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Keurig K-Supreme Review and Comparisons

The Keurig Single Serve coffee makers family keeps growing to provide you with the best coffee experience possible.

After the successful release of Keurig’s K-Duo line, now comes a newer edition that goes by the name K-Supreme and K-Supreme Plus.

First thing you’ll notice about the K-Supreme, is that it looks identical to other Keurig machines like K-Slim and K-Min Plus. But actually, there’s a really interesting update in the K-Supreme that promises to noticeably improve the taste of your coffee.

What’s New in Keurig K-Supreme?

In K-Supreme and K-Supreme Plus, Keurig introduces a new technology that they call MultiStream Technology.

Now we all know that the way Keurig coffee makers work is by puncturing a pod with a needle which distributes water through the coffee pod to extract the coffee.

With MultiStream, instead of a single stream of water, the machine uses multiple streams of water, a total of 5 to be exact. What this does is distribute water more evenly through the pod, extracts more flavor and aroma and produces an overall better cup of coffee.

Features of Keurig K-Supreme

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Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With MultiStream Technology, 66 oz Dual-Position Reservoir, and Customizable Settings, Black
  • MULTISTREAM TECHNOLOGY: Extracts more flavor and aroma* in every brew. *vs Keurig leading K-Classic brewer with The Original Donut Shop Coffee K-Cup pod
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR CUP: Brew a stronger cup, or brew hot over ice for refreshing iced coffee.
  • MULTIPLE BREW SIZES: Brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup.
  • 66 oz. DUAL-POSITION RESERVOIR: Choose the perfect position for optimal counter space. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • FAST & FRESH-BREWED: Coffee made in minutes.

The K-Supreme has a lot of similar features to previous Keurig machines, from serving sizes to customization options. However, MultiStream Technology is only available in the K-Supreme.

The great thing about K-Supreme, or any Keurig machine for that matter, is the great variety of beverages you can enjoy. While coffee is the most popular beverage you can enjoy, you can also make hot chocolate, tea, hot apple cider and more! You can enjoy any type of K-cup pod available from any brand you want.

The new repositionable water reservoir is a great design feature that would be useful to anyone with a tight counter space. The reservoir can be moved to the back of the machine or to the left.

Keurig K-Supreme vs. K-Supreme Plus, What Is The Difference?

Keurig usually releases two versions of each model of their machines. The K-Supreme is no different. There’s the K-Supreme, which you’ve read its features above, and there’s the K-Supreme Plus version.

What additional features the Plus version have?

  • Temperature Control: you can select from three temperature levels between 160 and 172 degrees.
  • Programmable Favorites: You can save customized settings (size, temperature and strength) for up to three users.
  • Larger 78 oz water reservoir – this one is NOT repositionable.
  • It has a digital display screen.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • One additional serving size: it brews 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

Other that those differences, the K-Supreme and K-Supreme Plus have the same features:

Strength Control, Iced coffee setting, MultiStream technology.

What Pods are Compatible with K-Supreme and K-Supreme Plus?

You can use any K-Cup pod you like, from any brand. That includes refillable pods, too. However, Keurig says to be sure to use the newest version of My K-Cup which has a grey top, which is the kind that’s compatible with MultiStream brewing technology. The lid of the refillable pod has to have fives holes for it to work, so older models (from any brand) of refillable pods will not work.

How Does K-Supreme Compare to Other Keurig Machines?

Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With MultiStream Technology, 66 oz Dual-Position Reservoir, and Customizable Settings, Gray
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With MultiStream Technology, 66 oz Dual-Position Reservoir, and Customizable Settings, Gray
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Serving Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounce cup
MultiBrew Technology
Brew a full pot
Water Reservoir Capacity
66 oz
46 oz
60 oz
Repositionable Reservoir
Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With MultiStream Technology, 66 oz Dual-Position Reservoir, and Customizable Settings, Gray
Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With MultiStream Technology, 66 oz Dual-Position Reservoir, and Customizable Settings, Gray
Serving Sizes
6, 8, 10, 12 oz
MultiBrew Technology
Brew a full pot
Water Reservoir Capacity
66 oz
Repositionable Reservoir
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
MultiBrew Technology
Brew a full pot
Water Reservoir Capacity
46 oz
Repositionable Reservoir
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Serving Sizes
6, 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and a 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounce cup
MultiBrew Technology
Brew a full pot
Water Reservoir Capacity
60 oz
Repositionable Reservoir

The biggest difference here is Keurig’s new MultiStream Technology, which is not available in any of the older machines, but could be used on newer machines from now on.

With other Keurig machines, there’s only a single stream of water saturating the k-cup pod. Now, with MultiStream, there are fives streams of water.

An exception would be the K-Duo. It does not have MultiStream feature, but it’s a combo machine that does single serve and full pot coffee using ground coffee. So it’s a great and somewhat different option that your usual single serve Keurigs.

Should You Buy the K-Supreme?

If you’re a current owner of a Keurig machine, would buying the K-Supreme make any difference to you?

Well, if you’re happy with your current brewing results, then an upgrade might not make a difference. If you’re looking to noticeably improve the taste and aroma of your coffee, a K-Supreme and its MultiStream Technology would make a difference in your brew.

Most other features are already available in other Keurig machines, so your biggest selling point here is MultiStream and whether you want to change the way the machine extracts the coffee or not.

Nespresso Vertuo Next vs. Plus: Review and Comparisons

Nespresso’s line of Vertuo machine keeps expanding to bring us more of the coffee we love. Vertuo NEXT comes with extra features that certainly give it more edge over the other Vertuo models.

Features of Nespresso Vertuo NEXT:

  • Brews 6 cup sizes: espresso (single, double), coffee (5 oz, 8 oz and 14 oz) and carafe size 18 oz – which is an exclusive size for Vertuo NEXT.
  • Bluetooth connected – this connectivity enabled machine upgrades and one-button capsule ordering via Nespresso’s app.
  • Automatic bar-code reading technology allows the machine to recognize the capsule you’re brewing and automatically adjusts water volume and/or temperature, pressure and brewing time for the specific capsule.
  • Sustainable design – the machine is made from 54% recycled materials.
  • Compact design with only 5.5 inches wide.
  • Removable 37 oz water reservoir.
  • Automatic capsule ejection.

Vertuo NEXT Models:

The Vertuo NEXT comes in three model variety:

Vertuo Next Classic – Vertuo Next Premium and Vertuo Next Deluxe

All of these model varieties have the exact same features and functionalities. The only difference is in the colors and finishes.

  • Premium models have chrome or rose gold accents
  • Deluxe models have chrome and dark chrome finish.
  • Classic models are mostly plastic with no metal accents

Vertuo NEXT Pour-Over Carafe, What Is It and How To Get It?

One of the benefits of Vertuo NEXT machines is that they were actually designed to accommodate even larger capsules than other Vertuo machines. Also, due to their Bluetooth connectivity, they can receive firmware updates via your smart phone or tablet.

Nespresso has announced that the Vertuo Next now has a serving size exclusive to it, 18 oz carafe size. This serving size will not be available on previous Vertuo models, but could be rolled out to future Vertuo models (as of the time of writing, the Vertuo Next is the latest Vertuo model).

Carafe capsules are available for purchase on nespresso.com.

Vertuo NEXT Comparisons:

Here’s how Vertuo Next compares to other Nespresso Vertuo models:

Similarities:

  • To start, all Vertuo machines use the same Centrifusion technology with barcode reading. So they are all one-touch brewing system with automatic parameter adjustment.
  • Also, they are all only compatible with Vertuo capsules from Nespresso. There are no 3rd party capsules available for these machines.

Now let’s look at the differences between models:

Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, White, Compact, One Touch to Brew, Single-Serve Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, White, Compact, One Touch to Brew, Single-Serve Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Brew Sizes
6
5
5
Automatic lid open/close
Reservoir capacity
37
40
54
Bluetooth Connectivity
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, White, Compact, One Touch to Brew, Single-Serve Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, White, Compact, One Touch to Brew, Single-Serve Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine
Brew Sizes
6
Automatic lid open/close
Reservoir capacity
37
Bluetooth Connectivity
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De'Longhi, Grey
Brew Sizes
5
Automatic lid open/close
Reservoir capacity
40
Bluetooth Connectivity
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Nespresso GCC1-US-GM-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker, Graphite Metal (Discontinued Model)
Brew Sizes
5
Automatic lid open/close
Reservoir capacity
54
Bluetooth Connectivity

Vertuo Next vs. VertuoPlus:

Brew sizes:

You can brew 5 sizes on both machines: espresso, double espresso, gran lungo (5 oz), coffee mug (7 oz) and alto (14 oz)

However, Vertuo Next has one additional serving size that is exclusive to it, carafe size (18 oz).

Brew Head:

On the VertuoPlus, the brewing head is motorized. It automatically opens and closes by pressing a button without the need for force closing it.

The Vertuo Next has a manual brewing head. So you have to lock/unlock it manually, also it has to be closed with a bit of a force so the capsule gets pierced before the brewing process.

Water Reservoir Design:

It’s worth mentioning that the VertuoPlus model has a rotating water reservoir that can be placed on the back or the side of the machine, which is quite useful for anyone with a limited space. The water reservoir on the Vertuo Next does not rotate.

Both water reservoirs are removable for easy refilling and cleaning.

Size:

VertuoNext is a compact machine with only 5.5 inches width. It also has a smaller 37 oz water reservoir.

VertuoPlus is slightly larger in size, has 5.6” width but is a little bit higher. It has 40 oz water reservoir. The VertuoPlus Deluxe version has a 60 oz water reservoir.

Heat Up time:

Both models have 25 seconds heat up time. Which means, from the second you start the machine, it will be ready to brew the first cup in 25 seconds.

Vertuo Next vs. Vertuo Evoluo:

Evoluo, same as the VertuoPlus, has 5 serving sizes from espresso to larger cups of coffee.

And like the Vertuo Next, it has a manual brewing head lock mechanism.

Design wise, it’s wider as it has the water reservoir located on one side and the collecting bin on the other side.

Water reservoir capacity is 54 oz and the used capsule container holds up to 17 used capsules.

Vertuo Next vs. Vertuo:

Vertuo is the first machine in Nespresso’s Vertuo line. Like other Vertuo machines, it serves all 5 cup sizes.

Design wise, it’s quite similar to the Evoluo (which is the second release in Vertuo line). It has similar water reservoir/capsule container designs, and the same manual head lock mechanism.

Water reservoir capacity on the Vertuo is 40 oz.

It is not recommended that you buy this model anymore. It’s outdated, and as the first machine in the Vertuoline models, it had some issues that are now fixed in newer models.

Should You Go For Vertuo Next or Other Vertuo Machine?

The best features that would make you choose Vertuo Next over the other models are:

Bluetooth connectivity: I say this not because it’s cool that you can order your capsules via Bluetooth, but because it means that your machine can receive future updates that can expand its features even more or additional fixes if necessary.

Its compact size is quite appealing to anyone who doesn’t have a lot of counterspace, or simply prefers that their coffee machine does not take up a lot of space.

The carafe size is a total plus. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely great to have.

On the other hand, the Vertuo Next does come with some problems. Some customers have reported that the materials of the machine does feel cheaper than other Nespresso machines, and this could be due to the use of recycled materials. Others have reported that their Vertuo Next machines have broken after very short period of use.

It’s worth mentioning that defective products happen all the time. And if you go for a Vertuo Next, or another model, your machine is covered under warranty and will be replaced with a new one right away if it happened to be defective in any way.

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Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville, Black
  • AUTOMATIC COFFEE/ESPRESSO MAKER: Nespresso VertuoPlus offers the latest innovation from Nespresso with an all new design and colors to complete the perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup experience. Designed for Nespresso capsules only.
  • BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee cup sizes at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Espresso (1.35 oz.), Double Espresso (2.7 oz.), Gran Lungo (5 oz.), Coffee (7.7 oz.) and Alto (14 oz.). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
  • SMART COFFEE MAKER: Brew the perfect single serve coffee or espresso drink time after time, thanks to Nespresso's CentrifusionTM technology using barcodes to deliver the best in-cup results including the perfect crema for large coffee cup sizes. Simply insert the capsule where it will blend into freshly brewed Coffee or authentic Epsresso.
  • FEATURES: The Vertuo Plus has a motorized head and moveable 60 oz. water tank. The water tank can swivel out or stay behind the machine based on the configuration of your counter space. The machine also has a fast heat up time of only 20-25 seconds and has an automatic shut off after 9 minutes.
  • NESPRESSO CAPSULES: Includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso capsules (capsule assortment may vary from picture)

That said, I would actually recommend going for a VertuoPlus over the Vertuo Next, only if you don’t care about possible future updates or the additional 18 oz serving size. VertuoPlus, or VertuoPlus Deluxe if you want a larger reservoir, has better design, better materials and the motorized head is a breeze to use. It’s also much quieter than other Vertuo machines.

Is AmazonBasics Single Serve Coffee Maker Any Good?

Amazon has been producing their own budget-friendly products under the brand name AmazonBasics. The brand sells products in so many categories, coffee makers being one of them.

As I was browsing the AmazonBasics store I noticed this single-serve coffee maker:

AmazonBasics Single Serve Capsule Coffee Maker, Red
  • Single-serve capsule coffee maker
  • Compatible with standard k-pods pods including brands such as Starbucks, Green Mountain, Lipton, and more
  • Makes hot coffee quickly and easily without the complicated process of a drip coffee maker
  • Makes a single 8 ounce or 10 ounce cup of coffee per pod
  • Removable capsule holder, drip tray, and water tank for easy cleaning; includes auto-shut off feature

Features of AmazonBasics Single Serve Brewer:

  • Compatible with K-Cup pods of any brand. Which means you can brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate… any beverage available in a K-Cup form.
  • Two serving sizes: 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Non-removable water reservoir.
  • Removable drip tray allows you to fit a travel mug.
  • Dimensions: 14” H X 7” W X 9” L
  • Available in three colors: Red, Black and White.

Click here to learn more about AmazonBasics Single Serve Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Should You Buy the AmazonBasics Single Serve Brewer?

As you can see from the list of features, this brewer gives you the very basics of a single serve brewer. For the price, that’s exactly what you should expect.

This is a machine for anyone who is okay with a brewer that does just that, brew. No fancy features, no settings to change, nothing to adjust. Just pop in your pod and press the brew button.

However, for the same price or less (as of the time of writing), you can find brewers of better quality and design. Such brewer is the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49974) for example:

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single Serve Coffee Maker, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Grounds, Black (49974)
  • Single-serve coffee maker with or without K-Cup pods. Brew up to 10 ounce. With a K-Cup pod, or up to a 14 ounce. travel mug with grounds. Pod holder and grounds basket are included.
  • Just lower lid and brew: Whether it’s a single-serve pod or your own fresh grounds, just place them in the holder, lower the lid and press brew. The coffee maker automatically shuts off when brewing is complete.
  • Personal coffee maker: The flex brew single-serve coffee maker is the perfect gift for college students, small kitchens, the office or anyone who prefers to have a fresh cup of coffee each time they brew.
  • Fits a variety of mugs: Use the adjustable cup rest to not only fit your favorite mug in just right, but to also store the single-serve pod holder or the brew basket.
  • Easy to clean: The pod-piercing needle removes for easy cleaning to prevent clogging that can sometimes occur with frequent use.
  • It allows you to brew coffee using either K-Cup pods or ground coffee.
  • Using pods, you can brew sizes up to 10 oz. Using coffee ground, you can brew up to 14 oz.
  • It can accommodate mugs and travel mugs.
  • Does not have a water reservoir. Fill the tank up to the line of your desired serving size.
  • All filters and adapters you need are included (one for K-Cup pods and another for ground coffee).
  • Dimensions: 13.35” H X 6.5 W X 10.2 L

Click here to learn more about Hamilton Beach FlexBrew, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One To Buy?

For the same price of less, you get a whole lot out of the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew than the AmazonBasics brewer. Unless the AmazonBasics is available on sale that make a big price difference, the FlexBrew is the better pick.

Review of Keurig K-Slim: a Compact Single-serve with a Water Reservoir

Compact single-serve brewers from Keurig aren’t something new. They have multiples of them in their line of products, including the famous K-Mini and K-Mini Plus. But they all have one thing in common: they don’t have a water reservoir. Instead, you add fresh water each time you brew a cup.

This is where the K-Slim shines as a compact brewer. It’s small in size AND it has an actual removable reservoir that holds enough water for a few uses.

Features of Keurig K-Slim Brewer:

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Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
  • FITS ANYWHERE: Less than 5” wide, fits neatly on your countertop.
  • MULTIPLE CUP WATER RESERVOIR: Removable 46 ounce reservoir lets you brew up to 4 cups before refilling. 8oz cup size
  • 3 CUP SIZES: brew an 8, 10, or 12 ounce cup at the push of a button.
  • FAST & FRESH BREWED: Delicious coffee made in minutes.
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7. 0” tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
  • Compact brewer, less than 5” wide.
  • Removable 46 oz water reservoir.
  • 3 Serving sizes: 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Can accommodate travel mugs up to 7” tall.
  • Compatible with reusable filter pods.
  • Dimensions: 12.14” H x 4.76” W x 15.2” D

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Slim, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Is Keurig K-Slim Right For You?

This model is best for:

  • Anyone who’s tight on space. Can’t spare to have a large brewer on their countertop.
  • Dorm rooms.
  • Personal office use.

It would NOT make the best choice for a large family or general office use where you’ll mostly be brewing a lot of cups.

Keurig K-Slim vs. K-Mini, How Do They Compare?

Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Dimensions
12.14" H x 4.76" W x 15.2" D
12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
Colors
Black
Available in many colors
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Dimensions
12.14" H x 4.76" W x 15.2" D
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
Colors
Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Dimensions
12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D
Serving Sizes
6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
Colors
Available in many colors

As already mentioned, the K-Mini is another compact brewer also by Keurig. It is the most comparable to the K-Slim as they have similar designs.

However, there are some difference:

Dimensions:

Let’s start with the sizes of both brewers, since being compact is their selling point…

The K-Slim measures at 12.14” H x 4.76” W x 15.2” D
The K-Mini measures 12.1” H x 4.5” W x 11.3” D

So when it comes to height and width, they’re nearly the same. The K-Slim has more depth to it, and that would be because of the water reservoir which sits at the back of the machine.

Serving Sizes:

K-Slim has three serving sizes: 8, 10 and 12 oz.

K-Mini has four serving sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.

Color:

K-Slim is only available in black.

K-Mini available in multiple colors.

Should You Buy Keurig K-Slim?

Depends on how much you care for having a water reservoir. If the reservoir isn’t important enough for you, then the K-Mini or K-Mini plus would make a better choice for the additional serving size, color options and less depth.