- WHAT'S IN THE BOX: 4 K-Cup pods, a water filter handle + 2 water filters, and a bottle of descaling solution to help extend the life of your brewer.
- 40oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 4+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill.
- MULTIPLE K-CUP POD BREW SIZES: (4, 6, 8, 10 oz.) and brews a Carafe (22, 26, or 30oz) using K-Carafe pods to give you more coffee when you need it. (Carafe sold separately)
- STRENGTH CONTROL: A strength control setting allows you to brew a bolder cup using any K-Cup pod brew size.
- BLACK & WHITE TOUCH SCREEN: makes it easy to brew a fresh, great tasting cup in under a minute.
The Coffee Maven Conclusion
My Keurig K250 review describes a brewer that’s a step up from the Keurig K45 and K55 models but not quite as good as the K450 and higher. Part of Keurig’s 2.0 line, the K250 is only compatible with 2.0 K-pods, however, it offers more than the 4, 6, 8 and 10 oz sizes of the K45 and K55 — this machine will brew upward of 30 oz with Keurig K-Carafe pods. Sadly, though, this model doesn’t come with the carafe, which must be purchased separately.
Overall the K250 is a pretty good machine. I’d recommend this model over the K45 or K55, but I’d skip the K250 and go straight to the K550 if you’re interested in one of Keurig’s K-Carafe brewers.
The Coffee Maven Rating: 8.7 of 10
- Design & Performance: 8.5
- Appearance: 9.3
- Durability: 8.2
- Quality of Coffee: 9.0
- Ease of Cleaning: 8.3
Pros of the Keurig K250
- Slim size and sleek design
- 10 different brew sizes
- High altitude setting
- Strength control setting
Cons of the Keurig K250
- Can’t empty the internal water tank
- Keurig 2.0 pod scanning system locks out non-Keurig approved pods
- No auto-off feature
Keurig K250 Review: Product Images
- Keurig System: Keurig 2.0
- Brew Sizes: 4 oz to 30 oz carafe (doesn’t come with K-Carafe)
- Water Reservoir: 40 oz removable
- Pod Compatibility: Keurig 2.0 K-Cup, K-Vue, K-Mug, & K-Carafe pods, plus reusable My K-Cup pod
- Drip Tray: Removable to accommodate 7.25″ mugs
- Display: 2″ black and white touch screen
- Strength Control: Yes
- High Altitude: Yes (for 5,000 foot elevations)
- Dimensions: 15.0″W x 9.0″L x 13.7″H
- Weight: 7.5 lbs
- Warranty: 1 year limited warranty (on page 36 of user manual)
Design & Performance: 8.5
Stepping up from the K45 and K55, the Keurig K250 2.0 brewing system begins to add a lot of additional features. In particular, you get a lot of flexibility with your brew size, as the K250 is compatible with 4 different pod sizes:
- K-Cup: 4, 6, 8, 10 oz
- K-Vue: 12, 14, 16 oz
- K-Mug: 12, 14, 16 oz
- K-Carafe: 22, 26, 30 oz
Keurig 2.0 brewers scan the lid of the pod and brew with the specifications of that pod. I explain this is more detail below.
My biggest nit to pick with the K250 is that you can’t empty the internal water tank. This makes long term storage a significant problem. If you aren’t going to use this brewer at least every week or two, you’re going to be battling stagnant water.
I love the look of this machine. It’s made of plastic, but it looks incredibly sleek and has a small counter top footprint. The 2″ black and white display panel isn’t that impressive but is preferable compared to the button control system of lesser Keurig models. All-in-all this is an attractive unit.
If you clean the machine regularly or use filtered water, you shouldn’t have many significant durability issues inside the first year. Then the warranty runs out and all bets are off.
Keurigs historically have had issues around the 18 month mark with internal tubes leaking and pump failures, but sadly that’s a fairly common complaint with all single-serve brewers. If you want some reassurances, go with the Cuisinart SS-10‘s 3 year warranty.
Quality of Coffee: 9.0
You’ll get very good coffee from the Keurig K250 2.0 brewing system. While I don’t love Keurig 2.0’s pod compatibility restrictions, it does make a good cup of coffee for a single-serve brewer.
The compatibility with the K-Vue and K-Mug pods allows me to get the bigger cup of coffee that I crave, and if you’re willing to invest in the K-Carafe (sold separately) then you can have more than enough for one person.
You can’t change the brew temperature, so if it’s not hot enough for your tastes you can try pre-heating your mug with hot water. That will help your coffee retains its heat.
Ease of Cleaning: 8.3
Keurig machines are all very easy to clean — this simplicity and standardization are what have propelled them to the top of the market.
As with all Keurigs, do not put the drip tray or water reservoir in the dishwasher. You can place the pod assembly in the dishwasher.
The water filter will need to be replaced every 1,000 oz or every 2 months, whichever comes first. When replacing the water filter, make sure to soak it in water for 5 minutes and rinse before inserting it. This will prime the filter and wash away any particles that would otherwise make it into your water reservoir.
Keurig recommends you descale the machine every 3-6 months, which you can do with either their descaling solution or with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. For best performance, give the real Keurig descaler a go.
As noted in the Design & Performance section, you can’t clean out the internal water reservoir, so I absolutely had to dock the model some points in my Keurig K250 review.
Comes with Keurig’s 2.0 pod scanning technology
As mentioned in the Design & Performance section above, the Keurig K250 is part of the Keurig 2.0 line, which has added pod scanning technology for two reasons:
- To tailor the brew settings to your specific pod
- To prevent you from using unlicensed pods (there are hacks for this known as freedom stickers)
For K-Cup, K-Vue and K-Mug pods this means a 192°F brew temp. For K-Carafe pods it’s 197°F.
This also means the K250 doesn’t work with with pods that aren’t licensed by Keurig. If you buy into the Keurig universe and don’t mind using Keurig-approved pods, then you won’t have many (or any) issues with this brewer.
Brews up to 30 oz K-Carafe size
My biggest complaint with single-serve brewers is their almost universal inability to brew what I deem to be enough coffee. How is 10 oz considered a large coffee?!
The Keurig K250 2.0 system is the lowest-cost model that begins to move well beyond that 10 oz size, brewing upward of 30 oz with the K-Carafe pods.
Super slim design
No Keurig K250 review would be complete without mentioning this machine’s small counter top footprint. I don’t want my coffee maker to take up much space, and this machine definitely doesn’t. At just 9″ in width, it can be tucked away tightly without taking up a bunch of space. If you’ll be placing it in a tight space without much headroom, the water reservoir could become tedious to refill frequently.
Doesn’t come with the carafe
The biggest concern I have in this Keurig K250 review: though this machine is K-Carafe compatible up to 30 oz, it doesn’t actually come with the carafe. There are 2 solutions for this:
- Purchase the carafe separately
- Look into the K350, K450 & K550, all of which do come with the carafe
(For my money, the K550 is worth the small additional investment.)
Keurig K250 2.0 brewing system doesn’t allow you to change default cup sizes
Depending on whichever pod you use, you can select one of 3-4 different brew sizes. Each of the pod sizes (K-Cup, K-Vue, K-Mug, K-Carafe) have a default size, noted in the accompanying image with the square box, but you can’t change what that default is.
If you use K-Cup pods and like the 10 oz setting, you have to select it every single time. It’s a little annoying, but not a deal breaker for me.
Other notable shortcomings
- No auto-off feature
- Removable water reservoir is in the rear, which may be annoying depending on your kitchen layout
- You can’t start the brew until it’s done heating your water, so you need to hang around until that’s done