Color Options: Brushed Slate, Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold
The brushed finish stands out on the K-Elite, but more importantly, the machine is loaded with features.
A few worth mentioning are the strong brew button, hot water on demand, and temperature control. So, if you need a stronger coffee in the morning and need hot water for soup at lunchtime, you can do both with this machine.
The water reservoir is towards the upper end compared to other models, making it great for small families with multiple coffee drinkers.
Packed with Features
Large water reservoir
No transparent section on water reservoir from the front view
We think the Keurig K-Elite is best overall if you’re looking for most of the bells and whistles that Keurigs offer at a midrange price.
The most significant selling feature is that it’s less than 5” wide, so it can be tucked away without taking up much counter space. And since the only color option is black, that might be a double win for those who were looking for a brighter option.
The K-Slim has a decent sized water reservoir but lacks brew-strength control. So if like strong coffee, this model isn’t what you’re looking for.
If this will be your first Keurig purchase, then you’ll be happy to know that it’s on the lower end of the pricing range. The money you save on this machine can be used to purchase your favorite K-Cups.
Less than 5” Wide
Large water reservoir
Compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Coffee Filter
Lack of color options
No strength control
If you’re single or in a home with low volume coffee drinkers and need a basic brewer, check out the K-Slim coffee maker.
Unlike high-end machines that take a tremendous amount of skill to operate, the K-Café makes it simple with a few presses of a button. The milk frother requires extra cleaning, but it’s dishwasher safe.
Handle on the water reservoir
Probably not as good as your local specialty coffee shop
The Keurig K-Café helps you stay home to enjoy lattes and cappuccinos without breaking the bank at your local barista.
Travel Mug Friendly Up To 7.5” Tall With Tray Removed (Up To 6.5” With Tray Attached)
Color Options: Silver
The Keurig K155 is a commercial-grade unit designed to brew coffee all day while looking stylish for the office.
This machine has a 90 oz reservoir and brew in four cup sizes ranging from 4 to 10 ounces in under a minute.
If the water reservoir isn’t big enough for your office or workplace, an optional water line kit can be purchased to plumb it directly to a water source. We recommend a professional installation to tackle the job.
It has an easy to navigate touch screen instead of buttons, which may become an issue if your coworkers are prone to touching things with greasy doughnut fingers.
In the next section, we will provide information and details that should help demystify the process of selecting the perfect Keurig coffee maker for you.
What to Look For In A Keurig Coffee Maker
Here are the features you should consider before buying.
Just as with any other appliance that you select for your kitchen, you will want to think about the amount of space you have available.
Be sure to measure your counter space, with a little extra wiggle room, to select the right size machine. In general, they will occupy more space than your classic drip brewer.
Keurig machines are generally designed to brew a cup of coffee in less than a minute. However, some models require machine warmup. This may increase the brewing time to two or three minutes, but still much quicker than standard coffee makers.
While it’s not too much extra work to refill a Keurig water reservoir, a large reservoir makes sense if you have many coffee drinkers in your home. The same also applies if you plan to brew a pot of coffee using a K-Carafe.
Those with a one-cup reservoir (e.g., the K-Mini and Mini Plus) must have water added every time.
Water plumbing kits are available for some commercial Keurig machines, which require a direct water line for high volume brewing.
Will you always be happy with a single cup at a time? If not, you will be better off selecting a machine that can brew small carafes as well.
Our research has shown that travel mug friendly machines are in high demand, which is why we have included the maximum mug size for each model in our reviews.
Hot Water On Demand
You can use any Keurig coffee maker to heat a cup of water for use with instant oatmeal, tea, powdered hot cocoa, and so forth.
If this is a feature that you can see yourself using often, you will want to select the machine that has a hot water dispenser button.
Quiet Brew Technology
During regular operation, Keurigs make noise. This includes the water pump, popping the K-Cup, and water going forcefully through the K-Cup during operation.
Keurig has Quiet Brew Technology that continues to improve noise reduction, but it’s unlikely that they will ever have completely silent brewing.
Pump noise is a complaint we often see, and sometimes it’s just a matter of cleaning, descaling, and properly priming to reduce the noise.
Yes, you can brew regular coffee in a Keurig, but you will require the My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter and compatible machine, or a K-Duo™ model Keurig.
How Often Should You Replace Your Keurig?
We believe a Keurig should last between 3 and 5 years with regular cleaning and maintenance.
Do Keurigs Have Lifetime Warranty?
Under everyday use, the manufacturer’s warranty is limited to 1 year from the time of purchase. Their customer service may give you a variety of options to help resolve your issues through Keurig troubleshooting.