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Single Serve coffee makers continue to be one of the best selling type of brewers right now. They’re such a convenience in the morning when you’re rushing to work, or in the evening when it’s time to curl up with a nice warm cup of coffee. Using a single-serve coffee maker, you just know you’ll be getting a perfectly measured cup of coffee without a hassle.
In this post, we’re looking at two different single-cup coffee makers: The KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker and the Keurig. How do you choose one and what is the difference between them?
Let’s start with the features of each coffee maker:
Features of KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker:
For a fair comparison, we’re going to choose the Keurig Mini for this comparison as it’s in the same price range as the KitchenAid brewer.
Features of the Keurig K15 Mini Coffee Brewer:
Image Title KitchenAid KCM0402CU Personal Coffee Maker - Contour Silver Keurig K15 Coffee Maker, Black (New Packaging) Feature Bold, Barista Style Coffee and Gold Tone Permanent Filter
Sleek, Compact Design
Removable Water Tank with Handle
18 oz. Thermal Mug
Please find below User Manual under Product Description for Use and Care of this product.
Includes recipe booklet
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 6, 8, 10 oz
No reservoir - just add fresh water for each cup
One-touch simplicity with button controls
Brews in under two minutes
Product dimensions : 10.8"H x 6.9"W x 10.7"D
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These two coffee brewers have their similarities and differences:
How Long Does It Take the KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker and Keurig To Brew a Cup?
Of course, it will depend on the capacity you’re brewing. But on average, it takes the KitchenAid up to 5 minutes for the full capacity, while it takes the Keurig less than 2 minutes.
Can The KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker Use Paper Filters Instead of Permanent Filter?
Yes, you can use #2 cone paper filters instead of the gold-tone filter.
Is The Travel Mug Included with The KitchenAid Coffee Maker Stainless Steel?
Yes, it’s stainless steel and should keep your coffee hot.
Single-serve coffee makers have increased in popularity big time over the last few years. And we certainly can’t blame people for loving them:
On the other hand, many people still question if a single-serve coffee maker worth its price. While the points mentioned above are great, having to purchase coffee by the pod or capsule can get quite expensive.
So is a single-serve coffee maker worth the price? That’s what we’ll try to explain in this post.
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Like the name suggests, a single-serve is a coffee maker that makes one cup at a time. Usually, a single serve coffee maker uses a pre-measured coffee pod that has the exact amount of coffee needed to make the perfect cup of coffee. All you have to do is insert the pod, choose your cup size and let the machine do the rest.
There are many kinds of single-serve machines:
Why would you choose to use a single-serve coffee maker?
If you’re always in a hurry, or even if you like convenience, a single-serve coffee maker is perfect. Using one:
This is a question that gets asked quite often. Because a single serve will make you coffee almost instantly, people question if they coffee inside the pods is instant. No, single-serve is NOT instant coffee. It is ground coffee sealed inside patented coffee capsules that keeps it fresh until you use it. The machine forces hot water through the capsule or pod to brew the coffee as quickly as possible. Click here to have a look inside a K-Cup coffee pod and how it works.
Before you choose what single-serve coffee maker to go for, here’s what you need to know:
All single-serve coffee makers use their own type of coffee pod. So before deciding on a machine brand, make sure the coffee pods for the coffee maker are accessible to you. Although thanks to the magic of internet shopping, you can get any pod you want easily.
Now you’ve got the most important thing covered (capsules/pods), decide what beverage do you enjoy the most: coffee or espresso?
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If there’s one downside to single serve coffee makers, it’s the fact that you’ll have to spend a lot on coffee capsules. This isn’t a big issue for a single user or a small family, but for a large family or an office, it could add to the expenses tab.
There is a number of ways you can cut down on your coffee costs:
It is important to note that although buying capsules could get expensive, it is still way less that usual visits to a coffee shop. You’ll be making coffee shop quality drinks for WAY less than what you pay in your local cafe.
Back to our original question, is a single serve coffee maker worth the price?
So if you ask us (and if the points above apply to you), yes, a single serve coffee maker is absolutely worth it.
The FlexBrew single-serve (like the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew coffee maker) is a convenient coffee maker that makes a single cup at a time. It allows you to use either ground coffee or K-Cups to brew your coffee, that is not a common option in single-serve brewers that prefer to use their own coffee pods usually. So this is a fantastic option for anyone looking to brew a single-cup at a time using ground coffee or K-Cups. And the fact that it’s K-Cups compatible, it means that you’ll also be able to brew all sorts of other drinks like tea, hot chocolate, gourmet coffee drinks and more!
Right now, there’s a number of models available for the FlexBrew Single-Serve, the top rated ones are: 49999A, 49997 and 49995. In this post, we’ll be looking at the specific features that make each model different.
Looking for the difference between FlexBrew vs. Keurig? Click here.
|Title||Hamilton Beach 49999A FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker||Hamilton Beach 49997 Flexbrew Single Serve Coffeemaker||Hamilton Beach 49995 FlexBrew Single Serve Coffeemaker|
|Feature||Brew using single-serve packs, coffee grounds or soft pods|
Compatible with K-cup packs
Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
All removable parts are dishwasher safe
|Compatible with any K-Cup pack|
Regular or bold brew options; Use bold setting for increased extraction and a more flavorful cup
Adjust cup rest for standard cup or travel mug
Brews up to 10 oz. using the single serve packs or up to 14 oz. with ground coffee
Brew and enjoy coffee made your way to your size
|Compatible with coffee grounds, K-Cup packs or soft pods|
Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
Durable, stainless steel features and dishwasher safe, removable parts
10-oz brewing capacity (travel mug not included)
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All three machines look almost identical, very slight difference in design makes no change in the machine works. But there are a few difference in features between the 49999A and 49995 (which are the same) and the 49997.
There’s no difference beyond these points.
Choosing between these three is quite simple:
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew coffee maker gives you even more options are brewing your coffee. On the left side, it brews a full pot of ground coffee. But if you want to make a single-cup only, you’ll be able to do that on the right side, which works exactly like the FlexBrew single-serve brewers. So it’s two coffee makers in one. It also features a timer that automatically brews coffee at a set time, but this is done for the full pot only as the single-serve sized cannot be programmed.
The FlexBrew coffee maker is as you’d expect more expensive and it’s obviously larger in size, so it requires more counter space. Whether you should buy it or not depends fully on your needs:
If the answer is yes, then it would make a lot of since that you buy the FlexBrew coffee maker instead of the single-serve brewer.
If you’re torn between the FlexBrew single-serve or a Keurig, here are a few pointers to help you out:
Watch Video Reviews of the FlexBrew Coffee Makers:
Review of the FlexBrew 49995 Brewer:
Review of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew:
The Bunn MCU single-serve brewer is often compared to the Keurig K75, which is another single-serve brewer. So in this post, we’ll be talking about the features of each of these coffee makers and highlight their differences so you can decide which is better for you and your daily use.
We’ve talked in details about the Keurig K75 brewer in this post comparing it to the Keurig K65. So we’ll start our comparison with the BUNN MCU Brewer:
The BUNN MCU gives you a lot of variety when it comes to coffee or tea brewing. The fact that it can accommodate ground coffee, e.s.e and K-Cups allows you to choose from thousands of coffee and tea options, which is something any coffee lover would love. Being able to dispense hot water immediately also allows for instant preparation of things like noodles or soup.
Watch this video to see it in action:
While the Keurig offers more advanced features, the BUNN MCU offers more coffee and tea variety, so:
iCoffee is an entirely new way of brewing a K-Cup pod, it is different than BUNN MCU and Keurig, as well.
iCoffee’s single-cup brewers use a SpinBrew technology that allows the brewer’s needle to spin, steam and stir inside the K-Cup. According to iCoffee, this allows the coffee to brew faster, hotter and smoother.
So while the Bunn MCU is a single-serve K-Cup brewer (that also does ground coffee and E.S.E pods), the iCoffee is more comparable to a Keurig brewer, although it’s the only brewer with this SpinBrew technology.
We’ve recently reviewed the new Keurig 2.0 single serve brewers, talked about their features and how each model compares to the other. Now the big question is, should you buy the Keurig 2.0 system just because it’s the newer version or should you stick to the old Keurig system?
To help you with your answer, let’s list the differences between the old and new version of Keurig:
But here’s what the Keurig 2.0 DOES NOT have:
You can learn more about this issue in this post: http://coffeegearathome.com/keurig-2-0-review-k350-vs-k450-vs-k550-comparison-and-the-difference-between-keurig-2-0-and-vue/
If you’re new to the world of Keurig, I can say you’re pretty safe to buy the new Keurig 2.0 system. Since you don’t have any existing K-Cups laying around, you won’t be as mad about not being able to use them anymore as existing Keurig users. If you’re looking to upgrade the current Keurig system you have, have a big stash of K-Cups that you still want to use, then you’re better off upgrading to one of the older system Keurig machines, which should allow you to use your current K-Cups without any issues.
Apparently, some people have figured out a solution to use any K-Cup with the new 2.0 Keurigs. Have a look at this video:
To be honest, I do not recommend you follow this method even if it works 100% and here’s why: The idea of a Keurig machine, or any single-serve coffee machine for that matter, is convenience. You want to pop in a pod, hit a button and get your coffee. With this hack, you’ll be spending a few minutes doing a little crafts project to get the old K-Cup to work with the new machine, which will get tiring over time. If you insist on using the older K-cups, then simply do not upgrade to the Keurig 2.0. You can still get a great Keurig machine from the previous line that you can use with all ease and convenience to get the truly convenience push-button experience.
Here are some previous Keurig models you can consider:
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.