We’ve curated a list of eight of the best Keurig coffee makers across a range of price-points.
Keurig has changed the way we make coffee. It made it so we don’t have to think of instant and convenient coffee only as sachets of powder we pour boiled water over.
Though there is a thing to be said about the environmental impact, the quality of the brew that even the biggest n00bs can achieve is undisputable. That being said, if you are worried about the environment, you can always opt for the reusable cups. Some brands are making an effort to create compostable cups as well. And yes, I just told you that you can have your cake and eat it too. Praise me.
Over the years, they have released so many different machines – great for freedom of choice, but a total headache if you have no idea where to start.
Allow me to help with figuring out what could be the best Keurig machine for you. If you find my suggestions helpful, you owe me a coffee though! 😉
The Best Keurig Coffee Makers of 2020
Let’s get started…
The K-Classic is the embodiment of the concept behind pod coffee brewing – simple, convenient, quick. With a press of a button and within a minute, you can enjoy your cuppa. No scales, no thermometers, no fuss…
The entire machine is made out of matt plastic and is gently curved in the right places. The water tank is on the left side and the water level is visible from the front. Still, there is a light on the right top side of the machine that warns you to refill the reservoir. With that light, you’ll find other indicators as well.
As for the controls, besides the power button, you have three buttons for the selection of serving sizes – 6, 8, and 10 ounces. Above the power button, there the auto-off button right next to the corresponding indicator – this machine doesn’t shut off automatically, but you can program it to shut off as you wish.
The machine will fit most standard 10oz cups and mugs, but you will have to remove the drip tray to accommodate travel tumblers and tall glasses.
When you’re ready to brew your drink, place your favorite K-cup into the pod holder, and press the button for your desired serving size. Then go figure what to do for the next minute. Save the cheerleader, maybe?
- Price – This one of the most affordable Keurig models.
- Disability-friendly – You will see this a lot as we go along, but this is where Keurig machines dominate over other manufacturers. The lever is big and easily accessible, the pods slip in and are removed easily, and there are no dials – just buttons.
- Intuitive design – You could almost get away with burning the manual. Almost.
- Outshined by other models – It’s good by yesteryear’s standards, but other models have surpassed it long since.
Usually a favorite of people who need a second machine or live in small spaces, K-Mini is one of the best pod coffee appliances on the market, full stop. The minimalistic design and features make for a coffee maker that is reliable, long-lasting, attractive, and easy to use.
At 4.5 inches, this is one of the narrowest coffee makers on the market. The body is made out of matte plastic, and it comes in four colors – including teal and pink. The water reservoir is in the back and holds only up to 12 ounces of water – the amount of water you pour in will determine the serving size.
The automatic shut off is set at 90 seconds after the last brew. Another smart design feature is the cord storage cavity – this guy is supposed to be portable, after all.
Brewing can’t be simpler. Take your drinking vessel – a mug, cup, goblet, or a horn, and fill with the desired amount of water – 6 to 12 ounces. Yay, you’ve just chosen your serving size! Then pour that water into the reservoir, chuck a K-cup into the pod holder, and keep an eye on that huge button. Above it is a strip of light – once it goes solid, it’s time to press the button and wait for the Mini to finish the rest.
Even though it’s tiny, all standards mugs will fit. But, if you need to use a travel mug, just remove the drip tray.
- Price – This is another one where the price stays in the double digits.
- Super portable – Very easy to pack up and take to an office, dorm, RV, etc.
- Disability-friendly – See above.
- The brew-as-you-go water tank – No water tank that needs to be removed, water levels to be checked, etc.
- The brew-as-you-go water tank – Try to remember that tidbit at 6 in the morning, when your brain is still under court order to be half-useless.
Keurig K-Cafe Coffe, Latte and Cappuccino Maker
Now for something completely different. The K-Cafe elevates the concept of “easy, great-tasting coffee at home” to “easy, great-tasting cafe drinks at home”. Battlestations, friends – there’s a lot to cover here.
Our more or less classic Keurig made a friend. On its right side, you’ll find a milk frother that figures out how to prepare the milk for cappuccino, lattes, or cold drinks. It also works with skim, soy, nut and oat milk.
But the real party is on the top floor. First, you get to choose if you’re making a classic style K-cup coffee or are you’ll have a go at a fancier drink.
If you want to make your brew strong, there’s a button for that as well. Then you can choose your serving size – 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces, or press “shot” for an equivalent of a shot of espresso. Note that this will not make actual espresso unless you have an appropriate pod. But, it will make concentrated coffee that you can use to make other coffee drinks. Or desserts – affogato anyone?
This is also one of the rare machines where you don’t have to remove the drip tray to fit a travel mug.
Whatever drink you’re in the mood in, the process is Keurig style simple. Choose your K-cup and place it in the pod holder. Then choose the type and the strength of the drink, before you choose the serving size. If you’re making plain coffee, you’re done here. If you’re in the dairy business, it’s time to turn to your frother.
All you have to do is to add the desired amount of milk and press the button for the type of drink you’re making. And because we’re friends, here’s a little secret – put some chocolate milk, hot cocoa or chocolate into the frother for a chocolate mocha or a Double Dutch.
Oh, and if you live on top of a mountain somewhere, this guy comes with a high-altitude setting.
- Milk frother – Dishwasher safe and designed for hopeless n00bs.
- Disability-friendly – See above-above.
- Shot function – No need to get special pods. Your favorite coffee can become a base for a cappuccino or a latte.
- The water reservoir is to the left – This will limit your parking options quite a bit.
It’s time to level up once again. The K-Elite is packed with features and settings. If you’re used to micromanaging things around you, now is the time to pay extra attention.
This model has that very recognizable Keurig look, with a huge difference in the number of buttons on the top. Next and below the digital screen, there are buttons that supposed to both operate the machine and adjust its settings.
The most notable feature is the timer – now you can prep everything before you go to bed, and wake up to freshly brewed coffee. There’s also the “cold” button which will allow you to make iced coffee and other cold drinks.
Note: it will not brew cold coffee, but a perfect amount that can go over a glass filled with ice.
The serving size options are expanded as well. Next to the standard 6, 8, and 10 ounces we are used to with previous models, we now get a 4 and a 12 ounce serving as well.
Even with all these extra buttons, brewing is still super simple. Pick and insert your K-cup, pick the style and serving size, and brew.
This guy can also serve as a hot water dispenser – for tea, soup, oatmeal, or… gasp! Instant coffee.
- Cold drinks – Full-flavored coffee that will not melt the ice in an instant.
- Disability-friendly – See above-above-above.
- Aromatic alarm clock – Set the coffee maker to wake up with you. Or to wake you up, whichever works best.
- The water reservoir is to the left – Similarly to the K-Cafe, this limits your placement options. However, the water level is invisible from the front, so you might want to be able to see that as well. Well, unless you like nasty surprises at the crack of dawn.
We are going back to the basics with the K-Select. Keurig took everything great about the K-Classic and made it better.
There are several noticeable improvements, but let’s start with the look. Though at first glance they might appear completely identical, K-Select has a more contemporary-looking control panel. It also comes in more colors – while the Classic was available in black and red only, this model also comes in navy, white, greige (yes, it’s a color!) and teal.
Another visible improvement comes in the addition of extra serving size – next to the 6, 8, and 10 ounces, you’ll find a button for 12 ounces as well.
And the improvement that you can’t see but will hear is the noise level difference. This guy is vewy, vewy quiet, it could be hunting rabbits.
The only thing that stays the same is how easy and quick it s to make a good cup of coffee.
- Simple, classic, intuitive design – All you loved with the original Keurig, just better.
- Disability-friendly – See above-above-above-above.
- Longevity – This is one of the most durable models from the Keurig line-up.
- Kinda plain – If you’re now used to all the bells and whistles, this guy will come off as a bit boring.
With the Plus series, Keurig made a huge step forward. It’s not all bout the touchscreen, but we’re also moving from single-serve only to single-serve when you have trouble staying awake. What I mean is, now you can brew a whole carafe with your Keurig.
The K200 is quite slim with the slight change in the classic Keurig look. The lever and the matt finish are still there, but this time around the water tank in more visible, and we get a lot more fun colors to choose from.
The touchscreen lord over everything – from language and automatic shut-off settings, to the selection of the brew style and serving size. And speaking of serving sizes, we also have new formats of K-cups.
The classic K-cup will still work, but now you’ll be introduced to K-Mugs and K-Carafes. Some customers noted that their coffee would get weak in a 12-ounce setting, so Keurig responded with a new cup size that is suitable for travel mugs.
The K-Carafe coffee cup is suitable for 4 servings of coffee – with the choice of 22. 26 and 30-ounce serving sizes. With both these new formats, you still have access to the old beloved flavors.
Though you could brew hot chocolate and tea in other machines, for the first time you can tell this guy that’s what you’re doing. This way it will adjust its settings to give you the best flavor possible.
The brewing is a bit more complicated at first, but it all depends on how long it will take you to get used to the touchscreen system. But, from that point, it’s still the same dance of pod in, choose a serving size, press start.
- Features galore – Make the machine speak your language, dispense only hot water, etc
- Disability-friendly – Yup, even with the addition of the touchscreen.
- Sharing is caring – Being able to brew a whole carafe of coffee in one can either means you can share with people for a change, or that you are less likely to fall asleep.
- Needle maintenance – Those bigger serving sizes mean that you will have to pay more attention to cleaning.
Allow me to be very patronizing and tell you that K250 and K200 are almost identical. The model number difference and the $40 price difference come from the water filtration system.
In the box with the K250, you’ll also find a bottle of descaling solution with the filter holder and two water filters. The same filters are standard ones that Keurig uses for all their machines and can be purchased from them.
It might not mean a lot to some – but the 250 has more color options.
- Built-in water filtration – When a recipe calls for only two ingredients, bot of them must be perfect, right?
- Disability-friendly – Yup.
- Features galore – As well as new serving size options.
- Needle maintenance – That water filter will not help too much with this.
The king of the Plus series, the K475 is for true K-cup fans that demand the best possible. It’s the front runner amongst all the pod coffee makers, no matter the manufacturer.
The color touchscreen is just the beginning. On a more shallow side, you can choose the wallpaper to suit your tastes. On the more practical note, the color difference between panels can help you navigate even before you had your first-morning coffee.
But in the case that you are completely useless before you had your caffeine, you can always program the K475 the night before. Unlike its predecessors from the Classic line that could do the same thing, now you can set up for the whole carafe.
Also, program the automatic shut off, language, water temperature, etc. It will make the operation of the machine a bit difficult at first. However, the interface is designed to be quite intuitive and all those mentioned colors will help you get used to it quicker.
In almost all details, it is very similar to the K200 and K250. The main difference is size and shape. The K475 like the K-Classic and K-Select, but with distinct metallic accents.
This model also comes with its own filtration system, but will not do as much for your passion for color as the K250.
- One of the most advanced machines on the market – Packed with features and options, and delivers on its promise with surgical precision.
- Super heavy-duty – Can be parked in a very busy environment, like an office.
- Disability-friendly – Yup yup yup. Might seem redundant by now, but as I’ve said in the beginning, being accessible and easy to use is a trademark of Keurig coffee makers.
- Price – This fellow is several times more expensive than all other models on this list.
Word Of Advice When It Comes To Choosing The Best Keurig…
We hope you find this post valuable and our reviews have helped you narrow down your shortlist of the best Keurig coffee makers in 2020.
If you’re still finding it tough to choose, I’ll leave you with a word of advice I give to my close friends when they are in a search for a good coffee maker…
Just take a step back and reconsider what you need your coffee maker to be.
Budget is always important, but when you really think about it you don’t buy a coffee maker that often…
So instead just consider things like where will you park the machine and whether it fits with your interior design… And most importantly your needs.
Otherwise, you’ll begin to hate your most anticipated purchase of the year if it becomes… Well, burdensome…
If it becomes tough to operate and clean because it’s in a cramped corner of your counter, under very low hanging cabinets.
if it doesn’t fit the design of your interior and feels like a total stranger in a room…
Pick a machine that not only makes great coffee… (Something which all of the machines on this list do), but also works with the design and size of your kitchen, or wherever your coffee station is supposed to be.
Apart from that, I hope you enjoyed our list of the best Keurig coffee makers…
If you want to read a few individual Keurig coffee maker reviews on our blog, please check the links below!