Keurig K-Mini Review

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Are you considering buying a single-serve coffee maker that is budget-friendly, not too complicated to use, and accommodates much less space on your counter? Then this review is for you. Keurig K-Mini is one of the most affordable models of Keurig in terms of money and space.

K-Mini is perfect for students; it can serve a decent cup of coffee during late-night studies with no effort. It is a very straight-forward machine with no extra features. K-Mini is frequently used in offices, dorms, and small apartments; it is specifically designed to fit into limited space.

There must be some questions in your mind regarding the functionality and effectiveness of the Keurig K-Mini. We are here to deliver answers to your questions. Let’s start off!

The Bottom Line

Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker is an environmentally-friendly product. Keurig is committed to not causing any harm to the environment by making products using planet-conscious material. Keurig K-Mini is 12.1” high, 4.5” wide with 4.6 Ibs weight, and you can place a maximum 7” tall mug under the drip after removing the drip tray. Keurig K-Mini is a single-touch brewer with no other features like strength or temperature control. This brewer is compatible with all K-Cups and a universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filter. Keurig K-Mini has a 12-oz water reservoir that is not removable. You can brew just one cup of coffee with one refill. This brewer has a power cord storage at the back, which is convenient.

Keurig K-Mini Overview 

Keurig has always insured to deliver the best products to their customers with convenience in terms of performance. Keurig K-Mini is designed for customers looking for a budget-friendly single-serve coffee maker. K-Mini is compact sized, having a 4.5” width, saving space in your kitchen. 

K-Mini is more like an intro to Keurig’s single-serve coffee makers. It has only two buttons; one is the power button, and the other is the center brew button. K-Mini has a non-removable water reservoir having a maximum 12-oz capacity; you can add a minimum of 6-oz water to the reservoir. The drip tray in K-Mini is removable; you can use a 7” travel mug to pour coffee after removing the drip tray.

With this model, you can’t control the strength and temperature of your coffee; the same taste every time. Keurig K-Mini has no extra features but auto-off. It will turn off automatically after 90 seconds after you have brewed your coffee. This feature will help you to save energy. K-Mini shows compatibility with all regular K-Cup pods and a universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filter. You can save money using My K-Cup coffee filters, as you just need to buy your own coffee grounds instead of K-Cups. K-Mini has a power cord storage which is very helpful while moving your machine. This brewer takes three minutes to brew coffee which is quite long.

Keurig K-Mini gives you a tasteful and aromatic coffee at home with little budget, so it’s not a bad deal. This brewer doesn’t require a lot of effort to understand the functioning. Just one touch and you are done with the process. But if you want an upgraded version of Keurigs, then you have many other options, such as K-Elite and K-Café.

Keurig K-Mini Features

  • Takes Very Less Space: K-Mini is a very compact-size brewer and can fit into tiny spaces. It is 4.5” wide, 12.1” high (16.8” with handle open), and weighs about 4.6 lbs.
  • Environment Friendly: The body of K-Mini is made of plastic, but the material used is planet-conscious, not causing harm to the planet.
  • Small Reservoir: K-Mini has a non-removable water reservoir with a maximum 12-oz capacity. You need to add fresh water every time before you brew.
  • Power Cord Storage: Keurig K-Mini has a power cord storage at the back of it. It helps you to move the brewer easily and to make your counter look neat.
  • Compatible with My K-Cups: Keurig K-Mini is with all regular-sized K-Cups and universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filters.    

What We Like

The features of K-Mini that work as pros are:

  • Keurig K-Mini accommodates very less space; it can be very convenient for a person who doesn’t want to overload his counter with appliances. It can easily fit on an office desk and dorm area with little space.
  • Keurig k-Mini shows compatibility with My K-Cups; you can use your coffee grounds to make coffee. You don’t need to buy branded k-Cups, buy coffee grounds, use them with My K-Cup and save money.
  • Keurig K-Mini has power cord storage; this feature allows you to move your brewer easily. When the machine is not in your use, place the power cord in the cord storage, it will give your counter a sleek look.
  • Keurig K-Mini is very simple and handy; it has only two buttons. One button is the power button, and the second one is the brew button. Power on the machine, place the K-Cup into the pod holder and press the brew button.

What We Don’t Like

  • Keurig K-Mini has no programming features; you can’t customize your coffee with this brewer. It has a fixed temperature and strength of coffee each time. It has no timer and screen display feature.
  • Keurig K-Mini takes a little longer to brew; it takes about 3 minutes to make a single cup of coffee. This is the longest brew time of almost all the Keurigs models.
  • Keurig KMini doesn’t give a very high-temperature coffee; the hottest possible coffee it gives you is 189 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you like a very hot cup of coffee, you should reconsider your option.

Design and Appearance

Keurig K-Mini is a small machine with smooth textured plastic material. You can adjust this brewer on your counter if running out of space. K-Mini comes in funky colors including pink and blue. It has only two buttons on the top of the machine; one is the power button, and the other is the brew button. It has an arc-shaped light around the brew button which illuminates to show that the brewer is heating up.

K-Mini has a non-removable 12-oz water reservoir at the backside of the machine. The reservoir is transparent so you can see the water level easily but not from the front. K-Mini also has power cord storage making it convenient to move the machine.

Performance

The single-serve coffee maker Keurig K-Mini is a brewer which requires only one touch to make a cup of coffee. But as long as the taste is concerned, it will give you the same taste every time. The taste doesn’t vary if you brew 8-oz or 12-oz. K-Mini takes almost 3 minutes to brew, quite longer than the other models of Keurig.

The other factor that must be noted is temperature while discussing the performance of any brewer. The K-Mini can not serve you a very hot cup of coffee; the maximum possible temperature that you can have with this brewer is 189 degrees Fahrenheit. So you do not expect boiling hot coffee to pour out of this brewer. K-Mini is also a little noisy as compared to its size. 

Ease of Use

The most dominant feature of Keurig K-Mini is that it is super easy to use and a very straight-forward machine. It has only two buttons; the power button, the brew button, and a curved light to indicate that the machine is ready to brew.

K-Mini has a 12-oz water reservoir that is non-removable, you can have a minimum of 12 oz of water in it. Add the water into the reservoir between 6-12 oz, and place a mug on the drip tray. Open the handle, place the K-Cup into the pod holder and lower the handle. Now press the brew button, and the curve-shaped light will illuminate, showing that the machine is heating up. When the light is solid white, it indicates that the machine is ready to brew; after a while, the machine will start pouring the coffee into the mug. You will have a good cup of coffee in 3 minutes.

One nice feature is removing the drip tray, allowing you to place a 7” tall travel mug under the drip. Removing the drip tray will make it easy for you to clean the machine.

Coffee Pod Compatibility

Keurig K-Mini doesn’t pack many features but shows compatibility with a reusable universal My K-Cup coffee filter. You can brew your coffee grounds with K-Mini. This model is also compatible with all regular-sized K-Cup pods. Some pods, such as K-Mug, and Rivo pods, are not workable with Keurig K-Mini.

Coffee Quality

The coffee made with Keurig K-Mini is competitive with other Keurig’s single-serve coffee makers. It serves an enriching, hot, and tasty cup of coffee with no effort.

Ease of Cleaning

Keurig K-Mini requires regular cleaning and descaling, like all other coffee makers. You must descale your machine after every three months. But K-Mini doesn’t have any light or indicator which shows that your machine requires descaling. It is your task to remember that when your machine needs descaling.

It’s pretty simple to descale; you need to add one-third of Keurig descaling solution into the water reservoir and fresh water to the 10-oz fill level. Place a mug on the drip tray, open and lower the handle, and do not put the K-Cup pod into the pod holder. Press the brew button, and the machine will start pouring the solution into the mug. Once all the solution is dispensed, discard the hot solution into the sink. Repeat the process, but this time when the solution starts pouring into the mug, press the power button immediately. Now leave your machine as it is for an hour. After an hour, power on the machine, lift and lower the handle, and hold the brew button until all the solution is dispensed. Now do this process with fresh water, and descaling is completed.

Price and availability

The Keurig K-Mini is available in many online stores; on Amazon, its price is $79. The price reduces during the sale; you can save money by availing of the sale. The price of K-Mini can be different for different colors. The price of K-Mini in different stores is in the following table.

StoresPrices
Keurig$69.99
Walmart$92.00
Amazon$79.99
eBay$168.91
Target$79.99
Bed Bath & Beyond$109.99
Best Buy$99.99

Note that these are the starting price of Keurig K-Mini, which may vary when you purchase the product in different colors. 

Keurig K-Mini Filter Type

The Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker does not come with a water filter. The size of K-Mini is too small to have a water filter. Other models of Keurig that are large in size do have water filters, large water reservoirs can accommodate water filters easily.

Can I use my Keurig without a water filter?

Yes, you can use Keurig K-Mini without a water filter. But if you want filtered water, so your coffee tastes good, you need to add filtered water. The water reservoir in K-Mini is too small to have a filter.

Keurig K-Mini Wattage

The Keurig K-Mini is specified for 120 VOLTS AC. This machine consumes maximum power during the heating cycle i.e. 1470W. After completing the pre-heating, the Keurig K-Mini will only use 10-15 watts.

Keurig K-Mini Manual

The manual for Keurig K-Mini comes with it, but if you have misplaced it, it’s not a big deal. You can easily find the manual online. Click the link below for an online manual.

What is the Keurig K-Mini Oasis?

Keurig K-Mini comes in different interesting colors, and one of them is an oasis. Keurig K-Mini Oasis is one of the very cool-looking models of Keurig. This cool blue color is perfect if your kitchen has a blue-colored theme. It is very simple to use, power on the machine, put on the K-Cup, and press the brew button. You will have a nice hot cup of coffee in three minutes.

If a Keurig K Mini Is Not Working, How to Fix It?

If your Keurig K-Mini is not working, you need to check the following points. Make sure the water reservoir is attached properly. If the reservoir is not attached properly then the machine can stop brewing. Descale your machine because it can stop working when not cleaned properly.

Compare Keurig K-Mini with other Keurig Coffee Makers

Product

Image

Temperature Control

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

Strength Control

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

no

no

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

Carafe Type / Heating Plate

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no


Glass Carafe &

Heating Plate

no


Glass Carafe &

Heating Plate

Single Serve Coffee

4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup


Add Fresh Water

each time

6 - 10 oz.


4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 oz.

6, 8, 10, 12 oz

6, 8, 10, 12 oz

8, 10, 12 oz

6, 8 & 10 oz.

Add Fresh Water

each time

6 - 10 oz.

6, 8, 10 & 12 oz.

6, 8, 10 & 12 oz.

6, 8, 10 & 12 oz.

6, 8, 10 & 12 oz.

Iced Setting

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

no

no

yes

no

no

no

Drip Coffee

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no


6, 8, 10, 12 Cups

no


6, 8, 10, 12 Cups

Lattes & Cappucinos

no

no

no

no

2 oz shot

Latte & Capp

no

no

no

no

no

2 oz shot

Latte & Capp

no


Auto On

no

yes

yes

no

no

no

no

yes

yes

no

no

no

Fits Travel Mug

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Colors

Silver

Black, Studio Gray, Oasis

Brushed Silver, Brushed Slate, Brushed Gold

Black, Vintage Red, Matte White, Matte Navy, Oasis, Sandstone

Nickel

Matte Black

Black, Rhubarb

Black, Cardinal Red, Evening Teal, Studio Gray

Black, Gray

Black

Charcoal

Black

Froths Milk

no

no

no

no

Hot & Cold Froth

no

no

no

no

no

Hot & Cold Froth

no

Multi-Position Water Reservoir

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

yes

Water Reservoir Capacity

78 oz.

removable

Add fresh water each time

78 oz.

removable

52 oz

removable

60 oz

removable

Add fresh water each time

48 oz

removable

Add fresh water each time

66 oz.

removable

dual position

60 oz

removable

60 oz

removable

60 oz

removable

Energy Saver Auto Off

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

High Altitude Setting

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

Display Screen

Button Controls

yes

yes

no

no

no

no

no

Button Controls

yes

no

yes

Box Includes

no

no

no

no

Dishwasher-safe

Milk Frother Cup

no

no

Pod Storage

no

12-cup Glass Carafe

Dishwasher-safe

Milk Frother Cup

12-cup Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe

Gold Tone Mesh Filter

Water Filter Starter Kit

Digital Clock

no

no

yes

no

no

no

no

no

no

yes

no

yes

MultiStream Technology

yes

no

no

no

no

yes

no

no

yes

no

no

no

Product Dimensions

12.2” H x 8.3” W x 13.3” D

12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D

13.1” H x 9.9” W x 12.7” D

12.5" H x 9.2" W x 11.6" D

12.5” H X 15.3” W X 11.7” D

12.14” H x 4.76” W x 15.2” D

13.0" H x 9.8" W x 13.3" D

12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D

12.15” H x 7.85” W x 12.02” L (water reservoir on side), 12.15” H x 6.36” W x 15.11” L (water reservoir on rear)

12.92” H x 10.94” W x12.76” D

12.5” H X 15.3” W X 11.7” D

14.19” H x 8.2” W x 11.7” D

Price

Is the Keurig K Mini for You?

According to our verdict, Keurig K-Mini is definitely for you if you want a compact-sized and less-costly brewer. This light weighted machine is also light on your pocket and accommodates very less space. If you want to buy a single-serve coffee maker for your office desk or your apartment with a very small space, you must consider purchasing it now. You need to press a button to brew coffee; no extra features and complicated steps to understand.

K-Mini does not have a strong brew feature, but K-Mini Plus is the option if you like to have a strong coffee. K-Mini Plus has a strong brew option, and it comes with a removable water reservoir. You can take the reservoir to the sink for rinsing and filling. One more additional feature that K-Mini Plus comes with is the K-Cup storage unit. You can store K-Cups in the storage unit, which can also be fitted into the machine when it’s not working.

You should consider other options from Keurig’s range to have an advanced experience and updated Keurig machine. From very basic to the most advanced, Keurigs have a variety of single-serve coffee makers, you will find one of your choices. Some of the top-selling models that you can buy are Keurig K-Supreme Plus,- Keurig K-Classic,- Keurig K-Elite, and Keurig K-Cafe.

Important FAQs

Does the Keurig K-Mini have a filter?

No, Keurig K-Mini doesn’t have a built-in filter. The machines that have a large water reservoir come with a water filter. If you put unfiltered water in the reservoir of K-Mini, then you will get unfiltered water. So you need to put filtered water in to have filtered water.

What’s the difference between Keurig K-Mini and K-Mini Plus?

The Keurig K-Mini and Keurig K-Mini Plus are somehow the same machines. The difference is that the Keurig K-Mini has more features than the Keurig K-Mini; otherwise, both machines show the same performance. K-Mini has a non-removable water reservoir, and K-Mini Plus has a removable water reservoir. K-Mini Plus has a strong brew option, but the k-Mini doesn’t. One more extra feature of K-Mini Plus is that it comes with a K-Cup storage unit.

Does the Keurig K-Mini take pods?

The Keurig k-Mini takes regular-sized K-Cup pods and universal reusable My K-Cup coffee filters. If you don’t want to use branded K-Cups that are quite costly then you can brew your own coffee grounds by using My K-Cup coffee filters.

What is the difference between a mini Keurig and a regular Keurig?

The Keurig K-Mini is a very simple and basic model of Keurig compared to regular ones. In K-Mini, you have to put water into the reservoir before brewing each time, while regular ones have large water reservoirs having more capacity. K-Mini has no extra features like coffee strength and temperature control but other regular models have many programmable features to make customized coffee.

Does the Keurig Mini need a filter?

Keurig K-Mini doesn’t come with a water filter. To have filtered water, you need to put filtered water into the water reservoir. The water reservoir of K-Mini is very small in size to have a filter in it.

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