The struggle is real, I mean there is literally no student who doesn’t need a Keurig, especially if you study in an expensive city, that can be really tough. There are a plethora of reasons why you should have a Keurig coffee maker, the first being economy. Imagine waking up in the morning late for college and you don’t really have time to go grab a coffee somewhere nearby, a Keurig will get you through that quickly and easily.
However, since the mass market holds more products than you can count, it is not easy finding the one that meets your requirements, for example there are some things that need to be considered such as your budget, size, and placement, you’ll have to know how much free space you have and where you want to put it because these units vary in size, while there are some with more sophisticated features available, and there are the simpler ones.
Therefore, in this article I’ve included 5 options from which one of them could be the one you’re looking for, we looked at some bestsellers as well as some popular ones which have decent prices, and thus, as a student, I’m going to be reviewing these 5 Keurig, whereas I’ve only used one of them and I’ve seen the others at my friends, and I’m pretty sure all of them would be a great addition for you, but nonetheless, we’re going to be talking more thoroughly about each product and mention even their slightest details.
The Top 5 Best Keurigs For College
5. Keurig K-Cafe Coffee Make
If you’re someone who cares about the economy and how you spend your money, a Keurig is a perfect example that can really save you some money and time of course. Personally, I’m not really the morning type of guy, and coffee is the first thing that comes to my mind before I start doing anything or going somewhere, which is usually college.
This particular model is a bit different from what you’ve seen or heard before, it mixes up the same y-design of prior K-machines, it has a minimalist design with large circular curves and fewer details to keep it simple, while the metal K-Cup has a sleeker lifting mechanism with uncluttered controls.
In addition, the water thank and frother have a similar moon look which just off either side of the K-Cafe, and they make the device easier to use. It has a tank that can hold up to 60 ounces of water, which is more than enough for six full cups of coffee, so that means if you live alone, a full tank of water will last you for over a week or so before a refill is needed.
To continue, the K-Cafe also consists of 4 buttons for 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-ounce cups of coffee, while you are also given a Strong button which concentrates the coffee more. It’s really convenient having options to select cup sizes while it’s heating instead of having to wait for it to prepare itself, and for the most part, for those that use large cups, this particular model can fit cups up to 7.2-inches tall.
On top of that, it’s also good that it has stainless steel frothing since it makes heating and micro-foaming faster and easier than most other rivals out there with electric frothers. Thus, the jug doesn’t include any electronics in it which is great because electric frothers often have a nonstick coating that makes milk stick to them, and that means hard scrubbing is needed afterward, but that’s not the case with the Keurig K-Cafe because this one doesn’t have a nonstick coating and it can go in the dishwasher while all is needed is a spray of water under the faucet and it takes seconds to get cleaned.
Moreover, the Keurig K-Cafe is not the perfect thing for those serious coffee addicts and enthusiasts, but if you like an easy way to make coffee in the morning, then the K-Cafe will do that quickly for you, it would be a great addition to your dorm.
4. Keurig K15 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K15 is a small and compact coffee maker which is ideal for dorm rooms because it won’t take much space, while on the other hand, the price also makes it perfect for students who don’t really want to spend a whole fortune for a coffee maker.
It brews K-Cup pods in multiple sizes, but the brewing is rich, smooth and delicious, obviously, that’s the quality you should expect from Keurig.
To be more specific, you can choose multiple cup size options such as 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz, however, from my experience you can find the strongest taste in a 6oz cup size. Although there’s a downside to this product, it doesn’t have a water tank, which means that you’ll have to add the amount of water you want for each cup every time, while this may be ideal for some users, I don’t find it that practical, I would prefer a water tank because that means you’ll have to fill it with water once in a week.
But there are other good parts of this model, such as the removable drip tray which makes cleaning and emptying as easy as it gets, while it also means that a larger cup can fit under the spout. Espresso is not the only thing you can make with this Keurig, the K15 has a hot water option which means you can turn espresso into an Americano instantly.
For security reasons, the manufacturer has implemented an Auto turn off mode which switches off the machine automatically after ninety seconds from use, which not only saves you money on your electricity bill, but it is common for people like us to forget the machine turned on.
Even though the K15 is easy to use, with the package you’re still going to get a user manual where it tells you how to use specific features, how to do this and that, basically a guide to the machine. But that’s not all, there are also some extras included such as the extended warranty of three or four years but it requires a small additional fee, the reusable k-cup which can be used if you want to use your own fresh ground coffee rather than buying capsules, and the Keurig storage drawer which serves as a great way to store your capsules out of sight but at the same time, they are within easy reach.
During my research, I read a couple of customer reviews where people were complaining about the brewing time which takes approximately two minutes, but considering the price, that’s not bad at all, in fact, it’s a lot better than most other competitors on the market, and to be honest two minutes is a lot better than you going into a coffee shop.
Overall, for anyone who wants a good coffee on the go, Keurig K15 will be the ideal choice, not only because of the affordable price but also because of its easy-to-use operation and its compact size which makes it able to fit even in the tightest places.
3. Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker
Unlike the original mini which was more bulkier and clunkier, this one features a real mini design, it’s small and compact and it can fight almost anywhere, but take in mind that this particular model is a single-serving coffee maker.
In terms of quality, this particular model takes its cues from Keurigs top-line of brewers, it has an exceptional build quality which will last you for many years to come. As for colors, there are 4 options from which you can choose from, such as the black which we are currently reviewing, cardinal red, evening teal, and the studio gray, but no matter what you choose all of them to share equal specs and the perform equally, while also all of them will give a great look to the overall appearance of your kitchen.
There are a lot of things that I like about this Keurig, starting with the removable drip tray which can hold up a full cup of liquid which is great in case you forget to put a cup under the brew nozzle, while the ability to remove the drip tray makes it easier for you to empty and rinse it.
In addition, you can fit travel mugs of up to 7-inches tall if you remove the drip tray, and since we’re talking about the removable drip tray so much, let’s point it out that it can be removed simply by sliding it away from the machine.
Furthermore, you’re also going to like the secrete cable storage, to be more specific, the power cable you can wound up the cable into the machine, which is great because it gives the machine more portability and more possibilities for you to store the device in any tight place in your kitchen.
Moreover, the Keurig K-Mini Plus comes with a pod storage container which has a cylindrical shape and it is capable of holding 9 K-cup pods.
The price is pretty reasonable for students, and considering the fact that it is a perfect one cup machine, the K-Mini Plus is an example of an appliance that is great at one thing one, brewing a single cup of coffee, but perfectly. When it comes to the interface, the K-Mini Plus keeps it as simple as it gets, it has two buttons for power and strength, and just as the name suggests, the power button turns the machine on and off, while the strong button brews a bolder cup of coffee.
Before we end, let’s also mention that the K-Mini Plus has a wide range of brew sizes, starting from 6 to up to 12 ounces, while all you need to do is fill the removable water reservoir at your desired amount, while if you fill it full, that water will last you for over a week, and it’s perfect because you won’t need to pour water every now and then.
To conclude, this Keurig is the ideal choice for those semi coffee drinkers, it’s fast, reliable and minimalistic, which fits perfectly in any kitchen, ideally good for students who are looking for an affordable yet perfectly built Keurig.
2. Keurig K250 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K250 has been an all-time favorite for coffee lovers, it’s a high-end Keurig coffee maker which packs a plethora of premium features and a quality brew for which we’ll talk in a bit. First, let’s point out that you can get this Keurig in plenty of colors, in black which we are currently reviewing, denim blue, imperial red, oasis, peacock blue, plum grey, sandy pearl, turquoise, either way, from all the options, I find the black one to be more decent since it matches up with almost any kitchen decor.
The Keurig K250 is highly customizable, a wide range of cup sizes and brew strengths, which is perfect for those dorms with 2 or more people inside, you know this is the model I’ve been using for quite a while, and I live with 3 people, and so far it has served us well while the quality brew that it delivers is unmatched if you compare it with other models at this price range and some of the above.
We didn’t really mention that the water reservoir is 40oz, which means that you can brew 4 or more cups before needing another refill, which is great because it saves you time and simplifies your morning routines.
However, same as the other models that we’ve mentioned, this one is also built for single-cup brewing, but what’s extra is that it is compatible with K-Carafe line, so basically, you can make coffee for the entire family or friends, while you can also make coffee just for yourself.
In addition, you can also set the brew strength to how you want it, for instance, if you like your coffee to be strong, you can always make yourself one while on the meantime you can allow the next person to use it to brew a regular brew for a small cup.
Also, let’s not forget to mention that this particular model has an easy-to-use operation, to be more precise, the K250 consists of a black and white touchscreen that makes it easy to brew a fresh, great-tasting cup in under a minute, while to dispense hot water, you can simply open or close the brewer handle and select your desired brew size.
Furthermore, it has a removable drip tray at the base of the brewer which catches drips and makes it easy for you to clean it, while for the most part, users love the K250 because it is dishwasher-safe, so you can just leave it under a faucet for a couple of seconds and you’ll be good to go.
Simply put, if you have the budget for it, you should definitely go for this Keurig, while if you’re someone who lives with two or more people in a dorm, then these units come cheaper to all of you, either way, it’s a win-win really because getting this Keurig means you assure yourself easy morning routines with a quality coffee.
1. Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker
The Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker is an Amazon bestseller with over 10 thousand reviews 95% of them being positive comments from many satisfied users. It is a highly-rated product and a top-option for students especially, mostly due to its price and it’s a simple operation that delivers a quality brew.
It can brew multiple K-CUP pod sizes from 6, 8, to 10oz, which are basically the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes, while if you’re someone who likes the coffee strong, then I recommend you use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
In addition, unlike those machines that require water every time you brew a coffee, this one has a water reservoir which is 48oz large, and it can brew of up to 6+ cups before having to refill, which is great especially if you live with two or more people, because it saves you time and it also simplifies your morning routine.
For easier operation, you can remove the water reservoir, making it easy to refill, but when you completely fill the water tank with water, you won’t need to refill it for a long time because it’s going to last you sometime, especially if you live alone.
Furthermore, descaling is a really important part of cleaning your brewer, it is a process that helps you remove calcium deposits or scale that can build up inside a coffee maker over time.
Just like most other Keurig coffee makers out there, the K-Classic has an auto-off features which is programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for two hours, which is great in situations where you are in a rush and forget to turn off the device, thus, it also helps you save energy.
Moreover, the K-Classic has very simple button controls, you simply need to insert a pod, select your desired cup brew size and start brewing a great and tasty cup in under a minute, pretty fast and simple right?
Finally, if you are looking for a reasonably priced Keurig coffee maker which packs a decent performance and brews a quality coffee in under a minute, then the K-Classic would be your best pick.
Keurig Buying Tips
First and foremost, we mentioned that size matters, and if you’re a student, I imagine the dorm must be tight, that’s okay but it’s even harder if you’re sharing a room with another person, it’s not exactly as you’re living in your own kitchen because you share everything with the other person, so setting this thing in a proper place where it fits without interfering with anyone’s stuff must be considered. This list includes different Keurigs with different sizes, so I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find the right size that fits where you want to set it up.
Another thing that is really important is price, there are some very expensive Keurigs out there, so depending on your budget, make sure you think thoroughly on how much you’re willing to invest, while the list also includes Keurigs that rank from affordable to high-end. However, even if you decide to purchase a high-end Keurig, it’s still a win if you compare it to getting coffee every day from a coffee shop, for example in Europe the minimum price for a coffee is 2.50 euros, so if you calculate a whole month of drinking coffee outside, that’s the money you need for a Keurig. I may sound like an economic student but really I’m not, I’m just trying to find some patterns and tips that might help you make the right decision and get that frustration out of your mind.
Finally, depending on price, Keurigs come with different features, while some of them have a simple operation, some of them are more complex and sophisticated packing a plethora of premium features which not only serve for making coffee, but you can also make other stuff with that. If you want something more practical and satisfying, then maybe you should consider a Keurig with more premium features, there are those that have a faster brewing time, those with LCDs, those with more powerful performances
Okay, since we got our introduction and the buying guide out of the way, now we can start reviewing the products and see what makes them be so special.
As we got the buying guides and the product reviews out of the way, by now, I believe you have enough facts and arguments to support your decision on which Keurig is most suited for you.
Nonetheless, no matter what you choose, all of them are reliable coffee makers which delivers the most quality brew on the market, I’ve really made tons of research about them, but again, if you’re still confused, you can read some customer reviews from people who already purchased the product, to see how it performs in real-time.
Our editor’s top pick from this list is the Keurig K250, it’s a high-end coffee maker which delivers a great tasty brew in a matter of seconds, while it packs a plethora of premium features starting from the option to choose the brew strength, the touchscreen LCD, the easy-to-use interface, and so on.
In the end, I really hope this article was helpful to you, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, make sure you contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.