Cafe
Latest model: Keurig K-Supreme
Best Keurig overall: K-Elite
The $169.99 Keurig K-Elite is one of the best Keurig brewers right now because of all the options it offers. It has one of the largest water tanks as well, and can hold up to 75 ounces.
The K-Elite has 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces, and there’s also an iced coffee button. This is the only brewer from this list that has hot water on demand.
Probably the best reason to choose this model is if you want to be able to set the auto brew for k-cups in the morning. While Keurig K-Duo has auto on for a carafe, the K-Elite is the only one that offers auto on for single cups.
It also lets you control the water temperature (it has a range between 187 and 192 degrees Fahrenheit) and coffee strength for a stronger brew.
Best value: K-Classic
K-Classic is a great option for people watching their budgets and those looking for a basic coffee maker. This coffee maker has 3 cup sizes and works with all k-cup brands.
It’s a basic Keurig model and it’s always very popular because of its simplicity and its price.
The latest model: Keurig K-Supreme
Keurig promises more flavor and aroma with this new brewer because of its multistream technology. Instead of just one entrance needle, the K-supreme has five entrance needles, so it can evenly saturate the coffee grounds.
There are two K-Supreme models: K-Supreme and K-Supreme Plus.
The first one, $139.99 K-Supreme, has 4 cup sizes (6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz). It also has strength control, and an iced coffee button. The dual position reservoir holds 66 ounces.
The second one, $189.99 K-Supreme Plus offers some extra options. It has five cup sizes (4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz), and an iced coffee option.
This model does come with strength and temperature control, with three different levels for each. But, don’t expect a lot from its temperature control. The difference between the three levels is very hard to notice, and the hottest setting doesn’t go above 170F.
This model also features programmable favorites, so up to 3 users can save their own brewing preferences. The water is bigger and holds 78 ounces.
Keurig with carafe
If you want to use k-cups, but also ground coffee to brew a carafe, check out the Keurig K Duo Plus ($199.99). This model has four cup sizes for single cups: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces. It can also do 6, 8, 10, and 12 cup carafe using ground coffee.
The carafe option has auto brew, so you can set the brewer to brew the coffee in the morning. There’s no auto brew option for single cups. This model is great if you want to brew single cups and multiple cups, without having two appliances.
There’s also a cheaper version with side-by-side design. The $139.99 Keurig K-Duo can do single cups and carafe, and it also has auto ON option. The problem with this model is that it has a glass carafe which, according to a good number of reviews, is not very durable.
Keurig with frother
The $199.99 Keurig K-Cafe is the only model with a built-in milk frother and allows you to make lattes and cappuccinos at home. The K-Cafe has 4 coffee sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounces, plus the Shot button (2 oz) for lattes. The machine also has a Strong brew option.
The milk frother can do hot and cold froth so you can easily make iced lattes as well.
If you want a model that won’t take a lot of space, the $79.99 Keurig K-Mini is perfect. It’s less than 5 inches wide so it fits anywhere. This model has a single cup reservoir (you fill a tank for each cup), and you can make from 6 oz to 12 oz cup of coffee.
If you don’t want to manually add water for each cup, then check out the K-Slim ($109.99). Just like K-Mini, it offers a space-saving design but it has a 46-ounce water reservoir.
Each of the models mentioned above works with all regular branded and non-branded k-cups. They are also compatible with the reusable k-cup filter so you can use your own coffee.
If you need more information about a certain model, read our full reviews.
Coming soon: Keurig K-Supreme