Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus: What's The Difference? [Updated For 2022]

Keurig Mini vs Mini Plus — what's the difference?

If you're looking for a compact Keurig coffee maker, you're in the right place.

Both the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus measure just 4.5" wide, making them Keurig's slimmest brewers, but the K-Mini Plus usually costs $20-$25 more than the regular K-Mini.

What upgrades does the Plus model offer and are they worth the extra cost?

Let's dive in.


Both the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus are the same basic machine designed for compact, K-cup convenience. They're upgrades over the now-discontinued Keurig K15 with Keurig's upgraded brewing system in a slimmer design (the K15 measured 6.9" wide).

Here's what the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus have in common:

FeatureK-MiniK-Mini Plus
Brew size6-12 oz6-12 oz
Water reservoir12 oz12 oz
DisplaySingle "Brew" buttonSingle "Brew" button
Temp controlNoNo
High altitude settingYesYes
Removable drip trayYesYes
Dimensions4.5"W x 11.3"D x 12.1"H4.5"W x 11.3"D x 12.1"H
Weight4.6 lbs4.6 lbs


The Keurig K-Mini Plus offers 4 features not found on the regular K-Mini:

  • Removable water reservoir (vs the K-Mini's fixed reservoir) which is much easier to refill
  • Strength Control not found on the K-Mini
  • Chrome-colored accent around the base of the machine
  • Pod storage accessory (included) that sits where you'd place your cup to store K-cups when not in use

Keurig sells the pod storage accessory separately for around $20 (at the time of this writing) which pretty much makes up the entire gap in price between the K-Mini and K-Mini Plus.

But even if you don't need the pod storage accessory, the removable water reservoir alone is worth the extra cost. It's more convenient and makes less of a mess when refilling, at least when I try to use these models.

Keurig K-Mini vs K-Mini Plus: Which Is Right For You?

If you're just looking for the cheapest possible Keurig coffee maker with a slimmed down design and don't care about the Plus's removable water tank, Strength Control feature, chrome accent, or the included pod storage compartment, go ahead and get the basic K-Mini.

If the added features and accessories on the K-Mini Plus seem useful (and to me, they are) then go with the Plus.

Keurig K-Mini vs K-Mini Plus

The Coffee Maven's Official Comparison
Keurig K-Mini

Keurig K-Mini

Keurig's Slimmest Brewer
The super-slim successor to the K10/K15, the Keurig K-Mini is just 4.5" wide and brews 6-10 oz with its "fill before each use" reservoir. If you want fancy features, look elsewhere. If you want compact coffee, look here.
Keurig K-Mini Plus

Keurig K-Mini Plus

K-Mini + 4 Upgrades
Keurig's slimmest brewer, the K-Mini Plus is just like the K-Mini (4.5" wide and refill before each use) but adds several worthy upgrades. Most notably, a Strength Control setting and the 12 oz reservoir is removable.


About The Coffee Maven
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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!