Category: K-Cup Brewers

Keurig’s Best Dual Coffee Maker: K-Duo and K-Duo Plus

Making a single-serve cup of coffee using a Keurig machine is great and all, especially with the vast variety of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any other beverage available in a K-Cup pod. Keurig has always been favorited by coffee drinkers thanks to this variety of options available to them. But sometimes, you can’t help but want to make a full carafe of coffee using your favorite ground coffee. That’s where the rise of dual coffee makers came to life.

What’s a dual coffee maker? It’s a combination machine that allows you to brew a single-cup of coffee using a k-cup pod as well as a pot. This sounds a lot like the concept of Keurig 2.0, which can brew both single cup and full carafe, but not exactly. The type of machine I’m talking about using ground coffee for carafe brewing, instead of a special pod (K-Carafe) like Keurig 2.0.

Such machines were always available from brands like Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach. But Keurig has finally joined the club of dual coffee makers with the release of Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus.

What Is Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus?

K-Duo and K-Duo Plus are as versatile as a coffee maker could get. Both models are dual coffee makers that brew a single-cup or a carafe, up to 12 cups.

Here are the features of K-Duo and K-Duo Plus:

  • Brew a single-cup using K-Cup pod or a carafe using ground coffee.
  • Choose from many brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz for single cup brewing or 6, 8, 10 and 12 cups for carafe brewing.
  • Programmable digital clock allows you to setup auto-brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Strong Brew option for single serve brews a more intense cup of coffee.
  • Pause and Pour feature pauses the brewing for 20 seconds mid-way through the cycle, giving you the option to brew a cup before the carafe brewing is finished fully.
  • 60 oz water reservoir shared between both the single-serve and carafe brewing.

What Is The Difference Between K-Duo vs. K-Duo Plus?

K-Duo has two sides, one for single serve brewing and the other for carafe brewing. This model comes with a glass carafe and uses a heating plate to keep your coffee hot. The heating plate is programmed to shut off after two-hours to preserve energy, much like other coffee makers.

K-Duo Plus, on the other hand, does not have sides. It has one single spout that is used either for single cup brewing or carafe brewing. Like the K-Duo, it has one 60oz water reservoir for both brewing methods, but the reservoir in this model is repositionable. You can position it right, left or behind the machine. Overall, these design features make the K-Duo Plus a more friendly choice for someone who is limited on countertop space. One more thing, the K-Duo comes with a thermal carafe instead of a glass carafe.

What Kind of Pods Are Compatible with Keurig K-Duo and K-Duo Plus?

For single-serve brewing, you can use any type of K-Cup pod available. You can choose from Keurig’s own pods, or pods available from 3rd party brands. And of course, you can brew any type of beverage available in a K-Cup pod! (I do recommend rinsing your machine between brews to get rid of any residue that might end up in your coffee). However, make sure not to use K-Mug, K-Carafe, Vue or Rivo pods. It’s strictly K-Cups only.

K-Duo and K-Duo Plus are also compatible with Keurig’s My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter. So if you which to use ground coffee for your single cup brewing, that’s an option, too!

What Kind of Paper Filter is Compatible with Carafe Brewing?

You can use any flat bottom paper filters compatible with 12-cup coffee makers. These are widely available in stores or online.

How Long Does It Take to Brew a Carafe?

It depends on the amount you’re brewing: 6 cups: 5-6 mins, 8 cups: 6-7 mins, 10 cups: 7-8 mins, 12 cups: 8-9 mins.

Can You Brew a Single-Serve Cup and a Carafe at the Same Time?

This question about be applicable to the K-Duo model with two sides. And the answer is no, you can’t brew using both brew methods at the same time.

What Is the Best Keurig Machine To Buy?

It’s no surprise that people love their Keurig coffee makers! And we shouldn’t just call them ‘coffee makers’, Keurig machines do a lot more than just coffee. In fact, you can do coffee, tea, iced coffee, hot chocolate, other hot beverages like hot apple cider and more. But with so many Keurigs available on the market, as well as machines from other brands that can brew K-Cups, which one do you buy?

Answering the questions “What is the best….” has always been a tricky one. ‘Best’ is very subjective thing and means different things to different people. So what I’ll try to do here is to recommend a Keurig based on a specific feature that might appeal to you over other things. Overall, you’ll get the same quality of coffee out of any Keurig model, so you’ll have to pick what feature appeals to you the most that would make a particular model the best to you personally.

Things To Consider Before Buying Your Keurig Machine:

There are few a things to keep in mind when it comes to Keurig machines that will make choosing your best machine an easier task:

How Will You Use Your Machine?

Are you buying a machine for a single person to use or a small/large family? Or, how many cups will you be brewing per day? This will determine if you need a small or a larger machine with large capacity water reservoir. Also, are you going to use it at home or in an office? A home-use Keurig shouldn’t be used at an office where it will be used more often. There are commercial-ready Keurig machines for office use.

Advanced Functions:

Will you need advanced features like temperature or coffee strength control? Are you okay with button controls or would you prefer a touch screen?


Keurig machines can be a little bulky and do take up some space on your kitchen countertop. If you’re tight on space, make sure to go for a small or compact model.

The Best Keurig Machine – Keuirg K-Select:

The Keurig K-Select, which is the upgraded version of the K-Classic (also known as K55) meets all points for a classic machine that is perfectly sized with enough features to meet most people’s needs.

It has:

  • 52 oz water reservoir
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12oz
  • Strong Brew function for a stronger cup of coffee.
  • Brews all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Simple button controls.
  • Accommodates cups up to 7.4″ tall.
  • Available in 6 colors.

The K-Select doesn’t have any fancy features. It does the job of brewing a cup of coffee in under a minute just right. It has a nicely sized reservoir which allows you to brew multiple cups before the need to refill it. The Strong Brew button, which steeps your coffee longer before brewing for a bolder cup of coffee, is great alternative for Strength control feature which is available on a more expensive models.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Select and how it compares to Keurig K-Classic.

The Best Small Keurig Machine – Keurig K-Mini Plus:

If you’re looking for something small in size, look no further than the Keurig K-Mini Plus. This model, which is a big step up from its preceder the K-Mini, has been completely redesigned to be slimmer and look more modern. The K-Mini Plus has the following features:

  • It’s less than 5″ wide.
  • 4 cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Removable water tank.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters.
  • Available in 4 colors.

So, what will you be giving up on in exchange of this really slim design?

No water reservoir – the machine has to be refilled for each use.

No controls buttons – the machine only has two controls on it, the brew button and Strong Brew button. How do you select your size? The machine brews whatever water amount you add to it, so fill the water tank to the size you want to brew (the water tank is clearly marked with each size capacity).

The water reservoir, or lack of, only becomes a problem when you need to use your machine frequently throughout the day. I don’t recommend this model for a large household, or for multiple brews per day (say, over 5 times per day).

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Mini Plus and how it’s different from the K-Mini.

The Best Keurig Machine with Programmable Options – Keurig K-Elite:

The K-Elite model is quite an upgrade from the K-Select and the K-Mini Plus. This is the model where you get it all: the advanced features, the controls, additional sizes, and more…

  • Large 75 oz water reservoir.
  • 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option.
  • Iced Coffee option.
  • Hot water on demand for making instant meals or tea.
  • Programmable auto on/off with digital clock.
  • High altitude settings.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods including refillable cups.
  • Available in 3 colors.

Using the K-Elite model, you’re getting a way larger water reservoir, an additional cup size, iced brew option, hot water on demand and programmable auto on/off option. The only con of this model is that it’s vastly larger, too. So you have to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate it.

What Is ICED brew option?

You could be wondering about the Iced option, and if you can do the same using other Keurig models?

The ICED option still brews your beverage hot (coffee or tea), however, the difference is, it takes into consideration the fact that your drink will get mixed in with ice soon enough. So in order not to get a diluted drink, when using this option, the machine will adjust the size and strength of the pod you are brewing to get you the best results.

Can you do the same using other Keurig machines, even if it doesn’t have ICED brew option? You can still brew a hot brew over ice, but you won’t get the best results as the ice might melt as soon as the hot coffee hits it. This is why the ICED option is helpful, it decreases the temperature and steeps the brew longer to make it taste better even if the ice melts into it.

Click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Elite and how it compares to K-Select and K575.

The Best Keurig Machine To Brew Single Cup and Carafe – The Keurig 2.0 K575:

If you want more than just a single cup out of your Keurig coffee maker, then the K575 is what you’re looking for. The Keurig 2.0 line is the only kind (as of time of writing) to brew both single serve cups and carafe size. It also offers a lot of programs and customization for anyone that needs it.

  • It features a large 80 oz water reservoir.
  • Large colored touchscreen display for easy control and customization.
  • Brews multiple cup sizes and K-Cup pods
  • Cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
  • Mug sizes: 14 and 16 oz
  • Carafe sizes: 22, 26 and 20 oz.
  • K-Cup pods are used to brew cup sizes, K-Mug pods for mug sizes and K-Carafe pods for carafe sizes.
  • Compatible with branded K-Cup pods only. Refillable pods available.
  • Strength and temperature control. You can choose from 5 temperature settings.
  • Hot Water on demand.

The best thing about the K575 is the variety of sizes that it can brew. On the other hand, the limited selection available for K-Carafe and K-Mug pods are concerning. There are some refillable filters available for K-Carafes, but many are still not compatible with the K575 model.

Another con about this model is that the carafe is not included with your purchase. Unfortunately, you have to use their carafe, which is available either as a regular or thermal carafe, or the carafe brewing option will not be displayed on the machine.

Overall, even though this machine performs well, it’s still very limited. If you want to mainly brew carafe sizes, I would recommend a drip machine instead. And for single-cup brewing, any of the models mentioned above would make a better choice.

Click here to read our review and comparisons of the Keurig K575.

Keurig K-Elite vs. K-Select – Which Do You Buy?

I talked about the Keurig K-Select model in a previous post and mentioned that it was a direct competitor to the Keurig K55 (K-Classic). The K-Elite is another model was released around the same time as the K-Select. The shiny and sleek design catches your eye right away, but that’s not all there is to it. The K-Elite is a step up from both K-Select and K-Classic, just keep on reading to find out how they’re different…

Features of Keurig K-Elite K-Cup Brewer:

  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods: branded, non-branded and refillable pods.
  • Brews five cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your coffee brew.
  • Iced Setting: brew over ice without losing the full flavor of your coffee.
  • Programmable settings: auto on/off, clock, temperature control and high altitude settings.
  • How Water on Demand: hot water always ready for instant meals or soups.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 75 oz.
  • Easy to use control buttons with small display for programming/displaying clock.
  • Premium brushed finish with metal accents gives the machine a more modern look.

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

K-Elite K vs. K-Elite C, Is There a Difference?

You might find the K-Elite available under two names, K-Elite K or K-Elite C. There is no actual difference in the machine itself, but what’s bundled with it:

  • The K-Elite K includes a pack of 6 K-Cup pods, a water filter hand and a water filter cartridge.
  • K-Elite C includes: 15 K-Cup pods, My K-Cup refillable filter, water filter handle and one water filter cartridge.

Video Review of the K-Elite:

Keurig K-Elite Pod Compatibility:

K-Elite model, like the K-Select and K-Classic, allows you to brew any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable pods. However, it’s not compatible with pods made for Keurig 2.0 that are labeled K-Mug or K-Carafe, since those are bigger and designed differently.

How Is K-Elite Different Than Other Keurig Brewers?

K-Elite vs. Keurig K575:

  • K575 is a Keurig 2.0 brewer, so it’s in a different category than the K-Elite.
  • Keurig 2.0 machines are designed to brew single cups, mugs and carafe sizes.
  • They use branded K-Cup pods as well as refillable pods.
  • Available pods for Keurig K575: K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe.
  • Serving sizes vary from 6 oz to 16 oz for a cup/mug, and 30 oz for a carafe.
  • K575 uses a colored touchscreen for controls. You can use the screen to adjust size, strength and temperature of your drink.
  • K575 has a large 80 oz water reservoir.

Which do you choose?

  • The Keurig K575 is for anyone who wants to brew a single cup or a full carafe. The fact that it can only brew branded K-Cups can limit your options, but you can still use My K-Cup refillable filter (also available from other brands).
  • If you don’t need to brew a full carafe, the K-Elite should be enough. It has many of K575’s best features (strong brew, temperature control, hot water on demand), yet, it still only brews single-serve cups. And the best part is that it’s compatible with all available K-Cup pods.

Click here to read our full guide and comparisons of Keurig K575

K-Elite vs. K-Select:

The K-Select, like the K-Elite, has some really good features, but it lacks the ‘next-level’ features that the K-Elite packs:

  • For serving sizes: K-Elite has five cup sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz) while K-Select has four (6, 8, 10 and 12 oz).
  • Both models have Strong Brew option for increasing the strength of your drink.
  • Temperature control is only available in K-Elite, and it allows you to brew between 187-192 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Iced setting is only available in K-Elite, too. You can still brew over ice using all Keurig brewers, of course. But the idea behind the Iced setting is that is brews a more concentrated drink so when the ice starts melting, your drink does not taste watered down.
  • Programmability is a feature of K-Elite that the K-Select does not have. Using the clock on the K-Elite, you can set it to go on or off at a certain time. The K-Select has auto off option only, which is an energy saving feature.
  • The water reservoir on the K-Elite is 75 oz and 52 oz on the K-Select.

Which do you choose?

If temperature control and auto on are important to you, then it’ll make sense to go for the K-Elite. If you’re not fussy about the exact temperature of your coffee and don’t need the extra programmability, the K-Select is a great option.

Click here to read the full guide on the Keurig K-Select.

K-Elite vs. K55:

K55 (K-Classic) is quite comparable to the K-Select. So, what you read in the previous comparison applies here. The K-Classic still lacks some of the K-Select features though:

  • It only has three serving sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • It does not have the Strong Brew option.

The K-Elite is quite a step-up from both the K-Select and K-Elite. But when you choose between them, it always comes down to what you need in a brewer.

Click here to read the full guide on Keurig K55.

K-Elite vs. Ninja Coffee Bar System:

The Ninja Coffee Bar is an entirely different system than Keurig K-Elite (than all Keurig machines, really). Ninja’s Coffee Bar is available as a single serve or a carafe system, but what sets it apart is that it’s more like a traditional coffee maker, in the sense that it only uses coffee ground to make coffee (no pods, whatsoever). Also, it only makes coffee, unlike a Keurig, which can make a lot of other drinks, too.

If the Ninja Coffee Bar is of interest to you, then you can read our full guide on it here.

Review of Keurig K-Cafe Single Serve Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker

I’ve always seen questions from customers asking whether Keurig machines can make Latte and Cappuccino drinks. My answer was always that you could make a latte or cappuccino using a K-Cup pod for those drinks, however, those are always packed with artificial ingredients and crazy amount of sugar. They’re never as fresh as coffee house quality.

The answer to that question has changed now with the release of Keurig K-Cafe, a single serve coffee maker that can make coffee as well as specialty drinks. It even has a built-in milk frother, so now you can create your own coffee, cappuccino and latte without the addition of unhealthy ingredients.

What Is Keurig K-Cafe and How Does It Work?

K-Cafe is a single-serve coffee maker that works like any previous Keurig machine. It uses K-Cup pods to brew a cup of coffee in minutes. But new features have been added to this model to make it perfect for Latte and Cappuccino lovers:

  • It can make an espresso-like concentrate for making specialty coffee drinks.
  • It has a built-in milk frother for heating and frothing fresh milk. It prepares cold froth for iced coffee drinks, too.

This is the first time Keurig makes a coffee maker of this kind. And of course, like any other Keurig, you can still use the K-Cafe to make other drinks like tea, hot chocolate, hot cider and more!

Features of Keurig K-Cafe:

  • Make coffee, cappuccino, latte and many other drinks using K-Cup pods.
  • Brews cup sizes: 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz for coffee.
  • Special SHOT size for preparing a coffee shot to use for specialty coffee drinks.
  • Strong Brew options steeps your coffee longer for a bolder taste.
  • Easy to use button controls
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.

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

See How It Works:

What Pods Are Compatible with Keurig K-Cafe?

K-Cafe is compatible with any type of K-Cup pod, including refillable My K-Cup pods (Sold separately). This gives you the option to choose from a really wide range of pods, as well as your favorite coffee ground.

Does K-Cafe Make Espresso?

Espresso is the base of every specialty coffee drinks. To be made authentically, it requires the machine to have a high pressure pump to make it. Since a Keurig does not have that, it uses low pressure to make 2 oz coffee concentrate that is similar to espresso. This is a similar method to Ninja’s Coffee Bar system.

How Does the K-Cafe Frother Work?

The frother has a base that is built into the machine, so it uses the same plug as the machine to run. The jug of the frother is detachable, so you can pick it up to pour the milk into your cup. Using the button controls, you can choose Cap, Latte or Cold:

  • Cappuccino option should create a denser foam,
  • while the Latte option makes a more creamy and less foamy milk.
  • Cold is for iced drinks, so the frother will only froth the milk without heating it.

You can use any type of milk you choose: full fat, half and half, skimmed or any type of milk alternatives (almond, rice, soy milk and so on). But do note that the results in froth will vary, since not all milk types foam the same way.

The milk frothing jug is dishwasher safe.

Keurig K-Cafe vs. K-Classic (K55), Keurig 2.0 and Keurig Mini, How Is It Different?

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Each of these models has its own pros and cons, and has its own features that make it special. What sets the K-Cafe apart is its ability to make specialty coffee drinks in addition to regular coffee and other hot beverages.

Using the other machines, in order to make a Cappuccino or Latte, you could have used a Cappuccino or Latte K-Cup pod, which is quite similar to those instant drink packets that include ingredients like sugar, oils, glucose syrup and loads of unhealthy ingredients. Using the K-Cafe, you can finally make a cappuccino or latte using coffee and fresh milk and adding your own ingredients.

The K-Cafe model can make:

  • Coffee and hot beverages in brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Shot size for specialty drinks makes concentrated 2 oz of coffee as a base for your drink.
  • Built-in milk frother heats and froths milk. It also creates cold froth.

What K-Carafe does NOT do:

Who Should Buy Keurig K-Cafe? Is It The Right Choice For You?

This Keurig model is aimed at anyone who loves their K-Cup pod but wants to make specialty coffee drinks, too. You’ll be able to make your favorite specialty drinks while controlling what you add to it. No more artificial or high calorie ingredients (well, unless you want to add them yourself!). The milk frother is a great addition to the machine. It heats and froths your milk for you, and you’re free to choice the type of milk you want.

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

Keurig K-Select Review and Comparison To K55 (K-Classic)

Keurig K-Select is a new addition to the Keurig family (added 2018). Like we’ve always known, Keurig are always quick on their feet when it comes to responding to their customers feedback. They offer the carafe option in Keurig 2.0 machines for anyone who wanted more than just a cup, made the machines compatible with refillable pods to avoid the DRM issues that customers didn’t like, and now, in K-Select machines, they added the biggest feature customers have requested in their single-serve machines, which is a new serving size.

Let’s have a look at the features of Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker:

  • Single-serve Keurig brewer, compatible with all K-Cup pods including branded, non-branded and refillable pods.
  • Brews multiple sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong Brew option for making your coffee taste bolder and stronger.
  • Accommodates different cup sizes, including travel mugs up to 7″ tall.
  • Button controls, with a dedicated button for each cup size, as well as Strong Brew.
  • Brews fresh cup of coffee in under a minute.
  • Removable large 52 oz water reservoir.
  • Indicators for adding water and brewer maintenance.
  • Available in three colors.

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

What Is New In Keurig K-Select?

This new model is most comparable to the Keurig K55 in looks and features. The K55 is now called K-Classic, so if you read the name, you know which model it refers to.

Additional Cup Size:

The biggest difference in the K-Select model is the fact that it can brew an additional cup size, which is 12 oz. K-Classic, as well as older models of single-serve brewers by Keurig, only brew up to 10 oz. Only Keurig 2.0 brewers were able to brew larger sizes.  So now with the K-Select, you can get a single-serve K-Cup brewer that can brew 12 oz and accommodates travel mugs.


Keurig also updated the design of K-Select to make it more sleek and modern. Control buttons remain the same, to keep it simple and complicated to use. Need a cup? Just press on the size you want, and that’s that.

Design difference doesn’t stop at looks though. Keurig has also changed the material finish on the K-Select to make it more resistant to fignerprint smudges, and it has a matte finish, too.


Keurig did not add an additional cup size without increasing the water reservoir. Naturally, the water tank on the K-Select is larger than its counterparts. It has the capacity of 52 oz, you should get five cups out of it before having to refill.

Strong Brew:

This is actually a great addition to a classic Keurig model like K-Select. Before, this feature was only available on premium Keurig 2.0 machines, and maybe some K-Cup brewers from other brands. The Strong Brew option allows the coffee in your K-Cup to steep longer before being dispensed into your cup. This kicks up the taste of your coffee into a bolder and more flavorful cup.

K-Select vs. K-Classic (K55), What’s The Difference?

Like mentioned above, the biggest competitor to the K-Select is in fact, K55 classic brewer. So, how do they compare to each other?

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Serving Sizes:

K-Select has the additional serving size of 12 oz, which K55 does not have. So K-Select offers four serving sizes in total, while the K55 offers three.

Water Reservoir:

K-Select has capacity of 52 oz. K55 has 48oz.

Cup Size Accommodation:

Both models have a removable drip tray that allows you to accommodate travel mugs up to 7″ tall.

K-Cup Pod Compatibility:

Both models are able to accommodate all type of K-Cup brands and refillable pods.

Strong Brew Option:

This option is only available on the K-Select.

Should You Buy Keurig K-Select? Is It Worth It?

K-Select is the option option for someone who is looking for a single-serve K-Cup brewer that is simple and straightforward. Nothing fancy and nothing high-tech. It’s a simple push button operation and you’ve got yourself a fresh cup of coffee (or any other drink in the form of K-Cup really!). The fact that it can now brew 12 oz is very convenient, and something that a lot of Keurig fans wanted for a long time. And for its price, K-Select makes a really good purchase.

Video Review of Keurig K-Select:

BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Maker – How It Compares to Keurig and Cuisinart

When it comes to single-serve coffee makers, many users look for versatility as an important feature of their coffee maker. This is perhaps one of the reasons Keurig coffee makers are popular, it’s due to its versatility in brewing coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold drinks from a large selection of brands. But Keurig isn’t the only coffee maker that has this feature. In fact, there are a few coffee maker brands that do the same. And in today’s post, we’re focusing on BUNN MCU Multi-Use coffee maker, and you’ll be surprised to see that it is even more versatile than many other machines!

Features of BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Coffee Maker:

  • Single serve brewer than serves a minimum of 4 oz and up to 14 oz.
  • Brew using K-Cup pods, ground coffee, soft pods, tea bags or loose tea.
  • Brews a cup in under a minute.
  • Pulse Brew option allows you to brew a bolder cup of coffee.
  • Includes from inserts (drawers) for each brewing type:
    • Cup drawer for K-Cups.
    • Ground Coffee drawer can be used for ground coffee or loose tea.
    • Soft Pod drawer which can be used for soft coffee pods, tea pods or tea bags.
    • Hot water drawer for hot water on demand.
  • No water reservoir, simply fill up the water tank before each use with the desired amount.

Click here to learn more about BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

BUNN MCU vs. Keurig, How Are They Different?

To be as fair as possible, we’re comparing the BUNN MCU to the Keurig K15 Mini, which is the most comparable to the BUNN MCU since both are compact and they type that don’t have a reservoir but can be filled up with water at each brew cycle.

Overall, Keurig can brew K-Cup pods which include coffee K-pods, tea K-pods, hot chocolate and other beverages. It can also brew ground coffee using refillable K-cup filters (which you purchase separately). Unlike BUNN MCU, it does not brew soft pods, tea bags or loose tea. Also, another feature that is missing from the K15 is strength control. With the BUNN MCU, you can use Pulse Brew feature to make a bolder cup of coffee.

And if serving sizes is important to you, using the K15 you’ll be able to brew 10 oz max. With the BUNN MCU, you can brew up to 14 oz.

Features of the Keurig K15:

  • Compact single-serve K-Cup brewer.
  • Brews serving sizes 6 oz , 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Fill up with water tank with fresh water at every brew.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K15, read the customer reviews and buy it.

BUNN MCU vs. Cuisinart SS-5 Single-Serve Coffee Maker:

Another contender to the BUNN MCU is Cuisinart. Although they are not entirely comparable, yet many people feel like they want to choose between them.

The Cuisinart SS-5 is a K-Cup brewer, so it works just like a Keurig coffee maker. It brews K-cup pods of any kind, including refillable ones. In fact, it includes a refillable cup so you don’t have to purchase one separately.

Unlike the BUNN MCU, this Cuisinart has a reservoir with 40 oz capacity. This means you don’t have to fill up the reservoir at each brew.

As for serving sizes, the Cuisinart SS-5 brews 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz servings, with a button dedicated for each cup size.

Features of Cuisinart SS-5:

  • K-Cup brewer by Cuisinart.
  • Brews cup sizes 6, 8 and 10 oz.
  • Removable water reservoir with 40 oz capacity.
  • Includes a refillable K-Cup filter for brewing ground coffee.
  • Also includes a charcoal water filter.

Click here to learn more about Cuisinart SS-5, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which Model Do You Choose?

Between these three models, our favorite is definitely BUNN’s MCU. Here’s why:

  • It brews up to 14 oz of coffee. This is the largest serving either of these models has to offer, and it’s a serving size that any one who drinks from a travel mug will appreciate.
  • It is the most versatile for sure. Although they all brew K-Cup and ground coffee (using refillable K-Cup filters),  BUNN MCU is the only model that includes inserts for all brewing types includes K-Cups, ground coffee or loose tea, soft pods and hot water on demand. Meaning, you don’t have to purchase any additional accessories separately.
  • It has strength control feature. Using Pulse Brew, you can make your coffee brew stronger.
  • the MCU has stainless steel casing with some plastic parts, unlike the other models that have plastic housing. This makes it more durable to use and clean.

Click here to learn more about BUNN MCU Single Cup coffee maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Which To Choose Between Mr. Coffee vs Keurig for K-Cups

In a previous post where we talked about best rated K-Cup brewers that are not by Keurig, Mr. Coffee Brewer had to be on the list. It is very similar to Keurig’s K55 model, another popular brewer. So similar, in fact, that it makes you wonder why to choose one over the other and which would be the best choice. And that’s what we’re here to find out!

Features of Mr.Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer BVMC-KG6-001:

  • Brew any K-Cup pod for coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods for Classic Keurig brewers, including reusable filters. Works with any K-Cup brand.
  • Removable 40 oz water reservoir.
  • Choose from 3 cup sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Removable drip tray allows you to place travel mugs under coffee spout.

Click here to learn more about Mr Coffee K-Cup Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of Keurig K55 Coffee Maker:

  • Classic Keurig brewer that is compatible with all K-Cup pods (Keurig branded and non-Keurig branded).
  • Removable, large 48oz water reservoir.
  • Choose from 3 serving sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Includes 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle + 2 water filters.
  • My K-Cup refillable pod filter is available as a separate purchase.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K55, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Mr. Coffee and Keurig K55 Brewers?

You’ve probably noticed by now, the two brewers have the same brew sizes and brew the same K-Cups. So is there any actual difference between them?

Well, there are slight differences that could make your experience better and swift your decision for one over the other:

  • The Keurig K55 has a slightly larger water reservoir. 8 oz larger to be exact (48 oz vs 40 oz). This means you get about one extra brew from K55 over Mr Coffee’s before refilling.
  • Keurig K55 has a Descale indicator that lets you know when it is time to clean your machine. An ‘Add Water’ indicator is available on both machines.
  • Last but not least, the K55 comes with a sample pack of 6 K-Cups to get you started. And it includes water filters that ensures you’re using the best filtered water for your coffee. Mr Coffee provides a pack of 5 K-Cups, but does not come with water filters.

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Ninja Single Serve Coffee Bar System vs. Keurig, How Do They Compare?

Ninja Coffee Bar is a complete coffee brewing system that makes an array of serving sizes including full carafe, half carafe and single serve. We’ve already compared Ninja’s full coffee maker to Keurig 2.0. However, since we like to focus on single-serve coffee makers on our website, we’re going to be talking about a specific model of Ninja Coffee Bar, CF112, which is a pod-free single serve coffee maker.

If you enjoy different kinds of coffee drinks, you might find the Ninja Coffee Bar System to be quite worth having.

Features of Ninja Coffee Bar (CF112):

  • Single serve coffee maker using ground coffee, no pods required.
  • Multiple serving sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Cup and Multi-serve.
  • Brews hot and cold coffee.
  • Brew types: Classic brew, Rich Brew, Over Ice, Specialty (concentrated) and Cafe Forte.
  • Built-in frother allows you to create creamy froth for specialty coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte.
  • Includes a 22 oz To-Go tumbler.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Coffee Bar Single-serve system, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Explaining Brew Types and Size Serving of Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System:

One of the best features of Ninja Coffee Bar is the variety of coffee brew types it can make. It has 5 brew types, to be specific:

  • Classic Brew: a classic, balanced and smooth cup of coffee.
  • Rich Brew: a balanced flavor, like the Classic, but with more intensity for those who prefer a stronger flavor.
  • Over-Ice: designed especially to make hot coffee brewed over ice, but never tastes watered-down.
  • Specialty: If you want to make a specialty coffee drink, this option makes you a coffee concentrate (4oz) that is very strong in taste to resemble a shot of espresso that is traditionally used for these type of drinks.
  • Cafe Forte: a Ninja exclusive, this brew type makes a full-bodied and complex coffee brew. It makes 8 oz of coffee, so this is a perfect option for someone who prefers a strong brew.

As for cup sizes and servings, Ninja includes the following table in the manual for approximate coffee volume for each brew type:

Ninja Coffee Bar vs. Keurig, What’s The Difference?

Again, we’re here comparing Ninja Coffee Bar CF112 the Single-serve to the Keurig, which is possibly the most popular single-serve brewer out there.

The biggest difference between Ninja coffee bar and Keurig is

  • Keurig relies on K-cups for its single-serve brewing. Coffee ground can be used with reusable k-cup filters.
  • Ninja is a pod-free system. You don’t need any type of pods to brew coffee, just your favorite coffee ground.

Cup Sizes:

  • When it comes to cup sizes, most Keurig brewers brew up to 10 oz for the classic Keurig brewers or up to 18 oz on the Keurig 2.0 brewers.
  • Ninja Coffee Bar brews up to 18 oz, too.

Brew Type:

  • Classic Keurig brewers don’t have any settings for brew strength. The taste of your coffee will depend on the K-Cup you’re brewing. For Keurig 2.0, and depending on the model, you get brew strength and temperature customization. However, the taste will mostly depend on the type of K-Cup you’re brewing.
  • On the Ninja Coffee Brewing system, you have 5 brew type to choose from. This includes the specialty option for making drinks like lattes or cappuccinos.

You can read our previous guides and comparisons of Keurig coffee makers by following these links: K55, K575, K250, K15.

Which One To Choose?

  • If coffee is all you want to make, then Ninja Coffee Maker is a great choice. It offers a good variety of coffee drinks and serving sizes. And the fact that it uses ground coffee means you won’t have to spend a lot of money on any special kind of pods.
  • If you enjoy a variety of hot or cold drinks, then a Keurig is considered a good choice since it is a ‘beverage center’ rather than just a coffee maker. K-Cups are available in a wide selection of brands and drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Hot Cider and a lot more.

Common Questions:

– Can I Use Keurig K-Cups or other Coffee Pods with Ninja Coffee Bar?

No, Ninja Coffee bar only uses coffee ground.

– Does Ninja Coffee Bar Make Lattes?

Yes, using the Speciality brew option in combination with the built-in frother, you can create a delicious and creamy cup of latte.

– Does Ninja Coffee Bar Grind Coffee Beans?

No, Ninja Coffee Bar does not have a built-in grinder. You’ll have to grind your beans before use. Medium grind is recommended by Ninja.

– Can You Make Tea Using Ninja Coffee Bar?

No, Ninja is a strictly coffee maker. Unlike Keurig which can make tea using any tea K-Cup.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Coffee Bar Single-serve system, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Which K-Cup Brewers Have Hot Water on Demand?

One of the best things about having a single-serve brewer is the fact that it provides hot water almost instantly. Hot Water on Demand as a feature is only available in very few K-Cup brewers, may they be from Keurig or other brands. It is perfect for use when you want to prepare an instant meal, a tea bag (instead of a pod), a packet of hot chocolate or more. The machine will heat up the water in a single-serving quicker than a boiler or even a microwave.

How To Get Hot Water on Demand From Classic Keurig Machines:

If you have an older Keurig model (a Classic model like the K55 for example), the easiest way to get hot water on demand would be to simply NOT insert a pod and hit the brew button while the slot is empty. However, be prepared that the water will most likely not come clean, but with some residue of coffee. So, you’re recommended to dispense some water to clear the residue, then dispense the amount of hot water you want.

Which K-Cup Brewers Have Hot Water on Demand Feature?

Out of the Keurig 2.0 line, only the K575 has Hot Water on Demand feature. Selecting this feature from the menu allows you to dispense hot water in your selected size of serving, starting at 4 oz and up to 12 oz. The K575 also allows you to select from a variety of temperatures, which is something that other Keurig 2.0 machines don’t have. Read our comprehensive guide on the K575 here.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K575, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker:

K-Elite is a classic Keurig brewer with high-end features. It’s top of the line when it comes to Keurig’s classic line with five brewing cup sizes (4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz) as well as hot water on demand. It also has features like temperature control, programmable auto on/off, ICED setting, strong brew and more. And the best part about it? It is compatible with all K-Cup pods!

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

Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single Serve Coffee Maker:

This brewer by Cuisinart can brew classic K-Cups as well as new (no DRM like the Keurig 2.0). Although it’s not a new machine, it is packed with great features. One of these features, of course, is Hot Water on Demand. The SS-10 allows you to brew cups up to 12 oz and select your brew or hot water temperature.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart SS-10, read the customer reviews and buy it.


Keurig Classic vs. Plus, Is There a Difference Between Them?

What Is Keurig Classic Series?

These are original Keurig models that accept all kind of K-Cup cups. Many Keurig models have been discontinued but are still sold.

Pros of Keurig Classic Series:

  • Easy to use. Simple button controls and no special programmability.
  • No DRM on K-Cup pod. You can use any type of K-Cup pods.

Cons of Keurig Classic Series:

  • No customization. You can’t customize the strength or temperature of your coffee.
  • Less cup sizes: the largest cup you can brew is 10 oz.

Keurig Classic Series Machines:

Keurig lists two models as Keurig Classic Series brewers:

Keurig K55 (also known as K-Classic): a simple to use machine with 3 cup-sizes (6, 8 and 10 oz), 48 oz water reservoir and easy button controls. It has no special programmability, so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a great cup of K-Cup without any extra features.

Keurig K15 Mini: This is a portable and small coffee maker, perfect for personal use. It has no water reservoir, but instead, a water tank that you fill for every use. It brews 3-cup sizes and has a single Brew button operation. It doesn’t get any simpler than the K15.

Reviews and Comparisons of Keurig Classic Coffee Makers:

New Additions to Keurig 2018, K-Select and K-Elite:

Keurig has added two new models to their range of coffee makers. These models have been slightly redesigned to look more modern, but more importantly, they have a new cup size which the other Classic brewers don’t have. And luckily, the K-Select and K-Elite are compatible with all K-Cup pods including refillable filters.

Keurig K-Select: the new model is a direct competitor to the K55 brewer. First thing you notice about it is that it has a more sleek design. K-Select can brew four cup sizes, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz, and it has a 52 oz water reservoir, which is bigger than K55’s 48 oz.  This model also has a Strong Brew option that brews your coffee with a stronger and bolder taste.

Keurig K-Elite: This is the next-level model with features similar to Keurig 2.0 brewers (except for brewing a carafe), it has 5 cup sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz, Strong brew setting, ICED setting for making iced beverages without losing flavor, and it has hot water on demand, perfect for making instant meals and soups. It also has a timer for auto on/off, temperature control, strong brew setting and high altitude setting. The generous water reservoir of 75 oz is enough for brewing up to 8 cups before the need to refill.

Keurig K-Classic (K55) vs. K-Select, What’s The Difference?

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As we mentioned, K-Select and K-Classic (K55) are competitive models, so how are they different and which of them do you choose?

  • First difference is, cup sizes. The K-Select has four cup size options, largest being 12 oz, which has always been requested by Keurig customers. K55 has three cup size options, 10 oz is the largest.
  • The water tank capacity of K-Select is bigger, 52 oz vs. 48 oz on the K55.
  • Strong Brew setting is available on the K-Select but not on the K55.
  • Design wise, K-Select has an updated look and is made of materials that is fingerprint resistant so it looks cleaner than K55 even after heavy use.

We do recommend the K-Select over the K-Classic for its new 12 oz cup serving and Strong Brew option. It does look quite nicer, too, which is always a plus!

What Is Keurig Plus Series?

Plus Series is another name for Keurig 2.0 Brewers. These Keurig coffee makers come packed with a lot of features and programmability that make you tweak your coffee to your taste.

Pros and features of Keurig Plus Series Special:

  • Cup sizes and Carafe: K-Cups for Keurig 2.0 are available in 3 sizes: K-Cup, K-Mug and K-Carafe. These sizes allow you to brew into a cup, a mug, a travel mug or a carafe that is full-bodied and always delicious.
  • Strength and Temperature Settings: you can choose the strength of your brew and choose from different temperature settings.
  • Automatic Settings: upon inserting a pod, the machine can read a label on it that will automatically adjust the settings to the best parameters for that pod. Of course, you can always change the settings to your liking.
  • Touch Screen: All that programmability… it must be difficult to use a Keurig Plus Series? Not at all! All settings are done by pressing a touch screen and guided instructions. The touchscreen varies in sizes and whether it’s black and white or colored depending on the model.

Cons of Keurig Plus Series:

  • DRM on Pods: Keurig Plus Series uses K-Cups made specially for them. Keurig 2.0 pods are still available from most brands, so finding them should not be an issue. Also, the new pod sizes are only available for 2.0 brewers. Also, there are refillable pods available, too.

Keurig Plus Series Machines:

Keurig K250: The smallest and most compact. This 40 oz brewer comes in many fun colors, it has a small black and white touchscreen. For customization, it only offers Strength control, but can still brew all cup, mug and carafe sizes.

Keurig K475: This one comes with a 70 oz water reservoir, and its customizable settings include both Strength and Temperature control. It has a large color touchscreen and comes in three colors.

Keurig K575: The ultimate choice. The K575 is the largest with an 80 oz reservoir. It has an extra large touchscreen (colored), has a nightlight and includes strength and temperature settings. It is available in Black only.

Reviews and Comparisons of Keurig Plus 2.0 Coffee Makers:

Which Should You Choose? Keurig Classic or Keurig Plus?

Here’s the great news, whichever model you choose, you’ll get the same delicious coffee (or other hot beverages!), so you don’t have to worry about coffee quality when making your choice. All Keurig models essentially work the same way. But here’s what to consider:

  • What cup sizes do you want to brew? Do you want to most variety of cup sizes including a travel mug and a carafe? Then a Keurig Plus is a must.
  • If you want control over strength and temperature of your coffee, again, a Keurig Plus is what you need.
  • If you’re not interested in additional cup sizes or strength/temperature control, then a Keurig Classic should be a good choice.

If You’re Upgrading From an Old Keurig:

This is an important note. If you have an old Keurig brewer and you’re thinking about upgrading to a new Keurig, do you choose a Classic or Plus brewer?

If you have a lot of K-Cups at hand from your old Keurig, then do know that these pods will NOT work with a Keurig Plus brewer. So your option is either to giveaway these pods or to go for a Keurig Classic brewer which accept all kind of Keurig pods.

Which Model To Choose?

Now that you’ve decided between Classic or Plus, which model of these lines do you choose?

  • What Reservoir Size Do You Need? this alone will help you with your decision right away, since most differences are in sizes between machines. If you make a lot of coffee cups per day, your obvious choice should be to go for the largest water reservoir.
  • Special Features: customization is a big plus in a coffee maker. It allows you to make your coffee exactly as you like, whether that is in strength or temperature. If these things are important to you, make sure you pick a model that has them.

Keurig Classic vs. Elite, What Is The Difference?

The model name Keurig Elite comes up quite often when mentioning Keurig Classic. What exactly is Elite and how does it compare to Keurig Classic?

Elite is actually the old and discontinued model. It works exactly like the Classic, but since it first came out, it’s been revamped and now it is known as the Keurig Classic. You’ll notice that some stores or websites still sell Elite models, and perhaps you can save a few bucks by buying one, but you’re definitely not getting the best machine. You’ll want the latest model, which is Keurig Classic K55, and it will be worth your extra few dollars.

Why Some Keurig Models Start with K and others Start with B?

Looking at the range of Keurig coffee machines, you’ll notice some models are identical, yet some names start with K and others start with B. Is there a difference here that you should know about?

No, not exactly. These K or B associations in name often come in Classic machines, and there’s no special difference to report here. Whether it’s K or B is, it simply refers to distribution centers, or sometimes UL listings.

Commercial Keurig Coffee Makers, Are They Classic or Plus models?

There are a few reasons people might prefer a commercial Keurig instead of ones that were made for home use. We wrote about it in a previous post. But are they considered Classic or Plus machines?

Keurig commercial machines use the old K-Cups, they only brew 3 to 4 cup sizes and they don’t have an option to brew a carafe. So, although they’re not called that, they’re more in line with Keurig Classic than a Plus.

What Is The Largest Water Reservoir I Can Get on a Keurig? And Which Is The Smallest?

When it comes to home use machines, the largest reservoir you can get is the Keurig 2.0 K575’s 80 oz reservoir. And the smallest is Keurig Classic K15 Mini, which isn’t exactly a ‘reservoir’, but a fill as you brew water tank. There are other options for small water reservoirs from K-Cup brewers made by other brands. You can see our list here.