Keurig mini plus review (Is this compact machine worth it?)

Are you in search of a coffee maker that not only has a premium stylish appearance and brews perfectly delicious joe but also has a smaller footprint and you don’t need to break the bank to get one for yourself? If your answer is yes! Then Keurig k-mini plus is a complete package for you.

Our intensive research is not only limited to discussing the core features of coffee machines but also how you can make these features more fruitful for you.

After reviewing so many Keurig models, in this review guide, we are going to discuss the Keurig k-mini plus, its performance, core features, and design along with a compiled list of pros and cons, so that you can make informed decisions before purchasing! Keep reading!

Keurig K Mini Plus | My Thoughts

Keurig mini plus serve its purpose incredibly well for anyone who has limited space, live in their own way, and just wants to enjoy a good coffee experience in a quick time without going through a complicated brewing process.

The greatest advantage of the Keurig k mini plus is its size. Because of its smaller footprint and being light-weighted, you can take it on vacation, picnic, or any sort of outside gathering. It makes your outdoor trips amazing by serving your delicious brew. 

Slightly more advanced than the original Keurig K-Mini version. Just by paying an additional 30$, you will get 3 upgraded features strength control, removable water reservoir, and k-cup pod storage. So this additional 30$ is a worthy investment.

To end, I would say that the Keurig k-mini plus is a perfect single-serve coffee machine with a clean, minimalist design and completely worth it for someone looking for a compact machine. However, this machine is not perfect if you are looking for an advanced machine with multiple features.

Keurig k-mini plus – Overview of a perfect travel keurig machine

Product TypeSingle-serve coffee maker
Dimensions11.3 x 4.5 x 12.1 inches (12.1 inches height can extend to 16.8 inches when the water reservoir lid is opened).
Weight4.16 pounds
ColourMatte Black, Black, Grey, Cool Aqua, Cardinal Red, Evening Teal, Studio Grey, and White
DisplayButton control panel with a button for Brew Strength
Brew sizeAny size between 6-12 ounces
Water reservoir12 ounces removable water tank
Temp controlNo
Strength ControlYes
Other featuresThe auto shut feature, comes with 9 pod-storage compartments, a removable drip tray

The Keurig slimmest model, the Keurig k-mini plus is just like its predecessor Keurig k-mini but with innovative worthy upgrades such as a removable water reservoir, strength control, and storage for pods and cord.

The Keurig k-mini plus doesn’t come with all the great core features of some of the premium Keurig models, but definitely is an embodiment of convenience, simplicity, and ease for an average coffee lover who wants to enjoy a good coffee experience without going through the complicated brewing process.

Pros

  • Modern, sleek, and Portable design.
  • Very easy to use
  • Storage for pods and cord which makes it perfect for traveling.
  • Removable Water reservoir.
  • Strong brew option for an intense cup of coffee.
  • Fits almost everywhere – Perfect machine for dorm rooms and small kitchens

Cons

  • Do not have any customizable options
  • The capacity of the water tank is only for one serving.
  • Not a perfect machine for brewing multiple cups at a time

Keurig k-mini plus Review | A Detailed Go Through

Although the Keurig k-mini plus has several benefits, it still has many shortcomings. Let’s take a dive into the Keurig k-mini plus review.

1) Design and Appearance of Keurig Mini Plus

The greatest crucial advantage of the Keurig k-mini plus is its compactness. With a smaller profile (Dimension:11.3 x 4.5 x 12.1 inches), it can easily be adjusted in any kitchen compartment configuration.

k-mini plus has a too-tiny footprint, and I am so amazed that it fits easily even in the most jammed area of the kitchen.

Keurig K mini Plus

This machine is mostly plastic, so somehow it gives a cheap look and feel. Honestly, what can you expect from these pod machines? But fortunately, it is built of premium quality plastics, so it doesn’t break or chip off easily when mishandled. 

The smaller profile of the machine and being too light weighted gives you the freedom to bring your machine to outdoor gatherings. If you are a coffee lover who loves traveling, then trust me, having a Keurig k-mini plus is really fortunate for you!

Compared to its predecessor, Keurig k-mini, k-mini plus comes in varieties of colors: Matte Black, Black, Grey, Cool Aqua, Cardinal Red, Evening Teal, Studio Grey, and White. So, you have the freedom of choosing a color that matches the color of most of your kitchen appliances.

The drip tray is removable, making the cleaning process easier. It can accumulate a mug as tall as 7 inches.

Keurig mini Plus travel mug

Overall, the Keurig mini Plus is decent and minimalist and perfect for those with limited space.

2) Performance of Keurig K-mini Plus

Without any doubt, all Keurig models are highly conventional, and simple to operate and customers always admire them for their performance. So is the case with the Keurig k-mini plus. This simple-looking machine serves its community with its high-end performance which customers really admire. 

The machine is highly conventional and easy to operate. Although the machine is mostly plastic, it doesn’t impact the drink’s taste.

Brewing time is pretty fast and you have the freedom to prepare your customized drink anywhere between 6-12ounces.

Being compatible with reusable k-cup filters, you can use your own coffee grounds.

On the negative side, the temperature of brew consistently ranges between 160 and 170 F degrees for every below, which is not very great.

Overall, Keurig Mini Plus brews coffee very fast, heats up in less than 2 minutes, and is capable of brewing back-to-back cups.

3) Water Reservoir of Keurig Mini Plus

Keurig k-mini plus comes with a 12 ounces removable water reservoir. The older original version, the Keurig k-mini, has a water reservoir that is not removable. So, the k-mini plus has benefits over the k-mini as the water reservoir is removable, which makes the cleaning process much easier.

Keurig Mini Plus Water reservoir

On the negative side, you need to refill the water reservoir after each brew. That’s quite frustrating when you have a visitor at home and you need to brew multiple cups.

In short, this coffee maker is designed for a single cup. if you are only a coffee drinker at home and don’t brew frequent coffee, then the Keurig k-mini-plus is the perfect choice for you.

4) Serving size

Keurig k-mini plus gives you the freedom of brewing cup sizes anywhere between 6 to 12 ounces. Personally, I like this feature very much as it allows me to personalize my cup of coffee every time. 

However, the actual cup size depends upon the volume of water inside the water reservoir. for example, if you need 12 ounces of coffee, then you have to fill the water tank with 12 ounces of water.

Personally, I avoid anything above 6 or 8 ounces when using Keurigs, as it results in watery coffee.

5) Brewing time

Honestly speaking, k-mini is not one of the fastest coffee makers that Keurig produced. No doubt, the brewing process is like a cherry pie, all you need is to insert the k-cup pod into the machine, fill the water reservoir, and hit the brew button.

It takes around 2 minutes to complete one cup and 3 to 4 minutes on average, depending on whether you use a 6 oz or 12 oz coffee pod.

This brew time is good enough to satisfy most of its users.

6) Taste and the quality of the Coffee drink

For a 100$ coffee maker, brewing such great coffee quality is something that is out of the league. It produces a rich, flavorful, and strong brew with a single push of a button.

Additionally, k-mini plus is compatible with reusable k-cup filters, so you can choose your own coffee ground.

The customer feedback

Small and convenient. Great for my counter & water gets hot! Love the strong features. And the color I am obsessed with. This is one of my fav kitchen appliances

As compared to the original Keurig k-mini model, the k-mini plus features a stronger brew option button that lets you control your coffee’s strength and boldness.

When you use a strong brew option, the brewing time increases but the drink you obtain is definitely worth it- Richer, stronger, and more robust.

7) Temperature of the coffee drink

Temperature is a critical factor that determines optimal extraction.

Unfortunately, Keurig k-mini plus gets negative feedback from customers for generating low-temperature brew. while testing, I found that the temperature of coffee ranges between 160 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, which is acceptable if you are not a coffee geek.

Whereas Keurig claims that the water temperature inside their coffee makers reaches 195 degrees Fahrenheit temperature. It is understandable that the temperature drops to some degrees during the operation.

The temperature has a direct impact on the taste of your drink if the temperature is below 195 degrees Fahrenheit, then ultimately coffee will be under-extracted resulting in weaker flavors.

It is recommended to run a hot water cycle first before inserting the coffee pods into the Keurig mini plus while brewing coffee. It will heat up the internal pipework of the machine and make the coffee hotter.

8) Cleaning and maintenance

To ensure the smooth functioning of the coffee machine and prolong its lifespan, cleaning & maintenance are mandatory. So, is the case with the Keurig k-mini plus.

Cleaning the Keurig k-mini plus is like child’s play. As the machine is mostly plastic, you can clean it with a sponge and damp cloth.

Components like the k-cup pod holder, drip tray, and water reservoir are removable and dishwasher safe, so you can easily take them out, rinse them with warm, soapy water, and put them back in their original position.

For interior cleaning, you should descale your machine with Keurig’s own recommended descaling solution once in 3-6 months.

Overall this machine is very easy to clean.

9) Simple Interface

Keurig k mini plus is a sign of simplicity. This machine has only 3 buttons, one large K button for brewing coffee, one strong button for an intense cup, and one power button.

Keurig Mini Plus Interface

So, in my point of view, the Keurig k-mini plus is ideal for those who are in a hurry and just want to enjoy a good coffee experience without going through a complicated brewing process.

10) Value for money

In my point of view, the Keurig k-mini plus is worth every single penny. The clean & minimalist design, upgrade technology and additional core features are enough to justify the buying price. Customers really appreciate the machine for its convenience and simplicity it offers.

If you are one who has limited space, wants to enjoy a delicious brew in quick time without learning about the complicated brewing process, and is limited on budget, then trust me, Keurig k-mini plus serves that purpose incredibly well.

However, if you’re searching for an easy-to-use machine with more advanced features, then you may need to increase the budget and move towards high-end Keurig machines.

In 100 dollars range, Keurig Mini Plus is the perfect pod-based machine.

Other features

Here are some extra features that ease the brewing process for their customers.

Auto shut-off feature:

K-mini plus is one of the single-serve energy-efficient coffee makers that features an auto shut which turns off the machine after 90 seconds to save energy.

K-pods storage compartment

Although, being too compact. K-Mini Plus comes with a semi-cylindrical pod storage container that has a storage capacity of a maximum of 9 K-Cup pods. You can store the container underneath the brew nozzle when you are not using the machine.

Quietness

Keurig k-mini plus is one quietest coffee brewers I ever tested.

BPA-Free Plastic

Keurig claims that all the plastic used in manufacturing their coffee machines and K-pods is FDA-approved and BPA free, and hence, safe to use.

Customer Reveiws Of Keurig Mini Plus

On amazon, the K-mini plus has more than 30k global reviews with 4.6 ratings out of 5 stars. This implies that customers are satisfied with machine performance. Around 75% of users are completely satisfied with this machine and give it a 5 stars rating.

On the negative side, some customers are not satisfied with the brew temperature. For some of them, it looks like lukewarm cups of coffee, while for some of them it is hotter than expected. It might be the machine’s default or their personal choice because some prefer to drink a hotter cup of drink, and those who prefer slightly cooler coffee might not notice any difference.

But overall, the machine receives positive ratings and reviews.

Things you like in Keurig k-mini plus

  • Highly conventional, easy to operate, and user-friendly.
  • The small footprint (Dimension:11.3 x 4.5 x 12.1 inches) and weight of 4.9 pounds making it perfect for kitchen compartments, picnics, or desks at your office.
  • 12 ounces removable water reservoir.
  • Travel mug friendly
  • Pod storage compartment, chord storage, auto shut-off feature, and strong brew option
  • No pod-scanning technology so compatible both licensed and unlicensed K-Cup pods
  • Includes Keurig’s upgraded system for richer coffee and quieter brewing.
  • Brew any size between 6-12 ounces.
  • Strong Brew function

Things you don’t like in Keurig k-mini plus

  • No programmable features.
  • Cannot make any kind of specialty drink. (You can buy a separate milk frother though)
  • The reservoir of 12 ounces capacity needs to be refilled before each use.
  • The product is made primarily with plastic which looks cheap.
  • Slightly more expensive than other pod-based machines.
  • No over-iced settings
  • No temperature control and the brewing temperature is slightly less.

Final Thoughts

Keurig Mini Plus is a perfect option if you are looking for something sleek and portable. However, it isn’t the best option if you are looking for an advanced coffee machine with extra features.

So that’s it I hope you find this review helpful and if you want to check reviews of other Keurig models they are linked below.

Faqs

How long does the Keurig Mini Plus take to brew?

The Keurig K mini Plus takes around 2-3 minutes to brew a cup of coffee from start. It will take 1-2 minutes for the machine to heat up and 40 to 50 seconds to brew coffee.

Is the K-Mini Plus loud?

Keurig Mini Plus is somewhat noisy, but I don’t think you will be bothered by this noise on a daily basis. The noise is not more than any other pod-based machine.