Best Keurig coffee maker 2024: tested and rated

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Affordable, easy to use and reasonably priced, it's no surprise that many people turn to the best Keurigs when choosing a new coffee maker. But even once you've decided on your brand, it can still be tricky to choose between Keurig's huge range of models. That's where we come in. We've tested the top Keurigs, from the K-Slim to the K-Elite, and have ranked them in our guide to make your choice easier than ever. 

Although we'd never argue that a Keurig makes an authentic espresso, it's the convenience and ease of use that makes these nifty appliances some of the best coffee makers on the market. Offering a range of sizes, brew strength settings, an even iced coffee options that will be perfect in the warmer weather, these machines will have you excited to break out a (K-)cup and pour yourself a morning brew. 

As part of the review, we considered each feature and the performance, including the speed of dispensing coffee, the initial temperature, noise during brewing, energy use, overall design, ease of cleaning and flavor. Here are the machines that came out on top. 

The quick list

Here are the best Keurig coffee makers you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. Scroll on for our full in-depth reviews.

The best Keurig coffee makers you can buy today

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The best Keurig coffee makers available now

Keurig K-Cafe on kitchen counter

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The best Keurig coffee maker overall

Specifications

Reservoir Capacity: 60 ounces
Size: 11.7 x 15.3 x 12.5 x 11.7 inches
Brew sizes: 4 (6-, 8-, 10-, 12-ounce cups)
Removable water reservoir: Yes
Milk frother: Yes
Strength settings: Yes
Iced coffee: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Brews a cup in under two minutes 
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Incredibly easy-to-use frother 
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Strong and shot options offer better K-Cup flavor 

Reasons to avoid

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Highest energy consumption across all tested Keurig machines
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Can’t brew and froth at the same time 

Though it’s quite pricey, this premium Keurig is a superhero for those mornings when you want a barista experience with little time to spare. If you're in search of a Keurig that can replicate that coffeehouse feel at home, or you just want a bolder flavor of K-Cup in the morning, the K-Cafe is your go-to machine. Its incredibly easy-to-use functionality makes it all the better.

During testing, we found the “strong” brew function provided a deeper, richer flavor of K-Cup coffee, while its “shot” feature, which brews a concentrated, espresso-like 2-ounce pour of coffee, is a terrific recreation of tasty espresso. Its milk frother is an added bonus, with the ability to heat and froth dairy and milk alternatives for lattes and cappuccinos––both iced and hot––at the push of a button, and in less than two minutes.

After brewing three cups of each serving size, we measured the average time it takes for the K-Cafe to brew a cup at 36 seconds, just behind the slightly faster K-Elite and K-Classic. Meanwhile, the frother is a longer process, averaging about one minute and 35 seconds per pitcher. It must be noted that the K-Cafe cannot brew and froth milk at the same time. The frother is also located on the right side of the machine, which could frustrate those who are left-handed during operation. However, this is the only model from Keurig with a built-in milk frother, which makes it arguably the versatile offering from the brand. 

The K-Cafe uses about 160 kWh of energy, the highest we recorded for a Keurig machine, but that’s to be expected from a machine that can both brew and froth. We also measured 75 decibels of noise from the K-Cafe’s brew cycle––the second loudest across all Keurigs––but its warm-up process averaged around a much quieter 65 decibels.

Read our full Keurig K-Cafe review.

Best budget

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Best value Keurig coffee maker

Specifications

Reservoir Capacity: 48 ounces
Size: 15.2 x 4.7 x 12.1 inches
Brew sizes: 3 (8-, 10-, 12-ounce cups)
Removable water reservoir: Yes
Milk frother: No
Strength settings: No
Iced coffee: No

Reasons to buy

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Brews a cup in under two minutes 
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Slim build uses less space 
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Lots of color options  
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Multistream technology makes great coffee 
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Great price 

Reasons to avoid

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Only brews 8-, 10-, and 12-ounce coffee 
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Water tank is awkward to reach 

If you’re looking for a baseline Keurig machine that won’t hog counter space, the K-Slim is a solid easygoing entry at only 4.7-inches wide. Its slender build is the total opposite of the typical bulky design from Keurig, and maintenance is fairly lowkey thanks to the dishwasher-safe water reservoir and drip tray. Plus, its multistream technology ensures a richer cup of coffee by fully saturating its K-Cups, a taste we found during testing to be much like the bold feature seen on other Keurig machines. Every coffee we brewed using the K-Slim produced a tasty cup, providing both depth and flavor. It lacks the hot temperature required for the best tasting coffee, however, as do all Keurigs. The hottest recorded cup was 181 degrees Fahrenheit, while 168 degrees was the lowest. 

We also clocked the machine’s average brew time to be 1 minute and 25 seconds, though, unlike our top contenders — the K-Cafe and K-Elite — the K-Slim’s warm-up and brew cycles are combined, resulting in a longer wait. Still, like all Keurigs, the K-Slim can brew a cup in less than two minutes. At its loudest, the K-Slim makes about 74 decibels of noise, toward the end of its brewing cycle. It also consumes about 139 kWh, which is slightly more than the K-Elite.

Its downfalls may come from its no-frills design, however. The K-Slim is capable of only brewing three serving sizes––8-, 10-, and 12-ounces––and the water reservoir’s location at the rear of the machine may be slightly annoying to fill as you’ll have to pivot the machine to reach it. Having said that, if you’re looking for a barebones machine, the K-Slim makes the best flavor of K-Cup coffee at the lowest price, and it comes in plenty of colors including red, mint, gray, and white.

Read our full Keurig K-Slim review.

Best versatile

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Best Keurig for range of serving size

Specifications

Reservoir Capacity: 75 ounces
Size: 13.1 x 12.7 x 9.9 inches
Brew sizes: 5 (4-, 6-, 8-, 10-ounce cups)
Removable water reservoir: Yes
Milk frother: No
Strength settings: Yes
Iced coffee: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Strong brew option makes delicious coffee
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Super fast brew times    
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Timer function helps plan brews ahead
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Large water reservoir 
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Very versatile   

Reasons to avoid

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Flimsy drip tray 

The key to a tastier, more flavorful K-Cup is a slower brew, and the K-Elite’s “strong” button feature helps achieve just that, and way more. This beast of a Keurig may lack a milk frother, but it makes up for it with several features: temperature control, a programmable clock to schedule a warming function, a hot water dispenser, the ability to brew iced coffee, and a massive 75-ounce water reservoir. The K-Elite also has the widest serving size range, capable of brewing cups at 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-ounces. It even comes with a Keurig-branded water filter to further purify the tank.

We found the machine to be incredibly versatile with its range of coffee options, and during testing, it brewed K-Cups faster than any other Keurig home model, with an average brew time of 34 seconds per serving. It uses about 115 kWh, which is slightly more energy than we recorded with the smallest Keurig offering, the K-Mini. With a coffee pod latch that practically glides open and a noise reading of 67dB, this machine is both easy to use and quiet in operation. 

The K-Elite also produced the best-tasting coffee on test. We found the depth, flavor, and texture to be comparable to a cup made by a typical coffee maker. However, like all Keurigs on this list, the K-Elite can’t produce coffee at the temperatures required for providing the absolute best taste. The hottest cup of coffee we measured from the K-Elite was 182 degrees Fahrenheit, while the warmest was 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read our full Keurig K-Elite review

Most quiet

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Most quiet Keurig coffee maker

Specifications

Reservoir Capacity: 75 ounces
Size: 12.5 x 9.2 x 11.6 inches
Brew sizes: 4(4-, 6-, 8-, 10-ounce cups)
Removable water reservoir: Yes
Milk frother: No
Strength settings: Yes
Iced coffee: No

Reasons to buy

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Strong brew option makes delicious coffee 
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Very fast brew times 
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Plenty of color options 
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Quiet brewing

Reasons to avoid

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Lots of splashing  
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Bulky build

The K-Select feels like a smarter upgrade of the K-Classic, with a slightly smaller build, though somewhat bulky. It features that coveted “strong” button found in few Keurigs that kicks up the flavor of K-Cups, and it didn’t disappoint. Though it’s the same price as the K-Classic, the K-Select offers more in terms of boldness and, as testing revealed, a quieter warm-up and brew cycle. A 52-ounce water reservoir gives a 4-ounce lead over its predecessor, plus it can brew a 12-ounce serving, the largest size for Keurigs on the market today.

Most Keurigs separate each warming and brewing cycle, and both can produce a range of noise. The K-Select was the quietest machine we recorded while it warmed up, edging out at 63 decibels, and finishing its brew at around 67 decibels. This makes the K-Select the quietest Keurig we’ve tested. It uses about 125 kWh, which is lower than what we measured with the K-Classic at 130 kWh. It’s also fairly easy to use and clean, with its straightforward button scheme and removable water reservoir. Take note that its performance might make for a messier kitchen, though, as plenty of splashing can occur during brewing.

The K-Select takes an average time of 54 seconds to brew a cup of coffee––including the typically longer “strong” pour––and roughly 40 seconds to heat up, which is as fast as you’d expect with a Keurig. 

Read our full Keurig K-Select review

Best compact

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Best compact Keurig coffee maker

Specifications

Reservoir Capacity: None
Size: 12.1 x 11.3 x 4.5 inches
Brew sizes: 4 (6-, 8-, 10-, 12-ounce cups)
Removable water reservoir: No
Milk frother: No
Strength settings: No
Iced coffee: No

Reasons to buy

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Cord storage and lightweight design make it easy to maneuver 
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Lots of color options   
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Low energy consumption 
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Compact size is great for saving space 
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Affordable 

Reasons to avoid

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Makes flat-tasting coffee 
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Longest brew time out of all Keurigs 

The K-Mini is the easiest Keurig machine money can buy. Its water reservoir is fit for the exact serving size you’d like––however much water you add is how much coffee you’ll get. It can hold and brew up between 6- to 12-ounces. It comes equipped with hideaway cord storage, making it easy to move around, and its two buttons––one for power, another for brew––make operating it a cinch. It’s the smallest Keurig available, measuring 4.5-inches in width and about 11-inches deep, which is slimmer than the K-Slim, and it’s available in eye-catching colors including green, rose, teal, gray, and red.

However, like many barebones Keurigs that lack a ‘strong’ setting or multistream technology, the K-Mini can’t produce a deep flavor profile. The coffee produced by this machine is just okay, but that doesn’t match up to some of the higher ranked models on our list. The K-Mini makes coffee that tastes flat and burnt, though we did measure the coffee temperature to be 189 degrees Fahrenheit, which, surprisingly, is the hottest cup we recorded. In fact, no coffee brewed was lower than 180 degrees. The K-Mini has the longest brew time of any Keurig on this list, averaging 2 minutes and 33 seconds out of a total of five cups. It’s also the loudest, as we measured 80 decibels during its brew cycle. 

For what it’s worth, it’s still impressively easy to operate due to its minimal button scheme and small water tank, and it’s also the lowest energy hog, clocking in at 110 kWh. Although it can get annoying having to constantly fill up the water reservoir, it also ensures you’re not letting water sit in your machine’s tank, which results in less waste. This one is worth looking into if space is a premium and you just want the bare essentials from one of the best Keurig coffee makers.

Read our full review of the Keurig K-Mini

How we tested

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Millie Fender

Millie has been reviewing coffee makers for nearly five years and a range of leading review publications including TopTenReviews, Homes&Gardens, Real Homes, Livingetc, and Ideal Home. 

Her interest in coffee first started when she worked as a barista at university, but she has since learned all about the art of a good cup of joe through a lot of taste testing and trips to the De'Longhi factory in Treviso, Italy, and a coffee tour of Naples with Sage. 

Kevin Cortez
Kevin Cortez

Kevin Cortez has been a culture and product journalist for over nine years. He also has seven years of professional hands-on experience with coffee roasting, tasting, and brewing, as well as hand-crafting espresso drinks, and has tested a wide range of capsule coffee makers for Tom's Guide. 

To find the best Keurig machines, we performed rigorous amounts of testing, combining objective specs and data with subjective everyday use.

We timed how long it took for every Keurig machine to warm up, as well as brew coffee and, when appropriate, froth milk. We also measured the energy consumption of each appliance over the course of about 30 minutes of use. We considered the size, stature, and noise level of each machine for at-home use, comparing measurements between every Keurig using a noise meter.

For tasting, we brewed at least three cups of the same K-Cup variety, per machine, using a variety of brew settings, like “strong” and iced. We used a decaf roast from Publix so we could taste each cup without keeping our tester awake through the night. (That’s a lot of caffeine!) We also measured the temperature of every serving size each Keurig machine produced, and recorded our ratings with regards to the depth and flavor of each K-Cup brewed. 

The National Coffee Association considers the optimal brew temperature to be between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Each cup of coffee we produced with a Keurig measured lower than this, between 160 to 189 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, most Keurig machines have a preset temperature and cap of 192 degrees, which is lower than the optimal suggestion of the NCA.

We also rated the ease of use and cleaning for every Keurig, based on the number of functions, buttons, and removable accessories available for each machine. Those appliances with minimal buttons scored higher than any with an abundance of them, though it must be noted that all Keurigs on this list are fairly easy to operate. Any machine with a water reservoir that seemed flimsy or tough to grasp and fill was graded lower than those that featured inserts for fingers or a handle. As most Keurigs have top rack dishwasher safe pieces, nearly all the machines scored well in terms of cleanliness. Points were deducted based on the amount of splashing and condensation a Keurig produced during the brewing process.

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Test results
ModelAverage time to brew (mins/secs)Noise produced brewing (dB)Energy consumption (kWh)
K-Classic0:3566130
K-Mini2:1280110
K-Cafe0:3675160
K-Elite0:3467115
K-155 Office Pro0:1770124
K-Slim1:2574139
K-Select0:5467125

Which didn't make the list?

We also tested the K-Classic as well as the K-155 Office Pro, however neither of these machines performed well enough to make the list of the best Keurig coffee makers.  We found the K-Classic brewed coffee both quietly and quickly, but its bulky design held it back. It also produced coffee which lacked in both depth and flavor. Meanwhile the K-155, while featuring a more modern and advanced design, also struggled in terms of flavor and didn’t offer great value for money as a consequence.  

Keurig coffee maker FAQs

How does a Keurig coffee maker work?

Keurig coffee makers use K-Cups, small sealed pods containing ground coffee. After inserting the pod into a compartment in the coffee maker, you then select the size drink you want. The machine then pierces holes in either end of the pod and forces water through the ground coffee in the pod and down into your mug. Once the water is hot, the brewing process takes just a little over a minute.

How long do Keurig coffee makers last?

Keurig offers a one year warranty on all of its home coffee makers, under usual everyday use. That means you're covered for the first year of your coffee maker's life, but consumers generally report that their Keurig coffee makers can last from between two to five years. To make the most out of your machine, then, it's advised to keep regular maintenance and follow the top tips below. 

How to care for and maintain a Keurig coffee maker

Find out how to clean your Keurig to ensure fresh brews and a seamless process every time. 

  • If you're using a reusable coffee filter, be sure to use coarsely ground coffee and fill the mesh basket only to the bottom of the brown band (2.5 tablespoons).
  • If you find grounds in your coffee or you're getting a smaller cup of coffee than the size you selected, one of the needles may be clogged or need cleaning. Before cleaning the needles, unplug the machine. To unclog the exit needle, you need to remove and disassemble the pod holder and then use a paper clip to clear away any debris.  When lifting the head, grab the paper clip and use it to clean the entrance needle. We suggest that you watch this helpful video on the Keurig website before beginning the procedure.
  • Every three to six months, or when you notice that brewing has slowed down, we recommend descaling your Keurig. Begin by filling the reservoir with 10 ounces of white vinegar (or Keurig's Descaling Solution). Next, begin the brew cycle without a K-Cup in place, allowing the machine to run as usual. Remember to use a mug to catch the liquid. Then, repeat for a second time using vinegar followed by a third time with 10 ounces of fresh water.

How can I get the best out of my Keurig?

Keurig is an immensely popular coffee brand, so it's no surprise that many brands have created add-ons to help you get the most out of your coffee maker. This includes storage solutions, sustainable add-ons, and products that allow you to make more coffees than ever before with hot and cold milk steaming. 

Keurig coffee makers and the environment

Historically, K-Cups have given rise to a lot of environmental concerns. Made of non-recyclable plastic which is destined for landfill, it's significantly less sustainable than opting for a bean-to-cup machine which only produces biodegradable coffee grounds in the brewing process. There's positive news though, as Keurig announced its sustainable K-Round plastic-free pods in March of 2024. The brand had previously promised to produce a line of recyclable pods in 2020, but has now gone one step further with plastic and aluminum free pods made of ground coffee, pressed and wrapped to be placed directly into the brewing unit of your Keurig machine. 

Designed to be used alongside Keurig's new Alta system, which we're excited to review once it hits the market, the K-Rounds are expected to be certified recyclable. However, it seems like you'll need to buy the new Alta to partake. 

Kevin Cortez

Kevin Cortez has over seven years of professional hands-on experience with coffee roasting, tasting, and brewing, as well as hand-crafting espresso drinks. He also writes for Popular Mechanics, Bicycling, and Runner’s World. A culture and product journalist for over nine years, he’s covered everything from men’s fashion and sneakers to e-bikes and video games. He was most recently the style editor for a leading product-recommendation site and previously covered the music and podcasting industries at Mass Appeal and The A.V. Club. 

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    What about a segment on the coffee makers that use K-Cups that are NOT made by Keurig. People want to know.
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