Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker Review

The Keurig K Compact coffee maker has been on the market for a comparatively short time. But that hasn't stopped it from acquiring an enviable reputation for speed and quality of brew. It's unpretentious, with simple controls. It's probably the cheapest Keurig on the market, and certainly the smallest. And it's available only in black. So how much of a chance would you be taking on purchasing this?

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Keurig K Compact Review

Table of Contents
Ease of UseImportance of K-Cup Pods
Who is the Keurig K Compact Made For?Features & Specs
AccessoriesPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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Does Compact Mean Easy to Use?

We know the Keurig K Compact is, well, compact. Does that mean you need small hands to use it? Actually, no.

Keurig have made this coffee maker extremely easy to operate, even for those of us with normal sized hands. The auto-off facility enables you to have the machine on all the time. You know that it will switch itself off if unused for 2 hours, to save energy. In the meantime you can simply insert a pod at any time and start the brew process. You just press one of the three cup size buttons - 6, 8 or 10 ounces. Viola! Your brew will be ready in less than a minute.

Naturally the compact size of the unit limits the size of the water reservoir. But you can still get three regular sized cups of coffee from one refill. That's also enough to fill any travel mug. You just remove the drip tray to fit any mug up to 7-inches tall.

The reservoir easily removes for refilling, and slots back into place. It fits neatly at the rear of the brewer, for compactness. And if you did forget to put your mug in position the drip tray can hold a full brew. That can be invaluable in avoiding a messy problem when you should be enjoying your coffee.

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The Importance of K-Cup Pods

There's one rather important thing to bear in mind when considering the Keurig K Compact. And that is that it only takes regular K-Cup pods. Not K-Cups, not K-Mugs and not K-Carafe pods. Some users who haven't appreciated the difference, and have used non-compatible pods, have had unfortunate results. And some of them have posted unfavorable reviews, unaware of their error.

K-Cup pods do, of course, give you a wide variety of coffees and flavors to choose from. They also produce less waste and are therefore more environmentally friendly. But if you feel restricted in choice, or that their prices are too high, then all is not lost. You can use a reusable K-Cup pod with your own choice of coffee grounds in it.

One thing the Keurig K Compact does not have is a K-Cup reader. If you know what this is you'll agree you're better off without it. Keurig K2.0 coffee makers have this little devil, which, although it can be by-passed, is there to force you to use only Keurig's K-Cup pods. No such limitations here, fortunately.

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View from top showing water reservoir at rear

Who is the Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker Made For?

At a price that's usually below $75 on Amazon.com, and as a small device, the Keurig K Compact does have its limitations. These restrict the type of person for whom it is best suited. If you live alone or with just one other person then it's ideal. And if your kitchen work top space is limited then you'll like it.

If you want all the taste and speed of a Keurig coffee maker and don't mind fewer bells and whistles. Or if you just want a quick cup of coffee when you want it, without being a connoisseur. As long as you don't mind being restricted to K-Cup pods (including a reusable pod). If any or all these things apply to you then the K-Compact deserves serious consideration.

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Features and Specifications:

Package Dimensions: 14.5 x 14.2 x 10.9 inches
Size: 12.5"h x 13.2"d x 8.2"w (16.25" high with bale open)
Item Weight: 6.9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 8.8 pounds
Manufacturer: Keurig
Water reservoir size: 36-oz (rear-based, removable)
Brew time: less than one minute
Brew sizes: 6-oz, 8-oz and 10-oz.
Auto-off: 2-hours

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With hood open

Accessories

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Pros and Cons of the Keurig K Compact Coffee Maker

Pros:

  • Three cup sizes - 6-oz, 8-oz, and 10-oz.
  • Auto shut-off after 2-hours
  • Removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs up to 7" high
  • Fast brew time - less than a minute
  • Compatible with My K-CupĀ® Reusable Coffee Filter

Cons:

  • Little control over strength of brew
  • Unpleasant odor sometimes given off with first few brews if not cleaned thoroughly first
  • Restricted to K-Cup pods only

Watch this useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K Compact being unpacked and used for the first time (note: the water reservoir is 36-oz, not 32-oz, as mentioned in the video, and you can set the speed to at least 1.5 without missing anything) -

Consumer Ratings for the Keurig K Compact

At the time of writing (May 2019) the Keurig K Compact coffee maker has over 230 reviews on the Keurig.com site. These give an average of around 4.0 out of 5 stars. On Amazon.com there are nearly 50 reviews as it has been sold there for less than two years. The average score is nearly 4.5.

The most popular features are that it doesn't take up very much space and that it's very fast in delivering delicious coffee. Having Keurig stylish good looks is also widely appreciated.

Some reviewers have complained about a smell and taste of plastic in their coffee. It may be that there are some items that come out of the factory with this problem. These are evidently few and far between. But if you were to find that your item produces objectionable smells or tastes then you have a simple remedy. Simply return it to the seller for replacement.

It's likely, however, that most people experiencing this problem aren't aware of how to clean a coffee maker properly. Before you use any coffee maker it's wise to rinse it through a few times. Use a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Others have been using the wrong pods. The pods, being made of plastic, are sensitive to excessive heat. If they are placed in the wrong machine then they may overheat, producing the unpleasant smell or odor.

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Summary

This Keurig K Compact coffee maker review has covered all the factors that you should know when deciding whether to buy. The main thing to bear in mind is that it is a small and rather basic coffee maker. It has no water filter or auto timer (other than the auto-off). You're restricted to K-Cup pods (though you can use a reusable pod) and to three set cup sizes. And you can't control the water temperature, as you can with more expensive coffee makers.

But remember that you're getting a stylish Keurig coffee maker at a very reasonable price. It brews in less than a minute and has a simple control panel that anyone can master in minutes. The 36-oz water reservoir and the drip tray are easily removed, and you can use a 7" tall travel mug. You can dispense hot water only, when you need to, and the whole item is easily cleaned.

If you're looking for a coffee maker to serve one or two coffee drinkers then it's hard to fault the Keurig K Compact.

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Author: Coffee Lover

This review site for coffee makers and espresso machines is run by Philip Gegan, a qualified lawyer and a copywriter who now writes extensively for the internet. He is married with two grown up children.