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Keurig K-Compact Review
Design and Appearance 4.0 out of 5
Coffee Quality4.5 out of 5 
Easy to Clean4.8 out of 5
Easy to Use4.8 out of 5
Brand Reputation4.5 out of 5
Coffee Aim’s Crux:
The Keurig K-Compact coffee maker is a very basic and simple machine. This brewer has quite limited features. K-Compact has three brew sizes; 6, 8, and 10 ounces. You can select one according to your need. K-Compact has a removable water reservoir with a 36-oz capacity that helps to brew multiple cups before refilling. The removable drip tray allows you to use a travel mug, and by removing the drip tray, you can clean the machine easily. K-Compact doesn’t have a strong brew option. Once the water gets heated, the machine takes less than a minute to brew coffee. K-compact has a low-water alert light that starts flashing when the reservoir has a low water level. This brewer is very easy to understand, having no fancy features. 

The first sip of coffee in the morning is a moment of refreshment for every coffee addict. But can you imagine having that sip without making any effort? Don’t just imagine; it can be made possible!

Keurig has introduced a model named Keurig K-Compact, that makes your morning less hectic and pleasant with its super-fast brewing speed. To make a cup of coffee with K-Compact is just a piece of cake, your daily dose of relief is a few steps away from you, and that too at a very low price.

Don’t waste your time getting into a coffee shop on your way to the office when you can make the best quality coffee at home with K-Compact single-serve coffee maker. To take a deep look into the impressive features of this brewer, let’s start our review.

Overview

Every new Keurig model provides only customers convenience, be it ease of use or budget. The Keurig K-Compact single-serve coffee maker is designed for customers who want the best coffee experience at home with a low budget. K-Compact goes into the category of small-size brewers of Keurig. This brewer is 12.5” tall and 8.2” in width, you can easily place it on the counter, having less space. In Keurig coffee makers, K-Compact is the slimmest removable reservoir brewer. The transparent water reservoir is made of plastic and has a 36-oz capacity. You can brew multiple cups with one refill. You can also fix a water filter in the reservoir as it has enough space.

You can have three options for brew sizes; 6, 8, and 10 ounces in K-Compact to make your favorite beverages. You can choose/decide 6-ounces when you want to make a strong coffee. Otherwise, the K-Compact coffee maker has no strong brew option. You cannot adjust the temperature in this brewer. K-Compact brews fast; once the water gets heated, it will take less than a minute to brew coffee. K-Compact is a pretty straight machine, with just a power button and three more buttons for selecting brew size.

You can make your favorite cup of coffee by choosing a K-Cup from hundreds of brands available. Its smart start feature heats and then brews the coffee, giving you even more convenience.

The one other likable feature is auto-off. Don’t worry if you forget to turn off the brewer before leaving home. The k-Compact coffee maker will turn off automatically after two hours. It would help you to save energy. You can remove the drip tray for placing travel mugs or if you are cleaning the machine. In K-Compact, you cannot see the water level from the front as the water tank is at the back. K-Compact has an Add Water light to know the water level, which will start flashing, indicating that the reservoir needs refilling. 

The manufacturers have given the K-Compact coffee maker very minimal features, so it is best to start your journey with single-serve coffee makers. It has no programming features that can be annoying for a person who has just got his first-ever coffee maker. This model is the perfect choice for a newbie.   

Features and Specs

Features Availability 
Dimensions12.5” H x 8.2” W x 13.2” D
Weight6.9 Ibs
Brew Sizes6, 8 and 10 ounces.
Water ReservoirRemovable with 36-oz capacity.
Removable Drip Tray Yes
Temperature ControlNo
Strong BrewNo
Auto-OffYes, it turns off automatically after 2 hours of last brew.
Auto-OnNo
Heating PlateNo
Compatibility With My K-CupYes
Iced CoffeeNo
Travel Mug FriendlyYes
Display ScreenNo
ColorsBlack, Red
Lattes and CappuccinosNo
MultiStream TechnologyNo
High Altitude SettingNo

What We Like

  • Fast Brew: K-Compact brews the coffee at quite a fast speed. Once the brewer gets heated, pouring coffee into your mug takes less than a minute.
  • Removable Water Reservoir: K-Compact is the smallest Keurig having a removable water reservoir with a 36-oz capacity. Although the reservoir is transparent, you still can’t see the water level as the reservoir is positioned at the back of the brewer.
  • Removable Drip Tray: As the drip tray in K-Compact is removable, it can accommodate a travel mug easily. One more benefit of removing the drip tray is that you can clean the brewer easily in case of overflow. 
  • Multiple Brew Size: K-Compact has three brew sizes; 6, 8, and 10 ounces for making your favorite beverages, depending on how much coffee or drink you need. 
  • Auto-Off: K-Compact turns off automatically after two hours of the last brew. It helps you to save energy and hence money.
  • Simple to Use: Making coffee with K-Compact is such an effortless task. This brewer is extremely easy to use, with no complicated instructions.  
  • Compatible With My K-Cup: K-Compact allows you to use a universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filter to brew your own ground coffee.
  • Add Water Light: K-Compact coffee maker has an Add Water light which starts flashing when the reservoir needs a refill.

What We Don’t Like

  • Little Noisy: K-Compact is not a quiet machine compared to Keurig’s other models. It can be a little annoying in the morning.
  • No Strong Brew: K-Compact has no feature to make strong coffee. For having a bold cup of coffee, you can select the smallest brew size i.e., 6 ounce.
  • No Water Filter Kit: This brewer doesn’t come with a water filter kit. You need to buy the filter separately. 
  • Rear-Positioned Water Tank: The water reservoir in K-Compact is positioned at the back of the brewer, which makes it harder to access the reservoir for refilling and rinsing purposes.
  • No Iced Coffee Feature: K-Compact has no feature to serve you an iced coffee.
  • Maximum 10-oz Brew Size: You cannot fill your large travel mug with K-Compact as the maximum cup size it offers you is 10 oz.

Design, Appearance, and Footprint 

The Keurig K-Compact coffee maker has a very typical look like many single-serve coffee makers, it is 12.5” tall and 8.2” wide. The designer has kept the button menu very minimal. K-Compact has only four buttons; the power button and the other three for brew sizes. This brewer has an Add Water light that lets you know that the water level in the reservoir is low.

The K-Compact single-serve coffee maker has five color options; Black, White, Gray, Turquoise, and Moonlight Gray. This brewer has a rear-positioned 36-oz removable water reservoir and plastic handle. K-Compact is the slimmest removable reservoir brewer of Keurig, it takes very less space to fit in.  

Ease of Use — Programming

The main flux of K-Compact is that it requires no effort to make the best-tasting coffee; making coffee in k-Compact is one simple process. This brewer has no programming features keeping it as effortless as possible. Just a few steps and you are done!

To make your coffee with K-Compact, take out the water reservoir and fill it:

  1. Plug in the brewer and press the power button.
  2. Lift the handle and pop a K-Cup pod into the pod holder.
  3. Select the brew size from the three buttons by pressing the desired one. The brewer will start heating the water, and once the warm-up or heating is done, you will get your great cup of coffee in less than a minute. 

Performance

The Keurig K-Compact satisfied many customers with its performance. People mostly loved it for its affordability and convenient features. For strong and bold coffee addicts, K-Compact cannot be a five-star product as it has no feature for a strong brew. But with a 6-oz brew size, you can have a pretty strong taste. This brewer takes about 2 minutes to heat the water. Once the water gets heated, it serves you coffee in less than a minute.

Note that the coffee pouring out of this K-Compact is around 168-170 degrees Fahrenheit and this brewer has no feature to adjust the temperature. The K-Compact is a little noisy machine. The size of the brewer is not large compared to the noise it makes. 

Coffee Quality

The Keurig K-Compact generally makes good quality coffee with a pleasant taste. But the opinion differs!

Some people want coffee just to activate themself for daily chaos. Whereas some perfectionists want strong, bold coffee enriched with taste, they find the coffee made with K-Compact a bit weaker. Otherwise, K-Compact serves a perfect dose of caffeine. 

Cleaning and Descaling 

Machines require maintenance to give the best results, and so does the Keurig K-Compact. You need to descale your K-Compact regularly, it is recommended to descale the brewer after every three months or 600 coffees. 

To descale the brewer, make sure it is plugged in, and there is no K-Cup in the machine. Empty the water reservoir, and if you have installed the filter, then take it out of the reservoir. Take one bottle of the descaling solution and dump it into the reservoir, now fill that bottle with fresh water and pour it into the water reservoir. Place a container under the drip, press the power button, lift and lower the handle and select the 10-oz brew size. The machine will start pouring the solution into the container. Brew it one more time until the Add Water light turns on. After the Add Water light turns on, leave the brewer as it is for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out the reservoir and, dump the remaining solution into the sink, wash the reservoir with water and soap. Now fill the reservoir with fresh water and place it into its place. Repeat this process with fresh water as you did with the descaling solution. 

To clean the lower needle:

  1. Lift the handle and take the pod holder out by pushing it up from the bottom.
  2. Open the pod holder by gripping it in both hands, take a paperclip and poke it in the bottom of the part that has a needle.
  3. After cleaning, place the pod holder in its place.
  4. For the top needle, take a little longer paperclip and poke it into the needle from the sides. 

Support and Maintenance

The Keurig K-Compact coffee maker has a one-year warranty, Keurig ensures you that the brewer will function properly for one year. This brewer lasts more than its given warranty time. You can get customer service help 24/7 by contacting 866-901-2739.

Can I Make Iced Coffee With Keurig Coffee Maker K-Compact?

The Keurig K-Compact single-serve coffee maker is a very basic model of Keurig that packs very minimal features. This brewer has no iced coffee settings. However, K-Compact is compatible with numerous K-Cups and a universal reusable My K-Cup. You can make a perfect cup of coffee with so many options.

How Can I Find My Keurig K-Compact Model Number?

Every machine has a unique model number that you can find easily. If you want to find the model number of your k-Compact, see the bottom of the box or find it on the bottom of the drip tray.

How Can I Find My Keurig K-Compact Manual?

The manual for every Keurig brand coffee maker is included in the box that contains all the instructions and guides for using the machine properly. You will also get the manual with your machine, but if you have lost it, you can search for it online easily. Below is the link;

https://support.keurig.com/?kmContentId=1012426&page=shell&shell=knowledge-article

What Type of Keurig K-Compact Reusable Filter?

The Keurig K-Compact allows you to use all regular-size K-Cups, both branded and non-branded. You can also use a universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filter to brew your own coffee grounds. Having compatibility with My K-Cup, K-Compact helps you in saving money by brewing your own coffee grounds. You can use a permanent mesh filter or a filter cup having a disposable paper filter, both work well with K-Compact.

Keurig K-Compact Reusable Filter Size

The size of the reusable filter in K-Compact is 3 x 3 x 3 inches. It’s very important to have a filter of the perfect size to brew coffee. You can buy reusable filters from Amazon that are compatible with K-Compact.

What Type of Filter Does Keurig K-Compact Use?

You can use all regular-size coffee filters in K-Compact, it allows you to use both branded and non-branded. The Keurig K-Compact is also compatible with universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filters. 

Keurig K-Compact Filter Holder

The Keurig K-Compact uses the short handle water filter as the reservoir is not too big to accommodate the tall one. The K-Compact does not come with a water filter kit. You can buy it separately. 

Can you use reusable pods in the Keurig K-Compact coffee maker?

Yes, the Keurig K-Compact coffeemaker allows you to use reusable coffee pods, and you can brew your own coffee grounds. It helps you to save money as you don’t need to buy K-cups that are quite expensive.

Where Can You Find a Keurig K-Compact Reusable My K-Cup Pod?

You can purchase Keurig K-Compact reusable pods on Amazon at an affordable price, and they are mostly in stock. Below is the link;

https://www.amazon.com/GoodCups-Reusable-K-Classic-K-Compact-Refillable/dp/B01KJUC2JC

Keurig K-Compact Water Filter Installment

In Keurig K-Compact, you need to install the short-handle carbon filter, as the water reservoir in K-Compact can only accommodate the short one. To install the carbon filter, follow the instruction below;

  • Take a carbon and soak it in the water in a bowl for 5 minutes to remove carbon dust.
  • After five minutes, take out the carbon filter from the bowl and rinse it with fresh water.
  • Now take the filter handle and open it from the bottom.
  • Insert the carbon filter into the bottom of the filter handle and attach the bottom again with the handle.
  • Now fix the handle into the water reservoir by placing and pushing it down on the intake place of the filter.

Keurig K-Compact Temperature Settings

Keurig K-Compact single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker has very few features, it has no temperature settings, and you cannot adjust the temperature of your coffee according to your choice. You can select brew size as K-Compact offers three brew sizes i.e. 6, 8, and 10-oz.

How Much Wattage Does a Keurig Coffee Maker K-Compact Use?

The Keurig K-Compact uses a maximum of 1500 watts during the heating process. Once the water gets heated, the machine uses power in the range of 200-400 watts to maintain the temperature of the internal tank. The K-Compact uses only 60 watts when it’s not heating the water.

What is the Keurig K-Compact K35?

The Keurig K-Compact K35 is a single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker with no programmable features, it’s one of the basic models of Keurig. This brewer has a removable 36-oz water reservoir positioned at the back of the machine. K-Compact K35 has three options for brew sizes; 6, 8, and 12 ounces. This brewer makes coffee fast, but it’s a bit noisy. K-Compact K35 has a water alert feature to inform you that the reservoir has a low water level; the Add Water light turns on. This turns off automatically 2 hours after you have brewed your coffee to save energy.   

Keurig K-Compact Price and Availability

Keurig K-Duo AvailabilityPrice
Costco
Amazon
Bed Bath & Beyond
Target
Walmart$84.99
Wayfair$137.06
Kohl’s

Compare Keurig K-Compact With Other Keurig Models

FeaturesK-Compact K-SlimK-Mini
Water ReservoirRemovable (36-oz)Removable (36-oz)Non-Removable (add water each time before brewing)
Brew Size6, 8, 10 ounces8, 10, 12 ouncesAdd water according to your need
Strong BrewNoNoNo
Compatible with My K-CupYesYesYes
Fast BrewYesYesNo
Removable Drip TrayYesYesYes
Descale AlertNoYesNo
Add Water AlertYesYesNo
Programming FeaturesNoNoNo

Is Keurig K-Compact for You?

The Keurig K-Compact is an affordable, basic and simple model of Keurig. It does not require a bunch of instructions to make coffee. K-Compact allows you to make coffee with ease and simplicity.

K-Compact has a removable 36-oz water reservoir that allows you to brew multiple cups before refilling. It is the slimmest removable reservoir brewer of Keurig. K-Compact single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker has three brew size options i.e., 6, 8, and 10 ounces. K-Compact has an Add Water light which indicates that the reservoir requires refilling. K-Compact accommodates travel mugs as the drip tray is removable. K-Compact allows you to brew your own coffee grounds by using universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filters. With its super-fast brewing technology, K-Compact brews coffee in less than a minute once the brewer gets heated. K-Compact single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker turns off automatically after two hours of the last brew, serving as your helping hand to save energy. 

The Keurig K-Compact is for you if you don’t want to follow the complicated instructions to make coffee. Making coffee with the Keurig K-Compact single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker is pretty simple; power on the machine, insert the K-Cup, select the brew size, and you are done.

Why choose Keurig K-Compact over other coffee machines?

You tend to choose the brewer according to your needs and preferences. Keurig K-Compact is a budget-friendly product having very basic features. K-Compact, K-Slim, and K-Mini are the basic models of Keurig with minimum features. K-Compact has got features that will add ease to your coffee-making process. The water reservoir in K-Compact is removable with a 36-oz capacity, while the reservoir in K-Mini is non-removable. K-Compact is a super fast brewer compared to the K-Slim and K-Mini; k-compact brews coffee in less than a minute.

This single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker has a large reservoir and brews the coffee fast. With a limited budget, you can get a nice cup of coffee every morning by having a Keurig K-Compact.

Who is the Keurig K-Compact perfect for?

The Keurig K-Compact is perfect for a coffee addict who wants his coffee immediately after getting to start the day. This brewer can save your mornings as the K-Compact brews the coffee fast. K-Compact allows you to brew three sizes, i.e., 6, 8, and 10 ounces. This brewer has a removable 36-oz water reservoir, you can rinse and fill the reservoir easily by taking it to the sink. If you are a person who loves to brew his own coffee grounds, then K-Compact is a brewer for you as it is compatible with the Keurig universal My K-Cup coffee filter. It dispenses hot water, so you can have hot water for tea without using a kettle.

Who is the Keurig K-Compact coffee machine NOT perfect for?

The Keurig K-Compact is not perfect for you if you want an updated Keurig with programmable features. This brewer is very simple, with basic features to make coffee. You can not adjust the temperature or make a customized coffee with K-Compact. This brewer is not perfect for a person fond of strong coffee, as K-Compact has no feature for a strong brew. For an advanced experience with coffee makers, you can consider buying other Keurig brewers like K-Supreme or K-Elite.

Important FAQs

Is the Keurig K-Compact worth it?

The Keurig K-Compact K-Cup pod coffee maker is easy to understand. It’s not a very luxurious model; very basic features. K-Compact does more justice than its price, it’s a very cheap model of Keurig. K-Compact is the smallest brewer of Keurig that has a removable water reservoir with a 36-oz capacity. This brewer has three brew sizes allowing you to make coffee according to your needs. 

 The removable drip tray in the K-Compact coffee maker allows you to accommodate travel mugs and clean the brewer easily. This brewer is available at a very low price, so you can afford it even on a low budget.

K-Compact helps you to save energy with its auto-off feature. This brewer turns off automatically after two hours of last brew. You can use branded and non-branded pods with K-Compact. You can also brew your coffee grounds as K-Compact is compatible with reusable My K-Cup. K-Compact has an Add Water light which turns on when the water level in the reservoir gets low.      

K-Compact is the best match for your counter if you want to have a simple and easy-to-use brewer. You don’t need to make any effort to understand the complicated steps of operating this machine. K-Compact serves you the best quality coffee at home. 

How long does a Keurig K-Compact last?

The Keurig K-Compact functions well for quite a long time, and most people have satisfying experiences and reviews. According to most reviews, the K-Compact coffee maker lasts three to five years. You can rely on this brewer for your coffee needs for five years! 

Does the Keurig K compact take pods?

You can make coffee in K-Compact by using pods. It takes both branded and non-branded pods. K-Compact has a removable 36-oz water reservoir allowing you to brew multiple times before refiling the reservoir. You can also use reusable My K-Cups in the K-Compact coffee maker.

Does the Keurig K Compact need a water filter? 

Keurig K-Compact doesn’t come with a water filter kit. You don’t need a water filter if you fill the reservoir with filtered water. But if you use tap water to fill the water reservoir, you should fit a water filter into the water reservoir. You need to buy the water filter separately.

Can I use a reusable filter in Keurig K Compact?

K-Compact allows you to use both branded and non-branded pods and reusable filters. K-Compact is compatible with universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filters, and you can brew your own coffee grounds.

How do I use my Keurig K Compact?

K-Compact coffee maker requires just a few steps to make a delicious cup of coffee. Plug in the machine, fill the water reservoir, press the power button, and put a K-Cup into the pod holder. Now select the brew size by pressing the respective button. The water gets heated in two minutes. After that the coffee maker takes less than a minute to pour coffee into the mug.

Are there two different Keurig K-Compacts?

The Keurig K-Compact is in the class of Keurig’s models that are slim and smart in size. Keurig has two other models slimmer than K-Compact, i.e., K-Slim and K-Mini. In K-Compact, the water reservoir has 36-oz capacity, while in K-Slim and K-Mini, the water reservoir is not removable.

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