6 Best Keurig Alternatives 2020

Today more and more households are investing in coffee machines and Keurig are among the most popular. Keurig was the original single-serve coffee maker and has made a name for itself for quick, convenient, simple-to-use machines. However, there are now a stack of other options available so it can be hard to know what machine to go for. We cover the pros and cons of Keurig machines and give you some options if you decide to go for an alternative.

Pros of Keurig Coffee makers

  • Convenient to use with very little clean up required
  • Able to make a single cup or pot of fresh coffee at the push of a button
  • Very simple to use
  • Keurig has partnered with well known brands to produce a huge selection of coffees, teas and cocoa eg. Starbucks, McCafe, Dunkin Donuts

Cons of Keurig

  • A lot of complaints about the lack of durability of Keurig machines
  • Machines tend to be expensive
  • K-cups are expensive
  • Coffee doesn’t taste the best

When it comes to deciding on what coffee maker to buy we think there would be 2 main reasons why you wouldn’t opt for a Keurig Coffee Maker:

  • Taste
  • Cost

We will cover the top 3 alternatives for Keurig coffee makers for each of these reasons.

Taste


Aeropress

The Aeropress is the brainchild of the Harvard inventor Alan Adler and has rapidly grown in popularity to the point that it even now has an annual global championship dedicated to it. The Aeropress is especially loved for its versatility, portability, and durability. This is a common coffee brewer with hipsters, hikers, and hitchhikers. Part of the genius of the Aeropress is the sheer range of different ways it can be used. It can produce anything from an espresso-like shot to which you add milk, to smooth black coffee that fits somewhere between filter coffee and pour over. Because it uses a paper filter (usually), this means it tends to have a smooth and light consistency with little coffee oils or particles.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Very durable and portable
  • Fairly easy to use
  • Fun to brew with

Cons:

  • Can really only make one cup at a time
  • Takes more effort to use than a Keurig 

Kalita Wave Pour Over Coffee Maker

This elegant looking dripper is the result of the market demand for a pour over coffee maker that is both designed for optimal extraction yet beginner friendly. We have used one of these for years now and have really enjoyed it. This is unquestionably the coffee maker of choice for the initial explorer into the world of pour over. It brews coffee in a way that is similar to a drip coffee machine and so produces a very smooth cup of coffee. However, as a pour over coffee maker it does require a hands on approach rather than simply pushing the button on your Keurig. While it unquestionably makes better tasting coffee you will have to work for it. This is a good option for those who love good coffee and are willing to learn and experiment. 

Pros:

  • Very affordable coffee maker
  • Can make superb coffee 
  • Is an enjoyable brewing method to learn

Cons:


Bodum Chamford French Press 

The Chamford is the iconic French Press and is likely what first comes to mind when this brewing method comes up in conversation. And there is a lot to love about it; it is made of heat resistant borosilicate glass, comes in a wide range of sizes, is aesthetically pleasing, has a stainless steel mesh, and best of all is amazingly affordable. We own and use a Chamford and have been really happy with it. It is reliable, deals well with regular use, and can make a really enjoyable coffee. The downside of course is that being made of glass it is breakable and requires more care than some other presses on this list. Overall though a great option for anyone looking for a simple and affordable French Press that is still high quality. 

Pros:

  • French Presses are remarkably easy to use
  • Can easily make multiple cups
  • Affordable 
  • A good track record of being reliable and lasting

Cons:

  • A Chamford does work better with larger batches rather than single serve
  • Some may not enjoy how much coffee grit and oils make it into the cup as it uses a metal filter 

Cost


Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso machines would be one of our top alternatives for Keurig coffee makers. Like Keurig they have also become a household name in the single serve world. They are known to make good quality machines that are simple to use and are generally thought to produce better tasting coffee than Keurig. The Nespresso Vertuo is one of their latest models and is able to produce 5 different sizes of drinks ranging from 1.35 oz to 14 oz (Espresso, Double Espresso, Fran Lungo, Coffee and Alto). Their drinks can also be poured over ice for those hot summer months. There are a range of 16 different types of coffees and 10 types of Espresso with varying intensities. There is also the option of buying a bundle which includes an Aerocchino and sample coffee for those who love milk based drinks.

Pros:

  • Good quality, stylish machine
  • Option of adding on an Aeroccino if you enjoy milk based drinks
  • Comes with free coffee
  • Simple to use and clean
  • Good tasting coffee with multiple different flavours and intensities available

Cons:

  • Nespresso capsules expensive

Hamilton Beach Scoop

When it comes to price you cannot look past the Hamilton Beach single serve coffee maker. This is a basic machine that has all the necessary features. It does not use k-cups or pods, rather it comes with a single serve scoop filter that you fill with your choice of ground coffee. While this may not be as convenient as K-cups it certainly works out to be cheaper per cup of coffee brewed and also means you reduce the amount of waste produced. The machine has 2 cup sizes; an 8-ounce or 14-ounce travel mug option. It also has a bold brew option for those who like a strong coffee.

Pros:

  • Can use own prefered brand of coffee
  • Cheaper price per cup brewed
  • Automatic shut off
  • Simple to use and clean
  • Affordable
  • Small footprint

Cons:

  • Doesn’t produce the nicest tasting coffee

Cuisinart DCC-3000

The Cuisinart is a great option for the ‘coffee sipper’ who loves to have a cup in hand all day. This machine brews up to 12 cups of coffee at a time. The coffee is then kept in a reservoir in the machine from where it can be easily dispensed with the push of a button. The machine comes with both a reusable mesh filter and paper filters which you fill with ground coffee. You then simply push the brew button and the machine has a showerhead feature to disperse water over the coffee. When dispensing brewed coffee the machine features a coffee gauge so you can see how much you have left. It is also programmable, so you can set the machine to brew that fresh pot of coffee ready for you when you wake up.

Pros:

  • Great for making multiple cups of coffee
  • Easy to use machine
  • Durable
  • Able to program machine to make coffee at certain times
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Clean up more work than other machines

What to consider when looking for a new coffee maker?

When it comes to buying a new coffee maker there are seemingly endless options. Before deciding what to go for you should consider the following things so you find the best coffee maker for you.

Price

How much are you wanting to invest in a coffee maker? If you are a coffee snob you will no doubt be willing to put in a lot more money than the occasional coffee drinker. 

Size

How much bench space do you have in your kitchen? Are you wanting a small coffee maker tucked away on the kitchen counter or do you have room for a larger machine?

Single or Multi Serve

How many people are going to be using the machine, and how much coffee do you drink a day? If this machine is going to be catering to a family or office you might want to opt for a multi serve machine that can brew a whole pot of coffee, or if it is just you you may only need a single serve.

Electric vs Manual

Manual coffee makers tend to be more durable as they have less parts that can break down. They are also more portable so are better for travel. Whereas electric machines tend to be more convenient to use.

Ground coffee or Capsules?

Machines like Keurig or Nespresso use pre-packed coffee in K-cups or capsules. There are generally a large variety of flavours available and they are very convenient and easy to use However they do have a large environmental impact and they end up costing a lot more per cup of coffee brewed compared to machines that use ground coffee. 

Photo of Nespresso capsules

Takeaway

Well we hope this article has been helpful in highlighting some alternatives to Keurig coffee makers. If you have read through and decided you would like a Keurig after all check out our review of the best Keurig machines here

Happy Brewing!

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