At first glance the number of Keurig models available makes choosing one seem daunting, and hard to determine which Keurig is best for you. But a closer look reveals that Keurig coffee machines share many traits. A simple comparison of the models can quickly narrow down the choices.
We’ve put together this Keurig Model Comparison Guide to help you easily sort through the options and determine what is the best Keurig model for you. After all, in the end, the best Keurig to buy is the one that most closely fits your needs.
The popular Keurig Special Edition, Platinum and Platinum Plus personal brewers, as well as the Vue series, have been discontinued but will be available for purchase until backlogs run out. Keurig will continue to support these machines. Learn more.
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Keurig K-Cup Brewing System Models for Home Use:
– K10/B10/B31 Mini Plus (the B30/K30 Mini is no longer being made)
– K45/B45 Elite (K40/B40)
Limited Availability – Discontinued Models for Home Use:
– K60/B60 Special Edition (K65/ B68)
– K75/B75 Platinum (K70/B70)
– K79/B79 Platinum Plus
– Vue – V500, V600, V700
Keurig 2.0 Models for Home Use:
– K350/K360/K300 (B350/B360/B300)
– K450/K460/K400 (B450/B460/B400)
– K550/K560/K500 (B550/B560/B500)
– DeskPro K130/B130
Why A Keurig Coffee Maker?
In some ways, Keurig has single-handedly revolutionized home coffee brewing. Fewer households are brewing big pots of coffee every morning, instead opting to quickly make fresh single cups whenever someone wants one. You no longer need to drink hours-old coffee or discard excess down the sink. And, you’re no longer limited to one brand or flavor, as you are when you buy coffee by the pound.
Keurig changed all that with their Keurig K-Cup Brewing System and pre-packaged K-Cup coffee pods. The pressurized Keurig machines produce a singe cup of coffee very quickly, sometimes in a minute or less. And, with 250+ flavors available in K-Cups, you can have a different coffee every morning for months. But Keurig isn’t just about coffee. There are K-Cups for hot and iced tea, hot chocolate and other beverages. In addition, neat and tidy K-Cups make clean-up a breeze.
The advantages of K-Cup brewers are obvious. What may not be quite so obvious is how the cost of coffee adds up over time, and how the disposal of K-Cups can be an ecological problem. Keurig has addressed both of these issues with their reusable My K-Cup filter, designed to allow you to brew just about any standard ground coffee in some Keurig machines.
Keurig is in transition. They originally expanded the number and type of models available, adding the Rivo, Vue and Keurig 2.0 lines. However, they have discontinued the Vue and many of the original K-Cup brewers in order to focus on the Keurig 2.0 line. Many of the discontinued models are still available, but if you have a favorite, grab it now before they all disappear from the shelves.
- The K-Cup Brewing System machines are the original K-Cup brewers that dominated the Keurig line for so long and that accommodate an ever growing selection of K-Cups. The Keurig Mini Plus and Keurig Elite will continue to be produced, but the Keurig Special Edition, Platinum and Platinum Plus have been discontinued. Learn more about K-Cups and the K-Cup Brewing System here.
- Keurig Vue brewers, which offered more brewing options than the K-Cup system, have been discontinued but are still sometimes available for purchase (their brewing systems were used in the Keurig 2.0 line). These machines do not use K-Cups however, but instead use a more limited selection of Vue Packs, which will continue to be produced.
- The Keurig 2.0 line allows you to brew single cups using K-Cups, and small carafes of up to 30 ounces using K-Carafe packs. These machines read the lids of newer K-Cups, certifying they are Keurig-produced, then optimize the brew for the flavor inside. In other words, they will only brew with Keurig brand pods with the special lid. All 250+ K-Cup flavors are available with the readable lids, but retailers are anxious to use up their stores of the older K-Cups before stocking the new ones. Check carefully before buying. Reusable My K-Cup and third party filters do not work with these machines.
- The Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System produces espresso with Rivo Lavazza Espresso Cups and froths milk at the touch of a button. This popular and highly rated machine does a good job with these specialty coffees, but does not brew standard coffee with K-Cups.
- There can be several model numbers for each Keurig machine. A “K” or “B” with the same following number are identical machines (K10, B10). In some cases similar number series are also the same machine, but may indicate slightly different features, or in the case of commercial machines, different UL listings. (K450/K460/K400 – the K400 doesn’t come with the water filter kit; B155 is for household and commercial use while the B150 is for commercial use).
Things to Look for When You Compare Keurig Models
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There are a number of features to consider when deciding between Keurig models. Here’s a list to get you started, but you may have other considerations to add to it that are unique to your situation. These apply directly to the K-Cup Brewing System machines, but some apply to other lines as well.
Location Where the Keurig Will Be Used – Most Keurig models are UL listed for Household Use Only. If you’ll be using your machine at the office, in a commercial building or in some dorms you’ll need a brewer that’s listed for Commercial Use. Learn more about why UL listings matter when selecting a single cup coffee maker here.
Size of the Machine – Is your counter space limited? Then you’ll probably need to know how much space each machine takes up, and whether or not it comfortably sits under upper cabinets. Or, consider setting up a brewing station near the kitchen. You’ll find some ideas here on our Coffee Organizers board on Pinterest.
Cup Size Options – Some machines brew a single cup size, while others allow you to choose between 4-12 ounces per cup. Keep in mind that the more water per cup, the milder the brew is likely to be.
Brewing Times – Most Keurigs brew in a minute or less from hot water in the reservoir. The Mini Plus, which does not have a water reservoir can take 2-3 minutes – still, much faster than most other coffee making methods. When adding water, it’s advised to use room temperature water. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait longer for the water to heat for that first cup.
Water Reservoir Size and Design – The Mini Plus has a water reservoir just big enough for one cup of coffee – meaning you’ll need to pour water into the machine every time you make a cup. However, all the other machines have removable reservoirs that you can take to the sink to fill, ranging from 40 – 80 ounces. These machines also keep hot water on hand for the fastest brewing and for dispensing for other uses
Hot Water Dispenser – While all Keurig models can produce a cup of hot water for tea, hot chocolate, instant oatmeal, etc., some make it easier than others. If this is an important feature for you, choose a machine with a hot water dispenser button.
My K-Cup Adaptability – Not every machine works with the reusable My K-Cup filter (or other third-party reusable filters), and none of the 2.0 machines or commercial machines do (with the exception of the K155). If you’ll always use K-Cups, then any Keurig model will work for you. However, if you’ll ever want to brew your favorite ground coffee then consider the Mini Plus, Elite or OfficePro Premiere (which can also be used at home).
Quiet Brew Technology – Most models employ Quiet Brew Technology so your coffee making is as quiet as possible. Two that don’t are the K10 Mini Plus and the OfficePro, so these machines are a little louder.
Energy Saving Features – Most models of Keurigs will automatically turn themselves off 90 seconds after brewing is done. The OfficePro will shut off after 2 hours.
Programmable – Do you want your coffee hot and ready to drink when you get up? Then a programmable model would be a good choice for you.
Water Feed Plumbing Kit – the commercial B150 and B155 machines have a plumbing kit available that allows you to hook up a water line to feed the machine’s reservoir, eliminating trips to the sink. Don’t forget that the B155 can be used at home.
Water Filtering – There’s an optional water filter kit for some machines that eliminates unpleasant tastes in water.
User Ratings – Once you’ve narrowed down the choices, take a look at user ratings (and how many ratings there are – a handful may not be enough to get a clear picture). It often helps to know how users feel about the models you’re considering. If you need to decide between models with similar functionality, a higher rating can often be the deciding factor.
So, What Is the Best Keurig Model?
If you’re asking this question, you may be wondering about performance and durability. All Keurig K-Cup models use the same brewing system and operate similarly. When you compare Keurig models and user reviews you soon realize that differences have more to do with features than with performance.
Keurig 2.0 brewers all operate similarily, as well. The major difference between machines is how large the water reservoir is and how many cup size options there are, which simplifies comparison between models.
Two commercial models are also UL rated for Household Use – the K145 and the K155. These commercial models are designed to stand up to heavy use and can be good choices for households that brew a lot of coffee.
Because of the nature of these machines, Keurig K-Cup coffee makers can seem a little tempermental at times. Performance issues often have to do with coffee grounds getting inside the entrance or exit needles (easy to clean out) or the machine needing to have mineral buildup removed from internal parts (a simple descaling process takes care of this).
For the fewest problems, bottled or spring water is recommended, not distilled, softened, or hard water with lots of mineral content. On the off chance that you receive a malfunctioning machine, Keurig is very good about offering replacements.
Keurig Models Simplified – Infographic
The infographic below can help you quickly determine which machine has the features you want. Scroll below the infographic for more information about individual machines for home use, discontinued models (limited supplies available), the Keurig 2.0’s and machines for commercial use. Click on the image to expand it into a larger version (look for the gray multi-arrows icon in the upper right corner after you click).
Keurig K-Cup Brewing System Models for Home Use
Keurig K10/B31 MINI Plus Brewing System, Black
Keurig K10, B10, B31 Mini Plus (the B30/K30 is no longer being made) – This compact Keurig model comes in several vibrant colors. There’s no water reservoir, so water needs to be added for each cup. Brews in about 2 minutes. Produces hot water by running a brew cycle without a K-Cup. 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 ounces. Accepts the My K-Cup and third party reusable filters. Remove the drip tray for taller mugs. 10.8″ H x 6.9” W x 10.7″ D. 4 stars. Read our review.
Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System, Black
Keurig Elite (K45, B45) – This popular best-selling model has a removable 48 ounce water reservoir and can brew 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 ounces (the K40/B40 has 2 cup sizes, otherwise is identical to the K45/B45). Dispense hot water by running a brew cycle without a K-Cup installed. The My K-Cup reusable filter works in this machine, as do some third-party filters. The included Water Filter Starter Kit with charcoal filters can be installed to clean up off-tasting water. Auto On/Off and removable drip tray. Quiet Brew Technology. Comes in Black, Coconut White, Patriot Blue or Rhubarb with silver gray trim. 13.3” H x 9.8” W x 13” D. 4.5 stars. Read our review.
Keurig B145 OfficePRO Brewing System
The OfficePRO (B145, K145) is a popular K-Cup machine for households and small offices (up to 15 people). The 48 ounce reservoir is removable and can be filled at the sink. Choose between 3 cup sizes (6, 8 and 10 ounces). Water heats and coffee brews in less than a minute. Turns itself off after being idle for 2 hours. Can accommodate some third party reusable filters (Solofill and Ekobrew filters are reported to work well). Removable drip tray allows brewing into taller mugs. The internal tank can be easily drained by pressing a button. A little louder than those with Quiet Brew Technology. UL listed for both Household and Commercial Use. 13″ H x 10″ W x 11″ D. 4.5 stars.
Keurig B155 Commercial Brewing System
K155, B155 Commercial Brewing System (OfficePro Premiere) – A nice machine for busy households, home offices and mid-sized commercial offices, as the reservoir holds up to 90 ounces and brews a cup in less than a minute. 4 cups sizes – 4, 6, 8 and 10 ounces – and you can choose the water temperature, program Auto On/Off and choose English, Spanish or French language view screens. Ekobrew and Solofill reusable filters can be accommodated. Removable drip tray for brewing taller mugs. Can be hooked up to a water line with the Direct Water Line Plumbing Kit and the B150 Fitting (sold separately). Quiet Brew Technology. UL listed for Household and Commercial Use. 14″ H x 10 1/4″ W x 10″ D. 4 stars.
Limited Supplies – Discontinued K-Cup Brewing System Models
Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System
Keurig Special Edition (K60, K65, B60, B68 – the K66 is an older model) – This highly rated mid-priced machine has a 60 ounce reservoir that can be filled at the sink. Brew 3 cup sizes – 6, 8 and 10 ounces in less than a minute. Choose the water temperature, program Auto On/Off and be alerted when it needs descaling. Removable drip tray allows for taller mugs. Handy digital clock. Dishwasher safe parts. Can accommodate the My-Cup filter and reusable third-party filters. The optional Water Filter Starter Kit with charcoal filters can remove off-tastes from your water. Quiet Brew Technology. Comes in brown or black with silver gray trim. 14.9” H x 14.2” W x 12.2” D. 4.5 stars.
Keurig K75 Single-Cup Platinum Home-Brewing System
Keurig Platinum (B70, K75, B75) – This popular model has a 72 ounce reservoir that can be filled at the sink and can brew 5 cup sizes – 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 ounces – in less than a minute. Program the cup size, Auto On/Off and water temperature. This model also has a built in digital clock, descale alert, removable drip tray, and dishwasher safe parts. The optional Water Filter Starter Kit with charcoal filters can remove off-tastes from your water. Comes in black or brown and silver, or silver with black, and with a blue LED screen. 12.2” H x 16.8” W x 14.9” D. 4.5 stars.
Platinum Plus (K79, B79) – Has all the features of the Platinum model plus a hot water dispenser and rinse cycle for keeping the internal plumbing clear.
Keurig Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee System
The Vue machines brew a little differently than the K-Cup Brewing System machines and offer several advantages. For starters, you can program coffee strength and water temperature via the colored touchscreen on the V700. Users report being able to produce bolder coffee than with K-Cup models. Brews in under one minute. 74 ounce water reservoir that can be filled at the sink. 8 cup sizes, from 4 ounces to 18 ounces. Program Auto On/Off. Adjustable drip tray but reportedly does not accept some travel mugs. Produces hot water for hot chocolate and such by running a cycle without a Vue Pack in place. UL listed for Household Use Only.
The Vue brewers do not use K-Cups but instead requires special Vue Packs, some of which are available in “mug” sizes for larger cups. The selection of Vue Packs in limited, and often not available locally, but the third party KCV-Cup reusable coffee filter set allows K-Cups and ground coffee to be used in the machines. Unlike K-Cups, Vue Packs can be recycled with a little effort. Both the machines and Vue Packs are BPA free.
V600 – Very similar to the V700 but has a black and white touchscreen.
V500 – Lighter weight machine with black and white touchscreen. 60 ounce reservoir. Cup sizes from 4-16 ounces – doesn’t brew the 18 ounce travel mug size.
Keurig 2.0 Models for Home Use
The Keurig 2.0 Series uses the new Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology, which gives you a choice between brewing single cups and 4-cup carafes (up to 30 ounces). These models read the lids of K-Cups, verify they are Keurig originals and optimize the brewing process for the type of coffee in the cup.
The machines in this new line are not getting good reviews, but nearly all of the complaints are because they will only brew with Keurig K-Cups that have the readable lids (made after July 2014) and not older or generic K-Cups. If you have older K-Cups on hand, Keurig will provide you with a coupon to replace them with the new K-Cups. Not all retailers carry the new K-Cups, but will switch over once current supplies run out, so make sure you can find your favorite flavor in the new K-Cup before buying a 2.0 machine. These machines also accept K-Carafe packs. Vue Packs are gradually being switched over to work with the 2.0s as well as the Vue machines.
The reusable My K-Cup filters, as well as third party filters do not work with these machines, which is another thing some users dislike.
However, users who don’t care about the new K-Cups or using ground coffee in a reusable filter seem to be quite happy with the 2.0 brewers. They cite ease of use, better coffee, the ability to brew bolder coffee and having more brewing options as features they appreciate. They also enjoy being able to brew a carafe on weekend mornings.
For storage, empty the reservoir, store in an upright position and do not allow the machine to freeze. The internal tank cannot be drained. Be sure to do a cleansing brew before using the machine again.
A cleansing brew (without K-Cup or pack) is recommended after brewing hot chocolate packs.
Keurig does not recommend putting any of the parts, including the included carafe, in the dishwasher – wash them by hand. All plastic parts are BPA free.
These brewers are UL Listed for Household Use Only.
Keurig K350 2.0 Brewer, Black
K350, K360 – 60 ounce reservoir – 10 brew sizes from 4 – 30 ounces. Black and white LCD touch screen, coffee strength control, auto on/off, water filter and cartridge, carafe that holds 4 8-ounce cups. Produces hot water by brewing without a K-Cup. Removable drip tray and water reservoir. Quiet performance. 13.45” H x 10.43” W x 13.63” D. The K300 model is identical but does not have the water filter.
Keurig K450 2.0 Brewer, Black
K450, K460 – 70 ounce reservoir – 10 brew sizes from 4 – 30 ounces. Color LCD touch screen, programmable clock, auto on/off, coffee strength control, water filter and cartridge, carafe. Produces hot water by running a cycle without a K-Cup. Removable drip tray and water reservoir. Quiet performance. 16” H x 12.7” W x 18.3” D. The K400 model is identical but does not have the water filter.
Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer
K550, K560 – 80 ounce reservoir – Brew 10 cup sizes from 4 – 30 ounces. Large color LCD screen touch screen, customizable night light, auto on/off, programmable clock, hot water dispenser (must hold it down until the cup is full), coffee strength control (users love the “strong” setting), water filter and cartridge, carafe. Removable drip tray and water reservoir. Quiet performance. 16” H x 12.7” W x 18.3” D. The K500 model is identical but does not have the water filter.
Keurig Coffee Makers for Commercial Use
Keurig DeskPRO K130/B130 Brewing System
The DeskPRO (K130, B130) is a sturdy little machine made for the hospitality industry. It uses K-Cups to brew one 8-ounce cup of coffee at a time and shuts off automatically once it’s done. This machine requires adding water for each cup (no reservoir). Since the water needs to heat for every cup, this personal brewer takes a little longer, about 3 minutes. The drip tray can be removed to accommodate a taller mug. Hot water can be dispensed into a cup by running a brew cycle without a K-Cup in place. Some third party reusable filters work with this machine (Ekobrew, Solofill). A little louder than some (no Quiet Brew Technology). UL listed for Commercial Use Only. 11.1″ H x 10.0″ D x 7.0″ W. 4 stars. Read our review.
Keurig B140 Small Office Coffeemaker
The Keurig Small Office coffee maker (B140, K140) is for small offices of up to 15 people – 3 cup sizes, 6, 8 and 10 ounces. 48 ounce water reservoir. Some third party reusable filters work with this machine, such as those by Ekobrew. The drip tray is removable. Brews a cup in less than a minute. Press the Auto-Off button to turn it off if unused for 2 hours. Easily drain the internal tank by pressing a button. UL listed for Commercial Use Only. 13” H x 10” W x 11” D. 4 stars.
Keurig B145 OfficePRO Brewing System
The OfficePRO (B145, K145) is a popular K-Cup machine for small offices (up to 15 people). The 48 ounce reservoir is removable and can be filled at the sink. Choose between 3 cup sizes (6, 8 and 10 ounces). Water heats and coffee brews in less than a minute. Turns itself off after being idle for 2 hours. Can accommodate some third party reusable filters (Solofill and Ekobrew filters seem to work well). Removable drip tray allows brewing into taller mugs. The internal tank can be easily drained by pressing a button. A little louder than those with Quiet Brew Technology. UL listed for Household and Commercial Use. 13″ H x 10″ W x 11″ D. 4.5 stars.
Keurig B155 Commercial Brewing System
OfficePRO Premiere Commercial Brewing System (K155, B155) – A nice machine for larger offices (up to 30 people), as the reservoir holds up to 90 ounces and brews a cup in less than a minute. 4 cups sizes – 4, 6, 8 and 10 ounces – and you can choose the water temperature, program Auto Off/On and choose English, Spanish or French language view screens. Ekobrew and Solofill reusable filters can be accommodated. Removable drip tray for brewing taller mugs. Can be hooked up to a water line with the Direct Water Line Plumbing Kit and the B150 Fitting, sold separately. Quiet Brew Technology. NSF certified. UL listed for Household and Commercial Use. 13.9” H x 10.4” W x 14” D. 4 stars.
Keurig B150 Commercial Brewing System
K150, B150 Commercial Brewing System – Brews 5 cups sizes – 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 ounces. 90 ounce removable water reservoir. Brews in less than a minute. Can accommodate some third party resusable filters. You’re able to program water temperature, Auto On/Off and English, French or Spanish view screens. Third party reusable filters work with this machine. Removable drip tray. Easy to drain. Quiet Brew Technology. NSF certified. Hook it up to a water line with the included plumbing kit, if desired. UL listed for Commercial Use Only. 13.9” H x 10.4” W x 14” D. 4 stars.