The Keurig company regularly updates its coffee makers, at least once a year. So you’re pretty much guaranteed to find at least a couple you’ll like. We must confess we’re very taken with the Keurig K200 Plus. You know we love to try out new additions in the world of coffee making and drinking, so we were delighted to explore this new addition to the Keurig Plus series. (Did you know the Keurig company founders got the idea for the company name from the Dutch word for “excellence”, by the way?)
Keurig K200 Plus Review
This machine is well-designed, super-easy to use, and very compact. The updated technology means the information on the K-Cup, K-Mugs and K-Carafe pods is read in a couple of seconds, adjusting the output accordingly. You’re therefore assured of a perfect beverage every time.
One of the nicest updates is that the removable 40-ounce water reservoir now sits behind the brewing mechanism, so it looks sleeker than ever on your kitchen counter. The black-and-white digital display is extremely simple to use and reset. There is now an additional option for specialty drinks.
How Much Can You Brew?
One important factor in deciding which coffee maker to purchase is the type of coffee you can brew, and how much you can brew at once. We’re pretty sure you’ll be delighted with the range of options this coffee maker offers. If you’re using K-Cups, you have a choice of 4, 6, 8, or 10 fluid ounces; K-Mugs offer 12, 14 or 16 ounces; and the K-Carafe pods are 22, 24 or 30 ounces. You can also vary the strength settings, but you do need to buy the carafe separately.
What Can You Brew?
If you’re thinking about buying a Keurig coffee maker, you probably already know you can choose from well over 500 varieties of beverages. If you’re new to Keurig, the sheer width of the range might surprise you – from high-street coffee shops to long-established global household names. The Keurig 2.0 technology means whipping up a cup of delicious coffee, refreshing tea, or relaxing hot cocoa is simplicity itself. When the coffee machine reads the lid of every K-Cup, K-Mug or K-Carafe it dispenses just the right amount of water, at just the right temperature. This model also has a separate setting for specialty beverages – if chai, hot cocoa or even mocha are your delights.
How To Get The Best Brew With The Keurig K200 Plus
Keurig recommends using filtered or bottled water, although the machine has a very effective integrated descaling program. This is especially important if your water is high in mineral content. The machine will nag you to descale until you complete the cycle – you can “snooze” the function but it will remind you in six weeks’ time. Grounds do occasionally get stuck in the needle, so the machine ships with a brewer maintenance accessory.
How Well Will This Machine Complement My Decor?
If a coffee machine can be called svelte, this coffee maker is definitely svelte. It measures 15.2 by 11 by 16.6 inches and weighs 10.3 pounds after shipping is removed. Depending on the vendor, this machine is available in seven different colors. Our favorite is the sleek black edition, which complements any kitchen. The drip tray is removable, meaning you can slip a travel mug under the dispenser for coffee-on-the-go. You also need to remove the drip tray for carafes. You can only brew a carafe if the flask itself is perfectly in place and only Keurig’s own carafes will work.
Other Features Of The K200 Plus Keurig
This model typically ships with a Keurig 2.0 water filter, a descaling solution, and a starter pack of K-cups. The water filter is simple to install and change, with replacements readily available. We can’t overstate how easy this machine is to use. The “touch of a button” produces great tasting coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, chai or dozens of other drinks. The typical heating and dispensing time is under a minute. The black and white touch screen also makes it a snip to change settings. What you don’t see, when listening to those quietly reassuring brewing noises, is what’s going on under the hood, as it were. The piston and air pumps work super hard to make sure your drink tastes great every time. This model isn’t the cheapest in the Keurig range but is very good value for money.
The Good Aspects And The Not-So-Good Aspects
No coffee maker is perfect, so we’re just highlighting the best aspects of this coffee machine, and the least endearing features. All Keurig coffee makers are known for the range of drinks available and their well-engineered proprietary technology. Within the range, however, there’s a wide choice of options, with different brew sizes, dimensions and special features available. So here’s how this machine shapes up.
This model is a relatively recent addition to the Keurig offering, so the reviews are not yet as numerous as for some older machines. Those who’ve opted for this machine, however, are pretty unanimous in how they feel about it – and that’s overwhelmingly positive. Users praise the ease of use, the range of brew sizes, and the fact that it looks great. You still get to choose from the great range of Keurig K-Cup pods out there, but there’s now the very welcome “specialty drinks” button.
What Other Coffee Machines Might You Consider?
Although we love the Keurig K200 Plus Series 2.0, we think it’s only fair to look at a few others. This will let you compare and contrast, so you can make an informed choice.
The Keurig K200 typically runs a little cheaper than the newer Keurig K200 Series 2.0; we checked out the quirky turquoise one. There are 9 brew sizes, including carafe, with a 40-ounce water tank. You can control the strength of your drink. It measures 15 x 9 x 13.7 inches high. You do need to make sure you have an extra 4 inches of clearance above that so you can add, remove and change pods. This is a very light machine, at 7.5 pounds. As with the Keurig K200 Series 2.0, the water filter is super-easy to install: just slip it into the top of the machine where you add water. Why not check out this Keurig 2.0 K200 for yourself?
Price-wise, the Keurig K250 sits between the K200 and the K200 Series 2.0. It typically ships with a starter pack of 4 K-Cup pods, a water filter handle, 2 water filters, and a bottle of descaling solution. The drip tray is removable. The machine measures 9 x 15 x 13.7 inches high. The water reservoir is 40 ounces, with brew sizes of 4, 6, 8, or 10 ounces, or carafes of 22, 26, or 30 ounces. Check out the Keurig 250 features; you can also choose the strength of your drink, although the machine lacks a specialty drinks option or temperature control.
The Keurig K50 is the lowest-priced of those we compared. You get a choice of just three brew sizes: 6, 8 or 10 ounces. This machine has a 48-ounce water reservoir and a programmable auto-off feature. The drip tray is removable, and the dimensions are 9.8 x 13 x 13.3 inches. This machine weighs just under 8 pounds after shipping is removed. There is no strength or temperature control, but you always know you’re getting an authentic-tasting drink. You can also use your own favorite pre-ground coffee with the My K-Cup accessory (available separately). Explore the Keurig K50 in more detail.
Would We Recommend The Keurig 200 Plus?
You’ve probably gathered, we really like the Keurig 200 Plus. It combines many of Keurig’s best features, adding some great new ones too. (Yes, we love our specialty drinks!) It’s very decently priced, and the technology has been updated very well. We like its appearance; we love the range of brew sizes and how ultra-easy it is to select your drink. Maintenance is no-fuss, and we love, above all, the way the drinks taste. So, yes, we’d give it five stars overall.
Hi my name is Larry, a coffee aficionado from the US. I have already visited Colombia, Sumatra, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Jamaica in my pursuit of finding the best-tasting coffee beans. I currently write from Bali and enjoy the relaxed life that you can only find in Canggu. Welcome to my coffee world!
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