Keurig K Mini vs K Mini Plus – And The Winner Is…

Automatic coffee machines such as the Keurig K Mini are one of the most popular home machines in the world. It totally simplifies the process of brewing your morning coffee into the press of a single button. Believe it or not – you can even make a caramel macchiato just like that! A coffee pod/capsule is all you need – no beans, no milk, no syrup needed!

We’re going to focus on a type of automatic coffee machine called coffee pod (capsule) machines.

Their mechanism is very simple: water is pumped from a reservoir into the pod, then the beverage streams out from a hole at the bottom of the pod into your cup. It’s a very convenient way to brew a good cup of coffee at home, and that’s why it’s a popular home machine.

The Keurig K Mini and the Keurig K Mini Plus are one of the most popular machines of any home kitchen.

It can be really tough to decide between the two, but we can help you figure that out. We’re about to compare Keurig’s two biggest bestsellers head-to-head, so read on to find out which Keurig is best for you!

Keurig K Mini vs K Mini Plus - Which One Should You Choose?


The short answer would be the Keurig K Mini Plus. It’s clearly a step-up from the Keurig K Mini, boasting a few additional features for the fussiest of homebrewers, such as a stronger brew strength option and removable water reservoir. The obvious safe option would be to buy a Keurig K Mini Plus.

Although, that doesn’t mean the Keurig K Mini is blown out of the water yet… (Check out the final verdict at the end of the article for a more detailed explanation!)

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Keurig K Mini Plus

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Keurig K Mini Plus

The Keurig K Mini Plus is Keurig’s second machine in the K Mini line, following in the footsteps of the Keurig K Mini.

It comes with a few slight upgrades, such as a removable water reservoir and an added brew strength option. It’s also slightly smaller than the Keurig K Mini.

The brew strength option is perfect for those who like their K-Cup cuppa a little stronger. The removable water reservoir also helps avoid spilling water down your Keurig during refills

Although, I think the downsize is unnecessary, seeing there’s not much of a difference between 4.5 to 5 inches.

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Keurig K Mini

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Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black

The Keurig K Mini is Keurig’s first ever, smallest brewer produced. It’s the predecessor and leader of the K Mini line of machines to come.

The core of the Keurig K Mini is minimalism and simplicity. Its design is sleek and simple, hence it’s very easy to navigate and use the functions.

Coffee pod machines can’t get any simpler than that!

The Keurig K Mini is essentially all you need to brew great beverages at home.

Keurig K Mini vs Keurig K Mini Plus

It’s slightly smaller at 4.5 (11.4 cm) inches wide. It’s still available in black and grey, but it’s also available in white. So, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the home machine to fit your kitchen. The Keurig K Mini Plus also comes in cardinal red and evening teal too.

The Keurig K Mini Plus has a 9-K-Cup pod holder that slides into your brewer like drawer storage. This is really nifty, so you have everything you need to brew coffee in one place.

Stepping up from the Keurig K Mini, the K Mini Plus has a removable water reservoir for spill-free refills. You can also clean the water reservoir separately, without worrying about damaging any internal parts with water.

The Keurig K Mini Plus has more features than the Keurig K Mini, hence its name. Although does that mean it’s better than its predecessor, the K Mini? That depends.

Pros:

  • Fits any home kitchen
  • Easy to use
  • Auto-off feature
  • Removable drip tray, easy to clean
  • Removable water reservoir, easy to clean and refill mess-free
  • K-Cup pod storage included
  • Additional brew strength option

Cons:

  • Requires frequent refills after each brew
Keurig K Mini Review

The Keurig K Mini is Keurig’s smallest home brewer yet, sizing up at 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide and 12.1 inches (30.7 cm) tall. Plus, it comes in black and grey colors (dusty rose pink and oasis blue are also available), allowing this machine to truly fit into any kitchen.

It’s a very elementary machine – it simply just extracts out your desired beverage from a pod into your favorite cup. Speaking of cups, the Keurig K Mini has enough space to accommodate cups of all sizes – including 7-inch tall mugs. Although, you need to remove the drip tray to add space for your travel mug.

Another great feature of the Keurig K Mini is its auto-off feature. It automatically switches off after 90 seconds of inactivity, making this machine energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

Overall, it’s a super simple machine. Coffee pod machines can’t get any simpler than a single press of a button. With the Keurig K Mini, all you need is water, a pod, and a cup.

Pros:

  • Fits any home kitchen
  • Easy to use
  • Auto-off feature
  • Removable drip tray, easy to clean

Cons:

  • Limited brew strength
  • Requires additional K-Cup storage
  • Requires frequent water refills after each brew

Keurig K mini vs K Mini Plus - Comparison Table

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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
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Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black
Price
$79.19
$98.00
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Size
5” wide by 12.1” tall
4.5” wide by 12.1” tall
Brew Strength
Non-adjustable
Stronger brew strength option available
Water Reservoir
Non-removable
Removable
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
Price
$79.19
Prime?
Size
5” wide by 12.1” tall
Brew Strength
Non-adjustable
Water Reservoir
Non-removable
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Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black
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Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, Comes With 6 to 12 Oz. Brew Size, K-Cup Pod Storage, and Travel Mug Friendly, Black
Price
$98.00
Prime?
Size
4.5” wide by 12.1” tall
Brew Strength
Stronger brew strength option available
Water Reservoir
Removable

FAQs

1. What is the difference between Keurig K Mini and K Mini Plus?

The Keurig K Mini is the predecessor to the Keurig K Mini Plus. It’s essentially the baseline model of the K Mini machine series by Keurig.

The Keurig K Mini Plus is Keurig’s first new and improved machine based on the design of the Keurig K Mini. In addition to the basic functions inherited from its predecessor, the Keurig K Mini Plus has a few more features such as:

  • Pod storage that can hold up to 9 K-Cup pods
  • Removable water reservoir
  • Slightly wider colour range
  • Stronger brew strength option

2. Does the Keurig K Mini use regular cups?

Yes, the Keurig K Mini can use regular cups. In fact, it can accommodate cups of all sizes, including 7-inch travel mugs. Although, if you’re brewing into a 7-inch travel mug, you need to remove the drip tray for extra space.

3. Does the Keurig K Mini Plus have a filter?

The Keurig K Mini Plus doesn’t have a water filter, neither is it compatible with any of Keurig’s Water Filters. You’ll need your own water filtering system in the kitchen or boil your brewing water (do not pour boiling HOT water into the Keurig) for the best brews.

Filtering your water is very important. If your machine uses hard water to brew, the minerals from the water build up in the pipes of your machine, forming limescale. Limescale build-up can eventually clog your machine and break it down, rendering it useless.

4. How long is the cord on the Keurig Mini Plus?

The length of the cord on the Keurig K Mini Plus is 30 inches. Some users have reported a little bit of trouble pulling the cord out from the K Mini Plus, but gently wiggling out the cord from the storage works!

5. Can you use tea bags in a Keurig?

Absolutely not! Like every other machine, do not use the Keurig for any other purpose than it’s intended for. Let’s just stick to steeping tea bags in a mug or teapot. Besides, you don’t even need a Keurig for that.

Keurig machines are designed to brew drinks in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile, brewing tea takes a whole lot longer than that. Even white tea takes 1 to 2 minutes to completely brew, which is the shortest brewing time of all the teas. Even if sticking a tea bag into a Keurig worked, I doubt the tea brewed would be delicious. It’d be under-extracted, watery, and… let’s just stop here.

6. How do you use the Keurig K Mini Plus?

Coffee pod machines are very simple to use. All you need to do is open the lid of the brewer, insert the pod with your desired beverage, place your cup on the drip tray, then press the brew button. The machine will do the rest of the work for you, brewing your beverage into your cup.

7. What model is Keurig Mini Plus?

The Keurig K Mini Plus is modelled after the Keurig K Mini. It’s the first successor of the Keurig K Mini in its line. The Keurig K Mini Plus still retains the elementary concept and functions of its predecessor but has a few upgrades. One of them is their included K-Cup pod storage, which is useful for keeping your pods with your Keurig in one place.

8. How do I clean my K Mini Plus?

Firstly, dampen a non-abrasive cloth with soapy water (you can dilute dish soap with water). Then, wipe down the exterior of your Keurig K Mini Plus.

Next, remove the water reservoir off the Keurig K Mini Plus. Wipe the surfaces of the water reservoir with the damp soapy cloth. Then, rinse the water reservoir over a sink. Leave the water reservoir to dry and keep the lid open so the interior dries too. Alternatively, you can wipe the water reservoir dry and place it back on the brewer immediately.

Finally, remove the drip tray from the brewer and discard any liquid in the tray. Wipe the interior of the drip tray with the damp soapy cloth, then rinse it over a sink. Wipe the drip tray dry and place it back into the brewer.

Between each brew, it’s advisable to do a “cleansing brew”. This cleans the brewer from any liquid left from the previous pod, and ensures the machine always brews tasty, delicious drinks. You can run water from the water reservoir or use Keurig’s Rinse pods for the job.

Verdict

It would seem like the Keurig K Mini Plus would be the preferred option. It certainly is an upgrade from the Keurig K Mini, having additional functions such as the extra brew strength option. Although, it really depends on who’s buying what.

If you’re a coffee drinker who:

  • Already has any form of storage for K-Cup pods (any container will do)
  • Is satisfied with the way the beverages are

Then, the Keurig K Mini is for you. The K Mini comes with everything else that you need to make coffee – a brewer. It’s a minimalistic machine at heart, with simple function of brewing your beverages at the single press of a button.

If you’re a coffee drinker who:

  • Is the opposite of all the above
  • Prefers stronger coffee/beverages