This Keurig K250 Single Serve coffee maker, part of Keurig's 2.0 Technology, was their response to consumer requests for a smaller footprint.
Keurig wanted to produce a powerful yet affordable appliance with a large water tank. It also had to have a wide range of options as to size and type of brew. And, of course, the legendary technological superiority and push-button friendliness of all Keurig 2.0 coffee makers.
Note: The Keurig K250 Single Serve has now been discontinued. You may still be able to purchase it, but new K250s are now rare. Used K250s are available, which is why this review has been left in place. The K250 has been replaced by the Keurig K-Select Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker. If you would like, then please click here to read our review of the Keurig K-Select Coffee Maker.
Have they managed to put all this plus the desired smaller footprint into the Keurig K250 Single Serve?
Read the rest of the review below to find out:
|Table of Contents|
|What You Get||Do K-Cup Pods Restrict Choice?|
|Versatility of Size & Taste||Cleaning Up|
|Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
What Do You Get For Your Money?
Quite a lot actually. The Keurig K250 Single Serve is essentially the same as the K200, but with a cleaning kit included. It also has with it 4 K-Cup pods and a water filter handle with two filters.
I'll cover the touch screen control panel in a moment, but I want to mention the settings. These are intuitive, and the process of making your selections is very easy. And there's even a high-altitude setting, in case you're living up in the mountains.
The 40-oz water tank wraps neatly around the rear of the machine and is easily removed for replenishing. The unique design of it enables you to keep the K250 in places that you couldn't put anything else. The result is a sleek-looking device, slim and pleasing to the eye. Especially when combined with some of the eight colors to choose from, including Turquoise and Imperial Red. Oh, and there's enough space in the tank for four or more cups before having to refill.
The length of the power cord, at 18 inches, is a trifle excessive, and it doesn't retract either. Something to consider if you have limited space on your kitchen counter.
Don't K-Cup Pods Restrict Your Choice?
This concern came to the fore again when Keurig introduced smart pods in their 2.0 series. The compatible pods are read by the machine so as to produce exactly the right kind of brewing process for the strength and flavor of the grounds inside.
I won't say this concern is groundless, but the fact is that the Keurig 2.0 K250 System is compatible with over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup pods. Most of us will find such a choice not only adequate, but positively overwhelming.
It also takes Keurig's recyclable K-Cup pods and its 2.0 My K-Cup refillable accessory (which you have to purchase separately). So you can use your own grounds if you can't find any K-Cup pods you like. Unfortunately you're restricted to cups here. There's no reusable filter available for carafes.
Keurig K250 Single Serve - Versatility of Size and Taste
Framed by the familiar Keurig handle, the digital display is a touch screen that displays all the options available. It's not color, and it's only two inches square, but it gives you all the information and control you need.
The Keurig K250 Single Serve accepts four different K-Cup pod sizes, from 4 to 10-oz. If you've also bought a carafe for the K250 then you have a further choice of three K-Carafe pod sizes. The Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe fits into the K250 very neatly. Just remove the drip tray and you'll find the knob below the spout connects to the back of the machine.
There's a further option. In the past Keurig have faced some criticism on account of the difficulty in producing a strong cup of coffee. That particular issue has now been laid to rest with the help of the Strength Control setting. This is in the bottom left of the opening screen and works with any K-Cup or K-Carafe brew size. It slows the whole brew process a little to extract more flavor.
Once you've scrolled up and down and made your selections, you simply press the big Keurig button below the touch screen to start the brew process. This takes no more than a minute to 90 seconds. Your chosen brew, of the correct strength and amount, is then dispensed direct into your cup or carafe.
Tea and Iced Coffee
Any time you prefer a cup of tea you can simply dispense hot water only. Just select the brew size, and open and close the distinctive brewer handle, ensuring there's no pod inserted.
You can also make iced coffee. Just fill a 12- or 14-oz cup with ice chunks and choose the 6- or 8-oz cup size. Best to avoid glass containers here, of course.
And you can remove the drip tray to accommodate a travel mug of up to seven inches in height.
Cleaning Up the Keurig K250 Single Serve
I nearly always have a separate section on this as it's so important. If you neglect to clean your coffee maker you're opening yourself to the risk of faults developing in your machine. Not to mention a deterioration in the taste of your brews.
Most of the mess will be in the filter which you will discard. If you're using a reusable filter then rinse this through regularly. The drip tray unclips easily for cleaning, and the rest of the machine just needs an occasional wipe down.
You should replace the water filter every two months, or after around 60 tank refills. If you find your K250 is beginning to smell then wash the offending parts with warm water and a small amount of white vinegar. This will have the machine looking and smelling like new again.
Features and Specifications of the Keurig K250 Single Serve:
Product Dimensions: 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches
Item Weight: 7.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds
Item model number: 119272
- Keurig 2.0 My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
- Keurig 2.0 Thermal Carafe (check the current price on Amazon by clicking here)
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Pros and Cons
- Wide choice of brews with Strength Control setting
- 4 sizes of cup and 3 sizes of carafe
- Slim design yet with a large water tank
- Brews in around a minute
- Intuitive touch screen control panel
- No on/off switch or auto-off
- Reusable filter and carafe have to be purchased separately
Here is a useful YouTube Video of the Keurig K200 (essentially the same as the K250 but without the cleaning kit) being unpacked and tried out for the first time -
It's very seldom that I review a product that has fewer than 4 stars as its average score on Amazon. This product is no exception, with a score exceeding that amount from over 1,680 reviews at the time of writing.
The more in-depth reviews praise the quietness of the machine and the speed at which it works. Most reviewers also love how they can brew any amount from 4-oz all the way up to 30-oz. And the way it reminds you to change the water filter is popular too.
Some criticisms have included how there's no on/off switch and no auto-off. You can actually switch the machine off by pressing the big Keurig button (though this isn't made very clear). Some users consider it essential to use the permanent filter, but this has to be bought separately.
Overall, satisfaction with the Keurig K250 Single Serve is high, and over seven in every ten reviewers give it four or five stars.
If you live alone or with one other person, with limited kitchen space, and have occasional visitors, then this coffee maker is ideal. It's true that you're limited to K-Cup pods, but, even so, you have an extensive choice of brews. And you can use your own grounds if you have the My K-Cup refillable accessory.
The Keurig K250 Single Serve is one of the top Keurig coffee makers and we can recommend this product to you with great confidence.