I love single cup coffee makers and in particular, the Keurig brand coffee makers, so I wanted to write up a post of some Keurig coffee maker reviews for anyone looking to make a change or purchase a new one. In the past ten years, we have gone through two Keurig’s in our family. My husband and I are avid coffee drinkers and we typically drink one cup of coffee each at home per morning. The other cups may come at work or later in the day, depending on what is going on.
This why we decided to buy the Keurig in the first place, because brewing an entire pot of coffee was just wasteful for us and we were tired of cleaning out the pot every evening or going for a second cup later in the morning only to find the coffee had cooled down or tasted old. The Keurig solved those problems for us as well as offers the option to have any flavor of coffee, tea, lemonade or hot chocolate you would like with the added convenience of only having to make one cup as opposed to a whole pot. So, if the kids want some hot chocolate but I want a cup of tea in the evening, we can do both quickly with our Keurig.
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This is a versatile option from Keurig that gives you the benefit of a making single cups of coffee as well as a carafe of coffee, depending on the occasion. The right side uses the K-cup pods and the left utilizes regular coffee grounds and filters in case you need a full pot of coffee. This is great for when family or friends come to visit, or you have a large household that drink the same type of coffee daily but like to change it up sometimes as well. There are some people that are and always have been partial to making a full pot everyday and quite possibly it could be because they drink a full pot in the morning. Luckily, this product gives you the versatility to do so but also the option of making a separate cup for anyone else that prefers a different brand or different drink entirely.
The single serve features three brew sizes (8, 10 or 12 oz) and holds 60 oz of water in its reservoir. The carafe will hold up to 12 cups of coffee in a single pot and includes a “pause and pour” feature that allows you to grab a cup of coffee in the middle of brewing a pot if you are in a hurry and can’t wait. I’ve definitely been there! Reviews were mostly positive with many saying the product is convenient and easy to clean. Some felt that adding a timer would have made this a more effective product, which I do agree with when it comes to brewing an entire pot of coffee. It just makes things easier if the coffee is brews on its own instead of my having to remember to come down and flip the switch or push a button. Although, there were a few reviewers that stated the coffee brews so quickly that the absence of a timer was not as big a deal as they first expected. One negative reviewer said their carafe broke after only one use and another stated the basket can be difficult to get in and out to refill the coffee grounds. A third reviewer stated their coffee pot smelled like burned plastic and this translated to the taste of the coffee. I imagine this was a defective item as there were not other complaints of a bad taste.
Keurig Classic K-50
This is the classic model and the most recent model that we owned. It lasted us over seven years and worked great up until its demise a few weeks ago. The reservoir is a good size (48 oz) and makes 6, 8 and 10 oz cups. With a brew time of less than a minute, it really is a quick and easy cup of coffee. The space for your mug is a little taller than previous models so you can fit bigger mugs, you can also remove the bottom tray if you need to fill a tall travel mug as well.
Care instructions are included but the easiest way to clean it is to run some vinegar and water through it a few times. We really only did this a couple of times a year and it worked perfectly for us. Reviews are mixed in that most felt it was a great product and easy to use and clean but others have had issues with it dying after a year of use or splattering coffee outside the cup. Personally, we did not have these issues as I said this one lasted us seven years however if you use a short coffee cup I can see how it may splatter a little every now and then. Others complained the beverage did no always fill correctly, it was always less than the ounces chosen. I noticed this to be the case for us when it was time for cleaning because sometimes it gets clogged. Once I would clean it the issue would resolve itself but it seems for some that was not the case.
Keurig Special Edition K-Cafe
This model is for those that enjoy specialty coffees and like to be their own baristas. It gives the ability to make coffee, lattes and cappuccinos from your own kitchen with minimal effort. It comes with a frother that is dishwasher safe and brews in four cup sizes (6, 8, 10 and 12oz). The shot-size option is available for making cappuccinos and lattes and seems to be easy to use. The frother should be filled with your choice of milk and can be either hot or cold depending on your choice of beverage. Once the milk is frothed, just add it to your shot(s) of coffee for a beverage all your own. Another great addition to this model is an over sized water reservoir that hold 60 ounces of water. It also has an auto-off feature and allows for use of travel mugs up to 7.2″ tall.
Positive reviewers felt this was a well-made product that is easy to use and saved owners money by not needing to buy their specialty coffees at a coffee shop anymore. Negative reviewers complained about defective products that shut down often on their own and some others felt that the taste of the specialty coffees were just not up to par with what they are used to at coffee shops.
The K-Latte is a smaller version of the K-Cafe mentioned above and also comes with a milk frother. My husband has always wanted to make espresso and cappuccino from home and this model is a little cheaper than the K-Cafe. This is the one that we ended up purchasing so I can only attest to using it for about two weeks. So far, we like it a lot. The water reservoir is smaller than what we are used to but it hasn’t been too much of an issue for us. I love the milk frother and I’ve made some pretty awesome cappuccinos, if I do say so myself. The older Keurig models have an exposed needle in the K-cup holder that used to be a little dangerous when trying to clean it but this model has changed the location of the needle to an inside compartment so there is no more risk of getting poked when cleaning.
Negative reviewers complained that the frother doesn’t work correctly 100% of the time while others said it was difficult to use at first. A few others commented on the small water reservoir and that it had to be refilled more often as I mentioned above. Positive reviewers love the money saving aspect of not having to go out to buy their morning lattes and others raved at how easy the machine is to use, which I do agree with as well.
What brand of coffee maker to you like best?
Are there other single serve coffee makers out there that are better than the Keurig brand? If so, what do you like best or do you just forgo the entire coffee at home experience and run straight to Starbucks every morning? Comment below!