Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System Review

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Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System Review
Bottom Line

The Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewing System is an excellent choice for a small, single serve coffee maker, reviewers say. It has no reservoir; you need to put water in before you brew each cup. It's also slow, taking 2 minutes or a bit more to brew one cup. However, these are small quibbles for coffee lovers who just use it for themselves or keep it around for guests. Most say that it brews an excellent cup of coffee. While you shouldn't hesitate to buy a new Keurig K10, be aware that about 6.6 million K10's manufactured between December 2009 and July 2014 were recalled in December 2014 due to an overheating hazard. You can read more about the recall, including how to apply for a repair, at the CPSC website.

ProsConsistent performance, Easy to use, Fill guides for 6, 8 and 10 ounce cups, Comes in several colorsConsRecent recall, Takes 2 minutes or more to brew one cup

Breaking it down

Performance

Makes a hot, tasty brew. Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute say the Keurig K10 "brews at the optimal time and temperature for producing good-tasting coffee." Owners agree, saying it makes a good, hot cup of coffee every time. Although some see the lack of a reservoir as a drawback, many more say that they love the idea of each cup of coffee being made with "fresh" water as opposed to water that has been sitting in a container. One professional review organization gives it just a Good rating for flavor, but ranks it Very Good for the ability to adjust the brew by using varying amounts of water or number of pods. It has fill guides for 6, 8 and 10 ounce quantities. The one quibble most people have with the Mini's performance is that it's quite slow, taking up to two minutes to brew a cup of coffee. This is the only remaining Keurig being manufactured at this time that still uses the traditional K-Cup, as opposed to the new 2.0 K-Cup.

Ease of use

Just add water. The Keurig Mini Plus couldn't be simpler to use. Add water, insert a K-Cup, place a cup on the stand, close the lid and push a button. It even flashes blue to remind you to start the brew, red while it's heating, then turns sold red when it's dispensing. You have to add water before each cup and, according to owners, you lose a bit of fluid in the brewing process, so you might want to add a bit more than the amount you want to yield. The needle needs to be cleaned/cleared every few months or so, and Keurig recommends descaling every 3 to 6 months, depending upon how heavily the brewer is used.

Appearance/durability

A recent recall. In December 2014, Keurig recalled 6.6 million K10 brewers in the U.S. and 564,000 in Canada, due to issues with water overheating and spraying the user, resulting in a burn hazard. You can read more about the recall at the CPSC website, including how to contact Keurig for a fix. And in our research we did see some complaints of spraying in older units, but this should not be a problem if you're buying a new K10, as that issue has been fixed. One thing all reviewers agree upon is that the Keurig Mini is absolutely adorable. It comes in several colors, although those change frequently and availability depends upon where you purchase your K10, so we don't list them here. This Keurig has a very small footprint, which makes it suitable for even the most compact living spaces, and it weighs just under 9 pounds. The one complaint that we see the most is that this coffee maker is too small for tall coffee cups, but since the word "Mini" is in its name, we're not sure why that would be a surprise to anyone.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System coffeemaker, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Keurig Mini Plus is included in ConsumerReports.org test of a variety of different coffee makers. Pod coffee makers are ranked for first cup and repeat speed, temperature and size consistency, brewing range, taste and convenience. Four models are "Recommended."

2. Good Housekeeping

Keurig Mini Plus Personal Brewer, Editors of Good Housekeeping, February 2013

Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test the Keurig Mini Plus, giving it an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Editors say it brews at an optimal time and temperature, and the brewed coffee is very hot. They note that it's slow, though.

3. Amazon.com

Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System, Black , Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2015

The Keurig Mini earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in nearly 425 reviews. Most owners love it for the convenience of making one, very fresh cup of coffee at a time. There are complaints about how slowly it brews a cup.

4. BedBathAndBeyond.com

Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of October 2015

In nearly 1,480 reviews, the Keurig Mini Plus earns an overall rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Most owners love the variety of coffees available for a one-cup maker, and say it brews a delicious cup of coffee. The rating is brought down by durability complaints, and issued with leakage that were addressed in a 2014 recall.

5. Macys.com

Keurig K10 Single Serve Brewer, Mini Plus, Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2015

The Keurig Mini Plus gets a rating of about 4 stars out of 5 in more than 1,060 reviews, with 74 percent saying they would recommend the product. Owners say it's easy to use, a great fit for a small kitchen or a single coffee drinker, and makes a good cup of coffee. Others note issues with durability or leakage and there are complaints that it is too small.