Keurig K-Express: Review and Comparisons with other Keurig Machines

If you’ve ever wanted a Keurig brewer but found them to be out of your budget, then we have good news for you. Keurig’s K-Express is the brewer for you, it packs all the necessary features you need at a very ‘welcoming price’ as Keurig calls it. The K-Express gives you variety of brew sizes, strong brew, nice compact design and a good size for a water reservoir all for less then $100 (at the time of writing).

Features of Keurig K-Express

Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
  • STRONG BREW: Increases the strength and bold taste of your coffee’s flavor.
  • 3 CUP SIZES: Brew an 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup at the push of a button.
  • MULTIPLE CUP WATER RESERVOIR: 42oz. removable reservoir lets you brew up to 4* cups before refilling. *8 oz. cup size
  • FAST & FRESH BREWED: Delicious coffee made in minutes.
  • TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7.4” tall.

The K-Express gives you three most wanted serving sizes: 8, 10 and 12 oz. That’s enough for a nice cup to enjoy at home or for a travel mug on the go. Also, you get the all important ‘strong brew’ option which gives you a stronger brew of coffee by steeping the coffee for a bit longer.

Dimensions of the machine are 12.6H x 5.1W x 12.8D, it’s a compact design that can fit anywhere from a kitchen countertop, dorm room or office.

So, you might be wondering, what are you giving up on here in exchange for a more affordable price?

I can assure you that you are not giving up on quality, but there are a few extras that are missing from the K-Express. For Example:

  • It does not have an LCD display or a digital clock.
  • There’s no customization such as temperature control.
  • You’re limited to three serving sizes only.
  • No iced coffee setting or hot water on demand.

But again, these are all extra features that you might not even need or use frequently.

If you’re looking for the most essential features in a Keurig, you’ll find them in the K-Express. No need to overpay for features that you’ll rarely use. But if you’re still not sure… keep on reading the comparisons to see which option is better for you.

Keurig K-Express Comparisons

The K-Express is a compact brewer, but it is not Keurig’s only compact brewer. Let’s compare the most popular models to help you with your decision.

K-Express vs. K-Express Essentials

The K-Express Essentials is another version of the K-Express. It has a slightly larger design, but a smaller water reservoir.

  • Servings sizes: Essentials also has three serving sizes but they are different than the K-Express. The K-Express Essentials has 6, 8 and 10 oz for serving sizes, while the K-Express has 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • K-Express Essentials does not have a strong brew option like the K-Express.
  • K-Express Essentials has a 36 oz water reservoir while the K-Express has a 42 oz reservoir. Both are removable.
  • K-Express Essentials is wider at 6.5” but has less height at 11.3”
  • K-Express Essentials is available in three colors: black, red or tropical blue.

As of the time of writing, the K-Express Essentials is available exclusively at Walmart.

K-Express vs. K-Slim

Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, White
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, White
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
8, 10, 12 oz
Reservoir Capacity
42 oz
46 oz
Strong Brew option
Width
5.1"
4.7"
Depth
12.8"
15.2"
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
Reservoir Capacity
42 oz
Strong Brew option
Width
5.1"
Depth
12.8"
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, White
Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 8 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, White
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
Reservoir Capacity
46 oz
Strong Brew option
Width
4.7"
Depth
15.2"
  • The K-Express and K-Slim both have the same serving sizes: 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • The K-Slim has a slightly larger water reservoir at 46 oz capacity.
  • Design wise, The K-Slim is even more compact, it has a 4.7” width. The K-Express isn’t much wider but I’m sure for some people with limited countertop space it can make a difference.

As you can see, there’s barely any difference between the K-Express and K-Slim. Price wise, the K-Express is more affordable and will do the exact same job a K-Slim would do.

K-Express vs. K-Mini

Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Sizes, Matte Black
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Sizes, Matte Black
Serving Size
8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
Water Reservoir
42 oz
Add fresh water every time
Strong Brew option
Width
5.1"
4.5"
Depth
12.8"
11.3"
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Serving Size
8, 10, 12 oz
Water Reservoir
42 oz
Strong Brew option
Width
5.1"
Depth
12.8"
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Sizes, Matte Black
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Sizes, Matte Black
Serving Size
6, 8, 10 and 12 oz
Water Reservoir
Add fresh water every time
Strong Brew option
Width
4.5"
Depth
11.3"

The K-Mini is another affordable option for a compact brewer from Keurig, especially now it’s considered to be an older design.

It has several brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz, however, unlike the K-Express, it does not have a water reservoir. Instead, you have to fill it up with fresh water with the brew capacity you want at each brew. For that reason, you’ll not find any buttons on the K-Mini other than the brew button. There’s no Strong Brew option, too, if you prefer a bolder cup, you’ll want to go for the K-Express instead.

Design wise, it has a smaller width at 4.5”, also a shorter depth of 11.3”. And if you prefer a pop of color in your kitchen, you’ll love that this model is available in five colors.

K-Express vs. K-Compact

Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
6, 8, 10 oz
Reservoir
42 oz
34 oz
Strong Brew option
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Keurig K-Express Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Black
Serving Sizes
8, 10, 12 oz
Reservoir
42 oz
Strong Brew option
Keurig K-Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig K-Compact Single Serve Coffee Maker
Serving Sizes
6, 8, 10 oz
Reservoir
34 oz
Strong Brew option

The K-Compact model, which has a design that is more comparable to Keurig’s classic models, offers limited serving sizes just like the the K-Express, but it’s all about which serving sizes you prefer.

While the K-Express serving sizes start at 8 oz, the K-Compact offers 6, 8, and 10 oz serving sizes.

The K-Compact lacks the Strong Brew button that you get with the K-Express. When using it, you are advised to use a smaller serving size to achieve a stronger brew.

The reservoir on the K-Compact is 34 oz, which is smaller that the K-Express’s 42 oz reservoir.

Price wise (as of the time of writing), there’s little to no difference between these two models – I’m talking about a few extra bucks for the K-Express over the K-Compact. I would recommend the K-Express over the K-Compact as it gives you bigger serving sizes, a larger reservoir and a strong brew button. It also looks nicer and more modern, if that’s something you’re into.

Refillable K-Cup Pod for Keurig K-Express

Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable K-Cup Pod Coffee Filter, Compatible with Keurig Classic/1.0 K-Cup Pod Coffee Makers, 1 Count, White
  • For use with keurig classic series brewers only.
  • Removable lid for easy filling and cleaning
  • Optimized for all k cup brew sizes (4ounce To 12ounce Depending on your brewer model)
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Made with premium materials for high durability

The K-Express is compatible with Keurig’s My K-Cup refillable pod, which you can use to brew any kind of coffee ground you like. This is sold separately. There are 3rd party refillable K-Cup pods available, but I cannot confirm the compatibility of generic brands. You’re always better off buying the official refillable pods to ensure compatibility.

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