Updated June 15, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Keurigs

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in January of 2017. Keurig brewers revolutionized the way we make coffee, both at home and in the office. From basic, budget-friendly models to top-of-the line luxury options, they've given java lovers a way to enjoy the perfect mug of joe at any time of day. We've sucked down countless cups to put together a list of the best. Now, if we could just stop shaking long enough to type it out ... When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. K-Elite Single Serve

2. K-Select Single Serve

3. K250 Plus Series

Editor's Notes

June 13, 2019:

Keurig machines bring you the convenience of being able to brew just one cup of coffee at a time. There’s no leftover waste or a pot to clean. And, they’re not just for java. Pods are also available with tea and cocoa, so there’s something for everyone. Today’s machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, to accommodate any kitchen or office – as our list reflects. (We should note that for the environmentally conscious, there are reusable filter “cups” that allow you to use loose coffee grounds without producing the waste of a plastic K-Cup. Yours truly has been a happy user of one of these for years – and they’re affordable and readily available both online and at your local store. This handy gadget also allows you to enjoy the flavor of freshly ground beans.)

Joining our selection in this update is the K-Select Single Serve, which is a favorite of many, thanks to its space-saving design and reasonable price, compared to many other models. It’s easy to use, with a set of buttons on its top right side that allow you to select the cup size, as well as an option for a strong brew. LED indicator lights will show you whether the auto-shutoff feature is engaged and whether the reservoir needs more water. It comes in six colors, from a basic black to a deep red, to a cheery blue-green.

If you treat yourself to a latte or cappuccino on a regular basis, look to the K-Cafe Maker, which can be used to whip up both of these treats, as it comes with a frothing element. Just add any type of milk you like for this step, and your drink will be ready in no time. The stainless steel jug is easy to wash or can be put into the dishwasher. This machine can brew a regular mug of coffee, too, of course.

No matter which you ultimately select, factors to consider include size (make sure it won’t hog your entire countertop), size of the reservoir, range of cup sizes it can brew, ease of use, and portability – if you plan to bring it elsewhere, with any frequency.

Special Honors

Keurig K-Mini Plus Dunkin Donuts Bundle At less than 5 inches wide, this ultra slim model will fit well in the tiniest of kitchens, and can fill up your mug with six to 12 ounces of joe per serving. The removable reservoir makes for easy cleaning and filling, and the onboard cord storage ensures a tidy countertop. What’s more, it comes with 48 pods of Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend. keurig.com

Keurig K50 Starbucks Bundle Get your favorite coffeehouse fix every morning at home (or any time of day) with this economical choice that features a basic brewer along with 48 single-serve pods in Pike Place and Sumatra flavors. The practical, no-nonsense machine is controlled with simple buttons, minus the LCD screen and other bells and whistles that come with pricier models. keurig.com

4. B155 Commercial

5. K-Cafe Maker

6. K475 Plus Series

7. K145 OfficePro

8. K150P Commercial System

9. B130 DeskPro

10. K15 Classic

Why A Keurig Is Better Than A Traditional Coffee Maker

In other words, some people are barely awake and home long enough in the morning to wait for drip coffee.

You likely grew up with bulbous coffee pots and their industrial-looking machines as staples of your kitchen. The slow drip and the huffing and puffing of the machine made up some symphonic part of your morning routine. So, getting rid of this appliance isn't necessarily difficult for practical reasons so much as it is for nostalgic ones. But, once you have switched to a Keurig, or at least added one to your home in addition to a standard coffee machine, you won't miss drip coffee for long.

Traditional drip coffee can take around 10 minutes to brew. But research on America's morning routines found that over half of individuals only take between 11 and 30 minutes to get ready for the day. In other words, some people are barely awake and home long enough in the morning to wait for drip coffee. Meanwhile, a Keurig can prepare your morning joe in about 30 to 60 seconds. It's likely you sometimes skip your coffee entirely because you don't have the time to wait for it. That is a major shame since regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of mortality than those who abstain from it.

If you live in a home with other people or work in an office with colleagues, then someone is probably always brewing a large pot of coffee. But they make it under the assumption others will drink it, while often, most of that coffee sits there until it turns cold and someone throws it out. A Keurig allows you to make just one single cup of coffee at a time, meaning no more coffee down the drain. Keeping several brews and flavors of large ground coffee bins in the cabinet is not space-efficient. Meanwhile, a Keurig lets you have several little pods of a variety of flavors without requiring much storage space. You won't have to limit yourself to one type of coffee because that's all you could fit in the pantry. In fact, Keurig machines, as a system, have a very small footprint.

Other Features To Consider

You may be purchasing a Keurig to keep from wasting large amounts of leftover coffee, but you can still ensure there is always enough java for everybody when necessary. Some models have extra-large water reservoirs, meaning you can brew one cup after another for a large party without having to refill it. Everybody can get exactly what they want out of their cup of joe, too, since some Keurigs have strength-control settings. Nobody can complain you make coffee that is too weak or too strong ever again. Many even offer various temperature options, eliminating the time you sit around, waiting for your coffee to cool down (or reheat in the microwave). If you're always on the go, you'll appreciate a Keurig with an adjustable base that can hold both regular coffee cups and travel mugs.

Nobody can complain you make coffee that is too weak or too strong ever again.

You absorb nearly 100 percent of the caffeine from coffee within just 45 minutes of consuming it, according to research on how coffee affects the human body. With that in mind, if you're a coffee fiend who wants to make sure you have a cup ready to go every hour, once your buzz wears off, look for a Keurig with a timer. These allow you to schedule your coffee to be ready at certain times of the day. When you feel a caffeine-withdrawal headache coming on, you can be certain your next java fix is ready. If you do plan on putting your Keurig to work like that, just make sure your model automatically shuts off when it's done brewing to save energy.

Some people resist transitioning to Keurigs because they fear they won't be easy to use. Fortunately, many have large LCD screens with intuitive control panels, clear instructions, and even the ability to display instructions in multiple languages. If you like to switch up your caffeine delivery system from coffee to tea, Keurigs also brew loose leaf tea very well. This means you can not only ditch your old coffee pot, but you can also get rid of your kettle, freeing up even more room in your kitchen.

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Coffee

If you're worried you might be a coffee addict, you can feel better about your habit. There is no such thing as too much of a good thing, and coffee is good for you. If you consume alcohol on a regular basis, consider making Irish coffee your drink of choice. Caffeine has been found to improve liver function. The study that determined this found that both caffeinated and decaf coffee provide some liver-protecting benefits. If diabetes runs in your family, consider taking up coffee-drinking. Research has found that drinking it regularly can greatly decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Since coffee can also reduce hunger pangs, it could prevent you from reaching for diabetic-inducing snacks.

The study that determined this found that both caffeinated and decaf coffee provide some liver-protecting benefits.

Coffee can make women happier, too, and not only because it gives them the energy to complete stressful tasks. Studies have found that suicidal thoughts and depression decrease significantly in regular coffee drinkers. The research determined that drinking just four cups a day will help those suffering from depression feel better. Coffee also helps fuel your workouts, and exercise, too, has been associated with a decrease in depression, meaning coffee fights the blues on two fronts.

Consuming coffee on a regular basis can decrease one's risk of heart disease. Combined with a healthier diet, three to five cups of coffee a day can delay or prevent the beginning stages of heart disease. As mentioned before, it can also give you the energy to exercise, which is great for your cardiovascular health. If you plan on having children and hope they inherit a lot of your genes, you should be drinking coffee (at least pre-pregnancy). Regular coffee drinkers have stronger DNA with less strand breakage.

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Karen Bennett
Last updated on June 15, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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