Keurig K-Mini Review

Keurig K-Mini
Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
85
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
85
Brand Reputation (10%)
85
The Bottom Line
The super-slim successor to the K10/K15, the Keurig K-Mini is just 4.5" wide and brews 6-12 oz with its "fill before each use" reservoir. If you want fancy features, look elsewhere. If you want compact coffee, look here.
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Key Features of the Keurig K-Mini

Key Features of Keurig K-Mini

  • Product Line/System: K-Mini
  • Brew Sizes: Any size 6-12 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 12 oz
  • Display: Button controls with a single button for Brew
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: No
  • Dimensions: 4.5"W x 11.3"D x 12.1"H
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
  • Other Features: Removable drip try, no brew size selector (instead, you fill the reservoir with the volume you want and it brews it all), High Altitude setting

Keurig K-Mini Overview

The Keurig K-Mini is the updated, slimmer version of the K15 and operates with the same simple brewing system: There are no brew sizes or special functions.

Instead, you add water to the K-Mini's 12 oz water reservoir, press Brew, and the machine brews every drop of water you added.

What's changed from the K15 to the K-Mini?

  • Max brew size increased from 10 oz to 12 oz
  • Max mug clearance increased from 5.2" to 7"
  • Width decreased from 7.5" to 4.5"
  • Weight decreased from 6.6 lbs to 4.6 lbs
  • High Altitude setting

Note that the High Altitude setting isn't a button you press. Instead, Keurig says you activate the setting by inserting the pod into the machine and puncturing it by pressing down with your hand before sealing the pod compartment (as opposed to sealing the compartment in order to puncture the lid).

Keurig also makes the K-Mini Plus, which offers everything in the base K-Mini with a few extra features that you can read about in our K-Mini Plus Review.

Pros
  • Includes Keurig's upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Generally a less expensive model than the K-Mini Plus that functions almost exactly the same
  • Great for your desk at work, dorm room or bedroom, or anywhere else you want a cup of coffee quickly
  • No pod-scanning technology so brews both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
Cons
  • Not compatible with a water filter
  • Max 12 oz reservoir needs to be refilled before each use
  • No extra features

Is the Keurig K-Mini for you?

Is Keurig K-Mini for you?

The Keurig K-Mini is great if you're looking for a slim, compact brewing experience and don't mind refilling before each use (or the non-removable reservoir).

If you're looking for a removable reservoir and don't mind refilling before each brew, upgrade to the K-Mini Plus.

If you're looking for a removable reservoir but want more capacity so you don't have to refill before every brew, take a look at the K-Compact.

If you're looking for another narrow machine with a surprisingly large 46 oz reservoir, the K-Slim is for you.

Keurig K-Mini Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig K-Mini!

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Keurig K-Mini
The super-slim successor to the K10/K15, the Keurig K-Mini is just 4.5" wide and brews 6-12 oz with its "fill before each use" reservoir. If you want fancy features, look elsewhere. If you want compact coffee, look here.

More Keurig Reviews From The Coffee Maven

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Keurig K200
Overall Rating: 84
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Keurig K-Latte

Keurig K-Latte
Overall Rating: 82
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Keurig K-Duo

Keurig K-Duo
Overall Rating: 87
A replacement for the discontinued K200-K575 brewers, the K-Duo brews both K-Cups and full 60 oz carafes with the reusable Gold Tone filter. This version is better than the K-Duo essentials but falls short of the K-Duo Plus.
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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!

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