The best Keurig coffee maker is… more than one?

No, we’re not being indecisive. This is one of the best things about Keurig’s line of coffee makers – there are just so many to choose from.

Although Keurig always focus on similar designs and key features, their range of brewers is made for different purposes. This is great for 2 reasons.

  1. Brewers that fit a niche and do one coffee type really REALLY well, are far better than brewers that try to do everything poorly.
  2. It gives you an excuse to buy multiple Keurig machines in 2018!

We’ve rounded up the best of the best, finding Keurig machines perfect for home, the office, for specialty beverages and more. Get your pods at the ready, you’re going to be craving a Keurig special after reading our Coffee Dorks’ Keurig coffee maker reviews.

Best Everyday Keurig Machine

top rated Keurig for everyday use

No time to read all the reviews and technical aspects? No problem! 

The K55 is Coffee Dork’s top pick when it comes to everyday Keurig. This unit comes with a 48 oz water reservoir and the ability to brew multiple K-cup sizes (6, 8, and 10 oz). This makes it very practical for the home or the office. It will brew your first cup in under a minute and 15 seconds, and trust us, it will be a good-tasting cup of coffee. 

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Best Keurig Coffee Machines – Reviews & Ratings

There are hundreds of Keurig coffee makers on the market and in kitchens across the country. If you haven’t had one yourself, you’ve almost certainly known someone who has. We’ve narrowed down the best Keurig machines (that will be available to buy, and hopefully dominating the market) for your 2018 coffee machine considerations!

RankImageProductPriceRatingCapacity
1Keurig K55/K-ClassicKeurig K55 Check Price5.06, 8, 10 oz cup sizes
2Keurig K-Mini K15Keurig K15-Mini Check Price4.96, 8, 10 oz cup sizes
3Keurig K155 Office ProKeurig K155 Check Price4.64, 6, 8, 10 oz cup sizes
4Keurig K-SelectKeurig K-Select Check Price4.76, 8, 10, 12 oz cup sizes
5The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte SystemKeurig Rivo Check Price4.51.4 and 2.8 oz espresso sizes
6Keurig K475Keurig K475 Check Price4.44, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz cup sizes
7Keurig K575Keurig K575 Check Price4.34, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz cup sizes
8Keurig K-CafeKeurig K-Cafe Check Price4.26, 8, 10, and 12 oz cup sizes
9Keurig K250Keurig K250 Check Price4.04, 6, 8, 10 oz cup sizes
10Keurig K-MiniKeurig K-Mini Check Price3.86, 8, 10, and 12 oz cup sizes

Keurig K55 K-Classic – Best Overall

Keurig K55

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto-Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – NO
  • 6, 8, 10oz cup sizes
  • 48oz water reservoir
  • 13.3 x 10.1 x 13.2 inches
  • 12 pounds

The best Keurig single cup coffee maker is a classic, of course. The K55 is the best K cup coffee maker thanks to its classic design, reliability, price, and ease of use. Flavor is just what you’d expect from any Keurig – just change the K-cups until you’re satisfied.

It has a very straightforward button control panel and lights to let you know when it needs cleaning or is going to auto-shutoff (after 2 hours). Anyone could make a cup of coffee with this brewer, even Keurig-virgins.

You may be wondering why a Keurig coffee maker with very few additional features (no temperature control, timer starts, strength control etc.) is top of the list. It comes down to the cup of coffee you make. It takes around a minute to produce the perfect Keurig cup you’d expect. It’s reliable. It feels like it belongs in your kitchen. It’s always the Coffee Dorks’ first choice when we need a highly-convenient and reliable brewer.

You can brew approximately 6 cups from the 48oz removable reservoir before it needs refilling (or you can refill it with fresh water each day if you’re serious about your coffee flavors) and you can use your own coffee. This brewer is compatible with the Keurig Classic Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter so you can grind your own beans to use when you’re feeling adventurous. Just make sure you pick up the Classic Series filters, not the Plus Series.

The drip tray is removable and dishwasher safe. Once removed you have space for a 7.1-inch tall travel mug. For maintenance, Keurig advises that you descale your machine every 3 to 6 months – if you don’t fancy the high-priced Keurig descaler, have a search for cheaper descalers or have a go at DIY vinegar descaling.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with this brewer whether you need a first-ever coffee machine or a reliable everyday coffee maker.

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Keurig K-Mini K15 – Best Budget

Keurig K-Mini K15 Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto-Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – NO
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – NO
  • Any size from 6 to 10oz
  • 10 oz water reservoir
  • 10.8 x 6.9 x 10.7 inches
  • 1 pound

This is one of the best Keurig machines in terms of ease of use and cleaning – oh, and price! It’s our budget option, and although even the best Keurig coffee can still cost you a fair bit in pods, it’s good value for money.

It works very simply. Fill the reservoir with as much water as you need (up to 10oz) and the brewer will make coffee with all of it. A true single serve coffee maker.

It’s the lightest coffee brewer on this list by quite a margin, and also one of the smallest. It’s cheap and cheerful – we love the jade color option in particular.

Tech features include buttons rather than a touchscreen, auto-shutoff after every use, cord storage (so you can easily move it around) and a removable drip tray. The drip tray can hold a full 10oz, just in case you forget your mug. Once removed, you can fit in a travel mug up to 5.2-inches tall. To give you an idea of the space, a Starbucks’ Venti is 6.5-inches tall.

We have heard a lot of whispers about reliability when it comes to the K-Mini K15. Some people find it just won’t start after frequent use. As such we recommend this as the budget option when you’re really not that fussed about coffee. A good brewer for the once-a-week coffee drinker who wants a Keurig without paying a fortune.

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Keurig K155 OfficePro Brewing System

Keurig K155 OfficePro Brewing System

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – YES
  • Auto On/Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – NO
  • Temperature control – YES
  • Strength control – NO
  • 4, 6, 8, 10oz cup sizes
  • 90oz water reservoir
  • 14 x 10.4 x 13.8 inches
  • 6 pounds

The perfect Keurig single cup coffee maker for the office. It’s easy to clean, the reservoir can hold up to 18 cups worth of water, the cup platform and drip tray are super accommodating to even the largest mugs, and frankly, it just looks the part.

You’ve also got temperature control, timer starts, auto-off, and different brew sizes. It’s moderately quiet to run and fairly quick to heat the water and start making your coffee. Nothing revolutionary but certainly good enough to keep all your employees happy. We just wish it could be plumbed directly into the hot water pipe, instead of needed a reservoir refilled by hand.

Our only other concern is the touchscreen. When it comes to the workplace, you’re going to have lots of different tastes and skill levels when it comes to coffee. Buttons are generally easier for everyone to see and for ease of use. A touchscreen is going to get grubby quite quickly! Keeping the screen clean will be the biggest challenge with this Keurig coffee machine.

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Keurig K Select – Newest Release

Keurig K Select Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto On/Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – YES (regular or strong)
  • 6, 8, 10, 12oz cup sizes
  • 50oz water reservoir
  • 12.5 x 9.2 x 11.6 inches
  • 7.35 pounds

Unlike many of the other models on our list, this truly is a single serve maker that can’t churn out a whole Keurig coffee pot like the K475 or K575. But that’s not a negative! It’s way better to find a good coffee maker that does one function extremely well.

That being said, this new entry isn’t at the top of our Keurig coffee maker reviews either.

Its main features include a huge water reservoir (removable for easy filling and descaling), cup sizes up to 12oz, and a removable drip tray to make room for a travel mug up to 7.2-inches tall.

It’s simple but quite sleek. Usually, we find touchscreen displays to be aesthetically more pleasing, but we love the back-lit buttons on this brewer. You also have an auto-off light to let you know that it’s going to switch off, plus lights to remind you to refill the reservoir or run the descaling program.

All in all, it’s a simple Keurig brewer that creates a quick (less than 1 minute) cup of fresh coffee using K-cup pods. There’s a selection included in the box to get you started, along with a filter and filter handle. And, to top it all off, it’s one of the quietest Keurig’s we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.

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Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System

The Keurig Rivo

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto On/Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – NO (just try a stronger pod)
  • 1.4 and 2.8oz espresso sizes
  • 60oz water reservoir
  • 11.4 x 10.8 x 11.4 inches
  • 17 pounds

It’s expensive, even for a Keurig one cup coffee maker, but we expect that of any true espresso maker.

Using the best Keurig Rivo pods, you can brew espresso using Keurig simplicity and ingenuity. The name Rivo was inspired by the Italian word for revolutionary. We might not go that far, but it is certainly an impressive brewer that deserves its place on our list.

It primarily brews espresso and froths milk to make cappuccino and lattes, but add some hot water to 1 espresso shot and you’ve got yourself an Americano. You can’t brew with any regular K-cup pods, you can only use the espresso pods – these come in varying strengths.

Using 15-bars of pressure it creates a true espresso without all the precision and washing up that comes with baskets, grip handles and ground coffee. The frothing container, well that does need washing by hand as it’s discontinued and you really can’t afford to break it. Still, the amount of effort needed to make an espresso beverage even with this added washing up is definitely worth it.

Make your espresso, froth your milk while that’s working away (use any milk you like, but dairy works best), combine the 2 and you’re set. Frankly, impressive.

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Keurig K475 Series

Keurig K475 Series K-Cup Machine

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – YES
  • Auto On/Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – YES, 5 settings
  • Strength control – YES (regular or strong)
  • 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz cup sizes / 22, 26, 30oz carafe sizes
  • 70 oz water reservoir
  • 13.2 x 10.5 x 13.3 inches
  • 12 pounds

The K475 is very similar to the K575 Keurig one cup coffee maker, but with a few stand-out differences that push it one spot above.

It works with K-cups and K-carafes to brew anywhere from 4oz to 30oz, plus hot water for tea and hot chocolate. It auto-reads the labels to adjust the brew size and strength to suit. Other auto features include a timer to switch on at a set time, auto-off that you can deactivate and power saving mode.

But what makes this one of the best Keurig machines is that you can use your own ground coffee too. This level of functionality is great. The machine combines Keurig simplicity with the Coffee Dorks’ greatest passion – grinding and brewing our own fresh coffee.

Negative points just come down to appearance. The customizable night light sounds great in theory but combined with the cream plastic exterior it feels more like a cheap 90s night light than a coffee machine. Call us old fashioned, but we prefer to turn the kitchen light on rather than try to handle boiling coffee in the dark.

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Keurig K575 Series

Keurig K575 Series

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – YES
  • Auto On/Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – YES, 5 settings
  • Strength control – YES (regular or strong)
  • 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz cup sizes / 22, 26, 30oz carafe sizes
  • 80 oz water reservoir
  • 13.2 x 10.5 x 13.3 inches
  • 13.7 pounds

The K575 Keurig coffee maker is a sleek 2.0 brewer and one of the best K cup coffee makers for single servings. Although that title is a bit misleading, seeing as it can brew a whole carafe (not included in the box).

It can function as your everyday coffee brewer, with an auto-start and auto-off function. But when is a Keurig just a coffee maker?

Other features of the K575 include hot water dispensing and a hot chocolate setting, plus it auto-reads the K-pods and K-carafes to adjust the brew size automatically. The water reservoir illuminates so you can easily check the water level, and the machine will beep at you when you need to descale it.

Our biggest issue is the speed. Probably due to the masive water reservoir, it takes several minutes to heat up even for just 1 cup. The K250 is pretty much instant, in comparison.

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Keurig K-Café

Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Machine

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto-Off – YES
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – NO
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – YES (bold, shot)
  • 6, 8, 10, and 12oz cup sizes
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • 17.3 x 14.2 x 14.4 inches
  • 13.65 pounds

Enjoy the best Keurig coffee in a huge number of ways. A latte, cappuccino, iced coffee, straight black coffee, mock-espresso shots, and of course all the flavor choices from Keurig’s K-cup selection.

Sure, it looks quite tacky and it doesn’t actually make espresso (just a very strong regular coffee shot) but with the frothing arm, it produces a very good cup of coffee. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. This is one of the best Keurig machines just for the sheer genius of it. The frothing arm is dishwasher safe – something that will save you endless cleaning.

It also monitors coffee temperature and changes it depending on the coffee beverage you selected via the button controls. The result is a range of good “mock” coffee beverages in your favorite Keurig flavors. There’s no timer and it takes up a lot of space on your counter, so this is more of a “hey let’s get out the coffee machine” brewer, rather than your everyday go-to brewer.

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Keurig K250

Keurig K250 Series

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – YES
  • Auto On/Off – NO
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – YES
  • 4, 6, 8, 10 oz cup sizes / 22, 26, or 30 oz carafe sizes
  • 40 oz water reservoir
  • 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches
  • 7.5 pounds

The K250 is both a Keurig single cup coffee maker and a carafe brewer. It’s compatible with K-cup, K-mug and K-carafe pods to make mugs from 4oz to carafes of 30oz (the removable water reservoir holds A LOT).

The touchscreen is very cool and not overly complex to work. Select the strong brew if you want a stronger coffee, or select the “other beverages” to disperse hot water or make a hot chocolate. Change the brew size, then hit READY.

You get 2 extra water filters in the box but you’ll need to buy more or invest in the Keurig Plus Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, which is compatible with this model.

It’s also surprisingly slim for such a large Keurig coffee machine. In comparison, it’s less than twice the width of the K-Mini yet can make who carafes rather than just 1 cup at a time.

Our biggest problem? There’s no auto-shutoff or auto-start timer.

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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer

Keurig K-Mini Single Serve

Highlights:

  • Touchscreen – NO
  • Auto On/Off – NO
  • Power Saver (Energy saver) – YES
  • Temperature control – NO
  • Strength control – YES (normal or strong)
  • Any cup size 6oz to 12oz
  • 1-cup water reservoir (up to 12oz)
  • 12.1 x 4.5 x 11.3 inches
  • 7.6 pounds

At the bottom of our list of Keurig coffee maker reviews is the K-Mini Plus. It’s simple and works well, but it’s not without a few small faults. Hey, no one’s perfect.

The key features are the slim size (under 5-inches wide), the strong brew button, and storage for 9 pods. Unlike many Keurigs, this machine doesn’t have a touchscreen or multiple settings and features. Instead, the design focuses on ease of use. Just one button to press to make coffee.

It’s a single serve, rather than a Keurig coffee pot brewer, and can brew cup sizes from 6oz to 12oz. Simply pour the amount of water you want into the reservoir (detachable) and the brewer will churn out the entire reservoir.

It fits travel mugs up to 7 inches tall, but we did notice that the more you brew the colder the coffee temperature seems to be. It hovers between 170°F and 190°F.

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Why A Keurig Coffee Machine

Keurig is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, name in the coffee maker/system industry. The owner, Keurig Dr. Pepper, is the third largest beverage company in North America. They manufacture the best K-cup coffee maker – no other coffee brand has beaten them on the convenient coffee pod design.

Keurig is the grandfather of the single serve coffee. When you buy a Keurig machine, you are buying a coffee solution rather than a coffee adventure. Each model is designed to make your life easier, rather than giving you a new way to enjoy coffee.

For some, that really takes the pleasure out of coffee. It’s true that even the best Keurig coffee pod has nothing on your own freshly ground coffee… but that doesn’t mean Keurig coffee is bad. Find the right K-cup and Keurig offers the most convenient and quick way to get your morning cuppa.

Why would you want to buy one?

Pros

  • Huge range of coffee brands to try
  • Super convenient to use
  • Quick brew times
  • Most models pre-set to the best settings for temperature and brew strength
  • Attractive designs and multiple color options

Cons

  • The best models are very pricey
  • Pods create a TON of waste and aren’t cheap
  • Reliability is hit and miss on some models
  • Little room to personalize your coffee making, compared to grinding and brewing your own beans
  • You need a whole different Keurig coffee maker to make specialty beverages (latte etc.)

Keurig Coffee Pot Common Features

With the exception of the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System (read more about how espresso is made), all the best Keurig machines use the same technology (2.0 or not) to extract a delicious cup of coffee from one little pod.

First, the Keurig single cup coffee maker will read and pierce the lid of the pod (if you’re using one of the K-cup and K-carafe compatible machines) and auto adjust the brew temperature and strength.

Next, it’s up to you to select the brew size and make sure your mug is in place before you hit the start button.

The Keurig heats the water from your reservoir and saturates the grinds within the K-cup before flowing out of the paper and into your mug. Keurig machines do use slight pressure to ensure that all that coffee is pushed through, but it’s carefully balanced to not cause under-saturation.

Other signature Keurig features:

  • 1 brew strength selector (usually you’re better off trying a different pod to change the strength),
  • Removable water reservoirs and in-built water filters. You almost never have to worry about water management and spills with a Keurig,
  • Brewers built around convenience – every model has some element that’s designed to make the coffee making the process simpler, faster, quieter or more compact.

What to Consider Before Buying a Keurig Machine

These important considerations are what we took into account when writing up our Keurig coffee maker reviews:

Budget

Keurigs are notoriously expensive. You need to consider the long-term costs of buying K-cup pods or K-carafe pods to make your Keurig coffee pot. Most carafe and single-cup machines don’t include a carafe either, so that needs to be bought separately. A cheap Keurig also comes with reliability issues.

Reservoir

Most Keurig coffee machines come with detachable reservoirs, so refilling them is a lot easier. For commercial coffee makers, you might want one that attaches directly to the hot water pipes. You also need to consider how much water you’re going to use. Leaving 40oz of water in the reservoir because you only brewed an 8oz cup is going to result in stale water (poor coffee tastes) and increases the chances of leaks.

Strength Control

Always tricky with a Keurig. The best way to increase the strength is simply to brew a smaller cup. Only a handful of brewers have strength control, your usual bet is to change K-cup pod to a stronger coffee blend instead.

User Interface

There’s rarely a fault here. It comes down to personal preference – are you a fan of the touchscreen or do you prefer buttons? We find that if you’re in a rush to make a coffee, buttons are more convenient and quicker to brew coffee with.

Speed of Brew

Some Keurig machines can brew a cup in under a minute. We generally find it depends on the reservoir size. The more water that needs to be heated, the longer it’s going to take. In general, all Keurigs are fast at brewing compared to drip coffee makers, French presses and other coffee machines.

Expectations

The problem with being a well-known coffee machine brand is the reputation. You’re going to see a lot of negative reviews online (some models have over 10,000 Amazon reviews) simply because people have high expectations that aren’t met. You’re more likely to leave a review if you had a very bad experience rather than a mediocre or good experience. Keurigs are designed to be convenient and blend in until you don’t notice them – not amazing review material.

We took that into consideration when reviewing our top models. We also compared our expectations when it came to coffee tastes and flavors. As a team, we found that overall a Keurig will never be able to compare with making fresh coffee. You shouldn’t buy a Keurig and expect barista quality coffee. Nothing that’s mass produced in a single serve pod can compete.

Summary

The best Keurig coffee maker is the K55 K-Classic – it just has the best features and reliability for the price.

But, if you don’t want to completely empty your wallet, your best budget option is the K-Mini K15. If you can stretch a little further, however, we highly recommend the K-Mini Single Serve. Its compact design and quick brew time, not to mention the super slim design, make it an ideal cheap and convenient coffee maker.

If you’re looking for the life of luxury, we recommend the Keurig Rivo – sure it only makes espresso coffees, but the taste, aesthetics and overall impressiveness are worth it. When most Keurigs focus on convenience rather than luxury, this Keurig one cup coffee maker stands defiant.

If you’re unsure whether a Keurig is for you, we recommend trying a standard drip coffee maker first. They’re simple, generally more reliable and give you a lot more flexibility to change how you make your coffee compared to a Keurig.

When it comes to making the switch, have a look at the Keurig models that are compatible with reusable filters. This will allow you to continue to use your own coffee if you dislike the K-Cup pods.

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