7 Best Keurig Coffee Maker of 2020 – Top Picks & Reviews

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    Key Features

     Materials: plastic (overall), glass (carafe)

    Water reservoir capacity: 60 ounces

    Brew varieties: 8, 10, and 12 cup carafes, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups

    Dimensions: 15.75” x 15.67” x 15.75”

    Total weight: 8.47 lbs.


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    Keurig is the brand that kicked off the coffee pod trend, and is still the biggest name in that arena. For good reason, as their coffee makers are consistently better quality than similar coffee pod options, at least once you get into the bigger machines.

    There are a lot of features that make them stand out from similar options, so why don’t we take a look at those before I give you my favorites?


    For the complete product list, please continue reading…


    Top 7 Best Keurig Coffee Makers Reviews

    1. Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Makes coffee from both grounds and K cups
     Great 60 ounce water reservoir capacity
     12 cup carafe provides excellent versatility
     Relatively compact given it’s two coffee makers in one
     Very low price compared to many K cup only coffee makers

    Cons:

    While relatively compact, it is still a bit bulky, about 50% larger than normal

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall), glass (carafe)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 60 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 8, 10, and 12 cup carafes, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 15.75” x 15.67” x 15.75”
      • Total weight: 8.47 lbs.

    Most Keurigs have a fatal flaw, in my opinion: many of them only make coffee using K cups. This is fine, for the most part. The flavors are fairly good and particularly excellent for specialty coffee flavors. However, this is useless if you want to make a full cup of coffee, and can be annoying if all you want to do is make a simple cup of coffee, as buying K cups can get expensive.

    This unit neatly sidesteps that issue by providing capability to brew coffee using both K cups and ground coffee, and it makes an excellent standard coffee maker in that regard as well.

    You get a huge 60 ounce water reservoir, and a solid 12 cup carafe. Despite the size and dual functionality, this unit is quite compact, barely larger than the standard Keurig coffee makers that only make K cup coffee.

    Performance is great, and it saps between the two functions with ease. Even better, it comes in at an exceptionally reasonable price; it’s actually significantly cheaper than a lot of the K cup only Keurig coffee makers on this list.

    That functionality, size, and price combined make this a clear winner.


    2. Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Easy to use
     Wide variety of functions
     Great for making a ton of different coffee drinks
     Full range of coffee cup sizes to choose from
     Decent price point for the quality

    Cons:

    Inconsistent price point; no merchant seems to agree

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 75 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 13.1” x 9.9” x 12.7”
      • Total weight: 6.6 lbs.

    As a foil to our winner, this Keurig goes in the opposite direction, instead providing the best pure Keurig experience possible. This only makes K cups, as most Keurig coffee makers do. However, it makes up for that with a huge amount of versatility and utility, with functions not shared by most other Keurig coffee makers.

    The brewed cup size spans a full range: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups are all available for creation with this one, meaning you can have everything from a simple full cup size to a travel size, or more specialized options for making concentrated coffee for makeshift espresso drinks, similar to how a coffee bar would function.

    The water reservoir is quite large, preparing 75 ounces of water for use at any given time; enough for 6 full sized travel cups without refilling, or 9 regular sized ones.

    Additionally, it comes with a variety of other functions. In addition to standard brewing, it has a separate button for just hot water, a stronger than average brew, and even an over ice option (even more concentrated than usual, for making iced coffee drinks).

    It even comes in at a fairly good, if inconsistent price point for such a good Keurig coffee maker; every merchant seems to have a different price point for it, but most are quite good.


    3. Keurig K-Café Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Large variety of functions, both in coffee brewing and milk frothing.
     Included milk frother for easy cappuccinos and lattes.
     Removable water reservoir has a large 60 ounce capacity, and is easy to refill and clean

    Cons:

     Bulky and takes up a lot of counter space
     Fairly heavy for a coffee maker
     Higher price point than most Keurig coffee makers

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 60 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 17.32” x 14.17” x 14.41”
      • Total weight: 13.57 lbs.

    This is a very strong contender for runner up, and if you prefer to make fancy coffee drinks rather than standard cups of coffee, this is potentially the best option here by a wide margin.

    The K-Café makes excellent cappuccinos and lattes, with a great variable function size and type of coffee selector. You get a decent variety of coffee sizes, only lacking the smallest 4 ounce size; 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups are all available, and the height of the spout is large enough for travel mugs up to 7.2 inches tall (which is most, but not all, travel mugs worth talking about).

    The water reservoir is quite large, with a solid 60 ounce capacity. It’s also removable, making it easier to refill and clean than most, at the cost of a surprising amount of added bulk, compounded by the included milk frother.

    The frother, really, is the make or break feature, and it’s a good one. This is probably the best milk frother I’ve ever seen attached to a coffee maker. It’s not a cumbersome nozzle, but a simple cup that will stir and froth the milk when placed into the base. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. If you’ve never cleaned an automatic milk frother before…trust me that’s a feature that more than pays for itself.

    All in all, this is the perfect Keurig if you like to make complex drinks, and it’s even potentially compatible with the ground coffee of your choice (though that requires a separate attachment). Just be aware that it also costs significantly more than the average Keurig coffee maker.


    4. Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Good sized 48 ounce water reservoir
     Removable water reservoir for easy cleaning and refilling
     Programmable for easy use
     Automatic descaling option
     Easily selectable cup size

    Cons:

    Price difference between this and our winner is quite small, but the gap in performance is not

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 48 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 13.3” x 9.8” x 13”
      • Total weight: 8.93 lbs.

    This is the bog standard Keurig coffee maker, but that’s not such a bad thing. While lacking in a lot of ways compared to the others we’ve covered up to this point, it still has quite a lot to offer to somebody who just wants the simplest Keurig experience they can get without feeling like they’ve sacrificed quality.

    The K-Classic is a relatively budget priced Keurig coffee maker, coming in at a bit lower than our winner. Unfortunately, that’s ultimately why it falls here, at the middle point of the list. It’s only a bit cheaper than our winner, but it has more than a bit less in terms of value and functionality.

    For one, this is a “pure” Keurig. It only makes K-cups, at least without the separately sold adapter that is compatible with most Keurig coffee makers. The reservoir is also significantly smaller, at 48 ounces. This is still a respectable size, mind you, but serves to illustrate the problem that this entire product line has, in many cases: the difference in price for improvements in basic quality are very small, meaning there’s little reason to purchase the marginally cheaper but significantly worse option.

    Still, if you have no need for brewing a carafe, or exceptionally small or large cups (this only brews 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups, so no travel mugs here), this is a solid option with a relatively low price all things considered.


    5. Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Exceptionally lightweight and compact 5 inch wide frame
     Makes a full range of cup sizes, save extra concentrated 4 ounce cups
     Easy to use one touch brewing
     Good price for the quality

    Cons:

     Poor price to capacity ratio when compared to our winner.
     Offers little of unique value save its extremely small size

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 12 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 6.1” x 13.6” x 14.7”
      • Total weight: 2 lbs.

    This tiny little Keurig comes in at the same price as the K-Classic above, and is in a lot of ways it’s better. Ultimately it came down to the water reservoir. Namely, this one does not have one, and must be refilled for every single cup, which can get tedious pretty fast.

    However, in other ways it makes up for it. The main selling point here is that it is of course very small. Coming in at only 5 inches wide, it’s slim enough to fit on any countertop, and even at a lot of desks, if you’re the kind of person who likes to keep their coffee maker close at hand in the office. It’s great for any place with a ton of space constraints as well, like a small apartment.

    Its range of cup sizes is good, with a full range 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cup capacity, and room enough for travel mugs up to 7 inches tall, which does preclude some of the taller more common sizes, but will catch the majority of mugs.

    This really does come down to the size for the most part. If you really need or like the look of a slimline coffee maker like this, then it’s a really good buy; you’re not going to get performance like this out of most single serve coffee makers that are this tiny (most are significantly wider or longer). But given the price its raw performance really pales compared to most larger and only slightly more expensive models, like our winner.


    6. Keurig OfficePro Commercial Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Very sturdy construction is easy to clean and built to stand up to the stresses of commercial use
     Huge 90 ounce water reservoir is easy to remove and refill
     Water reservoir tucks into the body of the machine, keeping it hidden and the coffee maker fairly compact
     Surprisingly lightweight given the size
     Good range of brewed cups
     Easy to use LCD touchscreen

    Cons:

    Quite expensive, making it a poor choice for home use

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 90 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 14” x 10.38” x 13.8”
      • Total weight: 6 lbs.

    If you’re looking for a Keurig coffee maker to put in your office as a manager or small business owner, this is the perfect option.

    It’s quite large and is capable of holding up to 90 ounces of water at a time, enough for 9 full cups of coffee. While you don’t get a full range of cup sizes (this one only makes 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups), it’s perfect for a business setting where you mostly want regular coffee mug sizes available rather than travel sizes or specialty drinks.

    The different options are selectable via a touchscreen instead of individual buttons, for added clarity of use.

    The water reservoir is not only huge, but hidden to keep it out of the way. However, it is still easy to drain, remove, and replace, so you don’t have to worry about it being cumbersome to refill. Rounding things out are an exceptionally quiet operating noise, and equally impressively fast brewing time (under a minute, where most of these Keurig coffee makers clock in at around 90 seconds for brewing on average).

    However, the best part is the construction. All the Keurig coffee makers on this list are made of plastic. This is pretty much fine for those smaller home use models, but it means they’d break down over more than that average stress, and quite quickly.

    Keurig OfficePRO is still made of plastic, but a much thicker and much more durable variety, and has a smooth coating that makes it significantly easier to clean.

    Unfortunately it’s also significantly more expensive due to that; you’re looking at around double the average price. As a business expense that’s not too bad, just be sure it doesn’t take you by surprise when you go to pick this one up.


    7. Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker

    Pros:

     Easy to use.
     Full range of cup sizes (excluding extra small and concentrated 4 ounce size).
     Good sized water reservoir

    Cons:

    Awkward pricing compared to models both better and worse than it

    Specifications:

      • Materials: plastic (overall)
      • Water reservoir capacity: 52 ounces
      • Brew varieties: 6, 8, 10, and 12 ounce cups
      • Dimensions: 11.6” x 9.2” x 12.5”
      • Total weight: 7.35 lbs.

    Finishing us off is a model with a lot to like about it, that falls somewhere on the quality (and price) scale between the K-Classic and the K-Elite models

    That middle ground, really, is why it’s so low on the list. The price difference is so small in the grand scheme that it makes it difficult to choose this model, which has good performance, but not so good that you can’t just go up to the one better than it for only a little more.

    The capacity is good, with a 52 ounce water reservoir, and it makes cups of up to 12 ounces, which is what we like to look for.

    Similar to others, K-Select has a strong brew option, and programmable auto-off features. As far as unique stuff, it does have one thing: an expanded drip tray, which can hold a full 12 ounces of runoff, in case of any huge mishaps.

    There’s nothing that’s really BAD about this option, but it’s simply at an awkward price point for the quality. That makes it a great candidate for picking up on a sale, but it’s iffy at full price.


    Final Verdict

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    These are the best Keurig coffee makers I could find, and represent the full spectrum of the brand, from simple tiny single serve coffee makers on to full fledged coffee bars and cappuccino makers.

    However, the K-Duo by far stands out as the best for my uses. It’s the only one with the inherent ability to be used as a normal coffee maker to make ground coffee; and carafes full of it. While the others can be made compatible with a  separate purchase, it’s still a knock against them, and none would have carafe capability regardless.

    The others serve a purpose as well, and I’d be comfortable recommending any of the top three here as by far the best choices. The others are fine, but lack something significant that makes them pale compared to those top three, either because of raw quality concerns or weird price points that make it easy to simply say “Why not just buy the slightly more expensive but way better option?”.


    What to Look for in a Keurig Coffee Maker

    Determining what makes a Keurig coffee maker good is pretty simple overall, and many are the same things you’d look for in a normal coffee maker.

    Construction is important, for one. While all Keurig coffee makers are made of plastic, as are most coffee makers in general, there’s a bit of variety in the sturdiness and size of each. Sturdier is better, and in terms of size there are two factors to look at.

    You want your Keurig to be compact, so it fits on most counters. However, you also want it to be fairly tall, so you can fit large travel mugs underneath it. It’s a balance that most, but not all, Keurig coffee makers manage very well, with the general construction being tall but fairly slim.

    Of course, all that is moot if your Keurig coffee maker doesn’t make travel sized mugs in the first place. A lot of Keurig coffee makers can make up to a 12 ounce cup, but not all; if you like your cups large, be sure to make sure it can make ones to your preferred size.

    If, instead, you prefer smaller ones, you’re more in luck. The average Keurig coffee maker at the very least makes 6, 8, and 10 ounce cups; enough for small to large sized standard coffee mugs. Some others also make 4 ounce cups, so you can make concentrated coffee drinks out of your K cups.

    That’s one other major feature to look for. K cups are what made Keurig a household name, the name brand of the generic “coffee pods” that have sprung up in the last few years, which allow Keurig coffee makers to quickly and easily make some pretty solid tasting coffee with a minimum of fuss or cleanup.

    However, buying new K cups all the time can be expensive, and their standard coffee flavors (as opposed to the more specialized flavor varieties; your hazelnuts and French vanillas and whatnot) are, honestly, not generally as tasty as similar quality ground coffee would be, given the speed of the brewing and how pressurized the canisters are.

    A Keurig coffee maker having the ability to make regular ground coffee out of the box (rather than with the adapter that’s usually sold separately) is a big plus, as is the ability to use a larger water reservoir (which most have, at 48 ounces or bigger) to make full carafes instead of one cup at a time.

    Finally, be sure to look at the price. More expensive does not always mean better, or significantly better for a Keurig coffee maker, and likewise it sometimes does. Prices fluctuate and sometimes better models are simply not much more; think a 10% price increase for a full 50% increase in size and usability.