Keurig K-Mini Plus vs. K-Mini, Which One Should You Buy?
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?
Image Title Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, True Blue Keurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with 6 to 12oz Brew Size, Stores up to 9 K-Cup Pods, Travel Mug Friendly, Matte Black Feature COMPACT: Small and personal; great for small spaces and portable design goes anywhere.
BREW SIZES: Brews your perfect amount, any cup size between 6-10 oz. Use the 6 oz. cup size for a bolder brew.
WATER RESEVOIR: Single cup water reservoir for ultimate portability - just add fresh water for each brew.
DRIP TRAY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 5.2" tall, and holds a full accidental brew for easy clean-up.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Automatic shut-off turns the brewer off after each brew, helping to save energy. Material: Plastic
The Keurig K15 Coffee Maker brews all K-Cup pods. Choose from over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup Pods. For the best quality be sure to look for the Keurig logo on each K-Cup Pod.
Fits anywhere: less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces.
Strong brew: brew a stronger, more intense cup.
Your perfect amount: brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods.
Removable one cup reservoir: just add fresh water for each brew. Removable reservoir makes for easy cleaning and filling.
Pod storage: holds 9 K-Cup pods and Fits in your brewer for ultimate portability and saves counter space.
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There’s a lot of added improvement to the K-Mini Plus over the K-Mini, for sure.
The K-Mini Plus has one extra serving size, which is 12 oz. This serving size has always been requested by customers and Keurig has listened.
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 Plus is only 5″ wide, this makes it quite slim and space saving. It’s about 2″ less wide than the K-Mini, so that’s quite a difference in size. But the K-Mini Plus is also taller, and the reason is that it can finally accommodate travel mugs when removing the drip tray.
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).
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.
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