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Best Keurig coffee makers 2024 – for speedy, single-serve coffee

We don't recommend all of their range, but these are the best Keurig coffee makers on the market

One of the best Keurig coffee makers, the Keurig K-Elite on a countertop making iced and hot coffee
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Keurig K-Slim on a wooden countertop with a hot and an iced coffee

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: K-Elite
3. Best quiet Keurig: K-Select
4. Best for small spaces: K-Slim
5. Best for speciality coffee: K-Cafe Barista Bar
6. Best for versatility: K-Supreme SMART
7. Best for budgets: K-Mini Plus
13. How to choose
14. How we test and research

No single-serve machine does speedy coffee quite like the best Keurig coffee makers. Whilst I don't think every model made by the world-famous brand is worth buying, there are a few that are worth investing in.

I'm a former barista and a team of coffee experts and I have spent months testing and reviewing the best single-serve coffee makers on the market. Kudos to Keurig, they've earned some well-deserved praise in some unexpected places. Our experts even put some of them up there with the best Nespresso machines. In my opinion that is the best praise you can give a cheaper single-serve machine.

The thing is, even though lots of these are great, we tested some which we just didn't rate at all. So, whilst Keurig seem to be everywhere —  on the store shelves and in seasonal sales — you need to choose which one you buy very carefully. 

Keurigs are far from the standard of the best espresso machines, but they're not designed to make high end coffee. They offer cheap caffeine, fasts. Here's everything you need to know about which Keurigs make the best investment.

The quick list

If you need a quick introduction into equally speedy coffee, here are the headlines for the best Keurigs. We'll go into more detail further down.

The best Keurig coffee makers 2024

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The best Keurig coffee maker overall

Keurig K-Elite Pod Coffee Maker

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1. K-Elite

This serves the full coffee-shop menu in no time at all

Specifications

Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.9 x 12.7 inches
Water tank capacity: 75 oz
Cup range: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz

Reasons to buy

+
Range of brewing options
+
Really quick to brew
+
Useful timer and clock

Reasons to avoid

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Feels a little cheap
Buy it if

✅ You live in a large home: this has huge capacity
✅ You want a range of coffees: the menu is extensive
✅ You like speedy coffee: this can brew a cup in under a minute

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're short on space: this is quite bulky
❌ You want quality: this feels a little cheap
You need temperature consistency: this errs on the side of lukewarm

The bottom line

🔎 K-Elite: this is a solid, simple option, which can cater to large homes and huge coffee demand. It feels a little cheap in some places though.

It's becoming increasingly common knowledge that the K-Elite is one of the best single-serve coffee makers on the market. It's extremely versatile, boasts enough capacity for a whole family, and can brew delicious coffee really quickly. That's why it's in top spot (and we don't think it will be leaving it any time soon).

Granted the K-Elite isn't exactly beautiful, but it is practical. The clock and timer are really useful to have in your kitchen and all the functions are easy to navigate, so you can make speedy coffee without the need for instructions or online help.

The K-Elite is bulkier than the K-Mini and K-Slim, but that's because it has a huge 75 fl. oz water reservoir on the back. This is good news for large homes: you won't need to constantly refill your Keurig. It's also good news for larger homes because the Keurig offers a range of cup sizes, from four to twelve ounces, across a range of coffee settings. Yes, those settings do include iced coffee. And also, yes, they do include the iconic 'stronger brew' function too. And, finally, yes, you can change the temperature.

The K-Elite, aside from a vast menu of options, can brew coffee in under a minute. That makes it one of the quickest Keurigs on the market too (alongside all the other accolades which we could award this). 

People generally loved this. They praise the coffee and versatility, but plenty of people questioned the machine's durability. They say that the plastic cup which holds the pods feels flimsy, as does the drip tray. This doesn't surprise me; for the price, the K-Elite delivers on some pretty ambitious promises, so corners had to be cut somewhere. As it turns out, this was on quality.

The quietest Keurig coffee maker

Keurig K-Select

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2. K-Select

Quick, quiet, and top-quality, this is a good basic

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.2 x 11.6 inches
Water tank capacity: 75 ounces
Cup range: 4, 6, 8, 10 ounce

Reasons to buy

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Range of coffee settings
+
Huge water reservoir
+
Speedy brew times
+
Close to silent when brewing
+
Lots of color options

Reasons to avoid

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Messy brewing process
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Large footprint
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Needs to warm up
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Can't make iced coffee
Buy it if

✅ You're a large household: this has immense capacity
✅ You make coffee early in the mornings:
this is close to silent
✅ You want strong coffee:
there's a special, intense setting

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want hot coffee: the first few are lukewarm
❌ You're not a keen cleaner:
this splashes quite a lot
You're short on space: this is quite bulky

The bottom line

🔎 K-Select: this is one of the most dependable Keurigs. It will brew strong coffee, quickly and quietly, but is bulky and needs to warm up before making properly hot coffee.

This is a true entry-level machine. It's simple, sturdy, and whisper-silent. It almost stole top spot, but it's a little too bulky. Aside from that, it's pretty perfect in the world of Keurig coffee makers. 

The K-Select's speciality is strong coffee. It has a special function which allows you to make bolder, deeper coffee in the same amount of time as the standard cup (one minute). Both professional and customer reviewers agree that the results of this stronger brew setting are seriously impressive. Not only does it pack a punch, it carries stronger flavors with it, too. Did I mention about how it's almost silent when it works? It's incredible.

So, this is quick and quiet. To complete my alliterative three, reviews all say that this feels like one of the best quality Keurigs on the market too. The 52-ounce reservoir won't need refilling often, making it perfect for large households who drink a lot of coffee. The only downside to this capacity is that it leaves the K-Select looking clunky on the countertop. It also doesn't have the finishes of some other Keurig models, but, on the flip side, the build-quality is one of the best. Plus, it comes in a range of colors too, so you can match this to the color scheme in your kitchen.

The biggest downside, apart from the bulk, is the brewing process. Whilst the flavors are good and the K-Select is quick, it splashes a fair amount of coffee over the countertop. Reviewers also said that the coffee cam come out a little lukewarm for the first couple of cups: it needs to run for a while before you're getting some properly hot coffee.

The best Keurig coffee for small spaces

K-Slim

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3. K-Slim

Svelte and slender, this is a simple, but brilliant choice

Specifications

Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.7 x 12.1
Water tank capacity: 48 ounces
Cup range: 8, 10, 12

Reasons to buy

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Small footprint
+
Makes quick, delicious coffee
+
range of color options
+
Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Limited cup range
-
Can't make iced coffee
Buy it if

✅ You're short on space: this is the slimmest Keurig
✅ You're on a budget:
the price tag is really reasonable
✅ This is your first Keurig:
it's really easy to use

Don't buy it if:

❌ You drink iced coffee: this can't make it
❌ You want your coffee hot:
the temperatures can be inconsistent
You like small cups of coffee: 8 oz is the smallest setting

The bottom line

🔎 Keurig K-Slim: for under $100, this slim and simple machine is a steal. It lacks quality and cup range, but covers the basics quickly and effectively.

You could catch me on a technicality here: I know this isn't the smallest coffee maker that Keurig makes, but it has the balance perfect. The K-Slim might be compact, but it can still make a decent enough cup of coffee. As you turn to Keurig's smaller K-Mini, you start to compromise on quality, for both coffee and build.

The K-Slim comes in a range of tasteful colors, whether you are looking for monochrome hues of a bright pop of color, there's a K-Slim shade for you. It takes up next-to-no countertop room, so can slot into any space or cupboard in your kitchen, which is really convenient. I've seen people stack this on wall shelves too: it's light enough, but watch out, because it comes out quite far from the back.

As for the coffee itself, the K-Slim can brew a full cup in under two minutes. Keurig uses their 'multistream technology' which claims to better saturate the K-Cups. Having not tested this myself, I can't vouch for the flavors, but expert reviewers and customers alike seem to be convinced that this technology does the trick. If you want a good cup of single-serve coffee, this will serve it up to you. However, this only brews 8, 10, and 12 ounce coffees, so don't expect an espresso any time soon. 

The main criticism I found was that this can be a little inconsistent temperature-wise. For such a simple machine, this is a shame, because there's very little you, as a user, can do to rectify it. Similarly, if it overheats, there's nothing you can do except disassemble your machine and reset the thermostat, which I don't think any of us dream about. It's a great price point, but comes with some compromises.

The best Keurig coffee maker for speciality coffee

K-Cafe Barista Bar

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4. K-Cafe Barista Bar

The meeting point of speciality and single-serve coffee

Specifications

Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 9 inches
Water tank capacity: 42 ounces
Cup range: 8, 10, 12

Reasons to buy

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Best tasting coffee of all Keurigs
+
Hot and cold milk frothing capabilities
+
Extensive coffee menu
+
Sleek design

Reasons to avoid

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Limited cup sizes
-
Expensive for Keurig
Buy it if

✅ You want more flavor from your Keurig: this delivers the best
✅ You drink a range of coffees:
from iced lattes to hot espressos, this does them all
✅ You're short on space:
this is still really compact

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: this is one of Keurig's most expensive models
❌ You're left-handed:
whilst not impossible, this is geared to right-handed users
You're fussy about milk texture: the steamer is not quite perfect

The bottom line

🔎 Keurig K-Cafe: this is the closest Keurig gets to speciality coffee. It's more expensive than most and still far from craft coffee, but it's their most premium offering.

Craft coffee might not sound like a Keurig speciality. It might not even sound like a single-serve speciality, but the K-Cafe Barista Bar goes a long way towards, fresher, more flavorful coffee.

As you might expect, the K-Cafe is more expensive than most other Keurig machines, but, in spite of the price tag, it's also one of their most popular models. Both expert and customer reviews are packed with praise for the full, rich, and flavorful coffee that this Keurig makes.  Plus, if you want to mix up the strength and length of your coffee, this can. It even comes with a milk frother, ready to serve up cappuccinos and lattes too.

Reviewers praised not only the flavors, but the speed at which the K-Cafe delivers them. It's almost as quick as the K-Express, brewing a cup of coffee in less than two minutes. However, it still delivers those strong coffees that all the reviews rave about.

Aside from the uncharacteristically high price tag reviewers had very few criticisms. Some people felt that the coffee could be a little hotter, which you can adjust on the machine, and others felt that the design was better suited to right-handed users, because that's where the milk frother sits. Having not yet tested it myself, I would also be interested to see what the milk texturing is like. I haven't seen anyone go deep into details, but I would be surprised if it's good at cold foam, given that De'Longhi has only just perfected it and their machines cost ten times the price of a Keurig.

The most versatile Keurig coffee maker

K-Supreme SMART

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5. K-Supreme SMART

Excellent across a menu of cold coffees and hot drinks, but not that smart

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.9 x 12 inches
Water tank capacity: 66 oz
Cup range: 6, 8, 10, 12 ounces

Reasons to buy

+
Range of coffee options
+
Easy to adjust
+
Compact and smart design
+
Really speedy brew times

Reasons to avoid

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Have to connect to shared WiFi network
-
App isn't very smart
Buy it if

✅ You drink a range of coffee types: from iced to chai
✅ You're short on space:
this is a compact design
✅ You want speedy coffee:
it brews quickly

Don't buy it if:

❌ You won't use the app: you pay a premium for SMART features
❌ You don't have Wi-Fi:
the app relies on being connected to a shared internet
You want simplicity: the range of settings is what makes this more expensive

The bottom line

🔎 Keurig K-Supreme SMART: this covers a range of coffee and hot drink options in a relatively compact design. The 'SMART' aspect is a little questionable though.

There are other Keurigs which can make iced coffee (the K-Elite, the K-Mini Plus, the K-Slim and Iced, the K-Cafe, and the K-Duo all available at Walmart), but none are as versatile as this. The K-Supreme SMART is by far the most versatile coffee maker that Keurig offers, with customizable options for brew strength, temperature, drink size, and more. This means that it will probably make you one of the best cups of single-serve coffee you'll drink and it won't take long to do it either.

You might expect that this is big, given how much it has to offer. However, in our tests, one of the first things that our experts spotted was how 'it's notably more compact than any other Keurig model'. Even if you're short in space in your kitchen, we think you could easily squeeze the K-Supreme SMART in.

We could make some delicious hot drinks in the K-Supreme and these weren't just limited to coffee. I'd put this in the context of cheaper single-serve machines though. We were surprised at how delicious these were, but only because the K-Supreme is $150. Compared to other, more expensive single-serve coffee makers, this is still a little flat.

The only thing our experts questioned was the 'SMART' label on the K-Supreme SMART. This is supposed to be the step-up from a K-Supreme, but actually, it can be a little limiting. The app won't work to its full potential unless you're connected to the Wi-Fi and even when you're online, it's not very useful. We made an account and hopped in to check out the 'Café Creation' drinks, but found that they're really just elaborations on the different K-Cups. You can turn on high-altitude brewing, create favorites and schedule brewing, but we thought you'd be just as quick popping a K-cup in and pushing a good old fashioned button. The rest of the app is really a shopping section. That might appeal to some, but we don't think owners of the original K-Supreme are missing out.

You can read more in our Keurig K-Supreme SMART review

The best budget Keurig coffee maker

K-Mini

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6. K-Mini Plus

A petite, pared-back model, perfect for small spaces (and budgets)

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.1 x 11.3 x 4.5 inches
Water tank capacity: Single-serve
Cup range: 6, 8, 10, 12 ounce cups

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent value
+
Tiny footprint
+
Makes iced and hot coffee
+
Range of color options

Reasons to avoid

-
Slow to brew
-
Can be messy
Buy it if

✅ You're on a budget: this is cheap
✅ You're short on space:
the K-Mini is tiny
✅ You want color options:
this comes in a range of shades

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want your coffee quickly: this is slow to brew
❌ You want quality flavors:
these are a little basic
You're not a keen cleaner: coffee will splash out and around

The bottom line

🔎 K-Mini Plus: for the price, this is a compact and competent machine. Compared to other models, it lacks capacity, quality, and flavor.

With the K-Mini Plus, our experts kept finding themselves saying things like 'in context', 'for the price', and 'as a small model'. So, you have to take the K-Mini Plus with a budget mindset. It's not the most versatile, nor is it the neatest, nor is it the quickest. What is it? An absolute steal for a small, single-serve coffee maker.

The K-Mini Plus is the smallest machine Keurig makes. You can choose from a range of color options too, so aesthetically, this is an friendly face to have in your coffee nook. 

It's slim and perfectly petite, so we're confident that no matter how small your kitchen is (even if it's dorm room sizes), you'll be able to squeeze it in. Even better, there's a space inside the machine for storing your K-Cups. If you hadn't guessed from the name, the K-Mini is all about space-saving. Even the water reservoir is small: it is a single-serve capacity, so you'll need to keep refilling.

Here is where the 'considering' context setting starts. Our experts tested this for weeks, making coffee, hot apple cider, and chai lattes in the K-Mini and said that it 'makes good drinks (especially considering the price'. You can even opt for a stronger brew, which will do exactly as promised, making a more punchy coffee drink. 

However, there are a few compromises. When brewing coffee, this splatters a lot and it takes longer than average to brew. You'll need a microfiber cloth nearby to make sure your coffee station stays sparkling clean. 

You can read more in our dedicated K-Mini Plus review

How to choose the best Keurig

Whilst Keurig's coffee makers are all single-serve, there's a lot of variety between models. Choosing the right one for you depends upon a few factors:

Size
Single-serve coffee makers are the kinds of machines that you'll keep on the countertop all the time. The way it looks and the amount of space that it demands is really important for deciding which one you want. As a general rule, Keurig's bigger coffee makers tend to be better, but their small models can be great space-saving options.

Capacity
When I'm talking about capacity, I'm thinking of the water reservoir. Keurig's smallest machines either don'