Last Updated: February 2020
Keurig is making a great effort in modernizing the look and feel of their machine. It clearly shows in the design of the Keurig K-Mini Plus, just like it shows in the design of K-Elite and K-Select. The biggest difference here, why make a new machine? Is it any different or better than the old K-Mini (K15 or K10), and if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to a new one? That’s what I’ll be answering in this post.
Features of the Keurig K-Mini Plus:
- The slimmest Keurig machine to date (as of writing), at 5″ wide only.
- The taller design now allows to place a travel mug up to 7″ tall when removing the drip tray.
- Brews four cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
- Strong brew option for brewing a bolder and stronger cup.
- Removable one cup reservoir is now easier to refill. You still have to refill only as much as you want to brew.
- Includes a 9-pod storage that fits right into your brewer. Perfect for using on the go.
- Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters (sold separately).
- Available in different colors.
K-Mini Plus vs. K-Mini, What’s The Difference?
There’s a lot of added improvement to the K-Mini Plus over the K-Mini, for sure.
K-Mini Plus has the Strong Brew option which the K-Mini lacks. This button makes your coffee taste stronger by brewing it for a longer time.
Dimensions of the Machine:
K-Mini and K-Mini Plus both have the same dimensions of 12.1” High (16.8” high with handle open) x 4.5” Wide x 11.3” Deep. When they first came out, the K-Mini used to be slightly bigger in size but has now been redesigned to match the slim size of Mini Plus.
The K-Mini Plus still has a water tank similar to the K-Mini’s in the sense that you have to fill in a fresh cup at every brew and fill it up to the size of your choice. The difference is that on the K-Mini Plus, the tank is removable, which makes it easier to refill.
This is a nice addition to the K-Mini Plus. Since it’s quite compact in design, it’s actually also very portable. If you decide to take your machine on the go, you’ll find the 9-pod storage quite handy. It fits right into the machine when not in use (it goes where your cup is usually placed).
Keurig K-Mini vs. K-Compact, What’s The Difference?
- BREWS MULTIPLE CUP SIZES: (6, 8, 10 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes. Use the 6 oz. cup size to achieve the strongest brew.
- OUR SLIMMEST REMOVABLE RESERVOIR BREWER: 36 oz. removable water reservoir make refilling easy.
- SMART START: Your coffee maker heats then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
- SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert a pod, select your desired cup brew size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
- REMOVABLE DRIP TRAY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7" tall, and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
The K-Compact brewer looks quite similar to Keurig’s K-Classic brewer. The name Compact suggest that it is smaller in size, and that is correct. However, it is not as small as the K-Mini, but can be considered compact in comparison to other Keurig machines.
How is it different than Keurig K-Mini?
Dimension: that’s a good place to start…
- The K-Compact is 12.5” High x 8.2” Wide x 13.2” Deep.
- K-Mini and K-Mini Plus are 12.1” High x 4.5” Wide x 11.3” Deep
The K-Mini is smaller in width and depth but almost the same height as the K-Compact.
- K-Compact has a small 36 oz water reservoir. It is removable and easy to refill and clean.
- K-Mini, like the K-Mini Plus has a single-serve water tank. Which means you’ll have to add fresh water every time you brew a cup. The only difference is the K-Mini Plus has a removable tank.
- K-Compact brews sizes: 6, 8 and 10 oz.
- K-Mini brews sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
So while the K-Mini is the smallest K-Cup brewer, Keurig calls the K-Compact their smallest brewer with a water reservoir.
Who Should Buy the K-Mini Plus? Should You Upgrade Your Current K-Mini?
The Keurig K-Mini Plus is a great compact machine. It’s a great choice for a single or two users at most, the reason I say that is because it takes about 2 minutes to brew a cup, and you’ll have to fill it up at each brew. If a large family is going to use it, there’s going to be a long wait and lots of refilling to get every body their cup of jo’. For a larger family, I always recommend a larger Keurig like the K575 that can brew larger amounts faster.
It’s also the best option for someone who needs to save as much counter top space as possible. At 5″ wide, you don’t have to worry about K-Mini Plus taking space at all.
If this is going to be your first K-Mini, then by all means, go for it. But if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to the new Mini Plus?
There’s three reasons to consider upgrading for:
- The 12 oz serving.
- The Strong Brew option,
- and the travel mug accommodation.
If none of these matter to you, then there’s no reason for an upgrade, your older K-Mini will be just as fine.