It’s really hard to tell the difference between Keurig machines – trust us, we’ve been on it for a long time. It turns out that, unlike Nespresso, Keurig doesn’t do a lot of pretentious publicity, so people aren’t really aware of just how good their coffee makers are.
That is basically why we made this list: to help you understand the strong points of each Keurig machine so that if you ever decide to get one, you’ll know which one fits you better (and which one will give you a better run for your money!).
- Top 5 picks for best Keurig coffee maker
- The 8 Best Keurig Coffee Makers
- Keurig K575 – the biggest of them all
- Keurig K15 – The smallest of them all
- Keurig Rivo – The best for specialty drinks
- Keurig K250 – Modern and Versatile
- Keurig B145 Office Pro – Best Coffee Maker for the Workplace
- Keurig K155 Office Pro – Best for the office
- Keurig K475 – The classiest of the list
- Keurig B70 – The best for specialty coffee
- What to consider when buying a Keurig coffee maker
Top 5 picks for best Keurig coffee maker
|Coffee Maker||Main Feature|
|Keurig K575||– Large water tank|
– Carafe compatible
– Home or office use
|Keurig K15||– Inexpensive|
– Beautiful design
|Keurig Rivo||– Greater capacity|
– Makes specialty drinks
– Perfect for latte lovers
|Keurig K250||– Great design|
– K-carafe and K-mug compatible
|Keurig B145 Office Pro||– Ideal for the office|
– 48oz water tank
– Easy to use
|Keurig K155 Office PRO||– Touchscreen|
– Fast coffee brewing
– 90oz water tank
|Keurig K475||– Large touchscreen|
– Classy, minimalistic design
– 70oz water tank
|Keurig B70||– Premium design|
– Quiet Brew Technology
– Gourmet coffee quality
In this list, you’ll find all the information you will want to know about a particular machine – especially if you’re on the fence about getting one of the coffee makers on this list.
But don’t worry, we’ve taken a lot of time to research each and every one of these coffee makers – so that we can bring you a personal review of each, with s small list of pros and cons to make it even easier for you to distinguish their goods and bads.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into our list.
The 8 Best Keurig Coffee Makers
The K575 is made for you to be able to caffeinate a whole stadium without having to refill your water reservoir even once. Okay, that’s a little bit of an overstatement – but the fact remains that the water reservoir is very big at 80 ounces – and you can make almost 20 cups of coffee one after another without having to worry about running out of water.
The K575 can brew K-carafe pods, which are designed for you to brew several cups at once – this is poured into a carafe, then served into your coffee cup. With K-carafe pods, you can make up to 30 ounces of coffee in one single touch!
Talking about touch – it comes with a large touchscreen that helps you navigate your machine – lettings you choose the size of your coffee and, more importantly, the strength of your brew, which lets you make a stronger or gentler cup using the same K-cup.
Keep in mind that while yes, this machine can seem extremely big, it is thought not for commercial spaces, but for big homes or communal spaces. The 575 is a strange yet well-done effort at combining large capacity and friendly design.
|Brews K-carafe pods||Chunky, hard to fit in small places|
|80oz water tank|
|Easily transported from one place to another|
The K575 is an ideal choice for someone who’s planning on making a whole lot of coffee – whether you have a big home, or you want to get a powerful but hassle-free coffee maker for your office or workplace – the K575 will not disappoint you.
It is not every day that you see such a compact, convenient coffee maker like this. The K15 is a machine made with the smallest of spaces in mind.
The water reservoir for this machine is unlike any other – it is made to fit enough water for one cup and one cup only. This, along with its compact design, lightweight materials, and power cord storage make it ideal for making a cup of coffee in one place, and simply picking your coffee maker up and taking it with you wherever you go.
Unlike the K575, it isn’t about the capacity – this machine bets on the complete opposite, making it only be fit for one cup at a time but, in return, makes what could be the most portable Keurig ever.
To top it off, the design of this machine is really cool and the Platinum version, in particular, looks absolutely dazzling.
|1-cup water reservoir||Bad for making more than one cup of coffee at a time|
|Fits easily anywhere|
There are two instances that we see as ideal for buying this machine: One – you already have a coffee machine, but you really want either a small, easy-to-use machine that is also inexpensive.
On the other hand, if you need a coffee maker that you can take with you wherever you go; one that’s super portable and can be picked up and transported without so much as a small bag – then this is your choice.
The Keurig Rivo name comes from the Italian word for Revolutionary, and that’s exactly what this machine is for Keurig coffee. As an espresso maker, it’s one of the most potent for the brand (15 bars of pressure) and it comes with its very own automatic milk frother.
So let’s talk about that, the automatic milk frother. This is the machine’s main feature, and it can deliver some barista-quality frothed milk and foam. It’s no wonder, then, that the machine’s full name is actually “Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte system” – it is specifically designed to make the two most popular milk-based drinks.
The way this feature works is by a series of buttons – once the milk container is filled and placed into its proper slot, you can press one of three buttons: One for cappuccino, one for a latte, and another for frothing cold milk. Simple and yields wonderful results.
Besides this, this machine has very potent brewing equipment which delivers your coffee in less than one minute – and its collecting tray for used K-pods can take up to 10 before it needs to be emptied.
|Automatic milk frother||Has to be cleaned constantly|
|Brews coffee in under 1 minute|
|Not very expensive|
|15-bar pressure system|
If you’re a fan of coffee, then you’re most definitely a fan of Cappuccino and Latte. This Keurig is the perfect coffee maker for all of you who are -understandably- die-hard fan of Keurig but also need their daily dose of Latte, or Cappuccino.
Perfect machine for those who want milk-based drinks; hassle-free and inexpensive.
The Keurig K250’s design reminds you of a drip coffee maker: A sturdier design, more focused on brewing bigger quantities of coffee. So this machine combines, then, both the convenience of single-serve coffee, making you just one cup at a time with the ability to be able to brew a whole carafe at a time.
This machine can use K-pods; K-cup pods, K-mug pods, and K-carafe pods giving you a wide range of options for when you need some coffee.
With such a wide range of options to choose from, the K250 becomes a viable choice for a variety of people and/or places; whether you’re the only person that drinks coffee in the house, or you need a big output of coffee for many people, the K250 has got your back.
And should you want a stronger cup of coffee, you can choose by using your machine’s touchscreen, which allows you to navigate it – choosing the amount of coffee (or whether you’re making coffee or something else, like cocoa or tea) and the strength of the said drink.
|40oz water tank||Hybrid – not attractive for espresso drinkers|
|K-mug and K-carafe compatible|
|Hot water dispenser|
|Compact design, all things considered|
A hybrid machine like this which is neither a single-serve machine nor really a drip coffee machine can be hard to place. What this means is that, if you want a single-serve Keurig machine, you can just get one that is smaller and cheaper – and if you wanted an actual drip coffee maker, you could just get one. But this coffee maker is neither here, nor there.
Despite this, the K250 is still a great choice and makes outstanding coffee. It can easily fit anywhere and cater to just about everyone at home, thanks to its wide range.
The B145 is designed to be a super compact, stylish-yet-professional machine that would easily fit in your office, workplace, and even your home.
This machine has a big water reservoir, which can seem like a little too much if you’re using it at home (48 ounces) but sounds reasonable enough for an office coffee maker.
It is quite easy to use; it works by using a sort of dial – this dial lets you choose the volume for your coffee (6, 8, or 10 ounces) plus a couple of buttons to power up the machine and one to drain your machine before using it, as a rinsing measure. Also, very helpful, a couple of blinking lights that will alert you whether you need to refill the water tank or descale the machine.
The drip tray can be removed so as to fit a bigger cup of coffee – usually a mug or a travel mug that you would use at the office instead of a fragile ceramic cup.
The fact that it has a large water tank capacity and a large used pod container is definitely what makes this machine so office-friendly; In the office, you don’t have the time to be cleaning up your coffee maker or, even worse, refill the water tank every few uses – this machine will deliver coffee without any sort of extra work until the end of the day.
|48oz water tank||Not very home-friendly|
|1-minute heat-up and brew time|
|Low water alert, descaling alert|
|Removable drip tray|
Well, we gotta be honest – while this machine is definitely a great one, it’s really not the ideal machine for you to have at home. But if you’re looking to buy a machine for your workplace, there probably couldn’t be a better one – it makes coffee super fast and it lets you know whether it needs refilling, alerting the user so as not to enrage the person that comes after them.
Office coffee lovers – this is your choice.
Now, unlike the B145, this machine does give quite a lot of thought to more than just the quality of the coffee (or the convenience).
More specifically, this machine looks really cool in your office. It’s the kind of coffee machine that you would want to have in your meeting room, to impress clients and visitors alike – “would you fancy a cup of coffee?” and anyone could see that you’re a person of good taste.
Fantasies aside, the K155 is not your average office coffee maker. It features a small but very interactive touch screen for you to choose your coffee – a system that will prove incredibly easy to use even amongst the most tech-impaired people around.
Another feature that’s been implemented with big office settings in mind is that of the interchangeable tray – you’ve got two different drip trays that serve for different sized cups – one can accommodate regular cups and mugs, while the other lays lower as to be able to accommodate taller glasses and travel mugs.
With this machine, you’re going to have a lot of options – choose from four different coffee sizes and also adjust water volume and coffee strength. And it’s gonna take a lot of coffee to make the machine run out of water – the water tank on this baby can take up to a whopping 90 ounces of water.
|90oz water tank||Very difficult to move if needed|
|Interchangeable drip tray|
|LCD, full-color touchscreen|
|Easy to use|
This machine is an absolute no-go for home use, yet the clear best choice for the office or commercial use. It performs great – with virtually no delay between coffees, has an immense water reservoir that withstands a huge workload and it is so easy to use that this machine will probably become some people’s sole reason to get up in the morning – to get to work early and taste some delicious coffee.
Need a quick cup of coffee to wake you up? You got it. Wait – need a tall mug of coffee to keep you going all morning? Also got it. No, wait – need a whole carafe of coffee because you’ve got people over? Got. it.
The Keurig K475 is a fantastic machine; Its design is super classy, which makes you eager to show it off at your home and yet it’s got a large water tank (up to 70 ounces) that makes it a very reliable coffee maker for all occasions.
This machine works with K-cup pods as well as K-mug and K-carafe pods. Does not, however, come with its own carafe – but it has plenty of space for you to fit your own.
One of the coolest things about this coffee maker is its touchscreen – it’s a step above all other Keurig touchscreens. It looks better, and it performs much more accurately than other machines. It makes making your drink a smooth experience.
Though we said that this machine’s design fits perfectly at home, it could also easily work for a more formal setting. This is because although its design isn’t precisely industrial or commercial, but more modern and homey, its large water tank and fast coffee brewing would let this machine easily handle the workload of a small working environment.
|70oz water tank||Expensive|
|K-mug and K-carafe compatible|
|Hot water dispenser|
The K475 is truly a machine for anyone and anywhere. It adapts so well to either small places as it does to bigger places that demand more frequent use – you could never tell by looking at it, but it’s actually pretty comparable to Keurig’s commercial coffee makers.
If you want a machine that looks modern, classy, and yet it can perform really well and handle constant use, this is your choice.
This machine is, by Keurig standards, completely premium. Amongst the programmable features that you can find are Favorite cup size, temperature control, auto shut-off settings, and more.
The water tank, able to hold up to 72 ounces of water, has got blue-tint walls that conserve water better, preventing it from becoming stale or housing any sort of bacteria.
It’s also the incarnation of the irritable person’s most loved feature for a coffee maker: quiet brewing. That’s right; you won’t be grinding your teeth each time you brew yourself a cup of coffee, because thanks to Keurig’s “Quiet Brew Technology”, the amount of noise made during the brewing process is significantly reduced. Music for your ears.
As expected, the B70 is ridiculously easy to use and could become your best friend in a matter of days. Just remember to wash it often so that it lasts you for years to come – and don’t worry: All parts are dishwasher safe!
|72oz water tank||Quite big if you have a small place|
|Easy to use|
|Blue tinted water tank|
|Quiet Brew Technology|
The B70 is, quite frankly, a premium option. You’re a dedicated person who really, really appreciates good quality coffee – and so you also want to have single-serve coffee… but the top-notch kind.
B70 is a perfect choice for people who do not conform to regular machines and want a better experience; A more VIP kind of coffee maker.
What to consider when buying a Keurig coffee maker
Buying Keurig is, although most definitely a sure bet because we know that Keurig coffee is good and that their machines are in most cases very durable, trusty coffee makers, they are all quite similar between each other and it can be hard to tell them apart. (although they seem to be fixing that by updating their designs in recent years)
So – what do we need to pay attention to when buying a Keurig machine? It’s actually pretty simple. Let’s see:
1- The capacity
Although there are some official hybrids that combine home use and office use, Keurig tends to make pretty clear whether one particular machine was intended for personal use only, or whether it was intended for commercial or office use.
If you’re a home user that needs capacity akin to a commercial machine – there are quite a few options for that.
But chances are that if you need a machine for more than home use, you’ll either see the office in the name of the machine or will see it made very clear, very soon that said machine is intended for heavy use.
Unlike Nespresso, Keurig has the very convenient K-mug pods and K-carafe pods, which allow you to brew different quantities of coffee – depending on your needs and preferences. But not all machines are compatible with these pods.
So if you are someone who needs to have their daily mug of coffee instead of a tiny espresso or, rather, you live in a big house and need to serve coffee to a lot of people at once, then you should be looking for a Keurig machine that is K-mug and K-carafe compatible.
One big con for Keurig is that its designs tend to take up a lot of unnecessary space. Even their smallest machines cannot compare to some of the other brands’ super ergonomic coffee makers – but hey, at least Keurig makes some really stunning machines.
But looks aren’t everything. Before buying your machine, take some time to check the dimensions of that machine, and check thoroughly the space you have available to see if you could really fit that machine without a lot of trouble there.
And don’t make tight calculations; leave a lot of room for error. You don’t want to have to move the machine entirely to remove the water tank just because you didn’t think of that part when you were buying a bigger machine than you needed!
It has to be said: Keurig does advertise way too many of their machines to be premium – they have a premium this or that – but in reality, most of their machines have the same quality which is still very good.
But if you really want a premium – there are choices to be found here, and you’ll have to make a tough choice – they are expensive but worth it. The Rivo, for example, is a premium Keurig machine – but it’s not for everyone.
You need to ask yourself whether you’re really gonna give a premium machine enough use to justify that purchase because, otherwise, you might as well just purchase a regular Keurig machine and save yourself a lot of money.
There we have it: The ultimate Keurig buying list!
Hopefully, by now you’ll have a clear idea of one or two coffee makers that really suit your needs perfectly. Remember that a coffee maker, just like a new pair of shoes, takes some time to get used to. But once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it will perform smoothly and fit you perfectly.
Marcelo is a filmmaker and passionate barista on the side. He spends his free time cooking up new and exciting recipes – and drinking too much coffee in the process.